April 2019 Newsletter

Spring is coming – however slowly!

two french bulldogs being walked

3rd Annual Dog Walk-a-thon

Bring your four-legged friend out on Saturday April 27th to 6491 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd N (Convent Glen Shopping Centre) at 10am. This is a rain or shine event (dogs are mostly keen to walk regardless of the weather). We will head out on a 4km walk route together. We’ll end the walk back where we started and there will be a photo booth for you and your pooch hosted by the RBC branch. This event is open to all. Donations will be accepted for the Canadian Cancer Society. Follow our updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908769599233178/

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2nd Annual Bike Rodeo

On Saturday May 4th, dust off your bikes and bring out your little ones to take advantage of some bike safety activities with instructors from the City of Ottawa’s cycling education program. This is a great way to get a refresher on signals, handling, helmet fitting and more! This event is free and open to everyone. Location to be confirmed. Watch for an event to be posted on the Facebook group for updates and details.

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Active living club

The City of Ottawa Active Living Club is a great way for seniors to connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts in an encouraging, safe, and fun environment while staying active this spring and summer. The Active Living Club goes on multiple group cycling and hiking excursions throughout Ottawa. Find our more at: https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-and-leisure-older-adults, email terryfoxathletic@ottawa.ca or call 613-247-4883.

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Organize Outdoor Spring Cleaning in your neighbourhood

Registration for GLAD Cleaning the Capital is now open. Register your litter pickup and/or graffiti removal project by April 14 to be eligible to win an early bird prize donated by our generous sponsors. By registering a project, you will receive a cleanup starter kit for free. You can get more information, see where others have projects, and register your own project at: https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/green-living/glad-cleaning-capital. Maybe you can challenge your neighbours to a community clean up.

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“Thank you!” to all Community Association volunteers:

We’d like to celebrate and recognize the impact of volunteers in our neighbourhood and how they lift our community! Celebrate with us during National Volunteer Week (April 7-13) as we highlight some of the people in our neighbourhood who have made an impact. Join our Facebook Group to see and share our thank you messages. We encourage you to let volunteers and neighbours know how they have affected you in positive ways.

March 2019 Newsletter

Financial Literacy Workshop for Seniors

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
  • 105-240, Centrum Blvd., Orleans, Ontario K1E 3J4

Join us and RBC financial advisors to improve your financial literacy and learn about fraudulent projects that target seniors. This workshop is open to residents of the greater Orléans area. There is no charge to attend this event.

Space is limited, so please register by sending an email to sara.ammoun@rbc.com

Local Free Income Tax Clinics

  • RCCG Faith Chapel Orleans – 2181 St Joseph Blvd Unit 4 – Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic Sat 10 am-4 pm, Fri 10 am-2 pm, February 16th – April 30th, 2018.  For more information, contact rccgfctaxclinic@gmail.com
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre – Free Income Tax Clinic for low income individuals or families.  By appointment on Wednesdays or Saturdays from February 21st to March 23rd at 240 Centrum Blvd, Unit 105.  For more information: https://crcoc.ca/income-tax-clinic/ info@crcoc.ca (613) 830-4357
  • EBO Financial Education Centre – 300 Olmstead St, 2nd floor – by appointment Monday to Friday.  Contact Ange Ningabiye, Income Tax Service Coordinator; Phone: 613-746-0400 ext 201; Email: acningabiye@centre-ebo.com

Save the date! 

The CGOWCA’s 3rd Annual Dog Walkathon is coming on Saturday April 27th.  We will be sharing more information about this event and how to take part shortly!

Community-Engaged Arts Gathering

Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa is hosting a one-and-a-half-day Community-Engaged Arts Gathering on March 25th and 26th 2019 at Nunavut Sivuniksavut! If you are interested in making a difference in your community via the arts, you can get more information and sign up for this event here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-engaged-arts-gathering-tickets-53407932564

Gardens Ottawa – Spring Symposium

Gardens Ottawa is made up of a group of active garden organizations and avid gardeners. Their goal is to facilitate communication and connection between a variety of garden groups and organizations to enhance quality of life and the beautification of Ottawa through the creation of, and care for, gardens and green spaces.

To this end, Gardens Ottawa is holding a Spring Symposium on March 16th, 2019 at City Hall, Ottawa. Join members in discussing how to make Ottawa bloom as a City of Gardens.

