At Brant, community means a lot to us!

Peterborough is not only where our business is based, it’s where we raise our families and build our lives.

We are proud to support more than 30 local causes though our Charitable Organization Support Program. Benefits of the program include:

  • Use of prime storefront windows to promote your message
  • ‘On hold’ messaging about your programs and services
  • Promotion on Brant Basics’ social media accounts

We also work with local charities to make our community stronger through fundraising, sponsorships, and in-kind donations. We strive to live our values every day, in everything we do.

Interested? Contact us to find out more.

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July 2018 – The world is experienced differently by people who do not communicate through spoken word.  Deaf culture is a community of people who communicate using Sign Language, be it  American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes Québécoise (LSQ) or any of the other variations of visual language.  The culture is not defined by hearing loss, but rather of a shared experience of the world through the use of visual images in place of words.  It is unique, diverse and rich in its history, heritage and experiences.  American Sign Language (ASL) helps to illustrate that history and experience in a way that spoken words simply cannot.  Deaf culture is a way of life and learned ways of acting, feeling and thinking based on a group who share common language, beliefs, values and identity.  For many of those who are Deaf, the culture isn’t so much inherited from birth as it is absorbed and adopted later in life, as people are exposed to more of the Deaf community at large.  Deaf culture is and the Deaf community are always identified with a capital D as it relates to the identity of a group of people.   Array Services owes Deaf culture and the Deaf community a great debt of gratitude in informing our services, approaches and understanding of the needs of those we serve.  It is only through their assistance that we are able to help the people in our service learn more about their culture, community and means to communicate.  For more information about Deaf Culture, please visit the Ontario Association of the Deaf or the Canadian Association of the Deaf

For 40 years, we have been empowering people to develop the skills they need to communicate in a safe American Sign Language (ASL) environment.

Check out the wonderful work being done locally at Array Service (formerly Civitan House). HERE

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July 2018 – The world is experienced differently by people who do not communicate through spoken word.  Deaf culture is a community of people who communicate using Sign Language, be it  American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes Québécoise (LSQ) or any of the other variations of visual language.  The culture is not defined by hearing loss, but rather of a shared experience of the world through the use of visual images in place of words.  It is unique, diverse and rich in its history, heritage and experiences.  American Sign Language (ASL) helps to illustrate that history and experience in a way that spoken words simply cannot.  Deaf culture is a way of life and learned ways of acting, feeling and thinking based on a group who share common language, beliefs, values and identity.  For many of those who are Deaf, the culture isn’t so much inherited from birth as it is absorbed and adopted later in life, as people are exposed to more of the Deaf community at large.  Deaf culture is and the Deaf community are always identified with a capital D as it relates to the identity of a group of people.   Array Services owes Deaf culture and the Deaf community a great debt of gratitude in informing our services, approaches and understanding of the needs of those we serve.  It is only through their assistance that we are able to help the people in our service learn more about their culture, community and means to communicate.  For more information about Deaf Culture, please visit the Ontario Association of the Deaf or the Canadian Association of the Deaf

For 40 years, we have been empowering people to develop the skills they need to communicate in a safe American Sign Language (ASL) environment.

Check out the wonderful work being done locally at Array Service (formerly Civitan House). HERE

June 2018 – Hospice Peterborough

“Hospice is not about dying… it’s about living, and living your life to the end and to the fullest.” – A Hospice Peterborough client

What exactly is hospice palliative care? Why would I come to Hospice?

Receiving the news that you or someone in your family has a serious, possibly life-threatening illness is terrifying. The last thing you want to think about is dying. However, hospice palliative care can be an invaluable resource to you and your family from the time you hear bad news. To quote a long time Hospice client, “Hospice is not about dying, it’s about living… and living life to the fullest.”

So coming to Hospice connects you with many services that you will find helpful – wellness programs, support groups, the chance to connect with others going through the same situation. You will be welcomed by knowledgeable, caring staff and volunteers whose primary goal is to help you feel safe and comfortable.

Whether you are living with a life threatening illness, caring for someone or grieving, Hospice Peterborough can help guide you through all the challenges, changes and difficult decisions you and your family are facing. Your hopes, your priorities, your comfort and your quality of life define our care.

We hope this website will help you find information, opportunities and options. It also describes the programming we offer.

Our professional staff and skilled volunteers have the knowledge and experience to make a positive difference in your journey. This can be an overwhelming time, but you do not have to struggle alone. Hospice can help.

Note: AGM  – June 28, 2018

Learn more HERE

Join Brant Basics as we participate in the third annual Ride Don’t Hide for Mental Health, taking place Sunday, June 24th at Nicholl’s Oval, Peterborough in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge. This fun, family focussed, non-competitive event includes your choice of a 2, 12 or 24 km ride along the beautiful Rotary Trail followed by a complimentary BBQ.

