The heart of Ottawa West

Britannia Woods Community House cultivates a strong grassroots presence & champions community needs.


The Britannia Woods Community House opened in 1976 with the purpose of ensuring the families living in the Britannia Woods community had access to social, educational and recreational supports. In the early 1990s, an Emergency Food Pantry was implemented to provide families with an emergency supply of food.

Over the last 40 years, the Community House has been offering a wide range of programs and services that aim to improve the quality of life for Black, Racialized, newcomer and multicultural families and households living on a fixed or low income.

Programs and services are delivered in a community-led, holistic approach. The Community House works with the whole family unit; from preschool to school-aged to youth to adults. Community engagement is the key to our service and advocacy. Since 2015, the Britannia Woods Community House has been delivering city-wide programs tailored to Black and Racialized families in a culturally-responsive and equitable manner.

The Britannia Woods community has a large population of children and youth (approximately 64% of residents are under the age of 20). The Community House staff strive to provide children and youth a nurturing, safe and fun place to play and learn that will encourage their healthy development.

Our Mission

Britannia Woods Community House exists to provide a wide range of wraparound programs and supports to individuals and families navigating inequities in a culturally-responsive and holistic manner. We exist to ensure residents in the immediate Britannia Woods neighourhood and surrounding areas have access to social, educational, economic and recreational supports they need to maintain optimal wellbeing.

Our Leadership

We believe in the power and compassion of people to make lasting change.

Mohamed Sofa

Executive Director

Shannon Black

Mental Health Manager

Diana Belghali

Community House & Administrative Coordinator

Our Board

Tricia Ross


Safaa Al-Habach

Vice Chair

Nadir Nur


Larry Hill


Milly Niyonkuru


Trisha Banks