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CCOC NewsNotes: May 2018

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NewsNotes is written and published by CCOC's Membership and Communications Department. Your comments, submissions and suggestions are welcome. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month. 
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Ask your provincial election candidates to commit to housing!

The next provincial election is on June 7, 2018. Ontario is facing a crisis of homelessness and cities like Ottawa do not have enough affordable housing. 

Making Voices Count works with city decision makers to create a city for all. It is driven by residents, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, City for All Women Initiative, and community partners such as CCOC. 

Making Voices Count is asking all political parties and candidates, will they:

1. Commit to sustainable funding to make rent affordable (costing no more than 30% of people's income) and increase Ontario's affordable housing stock.
2. Increase funding for supportive housing, homecare, and community support programs for Ontarians who are aging, living with mental health issues, or who need support to live independently.
3. Ensure culturally appropriate housing options and supports for Indigenous people. 
4. Implement the Portable Housing Benefit, which has been piloted and is scheduled to begin July 2018. The benefit is designed for women and children fleeing violence so they can get and keep affordable housing.

As the different parties release their platforms, see how the candidates stack up and vote housing!

Join us at CCOC's Annual General Meeting
on Thursday, May 17

Where: 464 Metcalfe Street meeting room
Everyone is welcome!
Memberships ($3) and food are available at 6:00 pm. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
CCOC's Board of Directors - May 2017

Candidates for the 2018 - 2020 Term on the Board of Directors

CCOC's Board of Directors is made up of 14 members who are elected for a 2 year term by the membership. To ensure continuity, each year 7 of the 14 positions come up for election. Below is the list of candidates who are  standing for election for the 7 positions available this year. To vote for the Board you must purchase a CCOC membership before the meeting starts. 

Abra Adamo

Abra is a recent board member with CCOC, joining in July 2017. Abra is passionate about affordable housing and the potential for urban planning and housing policies to create more diverse and inclusive neighbourhoods across the City of Ottawa. Her PhD in urban geography focused on the impact of the City’s intensification policies on affordable housing in Ottawa’s inner urban neighbourhoods and, in 2015-16, she led a postdoctoral research project through a unique community-university partnership with CCOC and Cahdco. Abra is now an analyst with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy at Employment and Social Development Canada. In her personal time, she has a growing interest in and passion for the issues surrounding Indigenous reconciliation in Canada, and has a keen love of trail running with her sweet dog, Mica.

James Clark

James has been an active volunteer with CCOC's Facilities Management and Finance committees since 2013, and has been on the Board since 2014. He works on climate change and energy issues as a policy analyst at Global Affairs Canada. James is interested in housing policy and considers affordable housing to be an essential part of a liveable city and a healthy community. James is passionate about CCOC's not-for-profit model and the sense of community that we foster in each of our buildings. James is eager to continue serving on CCOC's Board where he can apply his public policy and finance skills.

Penny McCann

Penny is a filmmaker, arts administrator and a CCOC resident for 25 years. As a member of the Development Committee since 2015, she is committed to working towards the establishment of more affordable housing in Ottawa. Penny is currently the Director of SAW Video, a position she has held since 2004. She is a veteran board member, most notably serving as national president of the national Independent Film and Video Alliance from 1996-1999 and is currently on the board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO).  She would be pleased to be elected to CCOC’s board for another term. 

Andrew McNeill

Andrew has served on the CCOC Board since 2006 and has been a CCOC tenant. He also serves as Board Secretary. He chaired the Membership and Communications Committee for a decade. Andrew works as a researcher for the National Union of Public and General Employees. He has lived in the Centretown and Dalhousie communities since 1989. During that time he has been active in the Centretown Citizens Community Association, including a term as president, and has worked on numerous federal, provincial, and municipal campaigns in downtown Ottawa. What he sees through his work and in his neighbourhood are constant reminders of how great the need for affordable housing has become.

Bill Rooney

Bill has been a Board member since 2002 and President since 2015. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2002. Bill is retired after 25 years with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton Social Services Department and the City of Ottawa Housing Branch. Much of Bill’s social work experience has been community focused, working out of community centres and often dealing with housing and tenancy issues. In his last assignment with the City, he co-managed the City’s Homelessness Initiatives Team as it mobilized and supported community agencies to prevent and end homelessness. As a volunteer, Bill served nearly 10 years and was Vice President of Project Upstream, an organization that supports and houses people struggling with mental illness.

Elliot Sherman

Elliot is retired after being a professional Architect, Construction Manager, and Project Manager, with over 40 years experience designing and managing a variety of unique public assignments with difficult time constraints and financial challenges. He is motivated to be part of an organization that values human rights. His previous experience managing the completion of the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, the US Embassy in Ottawa, and the Canadian Embassy in Egypt, would compliment my strong interest in the provision of affordable housing and the understanding of people oriented communities. 

Jesse Steinberg

Jesse is completing a PhD in political economy and public policy at Carleton University. His work focuses on the role of public transit in sustainable city-building and the challenge of negotiating economic, environmental and social policy objectives. He has been volunteering with CCOC for a number of years, working with both the Rental and Development committees. He currently sits on the Development Committee and contributes to the PRAC working group. Jesse hopes to bring his policy experience and enthusiasm for CCOC’s mission to the work of the Board.   

James Williamson

James hails from the GTA with politics drawing him to Ottawa in 2006. He recently sold his condo and became a CCOC tenant with his partner Harry. He is driven by minimalism and small living. James comes from a software development background and works for the NDP as their IT Project Manager. His responsibilities are managing their cloud-based systems and various IT projects & databases. He started attending rental committee meetings in February. You’ll find James watching anime or sci-fi most nights, playing cards or games, and enjoying yoga, escape rooms, hiking, and square dancing, while dabbling in extreme sports from time to time.

Other candidates may come forward before the AGM or be nominated at the AGM. Candidates must be CCOC members for at least 1 month before the AGM.

Midterm Board Members

The Board members listed below are entering the second half of their 2-year term. They are not up for election. Their biographies will be included with the candidate information at the AGM.
Dallas Alderson
Kerry Beckett
Sarah Button
AnaLori Smith
Glenn Allen
Josh Bueckert
Lee Pepper

Become a CCOC member

Click here to download a membership form and mail it with a $3 cheque or bring the completed form and $3 to the CCOC office or to the AGM. 

Members can join a committee, run for the Board of Directors (must be a member for at least 1 month before the AGM), submit resolutions, and vote at our AGM. 

Free workshop: Organic Vegetable Gardening

New to vegetable gardening? Join CCOC and Just Food for a workshop on beginner organic vegetable gardening. 

When: May 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 464 Metcalfe meeting room

RSVP preferred but not required. RSVP online or call 613-695-6922 ext. 252

Office Closed - Victoria Day

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi 21 mai pour la Fête de la Reine. 
Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi 22 mai.

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day. 
We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 22.

CCOC Committee Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise specified, CCOC committees meet in the Board Room at 415 Gilmour Street (ring 808). Call 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to confirm. Note: CCOC will pay taxi fare and family care for committee members attending meetings.
Membership & Communications: May 1* and June 5* at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: May 8 and June 12 at 7:00 pm
Facilities Management Committee: May 10 and June 14 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: May 15 and June 19 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: May meeting TBD and June 13 at 7:00 pm
Board: May 30 and June 27 at 7:00 pm
*Location changed to 464 Metcalfe meeting room
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