The community of Westboro in Ottawa is a thriving and exciting place to live. It’s a mixture of residential and commerical interests, schools, churches, parking lots and parkland. Ask anyone who’s lived here for a few years and they’ll tell you, Westboro is changing. Some of that change is great, some isn’t so wonderful, but we can surely agree on one thing: Westboro is a great place to live and we, the residents, should have a say in how it develops and changes.
|The boundaries of the WCA are East of Denbury, West of Tweedsmuir, and between Carling and the Transitway. Click for a larger image of an area map if you need visuals!|
In 2006 a few of us decided that we needed to revisit the idea of a community association. We ratified our constitution at our AGM in September 2007 and we’ve been growing steadily ever since.
The purpose of our community association is to positively and actively influence the development of the Westboro community for the well-being of its residents, property owners, business owners and visitors.
We hope to do this by focusing on the following objectives:
- Seeking input from residents, property owners and business owners in diverse areas of Westboro regarding the interests of the community.
- Fostering a strong community for residents, business owners, property owners and visitors to Westboro.
- Interacting with various levels of government to promote the interests of the Westboro community including participating in community design and planning processes and fairly representing the Westboro Community during formal or informal consultations with interested parties.
- Collecting and dispersing information of importance to members of our community.
- Encouraging positive social, recreational, cultural, artistic and commercial activities in Westboro.
- Communicating and cooperating with other community groups in the surrounding area to the benefit of the Westboro community.
If you’d like to look at our Constitution (updated December 2012), it’s available as an MS-Word file here.
Full board bios will be available shortly. If you’d like to get in touch with the WCA, please send an email to email@example.com.
Our 2012-2013 board members are:
- Gary Ludington (Chair)
- Andrew Balfour
- Karlis Brouse
- Dino Cule
- Jennifer Davies
- Irmi Elbert
- Jean McKibbon (Secretary)
- Terence Nelligan (Treasurer)
- Carl Neustaedter
- Rocco Caminiti
- Norm Morrison
I have been a resident of Westboro since 2006. Like you, I feel that Westboro is the best neighbourhood to live in and I am committed to keeping it as such.
I have an enthusiasm for the maintenance of historical buildings and the landscapes that make up this community. This, and my desire to learn more about the people that make up this area, drove me to join the board.
My focus will be to continue to uphold the quality of the community while being an advocate for the residents.
My name is Irmi Elbert and I have been a resident of Westboro for over 13 years and a member of the WCA board since September 2007. I run a business of transferring video, audio and photo material to customized DVDs. We moved here because we wanted to raise our two boys in a safe and livable village atmosphere.
Through involvement in a new construction project on the street where we live, I learned that the voices of people working together can be heard. Westboro is growing and changing with immense speed, and I think a good community association can support this healthy growth.
In the past year I have been involved in event planning, membership outreach and zoning issues. I am also very interested in the rich history of Westboro Village. As much as I welcome smart intensification, it should not interfere with existing laws, safety issues and/or changing the character of the community.
Jean has been a resident of Westboro for many years and attended Churchill, Broadview and Nepean schools.
Jean would like to see Westboro remain a safe, people-centred community where walking on the streets without sidewalks, remains safe from speeding vehicular traffic. Traffic and speed of vehicles appears to have increased substantially over the last year.
Jean believes in the Westboro Community Association and that it is important the individual resident has a collective voice.
In the past 15 years I have had the privilege of living in some great areas in Ottawa such as The Golden Triangle, Centre Town, and Old Ottawa East and for the past 5 years Westboro.
I joined the WCA to get to know my neighbours better and having worked in the past for Regional and Municipal government I understand the enormous burden on city staff to meet the demands of all the unique communities in Ottawa. The city cannot do everything alone, community participation is necessary and it is my hope my 18 years of experience with all levels of government would assist the community association with its activities. Westboro has many unique qualities and is very diverse with respect to the ages, incomes and the amount of time people have lived here (some have lived here all their lives and are now senior citizens).
Westboro is being redeveloped and it is an exciting time to watch this transformation before my eyes. At the same time, I believe it is a great opportunity for the community to join together with the city and developers to create a Westboro that is attractive to newcomers, comfortable for those already living here and preserves its natural history and community identity.