This winter, United Way East Ontario announced six new Community Builder Award recipients being honoured for their unwavering support to their communities in these challenging times. Check out the full list of recipients here and read on to learn about recent recipient Charity Bartlett.
Charity Bartlett’s commitment and drive for a more connected community is evident from her time with the Carlington Community Association (CCA), a volunteer-run, not-for-profit dedicated to building a greener, safer, and better Carlington for all residents. For the last three years, Charity has served as the association’s president and was an active member for several years prior.
Charity is an advocate and community builder at heart. During her tenure as president, the CCA has seen a dramatic period of growth as Charity worked hard to promote advocacy, connectivity, and education of community services and programs. Under her leadership, the CCA secured vital grants and sponsorships, allowing more accessible and inclusive community-driven events.
“None of this would have been possible without all the people who have supported me and came to me with ideas…[our team] has great ideas that we figured out how to implement and then, I guess, we never stopped!”
As president of the CCA, Charity made it her mission to bridge the divide between the Carlington, Alexander and Caldwell communities. She has consistently sought ways to include residents from Caldwell in CCA activities and has worked with partners to host events in Caldwell, building trust and a sense of community for all.
Charity is a force for change in her community. She has worked tirelessly for those who are struggling against the forces of the social determinants of health and actively seeks solutions to community challenges.
While we don’t yet know when we will be able to gather again at the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall, we look forward to adding the names of these community builders in a future ceremony.