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.

Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis

Put your team together for the annual Accora Village Bed Race for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa on February 17, 2018. This will be the 38th running of the Bed Race, and the 15th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

Funds raised goes to support the Aktion Club (a program for developmentally delayed adults), other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. You can register your teams and pledges here.

The race will take place on Dows Lake, with

  • registration starting at 11:00, 
  • the Parade of Beds at 12:30,
  • racing between 13:00 and 14:30, 
  • and the after party starting at 15:00 at the Hometown Sports Grill.

This is a fun event for teams of all ages, so come on out, have fun and help Kiwanis support the community.

  • Team registration is $300 and the registration fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more in pledges
  • Your team gets a minimum 2 races with a potential for up to 5
  • Great prizes and bragging rights
  • There are a limited prebuilt beds are available for purchase of $200

Lots of photos from over the years available here ->

Kiwanis Christmas Food Hampers

With funding from our Watch-it, Shred-it Day, the Club will prepare and delivered over 600 food hampers to over 185 families.

The project is made possible with the help of: Algoma Orchards, CapitalDrone.com, Costco Canada, Dole Food Canada, Erb Group of Companies, Hendry Warren LLP, Omega Advanced Technologies Inc., Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc., Shred-it, The Boys Give Back, The Ray Otten Group.

The Club is still accepting donations on line to help next year with more hampers.

Christmas Trees For Sale

Christmas Trees for Sale

After serving Ottawa for the past 100 Years the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is embarking on a new fund raising initiative….Christmas Tree Sales to help support Kiwanis projects. The trees are available in three types (Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir), and in a range of sizes. 

In Person

Trees are available for pick at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, south east corner of the parking lot (Carling Ave & the Parkway off ramp). On site sales from 12:00 to 21:00 from December 2nd to 23rd.


Trees can also be ordered on-line below, with a $20 shipping fee within 20 km of Lincoln Fields.

Deliveries are made on the weekends, with the next deliveries on Dec 16th.


You can also donate to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and we will make a tree available to a family in need, or for a Christmas Hamper.

Scotch Pine

A lovely bushy and full tree with 1”-3” stiff needles. Clusters of needles fill every branch with dense foliage. Colors on the conical shaped trees vary from green to blue-green.

Scotch Pine 7' - 8'
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Balsam Fir

Its distinctive 1/2”-1 1/2” long dark green needles are soft to the touch. The aroma is uniquely fragrant. Its branches are layered and can support a variety of ornaments and decorations

Balsam 6' - 7'
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Balsam 7' - 8'
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Fraser Fir

The soft to the touch needles are flat and short, 3/8”-1 1/4” long with rounded tips and a silvery underside. The dark green colour and pleasant fresh-cut aroma make this a frequently requested tree.

Fraser 2' - 5'
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Fraser 5' - 6'
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Fraser 6' - 7'
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Fraser 7' - 8'
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Fraser 8'-9'
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Kiwanis Christmas Party

Please come and join your fellow Kiwanians at our 2017 Christmas Cocktail Party on Friday Dec 1, 2017 - 6 pm start time. The event will be hosted by Thyme and Again – 1255 Wellington St W. in their private room on 2nd floor.

Space is limited so book early. Tickets only $65.00 each.

Includes chef prepared Hors D ’Oeuvres, interactive chef assisted food stations, as well as, various sweet desserts, coffee and tea. (Note - there will be a wide selection of Vegetarian/Gluten free choices. Please email Cathy James Zelney if you’d like more information or to see full menu.

Format will not be a sit-down meal, instead cocktail style with bistro tables as well as couches/chairs – plenty of room to mingle for fellowship and visiting while enjoying the food.

Open cash bar – including red & white wine, beer and liquor and non-alcoholic beverages as well. 

  • We will be having a gift giving raffle to support Connaught Public school hats and mitts program.
  • We will be having a Christmas gift exchange – please bring a gift of $15.00 -$20.00 if you would like to participate. 
  • Tickets are available at Friday luncheons from Lynda Campbell or by emailing Cathy James Zelney. 

Christmas Trees Arrive


Our shipment of Christmas trees arrived early in the morning at our Lincoln Fields location, and some Kiwanians were there to take them off the truck and stack them up. They can be ordered on-line here.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Steve Kanellakos, City Manager - City of Ottawa

Kiwanis Luncheon - Steve Kanellakos, City Manager - City of Ottawa



Steve Kanellakos, the City Manager for the City of Ottawa will be speaking to us about “ The City’s Priorities Over the Next Two Years”.

Formerly with the City of Ottawa, Steve is now proud to lead the fourth largest municipality in Canada, and to make a difference in the city he calls home.  Steve’s vision is to build on the City’s culture of excellence in delivering services across a massive geographic region that encompasses many diverse and unique communities.

Steve provided some impressive information about the City of Ottawa:

  • We’re currently the fourth largest city in Canada - we’re about to break 1 million in our population.
    • More than 40% of our residents are bilingual and 22% are immigrants.
    • Our landmass includes 2,796 square kilometres.
    • The City of Ottawa has a $3.2 billion operating budget that funds over 100 different services that the City provides through one of our nine departments.
  • Just last year, MoneySense magazine ranked Ottawa as the best place in Canada to live because of our:
    • High median household income
    • Low taxes
    • Low crime
    • Ease of access to walking, cycling and transit
    • Good weather
    • And strong, established sports and arts communities
  • Ottawa has been ranked:
    • The number one ‘Tech Hub’ to live and work in, in Canada
    • The number one ‘most technology intensive city’ in Canada
  • In the last 5 years, Ottawa technology companies have raised more money in the public markets then every other city in Canada combined.
    • The number one ‘best place to live for new Canadians’
    • The number one ‘most sustainable city in Canada’ and third in North America
    • The number one ‘most educated workforce’ in Canada
    • And, we’ve ranked in the top 10 cities for the best quality of life in Canada