OCH Foundation joins local partners in delivering recLINK to vulnerable families

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 — The Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation is thrilled to announce it has formed a new partnership with two important lead funders in Ottawa: the Trinity Development Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation to reinstate and deliver the recLINK program, previously known as Social Rec Connect.

recLINK is an innovative program designed to create and increase access to social recreation opportunities for vulnerable children and youth in OCH communities. It recognizes the importance of social recreation to healthy development particularly during the “critical hours” of a child or youth’s day. Many barriers make participation and access to recreation activities difficult for these families. Barriers include accessibility, transportation, information, parental engagement, and affordability. The partners will work together to reduce these barriers and increase participation by connecting children and youth to social recreation activities in their neighbourhood.

OCH Foundation was selected to lead the recLINK program because of its proven successes in delivering programs such as the Ottawa Food Truck Rally, the Ron Larkin Scholarship, but also because of its primary focus: the 32,000 tenants, including over 10,000 children and youth living in OCH communities across the city of Ottawa.

Mark Sutcliffe, Chair of the OCH Foundation Executive Board, is pleased with how well the program fits within the organisation’s mandate: “The OCH Foundation prides itself on the progress it has made in delivering educational, employment and leadership opportunities to tenants within OCH communities. The recLINK program will provide children living in OCH with the opportunity to take part in local recreational programming – a great place for children to develop lasting leadership qualities.”

Stéphane Giguère, CEO at the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, is enthusiastic about the opportunity the program can offer OCH’s communities and the tenants. “We commend the three partners: the OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities, the Trinity Development Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation for their efforts in reviving such a valuable program which undoubtedly will have a positive impact in the lives of the children and youth in all OCH communities.”

The OCH Foundation will launch recLINK in the New Year by implementing the best practices it has carried over from the former Social Rec Connect program. For more information on recLINK, email Scott Fowler at scott.fowler@ochfoundation.ca or call 613-518-2098.