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Interested in contributing to peace and environment initiatives within the Ottawa area? PERC provides numerous opportunities for volunteering! And if you're passionate about a particular topic or activity, contact us to discuss a self-directed project. Talk to Communications Coordinator, Holly Jones at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or leave a message at 613 230 4590 to get started! 


Priority areas                                                                                                                               

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Continuous Volunteer Needs

Committees

Other Skills/Areas of Interest                                                                                                                                                                

 

Priority Areas

Electronic Journalism

Description: Create or gather, edit, and submit multimedia or social media contributions such as podcasts, blogs, photos, videos, and/or written articles to the PERC website and/or E-PEN newsletter. (May be combined with Roving Reporters.)

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week 

  

Board Members

The Peace and Environment Resource Centre does an annual call for applications to participate on the Board of Directors.  Board Members must display a commitment to the mission and mandate of the PERC, be prepared to serve in a voluntary leadership capacity, and must be elected by the membership. Skills, experience, and interest we look for include financial and administrative experience, journalism and communications expertise and/or education, and event management and volunteer coordination interest.

Time committment: Approximately 5 hours per month for meetings, committees, and support.

 

Website Redesign and Maintenance

Description:  Assist with moving content from the PERC archives to the new site; help upload and configure embedded social media onto site.

Time Commitment: 3-10 hours a month

 

Writers & Photographers

Description:  Contribute articles and/or photos on environmental, peace, or social justice issues for the electronic newsletter or the print publication of the PEN (Peace & Environment News) Combine this with Roving Reporters: see below.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours a month

 

Resource Librarian (virtual or on-site)

Description:

Virtual – Work with other local environmental groups to gather useful links and electronic resources on environmental issues to add to the online resource library. May optionally include contacting publishers of periodicals to enquire as to whether any of our “real” collections are online.

On-Site – Catalog new donations to the PERC “real” resource library; assist with evaluating current materials for relevance and/or researching whether any of our collections are duplicated elsewhere. This job requires someone who is detail-oriented and careful.

Time Commitment: 5-15 hours a month

 

Other Needs  

 

 

PERC Roving Reporters and Reps

Description: Go to various community events (river cleanups, tree plantings) to gather pictures, videos, interviews, etc for the PEN, E-PEN, and/or website.  This is also an opportunity to tell people about the PERC, ask people to sign up for the E-PEN, recruit volunteers, and distribute the PEN.

Time Commitment: varies, about 15 hours a month

 

PEN Distribution

Description: Bring packages of the Peace & Environment News to libraries, businesses, etc throughout the city for distribution. Research places willing to carry the PEN.

Time Commitment: a few hours every two months

 

 

Continuous Volunteer Needs

   

Booth Staffing

Description:  We always require volunteers to represent PERC at various events around the city.  This is an opportunity to engage citizens and talk to them about environmental and social justice issues in the city, and have them sign up for our E-PEN list.

Time Commitment: Usually one or more four hour shifts per event.  We generally staff about one-two events in a month. 

 

Committees

  

The PERC Website Committee is working on a complete site redesign to provide an enhanced online presence, with the aim of creating a web portal to environmental information in the National Capital Region. The site will include an online resource library.

 

The PEN is looking for members for two committees:

Editorial Committee: Assists with writing, editing, and planning for the PEN publications. Time Commitment: approx 12 hours/issue (bimonthly) – two meetings – editorial and editing so one meeting per month

Support Committee: Takes care of distribution, mailing, advertising, and publicity for the PEN Time Commitment: 5 hours per issue (bimonthly); varies

 

 

Other Skills/Areas of Interest

 

These are skills that may not be listed above, but that we generally will need help with at some point (though maybe not right away).  Let us know if you do have skills/interest in the areas listed below:

  • Data Entry                   
  • Administrative tasks     
  • Fundraising      
  • Illustration & Graphic design (please provide us with examples of your work)
  • Photography (let us know if you have professional experience)
  • Youth representatives
  • Research
  • Writing (newspaper articles, website articles, writing for reports)

 

We look forward to working with you!

 

Updated November 17th 2015

In this issue..

More local affordable food destined for West Carleton in 2016

Val Ward and Judi Varga-Toth, Sustain West Carleton

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A grassroots coalition in the rural Ottawa ward of West Carleton is set to launch a series of programs to make it easier for residents to access affordable, healthy food grown close to home.

Programs to make it easier for people to access affordable, healthy, local food are set to launch in West Carleton in 2016. Photo courtesy of R. Tovell.
Programs to make it easier for people to access affordable, healthy, local food are set to launch in West Carleton in 2016.
Photo courtesy of R. Tovell.

Made up of farmers, market gardeners, health professionals, business people and residents, the West Carleton Healthy Food Coalition (WCHFC) is partnering with the Ottawa Good Food Box and EnviroCentre’s Sustain West Carlton project to boost the ward’s ability to grow, store and distribute its own food. Helping people learn about food gardening and preparation will also be part of these efforts.

The WCHFC’s plans were given a boost in December 2015 when it won a grant of $125,000 from the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) to improve food security in West Carleton.

“We’re committed to addressing the needs of small farmers and eaters in West Carleton,” says Katie Ward-Chiasson of Our Farm CSA in Woodlawn and a WCHFC member. “The end goal is a more secure local food system and a stronger local economy.”

Food security programs coming to West Carleton this year will include a community root cellar on the site of the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp. Photo courtesy of R. Tovell
Food security programs coming to West Carleton this year will include a community root cellar on the site of the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp.
Photo courtesy of R. Tovell

West Carleton has been classified as a “food desert” by the Ottawa Food Policy Council, says Judi Varga-Toth, coordinator for Sustain West Carleton, an EnviroCentre initiative that supports the WCHFC. “There are no full-service grocery stores in the area and only a handful of convenience stores that sell little or no fresh local produce. Residents must travel an average of 45 km round trip to buy fresh produce compared with an average of 8 km in the rest of Ottawa.”

To tackle the problem, the WCHFC will:

  • set up a community root cellar at the site of the Diefenbunker Museum, where area farmers can rent space to store their produce year-round. This type of root cellar may be the first of its kind in Canada;
  • distribute more locally grown food through West Carleton retail outlets and the Good Food Box;
  • launch a community garden with local partners in Constance Bay where residents can rent a plot for a small fee to grow their own food;
  • conduct workshops on topics such as cooking, nutrition, food gardening, canning and preservation, and home root cellaring.

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For more information, contact Judi Varga-Toth at sustainwestcarleton@envirocentre.ca or Katie Ward-Chiasson at ourfarmcsa@gmail.com


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The PERC site features highlights from the current edition. PDF versions of the full PEN will be available in the archives after the current edition is off the stands.

 

The PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.

Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.

 

Viewpoints expressed should not be taken to represent the opinions of the Ottawa Peace and Environment Resource Centre, the Peace and Environment News, or our supporters. The PEN does not recommend, approve or endorse any of the advertisers, products or services printed in the PEN or referred to on the PERC website. Health-related information printed in the PEN or online is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed health care provider. The PERC and PEN are not responsible for the content on any external website links.