Good Food Box and MarketMobile will be operating together for a nine-month pilot project, starting in April.

The Good Food Box and MarketMobile bring affordable and fresh food and vegetables to neighbourhoods throughout Ottawa. We are pleased to announce that the Good Food Box and MarketMobile will be operating together for a nine-month pilot project, starting in April. Good Food Box is operated by Centretown Community Health Centre and MarketMobile is operated by Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre.

Bringing these two programs together is best for our customers. Both Good Food Box and MarketMobile services will continue to operate. Food deliveries and schedules will remain the same.

Once the two programs are operating together for several months, we will look at how to make our combined services even better for our customers and communities. Together we hope to respond to the demand for more Good Food Box sites. We have many ideas and look forward to sharing them in the months ahead!

Questions you may have

Will my Good Food Box site change or close?

Not in the short term. We will continue to work with site coordinators and to support their sites. Once the two programs have been operating together for several months, we will look at how to make our combined services even better for our customers. A Good Food Box site needs at least 10 orders a month to stay open. We will evaluate routes and work with the MarketMobile and communities to find the right service to provide fresh fruit and vegetable options year round.

What will happen to the Good Food Box and Market Mobile staff and volunteers?

We are grateful for our terrific staff and volunteers! Both Centretown Community Health Centre and Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre will continue to provide meaningful community volunteer opportunities. Volunteers with the Good Food Box are welcome to continue volunteering at the new location. Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre will become the lead to manage and recruit Good Food Box program staff and volunteers. Our new collaboration may result in changes to staff and volunteer roles and responsibilities, and new opportunities.

What is happening to the Good Food Box Warehouse Space?

The Centretown Community Health Centre’s Good Food Box packing day space and storage facility is no longer available as of the end of March. We have been searching for space for almost a year. We have found a sustainable fit with Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre‘s newly-secured space at Rideau High School, 815 St. Laurent Blvd. The space can accommodate our packing day needs and delivery vehicles.

Why partner with Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre?

The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre and Centretown Community Health Centre have been working together on our food programs since 2015. Together we completed a program assessment in 2017. We wanted to figure out how we could stretch our dollars and better serve our Ottawa communities together. The assessment showed some duplication in our work. We needed to be more efficient in our operations and collaborate with each other to better serve our customers and communities.

Is Centretown Community Health Centre out of the food security business?

No! Centretown Community Health Centre recognizes the need to do things differently to be able to continue to operate while facing rising food and transportation costs. We will support Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre in their running of the Good Food Box and will maintain oversight of the Good Food Box.

Centretown Community Health Centre will continue to be active in food security issues with our partners, continue to support communities in reducing barriers to health and wellbeing and are committed to helping individuals, families and communities to reach their full potential. Working more efficiently with Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre will allow us to better explore and respond to emerging food security needs.

What happens at the end of the nine-month pilot project?

At the end of the 9 months, we will evaluate how we are doing working together—as two organizations and with our volunteers and the community. Together we will pool our resources (people and money) to make the funding go further and provide the best service possible.

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Two residents of Rockcliffe offer a Christmas Meal to 260 residents

The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource would like to sincerely thank David Wu, a resident of Rockcliffe Park and parent of two students at Elmwood School, as well as Sanjay Acharya, for buying 130 Turkeys for the Holiday Season, and 60 lbs of carrots and 60 lbs of potatoes. This year, 260 families in our community will have a warm Holiday meal on their table. This would not be possible without the support of Dumouchel Meal and Deli who will be cut in half all the Turkeys. Finally, we sincerely would like to thank Farm Boy Ottawa for generously selling the Turkeys and the vegetable at whole market price.

 

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Official Launch of the GenerationeXt Youth Business Incubator

Media Release

 

For immediate release

Ottawa (June 27th, 2018) – The official launch of the GenerationeXt Youth Business Incubator project will take place on Wednesday, June 27th from 5-8pm at Pinecrest-Queenway Employment Services located in Lincoln Fields mall (2525 Carling Ave.)  The event will recognize the generous support from RBC, who has committed to fund the implementation of youth business incubators in four locations across the city of Ottawa over the next year, and showcase young entrepreneurs and their businesses, with the aim of sparking creativity, connectivity, and new relationships between these young entrepreneurs, community members, established businesses and elected officials.

Background

GenerationeXt Youth Business Incubator project is intended to provide a space for youth to foster creativity and innovation, capitalizing on a large pool of unemployed and under-employed, but highly educated and motivated young people in Ottawa. These grassroots economic development incubators will include activities implemented at the neighbourhood level, plus a co-creation space where young people will work together and be supported to serve as key agents of change. The youth will develop the skills and connections needed to advance their own businesses while contributing in a meaningful way to grow a more sustainable local economy with new jobs and meeting neighbourhood needs. The GenerationeXt Youth Business Incubator project offers services at four sites throughout the city: PQCHC Employment Services office, Britannia Woods Community House, Banff Avenue Community House and Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre.

