I am sure that given events of the past week it will not be a surprise to hear that I have decided to reschedule the planned Annual General Meeting for April 21, as well as the upcoming events on April 1 at the Alta Vista Library, as well as the Resolutions Meeting on March 21 at the Sunnyside Library location. For the safety and wellbeing of all our members, and to support the local and provincial actions to limit the spread of COVID19 I feel this is the right thing to do at this time.

I am currently trying to find out if the Resolutions process will be extended this year, and will plan accordingly. If not, I will look to scheduling a teleconference in place of a face to face meeting. Please stay tuned.

When we have a better sense of how this will all unfold, and of when it is safe to hold large gatherings again I will be in touch with information about new dates.

In the meantime I also recognize that many of our members would consider themselves and perhaps some family members at a higher risk for COVID19. I also recognize that this is likely causing some of you anxiety and worry. As someone who works in healthcare, I would advise you to please follow the advice of public health professionals and avoid public gatherings, stay a good distance away from ANYONE who is sick right now, wash your hands frequently, and keep as healthy as possible by eating nutritious foods and staying hydrated.

Just remember, this won’t be forever. It is a temporary measure that will soon pass. Please know you will all be in my thoughts in the coming days and weeks.

With heartfelt sincerity,
Catherine Butler
President, Ottawa Council of Women

How Ottawa’s Women’s Rights Organizations Can Support the National Inquiry Into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Ottawa Council of Women
General Meeting Event – Open to the Public

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00a.m -12:00 p.m.
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre
250 Somerset St E, Ottawa (parking available onsite)


How Ottawa’s Women’s Rights Organizations Can Support the National Inquiry Into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Final Report Calls for Justice

With Guest Speaker:
Qajaq Robinson – Former Commissioner,
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Resolutions Meeting



TIME: 10:30 A.M. TO 2 P.M.


Ottawa Mayoral Candidates Debate, Tue Oct 2/18, 7pm, Carleton U

Ottawa Mayoral Candidates Debate
October 2, 2018 7PM – 9PM
Carleton University,
Minto Theatre (Library Road), Ottawa

Join Now What?! & Ottawa Council of Women as we listen to Ottawa mayoral candidates discuss their perspectives on gender-based issues relevant to the municipality.
Topics include housing, taxation, transit, policing, Indigenous relations, child care, Sanctuary Cities and the need for an Ottawa Women’s Bureau. 9 out of 12 mayoral candidates have confirmed their participation – we are awaiting the confirmation of the remaining 3.

Now What?! held a similar debate for the recent provincial election. The sold out event demonstrated Ottawa citizens’ keen interest in what candidates had to say on issues of gender-based violence and poverty. We expect greater attendance at this debate given the importance of the topics, and the fact that women & people of diversity are traditionally a small minority of elected council members. Ensuring the (soon to be) elected Mayor of Ottawa is committed to a gender balanced lens on ALL decisions made by the city is crucial. It is the only way we will create a truly diverse, inclusive and equitable city for everyone.

Tickets are free and available at: at the door for those with no access to the internet)

Transportation Info:
OC Transpo bus routes 10, 7, 111, 104 come directly to Carleton as well as the O-Train.
For information on parking, please see:
Please note that parking lot P2A is under construction and parking is not available there any longer.

This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

The venue is fully accessible. For further accessibility questions please visit:

Any questions or inquiries can be emailed to:

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2018 OCW AGM & Dinner, Tue Apr 24/18

2018 Ottawa Council of Women Annual General Meeting & Dinner – Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At Governor’s Walk Retirement Residence
150 Stanley Avenue, New Edinburgh

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5:30 p.m Registration
6:00 p.m. AGM Meeting
7:15 p.m. Dinner

Dinner Tickets: $ 30.00 per person (register before April 18) Cash Bar As many members of an organization or agency (Federates) as want to attend are warmly invited.

