News and Media

Stay up to date with the WOCRC’s latest articles, newsletters and other publications.

We Need Your Input! Help Shape Our Future: Participate in Our Strategic Planning Survey

Dear Community Members, We hope this message finds you well. As part of our commitment to continuously improve our services and better meet the needs of our community, we are embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process. Recently, we held a strategic planning session that brought together diverse voices and perspectives from within our organization….

Board Recruitment 2024/2025

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre seeks Board Members for the upcoming 2024-25 Board calendar year Are you passionate about your community? Are you seeking ways to contribute to your community? As one of our Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to do just that. The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health…

Strategic Plan 2024 – 2029

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is embarking on the creation of our next Strategic Plan and inviting the submission of proposals for the facilitation of a process that will result in the creation of a strategic plan defining our organizational priorities for the next 5 years. RFP Strategic Planning 2024  

EarlyON Holiday Closures for 2023/2024

EarlyON Holiday Closures for 2023/2024 Monday, December 25, 2023 Tuesday, December 26, 2023 Monday, January 1, 2024      

The @ShoppersDrugMart Foundation for Women’s Health™ Giving Shelter

Violence against women is far more common than we think. According to Statistics Canada, two in five women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The @ShoppersDrugMart Foundation for Women’s Health™ Giving Shelter campaign is raising donations for our shelter and shelters across Canada. To learn more about how you can help support local women’s…

Youth Programming Calendar – May/June 2023

Hey, check out our Youth Programs calendar for May! We’ll be adding more activities and dates throughout the spring/summer! For more info please email youth@wocrc.ca

Community Support Services presents “March for Meals”

The 21st annual March for Meals Campaign is celebrating the tireless efforts of the many volunteers who support Meals on Wheels Programs. WOCRC would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for making “it” happen! This program would not be possible without all of YOU! Follow the link below and have a look at our…

WOCRC Board Recruitment – 2023-24

Are you passionate about your community? Are you seeking ways to contribute to your community? As one of our Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to do just that. The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health and social services and programs to benefit individuals of all ages in far west Ottawa. Leadership…

IWSO Surveys

SURVEY FOR IMMIGRANT AND RACIALIZED WOMEN: extended until December 31 UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SURVIVORS AND THE OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN WITH THE POLICE? WE WANT TO KNOW BECAUSE YOUR STORY COUNTS! Surveys English French Spanish Mandarin Arabic Somali Farsi Extended until December 31

WOCRC Board Recruitment – 2022-23

Are you passionate about your community? Are you seeking ways to contribute to your community? As one of our Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to do just that. The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health and social services and programs to benefit individuals of all ages in far west Ottawa. Leadership…

New Executive Director!

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s Board of Director’s is pleased to announce that Leigh Couture (she/her) will become our new Executive Director on December 1. Leigh follows our previous Executive Director, Michelle Hurtubise, who departed the organization in September. We are grateful to Michelle for her years of leadership. After an executive search during the…

Chrysalis House Violence Against Women Shelter announces completed renovation thanks to OTF Grant to improve physical accessibility

Ottawa, ON— Women with physical, cognitive and/or mental health impairments are more likely to have low income and to experience violence—two to three times more often than women without impairments. They also remain in a shelter significantly longer than others—often up to a year at Chrysalis House Violence Against Women Shelter, run by Western Ottawa…

New Ontario Health Team Approved

September 17, 2021 – A collaboration of over 60 health system partners from the Arnprior, North Grenville, Carleton Place, Almonte and West Ottawa regions reached an important milestone today in their application to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT), with the Ministry of Health officially approving their application. OHTs, being formed across the province, are…

Community Support Services – Update

Please be advised that the Community Support Services Office at 3865 Old Richmond Road is being rebuilt and staff are working out of a temporary space until completion. To request services or speak to a staff member, please call 613-591-3686 extension 3.

