Next Meeting: February 20 at 5:30 p.m.

If you are a Sandy Hill resident and have any questions or concerns about SHCLC activities or priorities, please reach out to

Meeting Agenda: 

  • Welcome
  • Members for the planning committee
  • Knowledge sharing
    • Belong Ottawa
    • Community and Social Services Departmet
    • Ottawa Public Health
  • Questions for presenters
  • Update on Case Studies and Civics Boot Camp
  • Communications (website, responsibilities, protocols)
  • Close

SHCLC Update January 2024: New Co-Chairs!

David Hajesz (resident and independent landlord) and Rev. Michael Garner (St. Alban’s Church) have been chosen as the new Co-Chairs of SHCLC.

As we move forward, we thank Lorna Lemay and Norm Desjardins for the expertise in community building and facilitation and look forward to our community leaders taking the helm. We will be seeking out stakeholders to take their place and will announce new committee members as consensus is achieved.

About the Sandy Hill Community Liaison Committee (SHCLC)

The Sandy Hill Community Liaison Committee is a collaborative effort between 5 different stakeholder groups. In a partnership between Action Sandy Hill, the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and the City of Ottawa, with the support of facilitators from Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR), Sandy Hill community members brought together to discuss the impact of the toxic drug supply and overconcentration of frontline social services in Sandy Hill.

The committee is representative of the broad community, with 5 representatives from each of the 5 stakeholder groups: business representatives; direct service providers; housed residents; people with lived or living experience and indirect services providers.

The Chair of the ASH Community and Social Services Committee sits on the SHCLC as a housed resident representative.

Click here for the full membership list (as of October 2023)


The SHCLC will provide insights, make connections, put forward recommendations, exchange information and offer suggestions to support the safety and wellbeing of all members of and services in the Sandy Hill community. Specific goals will be agreed upon by the SHCLC in its strategic planning for the short, mid and long term.


The SHCLC functions on the basis of consensus. There are 5 levels of consensus for each individual:

1. I say an unqualified yes.
2. I accept the decision.
3. I can live with the decision.
4. I do not fully agree with the decision, however, I will no block it and will support it.
5. I wish to express a dissenting view.

These different levels of consensus will allow the committee to come to comprise and understanding, while ensuring that one or two dissenting views will not stop the committee from moving forward, while they will be noted. If there is an entire stakeholder group with a dissenting view, then further compromise is needed and the action, strategy, etc. will not move forward.

The governing documents, grant proposals, advocacy efforts, and strategic priorities have been developed based on this consensus method.

SHCLC Governing Documents

The SHCLC has developed the following documents through the consensus method. These documents are “evergreen” in that they will grow and change with the SHCLC as needs arise. Any changes will be made based on the consensus method.

Terms of Reference
Strategic Priorities
Group Guidelines

SHCLC Meeting Notes

October 2023
November 2023