Winter Issue 2015 Bringing Care & Community Together
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Donations making a difference
Pictured above in the Anglican Parish of March (L to R ) :
The Reverend Karen Coxon, Mike Bryan -
Parish Representative, Mia Doré, Manager - Children and
Youth Programs, Jessie Cornford - Youth
Winter Issue 2015
Between the expectations at home, the
stress to succeed in school, and the
pressure brought on by their peers,
being a teen can be complicated.
*In Canada, it is estimated that 10 to
20 per cent of youth are affected by
a mental illness or a disorder and a
staggering 3.2 million youth (12 to 19
year olds) are at risk for developing
“We are in a mental health crisis
because there are so many people
trying to access services,” says Sarah
Smythe, Youth Community Developer.
“But we don’t have enough services
available,” says Smythe.
The need for youth mental health
initiatives, programs and services in
our catchment area has increased and
will only continue to grow; however,
funding for non-profits, like WOCRC
is often limited or non-existent.
“We currently don’t have any funds
dedicated solely to youth and mental
health,” says Mia Doré, Child and
Youth Programs Manager.
But thanks to donations, like the one
WOCRC programs, with a focus on youth mental
health, receive a generous donation of $5,000 from the
Anglican Parish of March
story continued on next page
The Western Ottawa
Centre is proud to
be an accredited
organization with the
Canadian Centre for
United Way Campaign
United Way’s Community
Campaign launched in
September of 2014.
You can donate to WOCRC
by using the standard form,
and providing our name and
charitable registration number
(12821 9201 RR 0001).
While we do not always
receive the names of
individual donors, we
thank you for helping your
Inside this issue
Message from the Executive
The Good Food Box
Expanding into local schools
Rewards of Being a Volunteer
The Good Food Box is expanding
into local rural schools 25 families are
local and low-cost
produce from The
Good Food Box.
That’s nearly 100
Whole sale prices, local vendors and quality produce
are just some of the selling points that have helped the
Ottawa Good Food Box (GFB) gain popularity within the
urban core. Now, thanks to forging partnerships, like the
one formed between the GFB and Stonecrest Elementary
School, Ottawa’s innovative food access program has found
its way into local rural communities.
“The feedback has been very positive,” says
Julie McKercher, Rural Community Developer.
“It involves the kids in a proactive way.”
The GFB at Stonecrest Elementary gives families,
community members, and neighbours the opportunity to
order a box of local, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables
at wholesale prices. These boxes come in a variety of sizes
and price points and even come with recipe ideas to make
preparation a snap.
Also, there is a built in cost savings of anywhere from 30
per cent to 50 per cent. It works a lot like a collective, with
centralized buying and coordination; it’s open to everyone
– with no membership fees.
“We have given the kids the opportunity to take the food
home with them on the bus,” says McKercher. “[The kids]
are involved in healthy food consumption and it simplifies
getting produce into the kitchen of families.”
GFB is a food access program dedicated to selling quality
produce at wholesale prices as a means of supporting
greater access to low-cost, local, quality food. The GFB
mandate is entirely different than that of the Food Bank,
which is dedicated to providing those in need with
emergency food assistance.
The Ottawa Good Food Box gives families, community
members and neighbours the opportunity
to order a box of local, nutritious fresh fruits and
vegetables at wholesale prices.
photo by Danielle Lynn Photography
Did you know?
You can start an Ottawa Good Food Box site
anywhere in Ottawa as long as there are at
least 10 interested customers and a volunteer
Message from the Chair & Executive Director
Is your school interested in participating in
The Good Food Box program?
Please contact Julie McKercher at
613-591-3686 x 498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
email@example.com www.wocrc.ca T: 613-591-3686
made by our friends at the Anglican Parish of March, we are
able to take a proactive approach to youth mental health.
Because of the $ 5,000, WOCRC is able to offer tailored
programming and leverage partnerships to support local youth
during the often complex journey into adulthood.
