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Jun 21st, 2023

OCHC Board and Committee Members Go Green and participate in their first Tree Planting Project in Debra Dynes Community

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June 22, 2023, Ottawa, ON – The community of Debra Dynes will get a little greener thanks to the work of approximately 40 volunteers from Ottawa Community Housing Corporation’s Board and Committees.

The tree-planting event is part of OCHC’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and building greener, more sustainable communities. On June 22, this volunteer group will plant 20 trees – replacing some of the forest cover lost during the Derecho storm.

Board and Committee members volunteering will be joined by Ottawa Community Housing Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, Guy Arseneau and Bay Ward Councillor and Board Chair Theresa Kavanagh.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2023, 12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: 995 Debra Avenue, Unit 85

*Street parking available*


12:45 p.m.: Speakers will welcome volunteer group

Speakers: Guy Arseneau, Chief Operating Officer, OCHC; Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, Board Chair, OCHC; Barbara Carroll, Executive Director, Debra Dynes Family House; Mehdi Louzouaz, Manager, Volunteer Engagement, OCHC

1:00 p.m.: Group photo

1:05 p.m.: Work begins

3:00 p.m.: Volunteer work ends

*Media are welcome to attend. The best time is between 12:45 p.m. and 1:05 p.m.* 


“We honoured and proud that OCHC’s Board members – who are leaders in their respective sectors – chose to donate their time to building better communities. This project signals the commitment of OCHC to make more sustainable communities with increased greenspace.”

– Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Office, OCHC 

Quick facts:

– Debra Dynes is home 615 residents

– 222 children in single parent households

– Average monthly income of residents: $2,130

– Served by the Debra Dynes Family House – which provides after-school programming, food assistance and other support.

– Our Board of Directors includes Councillors Marty Carr, Glen Gower, Stephanie Plante and Mayor Sutcliffe (ex-officio)

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Communications Specialist,
Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 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, ethnicities and cultures. OCHC is Ottawa’s largest social housing provider, 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 in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram