Column: January 14, 2019

Survey on Ward 5’s Community Needs Assessment – Are you a resident of West Carleton-March and the guardian of any children, youth or young adults under the age of 24? If you answered YES, then the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) wants to hear from you. WOCRC is undertaking a Community Needs Assessment, and by participating you will be helping to shape how family services are delivered in West Carleton-March. As a parent or caregiver, your experiences are extremely valuable in helping us identify our priorities and opportunities for growth. There are two ways you can share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with WOCRC:

Option 1: Fill out this online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ward5ott (10 minutes). As a thank you, you and can enter your email into a draw for a $50 PC grocery gift card.

Option 2: Connect with Colleen Taylor via email at taylora@wocrc.ca or call 613-591-3686, ext 228 to schedule an in-person interview (1 hour commitment). In an effort to make it as easy as possible for you to participate in this option, WOCRC can provide reimbursements for family care costs, compensation for travel, and as a thank you a PC grocery gift card.

Free Fitness Classes in Kinburn – Adults 55+ – Take advantage of FREE fitness classes for adults 55+ in Kinburn. This is a new program funded by Ontario Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) with acknowledgments from Champlain CCAC and the Family Physiotherapy Centre. Join this drop-in program that runs until the end of the month. Classes are one hour in length and include a mix of cardiovascular exercise, stretching and strength training. The qualified and experienced instructor emphasizes correct technique, posture and balance. Classes accommodate all fitness levels, but are geared towards adults who are somewhat active (i.e., this is not a chair exercise program). Classes available Mondays and Thursdays, 10am–11am Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. For more information or a listing of all exercise classes, call 613-310-2222 or visit www.champlainhealthline.ca.

3rd Annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser – The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is preparing for their Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser for Chrysalis House and they are currently looking for about 10 more teams to join. If you can participate, please gather up your family and friends for a winter walk for a great cause. For more information go to www.cnoy.org/location/kanata. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter in western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependents from violence and abuse. The Coldest Night of the Year Walk raises money to help Chrysalis House serve about 160 women and children this year.

West Carleton Food Access Centre – As we are now into a new year, I want to remind residents that the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is in need of non-perishable donations throughout the year (not just during the Christmas holiday season). If you can help keep their shelves full throughout the year, please consider dropping off items at our Ward Office at 5670 Carp Road. We have a donation bin set out and will gladly accept items on their behalf. Please, no expired products.REMINDER: Ward 5 residents are invited to attend Councillor El-Chantiry’s 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night on Thursday, January 24, starting at 6pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd.