Ottawa’s west end is expected to become a lot safer thanks to a grant of $154,400 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund crime prevention initiatives.
Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean Bob Chiarelli was at the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre Thursday to congratulate the partners of the United Neighbours on receiving the three-year grant.
“Ottawa’s strength is its communities,” Chiarelli said, adding that, although we see flare-ups in the media about crime in parts of the
city, Ottawa is still a city worth living in due to community
organizations like United Neighbours.
The west end initiative encourages residents to take ownership and responsibility for issues in their community. Executive director Wanda MacDonald said this is done by getting people to talk in meetings and coffee shops.
“By doing that, we’re getting people engaged in those discussions and looking at ways that they can become involved in contributing to the goals of the overall project,” she said.