A 13-Year-Old Patient At PRHC Needed A Dress To Attend Her Grade 8 Graduation, Look What Happened

A 13-year-old Peterborough girl named Kristey has been staying at PRHC frequently during hospital treatments.

This has made it very difficult for her to shop for a dress to attend her Grade 8 graduation. So Peterborough does what it does, stepping up with generosity and love to bring the dress to her.

Photo courtesy PRHC

Photo courtesy PRHC

PRHC posted a heartwarming story on their Facebook page that is getting hundreds of shares about how staff in their Pediatric Outpatient (POP) Clinic reached out to Shelby Leonard-Watt, owner of S.O.S Save Our Soles in downtown Peterborough, for help with selecting a dress for Kristey.

Kristey at PRHC with Shelby Leonard-Watt from S.O.S. (Photo courtesy PRHC)

Kristey at PRHC with Shelby Leonard-Watt from S.O.S. (Photo courtesy PRHC)

Shelby not only showed up to PRHC on Tuesday (April 23rd) to help Kristey find the dress of her dreams after trying on several, but also generously donated it (plus a pair of matching shoes!) at no cost.

”When you don’t have a rolling rack to hang dresses on, you grab an IV pole instead,” says Shelby on a S.O.S. Facebook post. “And when an angel of a nurse calls your shop saying she wants to bring Grade 8 Grad dress shopping to her patient going through chemo, you drop everything and say he!! YES.”

Photo courtesy S.O.S.

Photo courtesy S.O.S.

Photo courtesy PRHC

Photo courtesy PRHC

Time and time again, this community shows how kindness and empathy wins.

This was another prime example of that. Well done PRHC and Shelby. Kristey, have a great graduation!

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Check Out These Renderings Of The New Brock Mission

Brock Mission is a homeless shelter in Peterborough for men that includes sleeping, dining and program areas. A new modern facility is being built on the existing property on Murray Street where the old building was housed, that is slated to open late 2020.

Lett Architects is designing it and has released renderings of the project. Lett says the three-storey building has been designed around a courtyard with access to natural daylight into every room and corridor. The building will accommodate 32 shelter beds and 15 independent living units, of which 25 percent are fully accessible. The building also includes a dining hall which will provide three meals a day all year.

This is a rendering of the main entrance…

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

The Lett Architects team is providing the most inclusive, home-like and durable building with a high level of energy performance, exceeding the 2015 National Energy Code by 28 percent. Critical to the success of the project has been the ability to meet tight budgets and schedules as the Brock Mission has been without a true home to call their own for some time.

This is a view of the Dining Hall…

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Watch this video to learn more about the project….

The new Brock Mission shelter is slated to open its doors in November 2020.

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We Aren't Some Best Kept Secret Anymore: Peterborough Is The Fastest Growing City In All Of Canada

The rest of the country is figuring out what Peterborough residents have known for a long time: We live in a great communty with all the amenities—and rivers, lakes and green space all around us.

Indeed, Peterborough was listed as Canada's fastest growing city by Statistics Canada with a 3.1 per cent increase, followed by Kitchener-Waterloo at 2.6, then both Ottawa and Windsor tied at 2.5.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada

According to Statistics Canada, more than seven in 10 Canadians live in an urban area—and the five fastest growing census metropolitan areas are all in Ontario, with Peterborough being Numero Uno.

Photo by Patrick Stephen

Photo by Patrick Stephen

Peterborough’s population growth rate per thousand has jumped from 19.8 to 30.5, from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

What does all this growth mean to you? Comment on our Facebook page here.

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Hundreds Form Human Chain Around Peterborough Mosque In Act Of Solidarity & Peace

In a symbolic act of protection for the Muslim community, hundreds of people formed a human chain around the mosque in Peterborough, Canada during prayer on Friday (March 22nd).

This comes one week to the day after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing 50 people.

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It was incredibly moving to see people there showing their support for the local Muslim association and those around the world.

Mayor Diane Therrien and MP Maryam Monsef (see pictures and video below) were both there to show their community support. “It’s important for me to be here with so many members of the community to show our love and solidarity with our Muslim community here in Peterborough,” Mayor Therrien tells PTBOCanada. “It speaks volumes about who we are as a community that we always come out to support each other when we need it.”

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After the tragedy in New Zealand, Peterborough's Masjid Al-Salaam mosque—and others everywhere—are taking safety and security very seriously. The Peterborough Police Service service are keeping a close watch on the premises for protection.

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Watch the footage below our video team captured…

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Trent University Crushes Its United Way Goal For Second Year In A Row

Trent University blew past its United Way goal for a second year in a row. The target was $100,000, and they raised a whopping $114,328.

