Summer 2019 Newsletter

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Eat, Drink and be Merry:

  • Dinner Under the Stars – A fundraiser for the Heart of Orléans BIA.  Saturday August 17th at 6pm at Orleans Fruit Farm.  More details to come from the BIA.
  • CGOWCA is organizing a Community BBQ on Saturday July 20th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the parking lot of the Convent Glen Metro near the Golden Fries truck.  Watch for more information posted on our Facebook Group as the event details are finalized.
  • Orleans Ribfest Come out to enjoy some delicious ribs and accoutrement from various vendors.  September 13-15
  • Orleans Farmers’ Market – Benefit from fresh, local produce even if you don’t have a green thumb.  The summer market season is from May  23 to October 10.  The market runs from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm every Thursday at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex parking lot.
  • Talk to your neighbours and organize a block party or street BBQ!  If you want to host it on the street (rather than in someone’s yard), you can apply for a permit with the City of Ottawa to do so.
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Try Something New

  • Bob MacQuarrie – This Recreation Centre has a pool, a rink, a fitness centre and more.  You can sign up for classes or participate in drop-in classes in swimming, aquafitness, camps and classes for children, and more.  Check out what is available here:
  • Orleans Library – Located on Orléans Boulevard.  It isn’t only about borrowing books – they offer free events at the library too.  For example, there is a knitting club; Orleans Writing Group; and many other activities for families and children.  Get details here:
  • Cumberland Library – Located on Tenth Line near Ray Friel.  They also host a selection of free events such as a knitting/crocheting club and many weekly themed events for children.  The listing for this location is found here:
  • Tap into your creative side.  There many different ways you can explore the arts at Shenkman since there are offerings from the Ottawa School of Art, Gloucester Pottery School, Ottawa School of Theatre; and City of Ottawa courses.  See what is available here:
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Give Back

  • Bruyère: If you are interested in helping residents of Bruyère, you have many options.  They need help with Mass, help with meals and porter residents to and from the dining room, help with therapeutic recreation activities; help with Wednesday night BINGO, welcome visitors at the information desk, and more!  For more information on the application process for volunteers, check out their site:
  • The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre runs several programs out of the Ray Friel Centre including a Day Program for Seniors.  They need folks who can help out with many things from friendly visiting, to driving a Meals on Wheels route, to helping out with administrative tasks.  Here is more information on how to get involved:
  • The Orleans Cumberland Community Resource Centre is also looking for people who can get involved.  The first step is to reach out to their Volunteer Coordinator to set up an interview and discuss your interests!
  • Check in on a neighbour. Does someone on your street need help with yard work or pet care?  Are they lonely?  Maybe you can help or help them connect to someone who can.  Making connections is more important than you might realize – did you know that there is research showing that loneliness affects our physical health?

Spend Time Outdoors

  • Summer Series on the outdoor plaza at Shenkman.  Get a weekly dose of fun at the summer lunchtime series. These free concerts will take place at 12:30 pm every Thursday in July and August.  The performances will be outside the Centre in the Agora (or in the upper lobby if there is rain) and will present a wonderfully diverse selection of local artists and performers.  These are FREE performances!
    • July 4 – Sing Song Party Time with Derek McKinley
    • July 11 – Caribbean Fit Fete, Caribbean dance
    • July 18 – Oto-Wa Taiko, Japanese drumming
    • July 25 – Moov Ottawa, hip-hop dance
    • August 1 – Erika McCulloch, Belly dance
    • August 8 – Aboriginal Experiences, Pow Wow dance
    • August 15 – Louis Mercier, French Canadian folklore
    • August 22 – Galitcha, Bollywood dance
  • Yoga in the park. The CGOWCA is organizing a series of yoga classes in local parks at 7pm.  RSVP to events on our Facebook Group to be notified of any changes.
    • July 3 at Hiawatha Park
    • July 10 at Décarie Park
    • July 17 at Orléans Fruit Farm
    • July 24 at Convent Glen Catholic Elementary School
    • July 31 at Convent Glen Elementary School
    • August 7 at Hiawatha Park
    • August 14 at Luc Major Park
  • Park-ticipate The Park-ticipate program is a free, informal drop-in program offered by the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans at various local, rural and urban parks throughout East Ottawa. It runs weekdays from July 2 to August 23.Children aged 4 to 10 are invited to join highly trained Recreation staff in this fun-filled program of crafts, games and sports.Some parks have splash pads so be sure to bring your towel!Please note that parents/guardians are required to supervise their children while participating in our program.613-580-9600 ext. 32776. See the complete list of parks here:
  • Check out some of our beautiful parks.  Bring a book and a blanket, go for a walk, have a picnic!  Did you know we have 20 different parks in our area (not including the NCC trail along the river?!)
    • Convent Glen North
      • Voyageur Park
      • Mary Scott Park
      • North Vineyard Park
      • Father Richard Ward Park
      • Hiawatha Park
      • Jean D’Arc Park
      • Terry Fox Park and Participark
      • Mystery Park
    • Convent Glen South
      • Grey Nuns Park
      • Glen Park
      • Friar Gate Park
      • Bonaventure Park
      • Stoneboat Park
      • Pierre Rocque Park
    • Orléans Wood
      • Luc Major Park
      • Décarie Park
      • Beauclaire Park
      • Troyes Park
      • Bilberry Park
      • Joe Jamieson Park
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Stay Active over 65!

