Circle K

Kiwanis Luncheon - Circle K – Angie Kelly - Interval House

12:00 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

A great presentation by Angie Kelly from Interval House Ottawa which provides shelter for woman and children living with abuse.

Founded in 1973, as Canada’s first center, Interval House takes a holistic approach to helping women and children leave abuse behind and start new lives, free of violence. They hold the dignity of their residents and clients in high importance. Everyone deserves a life of peace and safety and their goal is to help break the cycle of violence.

We were shocked to hear that a woman is killed by an abuser every 5 days in Canada, and 70% of woman in Ontario are in an abusive relationship right now. Abuse can be verbal, physical, emotional, financial, sexual and now cyber bullying, all based on the abuser asserting control. This has serious long-term affects on the children. Interval House offers accommodation as well as counselling and a 24-hour crisis line, and they are at full capacity with 200-300 women per year, turning away 800 women per year. They are only partially funded and hold fundraisers and seek donations. Men are encouraged to become aware and talk about it. More information can be found at Interval House Ottawa.

The Circle K students who hosted the meeting did a great job running the agenda. Georgie Adams was very clear as the Chair. The Heart of the City Piano program teachers played a few pieces on the piano and we can see why this program is doing well.

For more about the Heart of the City Piano program see the script that was presented at the luncheon. This was a program initiated with our club’s help as we applied for the $25,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation.


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.

Open Piano Night

The Heart of the City Piano Program would like to invite the Kiwanis Club members to our first coffee house and open piano night. The event will be held Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 6:00pm at Café Alt located at the University of Ottawa campus! Tickets will be $5 available for purchase at the University of Ottawa or at the door. All proceeds will be going back to the Heart of the City Piano Program. We hope to see you there!

Heart of the City Piano Program Recital

The Heart of the City Piano Program is having a recital on Friday April 8 at 9:30am – 12:00 p.m.  at Ottawa U campus, Tabaret Building, Huguette Labelle Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, Room 112).

Valeria Dimitrova, Curtis Quan & Meghan Hum, Co-Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart of the City Piano Program,  invite you to join in the celebration of over 70 children’s accomplishments!  Pizza and refreshments will be served.  

Our Circle K students are part of the volunteers who teach the children to play piano. Call Howard Lithwick at 613-726-2675 x 222 if you have any questions.

Luncheon Meeting - Key Club – Gina Parker - One Match Program

12:00 - 13:45 at Fairmont Chateau Laurier

The Key Club Luncheon with Gina Parker, a Carleton University student who spoke to us on the One Match program – for swabbing to obtain donors for the bone marrow matching registry. She has lived with a family member who is in need of a donor – with no match having been found to date – world wide. She shared  her passion and provided the message of how simple it could be to save a life.  To pay it forward – along with the true message – that one can make a difference.  There are people in need of our assistance in our own backyard – we don’t have to travel the world to make a difference.


Kiwanis Luncheon - Sarah Speevak, Counsel for the Intervener, Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Sarah Speevak, Counsel for the Intervener, Privacy Commissioner of Canada “Working at the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada”

Sarah is also a former Nepean High School Key Club member and former President of the Carleton Circle K Club.

On the Menu: Sundried Tomato and Boursin Stuffed Chicken Breast with Basil and Garlic Jus

Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room

Kiwanis Luncheon March 15 - Jacqueline Bonisteel - Circle K Luncheon

Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa - 

Jacqueline Bonisteel, Associate, Perley-Robertson Hill and McDougall

A former student of our Kiwanis Key Club at Sir Robert Borden High School, Jacqueline joined the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l. in 2012, following her successful summer and articling terms with the firm. She completed the Joint M.A./J.D. program at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Common Law.

Jacqueline is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the International Commission of Jurists Associate Award, and the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History, awarded to the top ten students in the graduating class of the University of Ottawa’s Common Law English Program. During her legal studies, Jacqueline conducted research for the Refugee Forum, completed a fellowship with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. She was awarded the Clarey B. Sproule Award for her contributions as a clinic worker at South Ottawa Community Legal Services.

Luncheon Meeting - Fairmont Chateau Laurier - Circle K Hosting

Kai Nestman - Canada World Youth - Youth Volunteer - Service & Development, Int'l Development. Student at uOttawa.

For 40 years, Canada World Youth (CWY) has enabled 34,000 youth aged 15 to 29 to participate in international cooperation programs hosted by 11,000 families in over 67 countries. CWY offers young people the opportunity to learn new languages, embrace diversity and improve awareness and appreciation for other cultures. CWY participants cultivate skills to become involved in community-based projects related to the environment, health and equity. For many of our youth volunteers, the experience is life-changing. CWY shapes who they are and who they will become.