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TCDSB Joins Senator Frank O'Connor Heritage House in Celebrating the Completion of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s CCF Restoration Project

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The Hon. Michael Coteau, MPP joined members of Frank O’Connor Heritage House and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to celebrate the completion of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Capital Fund Restoration Project at the 1930s-era mansion. MPP Coteau was joined by Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to formally acknowledge the results of receiving a $500,000 Community Capital Fund grant in 2012, ensuring that this historic property remains a safe and accessible place for the community.


Angela Kennedy, Trustee Ward 11 and Chair of the TCDSB was also at the ceremony to offer sentiments and congratulations, along with Brian Sankarsingh, Chair of the Frank O’Connor House Board of Directors and Tracey Parish, Principal of Senator O’Connor College. Senator O’Connor students treated guests to a choral performance.


The mission of Senator Frank O’Connor House is to preserve and restore the estate buildings of the late Canadian senator and philanthropist Senator Frank Patrick O’Connor – the founder of Canadian candy company Laura Secord. Once abandoned and vandalized, it took over five years to bring the house back to its former glory.


Now the historic doors open to a restored mansion with a renewed purpose as the TCDSB, the property landlord, uses the house and coach house as teaching space and the buildings are utilized at other times by local community, ethno-cultural, heritage and education organizations.​