Media Advisory: OCHC, Ribbon to come together to improve the lives of MacLaren tenants

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October 23, 2019 One hundred employees from the Ottawa office of software company called Ribbon Communications Inc. will come to the Ottawa Community Housing high rise at 415 Maclaren Street with paint brushes in hand to complete the largest volunteer project of 2019 and make life a little brighter for more than 260 tenants.  

The group of volunteers – so large it will have to be divided into two groups of 50 – will complete painting all 23 storeys of the building in one day.  

 Ribbon has been giving back locally by volunteering in OCHC communities since 2011. This year’s project is part of the global day of service organized by the company’s headquarters in the U.S.  

Mayor Jim Watson, along with OCHC CEO Stéphane Giguère and Rideau-Vanier Councillor and OCHC Board Chair Mathieu Fleury will be attending the event to thank the volunteers for their work.  

 When: Friday, October 25, 2019 

Where: 415 MacLaren Street 

* Parking is available on MacLaren Street or Somerset Street West. *  


9:00 am: Welcoming Group 1 with 50 volunteers  

9:20 am: Work to begin 

12:30 pm: Speakers – group photo with all 100 volunteers 

MC: Stéphane Giguère  

                    Speaker: Mayor Jim Watson  

                    Speaker: Councillor Mathieu Fleury 

12:40 pm: Welcoming Group 2 – Work to begin  

4:00 pm: Volunteer event ends 

 *Media are welcome to attend. The best time is between 12:30 and 1 p.m.*   


Ribbon employees have been a partner with Ottawa Community Housing since 2011. We are fortunate to work with them as part of our Corporate Volunteer Program and we are especially honoured that they are working with us on this amazingly large-scale project at 415 MacLaren, where volunteers will help to beautify the building, engage with the community, and improve the lives of residents.

Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Office for Ottawa Community Housing Corporation 

 Ribbon is a great corporation that recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. We are excited to welcome a group of 100 volunteers into the MacLaren community and hope to continue working with them in the future.

Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Councillor and OCHC Board Chair   

The City of Ottawa is proud to support Ottawa Community Housing and the partnerships and activities the organization has developed over the years. I’d like to thank the volunteers from Ribbon Communications Inc. who are once again giving back to the community by generously donating their time to help improve the lives of residents living at 415 MacLaren. Giving a fresh coat of paint to this housing complex will not only enhance its units and interior but will give its residents a renewed sense of pride and affinity for their dwellings. 

Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa 

Ottawa Community Housing is always one of our most popular volunteer activities during our annual Global Day of Service. It is so rewarding knowing that we are playing a role in helping OCH provide safe, affordable, quality housing to local residents. The team at OCH is always great to work with and we truly value our ongoing partnership with them. Giving back to local causes and non-profits that have special meaning to us and supporting great organizations such as OCH is really what Ribbon Day is all about. I could not be prouder to be a part of such an awesome experience.

– Petrena Ferguson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Ribbon. 

 Quick facts: 

  • 264 residents in MacLaren Towers 
  • Building was constructed in 1972 
  • 25% of residents are over the age of 60 
  • The average monthly income of residents is $1,200 per month  


About Ribbon Communications Inc. 
Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN) delivers market-leading software solutions that secure and power many of the world’s leading service provider and enterprise communications environments. Built on world-class technology and intellectual property, the company’s cloud-native solutions deliver intelligent and secure real-time communications solutions for the cloud, network and enterprise edge. Ribbon’s Kandy Cloud real-time communications software platform delivers advanced and embedded CPaaS and UCaaS capabilities enabling service providers to rapidly create and deploy high-value communications services. To learn more, visit  

 About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
OCHC maintains nearly 15,000 homes to approximately 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social and affordable 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. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram 

 For additional information, please contact:  

Jennifer McIntosh – Communications and Marketing Specialist – Cell: 613-914-9953 

Tel: 613-731-1182 ext. 2286