Resource Centre
& Community Caring Connection
September • October • November 2014
** Scent free environment **
Next October 27th I will
this issue
Christmas Food Support
Program p.2
Christmas Program –
sponsoring p.3
Online Auction p.4
Christmas Craft Fairs p.4
240 Centrum Blvd.
Unit 105
Orleans ON K1E 3J4
T 613-830-4357
[email protected]
Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed noon to 1 p.m.
The Centre will be closed
September 1st and
October 13th
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OC Transpo buses
135, 136 , 137
stop near the building
Tel. 613-741-4390
On October 27, 2014, citizens in Ottawa will go to the polls to
choose the men and women who will represent them at City
Council for the next 4 years. City Council makes decisions
about services that affect our everyday lives.
Key messages were developed for this election by Making
Votes Count Where We Live project, an exciting 3-year joint
initiative by the Coalition of Community Health and Resource
Centres of Ottawa (Coalition of CHRCs) and City for All Women Initiative (CAWI).
Several residents from communities across the city and community organizations
have developed questions for candidates on four different issues; Affordable
housing, Good food for fll, Safe and affordable Transit and Employment. For more
information, please visit
Proud gardeners of the Orleans Community Garden
Ruby Anna Choi Wiesner and Claude Bertrand share a common interest in growing
their own organic fruits and vegetables. Ruby is the youngest member of the
local gardening community while Claude, a veteran member, tilled his first plot of
ground eight years ago.
The Orleans Community Garden (OCG) is a multigenerational place for children and people of all ages in the
community to learn to live more sustainably in the urban
area. It promotes gardening as a healthy and cost-effective
activity. It is located at 3350 St. Joseph Blvd and Tenth Line
Rd, across from the East Division police station.
Members of the OCG are always willing to share their bounty
with the community. Last year, they donated over 1400
pounds of vegetables to the Ottawa Mission.
The Wiesner family; Ruby, Heejin and Garrett are marking their third year as
members of the OCG. Their focus this year is on growing organic produce to
make homemade baby food for Ruby. The family project provides them (her ??)
with fresh organic produce along with a sense of community, as
well as an energizing, outdoor, physical activity.
The OCG is run by a board of directors (members of the OCG).
They include President Gina Lapointe; Treasurer Claude Bertrand;
Secretary Sylvie Bertrand; and site maintenance supervisor, Marco
Gina Lapointe says that it is a “combination of vision, and energy
to follow through that makes this community garden a success.”
The garden provides a sense of community and an opportunity to
develop friendships outside of work and family. The subjects most
discussed are bugs, groundhogs, soil structure and weather. It is an opportunity
to learn life skills such as gardening, caning and building.
The cost for a gardening plot is $60 per year. It includes all materials, access to
gardening tools, three bags of organic compost and access to an onsite well.
Info. & Volunteering : see facebook page at
Adults and families
Intake and Intervention Program – Talk to
someone about stress, violence, employment,
bereavement, short-term counselling, advocacy,
community education, etc. Call us for support and
to discuss the resources available in the community.
Info. Tracy or Lisa (613) 830-4357
Contact North – Online education, financial aid
options, employment agency referrals and more.
Info. Christina Patterson (613) 830-4357 ext. 301
[email protected]
Supporting Elders – Offered to elders in
Gloucester, Orléans and Cumberland. Day centre
open for more services —1515 Tenth Line Rd.
Info. (613) 741-6025
Catholic Family Services Ottawa – Counselling for
individuals, couples and families. (service available
on a sliding scale) Info. Carole Barrette (613) 8304357 ext. 406
Employment Ontario – Labour market related
workshops. All workshops are offered free of
change in French and English. Info. (613) 741-9042
Action Housing – Services for tenants and
landlords related to housing, tenants’ rights. Get
information on your rights and responsibilities
in order to avoid difficult situations. Info. Eddy
Francillon (613) 830-4357 ext. 400
Diabetes Program – Information groups offered
every month during the day and evening, in English
and French. Register, call (613) 233-6655
Francophone association for parents of
dyslexic children and other learning disabilities
– Provides information and support to parents and
professionals. Info.
