October 2019 Newsletter

The words "Annual Meeting" with silhouettes of different colours standing below.

2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association was held on September 23, 2019. There were 20 members present to review the year’s activities and finances, elect a new Board and hear a presentation from M.J. Proulx, Director, Watershed Network, of the Ottawa Riverkeeper organization.

Vice-President Mireille Brownhill presented a review of the year and, thanks to the participation of several volunteers, the members were made aware of important renovations needed to maintain the community rink. The following officers were then elected to the Board for 2019-20: Toby Bossert, Gary Bradshaw, Mireille Brownhill, Ben Gorley, Miranda Gray, Louise McLaren and Garth Williams. The Association thanks Karen Chow and Fran Childs for their service in recent years. Although they will no longer serve on the Board, they will continue to assist the Association as volunteers.

Ms. Proulx spoke about the work of the Ottawa Riverkeeper during the spring floods and throughout the year. She encouraged community members to avoid single-use plastics (for example, avoid buying bottled water) and to help keep the shoreline clean. For more information or to subscribe to the Riverkeeper’s newsletter please visit: https://www.ottawariverkeeper.ca.

Traditional Approach: Traffic deaths are inevitable, perfect human behaviour, prevent collisions, individual responsibility, saving lives is expensive VS Vision Zero: traffic deaths are preventable, integrate human failing in approach, prevent fatal and severe crashes, systems approach, saving lives is not expensive

Road Safety: In Support of Vision Zero

Recently, we had a cycling tragedy in our neighbourhood.  At the September meeting, Board members discussed this and the need for better road safety policy in Ottawa.  According to Vision Zero Canada, each year some 2,000 people die on Canada’s roads, and some 160,000 are injured (10,000 are seriously hurt). Vision Zero Canada recognizes that this carnage is predictable and preventable, and campaigns for the elimination of harm to all road users including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Vision Zero approach is rooted in the principle that safe independent mobility is a natural right and that no loss of life is acceptable. Emulating countries that are leading the way in the reduction of traffic violence, Vision Zero Canada promotes results-driven policies and practices with a strong focus on public investment in failsafe design.

The Swedish government, who coined the term “Vision Zero” in 1997, is now talking about Moving Beyond Zero with a dual focus on the elimination of traffic violence and the promotion of active mobility (e.g. walking and cycling). These twin goals are at the root of the Vision Zero Canada mission. If you support Vision Zero and would like to see our city establish policies using these principles, we encourage you to reach out to our Councillor, Matthew Luloff, to encourage him to support them at City Hall.

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What is a Community Association Anyway?

Sometimes folks see our newsletter or join our Facebook group but are not too sure what the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association is. We found a definition that we like and would like to share. A Community Association is an organization formed by the residents of an area:

  • To support the social, educational and recreational needs of the neighbourhood
  • To build connections in the neighbourhood through volunteer opportunities, events and programs
  • To act as a community liaison in civic matters (planning and development)
  • To plan, develop and maintain community facilities and amenities such as community gardens and skating rinks.
Map showing detour along pathway - information available via calling 311

Upcoming Sewer Work Near Cairine Wilson S.S.

There will be renovations made to the OCC Overflow outfall located on the shoreline of the Ottawa River just west of Bilberry Creek between Orleans Boulevard and Bilberry Drive. The work involves removal of four sections of existing sewer pipe adjacent to the river, installation of a new headwall structure at the outlet and provision of scour protection where the pipe is exposed in the flood plain.

The exact timing of construction is uncertain but will likely begin in October 2019 and is planned to be completed by December 2019. To enable construction, the Ottawa pathway between Orleans Boulevard and the north-south site access road will be closed for short periods to enable movement of construction vehicles and materials. Access for pathway users (pedestrians and cyclists) will be controlled by flaggers located on either end of the path. Throughout construction, the gravel site access road between the pathway and the Ottawa River will be closed.

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

Community Ice Rink: Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the community outdoor rink in Jeanne d’Arc Park again this year. The rink gives children, families and everyone in our community the chance to have fun, play pickup hockey, make new friends and stay active all winter long.

If you want to do something for the whole community, if you like being part of a team and want to make some good friends, and you have a couple hours free each week between December and February, please contact us at conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com. A Board member will respond to you directly.

Association communautaire Convent Glen – Orléans Wood Community Association


Monday September 23, 2019
255 Centrum Blvd, room 340

You’re invited to the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association’s Annual General Meeting

This is where the Board reports on the year’s activities and finances, and new board members are elected.

If you live in Convent Glen or Orléans Wood, you are automatically a member of the Community Association and have voting privileges.