United Way’s Cabinet member Michael Nasello—the Education Director for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board—was on hand at the United Way office (see picture below) to receive the oversized cheque from Trent University’s Julie Davis, Vice President of External Relations and Advancement, and Trent’s internal United Way committee.

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

Michael Nasello (far left) And Julie Davis (far right) with Trent’s internal United Way Committee (Photo courtesy United Way)

“This is humbling and speaks to the quality of educators and educational institutions in Peterborough and their commitment to the community,” says Nasello.

Since 1991, employees at Trent University have given more than $1.6 million to United Way of Peterborough and that is definitely something to celebrate.

“We really challenged our faculty, staff and retirees by setting a $100,000 goal for the 2018 campaign—our highest ever,” adds Julie Davis, vice-president, External Relations & Advancement. “Trent University’s annual campaign is the largest corporate campaign in the community and it’s an important way for us to give back and support the Peterborough region.”

Photo courtesy United Way

Photo courtesy United Way

“Trent University is setting the standard for leadership and employee engagement in the annual Campaign,” adds United Way CEO Jim Russell. “Not only have they raised the most money this year, they maintain their unofficial title of best damn burgers during campaign.”

United Way Peterborough will be celebrating its 2018 campaign wrap-up on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Showplace Performance Centre.

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How Central Smith Ice Cream Saved The Day For McLean Berry Farm At Maplefest

Kind gestures speak volumes about the power of collaboration and community, and there is no better recent example of that then how Central Smith came to the rescue of McLean Berry Farm over the weekend during their popular Maplefest weekend at the farm.

Maplefest photo via McLean Berry Farm Facebook page

Maplefest photo via McLean Berry Farm Facebook page

The family-owned business McLean Berry Farm wrote this in a Facebook post about how Central Smith—owned by the Scates family—stepped up bigtime for them…

“Thanks to the amazing folks at Central Smith Creamery - toffee on snow at maplefest was and is saved!

Our regular go to for food grade popsicle sticks discountinued selling them and we were in a panic last week trying to figure out what to do! Luckily our friends at Central Smith went above and beyond and sold us a giant case of popsicle sticks that they use!

We love this family so much already - they've done countless things to help our farm and family over the years (and even let us borrow daughters of theirs to work on the farm at various times!) - whether it was creating family memories as kids for a pit stop for ice cream, Spanish translations, raising hard workers or saving toffee on snow demonstrations - we're so grateful for them and their kind, loving, community focused, supportive business ❤️”

Photos of toffee on snow and Central Smith via McLean Berry Farm Facebook page

Photos of toffee on snow and Central Smith via McLean Berry Farm Facebook page

Central Smith shared the post on their own Facebook page, where they had to this to say:

“We are so lucky to work in such an amazing community, where hardwork and kindness goes a long way! Thank you McLean Berry Farm for the kind words. Here's to a great Maple Syrup Season!”

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TAS Dance Program Hosting Huge Community Event Thursday, 11 Local Dance Organizations Participating

The TAS Dance Program is hosting a huge community charity event this Thursday evening (January 31st) at 7 p.m. in the TAS auditorium.

Eleven local dance studios, schools and organizations are coming together to perform. Each group chose a charity and they are donating all proceeds from the door between these charities.

Photo by Sara Connelly

Photo by Sara Connelly

The show includes more than 200 dance students from the community. Participating dance studios include…

-> A. Frost Dance Experience (Charity: Make A Wish Foundation)
-> Imagine Studios (Charity: Parkinson Canada)
-> Jubilation Studios (Charity: Alzheimer Society)
-> Kenner Dance Team (Charity: Teachers For Kids)
-> LCS Dance Company (Charity: Because I’m A Girl Campaign)
-> Move N’ Groove Dance Studio (Charity: Diabetes Association)
-> Peterborough PAC Dance Studio (Charity: Lakefield Animal Welfare Society)
-> Premiere Studio of Dance (Charity: Hospice Peterborough)
-> Revolutions Dance Studio (Charity: Sick Kids Hospital)
-> St. Peter’s Dance Team (Charity: Yes Shelter)
-> Thomas A. Stewart Dance Program (Charity: PRHC Mombassadors Campaign)


Tickets are $10 at the door for the show, which takes place in the TAS auditorium. 11 local dance organizations. 11 charities. 1 night.

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Donation Of Over $16,000 From Holiday 2 Hours Free Parking Presented To Kawartha Food Share

A total of $16,256 was raised for Kawartha Food Share in December 2018 through the generosity of people who opted to pay for parking during the Holiday 2 Hours Free Parking period, Mayor Diane Therrien announced with program sponsor HotSpot on Monday, January 28th.

