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Content explaining the who what how where and why of the Old Ottawa South Community Association
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.
Growing up in Europe and Canada, as well as spending a year living in India, Christy has always had a passion for culture and what builds strong communities. In her early teens she began volunteering as an integration aid for children with special needs and came to see the vital role a community centre has in serving as the hub of the community in a variety of ways.
Having pursued a career spanning over 25 years in community and recreation Christy has built an extensive experience base in recreation and enrichment, community outreach, special events and fundraising.
Christy spent her high school years in Ottawa, attending St Pius X high school before moving to Montreal for university. After graduating from Concordia University with a BA Honours in Political Anthropology, she returned to Ottawa for two years to pursue graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology and Mediation at Carleton University. Christy returned to Montreal and began working as a coordinator for the YMCA. Soon after she was approached by a local parent’s group to plan and launch a recreational/enrichment program for elementary school aged children. For 16 years Christy was the Executive Director of that program, while continuing her community involvement by volunteering on local boards. During that time she also graduated with a BA specialization in Psychology, and completed a certificate in non-profit management at Mount Royal University.
Since June 2012 Christy has been the Executive Director of OSCA. The association has seen much change since Christy began, and she looks forward to further growth and expansion, the launch of exciting new programs, special events and community initiatives.
Preschool, Children & Youth Program Program Director
Sarah was born and raised in the small town of Killaloe in the Ottawa Valley. Being inspired by her mother, a school support counsellor, she realized she wanted to work with children. At 19, she started working for the Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living as a counsellor for their special needs camp. The next year, Sarah directed the camp and coordinated a charity golf tournament that helped to fund it. Since then, she’s also helped to coordinate recreation programs at the MS Society in Ottawa and at the Jack Purcell Community Centre.
Sarah attended the University of Ottawa, and graduated with a Honours Bachelor with Specialization in Human Kinetics and Minor in Biology. While doing her bachelor’s, she developed a love for coaching, sport psychology, and community development. She went on to do a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics, also at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explored how Special Olympics coaches help their athlete to develop essential life skills. Sarah hopes to be able to integrate her experiences and her education to develop more amazing programs for OSCA.
In her spare time, Sarah plays hockey, softball, volleyball and has recently taking up curling. You may also see her strumming her guitar or banging on a set of drums. She loves to attend concerts, travel, and dabble in photography.
Preschool and Child Program Coordinator
Darcy has been working with children for over 20 years in Ottawa. After returning from Loyalist College in the ECE program, Darcy coordinated several programs for preschool and school-aged children at other community centres around the city.
He’s been at OSCA for a decade and has greatly enjoyed his time in OOS. You may know Darcy from the programs he has coordinated here, including Everything But The Kitchen Sink JK-SK Camps, the JK-SK After-Four program, and many preschool programs around the Firehall. He’s also been heavily involved in helping at special events such as Fall Fest, the Porch Sale, and Breakfast with Santa.
Darcy has recently taken on coordinating episodic recreation programs for school-aged children after school.
In his spare time, you might catch Darcy playing his guitar and performing for others at different events. He also enjoys travelling, playing hockey and going camping during the summer.
Preschool Instructor Grade 1-4 After 4 Coordinator
Katherine has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a passion for working with children of all ages and stages.
She began working at the Firehall one morning a week 12 years ago in what it is now known as our Busy Kids playgroup.
In November 2015 she joined the our after four program as the coordinator of the grade 1-3's. Her creative side can be seen in the crafts the children create in her programs.
You will often catch her and a crew of children making decorations for the centre in the lobby area of the Firehall.
Gr. 4-6 After-Four and Youth Night Coordinator
Lance was born and raised on the farmlands in Windsor, Ontario. He moved to Ottawa when he was nine years old, once again residing in the rural area around Ottawa. He prides himself on being a “country boy.” Lance attended St. Patrick’s High School in the Alta Vista area.
At eight years old, Lance started attending Christie Lake Kids summer camps. He believes that his experience at Christie Lake Kids changed his life and helped him be the person he is today. Eventually, Lance became a junior counsellor there once he was old enough. He worked his way up through the ranks and became their canoe instructor.
Camp was just part of Lance’s journey, however. He feels priviledged to have helped out at other organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Little Ray’s Reptiles, and Tim Horton’s camps.
Lance’s mission is to make sure that every child and staff member has a great time at OSCA. Although OSCA is still new for Lance, he feels as though he’s family here; as such, he strives to put a a smile on everybody’s face who comes to the Firehall.
Admin Support and Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Natasha was born and raised in the Nation's Capital and has grown more and more passionate about the city over the years. She studied at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, completing her Bachelor's Degree as well as a Graduate Program Certificate. Natasha specializes in Communications and Events, and is thrilled to be able to contribute to community life in Old Ottawa South.
In her spare time Natasha enjoys cycling, recreational sports, and attending local events in the city. She is happy to be working with the team at OSCA, where her values align with the values that we have for the community.
Natasha discovered her passion for community involvement through her studies at Algonquin College in the Event Management program. She decided that she wanted to focus her efforts on the improvement of community programs and events. Thus she is working with the team at OSCA to create a fulfilling and enriching community in Old Ottawa South.
Program Guide Graphic Designer
Becca has lived in Old Ottawa South nearly all her life and is deeply attached to this community. She moved here with her family when she was 8 years old and attended Hopewell public school. After graduating from Glebe Collegiate she attended Carleton University and received her B.A. in communications. After graduating she found herself craving a more creative profession and decided to focus on photography and design. Becca decided to leave Ottawa for a couple of years to study at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. When she completed her diploma she moved back to Old Ottawa South and pursued a career in photography and art.
Becca has worked as a corporate photographer for over 10 years. She has worked for a variety of clients around the city, including architects, builders and advertising agencies. Becca has been working as an artist since 2008, she has been very lucky to have had her worked featured by a variety of local news outlets, including Ottawa magazine, CTV news and the OSCAR.
Becca is an avid amateur gardener and is a member of the Brewer Park Community Garden, where she volunteers as the internal communications coordinator. She loves baking and cooking (especially when it’s with the produce grown in her garden plot). Becca has also sat on the board of directors for the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School as the communications chair.
Amy was born in the small town of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta. Her family moved to Ottawa when she was a toddler. She is now thrilled to be raising her family here as well. After graduating high school at St. Peter high school in Orleans, Amy earned an honours diploma in Police Sciences and has also studied Business Administration at Algonquin College.
Amy discovered her passion for community involvement, recreational programming and volunteer work through her children’s participation in a small community sports and recreation organization. Amy has also developed a desire to help bring sports and recreational programming to families that face cultural, social, and financial barriers.
Amy came to us from a local private online high school, where she was hired in 2011 for her superior customer service skills. She grew from being an administrative assistant in their Student Services Department to running all the day to day functions of the school. Amy was the school’s Admissions Manager, Guidance Manager, Human Resources Manager, and Teacher Liaison/Manager. Amy hopes to use her extensive administrative experience to keep the OSCA office running smoothly and efficiently.
She is actively involved in parent council at her boy’s schools. In her free time Amy enjoys reading, walking, yoga, and camping.
Chris Lawson is a freelance writer and web producer who has lived in Old Ottawa South since 2008. A Toronto expatriate, Ottawa has been home since 1992. He produced his first website in 1996 and has been fascinated by computer-mediated communications since 1986 when 2400 BAUD modems were exotic luxury items. He’s an avid road cyclist and wilderness canoe tripper. He blogs at http://cmkl.ca/
OSCA and The OSCA Board
Vision: OSCA — At the centre of our vibrant and dynamic community in the heart of the city.
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.
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!