GenerationeXt is a project of the Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (PSYE) collective impact initiative led by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, which aims to improve labour market outcomes for 15-29 year olds in Ottawa by:

  • Making the local job market transparent and expanding local economic activities
  • Ensuring youth are well prepared to support the new economy, with employability and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Creating effective pathways for youth to connect to meaningful economic opportunities
  • Building effective systems and cross-sector collaboration.

 Call to Action

PSYE is calling on:

  • Experienced entrepreneurs and professionals to offer their support as mentors to budding youth entrepreneurs through the GenterationeXt project
  • Small and medium sizes businesses to post jobs publically so that all youth have an equal chance to apply, and for these businesses to be open to hiring a youth who is not in their immediate network.

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Contact Information:

Matthew Teghtmeyer

Phone Number: (613)820-4922 ext. 3310

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Rideau High Hub receives funding from the Government of Ontario

Ontario Supporting Expansion of Community Hubs Across the Province

Making it Easier to Use Public Properties for Community Hubs

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario has selected four projects across the province that will receive support under a new program to help establish community hubs, offering a number of public services for local residents under one roof.

Through the Surplus Property Transition Initiative (SPTI), the province will provide funding to cover property holding costs such as ongoing operating and maintenance costs for up to 18 months. During this time community groups will be able to find additional partners and develop long-term business plans to transition the properties to community hubs.

The projects include:

  • Biindigen Community Hub, St. Helen's Elementary School in Hamilton: This proposed community hub will offer Indigenous and non-Indigenous services including: culturally safe health care, health promotion, traditional healing, recreation and wellness programming, before and after school care, licensed child care, and neighbourhood planning work.
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Centre and Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Rideau High School in Ottawa: This proposed community hub is a joint project between two community organizations focused on Indigenous and non-Indigenous services including: alternative secondary school, urban Indigenous healthy living, life-long care, programs such as those for homelessness and bail, community justice, healing and wellness, cultural resources, a food bank, Indigenous job fair, housing, HIV/AIDS awareness, employment and training, and Inuit supports for students and youth. Other community services will include: health, social, recreation, life-long learning, and community engagement services.
  • Regional Skills Training, Trades & Innovation Community Hub, Sydenham Community Elementary School in Owen Sound: The proposed regional skills training community hub will include a trade and innovation centre to address barriers to rural employment and education through skilled trades, fine arts, energy, software, hairstyling and culinary arts. This hub will be connected to regional secondary schools and provide pathway opportunities for students.
  • Indigenous Early Years Hub, Dr. McDougall Public School in North Bay: This proposed community hub will provide services to Indigenous communities including a child and family program and licensed day care, Indigenous cultural and linguistic programs and services for families, supported by local elders and Indigenous partners.

Supporting community hubs is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The Surplus Property Transition Initiative was announced in May 2017 and started accepting applications in July 2017. This initiative is designed to provide more time for local communities to develop viable business plans and complete due diligence before transitioning surplus properties into community hubs.
  • While community hubs are locally-driven, the province’s role and objective is to make it easier for community partners to offer services that are integrated and coordinated, strengthening community partnerships and making the best use of public space.
  • CommunityHubsOntario.ca offers free resources on community hub development, including webinar training sessions, a community hub mapper and various other tools.
  • In 2017, Ontario released its second progress report on Community Hubs, describing the progress made since the release of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Bob Chiarelli

“A community hub is more than just a building or concept, it is a place where families come to access the services, education and support they need to grow. We know that good plans take time to be realized, that is why Ontario is helping break down barriers for communities to access surplus public space. We are pleased to see such creative projects from across the province and look forward to following their success closely.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“We know that planning for robust community hubs takes time, and the Surplus Property Transition Initiative has been designed to address this challenge head on. Providing the right programs and resources is integral to building these vibrant community hubs and for making better use of public spaces to benefit all Ontarians.”

Karen Pitre

Special Advisor on Community Hubs

Media Contacts

  • Alex Benac

    Minister’s Office

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    416-326-2137

  • Georgina Tsetsenis

    Communications Branch

    416-326-3154

Lumière Festival is coming to town

Lumière Festival is coming - August 25th from 5 to 10 pm   

 

                                                                    

Visit the website for more information about the Festival: http://lumiereottawa.ca/ 

360 Springfield Rd, Rockcliffe Park, ON K1M 0K7

We would like to thank you the following sponsors for their support: 

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