In our community, there are many ways to meet others and stay active as we age.  Here are a few options:

  • Centre Séraphin-Marion d’Orléans. Activities in French for people over 50 including Yoga, Tai-Chi, Zumba, Line Dancing, Pickleball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Meditation and more. An initiative of the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) at 660 Carrière Street. Visit: or call 613 830-MIFO.
  • Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa. Activities in French for people over 50 including a Walking Club, Pickleball and Exercise Classes. 3349 Navan Road. Visit: or call: 613-834-6808.
  • Place d’Orléans Mall Walkers. Walking and social events. At the Community Meeting Place, Place d’Orléans, 2nd Floor, Tuesdays and Thursday between 8:00 and 10:30am. Visit:
  • Gloucester 50+ Centre. Activities in English for people over 50 including Yoga, Tai-Chi, Zumba, Core Strength and more. At the Pat Clark Community Centre, 4355 Halmont Drive. Visit: or call 613-749-1974.
  • Roy G. Hobbs Seniors Centre. Exercise classes and yoga in the Roy G. Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Crescent. Call: 613-841-8664 or 613-580-4765×32060.
  • Cycling without Age. Gives seniors free rides in specialized bicycles, peddled by local volunteers. Starts at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, 1515 Tenth Line. Contact Chantal Vachon at or call 613-741-6025. Visit:

June 2019 Newsletter

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My Experience Sandbagging

Guest contributor: Louise McLaren

Two years ago, I had a job loss. So, when the news announced Cumberland needed volunteers on a wet and rainy Friday, I went. I thought if I do not get a job, I would want people to help me keep my house.  I helped build up and tear down sandbags on the streets leading to the river.

Fast forward two years. I lost my niece suddenly this year, just before the flooding began. So I went to help, again. Giving to others proved to be a good way to deal with the loss of this young and beautiful 22-year-old.  I felt deep sadness as I drove home the first day as I could not share my extraordinary experience with her.  My lesson: get out and seize the day! Life is short.

The bags were heavy, and the body was in worse shape than two years ago, but it was a pleasure to be with others. It was a great comfort and a few of the City of Ottawa staff and homeowners remembered me. One homeowner gave me a hug. We held bags for somebody to shovel sand into, tied them up, piled them high and then – the most fun and tiring – threw them into the truck or onto the forklift. We built walls by handing sandbags off in “chain gang” fashion. Foolishly we raced each other. It was tiring, using muscles most of us did not use often – but we wanted to help. And they fed us well. The Salvation Army has some good cooks!

I asked where the other volunteers were from and about 75% said Orleans. I was not surprised; Orleans is made up of a lot of people from away: immigrants, former and current military and public servants, Francophones and Anglophones living side by side. It does not matter; we are all Canadians and neighbours. I have lived in a few places and Orleans Wood is the only place where people routinely say “good morning.” We are not perfect, but we have a lot of the right stuff. I am proud to call Orleans Wood my home.

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Flood Information and Volunteering

If reading about Louise’s experience inspired you to help, follow the updates on the City of Ottawa Website.  Once the flood waters have receded and they move to recovery operations, volunteers will be needed again. See:

group photo of RBC staff and community members with large cheque  showing the approximate total raised ($1500).

3rd Annual Dog Walkathon partners with local RBC

This annual CGOWCA event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society was bigger and better this year thanks to our team of volunteers and support from our local RBC branch at the Convent Glen Shopping Centre.  Despite the inclement weather on April 27th, there were about 30 people and 12-15 dogs who participated. Approximately $1,700 was raised to help fight cancer.  Thank you to the organiser, Gary Bradshaw, and his family, to our volunteers Joel McPhee and Émile Williams, and to Rachelle Brisebois and all of the RBC staff who supported the event.  We hope to see you, and your pooch, next year!

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Save the Date – Summer BBQ!

