If you are from the Ottawa area, in what neighbourhood area do you live (i.e. Nepean, Centre Town, Glebe, Vanier, etc.)
Would you like to be part of a transition initiative in your neighbourhood?
What issues are you interested in (Check as many as apply)?
Home energy power down, Local food resilience, Alternative vehicles, Solar/wind energy, Community building, Greening Ottawa, Public transport, Reskilling, Joyous simple living
What are your skills (Professional and amateur)?
Professional: facilitator and consultant that works on community sustainability plans in communities throughout Ontario
Amateur: gardener, camper, singer, dancer, yogi, and back-scracher
How would you like to see Ottawa look and feel in the future?
I would like to see the City of Ottawa prioritize integrated transportation/land use planning, mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly community design, resiliency, and energy efficiency. It is my dream that one day soon, we can all swim in the Ottawa River.
How does Ottawa look and feel? Commitment to best practices can be seen in every neighborhood - affordable local food in every grocery store and restaurant, renewable energy projects in all strategic residential and industrial locations , rain barrels at every house. Diverse skills are also present in every neighborhood - doctors, gardeners, tailors, constructions workers, artists. There is a sense of pride in our City - of Otta-wins!
What part would you like to contribute to this?
Professionally, I will continue to work with the City and keep them abreast of municipal trends, resources, and funding opportunities throughout Ontario and Canada. Personally, I will continue to challenge myself to reduce my environmental impact and support local economies. I grow much of my own food and I cycle or bus almost everywhere I go. I would like to learn more about food storage. In my rental unit, I would like to explore energy efficiency options and renewable energy potential.
If you could create your ideal participation with Transition Ottawa, what would it be?
Great question. (Tough one, but REALLY good question).
I spend a lot of time thinking and working with regions and communities at a strategic planning level. Lately, I have been thinking about how to bring it down to a neighbourhood level. In Ottawa, there are so many initiatives happening, that I would like to use Transition Ottawa as a way of understanding the relationship between the City and organized community groups, associations, and organizations.
How is Transition Ottawa governed? If it exists, and if opportunity were to arise, I would be interested in volunteering on the board.
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We met at the AV CG on Saturday. Welcome to TTO! Our interests are very strongly in sync. A few of us (reps of SLOE, SLOWest, Kanata Environmental Network and SLOVars) have formed a network within TTO for community-level (i.e., local) initiatives. We recently met with senior reps at the City to make the pitch for supportive relationships between the City and groups like ours.
We are just about to post some information about this network on the website. And our next monthly meeting is this coming Thursday morning. Let's talk!
It's great to read that you are interested in volunteering in the steering committee. You have some interesting skills and experience, and I like your visions for Ottawa.
I'm out of town this week, but when I'm back, perhaps we can meet in a Glebe Bridgehead or at my home in Centretown and explore visions and directions. Yes?