I ❤️ Westboro Beach Community Association!

Moody sky at Westboro Beach

For the past 10 months, the world has been redefining our new “normal”.

We are unable to gather with friends and family to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or any other event; we cannot hug those close to us who are in need. 

With the recent edict to “stay at home”, it would be easy to focus on the negative and all the things I cannot do right now. 

Instead of focusing on what is temporarily out of reach – because I KNOW better times are coming – I like to acknowledge all I that do have…   I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, friends I can call.  I also notice that random acts of kindness are all around me, if I take the time to look.  And yes, my local grocery stores and drug stores are still stocking toilet paper.  Good times….

The WBCA continues to look after me, trying to make the best of a challenging situation.  They are hosting safe outdoor and virtual events, representing my community at council meetings (remotely of course), writing letters to help preserve the beauty of my community and the place I call home.  I begin my days walking to the beach …  Right there, how many people can say that they can walk to the beach in the morning before going to work?    I love this area and am grateful for all the work that the WBCA is doing to protect it. 

#GRATITUDE #WBCA

Show your gratitude for the WBCA by donating what you can support community events and projects!

Send you donation via e-transfer to:

infowestborobeach@gmail.com

I ❤️ Westboro Beach Community Association!

Are you new to Westboro Beach? See what a new resident has to say!

Winter Carnival 2020- building a snow fort

When we first moved to Ottawa, we rented a house in Westboro Beach.  We wanted time to investigate various areas of Ottawa before we committed to buying a house.  Not being from around here we were not certain into which neighbourhood our family of 5 should settle.  After a very, very, very short time we knew it had to be Westboro Beach as we pretty quickly realized all the great things it has to offer.  We loved its proximity to the river and were thrilled that we could walk to nearby shops and restaurants in just a few minutes.  Prior to moving to Ottawa, we had lived in a town where you had to drive to just about every location, so now being able to walk or take transpo to anywhere within Ottawa was awesome.  We ended up buying a home here and our enjoyment of Westboro Beach and all the things it has to offer has not diminished.   In addition to finding a great location to settle, we have fantastic neighbours and have a real sense of community here. That community feel is in large part to the efforts of the WBCA, even during these difficult times.  

Summer Sunset at Westboro Beach 2020

Due to COVID disruptions this year, the WBCA has not been able to hold our usual fundraising events. Please donate what you can so that we can continue to provide inclusive and free programming to all community members.

Donate via bank e-transfer. Send your donation to:

infowestborobeach@gmail.com

Why I ❤️ Westboro Beach!

Wooden slide at Westboro Beach circa 1920s

Westboro Beach has an interesting past, some of which will surprise you. Coming up soon is a chance to hear it from a local expert, Bob Grainger who wrote a book on Westboro Beach. The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Register here for this free event!  You can also register for this event via our Westboro Beach Community page on Facebook.

Bob has graciously made a number of copies available to be sold as part of the WBCA 2021 fundraising campaign. There are limited copies available. You can purchase a copy of this book for $40 in advance. Send a note to infowestborobeach@gmail.com to reserve your copy of this book!

Book cover

Why I ❤️ Westboro Beach!

My Perspective as a Mom of Young Children

As a mom with young kids, I’ve struggled to find fun and safe activities for my family during this past year of COVID-related restrictions. Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) has helped us stay close to home, while staying safe and sane! 

WBCA put on an awesome winter holiday parade and food drive (complete with Santa Claus). They supported the establishment of a pollinator garden, where we went to connect with nature and learn about pollinators. They organized a fun sidewalk chalk art festival. 

Over this past year – which has been full of anxiety and isolation – the WBCA has provided community information and events which have made us feel connected to something beyond our family bubble. Thanks to WBCA, for fostering a sense of community, for championing nature, and for keeping us connected. 

Getting involved in the waterfront clean up!

Please help us continue to provide our programming! Send your donation via e-transfer to:

inforwestborobeach@gmail.com

I ❤️Westboro Beach Community Association!

Winter sunsets…

February is the month of love, and this month we are asking the community to show a bit of love for the Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA). We have not been able to hold our usual events – Beach Opening, Beach Closing and our Winter Carnival due to Covid restrictions. As a result we have not been able to do any fundraising, and our modest bank account is running very low.

During the month of February, we would like to raise $1000.00 for our community association so that we can continue to host events and advocate on behalf of the community.

Setting tracks on the SJAM

Westboro Beach residents will be telling us why they love Westboro Beach and how WBCA has enriched their life, especially this year! We also have a perspective of a long time resident who has seen many changes over the past 40 years. Watch this space and our Twitter and Instagram accounts for more fascinating insights into life at Westboro Beach.

You can donate to the WBCA by sending an e-transfer to:

infowestborobeach@gmail.com ❤️

Check Out What is Happening at the Field House on Van Lang…

Take-out Turkey Dinners and Holiday Baking Delivered to Neighbours in Need!

