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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Join Us for Community and Recreation Programming this Fall! Programs for All Ages.

    Join Us for Community and Recreation Programming this Fall! Programs for All Ages.

    Registration for Fall programming now open! Join us this Fall and reconnect safetly with your friends & neighbours. Register Today!
  • Fitness Classes In-Person and Virtual. Memberships options available - Join Today!

    Fitness Classes In-Person and Virtual. Memberships options available - Join Today!

    Fitness classes at the Firehall, Windsor Park, and online begin on September 7th. Get back into fitness this Fall with the Firehall. Register Today!
  • Should we make OOS a model community for healthy aging?

    Should we make OOS a model community for healthy aging?

    Seniors Watch of Old Ottawa South believes that healthy aging, community involvement and economic regeneration are synergistic. We would like to demonstrate this by making Old Ottawa South a model age-friendly community as we rebuild from the pandemic. Our group of volunteers are working to identify needs as well as creative responses. We need to hear from everyone - seniors and others - who have an interest in making the neighbourhood an even better place in which to raise their families and grow old. Click here to fill out the survey!

 SAVE OUR FIREHALL

We’ve come a long way since March of last year.  The Firehall is now offering summer camps and activities and preparing for Fall programs: in person and online. All of us at OSCA (staff and volunteers) thank you for your support and generosity. Your pledges and contributions have surpassed $85,000.

This summer the majority of our summer camps are outdoors at Windsor Park. Safety remains our top priority and we continue to meet and even exceed Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 recommendations. Our staff to child ratio is 1 to 5. We look forward to seeing you again this summer and fall.

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One of the works available in the Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction.

SAVE OUR FIREHALL Online Art Auction

A chance to beautify your home while donating to a great cause

The Save Our Firehall Online Art Auction was inspired by several amazing individuals and families in OOS who’ve come up with unique, inventive, and creative ways to raise money for the Save Our Firehall campaign: neighbours like Shelley and Sean Kennedy, who built birdhouses, or Candace Newman and family who baked ‘Fire cookies.’

When I saw those posts on the Old Ottawa South Facebook Group, I wondered how I might contribute. Perhaps by selling or auctioning a painting? But it wasn’t until Bess Fraser contacted the Firehall with an idea to auction off one of her paintings, that the idea took hold. OSCA staff members Darcy Middaugh and Luke Sears contacted Winnie Pietrykowski and me and we started brainstorming about how we could expand this idea.

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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.

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Questions & Answers on OSCA's Save Our Firehall Campaign

The following article was printed in the March 2021 of the OSCAR. We have adapted the article for online reading, abbreviated where we could, and reorganized some of the information in response to some very helpful suggestions.

Save Our Firehall

In Response to Your Questions

Since launching OSCA’s fundraising campaign to Save Our Firehall, we have received a variety of messages by email and phone encouraging us, lending both moral and financial support. We thank you for this kindness and generosity.

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Photo by Shelley & Sean Kennedy.

Birdhouses Galore

“It started as a bit of a lark – birdhouses everywhere in our basement and a throw away comment of ‘hey, maybe people would want them for a donation to the Firehall?’ explained Shelley Kennedy.

“And now we have requests for 58 birdhouses! My husband Sean is astonished at the attention this has received.” The birdhouses are made from used skids or pallets collected from local businesses, a recycling hobby that Sean started to while away pandemic hours. The skids are not “treated” and are safe for our local birds. Aside from cross-country skiing, work and family the recycled birdhouses are filling in some of Sean’s creative play when “staying at home” is the best way to beat COVID-19.

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How Fire-Coloured Meringue Cookies Became a Neighbourhood Hit!

How Fire-Coloured Meringue Cookies Became a Neighbourhood Hit!

“It’s been a family affair” says Candace Newman, “imagined at the dinner table and realized by the talents at hand.”

It’s hard to say where the inspiration came from; it’s as if several ideas came together at once. Initially, Candace was inspired by Kim Elmslie’s sale of her homemade Ottawa puzzles with proceeds re-directed to Save our Firehall, OSCA’s Fundraising Campaign for programming. “What can I do?” thought Candace, “what can I offer?”

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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.

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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.

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