Provincial Grant Improves Woodshop to Create New Opportunities

November 3, 2023 Queensville, ON – On Friday, MPP Caroline Mulroney stopped in to meet with the team at New Leaf: Living and Learning Together Inc. (New Leaf).  While there, MPP Mulroney had an opportunity to see and hear about the upgrades that were made to New Leaf’s woodshop and elsewhere onsite, thanks to a $133,500 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that it received last November.

“Our government is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals with diverse abilities in York-Simcoe and across our province,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe. “This capital grant funding has helped them make much needed improvements to New Leaf’s home, ensuring they deliver services in a safe and enriching space for all to enjoy in the community.”

The scope of work made possible by the $133,500 grant from OTF included new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, exterior siding and windows. Additional work funded by New Leaf included a new accessible bathroom, interior and exterior doors, entrance ramps and interior painting.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be exaggerated,” said Colleen Ashmore-Miehm, Executive Director of New Leaf. “This grant has allowed needed renovations to be made to an older building that had fallen into disrepair – especially as it had not been used since the onset of the pandemic. The improvements create a phenomenal accessible and functional space that will enable New Leaf to work with partners, including artisans and hobbyists, to create opportunities for individuals supported and for others who live in our community.”

About New Leaf: Living and Learning Together Inc. (New Leaf): New Leaf provides a safe home to, and enriches the lives of, individuals with developmental disabilities in a unique sensory and natural environment. Celebrating 40 years in 2024, New Leaf was founded by a dedicated group of individuals from Toronto who sought to create a rural living choice for individuals with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours. Today New Leaf operates 13 supported living homes and community-based day services, including a variety of activities on its 110-acre farm property on Leslie Street.

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation: The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit to learn more.


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