About this COVID-19 CDN-NDG resource website
I grew up in Montreal’s amazing Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) neighbourhood and I spent 15 years raising my son in NDG. My parents still live in NDG’s Loyola district.
Though I live off-island now, my heart is in NDG.
I used to be a journalist and I spent more than 20 years writing for daily, alternative and community newspapers. I worked for over two years as a community development worker for Les Habitations Sherbrooke Forest, which manages social housing in NDG. Recently I’ve been learning front end web development (online and with Les Pitonneux), WordPress development (Skillcrush, Udemy) and mapping (Google My Maps). This website is my way of giving back to my home community during this terrible pandemic.
It showcases Marlo Turner Ritchie’s excellent list of COVID-19 resources for residents of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
MARLO TURNER RITCHIE
I have lived in Montreal since 1998, and am originally from B.C. I have dedicated the past twenty years to working in and volunteering for non-profit organizations, cooperatives and public sector teams.
As the former Executive Director at À deux mains / Head & Hands (2004-2011), a youth empowerment organization based in NDG, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that come with leadership in a non-profit team, while facing imminent needs in the community.
Throughout this pandemic, I’ve touched base with Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce community groups so I can share the very latest information on COVID-19 resources for residents.
When I’m not consulting with non-profits, co-ops, foundations, coalitions and public sector teams I volunteer for grassroots social justice movements and the Art Hives Network and enjoy baking, biking around the hood and gardening. I live with my partner Robert, my son Zachary and our three cats in Côte-des-Neiges.
I am a semi-retired technologist who likes humanities.
The leadership and altruism of the volunteers who drive projects such as this website just make it inevitable that you want to help.
Long live the community spirit!