When: October 28, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
Where: Ron Kolbus Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., Ottawa, ON K2B 526
What: Over 50 exhibitors, free admission, swag bags for the first 200 attendees!
October 20, 2015
The fall colours are here! This past weekend our clients were treated to a scenic drive through Gatineau Park. The Champlain Lookout offered a gorgeous view of the vibrant colours we enjoy this time of year.
This was a wonderful opportunity to take some memorable photos.
In addition to the lovely drive, our Friday Luncheon group had a scrumptious meal at the restaurant L’orée du Bois in Chelsea. Clients were offered a choice of chicken or venison, and it seemed that everyone was in the mood to try the venison!
We held a contest for clients to wear their best fall colours fashion. It was a tough choice to narrow down the winners because so many people came in such lovely ensembles!
We’ve started to look forward to the upcoming outings such as The War Museum in November and the Christmas Light tours in December. Unfortunately, they are all booked up, but we do have waiting lists just in case there is a last minute cancellation.
With the oncoming winter weather, we encourage you to call Mark Jenkins, our Snow Go coordinator to arrange for snow removal. Remember, once the snow flies, you’ll be wishing you had signed up earlier!
September 28, 2015
Autumn is Here!
Time has gotten away from us! Fall has begun and we’re in full swing again! The crisp evenings and the turning leaves are creating a lovely autumn atmosphere.
Trip to Carp Fair
On Friday, our Luncheon group travelled to the Carp Fair. Can you believe that the Carp Fair has been around for 152 years? That’s longer than most of us have been alive!
We’re Hiring Homemakers
Recently, our In-Home Services department has undergone many changes and new boundaries have been defined. This means that we are looking for more staff. Please see our job posting for Homemakers at the link below. We are specifically looking for Homemakers in Carleton Place and Lanark.
New Faces at OWCS
This week we welcomed Jonathan, our new Field Placement Student. Jonathan is studying to become a Developmental Service Worker with Trillium College. He is going to be with us five days a week until January! If you see Jonathan around, please say hello and welcome him to the family!
We are still collecting recipes for our OWCS recipe book. If you’ve got an original family favourite that you’d like to share with us, please drop it off or mail it in! Contact Sarah with any questions.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of this beautiful September!
September 9, 2015
Tastes of Wellington
Saturday September 19th is the annual Tastes of Wellington West Event. This is a wonderful event, where all of the area businesses come out to showcase their services and products. It has a wonderful community element, and feels like a street fair. OWCS will be hosting a free café that day. We will be setting up an area for passersby to relax in, full of lovely bistro tables on lend from area businesses. Free coffee will be provided by Bridgehead and fee tea will be provided by Nectar fine teas. Pray for a sunny day since we’ll be set up outside!
Comfort Food Recipes Needed
We are currently putting together an OWCS Comfort Food themed cookbook! This cookbook will start being sold as a fundraiser in October. We are hoping to collect a wide variety of recipes from OWCS clients, volunteers and staff members. The definition of comfort food is anything that brings you happiness or invokes warm feelings! It can be a main course, an appetizer, or a dessert! The deadline for recipe submission is September 30th. Submissions can be made to Sarah in person, by phone, or by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday Luncheon Back in Session
Friday September 4 was our first Friday Luncheon of the 2015/2016 season. More than 40 people were in attendance for a wonderful post-summer reunion! Clients caught up, ate a delicious lunch and of course, they danced!
Performance by 8th Generation
Jacqui Du Toit and Jack Pyl of 8th Generation performed some African stories, dances and songs for our Day Program clients. It was a wonderfully unique and interactive experience for our clients and we can’t wait to have them back! More information can be found at http://www.8thgeneration.co.
Stay tuned for more updates from OWCS and let us know if there’s anything you want to hear about!
September 1, 2015
Hello to the clients, families, staff and neighbours of Ottawa West Community Support.
September brings on the new school year, and with it many new beginnings, whether we are students or not. We thought this would be the perfect time to launch a new communication initiative: our very own blog!
What is a blog? Well, it’s the abbreviated way of saying Web Log. Merely, a regularly updated website. Isn’t the internet fun?
Currently we have a wonderful, informative newsletter that goes out four times a year. We are hoping that the blog will be a supplement to the newsletter; giving you reminders of dates and changes; updating you on each of our programs; and letting you know of other events that are happening in our community.
At the moment, there is no set schedule for updating the blog, but we are optimistically aiming for 3 or 4 updates per month. We’ll be posting links to the updates via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In the meantime, please let us know if there’s anything you want to see updates on, and we’ll do our best to make it happen! Until next time!