Update – September 7, 2020

What you will find in this update:

  1. Celebrating Backpacks for Overbrook Youth
  2. New website coming soon
  3. Four Corners: construction and renaming

Celebrating Backpacks for Overbrook Youth

We did it! With the help of financial and in-kind donations from community members and organizations, Prezdential Basketball and OCA Safety Committee put together 300 backpacks for Overbrook young people! About 165 youth received their backpacks, school supplies, t-shirts and masks at a lively celebration held on August 21 at the Rideau Sports Centre. The remaining bags were delivered to their new owners in the days following the event. Thanks to Manock Lual for his leadership and to all those who volunteered and donated.  What a great community building project! Plans are already in the works to expand the project to neighbouring communities next year in the Second Annual Backpacks for Youth campaign.

New OCA website

Coming soon! OCA’s Digital Team led by Marjolaine Provost has been working with designer Emile Patry Blenkiron to create a new website! The new site will have a cleaner look, and be free of pesky ads and easier to navigate. Watch for the Take Action and Donate buttons if you would like to contribute time or resources to OCA activities. The site will be found at the same URL: overbrook.ca. The transition is expected to take place this month. Feedback will be welcome: info@overbrook.ca.

Four Corners update


Construction will begin this month to rejuvenate the intersection of Lola and Queen Mary – the Four Corners.  Changes will include improved lighting, installation of new street furniture, bike racks, modern planters, an accessible bus stop with a bench, two murals and streetlight pole banners celebrating this Overbrook crossroad. Thanks to volunteers, business owners, City staff and Councillor King and his staff for working together to bring the vision to life.  Thanks also to all those involved in the murals: creators, artist Claudia Salguero and local youth; coordinators, the Boys and Girls Club and Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre; and hosts, Lola’s Confectionery and Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association. The murals will be installed following construction.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by early November.  A large information sign will be installed on-site during construction to keep us informed. Councillor King has also provided the following details:

  • For safety (and legal) reasons, there will be no public access to the work area once construction activities begin.
  • Pedestrian movement will be a key priority during on-site works. Accessible pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses throughout the construction period.
  • On-street parking on the north side of Queen Mary (adjacent to the plaza and confectionery) will be temporarily removed during construction to facilitate works on and adjacent to the sidewalk. A pedestrian and traffic management plan will ensure the safety of customers, and the public in general.


OCA launched a call for submissions for renaming of the Four Corners in late July. It was open until the end of August and we have received various suggestions from the community, mainly online. We will be proceeding with a selection process led by OCA and Councillor King’s office to find the best name for the intersection – one that helps rally the community and create a sense of belonging. The name will be showcased on five pole banners installed on existing streetlights at the intersection. We look forward to revealing the name in the next few weeks!

Update – July 2020 – Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative

What you’ll find inside:

  1. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative
  2. Free Online Math and Self-Esteem Courses
  3. Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities
  4. ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March
  5. Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca

Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative


The Overbrook Community Association’s (OCA) Safety Committee and Prezdential Basketball are launching a campaign to provide 300 Overbrook youth in need with free backpacks, filled with school supplies, a reusable mask and a brand-new tee shirt, just in time for back-to-school. These backpacks will help our youth start the school-year with pride and a sense of community belonging.  With evidence that economically and socially diverse neighbourhoods like ours have been most affected by COVID-19 and its fall out, it is more important than ever to help each other and bridge social isolation. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth is the first of several small fundraisers by the OCA’S Safety Committee that will support volunteer-run neighbourhood-building initiatives in our community.     

As Manock Lual, Chair of OCA’s Safety Committee and founder and CEO of Prezdential Basketball says, “Ensuring [the youth in our community] have the resources they need to succeed and be healthy is at the heart of the crime prevention model of the Safety Committee.” Expressions of caring by the community will help build trust and safe spaces in Overbrook, a neighbourhood where 43% of children aged 0 to 17 were living in low income households in 2015 (Statistics Canada). 

Can you help with a donation or by spreading the word?

