Column: January 26, 2017

“Be Well” Survey – Your health & well-being matters

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) invites you to join them in exploring a snapshot of the health and well-being of people living in the far-west and rural communities. The “Be Well” survey (, developed by the Association of Ontario Health Centres, aims to capture overall quality of life indicators derived from the Canadian Index of Well-being. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and all information is kept strictly confidential. With this survey data, WOCRC aims to better understand the well-being needs of the far-west and rural communities, while making comparisons with communities across the city, province and country. Participation ends March 8, 2017. WOCRC will share their community well-being report at a public forum later this year. Please share this survey far and wide!

On a related note, I would like to personally thank Cathy Jordan – retiring Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre – for her unwavering dedication to the residents of Ward 5. Cathy will be missed and I hope she enjoys her well deserved retirement!

Valentines for Veterans

The Diefenbunker invites families to join them in making handmade Valentines for the brave men and women who served our country. They have partnered with The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to create these tokens of affection for its residents. Let’s show them our love with heartfelt messages of gratitude:

•    Dates: Saturday, January 28 and Saturday February 4
•    Time: 11am to 4pm
•    Included in the cost of admission

Winterlude beginning soon

Winterlude 2017 will run from February 3 to 20 at various locations throughout Ottawa, including Ottawa City Hall and Lansdowne Park. There will lots to see and do and hopefully (fingers crossed!) the Rideau Canal will be open for skating. Lace up your skates, grab a Beaver Tail and enjoy all that Winterlude has to offer. Visit the Winterlude website at for a complete listing of events and activities.

Registration open for March Break camps

School will be out from March 13 to 17 for March Break, and the City is offering fun-filled March Break camps in sports, arts, swimming and more. Registration begins on January 18, at 9pm. For more information and to register go to or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre.