News and Media

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

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.  

Urgent Volunteer Needs

We urgently need volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program for the Nepean and Barrhaven areas. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 613-591-3686 ext. 280 or send an email to volunteer@wocrc.ca.

Outdoor Programs for the month of July – Fitzroy Harbour

Please note: The Tuesday Playgroup in Carp is closed during the month of July, but remains open on Thursdays.   For the month of July, we will be offering Outdoor Programming.   July 3rd – Carp Splash Pad July 10th – Shirley’s Bay – CANCELLED July 17th – Fitzroy Beach July 24th – Fitzroy Beach – The Fitzroy Beach outing will not be cancelled unless there is…

West Carleton Breakfast Club Real Estate Agents

The West Carleton Breakfast Club Real Estate Agents donates to Diners Clubs program

On behalf of the WOCRC’s Diners Clubs program, we would like to thank the West Carleton Breakfast Club Real Estate Agents for their donation of over $500.

WOCRC welcomes new Executive Director in new year

WOCRC’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Melody Paruboczy as Executive Director of WOCRC effective Jan. 3, 2017.

Martine Dore and Mary Browne

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation donates $5,000 to Chrysalis House

On behalf of the WOCRC’s women’s shelter, Chrysalis House, we would like to thank the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation for their generous donation of $5,000.  This donation was made through payroll deductions from the agents who work at the real estate offices of Royal LePage. In the picture: Martine Dore (left), manager of Chrysalis House accepts a…

Martine Dore and Bill Stewart

terra20 donates portion of sales from event to Chrysalis House

On behalf of the WOCRC’s women’s shelter, Chrysalis House, we would like to thank terra20 for their generous donation of $1,500. 

ADP Client Tony Lawson

New Adult Day Program launched in the City’s west end

The WOCRC, in partnership with Algonquin College and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), has launched a new Adult Day Program (ADP) in the City’s west end.

Ruth Willsher accepts Eva James Award

Ruth Willsher receives the 2015-2016 Eva James Award

Each year, the WOCRC accepts nominations for the Eva James Award, an award established to recognize a volunteer who best personifies the commitment exemplified by Eva James.

Owner of Its a Wrap, Kimberly Glover, says she likes to see the difference she makes in the community.

Its a Wrap Studio & Spa owner donates makeovers to Chrysalis House residents

An unusual yet fortunate connection between a salon and a women’s shelter has led to many smiles from shelter residents’ faces.

Investment Advisor Chris Long

Chris Long’s donations help send The ZONE youth on various outings

“There’s more than Chris Long and four walls,” says Chris Long, Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy in Kanata. The statement is defended by Long’s continuous contributions to the WOCRC and his community.

The WOCRC Executive Director Cathy Jordan accepts a cheque from the ROI

Consultation project focuses on rural and senior health

West Carleton has been selected as one of eight rural Ontario project sites for the Rural Ontario Institute’s Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative.