Ottawa Inner City Health – Saving An Artist From Creative Silence

Photography: Roger Lemoyne

When Dr. Jeff Turnbull found Normee Ekoomiak sleeping under a bridge, the author and textile artist was close to death. Now he’s back to wielding needle and thread and is well enough to leave a hospice program.

For more information on Ottawa Inner City Health:

Website: http://ottawainnercityhealth.ca/Home

Address: 5 Myrand Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 5N7

Phone: 613 562-4500 | Fax: 613 562-4505

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The Alexandra Community Health Centre

The Alex Community Health Centre in Calgary, Alberta, provides healthcare, counseling, food and community-building services to more than 6,000 people experiencing barriers to health, including many isolated seniors and parents raising children in poverty. They also operate a laundromat.

When they realized that many of their clients had to decide between buying food or doing laundry, they opened the Suds & Savings.

For more information on the Alex, including how to volunteer or donate:

Website:  http://www.thealex.ca/

Address: 1318 Centre St. NE Suite 101 Calgary, AB T2E 2R7

Phone: 403-266-2622

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Community Collaboration Provides Seamless Service For A Vulnerable Population

Photography: David Campion

When you are destitute or homeless, good health requires much more than medical care. It can involve a combination of housing, food, addiction, fragile mental or emotional health issues. Negotiating the maze of clinics and agencies that provide help is daunting. In Kelowna, B.C., the frontline workers made a simple decision to solve this problem. They would meet for an hour once a week and collaborate to organize coordinated plans for their clients. The idea was simple and cost-effective, and the results have been impressive. In their first year, Partners in Community Collaboration (PICC) successfully helped 123 people move off the street and into new lives.

For more information on Partners in Community Collaboration, contact:

Address: The Outreach Urban Health Unit Interior Health, Central Okanagan Primary Health Care 455 Leon Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6J4

Phone: (250) 868-2239

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Doctors Of The World In Canada – Filling The Gaps In Montreal’s Inner City

Photography: Roger Lemoyne

For more than 20 years Médecins du Monde has been providing medical care to refugees, street children and displaced persons around the world: people living in the midst of armed conflicts and victims of natural disasters, famines and epidemics. Photojournalist Roger Lemoyne has been covering international issues for more than a decade and has worked alongside Médecins du Monde in such places as Kosovo and Haiti. He was very surprised to hear Médecins du Monde was also providing care in his hometown of Montreal. He spent a day on the street with one of their nurses.

For more information on Médecins du Monde Canada visit: Website: http://www.medecinsdumonde.ca

Address: 338 rue Sherbrooke Est Montreal, QB H2X 1E6

Phone: 1-514-281-8998

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