November 2018 Newsletter

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Welcoming Councillor Matthew Luloff

We have a new representative for Ward 1 at the Ottawa City Council table so we wanted to introduce him. You can see what the Ottawa Citizen says following the election results here.  During the campaign, and on his website, he focused on the following priorities:

Build our Community

  • Roads
    • Widen Highway 174
    • Build a southern corridor from Frank Kenny Road to Highway 417 and Hunt Club Road
    • Implement Traffic Calming Measures in our Neighbourhoods
  • Transit
    • Build larger Park and Rides at Place d’Orléans and Trim Road
    • Ensure LRT Phase 2 remains a priority and starts building on time
  • Community Infrastructure
    • Make Petrie Island Accessible
    • Foster a creative hub in the East End

Build our Economy

  • Maintain low and predictable taxes
  • Attract Jobs and Investment
  • Build Pop Up Shops on St. Joseph Blvd

Build support for those who serve Canadians

  • Make mental health a priority
  • Supporting community based policing

The CGOWCA looks forward to working with you for the next four years.

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Introducing the 2018-2019 Board of Directors for the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association:

  • Gary Bradshaw 

    President – I have lived in Orléans-Convent Glen area now for over fifteen years. Recently I introduced a new initiative called Cycling Without Age to the city beginning in 2016. This program involves volunteers taking the time to take local seniors out for bike rides from various senior residences.  I am big believer and supporter of giving back to our community and would love to see more of our CGOWCA residents involved in our community.  I am looking to try and build strong relationships between residents, businesses and other community groups in the area through events and good communication.

  • Garth Williams 

    Vice President – My wife and I moved to Orléans to live and raise our children in a vibrant bilingual community. We met our neighbours at the local park, enjoyed outdoor sports year round and found great teachers at our local school. We have lived, worked and volunteered here for almost 20 years.  I joined the Community Association to work with neighbours, local associations and businesses, and help our community grow as a place where French and English come together and it’s easy to find community resources, share our talents and cultures, stay active, start a business and make friends.  I invite everyone to join us!

  • Louise McLaren 

    Treasurer – I returned to Orléans over five years from being in Ottawa’s East downtown core. I lived here as a teenager when Orléans was growing fast and furious but had few of the amenities that are here today.  I have volunteered in different organizations and look forward to contributing to the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association. I have a special interest in the cross country skiing and cycling in Orléans.

  • Fran Childs 

    Secretary – I moved to Convent Glen in December 2016 but have quickly realized what a beautiful part of the city it is and as a result was interested in joining the Community Association as a member of the board to help in whatever way I can. I have worked in the non-profit sector for most of my career and am currently working for a private non-profit housing organization.  I look forward to building connections with and among members of this community so that everyone feels as welcome and as included as we have since moving here. I think that inclusive, welcoming communities are important to the health and quality of life of everyone and I believe that neighbours building relationships is a key factor in such communities. In addition to my role as the secretary, I will contribute by getting involved in planning and promoting events that will help us get to know one another.

  • Karen Chow 

    Board Member – I am a relative newcomer to Orléans, having moved to Beaujolais in the “Wine District” in 2013 with my husband.  I am currently enjoying retirement from 22 years as an elementary teacher.   I have a long history of volunteering in my community and faith group.  I joined the board because I have a strong sense of community and a desire to give back to the people who share my neighbourhood.   My vision is to see the community association become a hub of communication for people who live in the area, so that our sense of belonging to one another grows as we discuss issues that are of concern to all of us.  I’d also like to see the association grow in numbers and activities that will bring us all together.

  • Miranda Gray

    Board Member – Miranda has been living in the Grey Nuns area of Convent Glen – Orléans Wood since 2005 (and in Orléans since 2000). She grew up  in southern Ontario and moved to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa. She is a change management consultant / IT project manager working in Gatineau.  She is active in the coordinating activities with the other community associations and groups in Orléans. She also tracks the development and transportation issues for the board. Her focus for the community association is building strong links between the association and other groups active in Orléans.

