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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • We need your support

    We need your support

    At a time when community matters more than ever, we're at risk of closing our doors. Due to COVID-19, our beloved Firehall has been largely closed since March. Now, without more funding, we face shutting down for good. Please, donate to the Campaign to Save Our Firehall, and help us continue providing programming, serving our community, and bringing friends and neighbours together for many years to come.

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 SAVE OUR FIREHALL

We are now “ringing the bell” and calling on all residents to help Save Our Firehall! We need your help to keep our community centre open. Restrictions due to COVID-19 have had a huge impact on our Firehall’s ability to sustain itself. To thrive, the Firehall relies on revenues from the programs it delivers. The City owns the Firehall and maintains it but doesn’t cover operational costs. If we are to make up the shortfall in operational costs, we need to fundraise. How can you help? You can help by pledging your financial support on a monthly basis. No amount is too small or too big. Every donation 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.

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OSCA and Fall Programming - Christy's Corner

OSCA and Fall Programming - Christy's Corner

We’ve been busier than ever at OSCA over the past few months. Even though the Firehall is not full to the brim with summer camps, we’ve been working behind the scenes with our virtual summer camps, yoga and fitness classes.

We’ve also been hard at work planning next steps for reopening the Firehall. After much consideration and discussion, the Executive Committee, Staff and Board of Directors have decided to launch programs in four phases:

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Working towards 2020 Fall Programming

Before March, before COVID-19, before the closure of City recreational facilities, and before the closure of The Firehall, OSCA’s Executive Committee met quarterly unless special circumstances demanded otherwise.

Once federal, provincial, and municipal governments (in collaboration with public health authorities) ordered an immediate lockdown, OSCA cancelled all programming, including the Firehall Fitness Centre, the Pottery Studio, as well as on-site Board and Committee meetings.

Thus began our virtual community lives by Zoom. The Executive now meets weekly - more often when required - and updates the Board of Directors on actions taken and makes recommendations/proposals to the Board.

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Our Virtual Summer Programs Have Started  -  Registration is Ongoing!

Our Virtual Summer Programs Have Started - Registration is Ongoing!

Our Summer Virtual Programs started the week of July 6th, but registration is ongoing! If you haven't had a chance to do so already, we highly recommend you check out our Virtual Summer Program Guide, which is chock-full of exciting virtual programs, classes, and workshops for all ages! And did you know we are running Virtual Summer Camps? Each camp week has a different theme and next week's theme will be "Science Week". 

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Amilia Update

Amilia Update

In the first week of March - which feels like a LOT longer than two months ago - we announced that OSCA will be changing its registration system for Fall registrations to Amilia:

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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.

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Online Activities for School Age Children

Online Activities for School Age Children

For older children in our Breakfast Club and After-Four programs, we have been meeting on Zoom twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) and giving them and us an opportunity to hang out (virtually of course) with their friends from Firehall. 

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613-247-4946