When LRT Stops in Overbrook — What Then?

Find out more and join the conversation!

Thursday, 20 November at 6:30 pm

Evelyn Danilko and Matt Eason from the City’s Rail Implementation Office will outline the construction plans to complete the Confederation Line, while Cheryl Brouillard from the Planning & Growth Management Department will address the community design plans surrounding the St. Laurent and Tremblay stations. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

These presentations will be preceded by OCA’s Annual General Meeting when a new board of directors will be elected.

Everyone welcome! Refreshments will be served and heritage holiday cards will be on sale!

Heritage Holiday Card sketched by Tanja Mackin, 2013
Heritage Holiday Card sketched by local artist Tanja Mackin, 2013

Volunteers are vital to our community! Do you have talents to share?

For close to forty years, Overbrook residents have volunteered with the Overbrook Community Association (OCA), and the neighbourhood has benefited from their activities.

The Association has influenced such matters as

  • banning trucks on the Vanier Parkway
  • developing an Overbrook Neighbourhood Planning Study (1978)
  • advocating for developments in keeping with the neighbourhood
  • pressuring for reforestation
  • organizing spring and fall cleanups
  • refurbishing Riverside Memorial and Lawson parks
  • creating Overbrook Community Gardens
  • reviving our community newspaper, Nouvelles d’Overbrook News

to name only a few.

There is still work to be done

  • monitoring new developments
  • settling the urban lane issue
  • protecting heritage properties
  • pressing for safer streets
  • pushing for cycling networks
  • organizing community fun days

Have you special talents and some time to help in the community? Here are some opportunities you might want to consider:

Book Nook co-ordinator:

The Book Nook, located in the lobby of the Overbrook Community Centre, needs someone who loves books and has time once a week to pop by the Centre to ensure the books are current and attractively displayed. We have a stock of books that need rotating through the seasons.

Community Events co-organizer:

For many years, the OCA has worked with the director of the Overbrook Community Centre and with the community developer of Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre to organize two community events — “Carnival Overbrook” on Family Day and “Overbrook Community Day” on the last Saturday in August. The organizational template is in place; the job entails about three organizing meetings, gathering volunteers, and keeping track of finances.

Newspaper volunteer:

A number of opportunities exist to help with this vital communications tool, from selling ads to delivering three times a year in March, June and September.

Committee work:

What is your passion? Ensuring development in keeping with the neighbourhood, preserving our heritage, working for safe streets, encouraging sustainability through growing our own food or cycling to work? There are opportunities for you to contribute.

Board work:

With a strong “infrastructure” in place (constitution & bylaws, code of conduct, terms of reference for each committee) the OCA is looking for volunteers to join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a collaborative board to make a difference in our community.

To volunteer or to get more information, email Wendy at info@overbrook.ca.

Overbrook Holiday Greeting Cards Available at OCC!

Here’s your chance to buy unique holiday greeting cards featuring the Sparks’ stone house on North River Road in a line drawing by Overbrook artist Tanja Mackin.

For a preview, click the image: 

Heritage Holiday Card 2013

Cards can be bought at the Overbrook Community Centre between 4 and 6:30 pm this Thursday and Friday. Cost: $2.50 each; $20 for 10.

This is a fundraising campaign by the Heritage Committee of the Overbrook Community Association.