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Seniors at two OCH buildings – 395 Somerset and Clémentine Towers – got a chance to have their work woven into the city’s history.
Six seniors in each building helped make quilts. Raymond, a tenant leader at the 395 Somerset building, served as group leader and translator.
A quilting project, sponsored by a New Horizons for Seniors grant and supported by Ottawa West Community Supports Aging in Place Program, the City of Ottawa and the Billings Estate National Historic Site aimed to help re-establish some of the social connections lost during the early days of the pandemic.
One of the quilts was unveiled during the Community Quilting Exhibition opening on March 8. It was completed in July. The other quilt, which is displayed at Ottawa City Hall, was created in December 2020.
Each project took six weeks to complete – and residents were provided with supplies and instruction from a shop named Quilty Pleasures, based out of Orleans.