Site Visits

Site visits are unique program sessions that provide an opportunity to see first-hand some community-campus partnerships in the Ottawa area. These site visits will be engaging, interactive, and will enable local community members to share their own experiences in their own environment.

Site visits, including transportation to and from venues, are included as part of the conference registration fees. Site visits will take place between 3pm – 6pm on May 28. Delegates will be able to sign up for a site visit at the registration desk on May 27, and the morning of May 28. Space is limited. Scroll down to read about the different site visits that will be available!

Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE)

Sustainable Living Ottawa East Students Cleaning ParkSLOE helps plan, develop, network, and fundraise for projects that support greater community sustainability. Many projects have been initiated and/or supported by SLOE members, including: the Main Farmers’ Market, the Ottawa East Community Garden, the Lees Community Garden, the Children’s Garden at Robert Legget Park, the Rideau River Nature Trail, the Midtown Footbridge, and the Neighbour-to-Neighbour electricity efficiency audit project. SLOE is currently working with researchers, the developer and other stakeholders to envision and plan for sustainability in the development of the Oblate lands.

ChG harvest fest Oct 3 potato harvest in wagonSite Visit Description: Participants will join a walking tour of two SLOE projects that have benefited from various forms of university engagement: the Children’s Garden and the Rideau River Nature Trail. Depending on construction activities, we will also walk through the Oblate lands where SLOE has been working with the developer on a range of sustainability measures, with research assistance from Carleton U. Total walking distance about 1 km. If weather is poor we have an indoor space that can accommodate the tour for discussion and questions.

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Ottawa (CMHAO)

IMG_1307CMHAO is involved in several types of community campus partnerships including joint research and evaluation projects, research management, and student learning (placements and Community services learning). We have partnered extensively with three local universities and several universities in other cities and countries, as well as being involved with both local colleges and teaching hospitals affiliated with the universities.

TD exhibit 2012Site Visit Description: Community based agencies are turning more and more to evidenced based practices and real world solutions. Academic research and training provides an excellent basis for their practice, but more and better interaction and evidence in practice settings is needed. For many community based agencies there is insufficient capacity and resources to take a meaningful role in such interactions. CMHAO has emphasized its role in contributing to a solid evidence base and providing opportunities for community service learning and additional focused professional training. This visit will highlight the strategies and approaches used to build this capacity by showcasing a number of current projects, their results, impact and value.

The Centretown Community Health Centre

Centretown Community Health Centre PresentationThe Centretown Community Health Centre is a nonprofit, multi-service agency that provides a full range of community, social and health services delivered by a diverse team of professionals. We have many meaningful partnerships with a number of higher education institutions. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students for placements and practicum. We’ve also collaborated on a number of research projects. We are involved with the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (University of Ottawa), the Kids in Ottawa Project (Carleton University and the University of Ottawa) and participated in the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program – CHAP (a multi-institution project). Along with other partners, we were involved in applying the Canadian Index of Wellbeing framework (University of Waterloo) to Ottawa. We sometimes partner with higher education institutions to offer services. For example, the University of Ottawa’s Ticket Defense Program where people who are homeless and/or street involved who received fines for panhandling and other offenses can seek free legal advice.

Centretown Community Health Centre Cooking DemoSite Visit Description: The Centretown Community Health Centre is a nonprofit, multi-service agency that provides a full range of community, social and health services delivered by a diverse team of professionals. We believe in an integrated approach to care that is holistic, non-discriminatory, caring and innovative. We foster our clients’ and communities’ control over their improved wellbeing. Come meet with staff and management to discover how Centretown Community Health Centre builds meaningful partnerships and collaborations with higher education institutions.

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO)

DSC_0325The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) has been a placement site for students of Carleton University for nearly 12 years. Many BSW and MSW students have completed their field placements at ACO. Some students have acquired full-time employment at ACO post-placement. ACO staff have also delivered educational workshops on HIV/AIDS to social work classes at Carleton U and participated in student info fairs. ACO also collaborates with Carleton U on community-based research projects that focus on HIV/AIDS related issues.

Site Visit Description: Participants will have the opportunity to visit the new home of ACO on 19 Main Street. They will learn about the following:

  • ACO’s Support Services – The practical services and psychosocial support that ACO provides to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa
  • ACO’s Education and Prevention Services – The outreach and prevention programs that ACO offers targeting priority populations at risk of HIV/AIDS in Ottawa
  • ACO’s Volunteer Program – Volunteer opportunities that exist at ACO. How does ACO engage and mobilize volunteers in its work?
  • ACO’s Harm Reduction Program – Cleverly dubbed the tool shed, this program is geared towards people who use drugs in our community and offers a safe space for people to access safer injection and safer inhalation supplies, as well as information/support around holistic health
  • ACO’s Funding Structure – Information about ACO’s funders, governance structure, provincial HIV/AIDS strategy, demographics etc.


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