100 Years of Making a Difference

Since the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa was formed on December 22, 1917, the world has changed, and the Club has been a positive instrument for change in the world. To celebrate our 100 years of service to the community, this special part of the site will highlight some of the stories and projects taken on by the Club. The full list is here, and a list of recent additions is below.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Circle K - K. Levis Beattie (I am Heshima)

2018-06-08 12:00 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

I am Heshima has 5 PROGRAMS which break down the systemic barriers to education: 
 1. Academic Scholarships
 2. Leadership                                                                                                                                   
 3. Heshima Football Club                                                                                                           
 4. Under the Mango Tree.                                                                                                          
 5. It’s My Time.

2018 Kiwanis Music Festival - National Capital Region

The 2018 version of the Kiwanis Music Festival is the 73rd version, and will take place between April 3 to April 28 in locations around Ottawa.

The Highlights concert on May 17th at 19:00, with special guest John Dapaah. Tickets can be purchased here.

Altogether, about 8,000 competitors will participate in the KIwanis Music Festival - National Capital Region, performing to audiences that will total over 15,000 people. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the KMF-NCR, giving over 9,000 hours of their time each year.

Lots of photos from past events available here.


75 Years for the 211 Kiwanis Air Cadets

Did you know the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has proudly sponsored the 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for 75 years since November 1942?!  The longest sponsorship and partnership in the history of our Club.  

The late Vic Castledine was the first Commanding Officer and his son Past President Allan Castledine was the first cadet. Both Vic and Allan are members of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Hall of Fame.

On the 12th May 2018, the squadron held their Annual Ceremonial Review. The cadets had the final parade and awards were presented for individual and group achievements over the past year.  

Included in the awards were special recognition of Allan Castledine and Ken Miller, along with recognition for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for the 75 years of sponsorship, the longest of any cadet squadron or corps.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Key Club - Ray Zahab - Cdn Long Distance Runner

2018-05-11 12:00 Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

On November 1, 2006, former “pack a day smoker” turned ultra runner Ray Zahab and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, both accomplished runners, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. 111 days and 7,500 kms after leaving the coast of Senegal, Africa they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

2018.04.19 12:00 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

52 members attended the dinner meeting and enjoyed a very nice buffet put on by the Ottawa Hunt Club. Thank you to Past President Brian Reinke for being our parliamentarian, and thank you to Secretary/Treasurer Graham Acreman for his presentation on the current year-to-date financials. Thank you to all attendees. 

Club Elections – Congratulations to the Board of Directors for our fiscal year October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Executive Officers
President Mark O’Neill
Past President Steve Moore
President-elect Glen Vaillancourt
Secretary/Treasurer Graham Acreman
Directors:  Guy Bourbonnière, Ryan Fung, Rachel Kooyman, Russ Salo,  Howard Whittaker. 

Kiwanis Luncheon - Hall of Fame Inductions

2018.04.06 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

It was a proud day in Kiwanis!  95 attendees witnessed 3 of our members being inducted into our Hall of Fame and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

Many great stories were told by the introducers – Buck Madden introduced Ross Hadwen, Peter Nadeau introduced Tom Spence, and, Mark Max and Tom Pullen introduced Alan Smith – and many of us were shocked to hear how much they have done. 

These members contributed much to our community through Kiwanis and through their actions many lives were affected.  Alan Smith’s thank you message summed it up well when he told the Kiwanis members to ‘continue’.   It was extra special to have their families join us to share in this presentation.