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CCOC NewsNotes: May 2016

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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. 
Call Erica Butler at 613-234-4065 ext. 241 or send an email.
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Are You Connected for Success?

CCOC is pleased to announce our partnership with the Rogers Connected for Success program. 

What is Connected for Success?

Connected for Success provides broadband internet to qualified CCOC tenants receiving a rent subsidy.  The internet is no longer a luxury in 2016, but a necessity: it enables us to do research for school, look for jobs, read the news, and stay connected to the people we care about. 

A higher proportion of low income households in Canada do not currently have access to the internet in their homes. The Rogers Connected for Success program aims to change that.
What's the plan?
  • $9.99/month
  • No credit checks, usage fees, or cancellation fees
  • 10Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed
  • DOCSIS 2.0 Network Modem rental included
  • Up to 30GB of data usage allowance with no over usage fees
To find out if you qualify for the Rogers Connected for Success program, call 1-866-689-0758 and press 1. 
CCOC believes that good communication leads to good relationships and good customer service. With access to the internet, our tenants have new ways to keep in touch with us through social media and online surveys. These are tools that help us provide great customer service.

You can contact Rogers right away to find out if you're eligible to participate. CCOC will also be sending you more information about Rogers Connected for Success if you qualify for the program. We are looking into the possibility of partnering with another organization to provide tenants with access to computers at a reduced cost, and will let you know once we have more details.

Join us at CCOC's Annual General Meeting
on Thursday, May 19

464 Metcalfe Street meeting room
Everyone is welcome!
Memberships ($3) are available at 6:00 pm. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
CCOC's Board of Directors - May 2015 

Candidates for the 2016 - 2018 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. Other candidates may come forward before the AGM or be nominated at the AGM. Candidates for the Board must be CCOC members for at least 1 month before the AGM.  To vote for the Board you must purchase a CCOC membership before the meeting starts. Membership forms are on the back page of this newsletter!

Kathleen Brault

Kathleen Brault has been a CCOC tenant and Centretown resident for almost 20 years.  She joined the CCOC Rental Committee as a volunteer in 2013 and became a board member in 2015.  As the Housing and Engagement Officer for Gloucester Housing Corporation, Kathleen sees the difference affordable housing makes to the lives of families and individuals every day. In addition to her volunteer work with CCOC, Kathleen teaches yoga at Centretown Community Health Centre. When she counts her many blessings, having a safe, affordable home she loves is very near the top. 

James Clark

James moved to Ottawa in 2012 and has been actively involved in CCOC's Property Management and Finance committees since July 2013. James is interested in housing policy and sees affordable housing as an essential component of a liveable city and healthy community. He works as a Policy Analyst at the Federal Department of Finance. James is eager to become more involved in the community and views CCOC as an opportunity to constructively apply his public policy and finance skill set.

Anna Froehlich

Anna is currently a tenant happily residing in one of CCOC's older Centretown properties and has been a member of the Development Committee for the past two years. As an urban planner, Anna is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable and diverse communities and sees CCOCs approach to integrated affordable housing and commitment to creating a sense of community as an exciting way to achieve this. Having recently joined the CCOC’s Board of Directors through a mid-term appointment, she looks forward to continuing to learn about the organization and contributing to the growth and realization of its vision. 

Helen Halbert

Helen Halbert first became involved with CCOC through the Membership & Communications Committee. She is a librarian by trade and currently works for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization. She has experience in the non-profit sector and with community-led research, organizational policy and strategic planning, and volunteer engagement. Helen is a skater with the Rideau Valley Roller Girls, an avid cyclist, and a proud CCOC tenant. 

Peter McGrath

Peter McGrath is a lawyer with the Department of Justice practicing in the areas of Labour and Human Rights Law. Peter has been a long time advocate for people with disabilities, particularly in the areas of Transportation, Education and Housing, and is one of the founding members of “Awareness Carleton”, the precursor to both the “Paul Menton Centre” at Carleton University and the “National Educational Association of Disabled Students” (NEADS). Peter has been a member of the CCOC Board of Directors on two other occasions and has enjoyed immensely his time served helping to manage CCOC’s existing stock of housing while working toward increasing the availability of affordable housing in Ottawa Centre and the Greater Ottawa Region.

Andrew McNeill

Andrew has served on the CCOC Board since 2006 and has been a CCOC tenant. He also serves as Board Secretary and Chair of the Membership and Communications Committee. Andrew 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. Volunteering in the downtown and seeing the problems people face finding decent housing that they can afford has made Andrew a strong supporter of affordable housing.

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.

Doris Zastre

Doris has been a CCOC tenant since 1981. She has been a Membership and Communications Committee member since 1991 and a Board member since 2006. Doris worked as a counsellor at Interval House for 25 years. She served on the Board of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses, lobbying the government for funding and policy changes to help women leaving abusive situations. Other employment included being the Executive Director at Maison d’Amitié and work in day care, head start programs for children, Junior Kindergarten and special needs classes. Doris is a lifetime member of International Training in Communications, a non-profit organization providing professional coaching in effective speaking and presentation skills.   

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.
Glenn Allen
Dallas Alderson
Kerry Beckett
Josh Bueckert
Azzah Jeena
Lee Pepper
Ryan Saxby Hill

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. 

Office Closed - Victoria Day

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi 23 mai pour la Fête de la Reine. 
Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi 24 mai.

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. 
We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 24.

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 3 and June 7 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: No May meeting, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: May 12 and June 9 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: May 17 and June 21 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: May 18 and June 22 at 7:00 pm
Board: May 25 and June 29 at 7:30 pm
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