We’re so excited to announce our new inter-generational program here at The Firehall – Re-Generation! We had a successful soft launch of the program on Thursday, April 25th, 2019. This program officially launches on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 and runs from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. We’d love to see you there!
Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS)
Committee Meeting November 21, 2018 7pm Firehall
Chair: Barbara Brown
Members: Anna Cuylits, Barbara Brown, Catherine Read, Christine Franklin, Niki Divito
Regrets: Fran Mowbray, Maura Giuliani, Helen Lynn,Tracey Morey, Carina Bleuer
Guests: Bryden Denyes, Richard Slowikowski, Colton Parsons
1. Guests were introduced and welcomed. Bryden Denyes is area manager with the City's Road Services, responsible for winter maintenance for Old Ottawa South (OOS). Richard Slowikowski is board President of the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA). Colton Parson is a new OOS resident and father of a young child.
2. Agenda was approved following agreement that item 4 concerning winter walkability would be addressed first.
Meeting December 19, 2018 - hosted by Fran Mowbray!
Chair: Barbara Brown
Present: Barbara Brown, Anna Cuylits, Christine Franklin, Fran Mowbray
Regrets: Maura Giuliani, Helen Lynn, Catherine Reid
(Temporarily) resigned: Carina Bleuer
1. Agenda approved
2. Minutes approved
It was recognised that SWOOS minutes are detailed, but could not be more concise, because of the information they provide.
Present: Barbara Brown (chair), Catherine Read, Anna Cuylitis, Maura Giuliani (minutes)
Regrets: Helen Lynn, Christine Franklin, Fran Mowbray
Are you concerned about winter walking? Snow and ice can lead to difficulties getting where you want to go, especially for seniors, young school children, parents with strollers and toddlers, and people with mobility challenges. Falling and injuring yourself is a real concern. Some seniors become isolated when getting out is too difficult and miss opportunities to socialize with friends and family members.
Do you want to know how safe and accessible your neighbourhood is for winter walking?
With the arrival of ice and snow, Ottawa winters can be a challenging time for seniors and people with limited mobility. The City of Ottawa funds two programs, Snow Go and Snow Go Assist, which help seniors and people with disabilities with their snow removal.
Last winter, home alone late one night, I slipped on the kitchen floor and fell awkwardly. Fearing I’d broken my hip and sprained my ankle, I lay like a beached whale thinking, who am I going to call? What am I going to do?
Participants: Anna Cuylits, Sally Andrews, Barbara Brown, Christine Franklin, Maura Giuliani, Helen Lynn, Catherine Read
Regrets: Fran Mowbray
On October 16, 2018, the OSCA Board voted unanimously to endorse Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) as an OSCA Committee. SWOOS has been an active community group since April 2018 focusing on senior concerns such as walkability, social connections, housing, and health.
Where do we go for help when we want to make our home more senior friendly or accessible? Who can help us when we need to move? What do we do when we don’t have a family doctor and seek non-urgent care? Whom do we call when we are too sick to manage our care on our own?