Your financial donation will be used to purchase items that we have been unable to source through RRCRC or retailers. No amount is too small. Any excess funds will be used to support other OCA-Prezdential Basketball activities for Overbrook youth. Donations of school supplies are also welcome – please reach out at info@overbrook.ca.

The backpacks will be assembled by OCA and the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) and presented to the recipients at a socially-distant event or dropped off at their doors. 

Who are we: 

Prezdential Basketball is a social enterprise that is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged youths in Ottawa. 

The Overbrook Community Association  (OCA) is a volunteer-led organisation which aims to bring together residents of Overbrook and Castle Heights to engage and represent them in “Co-creating a vibrant, caring community in which our environment and everyone in it matters” (OCA Vision). Led by residents, OCA’s Safety Committee takes an asset-based approach to enable and support residents and partners to work together for a safe and welcoming neighbourhood.”


Free Online Math and Self Esteem Courses

Our neighbourhood friends at PEACE (Pro-Active Education for All) is offering free online math and self-esteem courses for grade 3 to 8 students. Courses will take place from June 23rd to September 10th 2020 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Register by calling 613-745-0073 ext. 121 (between 9am and 4pm)

NOTE – this program has already begun but you can still register

Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities

Synapcity is hosting a workshop titled “Reimagining Your Neighbourhood” that will take a deep dive into the 15-minute neighbourhood. The workshop offers a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification. From the event description:

You will gain a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification, and will learn to connect and empathize with different lived experiences in your neighbourhood. We will share, exchange, and reflect on what “15-minutes” can look and feel like for different people, communities, and neighbourhoods. The workshop will also help you get a better understanding of your own neighbourhood and access tools to conduct neighbourhood and community assessments.

Join Synapcity on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 6:30PM – 8:00PM on Zoom. Please register here by Tuesday, July 21st. Upon registration, you will receive a link and additional details

ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March

The eviction ban is being lifted & tenants could start being evicted as soon as August 1st!

Join the ACORN delegation to meet allies at Parliament Hill to demand a #RentBreak to hear speeches, music and chants and then follow ACORN members leading the march to the Landlord Tenant Board to demand ‘No COVID Evictions!’

Social distancing rules will be in effect, bring a mask & stand 6 feet apart. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

When: Wednesday July 22nd @ 11am
Where: Parliament Hill

Click here for Facebook event page

Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca


Since March, Ottawa Cares has been connecting volunteers with local food banks to deliver food hampers from the food banks to local residents. We’ve been so inspired by the overwhelming response we’ve received since we put out our first call for volunteers back in March.

To date we’ve had 60 volunteers make over 2000 food box deliveries from the Ottawa Food Bank to well over 300 households in Wards 12 and 13. That’s a lot of caring and we’re just getting started!

Let’s keep it going.

While we continue to work hard to ensure that households access needed food supplies during COVID-19, we also want to help people stay connected. So we are excited to announce the Ottawa Cares E-Drive.

Beginning in July, we’ll be collecting your donated cell phones, laptops, and tablets and redistributing them to households where they will be put to good use: – allowing those who are isolating to connect with friends, family, and essential resources, and helping young students to continue learning and complete schoolwork.

Here’s how it works, beginning on July 6, 2020:
1) Gather up the cell phone, laptop or tablet you’re no longer using. Please
don’t forget the charging accessories!
2) Don’t worry if you can’t wipe your data: we have tech-savvy volunteers
who will be wiping all data from donated devices before redistributing
3) Place your donations in a sealed plastic bag with the date of donation
written directly on the bag, This will enable us to isolate donated items
according to health guidelines before handling them.

4) Drop off your sealed, bagged and dated items into one of the clearly
marked bins at Manor Park Community Centre (100 Thornwood Road)
Mondays to Fridays between 8 AM and 5 PM, beginning July 6 th .

Still have questions about the Ottawa Cares E-Drive? Please email Shoshana at mpcc@manorpark.ca

For more information about Ottawa Cares, please visit our website at:

And once again, thank you for helping to show that Ottawa cares!

Ottawa a le cœur sur la main… et un doigt sur le clavier!

