Catégorie : Co-op News

18 Avr 2019

Coady Co-op Open House!

Coady Co-op, located at 47-3099 Uplands Drive is hosting an open house on Saturday April 27th at 2:00 pm. The purpose of this open house is to provide an information session to interested applicants. Please note that there are currently no vacancies at Coady co-op. Applications for the waiting list will be provided at this information session.

 

24 Oct 2017

La coopérative Jeanneville démontre comment les coops peuvent maintenir leur identité francophone

Bien qu’elle se situe juste à côté de la promenade Vanier, la coopérative d’habitation Jeanneville est une véritable oasis urbaine.

Cette coopérative, avec ses 33 unités de style maison de ville entourées des jardins verdoyants, a été fondée pour offrir des maisons de qualité aux familles francophones de Vanier. Son fondateur, Michel Riel, était également président de la Coopérative de LaSalle, sise au Michel Riel Private, rue nommée en son honneur.

La francophonie est bien présente à Jeanneville. Les membres sont fiers de vivre dans un environnement francophone et de soutenir la langue et la culture française à Ottawa.

Léopold Lévesque, membre fondateur de la coopérative, note un certain « rélation souriant » qui existent entre les francophones. Mme. Brousseau, qui est membre depuis 27 ans, est d’accord et dit que : « on est chez nous ici. »

Joelle Bernard Cloutier, de la compagnie de gestion Gest-Co, gère Jeanneville. « Les gens s’impliquent et prennent soin de la coopérative », dit-elle. « C’est une atmosphère familiale. » Elle ajoute que les membres de Jeanneville entrevoient un avenir prometteur pour leur coopérative et le mouvement coopératif et cherchent à trouver des solutions pour protéger les logements coopératifs à long terme.

La coopérative a récemment conclu un processus de refinancement. Elle pourra ainsi commencer à remplacer le revêtement et l’isolation de ses unités et effectuer des travaux d’électricité et de plomberie au printemps 2018. C’est une étape logique pour une coopérative dont les membres sont fiers de maintenir leur domicile et le terrain de la coop en bon état.

Jeanneville a reçu des fonds dans le cadre du programme Microsubvention pour des coops plus vertes de la FHCC. Cela a permis à la coopérative d’installer des barils de pluie pour que les jardins de la coop puissent conserver leur beauté de façon écologiquement durable.

Les membres des coopératives démontrent également un intérêt envers la communauté. Par exemple, la présidente de la coopérative, Louise Joa, a mentionné avoir récemment organisé une collecte de linge pour le Centre de soins Edgewood, un établissement pour les personnes ayant des difficultés physiques et mentales, situé près de la coop.

Les valeurs coopératives animent la vie à Jeanneville. Comme Mme. Brousseau le dit: « On s’arrange bien, et on s’aide l’un l’autre ».

10 Oct 2017

Co-op Voisins shows how to engage a diverse, bilingual membership

Nestled in a leafy corner of Sandy Hill, the 76 units at Co-op Voisins are home to a diverse array of families, single people, and seniors, from many different backgrounds. The co-op recently marked its 25th anniversary with a big celebration.

Voisins is one of six Ottawa co-ops that are officially bilingual. This creates both opportunities and challenges for the co-op and its members.

Karine Lachapelle is the co-op’s current Vice-President. Volunteering to help translate the co-op’s newsletter helped her realize that she has a knack for translation. Since she’s now working on a degree in translation, she calls joining the co-op “a life-changing experience”.

The co-op has many other ways for its members to get involved.

Like many co-ops, Voisins has a member selection committee, a member orientation committee, and a social committee, which is very active throughout the year, organizing events such as holiday parties, movie nights, and even March Break activities for kids. Its Garden Committee stays busy taking care of the co-op’s beautiful grounds. However, the co-op also has some other interesting committees:

  • The Parking Committee monitors the visitor parking to make sure everyone has a parking pass.
  • A Library Committee maintains a lending library in the co-op.
  • In the event of an emergency, the co-op’s Emergency Response Team is a committee that helps make sure other members are safe.
  • The co-op is now starting a Wellness Committee, with activities like painting, to encourage members to get to know each other and resolve their conflicts and difficulties together.

 

CHASEO Executive Director Céline Carrière with Esther Sepahi of Voisins’ at the co-op’s anniversary celebration.

The co-op has succeeded in creating a culture of engagement among its members. As founding member Jeff puts it, “If I get asked to do something, and if I can do it, I’ll do it.”

What is the secret to Voisins’ success in engaging its membership? When its member orientation committee gives an orientation session to new members, it focuses on opportunities for getting involved, while gifting new members with a houseplant for their new home.

