Column: Jan. 22, 2015

Drivers sought to assist West Carleton residents

On January 15, I attended a volunteer information session hosted by the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC). The purpose of the session was to actively recruit volunteer drivers from communities in West Carleton who are able to support local seniors and adults with physical disabilities with drives to activities such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, church, etc. I was pleased to see a good contingent of residents attending the session which resulted in WOCRC recruiting several new volunteer drivers. This is a great start!

WOCRC is still actively seeking volunteer drivers. Drivers are compensated for their mileage and provided with great training opportunities in the health and social service sector. If interested, please connect the WOCRC at 613-591-3686 or

Skating season begins on outdoor rinks

Thousands of volunteers are preparing the City’s outdoor rinks and, weather permitting, many rinks are open for skating. The City operates more than 250 outdoor rinks citywide, with 8 outdoor rinks in Ward 5:

Our community outdoor rinks may close from time-to-time due to changing weather conditions. As well, the rinks are supervised by dedicated volunteers, so availability to skate may vary from rink to rink. To find out the present condition of your favourite rink, visit the above community association websites.

Attention students! Polish up your resumes

The City of Ottawa 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 2 to February 27, 2015. Students interested in summer employment with the City apply online at This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience with positions available in many different areas. For more information including eligibility criteria are outlined on the City’s website.