CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES
CARP FITNESS PARK (current): The Carp Fitness Park project involves installing stationary, outdoor fitness equipment that can be utilized by all ages in Langstaff Park. Fundraising is currently underway! We need to raise $38,000 (these funds will be matched by the City of Ottawa) to get the Park built and we need all the support we can get! If you'd like to donate to this amazing initiative, please click here. Donors of $1000 or more will receive recognition on a plaque at the site of the park, as well as a plaque they can display in their home or office, and recognition on our website and social media pages. If you can't donate, you can still help the cause by sharing the fundraising page with your networks.
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
THE HIGHS & LOWS OF CANNABIS: Saturday, May 25th, 10:30am to 12:30pm, West Carleton Amateur Sports Club.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for several years. Recreational cannabis just received the green light. Later this year you may find it added to foods and drinks.
Is cannabis safe to consume? Where can I buy it? What are the legal implications?Where can I find reliable answers to my questions?
We've put together a panel of experts who will present information, answer your questions, and help you make informed decisions. Our line-up includes 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.
Refreshments and time for further one-on-one questions and networking will follow the presentation. Ample free parking is available and this event is wheelchair accessible.
Attendance is free but seats are limited - registration is required to attend. Attendees must be 19 years of age or older. Register at bit.ly/chacannabis.
After the session, stop by and check out the Carp Farmer's Market!
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER: Our latest community 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.