Jan. 27 weekend workshop “Ottawa – a City of Neighbourhoods”

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Jan 222018
 

Ottawa – a City of Neighbourhoods, a weekend workshop the morning of Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 at Tom Brown Arena, is organized by FCA-FAC with support from the City of Ottawa, Planning Infrastructure & Economic Development Dept. and from Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association. It is intended to be a forum for discussion about planning among community associations, residents, city officials and the development industry. It is an opportunity to learn about planning issues, solutions and a long term vision for neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

All are welcome to attend.  A poster for the event is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/180127pr.pdf .

You are invited to register in advance for this event at eventbrite  but may also register at the event itself.

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. Sept. 20

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Sep 142017
 

A General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations  of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday September 20 from 7:15 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street.

Each member association is invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the Sept. 20 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/170920DA.pdf  and draft minutes for the previous meeting are at   https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/170517DM.pdf

FCA General Meeting – Thursday Sept. 15

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Sep 112016
 

The next General Meeting will be held Thursday Sept. 15 at Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. East. A draft agenda is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/160915DA.pdf 

Minutes of previous meetings are as follows:

What to tell your Councillor about City Budgeting for Community Centres, Parks and Recreation – and when

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May 312016
 

At the FCA-FAC monthly meeting on May 18, community association leaders, councillors and city officials discussed the state of the parks, recreation facilities and community-building structures such as community centres.
The following is the plan for action/guidance that came from that meeting.

FCA meeting “Let’s talk!” on Wed. Jan. 13

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Jan 082016
 

According to the Oxford Reference Dictionary, a “levee” was “a reception of visitors on rising from bed” but is now “an assembly of visitors or guests” and in Ottawa this is associated with the New Year.

2. The next general meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] is our own interpretation of the levee with the theme “let’s talk!”. The meeting will be held Wednesday January 13 at Tanglewood Park Community Centre, 31 Woodfield Drive. Formal start time is 7:15 pm but timely arrival at 7:00 is recommended.

3. “Speed dating”  Several experts both from among  senior City Officials and the Voluntary and Private sector have been invited to the Jan. 13 meeting.   They are preparing a series of “Speed Dates”, structured time‐limited discussions with community representatives moving from expert to expert. To permit direct conversational contact, we propose that in each rotation a maximum of three community representatives meet with each expert (i.e. each discussion would feature up to four people– one expert and three others).

4. “State of the community” While the “speed dating” is going on, and during other networking time, a small team of recorders will be collecting community views and concerns.   Help ensure your ideas are captured by the recorders.  You are welcome to leave notes on your main points.  We hope to incorporate the material collected into a document for the City and Public outlining community thinking at the New Year.

5. “Open Mike” In the latter part of the meeting, we reserved time for an Open Mike plenary session at which any participant is invited to inform the entire meeting about some new event or issue of general interest.

6. “Levee”  In addition to a programmed time for “networking”, we anticipate there will be many participants who are between “speed dates” or otherwise free to chat with others.  You can use this time for unstructured discussion with each other, on what’s working well, or with invited experts. To provide fuel for all this discussion, please contribute to the Dessert Pot Luck with a snack or sweet to share.   Here is a chance for you to distribute some of the holiday treats you have not yet enjoyed (and may have resolved to avoid in the new year).

7. Our normal meeting announcement welcomes you to  send two delegates to FCA  general meetings. Observers are always welcome. For this “let’s talk!” meeting help build up a broad attendance. For anyone who is curious about the FCA or who follows civic affairs in Ottawa, this is an ideal occasion to meet others with similar interests.

8. Detailed information is found on the FCA website. The draft agenda for the Jan. 13 meeting, with attached background information on the experts for “speed dating” and a preliminary list of community concerns are found at 160113DA . Draft minutes of the previous (December 10) are found at 151210DM

Schedule for upcoming FCA-FAC meetings and events

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Dec 222015
 
January 13, 7 p.m. Tanglewood  FCA New Years Dessert Levy.  All welcome.   Bring your remaining New Year’s cookies, cake, chocolates.    Special emphasis on community news networking and Open Mike — what’s working well, what could be improved, where are you getting sponsorships help — bring some show-off samples.  Bring committee members, friends and curious observers.  One result in addition to friendship-making for your community will be a report for the Mayor on The State of The Community in 2016.
February 4, 7 p.m.  Glebe Community Centre   Your community to celebrate with City and nation in 2017. Bring ideas!  Interactive!  Discuss how your community may want to celebrate your community and City 2017?  Get ready to help your community delight the public, add real meaning, connect, build a community legacy!   Add 2017 themes to your existing seasonal events!  Special guests: from Ottawa 2017 “Community Outreach”.  Guests will show off some of their draft working toolkit of images for the 2017.  This General Meeting aims for conversation, not lecture.   Extra funds coming!   Learn when and how to make individual group or joint applications supported by FCA.  Input to the FCA Clearing House as a helpful resource for your community events planning and sponsorships.