The presidents or designated representatives of member organizations (Federates), are kindly requested to share highlights and challenges of their organization’s 2017 work with a short oral report (not to exceed 2 minutes) – For inclusion in the OCW Annual report, please e-mail an electronic version of your report to Sheila Perry at

2017 OCW letter re Ottawa City Council Gender Equity

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Dear Mayor Watson and City Councillors,

Attached, please find correspondence and information for you to consider when discussing “Gender Equity Lens in Ottawa”.
             Ottawa Council of Women – Advocating for a Gender Equity Lens in Ottawa
The Ottawa Council of Women (OCW) has a proud history dating from 1894. It is federated with the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario, the National Council of Women of Canada and with The International Council of Women. OCW is non-governmental and non-partisan. Our mission is to bring together like minded organizations and individuals, to study emerging issues and to prepare resolutions aimed at improving the condition of women, families and communities. We advocate on policy that is established democratically. Issues include gender equality, equal pay, health, child care, education, safety, civic affairs and social services.

From the early suffragettes to the activists of today, feminists continue to inspire others through their determination to make a difference. They are the activists, advocates, and allies who continue to lead the way towards positive change.

Local governments and organizations can make a difference by providing leadership and programs. Research shows that local and national women’s organizations are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of those that they serve and support. This leads to building better public policy and improving the lives of women.

Recent Research: “The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2017 -The Gender Gap in Canada’s 25 Biggest Cities” by Kate McInturff , Ph.D , Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.(October, 2017)
Ottawa ranks 11 out of 25 cities across Canada. Victoria ranks #1 and Gatineau ranks #2

Gatineau: Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie launched Défi Parité. Five regional partner organizations collaborate to encourage participation of women in municipal politics in the Outaouais region. (

Ottawa has an opportunity to become a better city for all. Utilizing a gender equity lens for all policy and program decision making is key. Goals and targets should be SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time sensitive.
We respectfully ask City Council to consider this request.

Yours truly,
Sheila J. Perry,
Ottawa Council of Women

2018 Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) Newsletter Report

Last month, the Ottawa Council of Women asked you to study and amend, approve or reject a great number of Provincial and National resolutions. These resolutions, once adopted become the basis for letters and briefs to the respective governments.

The Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) Newsletter Report illustrates the PCWO Semi-Annual Meeting, when the PCWO Annual Brief is presented to the Ontario Government, Opposition Critics and all sitting MPPs. In 2018, the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario celebrates its 95th anniversary, and at the Semi-Annual Meeting on November 27, 2018, the Provincial Council will present its 95th Annual Brief to the Ontario Government, and we are all waiting to see of course, who that government will be.

Please also note the Ottawa Equal Pay Day Event on April 10 at St Paul’s University.

Band Together for Nelson House, Fri Mar 23, 7pm

Band Together for Nelson House

  • Event on Friday, March 23, 7pm at All Saints Church, is a low cost ($25) opportunity to help support Nelson House in its mission to provide a safe place for women and their children escaping violence. While Nelson House is located in west Ottawa, it helps women from anywhere and works in cooperation with other shelters to make sure that no woman who needs help to escape a violent situation is turned away.
  • This evening is being held in Sandy Hill so may be of interest to some who are not from west Ottawa.
  • Click here to buy your tickets now OR call Nelson House at 613-225-0533/ email: $25 Early Bird/ $30 at the Door
  • You may also call or email Lee Farnworth who has tickets at 613-224-9745

Alzheimer’s Workshop, Tue Mar 27/18, 10-11:30am

  • 480 Metcalfe Street, Ball Room, 2nd Floor, Villagia in the Glebe, free street parking
  • Renowned cognitive and behavioural neurologyh expert and researcher, Dr Andrew Frank, will present the latest innovations in Alzheimer’s research being conducted
  • Health professionals and community members invited.
  • RSVP 613-798-5111 or Catherine Bennett or Terry Black