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

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.

Renaming

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!

Bulletin – 20 November / 20 novembre

In this bulletin:
> GONG events this weekend
> OCA meeting Thursday / Réunion de l’ACO le jeudi
> Tree of Life ceremony, Dec 1
> Community get-together and food bank fundraiser, Dec 6
> Neighbourhood Resource Teams Research Results, Dec 16

GONG events this weekend – NOT to be missed!

The Overbrook Community Association and RED DOORS Studio of Hong Kong are partnering to offer FOUR special experiential workshops on Friday and Saturday using the powerful sound of meditation gongs to relax renew and restore:

Tickets at Eventbrite.

OCA Board meeting, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. / Réunion du conseil de l’ACO, le jeudi 21 novembre à 19 h

Everyone is welcome!

  • Meet Board members and neighbours and bring your issues to the “open mic” session;
  • Learn more about tree planting, safety and the Rideau River project in Overbrook;
  • And more…

The meeting will take place at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St. Note new start time of 7 p.m. See you there!

BFO Ottawa’s Tree of Life Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony, December 1

Bereaved Families of Ontario, Ottawa Region invites you to join them in remembering and celebrating loved ones from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 280 Beechwood Avenue.

Don’t forget! Community get-together and fundraiser for our food bank, December 6

Presentation on Vanier-Overbrook Neighbourhood Resource Teams Research Results, Dec 16

Carleton University MBA students will present their key findings from the survey and focus groups on community policing in Vanier-Overbrook. The findings will inform decisions on the direction of the Neighbourhood Resource Team program.

Bulletin – 12 November / 12 novembre

In this bulletin:
> OCA Safety Committee meeting Thursday, November 14
> Councillor’s November Newsletter for Rideau-Rockcliffe
> National Child Day, November 20
> Community Acting Together, November 22 /
Une Communauté agissant ensemble, le 22 novembre
> University of Ottawa Choir Concert, December 1 / Concert de la Chorale de l’Université d’Ottawa, le 1er décembre
> Crime Prevention Ottawa Speaker Series, December 6 / La série de conférences de la Prévention du crime Ottawa, le 6 décembre

OCA Safety Committee Meeting, November 14

The Safety Committee’s next meeting is coming up on Thursday at 7 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre (33 Quill St). All residents welcome to come out, learn more about promising developments for the neighbourhood, share ideas and get involved in working for a safer Overbrook! #weareoverbrook

Councillor’s November Newsletter for Rideau-Rockcliffe

Councillor Rawlson King has released his newsletter for November 2019. It includes information on new affordable housing approved for Ward 13 along with new public safety programs and community policing in Overbrook. Click on the following link to read the newsletter: Ward 13 Newsletter.

National Child Day, November 20

Children First Canada invites you to join them to celebrate National Child Day!

This year National Child Day marks a special milestone: the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child! On the heels of a federal election, Canada will also have a new government in place, making it a timely occasion to discuss the urgent, unfinished business of children’s rights in Canada. 

For more information, go to Children First Canada’s website at: https://www.childrenfirstcanada.com/events.

Community Acting Together, November 22, 1 pm, Overbrook Community Centre / Une Communauté agissant ensemble, le 22 novembre, Centre communautaire Overbrook

University of Ottawa Choir Concert, December 1 / Concert de la Chorale de l’Université d’Ottawa, 1er décembre

From the Montreal Massacre to the Incel Movement: Exploring the current gender-based threat of violence / Du massacre de Montréal au mouvement « Incel » : Explorer la menace de violence actuelle fondée sur le sexe

In honour of the women who died 30 years ago at the Ecole Polytechnique, and to raise awareness of a possible threat of mass violence against women, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women and United for All are hosting a panel discussion focusing on the “Involuntary Celebate” or “Incel” movement.  The event will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9am to 11:30 am at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepoint Drive). For more information: https://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/event/from-the-montreal-massacre-to-the-incel-movement-exploring-the-current-gender-based-threat-of-violence/

En l’honneur des femmes décédées à l’École polytechnique il y a 30 ans et pour sensibiliser le public à une menace potentielle de violence de masse à l’égard des femmes, Prévention du crime Ottawa, Coalition d’Ottawa contre la violence faite aux femmes et United for All organisent une table ronde sur le mouvement « Célibat involontaire » ou « Incel ». L’événement aura lieu le vendredi 6 décembre 2019 de 9 h à 11 h 30 à la Place-Ben-Franklin (101, promenade Centrepointe). Pour plus de renseignements: https://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/fr/event/du-massacre-de-montreal-au-mouvement-incel-explorer-la-menace-de-violence-actuelle-fondee-sur-le-sexe/.

Bulletin – 5 November / 5 novembre

In this bulletin:
> Innovation Award Winner / Lauréat de Prix d’innovation!
> Invitation to a Community Celebration, Nov 9
> Remembrance Day / Jour du Souvenir, Riverside Memorial Park
> OCA Annual Report

Congratulations WENDY! / Félicitations WENDY!

