Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing

Algonquin College

Algonquin College

September 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Year2Give, Algonquin College and Ottawa Community Housing Join Together to Announce a Very Special Community Action Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2011) - On Saturday, a few hundred Algonquin students will be donating their skills and time in a Year2Give initiative benefiting five Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) communities. "It is a truly remarkable achievement we are witnessing today," comments Councillor Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor and OCH Board Chair. "A grassroots initiative spearheaded by Christine Taylor and her Year2Give volunteers has reached out to Algonquin College and their students, who have enthusiastically responded with a record breaking display of giving."

Jeremy McQuigge, Student Transition Coordinator at Algonquin College, is thrilled with the response of the students. "This is yet another example of the enthusiasm of students to give back to the communities where they live and learn".

A Kick Off Ceremony begins at 11:00 am in the Rotunda of the B Building at Algonquin College. Students will be boarding buses at 12:00 pm, travelling to their volunteer assignments in the following communities:

  • 212 Bronson (212 Bronson Avenue) - Students are painting corridors, stairwells and exterior railings.

  • Bellevue Manor (1465 & 1485 Caldwell Avenue) - Students are painting interior lobbies.

  • Hampton Court (616 Kirkwood Avenue) - Students are painting interior corridors.

  • Karsh Court (123 Wallack Private) - Students are installing fence boards.

  • Strathcona Heights (731 Chapel Crescent) - Students are replacing mailboxes, replacing exterior light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, painting garbage enclosures and a lounge at 430 Wiggins Private.

Students are returning to Algonquin College at 5:15 pm for a Closing Ceremony in the A Building Campus lounge featuring food, music and guest speakers. The students will have engaged in a remarkable experience of community building while improving the quality of life for OCH tenants. Christine Taylor adds "Organizing for today was a huge task. What motivated me more than anything else was understanding just what a difference we would be making. I've seen it on every project we've done and this was an opportunity to do more good for more people than ever before."

The Kick Off and Closing Ceremonies include the following speakers:

  • Max Keeping, 2011 United Way Campaign Chair

  • Councillor Steve Desroches (Deputy Mayor and Chair, OCH Board of Directors)

  • Christine Taylor (Year2Give)

  • Jeremy McQuigge (Algonquin College)

  • Jo-Anne Poirier (Chief Executive Officer of OCH)

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 14,827 units to over 32,000, seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities.

What is Year2Give? What happens when one person makes a pledge to volunteer for 15-20 hours a month over a one year period? It's called Year2Give! Over the past nine months, Christine has completed numerous volunteer projects across Ottawa, many of them in OCH communities. Along the way, she has built a strong team of dedicated volunteers. Would you like to learn more about Year2Give? Visit Christine Taylor's blog at

Follow on Twitter @year2give #AClife #Y2G

Please note that parking for Media is available at the C-Building parking lot.

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