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Reminder : Join us on Monday, February 17th from 11am to 3pm for Family day activities at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill street

Join us on February 18th for an OCA sponsored debate for the provincial by-election. 815 St-Laurent from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Community Announcements

Invitation to Celebrate International Mother Language Day 2020 in Ottawa through the Lens of Intercultural & Intergenerational Dialogue

Can Ottawa be a role model in creating a society of Intercultural and Intergenerational harmony? 

We believe that Ottawa is ready to create a meaningful and flourishing society which can serve as a role model for the rest of the world.

On Saturday 22nd February 2020, we are committed to show how we, as a diverse but integrated group of Canadians, can make a positive impact in the lives of millions living in this age of unthinkable opportunities. We would like to show how the growing interconnectedness among us is shining a bright light toward a yet to be realized shared outcome; a goal is being created by the hearts and minds of caring and responsible individuals as we all work with our good intentions. 

On behalf of Pro-active Education for All Children’s Enrichment (PEACE) and Bangla Caravan, may we sincerely invite your participation so this goal can be revealed, a gem in the making by our combined efforts. At the end of our event, we are confident that this purposeful and fun exercise we are proposing will show us some answers to the question: what can we do to make us all win together?

      We suggest a Venn diagram approach to display our organizations’ interconnectedness to one another. We will discover exponentially more than we know now, and then we can consciously create pathways and partnerships to intensify our efforts, increase our efficiencies, and create an ocean of possibilities.

 Please note that the event will be taking place on Saturday February 22nd, 2020 from (3:00 to 8:00) pm at Rideau Community Hub (former Rideau High School) at 815 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa. For the details of the event, please refer to the attached postcard.

One Thousand Women: The state of housing and homelessness for women in our city.

Many women are often are not counted among homeless in Ottawa. Researchers in Ottawa have brought to our attention that many homeless women couch surf with friends for a week here and there with their kids in tow.  Uncounted and underserved until they have worn out their welcome.

On Thursday, March 5th at 6 pm, at Ashbury College, 362 Mariposa Ave, Cornerstone  will be hosting, along with Harmony House, and Interval House of Ottawa, a panel called One Thousand Women: The state of housing and homelessness for women in our city. 

CBC’s Rita Celli will moderate, plus Kaite Burkholder Harris will be our subject matter expert, as Co-Lead of Linking Leaders

One Thousand Women become homeless in Ottawa each year.

Right now, our city is experiencing a housing crisis and we have declared a housing emergency . We collectively need to discuss the issues of homelessness and lack of affordable and supportive housing – especially for women. 

We know from experience, that when you give a woman a safe, permanent home, they can heal and recover. With support and a fixed address, women can access help like counseling, mental health, drug and alcohol recovery, education and work services

Registration LInk

Ontario Gov : Consultation: developing a new Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario

The Ontario government is asking for feedback for their new Poverty Reduction Strategy. Deadline to participate is March 30th 2020.


Volunteer Opportunities – Newspaper Ad Manager and more

Our association is busy and taking on more projects, but we need your help! Contact us at if you can take on one of these roles.

OCA Newspaper – Connexions

  • Ad Manager
  • Newspaper Delivery Helpers
  • Newspaper Writer for articles (next deadline March 13th for April issue)

Humans of Overbrook (new project inspired by Humans of New York)

  • Post Writer

Social Media

  • Twitter Manager

Safety Committee

  • Project Lead – Gardening workshop connecting seniors and youth

Overbrook Family Day, OCA Fundraiser with the Ottawa 67’s and more

OCA Family Day event

Fundraiser for OCA with the Ottawa 67’s (click on image for link)

OCA supports Councillor McKenney’s call to declare a housing emergency in Ottawa (click on image for link)

Community Event – Bike Minds – tales of the bicycle

Picture a cyclist, and what do you see – a well-to-do downtowner riding a “fixie”, or a sporty suburbanite clad in Lycra? Look a little deeper though, and you may be surprised by what you find.

BIKE MINDS is a storytelling event where positive and inspiring bike-related stories are shared in front of a live audience from a diverse range of storytellers. Our mission is to change the way you think about people who ride bikes.

Since 2018, we’ve run nearly a dozen events in the Toronto area, where we’ve heard stories from a wide range of backgrounds, including newcomers, neighbours, civil servants, and community leaders, who’ve all had unique and powerful experiences related to cycling. Now in 2020, BIKE MINDS is officially launching in Ottawa!

Join us at the Mill St Brew Pub 555 Wellington  (on the Ottawa River MUP and just a 10 minute walk from Pimisi and Lyon O-Train stations) on Wednesday January 29th for this free exciting event launch!

6:30PM – Doors open, mix & mingle (cash bar)

7:00PM – Event startsLINEUP:
Paul Galipeau: adventure cyclist, route builder, one-man hype squad
Christina Bouchard: explorer, designer, planner and public institution builder
Shawn Smith: father, transportation engineer, nature-lover
Cécile Lecoq: French and Canadian, transit geek, cycling advocate
Linda Collette: Free Spirit, Self-propelled commuter, nature lover
+ More to be announced soon!

The bicycle supports the first steps of newcomers to the city, brings us closer to friends and family, and teaches us more about ourselves than we ever could have imagined. Whether you’re a casual rider, a passionate advocate, or simply a fan of great storytelling, we hope you’ll join us in celebration of all the bicycle has to offer, at this positive and inclusive event.

Bulletin December 20 – Bulletin 20 décembre

In this bulletin – Dans ce bulletin
1. Operation Big Turkey – Free Christmas Eve dinner
2. Register for City Lab
3. Fraud Warning: SIM Card Swapping (Ottawa Police)

Operation Big Turkey

City Labs

Synapcity’s City Lab a 6-week experiential learning program bringing together students and residents from all walks of life. Participants will learn how to become a more effective citymaker and collaborate with others to make a difference in our city.

Registration Deadline – February 5th 2020

More information here –

Fraud Warning: SIM Card Swapping

The Ottawa Police Service Fraud Unit is advising the community of recent scams involving “SIM card swapping.”  This is a scam that is affecting consumers all over North America. 

More information here –

Significant loss for our community

We are deeply saddened by the death of Jo Stinson, a beloved member of OCA’s Board, on December 2. Jo has given extraordinary friendship, leadership and many other gifts to her communities in Overbrook and beyond. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. We will join with them to celebrate Jo’s life at a service on Sunday, December 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Road.