Rachel and Andrea Update: Bridging Services Report!

It is with tremendous pleasure that we share with you the research results document for the Bridging Services for Women project conducted by Sunny Marriner as the Researcher and the four partner agencies (Canadians for Choice, The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health, OCTEVAW, and Planned Parenthood Ottawa).   Sunny undertook this project with expertise and capacity, a strong network, and a commitment to the issues that made this phase of the project a tremendous success.

On January 28th, despite a snow storm and competing events, the Under One Roof facility was brimming with interested members of the SRH, VAW and other support communities.  More than 35 people were present and engaged in great dialogue.  The presentation was received with interest and with people looking for next steps.  It was very exciting, indeed the presence of the project’s funder, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, made the presentation meaningful as well in terms of inspiring their support for the applications for the next phase.

Sunny delivered the findings with a beautiful presentation and well-crafted discussion points.  Her brilliant effort was clear to all.  We owe her our congratulations and gratitude for such excellent work.

A link to the report for your interest.  It has been used as the basis for applications to The Community Foundation of Ottawa and the Canadian Women’s Foundation to continue to the development of tools to increase the knowledge and ability to respond in our community.  Thanks also goes to all the generous community members who gave their time to the success of this research by sharing their experiences through focus groups, survey participation or being interviewed and sharing this project with their colleagues.

You may recognize a face on the newsstands this month, we are pleased that Rachel was chosen to be the feature article in Ottawa Woman this month, you can view it online or grab at your local Bridgehead.  This piece paid a lot of attention to PPO’s programs, many thanks to Janice Clarkson (Editor of Ottawa Woman) for her interest in and support of our work! 

There is a lot going on this month, hope to see you all at some of our many community engagements coming up!

Sincerely,

Rachel and Andrea

Director and President