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$288,800 OTF grant Helped Establish Peers Helping Peers Program

Friday, May 24, 2019

$288,800 OTF Grant Helped Establish Peers Helping Peers Program

Ottawa, ON – On Friday, Somerset West Health Community Centre celebrated the two-year anniversary of its Peers Helping Peers program. Local MPP Joel Harden was on hand to congratulate the Centre and hear more about the $288,800 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Grow grant is making a difference in the community in reducing social isolation and engage members in Mechanicsville, Rochester Heights, Lebreton and the Yet Keen Chinese Seniors’ Centre.

“I want to congratulate Somerset West CHC on a successful two years of the Peers Helping Peers project and acknowledge the critical investment that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has made over three years to contribute to building inclusive and engaged communities by combating social isolation by building community connections and leadership skills,” said Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa-Centre. “Through this OTF grant, the project will help 65 isolated individuals build community connections, reduce social isolation, and take on leadership roles.”

Peers in the project are engaged in community development programs/initiatives; support and empower each other; and build their knowledge and capacity to shape community programs and take on leadership roles in their community. Somerset West Community Health Centre is located in West-Central Ottawa and supports people and communities to enjoy the best possible health and well-being. SWCHC does this by providing primary health care and social services and promoting access to the social conditions that influence health such as housing, food security, employment and civic engagement. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $100 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Executive Director Naini Cloutier with MPP Joel Harden

Executive Director Naini Cloutier with MPP Joel Harden