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Community Development and Engagement Team

CDE TeamSandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) believes in supporting and developing active, engaged communities. The communities in which we work can face many barriers to full and equal participation: financial, linguistic, cultural and physical impediments can make healthy and engaged living difficult for many. From resident advocacy to food security and children's programming, the Community Development and Engagement (CDE) Team works directly in neighbourhoods to reduce isolation, provide opportunities for residents to volunteer and build capacity and leadership to build stronger communities.

  • The past couple of years have seen a number of successes: the Market Mobile, a rolling grocery store selling fresh produce at low prices now visits Sandy Hill every Wednesday evening. Residents were supported to successfully make deputations at City Hall for the continuation of this important food security program.
  • The Making Votes Count initiative hosted public debates and spread the word, increasing voter turn-out for the recent federal election: helping residents to ensure their voices are valued, heard and counted. The CDE Team has worked with other Community Health and Resource Centres to organise open candidate forums ahead of the recent provincial and federal bi-elections.
  • SHCHC has been supporting the Healthy Transportation Coalition's efforts to advocate successfully with the City and OC Transpo to establish the recently launched Low-Income Transit Pass. Over 2500 residents and 50 organizations have signed the petition in support of this pass.
  • Support from CDE Team to residents in Old Ottawa East has helped them engage with developers and influence the evolution of the new Greystone Village and “complete street” Main Street development: ensuring residents are at the core of building developments in their neighbourhoods, and that communities are designed with affordability, equity and diversity, and social connection in mind.
  • The SHCHC’s supported Innovative Housing for Older Adults Initiative has taken root in a newly incorporated non-profit called Convivium Co-housing for Seniors: a group seeking to create affordable co-housing options for Seniors to Age in Community in Old Ottawa East.
  • The Strathcona Heights Neighbourhood Circle: a group of residents from Sandy Hill meets to work towards social change on the issues that matter to them. They hosted the first Strathcona Heights Winter Carnival and Family Fun Day: activities from a baked-bean competition, arts and crafts for children, sleigh rides, community meal and outdoor soccer to Bingo, Henna painting and live music saw over 250 people from various linguistic and cultural groups come out despite the cold to get to know their neighbours. The Neighbourhood Circle Group has also recently formalised as a tenant circle: electing a resident Chair, Secretary and signatories, and is now able to access funding for its own programming from Ottawa Community Housing. They are planning the first annual meeting shortly to discuss their budget and plans with the wider community.
  • Successful advocacy with local councillors has seen the installation of a pedestrian cross-walk in Strathcona Heights and better curb cuts for residents with mobility issues across Lees avenue - ensuring safer access to bus stops.
  • A new communal wheelchair accessible garden has been started in the community of Strathcona Heights offering residents the opportunity to grow their own fresh food and get to know neighbours while doing so.

This year saw ongoing projects such as the Viscount Alexander Homework Club, children's programming including I Love to Play Soccer and I love to Dance, as well as women's aerobic exercise classes and multi-generational sewing classes. This year, CDE Team has also supported Learn to Skate for Newcomers to Canada, community volunteer income tax clinics, Viscount Alexander Bike Skills Rodeo, community clean-ups, neighbourhood BBQs, movies in the park, Arts and Crafts, ethno-cultural celebrations, and has seen the development of numerous partnerships with organisations, schools and charities in the area. 

CDE Team is also pleased to confirm that a new Awesome Arts Festival will be held in the fall of 2017!


For more information or to contact our team, please call 613-565-3265 or e-mail our CDE staff:

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