Francophone Association for Autism –
Information offered to individuals with autism and
support to their family members.
Low-income Energy Assistance Program [LEAP]
Info. Tracy or Lisa (613) 830-4357
Life Enrichment for Senior Adults [L.E.S.A.]
– Counselling for adults over the age of 55
experiencing problems with alcohol, medications,
other drugs, and gambling :: aiming to improve
social / physical / psychological / spiritual health.
Christmas Food Support Program
The program will be offered in
December 2014. For information
and registration, please call (613)
830-4357. Please provide proof of
identification for each person, proof
of address and proof of income for
each adult.
Registration: October 1 to November 27, 2014
Babies, children and teens
[Early Years Centre :: see centre of newsletter for activities]
La Leche League Canada [LLLC] – LLLC facilitates
breastfeeding meetings at the OCCRC. The
meetings take place every 2nd Monday of each
month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The facilitators provide
breastfeeding information and encouragement to
interested parents and offer breastfeeding support
on a continuing care model from breastfeeding
preparation right through to weaning.
First Words – [speech & language services] Focus on
prevention, early identification and treatment of
speech and language problems in young children.
Info. Ottawa Public Health at (613) 580-6744 or
Dental Screening Clinic – Offered every 3rd Friday
of the month at the OCCRC from 9am to noon.
Info. (613) 830-4357
Youth Program [6 to 14] – Individual counselling
to discuss difficult matters at home, at school or in
their environment. Bullying prevention workshops
and other support groups, such as social skills.
Info. Hélène Leblanc (613) 830-4357 ext. 152
Youth Services Bureau – Services in areas
of mental health, community and housing,
employment and information on youth justice.
Info. Almarine Thomas (613) 830-4357 ext. 147
Resources for military families – Saturday time
away (respite child care): in the Early Years Centre
(EYC) at the OCCRC. Registration in advance
(613) 998-4888. Drop-in Orléans on Wednesdays
9–11am in the EYC. At the Charlemagne Childcare
Services on Fridays. Info. (613) 998-4888
Snowsuit Fund – Provides snowsuits to children
15 yrs old and under. Info. Tracy or Lisa (613) 8304357
Food Bank
For clients
Please provide proof of identification for each
person, proof of address and proof on income for
each adult.
Foob bank hours:
Tuesday — 4pm to 7pm
Thursday — 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday — 9am to noon
For food donations
Tuesday — 11:30am to 3pm
Wednesday — 9am to noon
Thursday — 9am to 4:30pm
**Please come in 30 minutes before end of
service and bring your groceries bags.
(*closed for lunch noon to 1pm)
Friday — 9am to noon
A conversation with a volunteer at the food bank
What motivates you to be a volunteer in this organization?
“I feel blessed with my life and want to give back to the community.
This is the right time in my life.”
What is your role at the Food Bank?
“Mostly I do coding, shelving and boxing. The tasks are to receive
food donations then we check everything and code the items to
make sure it is not expired. I also do stocking and refilling the front
shelves for people who use our services.”
What do you like most about your volunteer work?
“I find it rewarding and I enjoy coding, it is a brain exercise. I also
enjoy working with the team of volunteers. I feel that my little bit
is something that helps the community.”
In the rural area...
MarketMobile coming to Vars
The bus will be selling fresh fruits
and vegetables and will stop in Vars
every 2nd Saturday of the month
starting August 9th. Looking for
fruits and vegetables vendors for
this community project.
**Details on MarketMobile at
Has this volunteer position changed anything in your life?
“This is something that I am glad I did, I feel that I benefit from
it; it is also a mental challenge. It enriches my weekly routine and
I have met new people. I feel that it has helped me to appreciate
what I have.”
In Memoriam - the OCCRC remembers Germana Brunke (1933-2014)
It is with deep sadness that we bid farewell to Germana Brunke an OCCRC volunteer for more than 20
years. Germana was a dedicated volunteer with a heart of gold helping every Friday at the Food Bank.
Having offered countless hours of her time, Germana has actively contributed in helping out many individuals and families in our community. Her dedication and passion to the Orléans-Cumberland Community
Resource Centre will leave a legacy to remember.
