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Your Bench Your Location!

Your Bench Your Location!

SWOOS meets iGEN: June 1st – Come Out And Vote!

Senior Watch Old Ottawa South celebrates its first year with an invite to young and old  to vote for the best location for a city bench!

Where: Cast your votes at The Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:30am to 11:00am.

This past year, May 2018-2019, the SWOOS team searched what we, as a watchdog for seniors in Old Ottawa South, could or should actually do.


OSCA Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) Goals & Objectives May 2019 - 2020

Old Ottawa South is a great community for young and old, but, by means of engaging local residents in our various projects, SWOOS strives for our community to become truly Age Friendly in terms of:

  • Walkability
  • Adequate snow removal, salting/gritting ofsidewalks
  • Extend timing of automatic crosswalk signals
  • Improve accessibility, increase the number of benches (Bank Street, parks), increase and identify washrooms availability to the public (decals?)


  • Intergenerational Social Connections
  • Promote get-togethers and community participation
  • Support for making the Firehall a more welcoming place
  • Establish “BuddyBenches”


  • Housing
  • Promote and provide information on accessibility in existinghomes
  • Inform our community on the inadequate availability of diverse suitable housing options for seniors (e.g. Co-housing, co-op housing,Abbeyfield)
    • Support an “Inclusionary Zoning” Zoning Bylaw Amendmentthat includes seniors as a separate category


  • Health and Quality ofLife
  • Provide information about available health resources, publications and lectures
  • Support Exercise classes suitable forseniors
  • Maintain working relationships with health networks such as thecurrent LHIN, Abbotsford House and the Council On Aging
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