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Jamie MacPherson

Community Writer

Jamie's a volunteer who skateboards and loves helping people. He mentors, supports, and sponsors local womxn skateboarders and donates most of his spare time to several local feminist organizations. Presently, he's a volunteer member of Bourses Tontine Awards, Girls+ Skate 613, and highjinx, and a team rider with Worryless Skateboarding Company. At home, Jamie reads real books, listens to CDs, cooks vegetarian food from scratch, and looks after his too many houseplants.

Plant and Curio’s new multi-use studio space opens Feb. 26

“Our goal is to be less dependent on suppliers and have more of our product made here, by us, as makers ourselves and as a business,” says Leslie MacDonald, founder/owner of Plant and Curio: Cutest Plant Shop (P&C). So when warehouse space at 1160B Heron Road became available, her idea for a multipurpose studio space materialized. Ottawa’s in for a new plant-themed treat.

Parkdale Food Centre’s latest innovations to help its neighbours in the 613

The Road Runner sits outside at 30 Rosemount Avenue inside a custom box built by Habitat for Humanity. Donated by the Hintonburg Community Association, it’s the first outdoor community fridge in Ottawa, thanks to the caring team of radical thinkers at the Parkdale Food Centre and its incredible local partners. And it’s just one of the innovative programs put into place by the Centre since the start of the pandemic.

City Love Flowers: Lessons in giving

Kate Punnett, founder of City Love Flowers, creator of the Elderflower campaign, which was recognized by Awesome Ottawa and showcased by Ottawa Matters, is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and community volunteer who gives back to the 613 daily in myriad ways.