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CCOC NewsNotes: June 2016

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2016 Plant Program Update

In spite of a cold spring, we saw great demand for the plant program this year. Tenants made 416 requests, down just slightly from the 441 requests we received in 2015. 

Thanks to the amazing 100 volunteers who signed up to help with the Plant Program this year, we were able to distribute 5100 plants across our CCOC properties. Wow! We can't wait to see how you beautify your homes.
A photo of CCOC's Plant Program volunteers
CCOC staff and volunteers helping with the Plant Program at Percy School

Canada Day - Office Closed

The CCOC office will be closed on Friday, July 1 for Canada Day. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Monday, July 4.

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le vendredi 1 juillet pour la fête du Canada. Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le lundi 4 juillet.

Congratulations to this year's DDGNA winner

We'd like to congratulate this year's Doug DesBrisay Good Neighbour Award (DDGNA) winner, Roger Beauprie.

A tenant at 160 Argyle, Roger was nominated for the award by his neighbour Debra Hitsman. She got to know Roger over conversations in the laundry room and says he creates a sense of community because of his caring way and his character that makes people smile. Roger checks in on his neighbours, even going to the grocery store to get them food if they are too sick to make it themselves. Debra says: “I’m so happy that you’re in my community. And being disabled, I feel safer because I have you in my community. I’ve been blessed with knowing you.”
Carol, Michel and Denise
Calinda and Linda

Report on resolutions passed at the 2015 AGM

The membership passed two resolutions at the May 21, 2015 AGM.

Resolution #1: Bike parking
Be it resolved that CCOC: 
1) Undertake a review of the availability and suitability of bike parking at all properties, 
2) Evaluate the feasibility for secure bike parking options at each property, and 
3) Report back to the membership at the 2016 AGM with recommendations to improve bike parking based on the evaluation 

In September 2015, CCOC surveyed 1095 tenants through e-mail on their bike riding patterns and bike parking. Almost 300 tenants responded. We learned that 40% used their bike daily! CCOC will be repainting and improving lighting in secure bike parking facilities to improve safety and useability. Outdoor bike racks will be added at 12 smaller properties, and CCOC will be re-examining the process for registering bikes and keeping secure bike parking facilities clean, uncluttered and orderly. We will also investigate the possibility of secure bike sheds or other enhanced outdoor bike parking, and build potential projects into the 2017 capital budget.

Resolution #2: Accommodation
Be it resolved that:
1) CCOC supports safety and the principle of aging in place. CCOC also recognizes that our tenants are of all ages, abilities and circumstances, and that we have an obligation, within our capacity, to accommodate their accessibility needs to live independently as their abilities change. 
2) CCOC improve tenant awareness of its commitment and obligation to accommodate tenants’ accessibility needs. 

CCOC staff spent considerable time investigating funding sources for accessibility accommodations. We informed and trained staff on our duty to accommodate tenants, and worked on better ways to communicate the availability of accommodations and how to better respond to tenant requests. We will be running an annual NewsNotes article to remind tenants they can request grab bars and other modifications. The first such article in March 2015 led to an increase in requests for grab bars to be installed, and all those requests have been accommodated.

2016-2018 Board of Directors

2015-2017 Board
Back (Left to Right): James Clark, Glenn Allen, Kerry Beckett, Lee Pepper, Ryan Saxby Hill, Andrew McNeill
Front (Left to Right): Anna Froehlich, Doris Zastre, Kathleen Brault, Dallas Alderson
Missing: Josh Bueckert, Helen Halbert, Azzah Jeena, Bill Rooney

President's Address 2016

CCOC’s Mission is to create, maintain and promote housing for low and moderate income people. That’s an important statement, as much for what it says as for what it doesn’t say. 

It doesn’t say “promote social housing” or “promote housing for CCOC tenants”; it says “promote housing for low and moderate income people”. So when we advocate for policies like inclusionary zoning, or getting the private sector back into building rental housing, that’s part of our Mission. It’s about more than just CCOC and our model of affordable housing: it’s about housing affordability for all low and modest income people. 

Our Mission says “maintain housing for low and modest income people”; it doesn’t 
say “maintain CCOC’s housing” or “maintain housing for CCOC tenants”. So when we enter into a maintenance service agreement with another non-profit, as we did with OCISO Non-profit Housing, that’s part of our Mission too.

And our Mission doesn’t say “create housing for CCOC to manage”; it says simply “create housing for low and modest income people”. In fact, we have done this from the beginning, acting as a development consultant to other non-profits and charities to help them build new housing.  And in 2015, we took it to a whole new level, investing in Cahdco, our sister corporation, so that CCOC now supports a development department of four full time staff, and a handful of consultants – creating new homes not just for CCOC, but for Ottawa Salus, Multifaith Housing and others. It’s part of our Mission.

Over our 42-year history we’ve grown, partly through our determination to fulfill that Mission, into one of the largest private non-profit landlords in the country. We’ve learned a lot of things over those four decades. We achieved an ability and a resilience that means we have time to think about the bigger picture, we have the capacity and the skills to help other non-profits, and we have the leadership to exert our influence beyond the neighbourhoods where our tenants live.

We do it because it’s what our Mission says, and because we aren’t limited by what our Mission doesn’t say.

Our Newest Lifetime Members

Rentals Manager Debbie Barton presented Toby and David Brooks with lifetime memberships at our AGM in honour of their many years of service and dedication to CCOC. Toby and David moved into their triplex on Flora Street in October 1980, almost 36 years ago. David has been participating on the Rental Committee since January 1987, and Toby joined shortly after in 1990.

Y Membership Prices

CCOC tenants can obtain Y memberships at the Y Active Corporate Rate. This includes unlimited access to 7 local facilities, 3 fitness consultations, swimming lessons, programs for children and youth, specialty classes and more. For more information, call 613-237-1320 ext 5128. Bring a copy of your most recent lease renewal to the Y membership desk and ask to sign up for the Y Active Corporate Membership. 

Annual Membership Prices: Adult $570 · Couple $900 · Family $1075

Elgin Street Public School Book Fair & Silent Auction

Thursday, June 9 - Sunday, June 12
Elgin Street Public School
310 Elgin Street, corner of Elgin and Gilmour

Book donations and silent auction items needed and appreciated.
Visit for more details and donation contact information.

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: June 7 at 7:00 pm, no July meeting
Development Committee: June 14 and July 12 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: June 9 and July 8 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: June 21 and July 19 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: June 22 and July 20 at 7:00 pm
Board: June 29 at 7:30 pm, July TBC
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