Kiwanis Luncheon - Reverend Ken MacLaren

Reverend Ken MacLaren,  Executive Director, Ottawa Innercity Ministries (OIM), introduced us to Moira Davis, who spoke of her work as an outreach worker with the young people using her 3 key points of focus – Support, Community, and Meaning. Instilling a sense of worth is important for these youth and to have someone to support them.  

We also heard from Kristina Beaton a former street person, who shared her difficult childhood with us which involved abuse, fear, alcohol and drug use her family, and a lot of social workers.  She met up with an outreach worker from the Ottawa Innercity Ministries(OIM) and was treated with respect, forgiveness, and friendship and got the support she needed. She volunteered with them and started in their WorkSkills program. They encouraged her and the other youth artists and the youth sold $14,400 worth of their art in 6 months. Eventually Kristina went to Algonquin for the animation program and just graduated. Her art was a means to escape the horrors of homelessness and to find happiness.  She found her dad after 25 years and is happy have a family.

Congratulations to Michel Podeszfinski who received his 100% attendance tab for 22 years perfect attendance!

President Stephen was pleased to present the Rose to two members, Suzanne Johnston and Ron Petersen, for their work on the Homelessness Committee and for coordinating our clubs involvement with the recent Push For Change presentations by Joe Roberts who is walking across Canada pushing a shopping cart to raise awareness about youth homelessness. 

Kiwanis Luncheon - Graham Bird

Graham Bird, President at GBA Development and Project Management, spoke about how he wanted to find ways to keep Ottawans in Ottawa and he spoke on the history of some of the buildings in Ottawa. He noted the lumber business previously on the upper west side of Ottawa which was the largest on the planet and he highlighted the changes to the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Shaw Centre, and Lansdowne which involved 4,700 people. He is excited to see what comes next!

President Stephen’s first meeting welcomed two new members

  • Evelyne Kokoskin, retired medical scientist, sponsored by Dawn Morewood and Steve Georgopoulos, and,
  • Trevin Stratton, a strategic advisor with BDO Canada, and a former Key Club and Circle K member, sponsored by Howard Lithwick and Janet Atkinson des Roches.  

Welcome Evelyne and Trevin!

President Stephen Tanner’s 1st President’s Rose was given to Josh Armstrong, for the great job Josh did in leading the Golf Tournament Committee this year with many changes, and congratulations to the committee for raising $38,000!

100% Attendance Tabs - were presented to Bob Garrow (10 years),  President Stephen Tanner (12), Kanta Marwah (13), Dawn Morewood (14).  Congratulations and thank you for your continued support of our club projects!

Chase the Ace Raffle – We started a new raffle that will see the Pot grow until someone pulls the Ace of Spades from a deck of cards. During the luncheons a raffle winner will be drawn. They receive 25% of the money collected PLUS they get to pull a card from the deck.  The Ace of Spades was not drawn by Botho von Hampeln, who gave us back the money he won so the Pot is currently at $72.75.  Raffle tickets are $2 each or $5 for 3. 

Watch-it Shred-it Day

Shred your unwanted documents, help the Kiwanis Club support needy families at Christmas


Everyone has a few boxes of unwanted important documents buried in storage – and has no idea what to do with them.

These could be important yet obsolete papers such as old bank statements, tax bills, old agendas and diaries, and other personal items that – to guard against identity theft – shouldn’t be put into the black box recycling bin. So these papers remain in the basement, closet or storage unit indefinitely, taking up space and gathering dust.

Fortunately, you can safely and responsibly dispose of these unwanted documents, while helping deserving Ottawa-area families receive a week’s worth of groceries – including a turkey – at Christmas. The place to do this is at the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s eighth annual Watch-it, Shred-it Day fundraiser at Ottawa’s Hampton Park Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 15. Hampton Park Plaza is located at the corner of Carling and Kirkwood Avenues, with the Watch-it, Shred-it event running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot.

