Kiwanis Luncheon, February 17, 2017

John Halvorsen,

President and Race Director, Run Ottawa.
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, “Behind the scenes planning and impact”

A two-time Olympian and holder of the Ottawa 10K record for over 20 years, John will speak to us about Run Ottawa, originally known as the National Capital Marathon, which is the Region’s
premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s
most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

 At this luncheon,  we will also be saying Thank you to our Bed Race Sponsors, recognizing the winners of our Bed Race, and making a big cheque presentation.
Come out to lunch and show your appreciation to these people who are great supporters of your Club!!


2017 Bed Race Results

With the race back on the Rideau Canal at Dows Lake, we had a cool windy day for racing. The event was able to raise over $35,000 for projects of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

Best Decorated

  1. Signarama Nepean
  2. Brazeau Seller
  3. Accora Village #2

Fastest Bed

  1. Accora Village #3
  2. Myers Motors
  3. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors

Best Fund Raisers

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. Myers Motors
  3. WSP

The race was one of our closest ever, with a virtual three way tie.

CTV Ottawa did a nice piece on the race during their 18:00 broadcast on Saturday.

Lots of photos now posted here -> with a sample below.

Kiwanis Luncheon, Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, January 20, 2017 - “Practical Criminal Law”

Guest speaker - Vince Clifford, Lawyer at Edelson Clifford D’Angelo LLP

Have you ever wondered what your rights are if you are stopped by a police officer? What happens if you lie to a police officer? What are your rights if you are detained?  Are police officers allowed to stop and ask you for identification?  Do you have to answer all their questions?    Vince, a high profile criminal law lawyer, who’s represented a former Ottawa mayor, as well as, acted for serial killer Colonel Russell Williams, spoke about the accused's rights with respect to practical criminal law.

"How can you defend a criminal who you know is guilty?"  Vince was asked one day.   He explained that in our country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Kiwanis Luncheon, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) January 6, 2017

Guest speaker: Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

“You heard it here first!”  Barrie Kirk shared exciting news about automated vehicles which are coming sooner than we think. Drivers in Ontario will soon have to share the road as the first province to allow the testing of automated vehicles and related technology.  Barrie says automated and connected-vehicle technologies can improve fuel efficiency and help reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and driver distraction. “Human error is the critical reason for 93 per cent of crashes, and computers never get distracted, are never drunk and they have senses that span 360 degrees”. Long-haul truck drivers, taxi drivers, even transit workers could be forced out of work as companies and municipal governments embrace transportation technologies that don't require someone behind the wheel, and everyone from insurance adjusters to auto body repair technicians could also feel the effects.

Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

The Club has been running a Christmas luncheon for seniors going back to meals at the Kiwanian Alex Dayton Centre for more than 30 years. This year's dinner at the Good Companions included a turkey meal and a visit from Santa Claus.

Kiwanis Christmas Food Hampers

You can help feed a family of 4 for a week, for only $75. 

Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa begins with a Watch-it Shred-it day to raise funds, and the target is to provide food to 180 families in the Ottawa area. You can help with an online donation and get a tax receipt for your donation.

Donate Now ->

100% of the funds will go to our Christmas Food Basket program.  All donations must be received by December 15th to provide time for us to arrange the baskets. 

The project is made possible with the help of: Algoma Orchards,, 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, and The Loaves and Fishes Fund.