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  • April 25, 2014

The Mount Community Centre receives funding to hire new staff and to begin renovations

The Mount Community Centre takes another important step forward today with the announcement of two major infusions of cash into the project -- one to hire its first staff member and one to jumpstart its renovations of the first wing of the project.


The Trillium Foundation has granted $273,700 to The Mount to support the hiring of a Strategic Advancement Director, the organization’s first employee. This will enhance opportunities for collaboration, service delivery, community engagement and sustainability.


“With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation the Mount Community Centre will be able to hire a Strategic Advancement Director.  This will place the organization in a better position to develop social, cultural and food hubs throughout our community.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this great project.”

-           The Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP


Meanwhile, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, in collaboration with an important and gener­ous anonymous donor, is directing a $200,000 donation for ongoing operations and capital improvements.


“There is an urgent need to achieve innovation and scale in the way we tackle complex social challenges. Among these challenges, access to housing, food, education, meaningful work and connection to community for those disenfranchised are deeply entrenched and outstripping the ability of governments, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs to provide it,” Janice Green, chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. “Our organization also plans to invest in the Mount Bonds in the future.”


“Our volunteers have been working tirelessly for more than a year to get the purchase, zoning, fundraising and building this far,” says Stephen Kylie, chair of The Mount Community Centre’s board of directors. “Thanks to the support of the Trillium Foundation, we can now turn to our new Strategic Advancement Director to take on much of the day-to-day operations of developing the hubs within The Mount -- social services, health, culture, food and ecology.”


“We are also extremely grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough for facilitating the com­bined donation and bond investment of $500,000 from an anonymous donor. We are thrilled that others in the community see the same potential that we do in this building to house a range of services and to support people in so many ways as they live, work and socialize at The Mount.” 

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