To celebrate Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we’re sharing stories from our program participants, staff, and volunteers about what makes our House so special.

Here, longtime board member George Jolly and our first ever youth programmer Carol White share their fondness for the people of our House.

Listen to George here or read below:


I’ve been involved with Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House since 1978, and every director that we’ve had so far, all the staff, and even the volunteers, have been nice people.

I feel we’ve been very lucky in that way. We’ve also trained some people that have left here and gone on to be the directors of other neighbourhood houses, including Little Mountain and Burnaby.

A lot of good people came through here, a lot of good people.

Some of them have gone on to the next neighbourhood house in the sky. And they are missed by me particularly, since I was lucky enough to work with them

So I guess that’s why, over the past 30 years, I’ve always kept involved. 

Listen to Carol here or read below:


I met my husband in this neighbourhood and I married him when I was at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. So we have been married for a long time and we have two kids.

And there were many relationships that happened here at the Neighbourhood House. One of the people my husband hired became the best man at our wedding and we are still friends 40 years later.

Many people also meet partners at the Neighbourhood House.  There are lots of great relationships that happen beyond a work relationship, that you can find in a social service agency. They are just really great people that are part of that world.

Do you have a story about what your Neighbourhood House means to you? Share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #myNHstory!