2015 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist for Sam and Uttra Bhargava

From the time they met, Sam and Uttra have been generous philanthropists.

Sam, a mechanical engineer, has been a dedicated member of Kiwanis for over 24 years, acting in a number of capacities. Uttra has been an active volunteer and leader at the Kiwanianne Club of Ottawa. He and Uttra were instrumental in the Parliamentary declaration of National Child Day in Canada. For the last 30 years, she has been the president of two large day care centres in Ottawa. Sam is also a member of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board.
Heartache led them to support research at The Ottawa Hospital. They cared for and watched as Sam's parents, both of whom were brilliant scientists, authors, and successful industrialists, wasted away, suffering for years from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Then they suffered further tragedy when their eldest daughter, Suruchi, was hit by a drunk driver in New York, which left their vivacious, young daughter a quadriplegic. 
In coming to terms with this tragedy, they learned about the intricacies of the health system as they worked to improve the quality of their Suruchi's life. These experiences also provided Sam and Uttra with the empathy, desire, and knowledge necessary to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people who are enduring long term medical conditions. 
Sam and Uttra consider themselves fortunate to be in a position to contribute financially to the worthy cause of furthering brain and spinal cord research in Ottawa - two causes very close to their hearts. In 2012, they donated $1 million to establish the Bhargava Chair in Movement Disorders at The Ottawa Hospital, with Dr. Michael Schlossmacher as the Chair holder. Their most recent gift, established the Suruchi Bhargava Chair in Spinal Cord Research, which supports neurosurgeon Dr. Eve Tsai's research.
Sam and Uttra Bhargava's generosity is advancing research, which will make an enormous difference in improving the lives of patients suffering from brain and spinal cord damage. Their hope is that the research they are supporting will one day lead to cures. 

Turnover Party

Turnover Party (tern'o'ver par'te) n.   The fall ritual of changing Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's president marked with celebration by members, friends and spouses.  Outgoing and incoming Presidents are toasted, sometimes with alcoholic beverages.  All participants are fed and found to be smiling, laughing and frequently enjoying themselves.  Dancing is known to break out.

On Saturday, September 26, we will say goodbye and thank you to President Gary Flockton for steering a steady ship this past year. We will also welcome Wayne French into his new role as President. 

A casual evening at Lone Star Ranch on Hunt Club West will put a smile on your face without draining your wallet at $50. per ticket for dinner and a dance.  So put on your best duds and cowboy hats, come solo or bring your favourite boot-scooting partner for music by Greg Campbell, our popular DJ!

Tickets will be available by contacting Kathleen Holst.

What an Incredible Day!

The weather was perfect! The crowd was great. The teams and volunteers were pumped.

The Accora Village Bed race came off wonderfully on the first weekend of Winterlude with $65,000 being raised for Kiwanis Club of Ottawa projects.

Fastest Beds

  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Ottawa Police
  • Doherty and Associates

Best Decorated

  • Halsall Burlington
  • Chateau Laurier
  • Hulse Playfair and McGarry

Best Fund Raisers

  • Halsall Ottawa
  • Halsall Burlington
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors

Photos from the site have been posted here and here.

Accora Village Bed Race Presented by Allstream

Put your team together for the annual Accora Village Bed Race presented by Allstream for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa on February 4, 2012. All funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's programs.

The race will take place on Dow's Lake, with registration starting at 11:00, the Parade of Beds at 12:30 and and racing between 13:00 and 14:30.

Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

The Direct Assistance Committee will be serving a seniors lunch at the Good Companions Centre on Christmas day. The tradition of serving a Christmas dinners for seniors goes back to 1987 at the Kiwanian Alex Dayton Seniors Centre at Carlingwood Shopping Centre.

The luncheon is open to any seniors in the area, and tickets are available at Good Companions for $8.

Entertainment will be provided by Kiwanian Domnic D’Arcy and his Rising Stars, and a visit from Santa Claus is also planned.

Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program

With the generous assistance of Shred-it, Costco, and others, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa helped deliver Christmas food baskets to 130 families in Ottawa.

With names provided by the Shepards of Good Hope, the Club coordinated the production of food baskets for 130 families. Each family received three baskets of food, which included a turkey and food for a week.

Congratulations To Kiwanian Jim Durrell ! Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Durrell is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former mayor of Ottawa is also known for his sporting legacy, having been instrumental in bringing the Ottawa Senators to the region and serving as the franchise's first president. He also oversaw the expansion of the Ottawa International Airport and construction of the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Watch It - Shred It Day


Dispose of your personal records securely and support Kiwanis programs, too!

Bring your old tax files and other personal records for this one- day fundraising event. Watch as Shred-it technicians destroy your documents at their mobile unit.

When: Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hampton Park Plaza, at the intersection of Carling and Kirkwood just off the Queensway

Cost: $7.00 per box (up to 1 cu. ft.), maximum 5 boxes per person

Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Christmas Food Basket Program for families