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About Us

We value equity, diversity, caring and inclusion. We accept people without judgement and support them where they are at in their life.

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Who We Are

Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) is a non-profit, community-governed organization. We were established in 1978 and are located in the heart of Chinatown.

What We Do


We support people and communities to enjoy the best possible health and well-being by providing health and social services.

We do this by removing barriers to accessing services for people who are vulnerable because of their age, income, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity, and language or culture.

We work alongside community members to make our neighbourhood and our city an even better place to live.

Who We Serve

Somerset West is deeply connected to the communities we serve. We pay particular attention to groups facing barriers, including people who are:

  • Isolated seniors

  • Experiencing mental health challenges

  • From ethnocultural, racialized or newcomer communities

  • Living with low-income

  • Homeless or precariously housed

Where We Serve

All of our programs are available to Somerset West residents. We also offer a number of services to residents across the City of Ottawa and the Champlain region.

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Our Beliefs

Diversity makes our community stronger.

We are all connected and Everyone Matters.

Health is a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

Health equity is key to inclusive, healthy communities.

Working in partnerships makes our impact more powerful.


Meet our Executive Director, Naini Cloutier.

With roughly 30 years experience in the human services field, more than 20 of which were spent working in the Community Health Centre (CHC) sector, Naini brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to her role at SWCHC. She has extensive experience in health equity, community development, health promotion, and advocacy.

Throughout her career in the CHC sector, Naini has demonstrated a strong commitment to working hand in hand with communities and staff to plan and deliver services that respond to the unique needs of community members.

Outside the CHC sector, Naini has participated in various community planning bodies and boards in the area of accreditation, evaluation, funding and the non-profit sector generally. She currently sits as a member of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) Council which provides leadership and strategic stewardship in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS).

Naini holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University.




Board of Directors


Chair Person


Vice Chairperson



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Non-Voting Staff Representative

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Non-Voting Staff Representative