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Shirley Browne died on Saturday, October 26, after an illness of several years.

Shirley was a long-time member of the Ottawa Council of Women who made a tremendous contribution to the work of the Council of Women. She was President of Ottawa Council from 1990 to 1993, and held many other positions on the Executive over the years, including Education Convener (1998 - 2001 and 2005 -2006), and Environment Convener (2001 -2004 and 2006 - 2009), as well as Second and First Vice-President. She was one of the Chairs of the long-running Centennial Committee which planned for Ottawa Council’s 100th Anniversary in 1994, and a member of the National Council's Committee which prepared for National’s centennial in 1993. She contributed greatly to communication between Ontario Councils as Bulletin Editor for many years for the Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO), and was made an Honorary Life Member of PCWO in 2002. Shirley was a pleasure to work with, cheerful, creative and positive in her outlook.
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2018 Provincial News
Provincial Council of Women of Ontario (PCWO) Newsletter Report (PDF)
2018 Newsletter Bulletins
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.
2017OCW-Gender Equity City Council
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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) 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
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Other News & Events
ACORN Re: affordable child care | Alzheimers Workshop | Christ Church Cathedral | Council on Aging | IODE 57th Annual House & Garden Tour | Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon | Neighbours Helping Neighbours | Nelson House
ACORN Members across Ontario are fighting for affordable child care! (2018)

The average cost of childcare in our province is $1200/ month. These are the highest fees in the entire country. Meanwhile, there are thousands of low income families on the waiting list for subsidy. Help us bring the fight for affordable child care to Ottawa!

Join ACORN members and allies at our next campaign planning meeting!When: Thursday, April 12th @6 pmWhere: Heron Road Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd).

Learn more about the campaign here: RSVP by e-mailing or calling 613-746-5999 ext.2
2018 IODE Tour IODE House & Garden Tour - May 12, 2018

Click for poster with full details of the 57th Annual House and Garden Tour, including where to buy tickets
2018Tulipathon Multifaith Housing Initiative

Save the date: Tulipathon 2018 (like Spring) is just around the corner! Please note that this year the event date (Sun., May 27) is later than usual.

Click the following links to download: This year we will be unveiling our new integrated online donation system for Tulipathon. We will update you in the coming weeks about how you can fundraise online!
Council on Aging Events List on their website

The above link will take you to the latest information on the Council of Aging website, including which events still are available or sold out.
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Neighbours Poster

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Training to support family and friends who are providing community-based Respite Care

Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Overbrook Community Centre,
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

To provide practical information for participants who would like to help the primary caregiver who is providing care to a family member, friend, or neighbour who is in frail health or who has ageing needs.

*role of family in caregiving,
*attitudes and boundaries for informal caregivers,
*normal & abnormal ageing,
*elder abuse,
*the grieving process,
*pain & comfort, safety issues.

There is no cost. However, participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. OCW will provide tea, coffee, and water.

The workshop, originally developed by the Victorian Order of Nurses, is supported by the National Association of Federal Retirees (NAFR). This workshop will be in English, however French Workshops are available on request.
Maximum number of participants is 12.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

Email or phone 613 728-9770
Alzheimer's Workshop
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Alzheimers 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

See poster for more details

Health professionals and community members invited.

RSVP 613-798-5111 or Catherine Bennett or Terry Black
  Band Together for Nelson House
  • Event on Friday, March 23, 7pm at All Saints Churchis 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
Christ Church Cathedral
To keep you centred and energized in your work and ministry, you are invited to try some or all of our labyrinth workshops for caregivers. This year we are offering the workshops on different days of the week to make them more accessible.

Save these dates:
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 Carrying the Weight of the World: The Complexity of Caregiving
Tues, Jan 16, 2018 When we Don't Know: Inner Guidance
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 Walking Together: Embracing Imperfection
Thurs, April 19, 2018 A Pause from Fixing: Sabbath Moments

All workshops take place at the labyrinth at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St, Ottawa from 1 to 3:30 pm, doors open at 12:30.

For more information, to register, contact Deacon Christine Jannasch or 613-818-1754
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