Ritchie Street community stands strong

Letter to Editor, published on Saturday, Feb. 27th, 2016

Re: Man shot dead in west end, Feb. 25.

As co-ordinator of Networking4Youth, a program under Jewish Family Services, I had the privilege to work in the Britannia Woods community this summer to develop and deliver the newly created Britannia Woods Makerspace Camp. So Ottawa’s second homicide in a week feels close to home.

I deeply respect the families, youth, staff, volunteers and community leaders including Mohamed Sofa, Executive Director of the Britannia Woods Community House.

Much beauty defines this community, including friendship. Last summer, when Jimmy Ngandu tragically drowned in an off-limits quarry in Barrhaven, mothers from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, gathered every night to plan a fundraising barbecue to cover the high cost of funeral expenses.

This solidarity is powerful and defines the strength of Ritchie Street. My deepest condolences to the family of the victim, Taylor Morrow-Flint, and the community.

Erica Bregman, Ottawa, co-ordinator, Networking4Youth

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