Our Mission and Values

Our Mission


Kawartha Commons is a self-organizing group committed to design, build and manage, by 2023, a 10- to 30-unit sustainable, accessible cohousing community close to central Peterborough, yet close to nature.  We always strive to communicate openly and honestly, making all efforts to understand and resolve differences. Our goal is to create an inclusive, diverse and caring community open to a range of financial situations that supports each of its members in choosing their own destiny.

Our Values

To Communicate With Integrity 
I agree to tell my truth, with compassion for others and myself and to trust that others are doing the same. 

To Listen With My Heart 
I agree to listen respectfully and with empathy to the communications of others and to do so without judgement, giving others the benefit of the doubt. 

To Own My Feelings 
I agree to take responsibility for my feelings and how I react to the words and actions of others. I agree to practice Nonviolent Communication to express those feelings in a spirit of openness, compassion and kindness. 

To Honour Each Person's Process 
I agree to assume the best of intentions when interacting with members of the community, to reserve judgement and allow for vulnerability. I understand that goals are often the same even though methods for achieving them may differ. 

To Express Appreciation 
I agree to appreciate others and myself and to support the community and the individuals in it. 


To Cooperate with Others 
I agree to maintain a sense of cooperation and caring in my interactions with others. 

To Honour Our Differences 
I agree to value differences and diversity. 

To Be Aware of Conflict 
I agree to look for the unresolved issues within me that create a disproportionate adverse reaction to another's behaviour and to take responsibility for my own actions and to acknowledge my mistakes.

To Resolve Conflicts Constructively 
I agree to take problems and complaints to the person(s) involved at the earliest opportunity. I agree not to criticize or complain to someone who cannot do something about my complaint, and I will redirect others to do the same. I will not say behind someone's back what I am not willing to say to their face. I agree to get help solving a conflict if I’m not able to solve it on my own by asking for mediation, support and/or empathy from someone who is not involved in the conflict. 

To Maintain Harmony 
I agree to take the time to establish rapport with others and to reconnect with anyone with whom I feel out of harmony as soon as it is appropriate, to honour my own and other’s boundaries and give space to others when they need it. 

To Freely Participate 
I agree to freely choose and re-choose to participate in the Kawartha Commons Cohousing Community. It is my choice. 

To Lighten Up! 
I agree to allow fun and joy in my relationships, my work, and my life.