Good Neighbours Ottawa
Since March 2020, we have seen our community come together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing that the colder months would bring additional challenges to our community, iGenOttawa launched a Good Neighbours Ottawa Campaign to promote the need to engage with our neighbours over the winter months. Let's keep looking out for our neighbours, no matter the season.
- Consider focusing your attention on one or two neighbours.
- Check to see if they would like regular calls.
- In terms of practical help, there are lots of ways to provide neighbourly assistance, including these 10 ways you can support a senior who is living at home.
Help us promote the importance of neighbourly acts:
- Share the Good Neighbours Checklist to help spread the word. (While focused on winter, most ideas apply year-round.)
- Share stories of neighbourly acts in your neighbourhood that could inspire others.
- If posting on social media tag @iGenOttawa.
Good neighbours make a world of difference!
As part of iGenOttawa’s Good Neighbours Ottawa campaign, students from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board participated in a songwriting project on the theme, “What does it mean to be a good neighbour?" led by local musician Craig Cardiff and his team. This project, engaged classes at Featherston Drive Public School, Rockcliffe Park Public School, and North Gower Public School in virtual workshops, and involved older adults in the community. The lead “intergenerational song” entitled, “What Makes a Good Neighbour," captures younger and older voices in celebration of connections between people of different generations. Students from Kindergarten to grade 12 wrote, recorded, and produced original songs inspired by a collective of voices responding to the need for connection during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Watch the conversation between Christine Franklin, Co-founder of iGenOttawa and Pete Bombaci, Founder of Genwell Project on the importance of neighbours helping neighbours.
It was also great to partner on this social media message with Connected Canadians, whose efforts are helping seniors stay connected via technology.