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CCOC NewsNotes: May 2019

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NewsNotes is written and published by CCOC's Membership and Communications Officer. Your comments, submissions and suggestions are welcome. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month. 
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Office Closed - Victoria Day

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi 20 mai pour la Fête de la Reine. 
Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi 21 mai.

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, May 20 for Victoria Day. 
We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 21.

Join us at CCOC's Annual General Meeting
on Thursday, May 16

Where: 415 Gilmour, suite 200
Everyone is welcome!
The Open House begins at 6 p.m. Purchase your membership, munch, and mingle! The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
CCOC's Board of Directors - May 2019

Candidates for the 2019 - 2021 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. 

Dallas Alderson

Dallas is a current CCOC board member and former tenant. Originally from the prairies, Dallas came to Ottawa attracted by the array of progressive NGOs/non-profits, and has spent over a decade working for national non-profit associations focused on affordable housing. She believes passionately that the non-profit housing sector is best placed to provide the kind of rental housing that cities, including Ottawa, need much more of: secure, family-friendly, affordable homes close to transit. When she’s not talking housing, you’ll find Dallas at the curling rink, on the ski trails or unsuccessfully trying to get her baby to eat his vegetables.

Kerry Beckett

Kerry has been a CCOC tenant since 1998 and Board member since 2000. She is also the chairperson of the Rental Committee and sits on Personnel and Executive committees. CCOC has been through some important changes in 2018 and Kerry is excited to be part of what happens next. Kerry believes you need to be involved in where you live and being at 415 Gilmour allows her to be available for staff when they need a board member for signatures. 

Josh Bueckert

Josh has lived in downtown Ottawa for over 15 years. He believes affordable housing is essential for a vibrant, inclusive city and is proud to be a part of CCOC and its vision for our community. Josh was first elected to CCOC's Board of Directors in 2011 and he has been Treasurer for the past five years. He is a marketing and communications professional by trade, with experience in government and not-for-profit. Josh and his wife Kate live in a large bunny hutch on Gilmour Street, two blocks from the CCOC offices.

Sarah Button

Sarah grew up on the tropical island of Newfoundland, but has called Ottawa home for almost 20 years. Sarah joined CCOC’s M&C Department in 2008, but soon moved to Development to work on the Beaver Barracks. In 2014, Sarah joined the Development Committee. She was elected to the CCOC Board in 2017, and appointed to the Cahdco board in 2018 as a liaison between CCOC and Cahdco. Passionate about affordable housing, Sarah holds a Masters in Urban Planning, and works as a housing policy analyst with CMHC. She is proud to be part of CCOC, and excited about the new challenges the coming years will bring.   

Sinda Garziz

Sinda is an African Arab immigrant and a migrant justice activist who works with youth at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Service Organization (OCISO). She is currently a CCOC tenant. Born and raised in Tunisia, her first BA is in Psychology from the Human Science Institute of Tunis. She joined the transnational network No One Is Illegal to advocate against borders, visa regime, and provide support for migrants and refugees in different countries in South Europe and North Africa. In 2013, she moved to Ottawa to start her second degree in Conflict and Human Right Studies and joined the local chapter of No One Is Illegal where and has been involved in work such as The Sanctuary City Network.   

Prasanna Iyengar

Prasanna has been a CCOC tenant since 2017. He hopes to bring his experiences as a tenant to the board to contribute to the ongoing improvement of CCOC operations. He highly values the work and mission of CCOC, namely providing safe, sustainable, and affordable housing to all, and hopes to contribute to the organization’s continued success. Prasanna works as a Software Developer and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of New Brunswick. In his spare time, he volunteers for the Vimy Foundation and likes to camp, hike, bicycle, and read about public transit.

Shelley Robinson

Shelley has been elbow-deep in community access to communications for more than 20 years, including working for community radio across Canada, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. These days she manages National Capital FreeNet, a not-for-profit Internet Service Provider committed to ensuring everyone in the region can afford a high-quality connection, understand how to use it, and feel safe online. She is also currently working on an MBA in Community Economic Development. Shelley is a CCOC neighbour and is keen to support CCOC in its work to provide affordable housing that is diverse, equitable, and financially and environmentally sustainable. In her spare time, she likes old-school murder mysteries and thrift shopping.

Adrian Senn

Adrian has been a CCOC resident since 2017 and believes CCOC serves an invaluable role in the Ottawa community. Recognizing the value it provides, he hopes to contribute to the organization by volunteering on CCOC’s Board. He is specifically interested in community building and how we can create a sense of ownership among tenants. Adrian brings to the table 12 years of experience in the federal public service, where he currently sits on a Deputy Minister Task Force on Public Sector Innovation. He also has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.

AnaLori Smith

AnaLori Smith is an accessibility advocate and a public servant with the Deputy Minister’s Office of Public Service Accessibility at the Treasury Board Secretariat. She has a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a special concentration in Disability Studies and Interdisciplinary Health Studies. AnaLori is a tenant and was elected to the Board in 2017. As an advocate in equity and inclusion, AnaLori holds a decade of experience in the promotion of community engagement in academic, occupational, and volunteer settings. With outstanding facilitation and public speaking abilities, AnaLori has presented award winning accessibility workshops from a sexual and reproductive health lens.

Reaz Zaman

Reaz is a CCOC tenant currently working in Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Ottawa-Carleton Dentention Centre. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Raez has a Masters of Commerce from the University of Dhaka. His work experience spans accounting and management, funding, and serving as a delegate in the European Union. Since relocating to Ottawa in 2013, Reaz has been deeply involved with his community. He has worked with the Elizabeth Fry society supporting marginalized and homeless women and is currently a Conversation Group Leader to support new immigrants with the public library. He is passionate about the greening environment, photography and likes to play basketball, swim, and cross country ski.

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.
Abra Adamo
Penny McCann
Bill Rooney
Chris Yordy
James Clark
Andrew McNeill
Jesse Steinberg

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: Container Gardening Workshop and 
Ottawa Seed Library Pop-Up

Curious about container gardening? Join CCOC and Just Food at this free event! This event has two aspects: a workshop on container gardening and an Ottawa Seed Library pop-up! 

Like regular libraries, Seed Libraries are places where community members can “borrow” seeds. Gardeners can come access seeds through the Ottawa Seed Library free of charge!  All Just Food asks is that participants return the seeds at the end of the season so future participants are able to continue participating the library. Don't worry -- CCOC and Just Food will have another workshop at the end of the summer on seed saving.

When: Tuesday, May 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 464 Metcalfe meeting room

RSVP preferred but not required. RSVP online or call 613-234-4065 ext. 243.

Elgin Street Public School Book Fair & Auction

Money raised from this event supports arts programming, sports programs, new technology for the classroom and French language resources. Book donations and silent auction items are needed and appreciated. Visit the website for more details and donation contact information.Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9 at Elgin Street Public School (310 Elgin Street).

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.
Tenant & Community Engagement: May 7 and June 4 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: May 14 and June 11 at 7:00 pm
Facilities Management Committee: May 9 and June 20 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: May 21 and June 18 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: June 20 at 7:00 pm
Board: May 29 and June 26 at 7:00 pm
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