The donations will be used to offer local youth programs and
services focused on mental health, anxiety prevention and
supporting LGBTQ+ youth. We will also be extending the
hours of The ZONE to serve the specific needs of older youth
in our community that are currently underserviced.
To learn more about this great initiative and how you can
contribute contact our Donor Administrator at
Donations making a difference..continued from first page
Last year, staff and board members formed a Strategic
Planning Committee to consider Western Ottawa
Community Resource Centre’s (WOCRC) next five
years. As an organization serving a variety of needs in
our catchment area, we wanted to verify that we are all
working towards a common set of goals. We also wanted to
ensure that we are assessing and adjusting our services and
programs in response to a changing environment.
The strategic planning process really made us take a
moment and ask the question: “Are we making the best
possible use of our limited resources to carry out our
mission and move towards our vision?”
Through a series of information gathering that included
an in-depth environmental scan, multiple focus groups,
online surveys, and staff and board member planning
sessions, we were able to use the findings to inform the
current state and the strategic directions of our plan.
The Strategic Planning Committee has done a wonderful
job at outlining a positive path for WOCRC’s future. It is
my pleasure to share with you our five strategic directions
from our 2015-2019 Strategic Plan; Systemic Advocacy,
Investment in Our People, More Ways to Connect, Growth
of Strategic Partnerships, Flexible and Adaptive Service
In addition to the five strategic directions, four crosscutting
themes have been identified as they inform and
support each strategic direction, as follows:
Engagement – it is only through meaningful engagement
of community members, partners, employees and key
stakeholders that we can be successful.
Accountability – leadership, team, client and stakeholder
accountability is foundational to ensure transparency and
as an enabler of ongoing communication on the progress
of the plan.
Results – ensuring that our strategic directions drive
measureable results where the need is the greatest.
Quality assurance – integrating a systemic approach to
ensuring that our services meet the needs and expectations
of clients, partners, funders and other key stakeholders
that we can be successful.
We will be publishing the full WOCRC 2015-2019
Strategic Plan on our website in the coming weeks and we
look forward to working together towards these goals.
We would also like to thank our community partners,
clients, residents and volunteers who participated in
our many focus groups and graciously volunteered their
time to provide invaluable feedback and insight on this
Your commitment to the WOCRC mission is critical to our
success, and we speak for the entire board and staff when
we say thank you.
Paying it forward
Terry shares the rewards of being a Peer Support Volunteer
Terry began volunteering with
WOCRC in 2005 as a Peer Supporter
and has also provided her talent and
expertise in several communications
and fundraising endeavours.
Committed to working towards
ending violence against women
(VAW), Terry has been involved in
a number of social action initiatives,
provided direct service support to
several abused women and offered
unwavering support to the residences
of Chrysalis House. In 2010 Terry was
presented with the Eva James Award
in recognition for all of her volunteer
She continues to be actively involved
in our Peer Support Program. She
enjoys the social action component
of the program, which involves going
into local schools to talk about healthy
dating relationships, helping with our
annual VAW vigil and spearheading
our International Women’s Day
Terry is also an avid dragon boat racer
and Captain of her internationally
In Terry’s words
When asked why I volunteer I
typically give the short answer; to
give back to my community. Not that
that is a cop out, it just moves the
This time I wanted to elaborate, for
this organization that celebrates and
thrives on its volunteers.
I firmly believe that it takes a village
to raise a child. So, when my children
were young my home was always filled
with children, mine plus many others.
Those children were always treated as
if they were my own, maybe that’s why
today I have so many more children
than the three I bore that call me
Now that my own children are
grown, I still believe we must take
responsibility for all of our children.
To that end, through example, I can
give of my time and experience to help
guide and educate our youth. Our
youth need to see through our actions
that sometimes you just do, without
considering what you might get. This
euphoria cannot be described, it needs
to be experienced.
WOCRC is a non-profit organization and relies on donations
so we can continue our work.
Your support can help someone in need, right here in your community!
To donate online, visit: www.wocrc.ca or call 613-591-3686
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