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!

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 :


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 – week of October 20 – semaine du 20 octobre

In this bulletin: Election Day; OCA News; an IMPORTANT social services petition; and, Crime Prevention Ottawa awards and new booklet in Somali and Arabic…

Election Day: Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, Monday, October 21! Polls will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. For more information on voting, visit the Elections Canada website: English; en français. If you’re still undecided, you can watch an Ottawa-Vanier debate on Rogers by clicking here.

OCA News: Welcome to new OCA Board members, Danika Brisson, Marie-Christine Blais. Marjolaine Provost and Mercedes Marcano! “Au revoir” and huge thank yous to departing members, Monjur Chowdhury, Patrick Venier and Wendy Dennys.

Our October 17 AGM featured great presentations on a safety theme!

  • Crime Prevention Ottawa has recently confirmed funding for a safety coordinator for Overbrook. The coordinator will facilitate community-driven initiatives.
  • The Ottawa Police Service is about to launch a Neighbourhood Policing Pilot in Vanier-Overbrook and two other Ottawa areas. Expect to see 5 new Neighbourhood Officers building relationships with Vanier-Overbrook residents in the coming weeks. Carleton University researchers will be assessing the pilot and looking for community feedback.
  • Now is the time to get involved with the OCA Safety Committee, which will be involved in all this and more! The Committee meets at 7 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the Overbrook Community Centre. All are welcome!

Social Services Matter: Sign the Petition! / Les services sociaux sont essentiels: signez la pétition!

The Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa are seeking your support to sign this petition and to forward it to your contacts, so that we can let City Council know that Social Services Matter!

Two years ago, non-profit social services in Ottawa completed a survey from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa that highlighted our budgetary and service pressures.

The 2018 Community Wellbeing Report highlights serious concerns about the capacity of community services to respond to critical community issues. In the face of chronic underfunding, many organizations are at a crisis point, particularly those called upon to address the increasing difficulty for thousands of residents to meet basic needs.

In response, many organizations from the non-profit social services sector are leading a campaign to expand non-profit social services, and invest at least $5 million, over and above existing funding, for non-profit social services in Ottawa during the 2019-2022 Term of Council.

Please join us by signing this petition, and by helping us to get the message out on social media. We can be found tweeting about this at the Coalition’s Twitter handle @CHRC_Ottawa.

Please get in touch with Andrea Poncia if you would like to find out how you, or your organization can get more involved in this important campaign.

Andrea can be reached at 613.325.2619, or by email at aponcia@swchc.on.ca.

Veuillez signer cette pétition et la transmettre à vos contacts afin que nous puissions informer le conseil municipal d’Ottawa que les services sociaux sont essentiels!

Il y a deux ans, les services sociaux sans but lucratif à Ottawa ont répondu à un sondage administré par le Conseil de planification sociale d’Ottawa. L’enquête a mis en lumière de sérieuses pressions budgétaires. Le Rapport sur le bien-être communautaire d’Ottawa a révélé que, confrontés à un sous-financement chronique, de nombreuses organisations se trouvaient en crise, en particulier celles appelées à faire face aux difficultés croissantes rencontrées par des milliers de résidents pour satisfaire leurs besoins essentiels.

En réponse, de nombreuses organisations du secteur de services sociaux à but non lucratif, mènent une campagne visant à soutenir ces services, et à exhorter le conseil municipal d’Ottawa à investir au moins 5 millions de dollars, en sus du financement existant, dans les services sociaux à but non lucratif.

La pétition se trouve à l’adresse suivante, ou vous pouvez imprimer et faire circuler la pétition en papier ci-jointe.

Veuillez contacter Andrea Poncia si vous souhaitez savoir comment vous, ou votre organisation, pouvez participer davantage à cette campagne importante. Vous pouvez communiquer avec Andrea par téléphone au 613.325.2619.

Crime Prevention Ottawa – Prévention du crime Ottawa

Save the date: 2019 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards November 4 / Réservez la date : remise des Prix Prévention du crime Ottawa de 2019 le 4 novembre

Click here for more information. / Cliquez ici pour plus de renseignements : https://overbrook.ca/2019-crime-prevention-ottawa-awards-prix-prevention-du-crime-ottawa-de-2019/

“Best seller” booklet on youth criminal justice now in Arabic and Somali! / Notre très populaire brochure sur la justice pénale pour les adolescents est maintenant offerte en arabe et en somali!

Click here for more information. / Cliquez ici pour plus de renseignements : https://overbrook.ca/best-seller-booklet-on-youth-criminal-justice-now-in-arabic-and-somali-notre-tres-populaire-brochure-sur-la-justice-penale-pour-les-adolescents-est-maintenant-offerte-en-arabe-et-en/

Congratulations and thank you!

The OCA Board is very pleased to congratulate our President of the past several years, Rawlson King, on his election as our new Councillor for Ward 13.

It has been almost 30 years since our ward elected a councillor from Overbrook. And Rawlson has made history as the city’s first black councillor. His progressive, robust platform signals the direction residents of this ward want for our City.

OCA looks forward to working with Councillor King on issues facing our ward and our community.

We had a pretty good voter turnout for a by-election complicated by 17 candidates from which to choose. All the candidates should be proud of their hard work in capturing the interest of our citizens. Thank you to Sheila Perry, Kasia Adamiec, Patrick Mayangi and Peter Jan Karwacki who are also from our own Overbrook/Castle Heights area, for caring about the City so much that they would invest their considerable time and resources in running for the councillor position. You have demonstrated our residents’ commitment to strong community. Well done!

OCA Annual Report 2017-18

If you missed last week’s AGM, you can take a look at the OCA Annual Report 2018 to see what Directors, members and other volunteers have been doing in the past year to keep our neighbourhood vibrant and caring – everything from advocacy on public safety and planning & development matters to community events to park clean-ups to musical productions…

Ten current and three new Directors of the Board were acclaimed at the AGM. To find out who they are, click here: OCA Board 2018-19