Overbrook resident, formerly OCA Secretary and Director, Wendy Dennys won the Innovation Award at Crime Prevention Ottawa‘s 11th Annual Awards Ceremony Monday night for her pivotal role in bringing community-based theatre to Overbrook in the form of Overbrook the Musical, Overbrook Diary and Starry Nights. Wendy’s love of people, community and theatre shone through as she worked tirelessly to create the confidence and conditions for Overbrookies to celebrate their stories and connect with neighbours and friends. Thank you Wendy! By the way, the manual Wendy co-wrote with Diewke de Haen about how to create a community adventure in theatre can be found at the following link:

Minwaashin Lodge’s Street Team OutReach Mobile (STORM) was also honoured at the Awards Ceremony. STORM assists women who are at-risk, homeless or involved in street culture, especially those who identify as Indigenous. The STORM team provides emergency transportation, interventions, hygiene products, lunches, clothing, blankets, health education and referrals to services.

All the winners’ stories are inspiring! You can read about them by clicking on the links below:

You can watch the entire evening’s events at facebook.com/CrimePreventionOttawa, or watch individual videos on Crime Prevention Ottawa’s YouTube Channel. Rogers Television will air the awards on Tuesday, November 12 at 9 p.m.

Vous pouvez visionner la soirée complète sur facebook.com/CrimePreventionOttawa. Vous pouvez également trouver les vidéos sur le réseau YouTube du Prévention du crime Ottawa. L’événement sera sur Rogers Television le mardi 12 novembre à 21h00.

Invitation to a Celebration, November 9, 4pm

Please find below details on a short community celebration that a number of Overbrook folks are collaborating on. It is part of a series of special anniversary commemorations that are being held in a variety of ways by Baha’i communities around the world.

At this event we will hear from and showcase some of the emerging programs that Baha’is and their friends are conducting, which empower the children and youth of our neighbourhood.  This community-building work is very much in line with the desire of many in Overbrook to foster neighbourly  relations and unity within our community, a constructive and positive contribution to crime prevention and safety. These programs are open to children and youth from all backgrounds and faith groups. They focus on developing virtues within young people and empower them to be of service to the community. These programs are run completely by volunteers, many of whom are teens and 20-somethings who provide mentoring and personal example in the Junior Youth Empowerment Program.  

All are very welcome to attend!

Community Celebration
4-5 pm November 9, 2019
Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment and Children’s Class Programs of Overbrook invite your family to please join us in a community celebration with music, stories, children’s activities and refreshments.

We are a group of friends and neighbours working together to empower the youth and children of our community to walk a path of service.

This celebration is being held in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, whose beautiful message prepared for the coming of Baha’u’llah the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. 

Remembrance Day at Riverside Memorial Park / Jour du Souvenir au Parc commémoratif Riverside

Join your friends and neighbours for a moment of silence on Monday, November 11. For more information:

Joignez-vous à vos amis et voisins le lundi 11 novembre. Pour plus d’information :

OCA ANNUAL REPORT: CELEBRATING OUR VOLUNTEERS:

Thanks to the many residents who helped out with OCA activities over the last year. To get a glimpse of who they are and what they did, check out our Annual Report at the link below. If you’d like to get more involved, come out to our next meeting, Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre (33 Quill St) or write us at: info@overbrook.ca.

Bulletin – 30 October/octobre 2019

In this bulletin:
> Your voice matters – take the neighbourhood policing survey!
> Councillor King: upcoming events / événements à venir
> Ottawa Food Bank Town Hall: Poverty Reduction
> Nominate an outstanding woman / Nommer une femme exceptionelle

Neighbourhood Policing in Overbrook SURVEY: How can community police better serve Overbrook? Comment la police peut-elle mieux servir Overbrook? Take the survey by clicking on the poster below. Tell your friends about it! The link can also be found on the right-hand side of our home page (overbrook.ca)!

Councillor King: Upcoming events / événements à venir : BudgetSpeak 2020, November 5; Rockcliffe Park Public School Book Fair, November 1-3; St Bartholomew’s Annual Bazaar and Tea Room, November 2; Seniors: Navigating Next Steps, November 4 / ParlonsBudget 2020, 5 novembre; Salon du livre de l’école publique Rockcliffe Park, du 1er au 3 novembre; Salon du livre de l’école publique Rockcliffe Park, 2 novembre; Aînés: Naviguer les prochaines étapes, 4 novembre

For more information / pour plus de renseignements : https://overbrook.ca/upcoming-events-budgetspeak-and-more-evenements-a-venir-parlonsbudget-et-plus/

Town Hall: Poverty Reduction Strategies and Food Security: The Ottawa Food Bank will be hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, November 13th, featuring a panel of experts speaking about the need for a poverty reduction strategy in Ottawa.

Ottawa has not had a poverty reduction strategy in over a decade, and since the City is currently undergoing strategic planning, we look to make this a priority now.

The goal for this Town Hall is to discuss the need for a strategy, how to bring a strategy forward for the city, what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy, and how it can be used to reduce food insecurity in Ottawa.

For more information and to register: https://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/event/town-hall-poverty-reduction-strategies-and-food-security/.

Femmes remarquables Ottawa Distinguished Women: Call for Nominations of outstanding women / Appel de mises en candidatures des femmes exceptionnelles : https://overbrook.ca/nominate-outstanding-women-nommez-des-femmes-exceptionnelles/