MEDIA ADVISORY: Ottawa wellbeing report card with policy recommendations for municipal candidates

What:  Release of report and recommendations from Bridging the Gap, a report card measuring Ottawa’s wellbeing in the areas that determine quality of life, such as; community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment and time use. The report highlights policy recommendations for municipal candidates related to transit, housing and employment.
 
Where:  Councillors’ Lounge | Ottawa City Hall, Second Floor, 110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa ON, K1P 1J1
 
When:  October 7, 2014 | Presentations start at 10:30 am
 
Photos & Interviews:  For interviews prior or following the event, schedule them with our media contact listed below.
 

Speakers   

Keynote
Charles Pascal, professor of human development and applied psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education(University of Toronto); former special advisor on early learning for Ontario. Charles was the executive director of the Atkinson Foundation which supported the development of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing.
Panel Moderator
Louisa Taylor, award-winning journalist formerly with the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star; Travers Debates co-founder; Welcome Ottawa Week honorary co-chair
 

Panelists

Hector Addison, community developer at the Somerset West Community Health Centre
Mike Bulthuis, executive director at the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
Kaitrin Doll, anti-poverty community engagement worker at the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres
Linda Lalonde, Co-chair Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network 


Background

As this report is released 111 community health centres and partner organizations across Ontario are participating in Community Health & Wellbeing week part of the Shift the Conversation initiative.
 
The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa produced this report using the framework of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), one of the world’s leading instruments to measure societal progress. The Making Votes Count Where We Live initiative brought the data to life through community consultations.
 
This report was made possible by a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario.
 

Media Contact:

Émilie Sartoretto
Communications Officer
Centretown Community Health Centre
esartoretto@centretownchc.org
613-233-4443 x 2496
613-261-6965 (cel)
 

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