Mother of two Tracy Pike is a long-time resident of Carsons Meadow. Five years ago, her neighbour encouraged her to participate in the Tenants’ Circle. Since then, she has not looked back.
Carsons Meadow is a family-oriented and diverse community, near La Cité Collégiale. The Tenants’ Circle is an active one, with annual barbecues, a Christmas dinner and a team of volunteers that participates in an annual community cleaning during the City’s Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign.
It’s a lot to do considering the Tenants’ Circle is run by only three tenants who volunteer their time.
I really enjoy it. The only thing I would wish for is more community involvement,” she said.
Tracy said one of the reasons she decided to get involved in her community is to inspire her children, who are now 20 and 17 years old. She works with her fellow tenant volunteers, as well as the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre and Samuel Genest secondary school. They provide space for the community Christmas party and students who volunteer for the spring cleanup.
Tracy’s daughter took the lesson to heart and helped out with the homework club at the Carson Community House.
Tracy moved to Ottawa from Kingston 15 years ago. She used to work as a health care aide until a back injury prevented her from working. Now, her work in the community and her kids fill her days.
Aside from helping organize events, Tracy worked with former councillor Tobi Nussbaum’s office to get street lights installed on Carsons Road to help ensure students walking from La Cité Collégiale remained safe.
In our community, we look out for each other, she said.