There are two ways to participate, you can fill in the questionnaire at the following link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J4CZLgu3e4R_imKhNSrmfQaNQ3UCAP9qvhfjOedDKdw and/or if possible you can attend the Garden Symposium.

To register for the Garden Symposium visit:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gardens-ottawa-symposium-ottawa-a-city-of-gardens-tickets-56933429420&sa=D&ust=1550678133007000&usg=AFQjCNHCmuHieJJ9Hj-AmIEFkWAIh9mTDg

February 2019 Newsletter

Infographic showing 5-step process for City of Ottawa BudgetIt’s budget time at city hall

Don’t know much about municipal budgets? You are not alone! Our municipal budget covers many things that affect us daily, such as waste management, roads, public transit, first responders, parks and recreation, libraries, and much more. The city has plenty of information to help you understand the budget and how to have your say at www.ottawa.ca/budget.

Because 2018 was an election year, the budget process is slightly different for 2019. The draft of the municipal budget will be presented to council on February 6th. The budget will be discussed at committee meetings and in public consultations until March 6th, at which point councillors will vote to amend and/or accept it.
Matthew Luloff, the new councillor for our neighbourhood, held a public consultation on January 12th. If you missed it and would like to share your opinion with him directly, you can do so via email at Matt.Luloff@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2471.

Here are a few other ways to provide input on the city’s spending:
Answer the city’s survey – https://s-ca.chkmkt.com/?e=145306&h=EAFE13C3035A06D&l=en
Email your feedback and suggestions to budget@ottawa.ca or call the city at 613-580-2401.

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Family Day Laser Tag with Matthew Luloff!

Join Councillor Luloff for some free Family Day Laser Tag at Laserforce! Advanced registration is required. A total of 8 fifteen minute games will be offered, with the first game starting at 1:00 p.m. and the last game starting at 2:45 p.m.

Each participant must register for a specific game. When registering, please ensure to reserve a spot for each member of your family that intends to play. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The minimum age to play is 6. Indoor shoes are required to play.

To register, please call Laserforce (613) 424-8543

image of 5 people (legs only) standing with a bowling ball between their feet

Family Day Bowling with Marie-France Lalonde and Andrew Leslie

Looking for something to do on Family Day (February 18th)? Our local Member of Provincial Parliament and our Member of Parliament are hosting a family-friendly FREE event at Orleans Bowling and Striker’s Billiards. Come out to 885 Taylor Creek Drive between 9am and noon to take part in this fun event.

You don’t need to register, but you can follow the Facebook Event for updates (just click to say you are interested and updates will show up in your feed): https://www.facebook.com/events/2260841210863948/

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Snow Moles 2019

Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa. The information they gather will be used by the Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) to inform the City and others of ways that winter walkability can and should be improved.

Anyone can be a snow mole, but we are particularly looking for seniors and children to participate, as well as people who use mobility devices (e.g. canes, walkers and wheelchairs). You can participate as an individual or with a group.

Pick a time of day when you need to go out (best after some winter weather has occurred such as a. snowfall or freezing rain), and a destination (e.g. bus stop, grocery store, school, bank, seniors centre, library).

Use the Snow Mole questionnaire to audit your walk. Complete the questionnaire online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JG8GLWC or send a completed paper copy to the Council on Aging of Ottawa at 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa ON K1H 6K9. For more information, check out the COA website: https://coaottawa.ca/snowmoles/

image of father and son on the community rink with hockey sticks at the Carnival

Winter Fun in Convent Glen

We had fun on February 2nd at the CGOWCA Winter Carnival. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, and to everyone in the community who came out!

January 2019 Newsletter

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Go to this site to choose the newsletters you want to receive: https://ottawa.ca/esubscriptions/signup-form-en.html

After you sign up, you’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscriptions.

Photo of two children and their parents playing in the snow with a snow man and sled

2nd Annual Winter Carnival

Less than a month away! Come out on Saturday February 2nd to enjoy some games, skating and hot chocolate with the neighbourhood. The CGOWCA is organizing this event for the second year and we hope you will stop by. Come to Jeanne d’Arc park between 11am and 1pm. All activities will happen on or near the rink. More details to come on the CGOWCA Facebook group.

photo showing a snow covered trail with ski tracks

Tis the season for Ski Heritage East!