Online Auction “Bid for Change” 2014
The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre is proud to
announce the return of Bids for Change Online Charity Auction beginning
Friday October 24th through Friday November 4th – noon. Do you
own/ manage a business in our community and would like to have your
business featured in this great community event? For more information,
contact us at (613) 830-4357 ext. 305 or email [email protected] This
year, we will feature – trips, jewelry, sports packages, pamper yourself
packages, entertainment, food and so much more! Please visit our
website at or at www. to preview some of our auction items. All
proceeds from this event will be used to support our programs and
Fundraising and Promotions – Upcoming events
September 6 – Gracefest 5K Fun Walk/Run at Cairine Wilson Secondary School, 975 Orleans Blvd. Net
proceeds to benefit the OCCRC. Registration 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Start time 10 a.m. To pre-register visit
Octobre 24 to November 4, 2014 – “Bids for Change” OCCRC online auction. Go online and submit your
bid for any one of more than 80 items - visit
November 1 & 2 – Capital Artisans Guild Fall Christmas Market at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
– 1515 Tenth Line Rd., Orléans, from 10 am – 4 pm daily.
November 15 & 16 – Navan Arts & Crafts Christmas Show at Navan Memorial Arena, Colonial Road – 10
am to 4 pm daily.
Christmas Program 2014 – We invite you to sponsor an individual or a family
Before we know it, there will be snow on the ground and the shopping
malls will be filled with busy shoppers preparing for the festive season.
This year, while you are preparing your family for this joyous occasion, why
not also help a family in need right here in our community. Almost 200
families turn to our Centre every year for support during this expensive
time and with your kind support we can ensure that no child or individual
goes without food this holiday season. Join us in spreading the holiday
cheer and sponsor an individual or a family in our community. For more
information please visit our office at 240 Centrum Blvd., unit 105 or our
website at
Community Rising Stars
School Supplies Program – During the past months, the following amazing business partners have assisted us raise funds for our School Supplies
Program to benefit the OCCRC’s efforts to ensure that every child in our
community has the proper school supplies to succeed. A very big thank
you goes out to Toscano/Walker ReMax Metro City Realty team who collected funds through their Set4School fundraising campaign. Another big
thank you goes out to Staples Canada on Tenth Line who also collected
funds through their Back To School Supply Drive. One last thank you goes
out to Place D’Orleans who also collected articles by inviting shoppers in
the mall to fill a bus with school supplies.
The Paul Rushforth Real Estate Charity Golf Tournament – On June
27, the very dedicated team at Paul Rushforth Real Estate hosted the 3rd
Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the GreyHawk Golf Club in support of
the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and the Do It For
Daron Foundation. After the final tally, over $20,000 was raised as 156
golfers enjoyed a spectacular day of golf. The OCCRC would like to thank
all the golfers, the sponsors and especially the Paul Rushforth Real Estate
Team for putting on a first class event. See you next year!
Gear Up Orleans – Congratulations to the organizers of the 2014 Gear
Up Orléans program. Thanks to their efforts and the generosity of area
residents who donated dozens of pairs of hockey skates and related
equipment to the program last spring, dozens of children from financially
challenged families will be able to enjoy the game of hockey this season,
who might not otherwise have been able to. Kudos to all those involved in
this wonderful initiative.
• • • • •
Board of Directors
Denis Perrault, Président
Monique Oliver, Vice-president
Jocelyne Courtemanche, Secretary
Norm Houle, Treasurer
André Brisebois
André Carrière
Melissa M. McNeil
Hélène Quesnel
OCCRC Partners
•Action Housing
•Catholic Family Services
•City of Ottawa – Public
•Contact North
•Diabetes Education
•Employment Ontario
•First Words
•Francophone Association
for Parent of dyslexic
•L.E.S.A. (Life Enrichment
for Senior Adults)
•Military Families
Resource Centre
•Société franco-ontarienne
de l’autisme
•Youth Services
Do you wish to...
- Receive the newsletter by email? Write to [email protected]
- Become a member of the Community Caring Connection club (CCC)? Call 613-830-4357 ext. 305.
- Make a donation to the OCCRC? Please find the form on our website on the “Get Involved” page

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