Once they’ve settled in, long-time member and active volunteer Ester Sepahi cold-calls new members and asks them for help with counting the laundry coins. While they’re doing that, she finds out what their interests are and explains other volunteering opportunities to them. This helps put new members on a path to engagement and connection with fellow members.

As Ann, another of the co-op’s founding members puts it, “I’ve grown with the co-op, I’ve seen births, deaths, generations growing up. People help each other out.”

Building that type of diverse, resilient community takes effort, but Co-op Voisins shows that that work pays off.

05 Sep 2017

Alex Laidlaw Co-op shows you can be generous and still balance your books

This article is part of a series by CHASEO spotlighting some of our member co-ops and showing the diversity of Eastern Ontario’s co-ops.

The Alex Laidlaw Housing Co-operative is a 36-unit co-op near LeBreton Flats.

The co-op’s name comes from Dr. Alex Laidlaw, a leader in the Canadian co-operative movement. It’s more than just a name: this co-op has a deep connection to co-operative values.

The co-op demonstrated its values last year, when its members decided to offer a home to a refugee family, and reduce the housing charges to a level the family could afford. Odai Waheeb and Ruaa Abbas moved into the co-op in the summer of 2016.

Waheeb spoke warmly of his neighbours: “The community in the coop was a small picture that reflects the bigger one in Canada, same example of cooperation, love, and forgiveness.” Co-op members also helped the family move in, donated furniture, and shared advice and information.

The co-op’s generosity hasn’t gotten in the way of its financial responsibility. In 2016, as the co-op was welcoming and supporting its new refugee members, it also won CHASEO’s Geoff Robbins Award for Financial Excellence.

Robin Shaban was the co-op’s treasurer at the time. She connects the co-op’s financial success to its sense of community. She finds that when members get together for events like the co-op’s annual Clean-Up Day, and when their kids play together, it builds a sense of community, a shared vision, and a desire to protect the co-op and steward its resources.

The process of starting the co-op began in 1978, as part of the LeBreton Flats Demonstration Project. This project brought the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the City of Ottawa together in an attempt to build housing that responded to the community’s needs and used innovative methods for environmental sustainability.

Construction on the co-op began in 1980, supported both by $1.7 million in CMHC funding, and by the work of co-op members who participated in planning and designing the units.

In a 1981 Ottawa Citizen article quoted on the co-op’s website, one founding member, Tom Haley, said, “It was a tremendous [amount of] work and we had really help each other out. But it drew us into a community… This co-op is similar to the old communities where everyone knew everyone and would stop to say good day and have a chat.”

It’s clear that the hard work and generosity of this co-op’s members are keeping that spirit alive today.

Notes:
• Information on the co-op’s history came from its website.
• Information on the LeBreton Flats Demonstration Project came from Cities and Natural Process: A Basis for Sustainability, by Michael Hough.
• Thank you to members Odai Waheeb and Robin Shaban for taking the time to talk about their co-op.

17 Juil 2017

Possibilités de stagiaires en santé communautaire de l’École des sciences infirmières (Université d’Ottawa) dans les coopératives à l’automne 2017

Intéressés à des activités en lien avec la santé communautaire cet automne?

Vous aimeriez une évaluation des besoins des membres de votre coopérative?

Un rapport sur les ressources de votre quartier? Une cartographie des aspects communautaires en lien avec la santé de votre environnement? Un programme d’activités ludiques pour les enfants? Des discussions sur des sujets d’actualité en santé ou simplement des activités concrètes de promotion de la santé comme des cuisines collectives?

La santé communautaire comprend un vaste ensemble de possibilités en lien avec les déterminants sociaux de la santé (logement, pauvreté, chômage, isolement social, solidarité, soutien social, etc.).

Les projets dépendent de vos besoins qui regroupent aussi la promotion de la santé des enfants et des ainés.

Tous les jeudis, débutant le 14 septembre au 30 novembre 2017, un groupe de 2 à 4 étudiants francophones en sciences infirmières pourra être parmi vous.

Déjà présents dans certaines coopératives, des projets ont été eu du succès comme la course au trésor, les jeux collectifs, la trousse de premiers soins, le club de marche, la fête de l’Halloween, etc.

Vous pouvez contacter la responsable des stages Stacey Byer sbyer@uottawa.ca  ou la coordinatrice de stages Hélène Laperrière, au helene.laperriere@uottawa.ca de l’École des sciences infirmières de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Il s’agit d’un stage dans lequel les étudiants développent leurs compétences communautaires et apprennent sur le modèle coopératif tout en offrant des activités gratuites en lien avec la santé.

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