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Old Ottawa South Community Association

Christy's Corner - SOS my OSCA

As I write this, it’s one day after the Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) announced that it is closing its doors after 44 years.

OSCA was officially incorporated on October 17th, 1979. The loss of the OAC hit too close to home. I was struck by the number of friends sharing their memories of the OAC and recalled my own visits during high school. We’ve seen other institutions and businesses close in the last few months, while others have held on. But what resonates the most is how unexpected it feels. In many ways we overlook the very real possibility that a deep-rooted and well-established organization can close. But it can.

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Walk for the Centre Going Virtual!

Walk for the Centre Going Virtual!

Many in Old Ottawa South will remember the “Walk for the Centre” which runs every fall to promote awareness of food insecurity for many in our city, and to raise funds for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. The Centre serves a large central catchment area including OOS, and has students, seniors, recent immigrants, and rooming house occupants amongst its clients. In addition, the Food Centre’s 90-plus volunteers include a number of OOS residents. Several neighbourhood churches are members of the Centre’s parent organization and sponsor of the walkathon, the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC).

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GivingTuesday: OSCA is Raising $2,000 for a New Kitchen Stove & for the Annual After-Four Turkey Dinner

GivingTuesday: OSCA is Raising $2,000 for a New Kitchen Stove & for the Annual After-Four Turkey Dinner

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The “opening day of the giving season,” is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday. 

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Raising Funds for Refugees One Purse at a Time

Raising Funds for Refugees One Purse at a Time

On a recent bright Sunday, the dining room of a grand Old Ottawa South home had been transformed into a mini marketplace with purses atop china cabinets, tables lined with baskets of bangles and scarves and more wares hanging off door frames and wine racks. In the hallway, colourful scarves ran up the banister.

The reason for the makeover? The New to You Jewellery, Purse and Scarf Sale, one of the latest fundraising efforts of the Ottawa South Refugee Committee.

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