Transition Ottawa was formed in the summer of 2009 by a group of concerned individuals who began to see increasing hope for community sustainability and resilience through the transition concept. We are heartened by the sheer number of initiatives that people are already taking in communities and neighborhoods throughout the Ottawa area and the passion and commitment of those involved.
Getting from here to there is not going to be easy. No one here has any illusions. But the energy we see is the energy of people who treat obstacles not as brick walls but as challenges and for whom nothing is impossible. There have been crises before, perhaps of a different kind, and, resilient and inventive species that we are, we have met them, or our ancestors did.
The rapid rise of Transition Towns around the world, with the hundreds—by now perhaps thousands—of villages, towns and cities everywhere whose citizens are climbing aboard, has all the characteristics of a massive social movement. Except, it is a movement without leaders beyond the local level. It is truly a grassroots phenomenon, not driven by politics or markets, but by a genuine desire to, simply, make things better. Here and now. In this neighbourhood. In this community. On this street. In this house. In this heart. It's a joy to watch it take shape.
In August 2009, a 'Transition Ottawa Formative Group' began meeting to guide the activities of Transition Ottawa and to begin the planning process to have Ottawa formally recognized as a transition town. A month later, the Transition Town network approved Ottawa's application to be recognized as a 'formal' Transition Town.
This group has since been renamed the "Transition Ottawa Steering Committee" and meets about once a month.
We have recently sent in an application for official non-profit status in Ontario.