November 24, 2017 – A new era of healthy cooking and nutritious education began today at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre where Mayor Jim Watson, Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans and Member of Parliament for Ottawa South David McGuinty celebrated the completion of a new community kitchen.
The formal event was followed by a community party and cooking competition. The kitchen will be available for public rentals and recreation programming beginning January 1.
Nestled in the northwest corner of the existing community centre, the new kitchen is 94 square metres of space that can be used for a variety of activities. There is room for a dozen cooks at one time and includes:
” three educational kitchen stations;
” one accessible workspace that doubles as a demonstration area; and
” six configurable cooking stations that can each accommodate two cooks at the same time.
The addition is efficient in design, making use of dimmable LED lighting and plenty of natural light entering from windows facing south and west.
Construction of the kitchen was made possible in part through a contribution of up to $176,000 by the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Other work at the Community Centre included accessibility and functional improvements to a handful of other rooms, as well as the addition of a 93-square-metre multi-purpose room.
“Through investments in our communities, we are demonstrating our commitment to create and support sustainable growth, economic opportunity, and prosperity in Canada. By improving community infrastructure such as the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre, the Government of Canada is helping to maintain a high quality of life for residents of all ages.” – David McGuinty, Member of Parliament, Ottawa South
“This project is a legacy for Canada’s 150th birthday because it will have a positive influence on the community, not just this year, but for many years to come. The Albion-Heatherington Community Centre is an example of the Government of Canada, City staff, and the Councillor’s office working together to make great things happen.” – Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
“A community kitchen provides neighbours with more opportunities to come together, get to know each other and make their community stronger. This community kitchen is an ideal place to host classes in nutrition and healthy eating, which will help make our community healthier from the inside out.” – Councillor Diane Deans, Chair, Community and Protective Services Committee, City of Ottawa
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