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Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide a range of social supports and services that enable the empowerment of residents, community resilience, and the inclusion of all.​ Our vision is for a safe, dignified and fulfilling life for all Rideau-Rockcliffe residents.

Our Values


We work together and with the people we serve.


We act in a way that respects our commitments to our co-workers and the people we serve.


We are open-minded and sincere, and we are not judgmental.


We treat the people we serve with respect, and we provide them with accessible, courteous and diligent services. We are receptive to the needs of the people we serve.

Our Service Area


We are located in the city's east end, and cover the neighbourhoods of New Edinburgh, Manor Park, Rockcliffe Park, CFB Rockcliffe, Overbrook, Lindenlea, Viscount Alexander Park, Quarries, Cardinal Glen, Rockcliffe Mews, Forbes, Castle Heights and part of Carson Grove.

Residency Requirements: Ward 13, Postal codes starting with K1K and, in some cases, K1G (Avenues K through U) and K1M (on the East side of the river)

The Centre's History


Neighbourhood activism resulted in the birth of the Overbrook Community Council. From 1974 to 1978, the Council undertook the research and preparation of a proposal to the City of Ottawa to enlarge the recreation centre to include medical and social services. A satellite health clinic of the Ste-Anne Clinic was envisioned.
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Food Bank Volunteers. 2002. 

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The Recreation Centre was renovated to accommodate a ‘Multi-service Centre’. The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton provided the coordination and the clerical support, Home Management Services, a Special Care Service, and a team of nurses  form Ottawa Public Health. Through a secondment, Catholic Family Services provided a social worker.

Article published in The Citizen. 1982. 


The Overbook-Forbes Community Service Association was incorporated – under Federal Charter – and was recognized as a registered charitable organization.

Article in French. 1984. 

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The Overbrook-Forbes CRC became autonomous from the Region and was given an operating budget administered by its Board of Directors.

Ginette Gratton Community Champions. 2004. 


Due to lack of space, the Centre moved to 1155 Lola Street.

Picture of Rideau High school making its donation bins. 2010. 

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The 25th anniversary Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre. 2007. 

In the 1990’s the Centre added the Emergency Food Program, Intake and Crisis Intervention, Community Development, and Children and Youth services

In the 2000’s the Centre made another move to 225 Donald Street with 3 times the space. Programs for young children and seniors are added as well as new partnerships with Ottawa Community Housing, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, and Action Logement.

The Centre established the Leetia and Isaac Community House in the Carson Grove area.

2008 - 2009

The Centre underwent extensive renovations to accommodate the long-awaited arrival of the Family Health Team

Anti-Poverty Project. 2009. 

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Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Centre. The Centre adopted a new name and became Rideau-Rockcliffe - a brand new name signifying our best effort to reach out to all the residents of our catchment area by adopting the municipal Ward 13 name of Rideau Rockcliffe.

The centre's 30 year anniversary. 2012. 


Official opening of the new Carson’s Community House, the Membership Discussion with Crime Prevention Ottawa (regarding the Ottawa Gang Strategy Steering Committee & Post –Incident Neighbourhood Support Protocol), launch of the Centre website, and endorsement of the Poverty and Hunger Working Group.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Team. 2022. 

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