  • Mireille Brownhill 

    Board Member – My family moved to Orléans from Blackburn Hamlet in 2001, and we’ve loved it here ever since! We’ve been in our current house in Convent Glen for 13 years now. I joined the board of the CGOWCA to become involved in our community, to help develop relationships between neighbours, create new traditions and help bolster ongoing activities. I’ve been involved in school activities for my three sons and I am a current volunteer at the OCCRC. Social justice and access to resources are my jam.

  • Toby Bossert 

    Board Member – I moved to Convent Glen in 2013 and I was amazed at how much green space we have. For someone who grew up in the country, it felt like home.  Where I grew up we had a very vibrant community with lots of events. I see that same community spirit here in Orleans. I joined the Community Association Board because I would like to do everything I can to nurture it and bring people together.  I also ran as one of the candidates in the recent Ward 1 election. I ran because I care about the community and I wanted to make sure we had a hard-working representative.

blurry christmas lights imageSanta’s Parade of Lights 2018

This year’s parade will take place on Saturday November 24th at 6pm. Running along St Joseph boulevard, from Youville to Prestone, it will have something for people of all ages.  There will be some road closures around the route on November 24th.  You can get more information leading up to the event from their website:  or from the Facebook event:


Calling all Carolers!

We are working on a carolling event again this year to bring songs and smiles to some folks living in a local seniors’ residence.  We are still working out the details – but if you are interested in joining this event, please email to let us know and we will keep you posted as the plan is finalized.

Annual General Meeting / l’Assemblée générale

Convent Glen – Orléans Wood Community Association  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday September 24, 2018  at 7pm

Agenda / Ordre du jour

You’re invited:

Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association’s Annual General Meeting at 255 Centrum Blvd, Room 340.   This is where the Board reports on the year’s activities and finances, and new board members are elected.

Nous vous invitons à

l’Assemblée générale de l’Association communautaire Convent Glen-Orléans Wood au 255 boulevard Centrum, salle 340.  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.

September 2018 Newsletter

Wondering about local Neighbourhood Watches?

Have you been concerned about safety on your street?  One way that communities can come together is to form a Neighbourhood Watch group.

To find out if a Neighbourhood Watch exists in your neighbourhood or to start a new one, contact your local Community Police Centre. Your Community Police Centre can provide you with more detailed information, basic start-up assistance and resources.

Recently, a Facebook group has been set up to address safety concerns:  It’s Your City, Let’s All Help Make Orléans Safe.  Although this group is not directly related to a Neighbourhood Watch, you may find this helpful.

Join the CGOWCA Board
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Have you been following the newsletters or Facebook group and wondering how you could get involved?  Are you looking for experience on a Board of Directors?  Come out to our September 10th Board Meeting to see how a typical meeting works, to ask questions, and meet current board members.

We would specifically like to have more representation for folks living in the Orleans Wood sector of our catchment – so if you live between Orleans blvd and Champlain St – we especially hope you will consider joining the board!

Come to 255 Centrum Blvd, room 340 at 7pm on Monday September 10th.

Volunteer Rink Coordinator Needed

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Do you love skating or hockey?  Are you wanting to give back to the community?  Do you want to help people be active this winter?

We are putting together our team of volunteers who will keep the Community Ice Rink icy and wonderful for folks this winter.  The rink is located in Jeanne d’Arc Park (near St Moritz).

A key member of the team is the Volunteer Rink Coordinator who will help organize the team of volunteers and make sure that the rink is maintained.  If you would like to take on this volunteer opportunity, please email your name, contact information, and why you are interested to  A board member will follow up with interested folks.

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Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association’s Annual General Meeting

Monday September 24th


255 Centrum Blvd, Room 340

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

Vote Municipal Election October 22, 2018

Are you wondering about who is running for City Councillor or School Board Trustee in Ward 1?  You can find a list of all candidates on the City of Ottawa website, along with links to candidates’ websites.