The CGOWCA will hold a community BBQ on July 20th from 11am to 2pm.  Save the date and watch for more information.

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2019 Torchlight Shakespeare Series

“A Company of Fools” has been performing in parks across Ottawa for more than 25 years and often performs in Hiawatha Park at the corner of Voyageur and Voyageur.  This year, from July 2 to August 17, they will bring “Romeo & Juliet” to parks around the city.  Admission is “Pay-What-You-Will” with a recommended donation of $20.  Check out the Tour Calendar and pick a date and location that works for you:

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Canada Day in Orléans

As we approach July 1st, keep an eye on for updates on our local celebrations.

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Subscribe to “The Beat”

If you want to stay up to date with what is happening on and around St Joseph Boulevard and learn more about local businesses and events, sign up for the Heart of Orléans BIA newsletter, “The Beat”:

May 2019 Newsletter

Seniors’ Services in Convent Glen-Orléans Wood

Seniors are an important part of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood community. According to Statistics Canada, one in every five people living in our area was over 65 in 2016. Working, volunteering, sharing their talents – seniors help make our community a great place to live.
To help seniors live here comfortably, the Community Association is gathering information on local services specifically for seniors. We have started with healthy living and health care services and will add more in the months ahead.

Check out the list of local “healthy living and health care services” on our website at: You will find information on local services with advice on how best to access them. There are programs and services for:

  • Fitness
  • Home Support
  • Home Health Care
  • Specialized Home Health Care
  • Emergency Response
  • Assisted Living
  • Long-Term Care

There is also information about seniors’ health care services available locally at:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Online

Repaving St Joseph

The long-awaited resurfacing of St Joseph Boulevard will be starting in early May and continuing through to October 2019.  The work will start on the section from the 174 to Youville Drive.  The second phase will see the section from 100m East of Jeanne d’Arc Blvd South to Prestone Drive resurfaced.  Follow Councillor Luloff’s Facebook page: or website: to get more information on local projects, or call 311.

Bike to Work Month

Did you know it is the 10th anniversary of Bike to Work Month?!  Envirocentre, with the support of the City of Ottawa and other great community organizations and businesses are working toward getting more people to try commuting by bike during the month of May.  Last year, there were over 4,000 participants and 250 workplaces who cycled more than 13 times around the planet!

This year, they will be giving away over $10,000 worth ofdaily prizes.  You can see some of the highlighted ones here!

Wondering how to get involved?   

  •  Sign up as an individual or start a team to encourage your colleagues to join in!
  • Log your commutes and be eligible to win one of the great prizes!
  • Book a workshop in your community!
  • Invite us (the City) to your spring event
  • Like or follow Bike to Work Ottawa on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Orléans Community Garden

Located at 3350 St. Joseph Boulevard, near 10th Line, the Orléans Community Garden was established to:

  • provide a community space for the residents of Orléans to grow local organic produce;
  • promote gardening as a healthy and cost-effective activity; 
  • educate community members and young children in particular, on the practice and benefits of gardening; and
  • give back to the community by providing free plots and crops to those less fortunate and to provide fresh surplus vegetables to the Ottawa Mission.

If you would like to get involved with the Community Garden, contact or you can follow happenings on Facebook:

Spring Home Safety Tips

Here are some Home Safety Tips from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA):

  • Check cleaning supplies.  Look for leaking containers and dispose of what is no longer used or needed at a hazardous waste distribution site.  For more information about City of Ottawa Household Hazardous Waste Depots, call 311 or go to
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  Replace batteries and test.
  • Visually inspect electrical cords and outlets.  Replace cords if worn or damaged.  Contact a licensed electrical contractor to check loose-fitting outlets.
  • Maintain air conditioner.  Make an appointment with a qualified technician to perform safe and proper maintenance work for your specific unit.
  • Clean eaves troughs thoroughly.  Use a sturdy and reliable ladder and rubber gloves.
  • Clean and check BBQ.  Clean burner ports and tubes and test for hose leaks with a 50/50 water/soap solution.
  • Store fuel and other combustibles outside.  Keep them in a well-ventilated shed or detached garage and away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
  • Check recreational equipment.  Make sure all playground equipment, bikes, skateboards, etc. are in safe working condition for family use.

Call before you dig.  Before starting a garden or outdoor home renovation, contact your local utility to quickly and easily get your underground utility lines marked to avoid pipeline damage. or 1-800-400-2255.

April 2019 Newsletter

Spring is coming – however slowly!

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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:

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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:, email 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: 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

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
  • 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: (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:

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:

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: and/or if possible you can attend the Garden Symposium.

To register for the Garden Symposium visit: