Ottawa Council of Women

Women working together
to improve the lives of women,
their families and their communities

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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We welcome everyone to our general meetings that are located at
the Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street/Queen Mary St, Ottawa (Bus #18)

For further information please contact:
Sheila Perry, President

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

BUS # 18
2017-18 Sep Oct Nov Jan Feb Mar Apr
Tuesday, September 26, 7pm Topic : "How to Put Truth and Reconciliation Into Practice"
- Learning about what reconciliation means and developing an awareness to build stronger relationships in our communities, especially with Indigenous women is important. What does it mean to be a true ally? Please join us for conversation with Elisapee Sheutiapik , President of Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council (QNSW), which was established under the Status of Women Council Act of Nunavut on April 1, 1999. The Council’s role is to advance the equal participation of women in society and to promote changes in social, legal and economic structures to that end.

At our meeting of September 26, it was decided to support the October 4 Sisters in Spirit Vigil on Parliament Hill at 11 a.m. CFUW is interested in joining us and I will be sharing the information this evening.
It would be very helpful to have some identification available.

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm Caregiving: The Burden on Canadian Women
Draft Agenda

October 18Persons Day 11 a.m. Parliament Hill Monument
October 19 - Enbridge Famous Five Speakers 5:30 –8:00 p.m. National Arts Centre
Ticket information and purchase
Tuesday, November 21 7pm Women’s Health in the Ottawa Region: Focusing on What Matters
Description: What do we know about women's overall health in Champlain and how can we ensure a feminist lens on health policy decisions in our region?
January 16, 2018 Lunch Meeting 12 to 1:30 pm
Women's Economic Empowerment in Ontario: Is it time for a basic income?

The Government of Ontario is currently piloting a guaranteed basic income program. Finland reports that a guaranteed basic income reduces bureaucracy, costs for tackling poverty and that the scheme is having an indirectly positive effect on people's mental health. Organizations such as The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) is a voluntary, non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting informed, constructive public dialogue leading to a basic income guarantee in Canada. Should we advocate for this economic empowerment program? Please join us for discussion, questions and recommendations.

Eat More Soup” – enjoy a healthy cup of carrot soup prepared by “Eat More Soup” – a new social enterprise business creating yummy vegetarian soup.
February 20, 2018 Lunch Meeting 12 to 1:30 pm
Consumer information about the Funeral Industry in Ontario
Speakers: Beverlee McIntosh

Funeral Planning Presentation by Beverlee McIntosh, MSW. Vice president, Volunteer Board of Directors, Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa.
Business Meeting will start at noon followed by 1 hour talk
Location: Overbrook Community Centre 33 Quill Street (off Vanier Parkway) Lots of parking in front and behind the building
Gourment soup cups available for $2. to tide you through the lunch. Coffee/tea provided.

Funeral costs in Ontario are amongst the highest in North America. People seeking funeral services are often not aware that sales representatives are paid on commission; grieving families may be vulnerable to upselling and funeral homes are not always transparent in their pricing. A not-for-profit consumer co-operative funeral home in Ottawa operates on a model using community resources and provides a range of options for full traditional or simple funerals and memorial services. Our values are grounded in social justice. This presentation will review the essential decisions around funeral planning. Consumers who come unprepared to funeral planning can end up buying unnecessary and expensive products and services. Families need to know what to request or decline when arranging a funeral that reflects their values and preferences as well as their budget.
March 20, 2018 Lunch Meeting 12 to 3pm
April 24, 2018

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

Click here for map

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
  For further information please contact:
Sheila Perry, President
Algonquin Parking Map Tue Apr 18, 2017
Theme: AGM & Dinner

* Tue Sep 20 Karla Hilton from CBC Radio One
Behind the scenes of a CBC Radio Show
* Tue Oct 18 - Persons Day Tea
& Discussion with School Trustees
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
* Tue Nov 15 -Theme : Panel on Food Security & Safety
postponed from February
* Dec -Theme: Christmas Party
* Tue Jan 17, 2017 - Theme: Long Term & Palliative Care
* Tue Feb 21, 2017 - CANCELLED
* Wed March 8 - International Women's Day
Our 2017 IWD party will be our 13th – and you’ll want to be there!
Once again Ottawa Council of Women is joining local CFUW clubs at
Centrepointe on the evening of Wednesday, March 8
for a celebration of women’s achievements and progress.
* Tue Mar 21, 2017 - Theme: Resolutions Meeting
note time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
* Tue Apr 18, 2017 - Theme: AGM & Dinner
Apr 18/17 The Ottawa Council of Women
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5:30 pm to 9:00pm
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ottawa

5:30 pm: Registration/ Cash Bar Reception
6:00 pm: Dinner
Dinner Tickets $ 40.00 per person
For Menu and Dinner Registration please email:
Algonquin Parking Map
Please see map of the Algonquin College site here
  • Please see map of the Algonquin College site here
  • Our dinner is in Building D near the cafeteria in Salon D
  • Free parking after 5:00 pm is available in lots 8 and 9
  • Take the entrance through Building E down the hallway to Building D and towards the back left side
  • For those with mobility problems, there is an outside entrance and driveway access at the back door of Salon D but no parking there – just a drop off
  • Sign-in for pre-registered dinner guests starts at 5:30 pm
  • Federates are asked to prepare a short report from their organization
Mar 8/17
International Women's Day

International Women's Day
Save the date!
Our 2017 IWD party will be our 13th – and you’ll want to be there!
Once again Ottawa Council of Women is joining local CFUW clubs at
Centrepointe on the evening of Wednesday, March 8
for a celebration of women’s achievements and progress.
Mark your calendars now and invite your friends.
Features include:
• Polar Horizon’s France Rivet, tells her story of Arctic history that resonates today. See
• Musical guests Twin Flames, an award-winning duo who have been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year Award. See them at
• A Dessert Extravaganza – enjoy coffee and Treats’n’Sweets! Wine for sale by the glass.
You can register online at the CFUW website
in person at our January and February General Meetings;
or by telephone at 819-778-3438.

