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Linking Care and Community
Bringing care and community together is core to our work at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Center where we partner with our community to provide accessible health and social services across far western Ottawa.
These last few extraordinary years have demonstrated how important it is that social, health, and community services are aligned with the needs of the communities that they are intended to support.
As the Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, I will share about the Centre’s role supporting the west Ottawa community through our many programs, services, partnerships and community collaboration.
My focus will be on the non-medical determinants of health and how our centre enables residents to be actively engaged in their communities, have access to a healthy and safe environment, and afford the basic necessities of life.
Leigh has spent more than 20 years serving the Ottawa Community in roles spanning the community health and social service sectors. Passionate about the social determinants of health, Leigh has held roles in the health sector as the Director of Community Health Services at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, in the children’s mental health and youth justice sectors as Associate Executive Director at Youturn Youth Support Services, and at Roberts Smart Children’s Mental Health Treatment Centre.
Leigh currently leads the team at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre which provides services grounded in community spanning the social determinants of health. Leigh is passionate about exploring collaborative and innovative ways to support some of our most marginalized and vulnerable community members.
Leigh is a wife, mother to two active teenagers, and an active member of her community living in the region for the last 35 years. She enjoys attending her kids' many sporting events, playing soccer, and learning to ski on Ottawa’s network of cross country ski trails.