COVID-19 Screener Form for Staff, Clients and Volunteers

Please note to all staff, clients, and volunteers: Before entering WOCRC – 2 MacNeil Court, you must fill out the attached form and return the completed version to your supervisor. To download the form, click on the image below or click here for the 18 and older form To download the form, click on the…

Interim Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina DiTomaso as our Interim Executive Director pending the departure of Michelle Hurtubise at the end of the month. Cristina has been with WOCRC for 14 years and has served in a variety of roles.  In her capacity…

Departure of our Executive Director / Départ de notre directrice générale

Departure of our Executive Director

It is with sadness that we share with you that Michelle Hurtubise, our Executive Director, has resigned from Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, effective August 31. We’re sorry to see her go and also so pleased for what she has planned next. Michelle will be moving to a new position in the Ottawa health and…

WOCRC Board Recruitment – 2021-22

Are you passionate about your community? Are you seeking ways to contribute to your community? As one of our Board of Directors or a member of one of our Committees, you will have the opportunity to do just that. The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health and social services and programs to benefit individuals…

Toys ON Tour

The Mobile Toy Lending Library is getting back on the road beginning on Saturday, November 7th Each location will be visited on a three (3) week rotation. Be sure to make note of the dates. Kinburn has been added as a new location and Kanata (2 MacNeil Court) will be a mobile location (not inside…

WOCRC Operations due to COVID-19

Updated May 20th, 2020 Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre continues to provide the following supports to our vulnerable, isolated community members living in the former cities of Kanata and Nepean and the former townships of Goulbourn and West Carleton:  Telephone based crisis intervention  Telephone based crisis counseling  Telephone based counseling for women…

Online Drop-Ins are available for youth!

Online Drop-Ins are available for youth who are already registered for Queerios, The ZONE, or The ZONE Plus! To register as a new member or to join the online groups, please respond to: youth@wocrc.ca or call Chelsea at: 613 – 591 – 3686 ext. 261

Staying Connected During Social Distancing

Staying Connected During Social Distancing – Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s Counselling Program.  As the news and social media use words like isolation, social distancing, recession, and quarantine, it is normal to have feelings of increased anxiety, sadness, and confusion. While we may feel powerless as we worry about our health and finances, keeping connected…

WOCRC – NOTIFICATION TO THE COMMUNITY

We would like to provide an update about Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre services as a response to the COVID 19 virus. First, we are committed to ensuring our most vulnerable are supported in the community. As part of this commitment we are part of the Social Needs Response working group coordinated by United Way…

WOCRC Board Recruitment – 2020/2021

Are you passionate about your community? Are you seeking ways to contribute to your community? As a member of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s Board of Directors or a member of one of our Committees, you will have the opportunity to do just that. The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health and social…

Good Food Box is available twice a month!

Orders placed during the 1st week of the month are available on the 2nd Wednesday of the month • Orders placed during the 3rd week are available on the 4th Wednesday of the month. • In-person cash orders can be placed at WOCRC (2 MacNeil Court) during business hours. • Visit https://ottawagoodfoodbox.ca/ for online orders….

Kids in Action Program

Kids in Action Children’s Program – Ongoing until May 2020, Saturdays from 1-3:30 pm, Ages: 7-11 Registration Form

West Carleton Programming – February 2020

PA Day in Constance Bay – February 14, 2020 – Ages: 7-12,  9 am – 4 pm, Cost: $10 2020 Rural Youth Employment and Resource Fair – February 20, 2020 – 3-6 pm Kids in Action Children’s Program – Ongoing until May 2020, Saturdays from 1-3:30 pm, Ages: 7-11 Registration Form

The WOCRC is now accepting CASH orders for the Good Food Box!

Starting July 2019, WOCRC will be accepting CASH orders for the monthly Good Food Box! Orders can be placed and paid for at Reception during the first week of the month. Orders for July will be accepted in person July 2-5th, during business hours. Hours as follows: Monday 8:30-4:30 Tuesday 8:30-4:30 Wednesday 8:30-8 Thursday 8:30-4:30…

Shelter Voice 2019

SHELTER VOICES – 2019

ON ONE DAY, 232 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SHELTERS AND TRANSITION HOUSES ACROSS CANADA RECORDED HOW MANY WOMEN AND CHILDREN THEY HELPED. HERE IS WHAT THEY SHARED.

Poster for Vigil 2018

Vigil 2018

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Vigil Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2 MacNeil Court – Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) Please join us as we remember the 14 female Engineering students murdered at École Polytechnique, and to honour all women who are victims of violence.