The My Peter-McGill project officially turned 1 on May 25th. We have achieved a lot together over the past 365 days, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the many organizations, institutions and concerned citizens involved in the project. Since May 2017 we have hosted over 15 events and workshops attended by 450 people, we have been mentioned in the media 32 times, our surveys have received over 250 responses. Now that we have a better picture of our neighbourhood’s needs and priorities, we will be able to focus our efforts on particular projects to make Peter-McGill a better living environment for everyone.
Here are some highlights from the past year:
May 25, 2017
The Collective Impact Project in Peter-McGill is officially launched, with a 5 à 7 party with live music and official project presentation.
An urban development survey is created and distributed to residents of Peter-McGill. We receive over 50 responses with citizen input on green space, housing, transportation and various other topics.
October 14, 2017
The first ever Forum on Urban Development in Peter-McGill is held, with important discussions around housing, public spaces and democratic life over the course of the day. Concrete courses of action are presented at the end of the event.
Parents and their kids organize around the lack of public schools in Peter-McGill, creating and colouring customized cards asking “Santa Proulx” (Ministry of Education) and key decision makers for a school in the neighbourhood for Christmas. The cards are delivered to Valérie Plante at the Ville-Marie Borough Council meeting.
December 7, 2017
Seniors gather at the Dufort HLM for DREAM GREEN for a discussion and creative exercise on Peter-McGill’s parks, gardens and recreational facilities.
February 1, 2018
The Collective Impact Project is officially renamed My Peter-McGill, following a community vote at the Forum.
February 25, 2018
40 community members come together to prioritize issues for the My Peter-McGill project. Attendees wanted the project to focus on the themes of densification and the Urban Plan at the top of their list, as well as keep an especially close watch on the Sulpicien’s site, the Children’s Square and the redevelopment of Ste. Catherine St. West.
March 3, 2018
100 parents, kids and concerned community members gather at Cabot Square to build an open air classroom in support of a primary public school on the former Montreal Children’s Hospital site. The event receives coverage from almost every major Montreal media outlet including CBC, Radio-Canada, the Gazette, and Journal de Montréal.
March 29, 2018
30 youth gather at the Youth Zone at the downtown YMCA for Mac ‘N Cheese and to talk about what they would like to see in a potential future park at the corner of McKay and Ste. Catherine streets. Participants used virtual reality headsets to take a tour of the site and then voted on what facilities would be most important to them. On May 8th, representatives of the group presented the results to Valérie Plante at the Borough Council Meeting.
To read more about each of these events, visit http://www.petermcgill.org/mon-peter-mcgill
To meet your neighbours and discuss the issues that matter to you, join the My Peter-McGill Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/monpetermcgill