EC&C District Convention

The Kiwanis Clubs in the Ottawa area will be hosting the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District Convention. The Convention will align with the Club's 100th anniversary, as well as 150 years anniversary for Canada. The event will see 500 Kiwanians arrive in Ottawa as part of an annual planning process.


All the details about the convention are available their web site, and can be followed on their Facebook page.

ALL members are invited to participate, even if you are NOT REGISTERED for the Convention itself, but possibly as a volunteer or you may want to attend the Host Night and or the Gala Dinner. We'd love to celebrate Kiwanis with many members  from every local Kiwanis Club.  See the list of events below.

Key Leader for Adults – May 17th - Lead Facilitator – Kiwanis International President Jane Erikson

There are 47 people registered and growing for the Key Leader for Adults forum on May 17th 1- 6 pm.  We will be holding the forum in the Oak Room in the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. A coffee break at 3:30 pm has also been ordered. If you want to register, please contact Glenn Pushman The Cost is $20. per person. Bargain!!!

Items for Registration Bags

Would any of those reading this have an opportunity to obtain an item(s) to be added to our Registration bags.

Examples: how about a Gluten Free granola Bar, a package of mouth refreshers, a tiny note pad etc.. To talk about this, please contact Rachel Kooyman 


If you would like to volunteer an haven’t told us yet, or, if you're a returning snowbird, this is the last call for volunteers. Please call Dawn Morewood at 613-566-3631 or Firma French 613-837-4078 or email  

Host Night - Friday May 19th

Join us for Host Night at the EC & C Convention as we celebrate all things CANADIANA. This event is a separate ticket from convention registration and is open to Friends and Family of Kiwanis. The event will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in the Grand Hall. 

The spectacular Grand Hall offers an introduction to the history, cultures and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada’s Pacific Coast. With its curving, six-storey window wall and unrivalled view of Parliament Hill, the Grand Hall is one of the country’s most impressive indoor public spaces and the Museum’s architectural centrepiece. Visitors will discover six iconic Native houses connected by a Pacific Coast shoreline and boardwalk, magnificent totem poles, the original plaster pattern for Spirit of Haida Gwaii by celebrated Haida artist Bill Reid, and Raven Bringing Light to the World, a gold-on-bronze sculpture by Robert Davidson. 

Tickets at $50.00 per person can be purchased at    If you have difficulty then ask a Kiwanis friend to help you.  This is not a dinner – munchies will be available.

Gala Evening & Closing Ceremonies - Saturday May 20th  - Open to all

Tickets at $100.00 per person and can be purchased at If you have difficulty then ask a Kiwanis friend to help you or contact Alison Hunter 613-288-9010 or Rachel Kooyman 613-288-0205 or email Fun evening with a scrumptious dinner.

Welcome Station at the Ottawa Airport

Glenn Pushman (Kiwanis Club of Manotick) is coordinating this hometown welcome with his club for both afternoon & evenings of May 17th & 18th. 

Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert - Bus Entourage

President of Kiwanis Club of Rideau, Jim Puskas, assisted by the President of Kiwanis Club of Rideau, Faye Beaufort are coordinating this Kiwanis family event.

Partners Program

We are making another request for volunteers & there are many opportunities for all to be included.

Please check the Partners Program at the above link or included as an attachment to this message.

This is an opportunity for all spouses, partners & even children of local Kiwanians to take part in some of these activities.

For information, please contact Lana Tanner & Mary Charboneau


Hosted by former MP and Kiwanian David Daubney.  Thursday May 18th at 2:00 p.m.  Limited to the first 35 who sign up.  There will be a guided walk leaving the Westin hotel at 1:30 p.m. Please call or email Mary Charbonneau 613-723-8070 or

Aktion Club Conference - $5.00 admittance fee 

This is a great opportunity to support our Aktion Club, Advisors & members. Although there are a lot of activities going on, I surely do hope some of you will check out this event. Volunteers would be welcomed to attend wearing their Kiwanis name badges etc...   

Please contact
- Aktion Club Chairs within your Kiwanis Clubs
- Dave Trigger

Kiwanis Luncheon - Key Club Luncheon - Lianne Laing

Lianne Laing,  Host, CTV Morning Live at CTVglobemedia will be the guest speaker at our Key Club Luncheon at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

This Ottawa native has been profiling people, places and events in our community since joining the TV station in 1998. Lianne has covered the sports beat from amateur athletes to the Ottawa Senators. After ten years as a sports anchor, Lianne made the transition to the morning show in 2008. She also created a health & fitness segment called “Today’s The Day” that aims to help people make healthier life choices one small step at a time.

2017 Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival (Mar 27 - Apr 29)

The 2017 version of the Kiwanis Music Festival is the 72nd version, and will take place between March 27 to April 29 in locations around Ottawa, with the Highlights concert on May 20th at 19:00. Tickets can be purchased here.

Altogether, about 10,000 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.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Annual General Meeting

A good Annual General Meeting with 53 members in attendance.  

Thank you to Immediate Past President Wayne French for his review of our 2015-16 Kiwanis fiscal year, and for leading a strong club resulting in a positive year, as he promised at the outset. “Read the report” Wayne requested, to see what goes on at the Committee level. He thanked all the members for their hard work for which he was recently presented with the Lt. Governor’s Distinguished Club Award 2015-16.  

You can review all the details in the Annual Report for 2015-16, which can be found on our private website.

Thank you to Kathleen Holst, our Secretary/Treasurer, for her diligence in keeping the Board apprised of our finances last year, and for her presentation at the AGM Dinner updating the club on our current year-to-date financial position.  Thank you to all members for your support of the Club!

President Stephen updated the Club on the potential new fundraiser – the Golf Ball Drop – which has been deferred to next year based on the Board of Director’s decision.  You will hear more about our relationship with the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club and projects planned for this year

Introduction for Corporate Members

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world.

With 150 members from the private, public and voluntary sectors, the Club has a focus on community service projects for children and youth including the Kiwanis Music Festival and mentoring with Cadets, Circle K and Key Clubs.

These projects require thousands of volunteer hours from Club members, and the Club spearheads a number of high profile fund raising events to help fund these projects. 

The Club is one of over 16,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International. Click here for a quick fact sheet on Kiwanis.

Women Become Members of the Club

At our Annual General Meeting in January 1990, the motion to accept women in our club was defeated.  Following this meeting the Board felt that the question had to be addressed again and took a proactive stance by inviting written comments from our members.  At our meeting on February 23, 1990, a motion was passed – 97 in favour – 28 against, to allow women’s membership in the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Dr. Frank J. Rybicki, Chair Radiology Department uOttawa

The luncheon has been moved to Thursday at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, One Hunt Club Road, Ottawa

Dr. Frank J. Rybicki, Professor, Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and Chief of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital will speak on “From personalized replacement body parts to safer surgeries, 3D printing is revolutionizing medicine”.

Photo courtesy of YouTube

Photo courtesy of YouTube

Dr. Frank Rybicki, an American expert in the application of 3D printing to medicine, says the technology holds the potential to revolutionize surgery and make it more precise, less expensive and safer. Already, the technology is widely used to create detailed anatomical models that allow doctors to plan and practice complicated heart, brain and reconstructive surgeries for a child’s heart, a knee replacement and more. Dr. Rybicki was part of a Boston-based medical team that used 3D printing to plan and complete the first face transplant in North America.