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Apr 18th, 2018

Local business volunteers revitalize Walkley Road seniors building

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Ottawa — This morning, 30 volunteers and Mayor Jim Watson came together with paint brushes in hand, ready to give their time and energy to rejuvenate a vulnerable neighbourhood in our city.

The initiative was part of Community Action Day, a half-day event organized by United Way Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing to refresh an underserved neighbourhood. The volunteers who participated in the activity were from companies that take place in United Way’s workplace campaign, including TD Bank Group and Data Kinetics Ltd.

The Walkey Road community where volunteers painted the tenant lounge and hallways is located in Ottawa South in the Herongate neighbourhood and is home to more than 270 seniors.

It’s days like today, where people come out to lend a helping hand in one of our communities, that we are reminded what a generous city Ottawa is. With help from our partners like United Way and the greater community, we are better able to serve our residents,”  said Ottawa Community Housing CEO Stéphane Giguère.

It’s one thing to donate money to help those who need it most.  But it’s really special when people also want to donate their time to create an impact in the community, said Carole Gagnon, Vice President of Resource Development at United Way Ottawa.

Community Action Day provides local businesses, donors and community members with the chance to give their time, skills and efforts to help make our city a better place for everyone.

About Ottawa Community Housing:

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to over 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, ethnicity 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.
About United Way Ottawa:

United Way Ottawa invests resources where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact. Through research, evaluation and partnerships with community experts we are able to identify the root causes of the biggest social challenges facing our community and help find solutions that change tens of thousands of lives for the better. One hundred per cent of donations to United Way Ottawa stay in Ottawa to help those most in need. Learn more about our work at

For more information, please contact:

Barry Keegan, United Way Ottawa

Phone: 613-228-6709; Mobile: 613-294-8128

Twitter: @UnitedWayOttawa

Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community Housing
Phone: 613-731-1182 ext. 2286; Mobile: 613-914-9953
Twitter: @OCH_LCO Facebook LinkedIN