COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community Development is a process whereby community members come together to take collective action and find solutions to common problems. It pays particular attention to community members who face barriers and are at risk. It fosters collaboration to respond to local needs and basic rights such as:

  • Access to housing
  • Food security
  • Health and well being
  • Democratic process

To learn more about Community Development, please see the Guiding Principles for Community Development Practice.

SUPPORTING BLACK STUDENT SUCCESS

Supporting Black Student Success: Parent Advocacy Conference
 
Date: March 25, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Brookfield High School (824 Brookfield Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6J3)

Parents for Diversity,in partnership with OCDSB, is hosting Supporting Black Student Success: Parent Advocacy Conference.

This free in-person event for parents and caregivers of Black children will provide strategies for supporting and advocating for their children’s success in three key areas:

  • Supporting Multilingual Learners
  • High School Streaming/Destreaming
  • Responding to School Discipline
  • See poster!

Parents will also have the opportunity to share their own strategies and network with each other and community partners.

Sessions will be available in English or French. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at no cost.
Childminding (ages 4+) will be free and available upon request.

RURAL TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS (RTS)

Rural Transportation Solutions (RTS) is conducting a survey to give residents of rural Ottawa an opportunity to provide input on their transportation needs.

Responses to this survey will help RTS build on the results from previous surveys and lead to the development of practical and financially responsible transit solutions for rural residents.

The survey results will allow them to have a better understanding of the Origin and Destination of trips and their timing. The survey will also give more feedback on what residents consider to be reasonable fares. See poster!

RETHINKING COMMUNITY SAFETY IN OTTAWA

In the wake of growing concerns in Canada and across North America about anti-Black racism, anti-Indigeneity, members of the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CCHRC) released the report, Rethinking Community Safety in Ottawa (pdf) 

The report looks at how effectively and efficiently policing is meeting community needs and producing outcomes that actually keep Ottawa safer. It also proposes how alternatives focused on support, not enforcement, can better meet those needs. Where policing is not proving to be an effective tool to produce greater safety, the report looks at other jurisdictions to see what alternatives are effective elsewhere. And, looks at Ottawa’s own capacities to see where we have the tools, and ready opportunities, to do better. The report offers clear options for city investments that can produce better outcomes for Ottawa than ongoing increases to the police budget.

Here is the press conference link:  https://www.facebook.com/CentretownCHC/videos/4720640437986011

INCLUSIVE ADULT SOCIAL GROUP

AGES 30+ | *BILINGUAL | IN PERSON
*Conversations will be primarily in English. **Limited spots.

  • The peer support group welcomes individuals ages 30+ needing a supportive space and companionship.
  • Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in person at the Centre 
  • Registration is required, as spots are limited.
  • For more information and to register, contact Christine or call 613-830-4357, ext. 309.
  • See poster.

In-Person groups open - Call to register - limited space available.

INDIGENOUS BEADING SESSIONS

ALL AGES | ENGLISH ONLY | FREE | FRIDAYS | VIA ZOOM 

  • Do you want to connect with your Indigenous roots?  Beading is a great way to practice our ancestral art form.  Beading heals, teaches patience and perseverance.  Beading is medicine;
  • Weekly sessions offered by Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East;
  • Beginner to Advanced;
  • Free supply kits available for pick-up in Orléans or use your own supplies;
  • Adults, youth and children (with parental assistance);
  • Fridays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm; and
  • For more information, check the events tab on Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East’s Facebook page or email

HARM-REDUCTION

Harm-reduction

NALOXONE DISTRIBUTION SITE

  • Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdoes;
  • You can come to the Centre to get a nasal kit (max 2 kits per visit);
  • No ID, name or contact information required to receive a kit;
  • A quick information session with an Intake Woker is required before receiving the kit;
  • For more information, contact the Centre at 613-830-4357.

CITY FOR ALL WOMEN INITIATIVE (CAWI)

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) is a unique collaboration of women from diverse communities, organizations, and academia working with municipal decision makers to create a more inclusive city and promote gender equality.

A 2022 City of Ottawa Budget for All: Community Asks and Background Document November 2021

Every year we advocate for budget priorities that reflect the needs of community members and which, if followed, would increase equity for those who are marginalized in our City, including women and gender diverse individuals, disabled individuals, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous and Black people and people of colour, and those living on low incomes.

To find out more about the organization and their events, click here.

If you are interested in community engagement, contact Carole at 613-830-4357, ext. 306.