August 16th, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – This afternoon, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) CEO Stéphane Giguère and Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre CEO, Christopher McIntosh, were joined by Member of Parliament Anita Vandenbeld (Ottawa West—Nepean), Mayor Jim Watson, and Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Chair of the OCHC Board of Directors, as they unveiled a new fully-accessible community space in the Pinecrest Terrace Community.
The need for additional multi-purpose space in this community was identified by the Pinecrest Terrace Tenant Circle several years ago. Alongside tenants, The Pinecrest Terrace Community House, PQCHC, and OCHC have been working together to bring this project to fruition. The new multipurpose space on the ground floor of 2487A Iris Street will serve as an extension of the Community House, located steps away, and will house a variety of programming for all ages.
In her remarks at the event, MP Vandenbeld announced that the Government of Canada had contributed just under $50,000 to renovate and make the front entrance accessible, as well as install an accessible washroom. This funding was awarded to PQCHC through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
This project also received in-kind support from OCHC with many hours of staff time, as well as equipment contributed towards the completion of this project. Furthermore, OCHC took this opportunity to upgrade the electrical system as well as the fire and life safety systems in the newly renovated space.
During today’s event, two new murals, created by the community, were also unveiled in the space. Thanks funding from United Way Ottawa’s Spark Program and OCHC, and artist facilitator Claudia Salguero, the walls of this new space will be adorned with two meaningful pieces; one created by the youth in the community, and the second by the adults of the area.
The completion of this project would also not have been possible without the close partnership with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and their involvement in the planning stages, as well as the very generous in-kind donation by Linebox Studio, who designed the space.
“Accessibility in Canada is about creating communities that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers. I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting this project at Pinecrest Terrace by creating a space that will truly be accessible to all.”
-Anita Vandenbeld, MP (Ottawa West – Nepean)
“The Pinecrest Terrace Community House fosters a warm and welcoming environment for the community. The new space will create more opportunities for people with limited accessibility to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. As we celebrate this wonderful new community space, I’d also like to thank the Government of Canada for their investment for this initiative through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.”
-Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
“This project has come to fruition for three reasons: engaged tenants, amazing partners, and hard-working staff. I’m so thankful to all those who, throughout the project, have worked tirelessly to deliver for this community.”
-Stéphane Giguère, CEO Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
“I am so pleased to see the results of this community-driven partnership. Not only will this be a functional space for all Pinecrest Terrace, thanks to United Way Ottawa and OCHC’s support, it will be a beautiful space filled with the spirit of the community, represented through these two new murals.”
-Christopher McIntosh, CEO Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
“In a community that includes 425 tenants, 45% of whom are under the age of 18, community space and youth programming are so important. Thanks to the Pinecrest Terrace Community House, youth in this community will have more opportunities to play, to learn, and to grow.”
-Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Chair of the OCHC Board of Directors
“The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation is very pleased to have been a part of this incredible project from the beginning. We would also like to thank Linebox Studios for their generous in-kind donation of design services.”
-Howard Whittaker, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation
- OCHC’s Pinecrest Terrace Community is comprised of 122 homes, and includes a mix of townhomes, and low-rise apartments; there are approximately 425 tenants and 45% are under the age of 18.
- The Pinecrest Terrace Community House is located in one of the community’s townhomes (2483B Iris Street) and is a satellite location for PQCHC.
- Programming in the new space will include English as a second language courses, critical hours children’s programs, dance, community events, and meetings.
- The Government of Canada contributed $49,522 to this project through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, specifically to create and accessible front entrance as well as to build a new accessible washroom.
- OCHC contributed many hours of staff time and equipment. Upgrades were also made to the room’s electrical and fire life safety systems.
- Two new murals were painted; one by the youth and one by the adults in the community. The funds for this came from a $3,000 United Way Ottawa Spark Program grant and OCHC.
- Linebox Studio donated its design services for this project.
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.
About the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre: Since its establishment in 1979, PQCHC has grown alongside the community it serves, widening its array of services to address broader social determinants of health such as access to primary health care services, employment, housing, education, building community capacity, health promotion, mental health and programs for children and youth. Today, while many programs remain focused on the original west end catchment area, a number of services reach out to populations across the City of Ottawa and some reaching residents across the Champlain area. In addition, in 2009 we opened a satellite site, the South Nepean Community Health Centre (SNCHC) located in south Nepean.