Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough
Hilary Morgan has been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough for over a year now, and has been matched with her Little Sister, Nautica, since March of 2023. They spent most of the summer swimming, going for walks, and most of all just hanging out and getting to know one another. Taking the time to spend with a child, can impact their future in such a positive way. By providing one on one mentoring, we can encourage kids to stay in school, avoid bad behaviour, create more confidence and find value in developing healthy relationships with their family and friends. Hilary has also benefited from being a Big Sister and finds that it has opened up new opportunities for her, created an unexpected sense of fulfillment, as well as made a positive difference in her life overall. Hilary and Nautica are looking forward to developing their friendship, and creating lots of fun memories in the years to come. If you are thinking about joining our program, please head to our website to fill out an application. We have many kids waiting for their opportunity to find a mentor in their life.
New Canadians Centre
Jack, a retired manager of both Community Living Peterborough & the New Canadian Center where he facilitated the support to over 600 newcomers with their initial start to living in Canada- He is a long term resident of Peterborough County. As a strong believer that everyone has gifts, he believes people should be encouraged to use those strengths to improve the conditions of the Community that they live in. Since retiring he has offered his knowledge and time to people who are new to Canada. You may find Jack at the local library where he may be tutoring students of high school or college, or helping someone navigate the complex world of government and other systems. Jack attends many professional appointments when people find it intimidating to advocate for themselves with busy professionals. With his son Jon, Jack has coaches recreational soccer and coordinates a weekly drop-in soccer activity for youth. Through his many encounters with people of diverse backgrounds, Jack has learned how little he knew about other global societies. He has embraced these experiences as valuable personal growth. Jack also spends as much time as he can with his wife, two toddler granddaughters and friends, who have all brought much joy to his life.
Dave and Kim Morello have been the owner/operator of Morello’s Your Independent Grocers since August of 2000. From day one, Dave has demonstrated not only a commitment to his store and staff but to the city of Peterborough. Dave has always felt a responsibility to the community and his role in helping and bettering Peterborough where possible. Dave, virtually each and every day, supports several local events, with donations of store space, product, and gift cards etc., to help ensure their fund-raising success. Dave has been, and still remains actively involved with many of the following:
2014-Current-Chair of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, 2007-Current-Board Member of the YMCA Peterborough, 2022 Inductee in the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, 2021-Inductee into the Junior Achievement Pathway of Fame, 2021 Peterborough and District Volunteer of the Year, 2021-Recipinet of the Ontario (YMCA) Peace Award, 2020-Awarded Most Influential citizen and Top Employer Award for Peterborough, 2015-Top 20 most influential person in Peterborough, 2014-Top 20 most influential person in Peterborough, 2014-Recipient of the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough’s Awareness Community Award, 2012-Recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medallion, for recognition of outstanding community work, 2005 Peterborough Business Citizen of the Year. Recipient of several (10) Foodland Ontario Awards of Excellence, and selected a few times as Readers Choice Favourite Grocery Store, Festival of Trees-Peterborough Regional Health Centre-Vice Chair, 2002-2007, Ted on the Roof-Yearly Leukemia Fund-Raiser-20 years, and running nearly $300000 raised to date.
Kawartha Food Share
Rob has been volunteering at Kawartha Food Share for the past four years since retiring from PRHC, but it feels like he’s been with us forever! He’s a member of our Tuesday & Thursday volunteer crew, but is always coming in on his off days when we need an extra hand. The majority of his volunteer days, Rob drives one of our refrigerated trucks and collects donations from our corporate donors and grocery store bins, as well as drops off emergency food hampers to those in need around the city. We honestly could have not made it through the last couple of years without Robs hard work and dedication and we are so thankful to have him as apart of our team!!
Canadian Blood Services
Kristen has been a high school teacher that has taught for 17 years. Throughout her teaching career she has been supporting Canadian Blood Services, for the last 9 years she has been bringing her students into our centres in Peterborough, Port Hope and Cobourg. In 2015 she also started stem cell drives for her students. Kristens commitment to our service and her students for helped save 100’s of lives!
Five Counties Children’s Centre
Amy is a dedicated and compassionate member of our Five Counties Family, having worked as a Resource Consultant at Five Counties for 15 years! As a resource consultant she works as a team with families and early childhood educators to support children in childcare programs. Amy provides activity suggestions to encourage children’s skill development; helps families with the coordination of services for their child; and offers education and capacity building for early childhood educators. She shared that while working at Five Counties she has met and worked along side very passionate and knowledgeable people, and she feels fortunate to be in a position where she can demonstrate her passion to enhance the quality of life for all children. Amy not only helps as part of her job but she also volunteers her time at Five Counties’ events to help raise awareness and funding so more children can get the treatment they need. When Amy isn’t working, she loves curling and spending time with her family.
Susan Jones and Rachel Norris
Susan and Rachel are the friendly faces you see when you step into the shelter, the warm voice on the phone when you call, and the compassionate heart behind the scenes. As the first points of contact, Susan and Rachel are not only passionate about helping animals but also creating a welcoming and positive experience for everyone who walks through those doors. They provide guidance, offer assistance, and answer your questions with a smile, ensuring that every interaction is one filled with education, professionalism, and the kind of hospitality that makes our community proud. Their dedication to the Peterborough Humane Society mission is unwavering, and they’re key players of the team, fostering teamwork and building bridges, both inside and outside our shelter walls. So, tonight, as we drop the puck for an exciting hockey game, let’s also drop a round of applause for Susan and Rachel who make our community a better place every day. Thank you for your tireless work, your commitment to our furry friends, and your invaluable role in the Peterborough Humane Society.