There are some large projects coming to our neighbourhood in the coming years such as LRT phase 2.  Get involved and help make sure that voices are heard!


le lundi 23 septembre 2019
255 boul Centrum, salle 340

Nous vous invitons à l’Assemblée générale de l’Association communautaire Convent Glen-Orléans Wood 

À l’Assemblée générale, nous partageons les activités de l’année et l’état financier, et les nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration seront élus.

Si vous habitez à Convent Glen ou à Orléans Wood, vous êtes déjà membre de l’association communautaire et vous pouvez votez.

Nous aurons de grands projets dans nos quartiers dans les prochaines années comme la deuxième partie du projet LRT.  Impliquez-vous et nous aidez à partager nos opinions!

September 2019 Newsletter

A photo of community members using the outdoor rink

Volunteers needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the community outdoor rink in Jeanne d’Arc Park again this year. The rink gives children, families and everyone in our community the chance to have fun, play pickup hockey, make new friends and stay active all winter long.

If you want to do something for the whole community, if you like being part of a team and want to make some good friends, and you have a couple hours free each week between December and February, please contact us at conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com. A Board member will respond to you directly.

CGOWCA Annual General Meeting

The AGM is coming up on Monday September 23rd at 7pm.  We’ll be meeting at 255 Centrum, in room 340. The current Board of Directors will report on the past year’s activities. There will be an election for new and returning Board members. The meeting is open to the public and anyone who lives in Convent Glen or Orléans Wood is automatically a member of the Association with voting privileges. 

In addition, we will welcome representatives from Ecology Ottawa (www.ecologyottawa.ca) and the Ottawa Riverkeeper (www.ottawariverkeeper.ca). Join us to learn more about their programs and initiatives.

If you would like information about joining the Board, please contact us at conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Fall Edition

Register your cleanup project for the 2019 GLAD Cleaning the Capital fall campaign by September 14th and you’ll have a chance to win an early bird prize. Registration continues until October 15th.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital volunteers who submit their online cleanup reports by October 31st are also eligible to win one of many prizes.

Join the thousands of community volunteers who will help keep Ottawa clean and green in 2019!

For more information on the GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign, please visit ottawa.ca/clean. Thanks for keeping Ottawa clean and green!

Making Voices Count

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre (EORC) is looking for residents to participate in the Making Voices Count Project for the 2019 Federal Election and City Budget consultations. Residents from diverse communities are being recruited by Community Health and Resource Centres to bring their insights and develop skills for voicing their concerns. You must be available for two full-day workshops. There is funding to help with childcare and transportation. Applications are due by Wednesday September 11th.  For more information and to submit an application, see http://makingvoicescount.ca and email MLemieux@eorc-creo.ca.

Other News

  • The City of Ottawa announced that the LRT will be open to residents on September 14, 2019.
  • The new splash pad at Hiawatha Park opened late this summer.
  • We had a wonderful turnout for the 2019 Community BBQ on July 20th.  Thank you to RBC, the Bytown Fire Brigade, Trinity Physio, and of course Golden Fries!  Kudos to our lead organizer, Karen!

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.  https://www.facebook.com/events/342258613116889/
  • Orleans Ribfest Come out to enjoy some delicious ribs and accoutrement from various vendors.  September 13-15 https://www.facebook.com/OrleansRibfest/
  • 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.  https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/planning-outdoor-special-event
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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: http://join.ottawa.ca/fac/26/all/
  • 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: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/orl%C3%A9ans
  • 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: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/cumberland
  • 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: http://www.shenkmanarts.ca/en/classes_camps_cours_camps/summer_ete_2019/index.htm
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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: https://www.bruyere.org/en/volunteering
  • 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:  https://www.eorc-creo.ca/Getting_involved.php
  • 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! https://www.crcoc.ca/en/volunteer/
  • 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?  https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-couch/201901/is-loneliness-making-you-sick

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: https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-programs#park-ticipate-2019
  • 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
three seniors riding bicycles along a pathway along a body of water.

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: http://mifo.ca/activites-recreatives/csmo-50-ans-et/ 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: https://rafo.ca 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: http://www.millepattesplacedorleansmallwalkers.com/home
  • 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: https://www.gloucester50pluscentre.ca 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 cvachon@eorc-creo.ca or call 613-741-6025. Visit: https://cyclingwithoutage.ca/ottawa/

June 2019 Newsletter

photo of Louise in front of a wall of sandbags

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: www.ottawa.ca

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!

photo of several people with skewers on a bbq

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.

poster image for this year's torchlight Shakespeare series, Romeo and Juliet, running from  July 2 to August 17 www.fools.ca

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:  http://fools.ca/whats-on/torchlight-shakespeare-romeo-juliet/

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Canada Day in Orléans

As we approach July 1st, keep an eye on www.ocanadaorleans.ca 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”:  https://heartoforleans.ca/thebeat/