Ottawa Cares lance sa collecte d’appareils électroniques

Depuis le mois de mars, Ottawa Cares jumelle des bénévoles avec des banques d’alimentation locales afin d’acheminer l’aide alimentaire jusqu’aux résidents. La vague de réponses reçue depuis notre premier appel en mars a été rien de moins qu’inspirante.

À ce jour, ce sont 60 bénévoles qui ont livré plus de 2 000 boîtes repas depuis la Banque d’alimentation d’Ottawa jusqu’à plus de 300 ménages des quartiers 12 et 13. Ce sont là beaucoup de mains et de cœurs – et ce n’est qu’un début!

Il faut continuer sur cette lancée.

Nous allons certes poursuivre nos efforts pour qu’aucun ménage n’ait faim
durant la pandémie, mais nous voulons également combattre l’isolement. C’est avec enthousiasme que nous vous annonçons donc le lancement de la collecte d’appareils électroniques d’Ottawa Cares.

Dès le mois de juillet, nous recueillerons vos anciens téléphones cellulaires,
ordinateurs portatifs et tablettes afin de les redistribuer là où ils seront utiles pour briser l’isolement et permettre aux gens de renouer avec leur famille et leurs amis, leur donner accès à des ressources essentielles, et permettre aux jeunes de poursuivre leurs apprentissages et de faire leurs travaux scolaires.

Comment contribuer? Dès le 6 juillet 2020 :
1) Rassemblez les téléphones cellulaires, ordinateurs portatifs ou tablettes
que vous n’utilisez plus. N’oubliez pas les chargeurs!
2) Si vous n’arrivez pas à effacer vos données, ne vous en faites pas : des
bénévoles versés en technologie s’occuperont de tout effacer avant la
redistribution des appareils.

3) Placez vos dons dans un sac en plastique fermé hermétiquement sur
lequel vous inscrirez directement la date. Cette procédure nous permettra
de respecter les directives sanitaires touchant la mise en quarantaine des

4) Venez déposer vos articles, dans leurs sacs bien fermés et datés, dans
l’une des boîtes clairement identifiées du Centre communautaire Manor
Park (100, chemin Thornwood), du lundi au vendredi entre 8 h et
17 h, à partir du 6 juillet.

Vous avez d’autres questions sur la collecte d’appareils électroniques
d’Ottawa Cares? Faites-les parvenir par courriel à Shoshana, à

Pour en savoir plus sur Ottawa Cares, consultez notre site Web au
https://www.ottawacares.ca/learn-more (en anglais seulement).

Merci encore de rappeler à tous qu’Ottawa a le cœur sur la main!

OCA Black Lives Matter Statement

June 5, 2020, Ottawa

The Overbrook Community Association stands in solidarity with Black people in our community and in North America who have been facing violent and systemic racism for centuries.  

The recent police killing of George Floyd is horrific and has activated world-wide collective actions to defend Black lives. Work needs to be done to address police violence and over-policing of Black people in the US, as well as here in Canada. Black Children Matter. Black Futures Matter. 

We want to honour the life of George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis on the 25th of May. We honour Abdirahman Abdi and his family who still don’t have a resolution for his case.  Abdi was killed by Ottawa police on July 24th 2016.  We honour Greg Ritchie who was killed by Ottawa police on January 31st 2019.

Please remember two things: there is no such thing as « not racist », what Black people need are actively anti-racist allies. Then, to be a good ally, please listen, educate yourself and reflect on actions you can take to help solve racism. 

Investments in community-led projects foster meaningful public safety for all. The OCA knows that decriminalization, affordable and supportive housing, community-based anti-violence programs, restorative justice programs, youth community development, trauma-informed harm-reduction, safe supply, food security programs are what foster safer communities.

We honour all of those who have lost their lives or have been affected by police brutality.

We also commit to keeping up the work that leads to safer communities, for Black people in particular but also for all of us. 

Black Lives Matter. We see you, we stand with you. 

For those who are able, here are some ways you can support.

– Justice for Abdi campaign: http://www.justiceforabdirahman.ca/support-us/

– Black Legal Action center: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

– Federation of Black Canadians: https://fbcfcn.nationbuilder.com/general_donation


5 juin 2020, Ottawa

L’association communautaire d’Overbrook est solidaire des Noirs dans notre communauté et en Amérique du Nord qui sont confrontés à un racisme violent et systémique depuis des siècles.  

