community members in the park



community members in the park

What is a Compassionate Community?


A Compassionate Community recognizes that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss, occur every day. We want to build a collaborative society where people feel comfortable asking for and accepting help, and people and organizations are confident and ready to provide that help to those who ask.

In a compassionate community it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other during times of crisis and loss, and not simply the task of health professionals.

The compassionate communities’ movement was developed by Dr. Allan Kellehear, a medical and public health sociologist who started the initiative over 20 years ago in Australia and the United Kingdom.

…Dying is not fundamentally a medical event, rather it is an event that happens in a family and community. If dying is about living, loving and working with a life-threatening illness until one can no longer do so, the longer part of that lifestyle occurs outside formal health care institutions…. – Dr. Allan Kellehear

Our Health Connections Initiative is helping people become Community Connectors, people who know how to connect people with the services and support they need, whether it’s a support group for a specific health condition or a group for socializing.

Click here to register online today for the Healthy Aging launch event on November 24th! We will have a booth – come say hello and learn more about our projects!

PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE CARE.  Life can change in an instant!  Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself?

Advance Care Planning workshops are held at the Seniors Centre, 56 Francis Street, the third Monday of each month from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The next session will be held October 17. Contact the Seniors Centre at 613 548-7810 to register.

Workshops are also held at city libraries on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Register online at:

September 27:  Isabel Turner Branch, 935 Gardiners’ Road

October 25:  Calvin Park Branch, 88 Wright Crescent

November 29:  Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street

To arrange for a virtual Zoom workshop for yourself or a group:  contact