PAL Ottawa provides or helps connect members of Ottawa-Gatineau’s professional arts community with essentials such as affordable housing, personal care services, and links to the local arts community so they can live not in isolation, need and fear, but in dignity within a caring community, and:
• Retain their independence
• Remain connected to the artistic community
• Maintain their creative energy
• Sustain their well-being
• Reside in quality, affordable housing
About PAL Ottawa
A non-profit, charitable organization incorporated in 2012, PAL Ottawa is a unique resource for arts professionals in all disciplines who, due to age-related challenges, disability, and/or low income struggle to maintain a decent standard of living in their senior years.
PAL Ottawa is a chapter of PAL Canada, which, after its founding in 1986, led the way in creating affordable housing for artists and a volunteer colleague assistance program called Supporting Cast. Like all good ideas, the PAL concept has spread, spawning chapters in Halifax, Toronto, Stratford, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and, most recently, Ottawa. So far Toronto, Vancouver and Stratford have created affordable housing facilities; others are on the way.
Our long-term goal is to create a centre for arts professionals in all disciplines from across the Capital region, on both sides of the river. This centre will provide housing and other amenities, bringing artists together in fellowship to continue their journey as creators, performers, teachers, and mentors.
What we do — Supporting Cast
We are equally committed to helping aging artists in the here and now, with much-needed services and programming. We do this primarily through Supporting Cast,a corps of trained volunteers who assist artists in need with the tasks of daily living and help them to retain their independence in their current home. Our services are expanding to include referrals, advocacy, and learning events on topics of concern to senior members of the arts community.
What People Are Saying
"PAL is a crucial and essential endeavour which will provide comfort and peace of mind to hundreds of musicians who have willingly put aside the comforts and predictability of a conventional career in order to make the world a more beautiful place with their talent. "
— — Julie Nesrallah, Mezzo-soprano National Host of Tempo CBC Radi