Le récent assassinat de George Floyd par la police est horrible et a déclenché des actions collectives dans le monde entier pour défendre la vie des Noirs. Il faut s’attaquer à la violence policière et au ciblage des Noirs par la police, aux États-Unis, ainsi qu’ici au Canada. Les enfants noirs sont importants. L’avenir des Noirs est important. 

Nous voulons honorer la vie de George Floyd qui a été tué par la police à Minneapolis le 25 mai. Nous rendons hommage à Abdirahman Abdi et à sa famille qui n’ont toujours pas obtenu de résolution pour son cas. Abdi a été tué par la police d’Ottawa le 24 juillet 2016.  Nous rendons hommage à Greg Ritchie qui a été tué par la police d’Ottawa le 31 janvier 2019.

Souvenez-vous de deux choses : il n’est plus suffisant d’être “non-raciste”, ce dont les Noirs ont besoin, ce sont des alliés qui sont activement antiracistes. Alors, pour être un bon allié, veuillez écouter, vous éduquer et réfléchir aux actions que vous pouvez entreprendre pour aider à résoudre le racisme. 

C’est en investissant dans des projets communautaires que l’on favorise la sécurité publique pour tous. L’OCA sait que la décriminalisation, les logements abordables et supervisés, les programmes communautaires de lutte contre la violence, les programmes de justice réparatrice, le développement de la jeunesse, la réduction des traumatismes, un approvisionnement fiable et des programmes de sécurité alimentaire sont autant de facteurs qui contribuent à la sécurité des communautés.

Nous rendons hommage à tous ceux qui ont perdu la vie ou qui ont été touchés par la brutalité policière. Nous nous engageons également à poursuivre le travail qui mène à des communautés plus sûres, pour les Noirs en particulier, mais aussi pour nous tous. 

Les vies des Noirs sont importantes. Nous vous voyons, nous sommes à vos côtés. 

Si vous en avez les moyens, voici quelques organismes à soutenir: 

– Campagne “Justice pour Abdi” : http://www.justiceforabdirahman.ca/support-us/

– Black Legal Action center: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

– Fédération des Noirs du Canada : https://fbcfcn.nationbuilder.com/general_donation 

Update – Virtual Town Hall with all elected officials

What you will find in this update

  • Virtual Town Hall – with all elected officials – Monday June 1st 2020
  • Safe Supply in Ottawa
  • Black Canadian Scholarship Fund

Virtual Town Hall

We are hosting, with the Vanier Community Association, a virtual town hall with all elected officials for our neighbourhood.

We invite you to join us by registering here (Registration is mandatory)

The zoom meeting ID is 854 4620 8956 and the meeting password is 019802

You can submit a question when you register.

You can also follow the virtual town hall on Mona Fortier’s facebook page

Safe Supply

The Overbrook Community Association sent a letter of support for the Motion that recently passed at City Hall on Safe Supply.

We shared the following message :

To Councillor Rawlson King

CC: Mathieu Fleury, Catherine McKenney, Dr. Jeff Turnbull

The Overbrook Community Association extends its full support to Councillor Fleury’s safe supply motion, seconded by Councillor McKenney.  Safe Supply is one tool amongst many harm-reduction strategies that help keep our  communities safe. Like any other illness, neighbours that might be engaging in drug use deserve dignified support systems that help improve their quality of life, stabilizing their
well-being, improving their capacities to access housing and maintain healthy relationships.

Having access to a consistent and safe supply can lead to improved health outcomes and will drastically reduce overdose risks. Safe supply programs offer an opportunity for our city to respond to the years-long overdose epidemic and the expansion of the current safe supply programme should be a public health priority.

Thank you for your work on this.

