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 :


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/

Trees in Overbrook / Arbres à Overbrook

(Version française ci-bas)

Hello Overbrook!

We have been given this week a unique chance to have more trees in our neighbourhood. We need your suggestions NOW to have trees planted next Spring. It is your occasion to improve your corner, in less than five minutes of your time.


The City is offering us to plant new trees on city land in Overbrook. A portion of property in front of private houses belongs to the city.


We need to provide a list of potential locations next week. 

We need your suggestions by next Wednesday, October 30.

What do we need from you?

– step outside your house, apartment, car: take a look around you, on your street, or where you walk;

– identify potential locations for new trees. 

– send a quick email at this address (clang046@gmail.com) listing the potential locations you identified, including specific street addresses*.

What will we do with your input?

We will create a wish list for tree locations on city land in Overbrook, share with the city soon and follow-up to make sure we get as many trees as possible next Spring, and the next few years.

We thank you all in advance for your help. We will keep you informed through our community paper, ConneXions.

Christine Langlois


*If there are no clear street address to a specific location, say ” opposite side of the street to this address” or “on the south west corner of the property attached to the community center”, or something like this.

**There are no guaranties we will get everything we ask. But there it is certain that if we don’t ask, we won’t get anything.


 Bonjour Overbrook!

Nous avons reçu cette semaine une excellente nouvelle: nous pouvons avoir de nouveaux arbres dans notre quartier. Nous avons besoin de vos suggestions MAINTENANT pour avoir des arbres qui seront plantés au printemps. C’est votre occasion d’embellir votre coin de rue, en moins de cinq minutes de votre temps!


La Ville nous offre de planter de nouveaux arbres sur les terrains municipaux dans Overbrook. Une portion de terrain devant les résidences privées appartient à la ville.


Nous devons fournir notre liste de sites potentiels pour planter de nouveaux arbres la semaine prochaine. 

Nous avons besoin de vos suggestions d’ici mercredi prochain, 30 octobre.

Que devez-vous faire?

– sortir de votre maison, appartement, voiture: regarder autour de vous, sur votre rue, où vous marchez;

– identifier des sites possibles pour de nouveaux arbres. N’importe quel espace qui semble vide est bon en ce moment;

– envoyer un courriel rapide à cette adresse (clang046@gmail.com), qui inclura vos suggestions de sites, incluant des adresses civiques précises*.

Que ferons-nous avec vos suggestions?

Nous créerons une liste de sites potentiels sur terrains municipaux que nous partagerons avec la Ville bientôt. Puis nous ferons le suivi pour avoir le plus d’arbres possible dès le printemps prochain, et pour les années suivantes.

Nous vous remercions à l’avance de votre aide! Nous vous garderons informé par notre journal communautaire, ConneXions.

Christine Langlois


*S’il n’y pas d’adresse civique précise, dites-nous “directement en face de telle adresse” ou encore “sur le coin sud ouest du terrain du centre communautaire”, ou quelque chose du genre.

**Il n’y a aucune garantie que nous aurons tout ce que nous demandons. Mais nous avons la garantie que si nous ne demandons pas, nous n’aurons rien.