This year, Holiday 2 Hours Free Parking was sponsored by HotSpot Parking. Hotspot has continued its support by announcing an additional $500 donation to Kawartha Food Share. “Kawartha Food Share is able to purchase $6 worth of food for every $1 it receives, bringing the total buying power of this combined donation to over $100,000,” Mayor Therrien says. “This donation is helping people throughout our community to put food on their tables.”

“We are so thankful for the continued support of the City of Peterborough and the local shoppers for supporting Kawartha Food Share each and every December,” says Ashlee Aitken, general manager of Kawartha Food Share. “This donation will allow us to purchase $100,000 worth of food which is an amazing help for us as we begin to restock our shelves after the busy holiday season.”

“We are excited to be contributing to the Peterborough community with this donation,” adds Phillip Curley, CEO of HotSpot. “Since we launched our parking app in December, we’ve had 1,602 drivers register to pay for their parking in Peterborough on the HotSpot app. This is a great start and we look forward to a strong future in the city.”

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Community Foundation Of Greater Peterborough Celebrates 10th Anniversary At Giving Gala

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough celebrated its 10th Anniversary Giving Gala on Saturday night (January 19th) at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.

At the event, the Community Foundation recognized the leadership of Bill Lockington, of LLF Lawyers, with an appointment as Lifetime Honorary Director. Lockington chaired the Community Foundation’s first Board of Directors. He currently chairs the board of Community Foundations of Canada, and continues to be a tireless supporter of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.

Founding Board Chair Bill Lockington speaking at Giving Gala (photo courtesy Community Foundation)

Founding Board Chair Bill Lockington speaking at Giving Gala (photo courtesy Community Foundation)

The dream of creating a community foundation began with a small group of community-minded volunteers and $40,000 from the Peterborough Affordable Housing Foundation, which was winding down at the time.

The founding Board of Directors met in June 2009. With the support of local philanthropists, the Community Foundation made its first grant in 2011. Since that time, more than $2.1 million has been granted by the Foundation to projects that build community vitality.

Photo from Gala night courtesy Community Foundation

Photo from Gala night courtesy Community Foundation

“The Community Foundation has emerged over a decade as a trusted steward of community philanthropy, and a significant investor in positive change in the City and County of Peterborough,” says John Good, Executive Director at the Foundation. “The stories we hear from the charities we fund are a powerful testament to the way that giving together creates lasting impact.”

The Community Foundation is grateful to the many sponsors, donors and volunteers who supported the 10th Anniversary Giving Gala—especially for the leadership of Graeme Ross and the team at RBC Wealth Management, the Foundation’s Community Benefactor sponsors.

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How Havelock Built An Outdoor Community Rink In The Blink Of An Eye

The idea for a large, free outdoor community rink in the small town of Havelock near Peterborough hatched in David Sharpe from a childhood memory of a rink that was kept on a nearby farm. It inspired this community builder in adulthood to put together a plan to make it happen, and in a matter of months—thanks to a community that rallied around him—that dream is happening.

David and his family spearheaded the rink initiative in Havelock to build it on the infield of the Havelock Ball Diamond, and it has taken off quickly. “I made a proposal to our council, attended a handful of council meetings and finally got approval,” David tells PTBOCanada. “The council lent us the funds to buy what we needed, and myself and a handful of friends put the rink together. We formed a team of volunteers, put a Facebook page together, and the support for the project has been incredible.”

The Community Rink in Havelock (January 1st, 2019)

The Community Rink in Havelock (January 1st, 2019)

The goal was $5,000 to fund the rink and nearly $4,000 has already been raised—you can donate online here. David, who owns Belmont Custom Cabinetry in Havelock Belmont Methuen (HBM), says he has been inspired by how this has galvanized the community. The hashtag #HBMProud and social media was used to inspire action, and community members have been stepping up to donate money and time.

“I have a passion for community building, our municipality and a drive to increase economic development, tourism and culture in our region,” David tells PTBOCanada. “The support for the Havelock Community Outdoor Rink just goes to show what can happen when people work together to accomplish a goal.”


Just recently they announced a sponsorship from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and their Recharge With Milk program…

The HBM municipal council graciously lent the Havelock Outdoor Rink Committee the funds to build the rink, which they have 18 months to repay in full—and donations are coming in here by businesses, community members and people from across Canada that go towards construction, operating costs and maintenance.

All this goes to show that if you believe in the power of community—no matter the size of the town—and you inspire ideas and rally others around your cause, anything can happen. Including building a magical outdoor rink.

For more information about the project, email the organizers here.

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