Saving the MAO
Donation from City Councillor means community group will live
of programs in the community, at least until the fall.
"What had happened is that the program was in danger of closing this year because of the lack of funding," said Monette. "So I talked to Qamar and asked, how much money are you looking for to keep it going? I wanted to do what I could."
In the past, the MAO had received funds from the Trillium Grant and received almost $25,000 in funding from Ottawa-orléans MP Royal Galipeau, in 2009.
But, the money had since run dry and Masood and his executive team were left with a troubling situation.
"We are applying for other funding but in the meantime we didn’t know what to do," he said. "We want to salute Bob for taking the initiative and coming forward with that."
"The worst thing you can do is stop a program," added Monette. "Then you lose people to other activities and programs."
The main activities held
at the centre
are assigning articulated buses to the trips that depart from Millennium in the morning at 06:18 and 06:42 and in the afternoon to the trip that departs from Tunney’s Pasture at 16:12. · A new westbound trip on Route 94 will be added operating between Millennium Station and Tunney’s Pasture in the late evening departing at 24:01. · The Route 94 headway will be smoothened out at the times where the new trips were added in January 2012. · Improved reliability with the addition of running
time being added to Routes 231 and 232. · One morning trip added on route 130 from Millennium Park & Ride to Gloucester H/S and Colonel By H/S and one afternoon trip added from Colonel By H/S and Gloucester H/S to Millennium Park & Ride.
Capacity will be increased on Route 135 by assigning articulated buses to several school trips. fitness programs taught at the Queenswood Heights Community Centre by volunteers. The classes have been running on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven years and can draw anywhere from 25 to 100 people given the time of year and subject matter of the course.
With the situation at hand, program co-ordinator, Zybina Richards, has offered to continue her previously payed position on a volunteer basis.
"To see the looks on the seniors faces makes it worth it," she said. "They really look forward to it."
The MAO mandate is to promote and work to facilitate the participation of the community in socio-cultural education and intercommunity programs.