In September 2017, the old Peterborough Brock Mission Shelter was torn down and demolished to make way for a new, bigger, brighter, three-storey shelter that will provide semi-independent living for 40 men in need, and create two separate housing spaces, one for Harm Reduction Strategies and the other for Addiction Treatment.
The Men’s Brock Mission Shelter closed last year because conditions were unsafe and relocated their program to a temporary venue at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Peterborough, Ontario. There is a need to raise 8 million dollars to build a new facility and Brock Mission has committed to raise one million dollars. MP Leslie Parnell, the current ward councillor of Otonabee, was given the challenge of raising the money, acutely aware how much the new facility for the Brock Mission was needed. The fundraising was launched at the Galerie Q venue. At this event, Councillor Leslie Parnell announced that Galerie Q was the prime sponsor of this fundraising initiative.
A wonderful and significant painting by Yvon Lemieux, “The Card Game” (La partie de cartes) was donated by Galerie Q to jumpstart the fundraising. The donated painting is a back yard scene set in Beauport, Québec. On a bright sunny afternoon, friends are sitting around a table playing cards while laundry hangs on a chord and children are playing outside. A pleasant and wonderful day is depicted, an image stemming from Yvon’s childhood memories. It reflects the way the Peterborough community draws together as a family to give help to the people that need it.
Ticket sales for the painting alone raised $16,000 and the Brock Mission Building Fund raised over $30,000, for a total so far of over $46,000. Galerie Q also provided a major billboard at a prime, high-traffic area as a visual reminder for people to donate and draw attention to the importance of this campaign for the Brock Mission. It was very successful and resulted in important donations to help the fund grow.
Galerie Q, 1521 County Road 10, Cavan, ON, L0A 1C0, 705-944-888
In September 2017, the old Peterborough…