Corktown pedestrian bridge was once a pedestrian and cyclists dream that with community support is now built and well used.
Local shifts happen when people get together to find solutions that they then put into action. Residents of Old Ottawa East created an organization called “Sustainable Living Ottawa East”. SLOE has catalyzed numerous projects in the community including a children’s garden, and the Main Farmer’s Market. Their advocacy for a pedestrian bridge across the canal between Old Ottawa East and the Glebe recently resulted in a commitment to the project by the City. Well done!
SLOE is a committee of the Old Ottawa East Community Association, but beyond that has not adopted a formal structure. Members consciously decided to keep the organizational complexities to a minimum. Successful projects have emerged based on the passion and leadership of individuals, supported by fundraising, volunteer recruitment and partnership building.
Rebecca Aird and Keith Shackleton went on to be founding members of the initial Transition Ottawa steering group. Keith Shackleton now supports OREC, the Ottawa renewable energy coop that is building community-owned solar power systems.
The Children’s Garden was created to give children a place to learn how to grow vegetables and other plants.