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Old Ottawa South Community Association

About OSCA (6)

Founded more than 40 years ago, 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. Since 1978, OSCA has made its home in a favourite neighborhood landmark called “The Firehall”. From the Firehall OSCA manages its program delivery, social events, neighbourhood gatherings and advocacy activities.

About the Old Ottawa South Community Fund

Joining the City of Ottawa in 1907, Old Ottawa South has actively promoted community from its inception. The Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) has a rich legacy of accomplishments driven by motivated citizens.

The Firehall is a great example of this legacy. Graham Fire Station #10 was in service in the 1920s and became obsolete 40-50 years later. OSCA volunteers who were looking for a home base for the association, saw this vacancy as an opportunity. After negotiating with the City of Ottawa and making some very basic renovations, the association was able to convert the Firehall into a community centre in 1978.

Twenty years later, in response to a growing population, the Firehall was in need of more renovations. Again, OSCA volunteers took it upon themselves to raise the resources needed to update the community centre. The Old Ottawa South Firehall Development Fund was created to help these fundraising efforts and in 2011 renovations, plus a brand-new addition were completed.

In today’s world, the leadership role of community associations has never been more important. It serves both as a catalyst to boost community engagement and the sense of shared responsibility towards each other’s current and future welfare. OSCA is proud to represent and defend the rights of Old Ottawa South citizens by supporting a variety of advocacy initiatives and delivering program services and special events to its population.

It’s with this mindset that OSCA is reviving the Old Ottawa South Community Fund. The purpose of the community fund is to provide a financial vehicle for raising money to improve necessary changes and upgrades to infrastructure and the delivery of programs and activities that benefit the OOS neighborhood. The Ottawa South Community Fund is a registered charity #896669520 RR 0001.

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Donate to the Old Ottawa South Community Fund

Created in 1998, the Old Ottawa South Community Fund (OSCF) is a registered charity (#896669520 RR 0001) dedicated to meeting the growing needs of the Old Ottawa South Community and to securing its future by improving programs, infrastructure and activities benefiting the whole neighbourhood.

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About the OSCA Website

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 online 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 weekly to keep you up to date on upcoming events and the latest news.

OSCA board meeting agendas, minutes and related reports are posted as soon as 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. 

To post an event, please login to your website account and follow the prompts in the event calendar listing. To submit an article or photo, email the Web Editor, Kathy Krywicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We welcome your feedback!

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OSCA Office Staff

Christy Savage - Executive Director

Christy Savage

Executive Director

Christy Savage

Christy Savage

Executive Director


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. With a career spanning more than 25 years, 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. Phone: 613-247-4946
Sarah Cybulski - Program Director

Sarah Cybulski

Program Director

Sarah Cybulski

Sarah Cybulski

Program Director


Sarah was born and raised in the small town of Killaloe in the Ottawa Valley. At 19, she started working for the Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living as a counsellor for their camp for adults with special needs. 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, graduating 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 complete 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 taken 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. Phone: 613-247-4946
Matthew Mitchell - Administrative Coordinator

Matthew Mitchell

Administrative Coordinator

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell

Administrative Coordinator


Matthew grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. In his teens he began volunteering with several organizations in the hopes of discovering a passion to pursue as a career. Volunteering with organizations like: Free the Children, Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club, Rotaract, Green Venture and the YMCA, Matthew learned first hand the importance and impact of volunteerism for both the community and individual. He finished highschool with the goal of pursuing teaching.Matthew moved to Ottawa to do an undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. At the end of his degree he decided teaching was not for him. After University he began working at Dovercourt Recreation Association. It was here experienced non-profit recreation and became captivated by working in a non-profit and recreation setting. He is excited to be working with OSCA and hopes to help facilitate volunteerism in the community.In his spare time Matthew is an avid hiker and runner. He enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, and is a staunch supporter of the Montreal Canadiens. Phone: 613-247-4946
Luke Sears - Administrative Support

Luke Sears

Administrative Support

Luke Sears

Luke Sears

Administrative Support


Luke was born and raised on the east coast of Canada in the small town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. He moved to Ottawa in autumn 2009 after graduating high school to attend Carleton University. After realizing Psychology might not be the right path for him, he left Carleton and enrolled at Algonquin College to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. During his 4 years at Algonquin he worked at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. After graduating with honors he continued to work in the accommodation sector for a couple of years and has now joined OSCA looking for a new challenge and a change of scenery. He is excited about the new direction and looking forward to becoming a part of the community. Outside of work, Luke enjoys frequent exercise such as heavy weightlifting several times a week and cycling wherever possible. He also has a passion for the arts: he has played piano and guitar for many years and has recently developed an interest in sketching and watercolor painting. Phone: 613-247-4946
Darcy Middaugh - Preschool and Child Program Coordinator

Darcy Middaugh

Preschool and Child Program Coordinator

Darcy Middaugh

Darcy Middaugh

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.
Katherine Boisvert - Preschool and Child Program Coordinator

Katherine Boisvert

Preschool and Child Program Coordinator

Katherine Boisvert

Katherine Boisvert

Preschool and Child Program 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.
Becca Wallace - Program Guide Graphic Designer

Becca Wallace

Program Guide Graphic Designer

Becca Wallace

Becca Wallace

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. Phone: 613-247-4946
Chris Lawson - Website support

Chris Lawson

Website support

Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson

Website support


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 https://cmkl.ca/.
Erik van der Torre - Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Erik van der Torre

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Erik van der Torre

Erik van der Torre

Communications and Marketing Coordinator


Erik and his family moved to Ottawa in 2009. Not knowing much about Ottawa at all - Erik was born and raised in the Netherlands - they still count their lucky stars they ended up in Old Ottawa South all those years ago. Since his arrival, Erik has been an active and engaged member of the community; he has been a member of Hopewell Avenue Public School’s council for several years, served on the OSCA board for 2 years, is an active member of OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee, and he was the chair of the Every Leaf Counts campaign, which raised over $200k for the complete renovation of Hopewell Ave PS’s Primary Yard. Erik also writes the monthly Business Beat column for the OSCAR. Erik holds a Masters in English and a PhD in Linguistic Science from Leiden University. Following a brief career as a Forensic Speech Scientist at the Dutch Forensic Institute, Erik switched things up and began a career in marketing research. For several years he served as Research Director at a boutique marketing, strategy, and research firm in Vancouver, BC. Since moving to Ottawa, Erik has been juggling various roles, including, but not limited to, stay-at-home-dad, community volunteer, and freelance marketing research professional.

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About the Old Ottawa South Community Association

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:

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  • 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.

In the early months of each year, the nominating committee seeks to identify members of the community who wish to be nominated for the following year's Board. All OOS residents are encouraged to express their interest to OSCA, either by phone at 613-247-4872 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Interested members of the community are encouraged to come out to observe, or participate in, monthly Board meetings. To participate on a particular issue, send an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the Wednesday previous to the meeting and ask that you be added to the agenda as a guest.

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 OSCA Annual General Meeting (AGM)


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!

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613-247-4946