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 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

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Holiday Safety:

We all want to enjoy the season safely. Check out some tips from about safety tips over the holidays. The Canada Safety Council also has recommendations for preventing fires around the holiday . Lastly, Safewise has some tips both for holiday travelers and for those of us staying close to home.

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

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 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 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.

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