August 30th, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – CMO & OCHC celebrate the success of Helping Ourselves – a peer peacebuilding program for community housing tenants.
Community Mediation Ottawa (CMO) and Ottawa Community Housing (OCHC) are thrilled to have received their first-ever Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant. It is being used to fund an innovative pilot project to build conflict resolution capacity in diverse and marginalized communities. Helping Ourselves prepares tenants and staff to support their peers in three OCHC communities across the city, using their skills to support a positive conflict resolution environment and creating a space for tenants to bond with each other while building trust.
Unresolved conflict tends to escalate, and frequently requires external intervention, such as by-law or police. This can be a strain on limited city resources and places the responsibility in the hands of outsiders. By supporting people in the community to build their own skills, issues can be addressed proactively, and with self-determination.
To learn more about Helping Ourselves please contact Lorna Lemay, Director of Community Mediation Ottawa at (613) 235-5800 ext. 6454 or Francine Vachon at OCHC at (613) 731-1182 ext. 4252.
“OCHC is grateful to receive the Trillium Seed Grant that allows us to continue to build on an already meaningful partnership with CMO. It will continue to provide tenants an opportunity to benefit from, and grow in, an atmosphere of respect and collaboration in conflict situations.”
-Stéphane Giguère, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing
“The goals of this program will be to increase social cohesion, reduce isolation and foster autonomy within the communities.”
-Jan Michaels, outgoing Chair of the Steering Committee for CMO
“Helping Ourselves is about empowering tenants and staff to create healthier, more harmonious living spaces. I congratulate CMO and OCHC on this important community-building initiative that will benefit people in Ottawa—Centre and beyond.”
About Community Mediation Ottawa: Community Mediation Ottawa (CMO) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization providing conflict resolution services such as mediation, conflict coaching, and workshops to individuals and groups in the Ottawa area, free of charge.
About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation: Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles, and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCH houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicities, and cultures. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019.