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…

The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

OSCA recognizes its integral role within a diverse community. The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group was initiated to enlist multiple perspectives and experiences within the community of Old Ottawa South to inform OSCA’s active commitment to fair and equitable provision, implementation, and impact of services, programs and role within the community. The goals of the working group are:

#RingTheBell and Save Our Firehall!

#RingTheBell and Save Our Firehall!

On Tuesday, November 24th 2020, an email was sent out to residents of Old Ottawa South, marking the official launch of the fundraising campaign to Save Our Firehall. We are very excited about how many people have already responded to our plea to Ring the Bell and Save Our Firehall and we hope we can keep the momentum going!

SAVE OUR FIREHALL

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,…

The Rewards of Fundraising – Save Our Firehall

Over the past few months we have kept you informed about the overall impact of the pandemic on OSCA’s operations and finances. While we have tried our best to remain positive and optimistic, you will have noticed that over time the messaging has shifted from “we’ll get through this” to “we are going to need help if we want to keep the Firehall open.” Over the past months, Staff, the Board, the Executive, and…

OSCA AGM Held Via Zoom

OSCA AGM Held Via Zoom

The 2020 OSCA AGM was held on October 20, 2020—but this year it was an AGM with a difference! Because of the restrictions encountered by COVID-19, an in-person AGM was impossible. The AGM is usually held in May but it was postponed this year in the hopes that the restrictions would be lifted and an in-person meeting would be possible. Finally, OSCA gave in and held the meeting in October.

OSCA Receives Generous Red Cross Grant for Spring and Summer Virtual Programs

OSCA Receives Generous Red Cross Grant for Spring and Summer Virtual Programs

The Old Ottawa South Community Association recently received an important grant from Red Cross Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program for Non-Profits, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada. This grant was awarded to OSCA for the effort made by staff to pivot from in-person programming to free or Pay-What-You-Can based virtual programming for the Spring and Summer sessions. The grant…

The Big Myth about OSCA’s Funding – President’s Report September 2020

So what do you think is the biggest myth about the Old Ottawa South Community Association? Most of the people I talk to in the neighbourhood think that OSCA is funded by the City of Ottawa. Here is the reality. The City owns the Firehall and is responsible for the maintenance of the building. The City, however, does not cover the operational costs. Operational costs include: staff wages; instructor fees; program supplies; the equipment…

The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge has been a source of concern for neighbouring residents for years. At street level, it is unsafe and unpleasant for pedestrians and cyclists. From a distance, the bridge is beautiful with its rounded arches crossing the canal and has a historic designation – it should be a joy to cross, but it is not. Since he has been in office, Councillor Shawn Menard and his staff have been working…

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