Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity 

February 28, 2019

Historic Quaker Meeting House community opening March 3

Residents are invited to celebrate the community opening of the Quaker Meeting House, March 3. Tour one of Ajax’s oldest building, learn about the history of the Quaker’s and Pickering Village and enjoy the string quartet entertainment of Music4Life Ensemble.

Photo Opportunity

Date:               March 3, 2019

Time:              1-4 p.m.

1:30 p.m. (Greetings/Ribbon Cutting)

Location:        Quaker Meeting House, 457 Kingston Rd. W.

Speakers: Mayor Collier, MP Mark Holland, Eric Thom, Doric Lodge #424 Inc., Arthur Diamond, AECOM, Gord Thompson, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


  • Originally built in 1867 – Canada’s Confederation – by the Society of Friends (Quaker) congregation, the building was purchased and renovated by local Freemasons in 1943.
  • Council approved the transfer of the building and property to the Town in 2015.
  • The transfer aligns with the Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee’s mandate to preserve historical sites, architecture and promote cultural history of the Town of Ajax.
  • The Town was successful in receiving a grant in the amount of $434,800 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to offset the planned renovations costs for the building.
  • The building will continue to be home to a number of masonic lodges and affiliates which have joined Doric Lodge at this location over the years.
  • Upgrades include a new front entrance and rear addition, and interior accessibility modifications.






Media Contact: Victoria Kelly, Communications Support, 905-619-2529, ext. 3245