Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
One of the defining characteristics on Old Ottawa South’s business community is that it is almost exclusively comprised of independent, locally owned businesses. “Loving our Local” is a campaign aimed at promoting and celebrating these unique, independent local businesses that make our National Capital Region and OOS so special. Each neighbourhood in our city has a distinct culture and identity, and the businesses and organizations that reside in these neighbourhoods heavily influence the cultural fabric that defines where we live.
To love our local means more than simply visiting local businesses. It encourages us to create relationships with our neighbours, strengthen our sense of community, and foster a local living economy, benefitting all those who live, work, and play in our neighbourhoods.
We know that Old Ottawa South loves its local, and this June we want everyone throughout our beautiful capital region to experience OOS the way its residents do. From tasting delicious dishes in the restaurants and pubs and enjoying a cup of locally roasted coffee at a café, to appreciating Old Ottawa South’s green spaces and recreation areas. There are so many reasons to love local in Old Ottawa South and this summer we want to encourage the whole National Capital Region to do so.
Organised by the Sustainable Enterprise Alliance (SEA), the 2017 Loving Our Local campaign – June 9th-11th – will encourage citizens of and visitors to our region to embrace local. One of the campaign’s objectives is a 10% shift in consumer behaviour towards local purchasing. Local comes in many different forms: choose a small grocer or a farmers market for your food needs, source supplies and services from independent contractors or consultants, visit a brick and mortar retail space, have a conversation and make a connection rather than making purchases online. When we engage in our community, everyone benefits.
For this campaign, the Sustainable Enterprise Alliance will provide promotional materials and support while encouraging consumers to make a 10% shift in their buying behaviour in favour of local goods and services. During the weekend of June 9th to 11th there will be a number of activities throughout the city organized by SEA as well as a variety of demos, discounts, and events taking place in local, independent businesses across the National Capital Region, including in Old Ottawa South! So look for the Loving our Local window decals in businesses in Old Ottawa South and throughout the region.
This summer, get ready to start Loving our Local! (LoL)
For more information or to register as a participant of the 2017 Loving Our Local campaign visit lovingourlocal.ca.
Rose Fisher, originally from Nova Scotia, grew up on the coast where, early on, she gained an appreciation for our natural environment. Rose's passion for environment and community brought her to Ottawa where she works for the Sustainable Enterprise Alliance as the Local First Sustainability Coordinator.
Erik van der Torre has lived in Old Ottawa South for over 7 years. He is a member of the OSCA board and is an active member on Hopewell Avenue PS’s parent council. Erik also writes the monthly Business Beat for the OSCAR.