Dear Glens Resident,
We are facing an unusual holiday without our extended families, unable to see our friends or interact with the wider world. It may be a lonely and a difficult time for many people. As the pandemic affects the globe,
we look for kindness and inspiration while we prioritize health and safety of ourselves, our families, and friends.
This spring the pandemic caught most of us unprepared in many ways, but with neighbours helping neighbours, we got through the first wave. And in doing so, we learned much about ourselves and the supports around us. This second wave is different in several ways, with winter being a major one.
In our community we have a wealth of neighbourhood goodwill and many helping hands around us. We also have an active community association. As a group we would like to wish you all the best and bring you hope that 2021 will be better. Part of our plan is to reinforce the “neighbour looking out for neighbour” approach, as it has been a common practice in the Glens. The Community Association does not lack spirit, enthusiasm, or desire to help but with the stringent privacy laws, we are often unable to assist or obtain assistance. The association needs an efficient way to contact you in case of a critical event such as an ice storm, wind damage or a pandemic. Being able to provide timely information, updates or warnings is vital for our well-being. So, if you have not updated your community information, or joined the community website, please do so on the website www.glenscommunity.ca. If you are not comfortable using the website, please phone your neighbourhood liaison or contact the board at https://www.glenscommunity.ca/contactus Below, we are providing additional links to allow you to connect yourself or others to some useful sites or organizations.
The Ward 9 Older Adult and Persons with Disability, 55+ Advisory Committee has been working with the Knoxdale-Merivale Council and the Nepean, Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC). We want you to know that these people exist and are available to help.
NROCRC can connect you with additional support, recreation, and educational activities. Special funds were given to them to work with the CAs offering support to their residents. The NROCRC flyer provides information on how to register.
The contact information for the COVID-19 Response Site is 1-888-482-3267; or https://communitysupport.covidresponse.ca/. This organization provides Community Support Services, such as Meals on Wheels, transportation to essential medical appointments, check in calls, and caregiver support.
The Council on Aging Ottawa offers a newsletter to connect and inform. You can subscribe using the link: https://coaottawa.ca/sign- up-for-our-newsletter/ To reach Ottawa Public Health call 613-580-6744 and follow the prompts to the COVID- 19 telephone line
STAY HOME, STAY STRONG, STAY HEALTHY AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!