Watch-it, Shred-it Day is where you can bring your unwanted documents to be safely shredded into unreadable scraps once and for all.

“In partnership with the mobile document destruction company Shred-it, which is providing  ve document shred-ding trucks staffed by Shred-it employee volunteers, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will destroy these unwanted documents as you watch,” said Neil McDonald, co- chair of the club’s Shred-it Day committee. “That’s right: You can have them chopped up for a good cause.”

“Better yet, we accept documents with staples, paper clips, and even small bull- dog clips,” said Ian Peddie, the Shred-it Day committee’s other co-chair. “Shred- it’s powerful shredding trucks can even chop up wire spiral binders and bound books. And if you feel the need, you can watch while your unwanted documents are chewed up; just to feel assured that they are gone for good.”

The cost to shred your unwanted documents is just $8 per banker’s box (or equivalent) load of documents, with a limit of  five boxes per vehicle. One hundred per cent of the funds raised will be used to prepare the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s Christmas food baskets.

Previous Watch-it, Shred-it Days have collected anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 per year for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s Christmas food basket program.

“Watch-it, Shred-it Day is the perfect mix of safe document disposal and help- ing your neighbours,” said McDonald. “And you’ll free up space in your storage area,” added Peddie.
For more information call 613-233-1900.

Push For A Change Comes to Ottawa

Kiwanis supports PUSH FOR CHANGE  

Joe Roberts, a former homeless youth, formed The Push for Change initiative to raise awareness to END youth homelessness. On May 1, 2016, Joe Roberts started his journey to push a shopping cart from St-Johns, NFL to Vancouver, BC, and will be stopping at over 300 secondary schools and participating in over 200 community engagements to share his very powerful story. 

You can donate to The Push for Change through the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

In support of Joe’s undertaking The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has organized two Push for Change community events on September 27, 2016 while Joe Roberts is in Ottawa as part of his national 9,000 km trek.  The objective is to gather as many students and young members of the community to hear Joe Roberts speak in order to raise awareness to end youth homelessness.


September 26th

  • Join Joe as he walks from Orleans to Parliament Hill – you can join on Rideau Street at 12:00 noon along with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans and Ottawa, Ottawa Intercity Ministries and Circle K groups who will join Joe for the last push to the hill.

September 27th:

  • Attend the rally organized by Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Kiwanis Circle K at the Student Commons Area in the E Building at Algonquin College located at 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON,  from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • Attend the City Hall Community BBQ and Presentation – Arranged by the Alliance to End Homelessness/Youth Services Bureau – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


  • Visit the Push for Change and make a donation, take the bare foot challenge, plan an event. 

Note:  Kiwanis Club of Ottawa in partnership with the Catholic Public School Board has also organized a presentation by Joe Roberts for students at Immaculata High School. Students from other schools will be bussed to Immaculata for this event.  This event is not open to the public, however if you have children or know children that have been given the opportunity to participate in this event, please encourage them to do so.

Push For Change on Parliament Hill

After sleeping out with sKreamers and a walk in from Orleans with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans, The Push for Change with Joe Roberts and Marie MacDonald were on Parliament Hill as they push a shopping cart across Canada to draw attention to the problem of youth homelessness.

An Evening of Glitz and Glam

2016-09-20 18:00 - 21:30

This special evening will be showcasing three fashion stores this year presenting both ladies and mens wear along with some wonderful accessories. Outskirts and Mario Uomo are well known in Ottawa for Top quality Ready to Wear.

The setting in the Rotunda of the Museum of Nature will compliment the presentation and provide a nice atmosphere for cocktails and Hor D'ourves.

The evening will include a raffle for a pair of Diamond earrings and thanks to our supporters there will be a wonderful selection of Silent Auction items.

Everyone is invited to come out and support The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and enjoy the evening with friends and family.


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Kiwanis Luncheon - Robert Chiarelli MPP Ottawa West Nepean

The Ontario government is making historic investments to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Location: St. Elias Banquet Centre 750 Ridgewood Ave. Ottawa