Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • OSCA's Summer Camp guide is here!

    OSCA's Summer Camp guide is here!

    We're ready and excited to welcome campers back to the Firehall and we have a fantastic lineup of camps prepared with safety always a top priority. Click the button below to check out the full guide!

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  • We still have a long way to go

    We still have a long way to go

    All of us at OSCA (staff and volunteers) thank you for your generosity. Your pledges and contributions have surpassed $75,000! We still have a long way to go but you have added the equivalent of six additional weeks – that’s a lot to be proud of!

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We’ve come a long way since March of last year! There is certainly a familiar (and at times frustrating) rhythm to COVID-19 restrictions but we continue to adapt, offering community programming when safe and possible under official health guidelines. 

Our in-person After-4 program has been running since September 2020 and continues to grow as we become more confident and more knowledgeable about how to manage groups safely. We are adapting to changing COVID-19 scenarios, developing in-person activities (especially for children) to explore and learn in an active, safe and fun setting, outside and inside.

Thank you for your support and generosity.  Whether it’s registering for a program or pledging your financial support on a monthly basis, every contribution counts. Monthly pledges add up over time and with many families pledging their support we can make sure that our community centre remains open in 2021.


Photo by Bryan Delaney.

Birdhouses and Fundraising Update

Last month we shared a story called “Birdhouses Galore” describing Shelley and Sean Kennedy’s stockpile of homemade birdhouses. It began as a hobby to while away the pandemic hours, but soon enough there were more birdhouses than any one backyard could possibly use. And so the Kennedys decided to fundraise for the Firehall, selling the birdhouses for $10/each on the Old Ottawa South Group Facebook page.

As of mid-April, 41 birdhouses have gone out the door to provide new homes for our feathered friends in OOS. Shelley and Sean continue to be impressed by the generosity of their neighbours. Donations from the “birdhouse lark” now total $825 – proof positive that no donation is too small and that every dollar counts.

A Season for Family, Friends and Community

A Season for Family, Friends and Community

Dear Community,

I hope you are well and in good spirits this festive season.

We recognize that the provincewide shutdown beginning December 26th will be in place for the next several weeks. We’ve made it this far as a community, and OSCA is committed to continuing to do all we can to keep our community safe. We are paying careful attention to the new regulations and will be communicating updates on a regular basis.  The centre will remain closed until the restrictions are lifted. We will continue to run programs virtually. We will be in touch with clients of After 4 with pertinent updates.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media or go to oldottawasouth.ca for regular updates.

Save Our Firehall Campaign Update

Save Our Firehall Campaign Update

As of Wednesday, December 9th, OSCA’s Save Our Firehall campaign has raised $36,429.

“We have a long way to go to reach our goal of $300,000 but we are encouraged by the support we have received so far. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving and we are so grateful,” said OSCA President Richard Slowikowski. The Save Our Firehall fundraising campaign was launched online on November 24th and in print in OSCAR’s December issue.


Support for the SAVE OUR FIREHALL campaign pours in

Old Ottawa South residents are answering the call to support the Old Firehall Community Centre.

OSCA’s SAVE THE FIREHALL campaign — initiated in October to meet a funding shortfall caused by COVID-19 — has shown organizers the community’s generosity and volunteer spirit, said OSCA President Richard Slowikowski.

“We’re meeting old friends, making new ones and seeing support from many different quarters,” he said.

We Continue To Be Here For You - OSCA Staff Update

We Continue To Be Here For You - OSCA Staff Update

The Firehall is closed. Our March Break camps were cancelled, as well as the remainder of our Winter Session Programs. And with the extension of the closure of all of the City’s recreation centres until at least June 30th, we have now also had to cancel our Spring programs. But as we are sure you know, OSCA’s staff have been as busy as ever these past few weeks.


OSCA Available By Phone Again

The closure of the Firehall has had a huge impact on all of us and like many, we are all missing the connections that our community space provides. As you have probably seen in the news, the City of Ottawa has announced that all recreation facilities will be closed until at least June 30th, 2020, and this includes the Firehall. One of the consequences of the closure is that we also do not have access to our phone line to answer questions and provide assistance.


Firehall currently closed, programs cancelled until further notice

As a result of the announcement that City facilities will be closed and following the recommendations made by the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, and Federal government agencies, we have made the difficult choice to cancel all OSCA programming; this includes the Firehall Fitness Centre, the Pottery Studio, Board and Committee public meetings.

OSCA’s Winter Art Show

OSCA’s Winter Art Show

January marks the second month of OSCA's Winter Art Exhibit at the Firehall. The exhibit continues to the end of February 2020 and is open for viewing seven days of the week, the same hours of operation as the Firehall at 260 Sunnyside Avenue.

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Green Dreamers

Old Ottawa South's Community Garden Brigade

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