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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:

May 2018 Newsletter

Community Bike Rodeo – May 6th

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Dig out your bicycles and join the CGOWCA for some bike safety tips, equipment checks and a lovely ride along the Ottawa River Pathway. This FREE event is open to residents of all ages.
Join us next Sunday at 11 a.m. at École des voyageurs – 6030 Voyageur Drive.

  • The city’s Cycling Education Team will provide safety tips and skills training.
  • A community member will help you tune up your bike.
  • You’ll have a chance to see SMOOCH in action, a pedal-powered smoothie machine! ($)
  • We’ll draw prizes courtesy of Giant Orléans.
  • Check out the event on Facebook!


Did you know? May is Bike to Work Month!
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Visit for more details and to sign up.

Active Transportation Summit – May 16th

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A message from Ecology Ottawa:

Ottawa is at a watershed moment for progress on walking, cycling and transit. The City of Ottawa’s new policy on “complete streets” for all users, the advent of a transformative Light Rail Transit project, and substantial infrastructure investments from the provincial and federal governments make this a key moment to assess an outlines for implementing a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible streetscape at scale.

Our event will focus on the City of Ottawa’s progress on cycling and pedestrian issues, identify strategic opportunities and build support for safer and healthier streets. More specifically, it will include:

  • A panel discussion on the future of Ottawa’s streets
  • Representation from the organizations and community associations working to advance sustainable transportation in Ottawa
  • Presentation of the new Ecology Ottawa report, “Seizing the moment for safe and healthy streets”
  • And more!

We would be honoured if you could join us at the Active Transportation Summit on Wednesday May 16, 2018 from 5pm-8pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Registration is now open, and you can register at….

April 2018 Newsletter

Dog Walk-A-Thon – April 28th

Have you and your furry friend and/or child been looking to go for a walk around the neighbourhood? If so, we’ve got the perfect idea for you! The CGOWCA is organizing a 3km walkathon to help raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society! Come enjoy a nice walk down by the Ottawa River all the while meeting new people and raising awareness for a great cause! We promise it’ll be the best walk you’ve ever had!
When: Saturday, April 28th at 10am.
Raindate: Sunday, April 29th at 10am.
Where: The start and finish line is in the parking lot of École Catholique Élémentaire Des Voyageurs, 6030 Voyageur Drive
Why: To raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society.
What: 3km walkathon, everyone is welcome.
How to make a donation: You can make a direct donation the day of or donate online:
Hope to see you there!

Bike Rodeo – May 6th

Dig out your bicycles and join the CGOWCA for some bike safety tips, equipment checks and a lovely ride along the Ottawa River Pathway. This FREE event is open to residents of all ages.
Meet us at École des Voyageurs, learn about good helmet fit, try out a small “obstacle course”, then follow a marked route – at your own pace! – to explore the pathways in our neighbourhood.
The event runs from 11 until 1; there is no firm start time for the ride portion, participants can come and go on their own schedule. More details to come on our Facebook page!

Support the Orléans Community Garden – Garage Sale

If you want to donate items: We accept donations at 622 Valin Street every Monday evening from 6-7pm sharp. We accept all small appliances that work, all kid items (including clothes), glassware, lamps, seasonal items, small tables, bookshelves, artwork, mirrors, gently used adult clothing, toys, novels, tools, crafting items. If you have old plant pots, please donate them as we will have a plant sale again this year. If you have house plants you want to multiply for the sale that would be great too!

If you want to shop: The Garage Sale is on MAY 5 from 7:30am-3pm at 622 Valin Street. You can RSVP to the Facebook event to get updates:

The Orléans Community Garden supports the Ottawa Mission Rooftop Garden along with the Ottawa Little Theatre Garden which donates it’s produce to the Ottawa Mission. We also donate excess food to the Ottawa Mission on a weekly basis which adds up to between 2,000 – 4,000 lbs depending on the weather. We also provide FREE educational field trips to schools in the area. Many have taken advantage of these field trips already and the feedback is great.

Call for Volunteers for Cycling without Age

Cycling Without Age:  seeking strong-legged warm-hearted volunteers!  Cycling without Age is an innovative program designed to enhance the lives of seniors by providing them with a great opportunity to remain connected to society and active in our community.  Cycling without age is the obvious generous act of taking one or two elderly people out on a bike ride.  It's a simple act that everyone can do.  Bruyère's Saint-Louis Residence is looking for volunteers to take senior citizens for bicycle rides as part of the program.  If you have strong legs and a generous heart, please contact Mariama Diallo at 613-562-6262, ext. 2517.

March 2018 Newsletter

Tell the city about your favourite pothole!

It’s pothole season in Ottawa! Did you know: You can report a number of concerns online (potholes included) with the city of Ottawa’s online reporting tool. Topics include Animals and Pets; Complaints and Compliments; Garbage and Recycling; Health and Safety; Noise; Parking; Parks and Trees; Property Damage or Maintenance; and Road Maintenance. Go to and click on Report or Request. This tool is also accessible from your mobile device. You can report a pothole using a specific address or intersection, and you have the option of adding a photo. You can also report a pothole directly through this link:


It’s also tax season…

If you are looking for a free income tax clinic, here are a few options to check out in Orléans:


Have your say on the future of Ottawa with Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036

Do you ever wonder what this City will be when 2- 3 million people call Ottawa home?

Can you imagine how everyone will get around, where they will live or work and how climate and new technologies may change the way we do things?

In December 2016 City Council directed that a planning study be undertaken that will begin to look at what the answers to these questions might be and how to position the City so that it can prosper from what we know will happen in the future but also create a city that is adaptable and responsive to changes that are less certain or even unknown.  

Submit your input via this survey:


Save the date(s)!

The CGOWCA is working on finalizing two community events in April. Mark your calendars!

  • Family fun for cyclists at the Bike Rodeo at École élémentaire catholique des Voyageurs on April 21st (tentative).
  • Dog walk-a-thon fundraiser (bring your furry friend) on April 28th!