The Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) is a volunteer, non-profit community group of local residents that represents over 1,500 households in our neighbourhood.

Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Support our Community During Covid-19

Hello Wellington Village,

It's been a little while since we last communicated with you; like everyone else, we've been adjusting to life with the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that everyone is healthy, safe and staying at home (if you can). We want to commend and thank the amazing front-line workers who are committed to helping others during this pandemic.

From medical staff, first responders, those working at grocery stores, pharmacies, and all essential businesses, we thank you for your continued dedication to serving others. People have been coming up with some creative ways to show their appreciation for health care workers and other essential service workers including cheering on their front yard and writing messages and leaving teddy bears in their front windows. Unfortunately, there have been reports of unkind behaviour towards some essential service workers. Many people are under extreme stress and feelings of anxiety and fear can bring out the worst in people but it's extremely important to be kind to one another. A smile and a thank you can go a long way.

If you're looking for ways to help others (other than practicing physical/social distancing and staying at home), Jeff Leiper's office has compiled a list of volunteers ( so you may want to check in with his office for more information. There's also Volunteer Ottawa that you could look into (see more information in post below). The Parkdale Food Centre ( is a tremendous resource in our greater community. Unfortunately, they were forced to temporarily close down operations last week. Hopefully, they will be running again soon. If volunteering is not possible for you right now, giving a monetary donation is always welcomed and is greatly needed at this time.

One of things we all love about Wellington Village is the wonderful shops, restaurants and businesses we have in the neighbourhood. Sadly, our small businesses are really struggling right now. The Wellington West BIA ( has been working hard to communicate how the community is impacted by the closure, or part closure, of so many businesses. We strongly encourage you to look for ways to continue to support your favourite businesses. Shop local for your groceries and supplies if you can and think about the kind of community we want when this is all over.

Other ways to connect with neighbours or offer services are: joining or setting up a Facebook group; chatting with friends and neighbours over Zoom or Facetime; joining Nextdoor neighbourhood hub or Caremongering Ottawa.

If you don't already receive Councilor Leiper's newsletter we strongly encourage you to subscribe. He has been doing a wonderful job of informing residents of any new developments.

As you know, this is a rapidly changing event so for the quickest source of information you can follow the Ottawa Public Health on Twitter at: @ottawahealth or @OttawaSante
the Kitchissippi Ward at: @KitchissippiOtt
or the WVCA at: @theWVCA

Sorry for yet another long-winded email about Covid-19 but we hope that, at least some of this, was helpful to you. If you have any questions or ideas about how to support our community further, please reach out to the WVCA at

Wishing you and your families health and happiness.

Kimberly Patriquin
President, Wellington Village Community Association

Letter from Ottawa Public Health and City of Ottawa re. Covid-19

To all Ottawa-area Community Associations,
As Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa continue to move forward in our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are writing to provide greater clarity on a number of communications and ask for your support in sharing information with members of your community.

It is important to recognize that the COVID-19 situation is evolving very quickly. Please refer to to stay up-to-date on the latest information. 

For information relevant to businesses and workplaces, please visit:
Social Distancing
Ottawa Public Health is urging everyone to practice physical (social) distancing. More information on physical (social) distancing for you and your family can be found on our website.

The province of Ontario is ordering non-essential workplaces to close-down as of Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Further details can be found on the OPH website for workplaces.
Our efforts are needed as a community. The actions you take will affect not only you but your loved ones and our community’s most vulnerable residents. While we appreciate that people are thinking of their loved ones, now is not the time to visit them in person. Luckily, we have technology on our side, which enables us to communicate in other creative ways like video chats and group phone calls.