Heather Amys
President Overbook Community Association

Cc Manock Lual
Chair OCA Public Safety Committee

Black Canadian Scholarship Fund

BCSF – Scholarship Application (Extended to – June 30, 2020) 

To qualify an applicant must satisfy all selection criteria:

  • Be a black Canadian Student graduating from a high school in the national capital region with a minimum average of 75% in
    • 6 grade 12 courses (U) or (O) or (M) or 
    • a combination of 6 grade 11 or 12 courses (U) or (O) or (M)
  • Be a black Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada and residing in the National Capital Region
  • Be admitted at a recognized Canadian university.
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Demonstrate leadership in community service and volunteer activities.

Required documents:

  1. A two-page essay explaining why this scholarship is important to the applicant and how the applicant will satisfy the eligibility criteria (e.g., academic achievement, school and community involvement, extra-curricular activities, education plans and financial need.)
  2. A photocopy of the applicant’s latest official transcript of 6 Grade 12 courses with an interim or final average of at least 75% in six (6) Grade 12 courses
  3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher/guidance counsellor in current academic year.
  4. Proof of community work.
  5. Proof of Canadian citizenship/Permanent Resident (we will accept one of the following documents as proof: a Canadian passport; or a Canadian birth certificate; or a Canadian citizenship card/certificate); PR Card.
  6. A detailed statement indicating the amount of money expected from various sources (ex: family/relatives, personal savings, employment, loans, and scholarships.
  • Applications without ALL the required supporting documents will not be considered

The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund (BCSF) Committee reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the information given by all applicants. The name(s) and/or photo(s) of the recipient(s) for this award will be published on the BCSF website (www.bcsf.ca) and may be used in other promotional material. If applicants are under 18 years of age, they must co-sign the application form with a parent or guardian.

Completed applications for this scholarship only should be submitted directly to:

The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund
CSC(T) P.O. Box 8002 Ottawa, Ontario, K1G-5H6

Do not send your application by courier

Ottawa Cares, Emergency Pet Food, French Poetry, theatre over the phone (Au creux de l’oreille)

Ottawa Cares

In Overbrook we have our own group of neighbours helping neighbours during this difficult time. This group is called Overbrook Community cares.

We are also part of a broader initiative called Ottawa Cares :

OttawaCares.ca is an initiative of your community association:  Cardinal Glen, Lindenlea, New Edinburgh, Manor ParkOverbrook, Rockcliffe Park and Vanier.

Together, we are organizing community- and City Ward-wide responses to Covid-19.

We recruit volunteers to deliver food from the Food Bank to residents. And, where possible, facilitate wellness phone calls for those isolating at home during Covid-19.

​We urge Ottawa residents to support the Ottawa Food Bank with donations.

​Behind the scenes, we collect and curate information about community resources – business and not-for-profit – for 211ontario.ca, your guide to help in the city. We publish community resources available during Covid-19 to support the needs of residents and the livelihood of local businesses. And true to our roots, we refresh lists of activities to keep every age active and engaged during physical distancing.

Emergency Pet Food

We are sharing this message from the Ottawa Humane Society:

To support pet owners who may be experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic, the Ottawa Humane Society will offer a weekly drive-thru emergency pet food bank beginning next Thursday, April 30.

The OHS will provide a supplemental two-week supply of pet food for dogs and cats of all sizes and ages to help pet owners through hardships they might be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any individual experiencing financial hardship due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19 qualifies. 

Clients can pick up pet food once per month at the drive-thru emergency pet food bank at the Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 1A6

Dates: Every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are required, clients can request an appointment on line (preferred) (link to come on our website) or by calling 613-725-3166 ext. 221

We will not be able to accommodate special diet requests.

Au creux de l’oreille

Recevez un petit instant de théâtre murmuré
Le Théâtre Catapulte, en collaboration avec La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins, lance le volet ontarien du mouvement Au creux de l’oreille, initié par Wajdi Mouawad (La Colline – Théâtre national, Paris) et créé au Québec par le Théâtre Périscope :
 Nos corps contraints, profitons-en
pour tisser un lien privilégié entre nous
Ces séances gratuites de 15 minutes au bout du fil proposent des lectures de poésie, de littérature ou de chanson et sont interprétées par des comédiens et comédiennes de l’Ontario français.
De 16 h à 20 h
Du 2 au 17 mai 2020

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