The Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC) is a collective of twenty-two churches in downtown Ottawa. CCSAC was started in 1967 by nine churches to respond to social needs in the Centretown area. CCSAC has undertaken many initiatives on behalf of people who are socially and economically disadvantaged in our community. Since 1978, CCSAC’s main project has been oversight of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre (CEFC). CCSAC’s mandate also includes advocacy for social justice, especially for issues relating to poverty.

Our mission: to unite Christians of all denominations through joint participation in social projects and prayer.

CCSAC Structure

CCSAC is an incorporated registered charitable organization. It is currently comprised of twenty-two member churches, whose representatives form the Board.

Role of the Board

The CCSAC board meets monthly to:
• discuss business arising from the CEFC
• share information about individual churches’ activities and outreach programs
• plan for advocacy activities related to social justice issues
• discuss fundraising initiatives

Members of the Board:

Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish – Joe Courtright
Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Parish – Lorna Kingston
Centretown United Church – Joan Fletcher
Church of the Ascension Anglican – vacant
Dominion-Chalmers United ChurchBill Giggie
Eglise Unie St Marc vacant
First Baptist ChurchMartha Musgrove
Fourth Avenue Baptist ChurchMary Mussell
Glebe-St. James United ChurchMarilyn Hamilton
Knox Presbyterian ChurchKristine Burr
Member-at-large – John Pedersen
Member-at-large:  Elizabeth Demaray
Member-at-large:  Janet Rivers
Quaker Ottawa Monthly MeetingSybil Grace
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Rob Sheffield
St. Barnabas Anglican ChurchYvonne Moses
St. Giles Presbyterian Church – Stan Currie
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church – Emmy Verdun
St. Matthew’s Anglican ChurchElizabeth Kent
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish – Terence Nelligan
St. Peter & St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Marilyn Rennick (interim)
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Anisha Eipe
St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic ParishPatricia Marsden Dole
Southminster United Church – Anne Whitehurst
Trinity Anglican Churchvacant