Physical (social) distancing by all is IMPERATIVE to limit transmission in the community, to protect older adults, vulnerable populations and outbreaks in institutions. We must “flatten the curve” so we don’t see spikes in cases. This means that we want to slow down transmission of the virus and reduce the number of cases in the community that happen at the same time, so that our health system continues to work properly. Here are some ways that you and your family can practise physical (social) distancing:   
  • Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible.  
  • Avoid visiting elderly friends or relatives. Use the telephone, video chats or social media to stay connected unless the visit is absolutely essential.  
  • Avoid all non-essential trips outside your home.  
  • Keep the windows down if you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare.  
  • Cancel group gatherings and limit your contact to those within your home. 
  • Hold virtual meetings or get-togethers.  
  • Spend time outside and in settings where people can maintain a two-metre (six feet) distance from each other.
  • Take precautions to maintain distance in shared spaces in multi-unit dwellings;
  • Avoid crowded elevators (wait for an empty one if you can). 
  • Avoid using the mail room or laundry room at the same time as other residents (keep to a small number at a time to maintain distance).  
Physical (social) distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Check in with others by phone or other technology. Check in with yourself. It’s ok not to be ok. Please know that help is available, and we encourage you to reach out to Distress Centre of Ottawa to connect with someone at 613-238-3311 if needed.
Many people are returning home from March Break or winter travel and will need groceries and essential items. It is imperative that all returning travellers self-isolate for 14 days, so groceries and essential items should be picked up by a family member or friend, or through on-line ordering options. Visit our website for further guidance on self-isolation. We have been working with the Ottawa International Airport to ensure this is being communicated clearly to returning travellers.
You also need to self-isolate if you live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, OR is suspected to have COVID-19, OR who has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada.
Human Needs Taskforce
Our community partners are working together through the City’s Human Needs Task Force for those requiring assistance.  The task force is receiving, assessing and triaging all social and human needs inquiries, while mobilizing and supporting community organizations to address urgent community needs. The Human Needs Task Force aligns internal city resources, external partners, existing funding and new funding to community need.
Outreach to Isolated Seniors
The Good Companions’ Seniors Centre Without Walls has expanded its services with a focus on outreach to vulnerable and isolated seniors and other populations. Emotional and practical support is provided via telephone. In addition, they have trained 20 agencies (32 staff) to do similar outreach calls through various programs.
Rural Ottawa Support Services is working with Good Companions to provide similar telephone outreach and practical supports to isolated seniors through their A Friendly Voice program, which does wellness calls connecting seniors to local services and programs.
Ottawa Community Housing has facilitated wellness check phone calls to approximately 2,700 residents, focusing on people identified on the Fire Evacuation List.
Food Security
Ottawa Food Bank is supporting the emergency food centres and are coordinating with other task force members to sort and deliver food where needed. Demand has increased by 30 per cent across community food banks. They are working with the Salvation Army to support distribution of food hampers offered by local restauranteurs. The City is providing facility space for safe storage of food hampers.  
Meals on Wheels has been increasing offers of frozen food for seniors in the Ottawa area and connecting with Ottawa Food Bank to provide hamper supplies and deliveries. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, they are delivering 100 fresh and 700 frozen meals daily. These services have ensured a supply of full dinners for those individuals in need.
Urgent Transportation
Working with other non-profit organizations, the Good Companions and Champlain Community Support Network are coordinating urgent transportation to medical appointments, assessment centres, and food centres/grocery stores for those with financial constraints, transportation difficulties, and/or health and mobility issues.
Services can be accessed by contacting Good Companions website or by telephone at 613-236-0428.

Volunteer Coordination
The City and United Way of Eastern Ontario are developing a plan to support volunteer coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer Ottawa has established a pool of pre-screened volunteers and will continue to accept new applicants.
Stay Updated
Information is changing rapidly and Ottawa Public Health is working around the clock to provide information to the public as soon as possible.
Please share this information and receive the latest updates by:
Reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands. 
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Thank you for your partnership.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Have Your Voice Heard!

The City of Ottawa has opened the three public consultations below. We encourage all residents of Wellington Village to take part.

Community Safety and Well-being Plan- The City is seeking our feedback on Ottawa's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. How can residents, organizations and government work together to address well-being and safety issues in our communities?

Solid Waste Master Plan- The public consultation process to guide development of a new solid waste strategy is now open. The plan, to be completed by the end of 2021, will guide how we manage solid waste, including garbage, recycling and composting, over the next 30 years.

Ward Boundaries Review- The first round of public consultations has opened for the Ward Boundaries Review. The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the city's 23 wards.

Renaming the Harmer bridge to the Jackie Holzman Bridge

The City of Ottawa is proposing to rename the Harmer bridge as the Jackie Holzman Bridge.

Mrs. Holzman is a passionate accessibility advocate, devoting her efforts to improve housing and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She was the first Jewish woman and third woman to become Mayor of Ottawa. She worked tirelessly during her time at City Hall to bridge differences between communities and to unite residents around important issues. Mrs. Holzman continues to improve the community, co-founding Compassionate Ottawa to help people live as long and as well as they can.

To submit written comments about the proposal or to get more information, please email or call 613-580-2424, extension 27551. The deadline for written comments is Thursday, March 26, 2020.