Through your support, we can all help to erase the stigma of mental illness, mobilize community members to celebrate mental health and raise critical funds for our local Four County Crisis Safe Beds Program. 4CC provides a continuum of comprehensive crisis response services to individuals 16 years and over. 

You can register yourself and/or a team today at http://ridedonthide.com/on/ride/peterborough/ . Registration is $35 to April 30th and $45 up to event day. Children 12 and under are free. All paid registrations include a Ride Don’t Hide event shirt. If you don’t ride a bike, register as a virtual rider at no charge, and simply raise funds – without the bike – for a great cause! For information on sponsorship, volunteer and other Ride Don’t Hide or CMHA HKPR information, please contact Kerri Davies, Manager of Community Engagement at kdavies@cmhahkpr.ca or 705-748-6687 or visit www.cmhahkpr.ca

 

April 2018- National Youth Week 2018

National Youth week 2018 is just around the corner.

Join in all kinds of exciting events from May 1 to 7th, 2018 in the Peterborough Community.

All of the events are open to youth ages 13 to 19 years. The week long calendar will be available soon. Check back soon for event details

If you would like to be part of the planning session please contact Ellen Stewart at estewart@peterborough.ca or 705 742-7777 x 1805.

http://www.ptboyouth.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheLoftdys/

CCRC is charitable, non-profit and community-based. CCRC’s professional caring staff serve over 7,000 households each year and help people to maintain and secure housing, strengthen relationships and gain control of their finances. 

CCRC has a ripple effect. Our services reach far beyond the clients we serve to have an impact on their families, workplaces, friends, neighbourhoods and the full community. CCRC services help people keep their jobs. They prevent suicides. They bring hope. They have a lasting effect on the people served and the whole community.

Find us online: www.ccrc-ptbo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCRC.Peterborough/

Twitter: @CCRC_Ptbo

 

Juke Box Mania

Juke Box Mania, a sell-out event in its 13th year, will be held Friday, April 27, 2018 in Peterborough, Ontario. It is a fun evening that brings together over 400 people for great music, food and entertainment, involving a “Name that Tune” game, which challenges players to name musical artists, movies, jingles, television shows and various songs from every musical genre in a fun, relaxed and party-like atmosphere.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds to prevent homelessness and support other services of Community Counselling and Resource Centre (CCRC).

You can register a team of 8 for this year’s event at: www.ccrc-ptbo.com

Check out last year’s event at #jukeboxmania

Join us in celebrating The New Canadian Centre – a group doing some fantastic work in the community. Read along below, and learn more.

The New Canadians Centre Peterborough is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. We strive to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society, and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community. 

We provide information and referrals and organise programs to ease and promote the adjustment of immigrants and refugees to Canadian culture. We also promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance through education and awareness projects

On Saturday March 3, 2018, you are invited to join us for our sixth annual gala event “One Night in Zimbabwe”!

We look forward to sharing some highlights of Zimbabwean culture with you. Our musical guests Nhapitapi will be sharing the stage with performers from the Trent Fashion Society and Trent African and Caribbean Student Union. Two Dishes Cookshop will also be presenting a specially-designed Zim-inspired menu. A highlight of the event is the Live Auction with great items including a Zimbabwean stone sculpture from Zimart’s Rice Lake Gallery and 4 tickets to a Las Vegas Golden Knights game!

Saturday March 3, 2018
6:00 – 9:00pm at ARIA (331 George St. North)
Free admission to The Social for after-party
Dress code: Cocktail

Ticket: $150
A tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price will be emailed to you after the event

Website: nccpeterborough.ca 
Facebook: facebook.com/newcanadianscentre
Twitter: twitter.com/ncc_ptbo
Instagram: instagram.com/newcanadianscentre

Jan 2018 – ReFrame Film Festival

The 14th annual ReFrame Film Festival will take place from January 25th – 28th, 2018 at venues throughout downtown Peterborough. Featuring over 60 films from all over the world, ReFrame focuses on issues of human rights, social justice and environmental activism, with the aim of using film and art to provide opportunities for education and thoughtful debate within the communities of Peterborough.

Tickets are available online at www.reframefilmfestival.ca, at the GreenUP Store (378 Aylmer St., Peterborough), and at Happenstance Books and Yarn (44 Queen St., Lakefield).

For more information, click here or contact us at: (705) 745-3238 x 211 |info@reframefilmfestival.ca

 

December 2017 – Public Energy is a producer and animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance and interdisciplinary work.  We are dedicated to supporting the creation, touring and presentation of innovative contemporary performing arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate. Public Energy produces an annual season of contemporary dance, theatre and interdisciplinary performance, featuring the best artists from Peterborough, across Canada and beyond. Public Energy’s next event is Mouthpiece, an award winning theatre work by the Quote Unquote Collective from Toronto, on February 23 rd at 8pm at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available in advance through the Market Hall Box Office.

Visit our web site, publicenergy.ca for details about Mouthpiece and the rest of our mainstage
season!

