Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner June 5, 2019
Police officers, paramedics, dignitaries and friends attend the 2018 Special Olympics Ontario School Championships kickoff at the Mount Community Centre May 29, 2018. CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/EXAMINER
Nothing as big as the transformation of the century-old convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph into a diverse mix of housing, a food centre, offices for health and social services and community groups for the arts could have happened without massive amounts of vision, daring, commitment and mobilization of people. Then, there was the need for large amounts of money from many sources, and countless volunteer hours.
All of these have been given in spades to the Mount Community Centre as it exists today, partly redeveloped but well on its way. And in record-breaking time.
For example: commitment, an essential element, is demonstrated by Su Muslow, a retired school principal with a cheery greeting, who works 40 hours a week at the Mount as a volunteer. Lawyer Stephen Kylie has been chair of the board since 2013. Early visionaries include John Martyn, housing advocate par excellence, Lois Tuffin, formerly of Peterborough This Week and now with Five Counties Children's Centre, Jim Russell, of the United Way and the late Theresa Daw, an accessibility champion.
I know from the early days of Jamaican Self Help, when we borrowed $5,000 from the Peterborough Community Credit Union, that when one person commits, other people come forward. That's Peterborough. Though, maybe it's more broadly human. Continue Reading >Here<
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