The Old Ottawa South Community Association is currently recruiting members from the community to join our Board of Directors or to sit on one of our active Committees!
Emilie Taman announced her candidacy for Capital Ward on January 29, 2018, saying she’s running to provide strong and responsive representation at City Hall for all residents, and to contribute to building a more inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable Ottawa. “Capital Ward needs a councillor who will consult, listen and work collaboratively to build stronger communities in the ward and a better city—for families, seniors, students, young professionals, LGBTQ+ individuals, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers to Canada,” she said.
This year, forty years since OSCA started running programs in the then newly renovated Firehall, I am going to look back 40 years to each month’s OSCAR to see what was happening and what people felt was important in 1978.
Do you live, work, or own a business in Old Ottawa South, or just want to keep up on what's happening? Then this website is for you. Find out what the community association and residents are doing to make it a great place to be. Sign up for the newsletter, submit your own events, articles, and photos. Have a look around and be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter News Between the Bridges. It's free, and only one email a week keeps you up to date on what's going on in the neighbourhood. You can also follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.
You'll find all our popular seasonal programs here, too. Follow the links on the home page to download our program guide or to register for programs online.
Our events calendar displays events in, around, or of relevance to Old Ottawa South, and when you subscribe, our weekly e-mail newsletter will appear in your email box to keep you up to date on upcoming events and the latest news.
All OSCA board meeting agendas, minutes and related reports are posted as soon as they are available, so you can keep abreast of current local issues and attend an upcoming meeting if there is a topic of interest to you. You can find out all about OSCA, its board members and committees, and discover volunteer opportunities that let you contribute to the betterment of your community.
Current and past issues of our community newspaper, the OSCAR, are available online.
We are also the home of the Ottawa South History Project, a repository of ongoing research by local history buffs who want to discover and share the community's unique history.
We invite you to explore our website. Check back often to see what's new and happening.
OSCA and The OSCA Board
Mission: OSCA builds a strong sense of community and engages the residents of OOS through its various programs, services and activities.
The Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is a group of community volunteers whose goal is to make Old Ottawa South (OOS) a pleasant, fulfilling, and meaningful place to live. (To learn more about Old Ottawa South's neighbourhood, click here.)
OSCA strives to improve quality of life in the community in a variety of ways, including:
- offering social events to strengthen community bonds and help neighbours get to know each other
- providing educational, sports, fitness, and recreational programming to the community, including the enriching after-school programs that are so important to working parents
- working actively to promote and protect the interests of the community with regard to planning and future development in and around OOS
- ensuring that the community's interests are effectively communicated to the public, City of Ottawa, and other governments and agencies whose activities may affect OOS
- keeping the community informed about activities and opportunities of interest to the community
- initiating new programs and policies from time to time to benefit the community
OSCA operates from the Ottawa South Community Centre, aka the "Old Firehall", at 260 Sunnyside Avenue, where it holds most of its popular programs, various community and committee meetings, monthly Board meetings, and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
OSCA is managed by a board of volunteers from the community, who form the OSCA Board of Directors and Executive. A variety of committees made up of interested OOS residents and Board members help run OSCA's activities. There is a committee that manages OSCA's program offerings, special events, and zoning, development and traffic issues.
The activities of OSCA and the Board are governed by the Association's Bylaws, policies approved by the board and standard operating procedures. The affairs of the association are subject to review each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is held on the first Tuesday in May.
OSCA Monthly Board Meeting
The OSCA Board meets in the Community Centre at the Old Firehall at 260 Sunnyside Avenue on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The Board does not meet during July and August.
Issues such as new development, city planning, or activities at City Council that affect Old Ottawa South are discussed, and the committees present their monthly reports. Motions may be presented and decisions taken regarding actions the Association may take on these issues.
Each month's agenda is published on the website before the meeting so that OOS residents interested in the issues to be covered can attend the meeting if they wish.
All agendas, minutes, and reports are also published on the website when they become available.
The AGM takes place on the first Tuesday of each May at 7:30 pm at the Old Firehall, 260 Sunnyside Avenue.
At every AGM, the President, Executive, and Committee Chairs present their annual reports, including the annual financial report. Other current business that members raise may be discussed, including any proposed changes to Association policies or bylaws. Then the nominations for the next year's Board are presented and voted on by all "members in good standing", who are any OOS residents who have been registered OSCA members for at least 3 months prior to the AGM.
Any OOS resident is welcome to attend, whether or not they are registered OSCA members. In fact, this is a good time to register and find out more about the community, especially if you are new to the neighbourhood.
Every year's AGM is different depending on the issues of the day, but it is always interesting, and always concludes with a delicious wine and cheese.
So keep an eye out for the April OSCAR or visit this website for the year's AGM announcement, and mark your calendars for the first Tuesday in May!