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Remembering a creation care champion

Before we get into this month’s news, we’re taking a moment to remember long-time volunteer and former animator of our chapter, John Dorner. John, who passed away last week, worked tirelessly with leaders of diverse spiritual traditions in Ottawa on greening projects, sitting on many program steering committees even after stepping down as chapter animator. He was also the coordinator of Creation Care for the Catholic Ottawa-Cornwall Archdiocese, an environmental leader at Holy Cross and Holy Canadian Martyrs parishes, a member of the Environment Committee of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and an advisor for Mouvement Laudato Si’ Movement – Canada.

Program Updates

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Greening Sacred Spaces Ottawa is hiring a youth intern for a 6 month contract beginning this summer! Our ideal candidate is Ottawa-based and excited about community-based environmental engagement and action, with experience in or willingness to learn about communications, green buildings, and outdoor greening.

Learn more here!
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Thank you to the Ottawa Community Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this program, and our program partner Watersheds Canada!

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Thank you to the Ottawa Community Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this program!

Resource Feature

Did you know that the Anglican Diocese of Ontario has compiled some fantastic resources about faith & the environment? Check out their Creation Care page here! Their pages on decreasing the carbon emissions of church buildings and on climate change are both an excellent roundup of articles, advice, and information, relevant to many faith building organizations. They also have a YouTube channel!

Funding Opportunities

Is your faith community looking to fund a project? Check out these funding sources!

  • Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry United Counties ONLY: the Regional Incentives Program includes funding for a variety of retrofits, renovations, and property improvements. Deadline: May 5, 2023.

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is offering grants for capital projects, such as equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs. Faith communities “may be eligible if they provide direct program and services to the community at large which are not religious activities and do not include a requirement to participate in any dimensions of faith.” Deadline: June 14, 2023.

  • Hydro Ottawa is distributing funding for Electric Vehicle charging stations — up to 50% of costs or $5000/charger! Apply ASAP.

  • Islamic organizations ONLY: the free EnviroMuslims Bootcamp provides support to organizations that are led by or serve the Canadian Muslim community that would like to incorporate sustainability into their programming. In addition to peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, participants will receive $1,500 to help cover 50% of the cost related to actions to be more environmentally friendly.

For more funding opportunities, take a look at our regularly updated website page! We’re also always happy to help in writing or reviewing grant applications.

Community News

Flyer for 3 “Green Grow Bilingual Camps” hosted by Maison Tucker House in Rockland. The camp themes are pollinators (weeks of July 10 & August 7), gardening (weeks of July 3, July 31, & August 21), and mushroom & forest (July 17 & August 14). The cost is $275/week and the camps are for children ages 6-12.

Looking for speakers? Want us to visit your faith community or event? Have resources, events, or activities you'd like to share? Contact!

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