Statement on the petition to re-open the Jim Durrell Recreation Center
Dear Ottawa residents,
On Friday, July 17, I reached out to Councillors Brockington and Cloutier to inquire if the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre would reopen for sports use as part of Ontario’s move into Phase 3. The reason is that sports are important for all of our children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Councillor Cloutier responded that it is important to ensure we are protecting Ottawa’s most vulnerable and caring for homeless’ men in need. I agree with Councillor Cloutier: helping homeless people needs to be a priority for all Ottawa citizens. This is why Kardish works with local charities such as Foodsharing Ottawa, Eat More Soup, and The Shepherds of Good Hope.
In these unprecedented times, I hope Ottawa can come together to brainstorm creative solutions to provide homeless people with shelter and to improve children’s’ mental health. Through collaboration and discussion, I believe we have the opportunity to greatly improve our community for Ottawa’s most vulnerable during this troubling time.
President & CEO
Kardish Health Food Centre