You can follow their work and achievements, as well as get more information about trail conditions and their current fundraising goals by visiting their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/skiheritage.orleans.ontario/ or their website: http://www.skiheritageeast.ca/wpshe/.

We encourage you to support this local initiative however you can!

image f a man, a woman and a child sitting in the snow

8 Activities for Your Winter Bucket List in the Capital

Maybe you aren’t a winter person, and are looking for some ways to have fun this season? Check out the NCC’s blog post: 8 Activities for Your Winter Bucket List in the Capital. Who knows, you might find that winter isn’t so bad… http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/blog/8-activities-for-your-winter-bucket-list-in-the-capital

December 2018 Newsletter

Image of Santa ClausCome caroling with us!

Join other members of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood community to sing some carols with seniors at Symphony Senior Living on December 11th at 6:30pm. Email conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com if you would like to join us!

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Wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve? What about the 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night!

Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre Presents and Fusion Arts Management

Monday, December 31, 2018 at 8 pm

For the eighth year in a row, the Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night brings top-notch Canadian comedians to laugh away the last hours of the year with you! Always a sold-out event, this comedy extravaganza salutes the calendar ahead by rounding up the most hilarious acts around for a night of merriment. You won’t want to miss out – reserve your seats now! This year, our three talented performers are Gilson Lubin, Andrew Chapman and Nour Hadidi!

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St Moritz Rink Updates!

Rink Conditions:

If you are a rink user, the best place for updates on conditions is the CGOWCA Facebook group. As soon as the rink is ready for skaters, we’ll post it! If we need to close the rink temporarily due to weather, we’ll post that too!

Volunteers for Rink Shovelling:

We at the Convent Glen Community Association are looking for volunteers to help in the cleaning and maintaining of the ice rink behind Convent Glen Catholic School. We are looking for two levels of volunteers:

  • an “A team”, consisting of 4 people, who will be able to devote one or two nights or days a week to the regular maintenance of the rink. This team will need to be able to operate the blower and water the ice. These volunteers will have access to the storage bunker. Depending on conditions you will be at the rink for 1-2 hours.
  • a “B team”, consisting of 6+ people, who will be available as necessary, to assist in clearing the ice after significant snowfalls. The more individuals on the B team the better as it means the work can be done faster.

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in being part of either of these teams please contact us at conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com.

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Holiday Safety:

We all want to enjoy the season safely. Check out some tips from Parents.com: https://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/safety/12-tips-for-holiday-home-safety/ about safety tips over the holidays. The Canada Safety Council also has recommendations for preventing fires around the holiday https://canadasafetycouncil.org/home-fire-safety-tips-holidays/ . Lastly, Safewise has some tips both for holiday travelers and for those of us staying close to home. https://www.safewise.com/blog/keep-home-safe-secure-holidays/

image of hands holding a giftWant to help make someone’s Christmas merry and bright?

And prefer to stay close to home…

  • The Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre is looking for folks to help a family in need by sponsoring a family for the holidays. If you are interested, contact Chantal or Najwa at 613-741-6025 ext 132 or 109.
  • The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre has a Christmas Program that looks for people to sponsor a family; to host an “Angel Tree” at their office, business, or with friends and family; to donate new unwrapped gifts or gift cards; and to donate food. If you are interested, contact them quickly! There are deadlines for some types of help. You can see the full write up on their website or you can contact Cindy MacKay at 613-830-4357 ext. 305 or at cmackay@crcoc.ca.

And location isn’t important….

  • The Ottawa Food Bank helps over 38,000 people per month and looks for community members just like you to organize Holiday Food Drives. You can get information and materials on their website to organize your own drive. You can also leave donations at bins around the city such as the one found just inside the doors at the Metro at the Convent Glen Plaza.
  • The Caring and Sharing Exchange was started in 1915 and provides food hampers and gift cards to families during the holiday season. In 2017, over 17,877 households in Ottawa received help through the Caring and Sharing Exchange. Find out more on their website or call them at 613-226-6434.
    You can donate money to most charitable organizations through www.canadahelps.org if you have a cause that is close to your heart. Even though Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s not too late to make an impact in 2018.
  • If you would rather donate your time, you could check out www.volunteerottawa.ca and search through hundreds of opportunities around the city. You can filter results by neighbourhood if you would like to stay close to home. You can also filter by when you are available – days, evenings, weekends, etc.