May’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Carolyn Mackenzie to support advocacy around walkable communities in the city.
“Walkable Ottawa,” explains Carolyn, “is a volunteer organization that helps create communities that are healthier, happier, safer, greener, and smarter. We promote research, analysis, and discussion of the elements needed to create and enhance walkable communities.”
“Our outreach to date,” she continues, “has included neighbourhood-level workshops, website and blog posts, social media, and a regular newsletter. We bring together community members, active transportation and environmental specialists, architects, developers, and others because we believe that better solutions can be forged through consensus and more constructive conversations about neighbourhood planning.”
“The City of Ottawa will soon be pushing ahead with Transportation, Parks, and Greenspace Master Plans, as well as a zoning review. Our workshops and discussions can provide important input and contribute to walkability and ’15-minute’ neighbourhoods.”
Carolyn is a founding member of Walkable Ottawa, Chair of the Planning Committee for the Glebe Community Association, and a member of the Planning Advisory Committee for the City of Ottawa.
Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement of self-organizing chapters forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. At each chapter, ten or so “trustees” each contribute $100 every month and review short applications received online to decide on the recipient of the pooled funds — usually a local project, but occasionally a particularly awesome one far away from home. Close to $6 million has already been awarded globally – $151,000 of that by Awesome Ottawa. For more information, visit awesomeottawa.ca.