Living Library

studying-703002_1280On Wednesday May 28, from 3pm – 5:30pm, C2UExpo will be hosting a Living Library as part of the Engagement Fair and Poster sessions. This event will take place in the MacOdrum Library’s Discovery Centre. Up to three “Readers” will be able to sign out a “living book” during any given half hour time slot. Readers will have the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with Ottawa community leaders from various backgrounds. The sign-up sheet will be located at the Registration Desk in the Carleton University River Building on May 27 and the morning of May 28th.

The Living Library Concept

students-703001_1280A living library is an innovative method of learning and networking designed to facilitate more intimate dialogue and connection between individuals. “Readers” are invited to sign out one of the “living books” available. The reader then “borrows” a book per library rules around respectful handling of the “book” and time limits. The “book” being borrowed is someone (e.g. a community-campus project leader, a project client/recipient, etc.) who is very knowledgeable on a certain topic/experience/subject area due to personal experience, education, etc., and is able to talk and answer questions in an open manner regarding their topic of expertise. Readers and books will meet privately for approximately 30minutes. The goal is to provide both the reader and the book with an enriching opportunity to share information and bridge understanding on specific topics and issues.

The “Books” Available at C2UExpo’s Living Library

Bryonie Baxter, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

Bryonie Baxter headshotBryonie has a B.A (1988 U of T) and a B. Ed (1989 – OISE) as well as Principal’s Qualifications 1 and 2 from York University. Bryonie moved to the Ottawa area in March 2008 and began working for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa in July 2008. As well as being Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, she is also a Federal Advocate for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and President of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario.  As such she regularly visits Federal Prisons and Provincial jails to advocate for better conditions in institutions and greater reintegration supports for women.   In April 2010 Bryonie was the proud recipient of a Province of Ontario Leading Women, Building Communities Award recognizing her “exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario”.

David Chernushenko, Councillor for Capital Ward, City of Ottawa

ChernushenkoDavid Chernushenko was elected in 2010 to serve Capital Ward. He serves on the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee and the Environment Committee, as well as the newly formed Board of Health, Crime Prevention Ottawa, and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. He was born in 1963 in Calgary, and he has lived, worked or studied on every continent, yet he has called Ottawa home for most of his life. He is fluently bilingual.

David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is a “green building” professional accredited by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. As owner of the consulting firm Green & Gold Inc. starting in 1998, David advised public, private, and non-profit organizations on adopting more sustainable and socially responsible practices. He served as Vice Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and was an appointed member from 2006 to 2009. From 1998 to 2004, David served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission on Sport and the Environment. In 2001, he co-founded Clean Air Champions, a national charity that engages athletes in raising awareness about air pollution, climate change and the benefits of physical activity.

An active and dedicated community volunteer, David has served as a director of the Sustainable Ottawa Energy Co-operative, and as a community ambassador for the Ottawa Sustainability Fund. He is a founding board member of Conservation Co-operative Housing Inc. in Sandy Hill, and a founding supporter of the 1,000 Solar Rooftops campaign. Ottawa’s Social Planning Council honoured him with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good Award in 2010. David established the Living Lightly Project in 2007 to share the stories and solutions of people working to build a rich future for all on a healthy planet. He has directed and produced two Living Lightly films: Be the Change (2008) and Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010). He has written several books on sustainable management practices, including Sustainable Sport Management, Greening Our Games: Running Sports Events & Facilities that Won’t Cost the Earth and Greening Campuses and their Communities.

David, a married father of three, lives in Old Ottawa South. He is an avid cyclist, cross-country skier, hockey player and speed skater. He enjoys photography, live theatre, and singing.

Janet Gray, Chair, Ottawa Chapter of The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)

Janet-GrayJanet Gray has been a member of CARP for many years and when she discovered that the Nation’s Capital did not have a CARP chapter, she started one in January 2009.

Most recently, Janet was mentioned, by the Ontario Legislature as part of International Women’s Day. Janet’s background as a financial planner and working with her aging clients (and aging parents) was helpful in gathering wonderful board members and to reach out to the community in Ottawa. Since its inception, CARP Ottawa has had many events- both large and small and also support the efforts of other senior-oriented groups programs.

Janet and the Ottawa board often partner with local like-minded older adult groups in order to collaborate and support their event such as the Council on Aging of Ottawa, the Kanata Seniors’ Expo.

In Nov 2014, their AGM and Vendor Expo attracted 400+ members–their biggest event yet. They hosted a panel of experts on aging issues including a lawyer, financial consultant and a physiotherapist.

Janet also leads her team to build partnerships with other stakeholders with a similar vision such as FSNA (federal retirees) to see if there are any mutual advantages to moving forward.

Janet also finished a 3 year term on the Age Friendly Ottawa steering committee which is a unique partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Council on Aging.

As a result of Janet’s leadership over the past 6 years, the CARP Ottawa chapter is gaining recognition among decision makers like politicians, media etc.

Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC)

rsullivanRay Sullivan is a Carleton graduate who once thought he would become a doctor or a scientist, and never imagined he would end up a landlord, managing Ottawa’s largest private non-profit housing company. His good luck finding a decent affordable apartment in the late 1990’s eventually led to a job working for Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC). CCOC is a tenant and community-led non-profit that owns and manages over 50 properties in Ottawa’s downtown neighbourhoods, renting homes to 1595 mixed-income households. CCOC takes a different approach from traditional social housing organizations and has a long, loud and proud history as an innovator.


Lynn Burnett, Senior Nurse, Ottawa Inner City Health (OICHI)

Lynn-BurnettLynn Burnett has been a registered nurse for the last 26 years.   She began her nursing career as an RN at the Hospital for Sick Children NICU department in Toronto.  She then became a Public Health Nurse for the North York Health Department where she worked in schools teaching health promotion.  Before pursuing her current interest and passion Lynn worked at the dental surgeon’s practice. For the last 11 years Lynn has worked as Nurse Coordinator at Ottawa Inner City Health, a non-profit organization that provides health care to the homeless population.  Poverty and health, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, health care for vulnerable populations, nursing education and most recently mental health nursing are her areas of interest. Lynn has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Queen’s University and is a certified ACCU Detox Specialist.

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