Westboro Community Kitchen

The Westboro Community Kitchen began in 2015 and was held on the last Monday of the month. Initially, it used another location in Westboro but relocated as soon as the Field House on Van Lang became available.  In 2020, new approaches had to be developed and adopted. The kitchen crew pivoted to a takeout model and began preparing about 80 meals every second Friday. The means are then picked up by recipients or delivered to people in the catchment area who were past users of the community kitchen program or the Dinner in Van Lang program which was held monthly. For more information, please call  Hilary Rose at the Carlington Community Health Centre 613.722.4000 ext. 204hrose@carlington.ochc.org

After the Bell

The After the Bell program is held on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the school year for Grades 2, 4, 5 and 6.  It provides help with homework, develops self-esteem,  and encourages critical thinking and problem solving, leadership, and team work skills while offering healthy snacks. Currently, students can attend in person on Monday and online Thursday and Friday. For more information, please call Natasha at 613-722-4000 extension 322

Mothercraft

As of December 3, 2020 Mothercraft Early On Years Program is offering free monthly activity kits that can be picked up at the Field House on Van Lang on Thursdays between 1:00 and 1:30. To register, email Maggie Gomez at Maggie.gomez@mothercraft.com  or call 6130728-1839 extension 290.

COVID Times – Programs Postponed Until Further Notice

Dinner with your Neighbours (last Wednesday of the month)

Coffee Time (four morning a week) hosted by the Van Lang Tenants Group

Baking with Donna (Friday evenings)

Leaders in Training (was held Tuesday and Wednesday evening) Sponsored by Christie Lake Kids

Checkout the activities going on at our neighbourhood field house on their Facebook page.

Light it up!

Brighten Up the Neighbourhood with Your Holiday Lights!

We can all use a bit more brightest these days. The 2020 holiday season will be different this year, but we can still be festive and celebrate with style! Get outside and stroll down the streets in our neighbourhood and let us know which house has your favourite light display. It can be simple and elegant or funky and fun. Send us a note (infowestborobeach@gmail.com) with your name and address and the address of your favourite light display.

Did I mention that there will be a prize? The address that gets the most votes will win a $50 gift certificate! The prize will be awarded on December 26.

So bundle up the kids, get outside and walk through our beautiful neighborhood and marvel at the light displays. Maybe some post -walk hot chocolate and cookies?

TD Park People Grant Report: Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA)

September 28, 2020

Planning was our greatest challenge this year, but creativity, flexibility and innovation were our strengths! 

Covid restrictions dictated what type of events we could host for our community. Our well loved, and well attended, traditional beach opening and closing events were cancelled. Our beach closing was cancelled a week before our planned event due to the changes announced for outdoor gatherings by our premier last week.

The silver lining in all of this is that we were able to engage a new partner in our community, Consortium Jules Léger, a school and resource centre for francophone students with special needs. We were also very pleased to make some personal connections with families with young children in our community to encourage participation in the events that did go forward. Our board members spoke personally with parents and children playing in the street. As a result we have new “Friends of Westboro Beach”. I am also pleased to report that we were able to continue to support one of our long standing partners, Carlington Community Health Centre, in one of our events.

All events were publicized on our social media sites ( web page, FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter). We included Park People hash tags and graphics as instructed.

We had three successful events this summer: 

  1. Westboro Beach Scavenger Hunt – August 2020
  • 4 volunteers from the WBCA created the scavenger hunt clues. The objective was to have people get to know their neighbourhood. It included clues along the river and green space, the beach, the Selby Plain and the flora, fauna and wildlife in our neighbourhood. It was great to see families exploring the neighbourhood with their list of clues!
  • 33 people participated – 21 adults, 9 children, 3 teens
  • We also had interest from people outside of the neighbourhood.
  • Two of the teens got the highest number of points!
  • All participants received a gift card from 4 different local businesses

 Van Lang Neighbourhood Chalk Art Contest – August 24 to September 4, 2020

  • Staff from Carlington Community Health Centre, volunteers from WBCA, Ottawa Housing Corporation and the Westboro Tenants Association worked together to plan and implement this project.
  • The contest ran from August 24 to September 4
  • Children in the targeted neighbourhood drew pictures or positive messages with chalk
  • All the children participating received sidewalk chalk packages (100 chalk kits were distributed) and shared photos of their art and had their name entered for gift cards to Dairy Queen
  • 12 children submitted photos and they all received a gift card
  • 4 volunteers worked on this event
Having a great time creating chalk art!

Chalk Art Event – September 17 and 19, 2020

  • 50 Jules Léger students participated in the chalk art event on Thursday, September 17
  • The WBCA provided the students with supplies
  • 2 teachers and 2 WBCA volunteers were involved
  • On Saturday, September 19, another chalk art event was held on the pathway between Selby Street and Beachgroove Street
  • We had 25 people participating in two separate shifts (to allow for physical distancing on the path)
  • 7 volunteers were involved in planning and hosting this event