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Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey in Kanata

via the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC)

We are pleased to inform you that the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration Event will be held on February 14, 2016 (Sunday) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Drive in Kanata. All communities are invited to join us for Chinese cultural displays, a lion dance performance, entertainment, family games, food fest and lucky draws.

The Chinese New Year Event in 2014 was very well-received and attracted thousands of people from the community to celebrate it with us. Riding on the success of the previous year, we are expecting an even larger attendance in 2016.

This annual celebration event is organized by the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC), a non-profit organization, with the aim of bridging communities through community events like celebrating Chinese New Year and other festivals.

KCSSC is one of the most active seniors’ communities in Kanata. Since its inception in 2012, we have been rendering support to Chinese seniors and their families in Kanata and surrounding areas to adapt and integrate into the mainstream.   KCSSC has also been actively promoting altruism among our seniors through community and volunteer work, like regular visits to seniors’ residences, the EPIC Walk for Cancer Care, Cleaning the Capital, and others, so that our seniors can experience the joy and satisfaction of being able to help others.

We are also recruiting youth volunteers for this event. Please contact Wen Jean Ho at 613-4403788 or email kcssc@kcssc.org.

Tickets are available at the door: $10/Adult     $5/10-18    Free/9 and under


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Quitters lends support to Chrysalis House

(Quitters is encouraging customers and neighbours to drop off a donation for Chrysalis House, a local women’s shelter, from now until the end of December. Here’s more info about the initiative, via Quitters.)

We would like to spread the word about a very important shelter in OUR community that supports women and their dependents seeking a safe place from abusive partners or family members.

Our staff was incredibly moved by a recent visit to Chrysalis House, and we hope you will support us in raising money or donating a gift certificate for someone who, in most cases, has left everything they own in hopes of starting a new life for themselves and their children.
In many cases, just simple things are hugely useful: OC Transpo tickets, toiletries, crafts for children, small gift certificates for basic essentials.

This is HERE. In our community. Our small gestures can have a huge impact on the lives of others. We would be happy to tell you more about what the shelter does day to day, for kids, for women, and how a donation is helping give them a renewed hope for a future free of abuse. Please join us during this time when we have so much to be grateful for. Accepting donations now through the end of December.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

For more info about items needed or to make a donation, click here.


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WOCRC helps low-income women get engaged in election

(Above: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, along with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa and the City for All Women Initiative, recently launched the Making Votes Count Where We Live initiative at City Hall.)

Voter turnout has a dismal record. Ottawa’s 2014 municipal election had fewer than 40 per cent votes cast. Ontario’s 2014 provincial election had a 51 per cent voter turnout rate, while voter turnout was only 61 per cent in the 2011 federal election.

The impact of low voter turnout is especially felt among low-income residents, who are less likely to vote than higher-income voters. City for All Women Initiative Volunteer Jacqueline Nyiramukwende said, “It is the experience of poverty itself that will discourage one from voting; how do you find time juggling so many concerns? Besides, people living on low income have come to the conclusion that, who will listen to a poor person anyway.”

We can do better. It’s time for people living on low income to be heard in the 2015 federal election. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, along with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa and the City for All Women Initiative, has embarked on a three-year project, Making Votes Count Where We Live. Working alongside women living on low incomes to engage residents to vote, over 200 people were interviewed, including Aboriginal people, francophones, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, rural residents, seniors, and youth about their voting experience. It was found that the majority of participants felt positive about voting.

”People who have more money have more ability to do things but with voting, it’s equal… every person, regardless of money, has one vote. One person, one vote,“ said one West Carleton resident.

WOCRC is building on this momentum in the far west-end and rural communities. Community Developers Maria Friis and Julie McKercher are recruiting women living on low income to join women from across the city in sharing insights and developing the skills to encourage others to get involved in the federal election.

Involved in the project is Marta Restrepo. “I have a right to vote. I am happy to vote, eligible to vote and proud. I can’t complain if I don’t vote,” said Restrepo, Civic Engagement Ambassador and recent Canadian citizen.

On Sept. 16 and 18, women selected to participate will learn the skills necessary to facilitate a community café on voting. WOCRC will support transportation and child and family care costs, while an honorarium will be provided in recognition of women using their new skills and insights in the community. Watch for a Making Votes Count Café in your community!

For more information and to apply, please contact Maria Friis (friis@wocrc.ca) or Julie McKercher (mckercher@wocrc.ca), 613-591-3686.

(Maria Friis is a Community Developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.)


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