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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2015 board members are:
- Graham Deline
- Dino Cule
- Irmi Elbert
- Jean McKibbon
- Fiona Morrow (Treasurer)
- Gary Ludington (vice Chair)
- Rocco Caminiti
- Norm Morrison (Chair)
- Stephen Sandiford (Secretary)
I have been a resident of Westboro for over 20 years. In September 2007 I joined the Westboro Community Association. My background is German. We moved to Westboro because we wanted to raise our two sons in a safe, green and livable village atmosphere which had in the same time all the advantages of a large city.
(For several years) I have been responsible on behalf of the WCA for the rejuvenation of Clare Gardens Park. Each year we organize with the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park in the spring and fall a clean-up for our park. With the WCA I have been involved in event planning, traffic studies, zoning issues, redevelopment and the Urban Tree Canopy Study for Ottawa. I am also very interested in the rich history of Westboro Village.
Westboro has been growing rapidly and the neighborhood changes with immense speed. I believe that a good community association can support a healthy growth. I welcome smart intensification which does not interfere with existing laws, safety issues and/or change the character of a mature neighborhood.
I believe that smart growth communities are transit oriented, bicycle and pedestrian friendly, protect and grow their green spaces and promote local jobs and services.
I have been a life long resident of Westboro and attended Churchill, Broadview and Nepean High Schools.
I would like to see Westboro remain a safe, people centred community where walking on the streets without sidewalks, remains safe from vehicular traffic. Living in the country, within the city!
Traffic and the speed of vehicles has increased substantially. I went door-to-door with a petition to lower the mileage to 40K.
In 2014, I joined a group of Kitchissippi residents whose interest lies in preserving the urban tree canopy. Infill housing and construction has been damaging and destroying much of Westboro and it’s mature healthy trees. The ‘Tree Committee meets regularly. “‘Our Trees” on the WCA website is information developed to help members of the community with tree concerns.
I believe in the WCA and that it is important that the individual resident has a collective voice.
I have owned a house (my first and only) in Westboro for almost 25 years and while I spent 7 of those years in developing countries such as Ethiopia as part of my career in international development, I have always been happy to return to our vibrant community. I have been a member of the Westboro Community Association for over five years. I first got involved over my concern about the rapid pace of development in the neighbourhood, in particular in-fill housing which was having a major impact on home owners on my street. Through my involvement in the association, I hope to be able to work together with other citizens to help improve the planning and development of our community
A native Ottawan, I joined the WCA in early 2014, have lived in Westboro since 2009, in a home built in 1912. I love Westboro for the character of the homes, the size of the trees, the available greenspace and the village feel of Richmond road. My goal is to help preserve the unique characteristics and heritage that define Westboro and give it the village feel, as it continues to evolve, while making sure developers are not taking advantage of the good nature of the people and the beautiful properties.