November 2017 – Alternatives Community Program Services has been passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Supporting 250+ individuals and their families annually, Alternatives provides opportunities for learning and skill development in the areas of employment, volunteerism, recreation and community involvement.

Alternatives outgrew and sold its two properties and purchased St. George’s Church at 270 Braidwood Avenue. We are excited to call the Braidwood neighbourhood our new home and eager to revitalize this amazing community gathering space.

Renovations have been moving along very well, with great consideration given to long-term sustainability, environmental impact, using local products and services as well as our overall focus on accessibility.

We have ceased renovations this month to focus our efforts on raising money. Our Capital Campaign is reaching out to our community, our neighbours and our friends to help us complete this project.

Your gift to the Braidwood Neighbourhood Project will see this building transformed into a safe and accessible community space for people living with disabilities and other members of our community for many years to come.

http://alternativescommunityprogramservices.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/AlternativesPeterborough

https://twitter.com/AlternativesCPS

 

Brant Basics is proud to support Junior Achievement

It offers Peterborough, Lakeland and Muskoka students education in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial and Workplace Readiness.

Dedicated partners and investors within these communities help with program delivery to children and youth.

They are dedicated to helping young people stay in the small towns and villages where they grew up, and offer bilingual programs to serve Ontario’s many Francophones.

At Brant, we’re always keen to share info on some the great community organizations in our community. September 2017 is no different. Please check out Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence.  At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training.  In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events. 

Join us for our 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 14. Learn more at our website kawarthasexualassaultcnetre.com. Visit us at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @ksacstaff and YouTube at KawarthaSAC #DoYouTalkConsent?

Brant is pleased to support … United Way Peterborough:

Life is complicated – for the family living in poverty, the child struggling in school, or the person living with a mental illness — there is no single solution to move forward. Which is why when you give to United Way, you’re working with us to invest in programs that result in a wide range of possibility for those living in our community. A gift to United Way will change a life. United Way Peterborough is 100% local and positively impacts around 60,000 lives annually. For information or to learn more visit our website at www.uwpeterborough.ca

Brant Basics is happy to support… Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. The OFAH | *Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre provides:

  • A unique place for conservation success stories of anglers and hunters young and old
  • Curriculum-linked education programs, and summer camps emphasizing the importance of environmental conservation and education
  • A venue for birthday parties, corporate meetings and events, and welcome walk-in visitors of all ages

For more info visit www.hfhc.ca

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 10.31.54 PMWe are thrilled to shine a light on Fairhaven Long-Term Care Home, for the month of June!

Fairhaven is Peterborough’s only non-profit municipal home, is gearing up for their 10th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll event, Celebrating Canada’s 150th, Sat., July 1, 2017.

Everyone can join to raise funds & awareness. Fairhaven is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our Residents in a caring and safe environment. Contact us at  http://www.fairhavenltc.com/

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May 2017 – Habitat for Humanity – Please take a moment to check out the great work of our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Yet another great local not-for-profit doing great things in our community. They’ve got the streetside window display all month, check it out and learn more and consider volunteering your time.

Affordable homeownership provides a solid foundation for families to build strength, stability and self-reliance. It’s a platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations. Every Habitat home changes lives: those of the families who help build them and pay an affordable mortgage and all the volunteers, donors and supporters who offer them a “hand up” in a time of need. At Habitat, we believe that every one deserves a safe and decent place to live. Every parent wants a better future for their children and every child should know the confidence that comes from a stable home.

Locally established in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has helped 28 families achieve homeownership. This build season, we will partner with 4 new families to build homes in Peterborough. Through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials, Habitat build homes from the ground up in partnership with local families. We offer families a “hand-up, not a hand-out”! The hand-up comes in the form of a 0% interest mortgage, with no down payment and geared to income monthly payments. To demonstrate their commitment, each family contributes 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ or volunteer service with our organization, helping to build their own home alongside volunteers.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Habitat and we are proud to have a diverse and dedicated base of helping hands. Our popular Youth Build, Women Build and Community Build programs engage volunteers from all walks of life in Habitat’s mission- building homes, fundraising and advocating. Our capacity to help families access decent and affordable housing is directly powered by the support of our partners. 100% of donations are used to fund the cost of construction materials needed for home building. Together, with support from our volunteers and partners, we can continue helping families achieve the stability and independence they need to build brighter, more prosperous lives for themselves and their children.

visit www.habitatpkr.ca for more info.

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April 2017 – Dalhousie Youth Support Services is a non-profit organization committed to helping youth in conflict with the law in the Peterborough area. Our innovative programs promote and develop positive social behaviours and encourage personal and academic growth.  Join in the fun during the 2017  National Youth Week, May 1st to 7th. Events are geared  for youth 13 to 18 years of age and most events are free. Like us on Facebook and check out our calendar of events on www.ptboyouth.com. For more information call 707 742-7777 x 1805. Take a moment to check out this organization’s website, and be informed.