CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES
CARP FITNESS PARK : The Carp Fitness Park project involved installing stationary, outdoor fitness equipment that can be utilized by all ages in Langstaff Park. We needed to raise $38,000 (these funds were matched by the City of Ottawa) to get the park built and with lots of help, WE DID IT!
The project has been completed and the equipment is available for use! Donors of $1000 or more will receive recognition on a plaque at the site of the park, and have received plaques they can display in their home or office, as well as recognition on our website and social media pages.
We'd like to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals who each donated $1000 or more
toward the Fitness Park:
Ken & Denise Hoppner
Tracy & David Caughell
Greg LeBlanc & Sallie Storey
FUNDRAISER FOR THE FITNESS PARK: This event took place Thursday, March 28th at the new Carp Commons Retirement Village facility. We were able to raise over $4000 toward the fitness park initiative, bringing us that much closer to our goal!
THE STOCKING PROJECT (December 2017) - CHA donated $500 toward The Stocking Project, an amazing initiative with a simple premise: to provide stockings to families who may need a little helping hand around the holidays, yet who would not normally ask for help or solicit help from an agency of any kind. The Project depends on community members to refer their friends, neighbours and colleagues as project recipients. All referrals remain confidential. CHA's donation went specifically to families residing in Carp.
X-RAY VISION CAMPAIGN (April 2010 to August 2016): The Foundation’s inaugural effort, the X-Ray Vision Campaign, was a smashing success. We reached our initial goal of raising $350,000 to install state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment which resulted in more efficient, effective service for residents in the western communities including Carp, Stittsville, Constance Bay, Kinburn, Kanata, and Richmond. The Foundation continued the operation of the service in Carp until August 2016, at which time the assets of the clinic were sold to a key employee who is now overseeing the operation of the clinic and is looking to expand the services to potentially include bone density and ultrasound imaging. It's important to note that you do not have to be a patient of the West Carleton Family Health Team to utilize the x-ray clinic's services - access is available to anyone!
We are also researching a number of other projects to support the goal of keeping healthcare access local. Contact us with your ideas - we'd love to hear them!
COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENTS
NURTURING YOUR CHILD IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY: Our most recent event was held on October 26th at the Huntley Parish Hall. The panel of experts included mental health professionals from Ottawa Public Health, University of Ottawa, Family Services Ottawa, and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, who shared the current thinking on: how the developing brain affects children's behaviour; ways to identify the causes and early signs of anxiety and depression; healthy coping strategies, protective factors, and practical tools; and community programs and services.
THE HIGHS & LOWS OF CANNABIS: This event took place on May 25th at the Carp Memorial Hall.
We put together a panel of experts who presented information and answered questions, including Sylvia Chan, West Carleton Family Health Team; Mark Asfar, Momentum Law; Michelle Davis, Canopy Growth; Rebecca Trueman, Lifted Spirits; and representatives from Ottawa Public Health and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER: Thiscommunity education event took place on November 10th at the Carp Mess Hall and featured a panel discussion on how to the balance the care of a loved one with the needs of the caregiver, including practical tips for preventing burnout and available resources.
Our line-up of experts included:
- Dr. Pam Grassau - Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Bruyere Research Institute
- Margot Beak - Home Instead Senior Care (please visit caregiverstress.com for more information)
- Talia Ignacy - West Carleton Family Health Team (please click here for a copy of Talia's presentation)
Addition contributions were made by the West Ottawa Community Resource Centre. Please click here for their brochure outlining the variety of services and resources they provide!
A few other tidbits we'd like to share:
- in-hospital chaplain services can help patients navigate the hospital system
- Going Home Program - requires a referral from the hospital social worker; entitles seniors to 10 days of free transition services after discharge (e.g. meals-on-wheels, etc). www.caredove.com
- Not Just Tourists - donate redundant medical supplies to people in developing countries. Click here for more info.
Special thanks to our sponsor: Carp Commons Retirement Village
CANCELLED - The 3rd event in our series of Community Education Sessions unfortunately had to be cancelled due to insufficient registration. However, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has kindly provided us with information about their program that you can access here.
Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook pages to find out about future events.
The second event in our series of Community Education Sessions was held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. This session featured a panel discussion on the latest exciting research, therapies, and available resources for autism.
For a copy of Elizabeth's presentation, click here.