Feb/17 Ottawa Council of Women
February 2017 General Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jan/17 Ottawa Council of Women
January 2017 General Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

at Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista Drive/ Cunningham
11:00 am. Business Meeting
11:45 am. Light Lunch available
12:noon to 1: 00 pm. Speaker Presentation
Theme: Planning our New Central Public Library
Information and Discussion with OPL Officials:
Danielle McDonald, CEO, Ottawa Public Library
Elaine Condos, Central Library Project Lead
Anna Basile, Manager, Planning and Board Support
Allan Higdon, Board Member

Ottawa Council of Women (OCW)
November General Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Place: Rideau Park United Church,
2203 Alta Vista Drive/Cunningham
There is plenty of parking in two parking lots
Time: 11:00 to 12:00 Business Meeting
12 noon to 1 p.m. Panel Discussion (open to public)
Light Lunch will be available
Panel Discussion Theme:
“ Food Security – Access and Food Systems in Ottawa”
Panel Members:
· Kaitrin Doll, Anti-Poverty Community Coordinator
Rideau-Rockcliffe, Community Resource Centre
· Moe Garahan, Executive Director, Just Food
· Carissa Davis, Community Member
Sheila Perry, VP and Program Chair, OCW 613-744-1711

Oct/16 OCW October General Meeting (Updated)
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Persons Day

At: Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista Drive at Cunningham
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Persons Day Tea
12:00 noon - 1:00pm - Panel Discussion
Followed by Questions & Answers
TOPIC: Student Learning and School Accommodation Study
Ottawa Carleton District School Board Panelists:
1) Mike Carson - Chief Financial Officer, OCDSB
2) Shirley Seward – Chair of the Board. OCDSB Zone 11
3) Chris Ellis - Trustee, Zone 6 Rideau–Rockcliffe/ Alta Vista
1:15 p.m. Short Business Meeting
Student Learning and School Accommodation issues are important to all communities. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is reviewing plans to close a number of schools. As taxpayers, our voice is important for future planning in our City of Ottawa Public Schools.
For further information on the panel:
Sheila Perry, VP and Program Chair, OCW 613-407-7434 cell
Sep/16 Ottawa Council of Women General Meeting:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rideau Park United Church
2203 Alta Vista (Cunningham)
Meet and greet - 11:00a.m.
Business Meeting - 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Karla Hilton from CBC Radio One - 12:00 noon
Light Lunch available

Speaker: Karla Hilton from CBC Radio One Behind the scenes of a CBC Radio Show, How what you hear on the radio gets to air? Karla Hilton has been the senior producer of CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning for the past decade. Karla has been working with the CBC since 1995 as a reporter, a planning producer, an assignment editor and as a chase producer. Karla also teaches radio skills at the CBC. She has won several major awards for her work, including two Gabriel Awards, a Canadian Medical Association Broadcast award, and most recently the Gzowski Award from the Radio and Television News Directors for Ottawa Morning's coverage of the Parliament Hill Attack.
 Apr/16 Monday, April 18, 2016
Annual General Meeting

Algonquin College - 1385 Woodroffe Ave
International Restaurant
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Dinner (Tickets $38.00 each)
Menu and more info to follow
7:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting
9:00 p.m. Adjournment
Mar 19/16 Saturday, March 19, 2016
Resolutions Meeting
Overbrook Community Centre,
33 Quill Street, Corner of Queen Mary/Quill Street (Bus#18)
9:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee & Muffins
10:00 a.m. Local Council Discussion and Approval
of Proposed Provincial Ontario and National Resolutions
12:noon Lunch
12:30 p.m Resolution Meeting resumes
2:00p.m. approx. Adjournment
Mar 8/16 Poster Poster for Mar2016 event with CFUW     On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016
Come and Celebrate
Indigenous women in the Ottawa Area.
Look forward to a fabulous evening of
Food, Fashion, Fine Art and lots of Fun

Please join us,
CFUW-Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata &
The Ottawa Council of Women for

Moving Forward – One Step At A Time

on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 -5:30 p.m.
at the Centrepointe Atrium and Chamber,
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr
5:30 p.m. Reception in the Atrium

catered by Wawatay Catering - contemporary and traditional Algonquin cuisine.
(Check out their website at
7:00 p.m. Program in The Chamber
Fashion Show featuring the creations of Laura Leonard
fabulous Indigenous fashion designer based in Ottawa. Her creations include
beautiful wraps, gowns, purses, jewelry, and incredible shoes and boots.
(View the Laura Leonard Originals YouTube video at
Presentation and Slide Show on the current Aboriginal Arts Centre exhibit
By Linda Grussani, Director, Aboriginal Art Centre at Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
featuring the works of 12 internationally acclaimed Indigenous women artists
Master Storyteller - Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
Inuit Throatsingers

And more
Silent Auction - proceeds to scholarships
Tickets $30.00 - Register Online: - or send a cheque,
payable to CFUW-Ottawa, to Jean Chapman, 379 Hamilton Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 1C8

Information : Carol at 613-592-0124
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