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May 10th, 2023

Media Advisory: From Storage Room to Community Room: Tenants and Partners Create Space For LeBreton Community and Culture to Thrive

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OTTAWA – On Friday, May 12, residents and community leaders will be cutting the ribbon on a long-awaited community room opening at LeBreton Flats. This freshly renovated space, which was once a storage unit, has been transformed into a meeting and activity room. With a kitchenette and universal washroom, it is accessible to the 300 building residents.

This vital infrastructure supports community development in a neighbourhood with disproportionately high levels of poverty and residents living on low incomes.

The LeBreton Community Room was funded by a Hard Hat Heroes (HHH) Grant and came together with the efforts of the building’s tenants, United Way East Ontario (UWEO), PCL Construction, Somerset West Community Health Centre, (SWCHC) and Ottawa Community Housing Corp (OCHC).

What:    LeBreton Flats Community Room Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When:   Friday, May 12, 2023

4:00 p.m.. – 6:00 p.m. in person

(Speeches, photographs, snacks 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: 20 Rochester Street, Ottawa

About United Way East Ontario:
United Way East Ontario works in communities across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County to break down barriers, improve lives, and create opportunities for the people who need us most. 365 days per year—in normal times, and through crises—United Way tackles the most complex social issues. We bring people, resources, and organizations together—from businesses, non-profits, governments, and more—to solve problems.

About PCL:
PCL Construction has been partnered with United Way of East Ontario (UWEO) since the Ottawa District was founded in 1990. PCL’s unwavering support of UWEO reflects our goal in ensuring that we give back to our community in a way that creates a meaningful, and long-term, difference for our most vulnerable neighbours.

About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation: 
OCHC provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with disabilities, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicities and cultures. OCHC is the largest community housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario.

About Somerset West Community Health Centre:
Somerset West Community Health Centre is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides primary health care, health promotion and community development services, using inter-professional teams of health and social service providers. We support people and communities to enjoy the best possible health and well-being. We recognize the importance of responding to the diversity of needs within local communities and pay particular attention to those members of the community who are most vulnerable and at risk.

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Reichelt (she/her – elle)
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Gestionnaire principale, Relations publiques
M 613-297-3846

United Way East Ontario | Centraide Est de l’Ontario  |