GCA recently contributed $5,000 to assist the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) in developing summer day camp programming for recently arrived refugee families.  This is a significant undertaking that will greatly contribute to the settlement process.  As families will be coming from across the City, assistance with public transportation is needed to reduce barriers to access.  We recently wrote the Mayor asking for his help:

June 2nd, 2016

Via email:  jim.Watson@Ottawa.ca

Dear Mayor Watson,

On behalf of the Glebe Community Association, a co-sponsor of the ESL family day camp for refugee families offered by GNAG, a unique and critically important initiative, we are writing to offer our full support of this request.

This novel GNAG program is completely consistent with the City of Ottawa’s commitment to being a supportive and welcoming community for new arrival refugee families. It is also well aligned with the intentions in the new Municipal Immigration Strategy. The fact that the idea for and design of the program emerged organically and in response to community needs makes the program even more powerful.

A city or OCTranspo partnership on this program would help to minimise barriers to participation and surely extend the reach of this effort and enable more families to engage.  We urge you to become engaged and advocate for resources as proposed below by GNAG. We would also welcome your support in engaging other community partners, as appropriate.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sarah Viehbeck
Chair, Glebe Community Association Health and Social Services Committee

Christine McAllister
President, Glebe Community Association