A recent blog post is one person’s opinion about the 17 candidates in the ward, check it out here:

There is also a Facebook Group set up by people outside the CGOWCA that might be of interest if you are looking for more information on upcoming elections at all levels. Check out Orléans Votes if you are a Facebook user.

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June 2018 Newsletter

There is something for everyone happening this month in Orléans!

Provincial election – June 7

Don’t forget to vote! Find out where to go:

Orléans Beer Festival June 7-9

255 Centrum Blvd
Last year was amazing and this year promises to be bigger and better.
The OCBF 2018 will bring together people with a desire to experience local craft beers and delicious food, while promoting community togetherness and involvement. As our tagline reads, we are all about BEER, FOOD, MUSIC AND FRIENDS! Don’t miss out! #WishYouWereBeer
Buy tickets at
Check out the Facebook event at

Spring Give Away Weekend June 9 & 10

Do you have some gently used items that you no longer need? Someone else may want them. Don’t put your unwanted stuff in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Weekend. Tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find hidden treasures.
Find more details at

CGOWCA Board meeting June 11th at 7pm

Come learn more about your community association at our monthly board meeting.
255 Centrum Blvd, room 340

Habitat for Humanity Build Ceremony June 14th at 2pm

Build Ceremony, corner of Jeanne d'arc and Vorlage at 2pm on June 14thOpen house June 16th to find out more about Habitat for Humanity

Buy your first home with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s affordable mortgage plan!
Stop renting and become a first-time homeowner in just two years with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO)! Habitat homeowners pay a 0% interest mortgage and can pay down their mortgage faster to build equity for their future.
In order to qualify you must:

  • Have a total family income (before taxes) between $46,933 and $69,542;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Be living somewhere that doesn’t meet your family’s needs;
  • Be steadily employed in the Greater Ottawa area, but likely cannot obtain a conventional mortgage;
  • Be ready and able to contribute 500 volunteer hours (350 for single-parent families) to help build your own home and participate in other Habitat projects and community activities.

Habitat GO offers affordable housing opportunities for families who likely could not obtain a conventional mortgage. Find out if you meet the requirements and apply today for your future:

Details about the Open House:
Check out your future home! We are currently building in the Orléans area through 2019. Come to our Open House to view our townhomes and to speak to current Habitat GO families.
June 16th, 2018
2PM to 4PM
6208 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd N on the corner of Jeanne d’Arc and Fortune Drive

Carivibe June 15-17

Three days of fun and festivities!

Be adventurous and kick off Carnival weekend at J’OUVERT ON THE BEACH. It’s all about water trucks, paint, powder, mud, sand, oil and most importantly FUN.
On Saturday June 16th 2018, from noon to 10pm, thousands of Ottawa residents and guests from around the world will REACH THE BEACH for the highly anticipated annual celebration of Caribbean culture in the Nation’s Capital. Taking place on the beautiful Petrie Island in Orléans, this hidden gem nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River, boasts two of the nicest and largest beaches in the area.
The last fete of the weekend and it’s time to exchange numbers and say goodbye to new and old friends, while making plans for CARIVIBE OTTAWA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL 2019

Interested in volunteering for #Carivibe2018? Email or call (613)850-3836 for more information.

Canada Day Senior’s Bingo June 29

Canada Day Seniors Bingo with Bob Monette

Canada Day at Petrie Island – Get involved!

Canada Day operations at Petrie island and the CGOWCA are looking for volunteers to help operate a free bicycle valet parking service. We need a total of 9 volunteers to help facilitate a new initiative this year to encourage people to bike to the festivities with ease. Working 3 hour shifts, volunteers would be responsible to greet cyclists, gather some personal information, give a receipt and send them off to enjoy the event. Volunteers will be responsible for parking the bicycles and overseeing the operations of the site between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm. On closing, cyclists can use the 6 bike racks located by the lifeguard post to secure their bikes. Your help will be greatly appreciated in making this a successful inaugural event. Volunteers can write to organizers here: