Kiwanis Medical Foundation / Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day

Wednesday 12:00 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

Join us for the launch of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation/Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day in Health Sciences, an event which will be taking place at the University of Ottawa on May 31, 2019.   Although this event has been held in universities across Canada for over 15 years, it will be the first Discovery Day to be held in Ottawa. We are thus very excited to be a part of this inaugural event.

Keynote address from Lissa Foster, Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, who will describe the impressive scope and history of the Discovery Day program.  Also joining us will be Dr. Paul Bragg, Vice-Dean, University of Ottawa, who will share the University’s perspective on the upcoming Ottawa Discovery Day. We will also be paying tribute to Kiwanis member Dr. Wilbert Keon, who died recently. He played a key role in the negotiations between the Kiwanis Medical Foundation, the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame to bring the Discovery Days event to Ottawa. Dr. Keon is also a laureate of the Hall.

Kiwanis Breakfast Meeting - ** Cancelled ** Rodney Wilts - Zibi Project - will be rescheduled

** Cancelled ** 7:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet at the Lord Elgin Hotel ** Cancelled **

Our guest speaker will be Rodney Wilts, Co-owner of Theia Partners, who will be speaking about the Zibi Project. Zibi is a world-class sustainable community and redevelopment project by 
Dream Unlimited Corp and Theia Partners. Zibi is where nature, culture, heritage and the joys of life culminate.
Come and hear what’s happening at the location between Gatineau and Ottawa!


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 Trivia Night

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

“What is the smallest mammal on earth – the bumblebee bat” who knew?!

Well the Bed Race’s team were the top winners with 29/40 trivia questions answered correctly. Their team of 6 players each get a 3rd level ticket to a Senators hockey game. What a fun event.

Walter Noble put a variety of questions together which baffled some of us and a few controversial questions (tough bunch!) were solved. Thank you to Gary Coulombe, President of the Kiwanis Club of Manotick, who was the emcee for the night and everyone was happy with their dinner at Robbie’s Restaurant.

A fun event that we should continue to include in our lunch or dinner programs.

Thank you Walter and Gary!

Kiwanis Luncheon - Dr. Trevin S. Stratton - "The Forces Shaping the Future Economy"

We are relocating to the  Best Western Plus Downtown Suites, 377 O’Connor Street (at Gladstone), in the Victoria Salon.

Parking will be available across the street at Hulse Playfair & McGarry for free.  Also there is parking below the Best Western at a cost of $15.00


Trevin S. Stratton, Ph.D. the Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be speaking on “The Forces Shaping the Future Economy.”

Dr. Trevin Stratton is an award-winning business economist, specializing in global and technological change. He helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the trends that are reshaping industry and international business.

As Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he helps develop national policy positions aimed at improving Canada’s economic performance and the competitiveness of Canadian business. Trevin is also a former member of our Circle K program.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Jim Orban - Ottawa Heart Institute

Jim Orban shared great news on cardiac surgery which has come a long way since the first heart transplant in Ottawa in 1984 and the recipient lived until he was 65 in 2007.  The Ottawa Hospital has made a lot of advancements in cardiac care since 1976 and is the largest cardiac referral centre for 20 local hospitals and across Canada. With 1,400 very skilled staff to manage the 220,000 patients visited last year they completed 2,000 complex bypass surgeries and 30 transplants.  They continue to build for excellence with over 500,000 square feet and current construction will have the Heart Institute in one building. The next frontier sees minimally invasive heart surgery and robotics, totally implantable artificial hearts, virtual interactions and more.  

Special thanks were given to James Maxwell for suggesting we hold a golf tournament at Tecumseh Golf Course and his friend and sponsor Alan Smith was challenged to bring it together.  Kiwanians went to work in September and met the challenge with 110 golfers and additional dinner attendees.  We also recognized La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor, and Groupe Fortin of Tecumseh Golf Course, who were the presenting sponsors of the event.  Bottom line was a revenue-make of $25,000.   Thank you James Maxwell, David Maxwell, and Pierre Fortin!  

New Member

We welcomed Matt Burns, Account Executive with new Corporate Member David Burns & Associates, who was sponsored by Alan Smith.  Matt joins us along with his brother Ian Burns who was previously introduced to the club by Alan.  Welcome to the Club, Matt!  

President’s Rose

Alan Smith received the rose for his support of our club projects during his 40-year tenure with our club and for continuing to think about Kiwanis and ways for us to raise funds. He has sponsored 7 new members in the past 2 years as he is proud to share Kiwanis with his friends and business associates. Congratulations Alan. 

Kiwanis Luncheon - Remembrance Day - Mélanie Morin-Pelletie - Canadian War Museum

2018-11-09 12:00 Ottawa Kiwanis Club

Mélanie Morin-Pelletier, Ph.D. is a Historian, War and Society, with the Canadian War Museum, and will be speaking about “Resilience – The battlefield Art of Mary Ritter Hamilton, 1919 – 1922”

The author of many books and multiple articles on Canadian military nursing and on the impact of the war on the Canadian home front, she has curated three major exhibitions since joining the Canadian War Museum in 2012.

We will be joined by our sponsored 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Air Cadets Squadron.

Invite a Veteran or a Canadian Armed Forces member or anyone who contributed to the war effort.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Heidi Sveistrup - Bruyere Research Institute

2018-10-26 12:00 Ottawa Hunt Club

Heidi Sveistrup, Interim CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute shared with us amazing steps in virtual reality and sensors and how we can use these technologies to support wellness, engagement and long life.

President’s Rose

The roses were presented to Neil McDonald and Ian Peddie for their consistent dedication to the Shred-it Day project and for organizing the volunteers and the trucks. Thank you to the volunteers who showed up to work on Saturday.

Thank you to Shred-it for their support for the past 10 years!