The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club

The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club

presents current issues
and celebrates Canadian history and culture.

© G. Baranski 2009


 Our mission is to foster an interest in all matters of public concern to strengthen Canadian unity and to preserve & promote Canadian heritage and history.


A belief in the role higher education can play in leading happy, successful lives, is the impetus for maintaining scholarship programs for those in need.


The power of friendship is something the OWCC has witnessed throughout its existence. We aim to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Years in Existence

President's Winter Message
November 2023

It’s that time of year again! Winter is upon us and time for the holidays and giving. Have you thought of what gifts you’ll be buying this year for family, loved ones, friends, and acquaintances? Did you know that the best gift of all doesn’t cost anything as far as money goes? How can that be?

Love and friendship are the greatest gifts we can give or receive. Love doesn’t have to be the romantic kind. It’s caring, kindness, and sharing the goodness from one’s own heart. Friendship is the gift of giving one’s attention and time to someone you’ve known for a while or have just met. All of us can give these gifts, even if we live chaotic busy lives. We should remember our friends and acquaintances even if it’s with a brief note, card, phone call, conversation or email…nor should we ignore making new friends and acquaintances just by showing interest, whether it’s at an OWCC luncheon, church choir, a sports event, in your apartment building, or the craft group you belong to… The thought is what counts.

Did you know that giving of one’s time and love is priceless…as you can change someone’s feelings of loneliness and anxiety by just saying hello, introducing yourself, and asking simple questions about them, making them feel welcome and continuing to say ”Hi”. Remember not all of us are from the Ottawa Region and friendships can be harder to make when you move from elsewhere. So in this season of giving and all through the year, give of yourself (love and friendship) to those you love and someone new who needs a little kindness and welcoming.


Carol MacKay
Your President

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Kind words from our members.

I could write a book on Canadian Club regarding the importance it has been in my life which in just two months‘ time  will reach 100 years. [ … ]

I have felt my life benefitted from my lengthy association with Canadian Club and friendships that began back in the fifties are still continuing and greatly treasured.

Val Willis - Loyal Member for 70+ years (1920 - 2021)

Capturing Special Moments with the OWCC

Step back in time and relive a year of cherished moments with the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club. Our photo collage encapsulates a year of inspiring events and shared experiences.

Upcoming Events

  • Holiday Event

    Featuring: Peter Brown

    Lanark-based jazz and blues pianist/singer Peter Brown performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival for nine years. He has toured with several well-known groups including with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. He has released three jazz CDs under his own name, as well recording with many other artists. His CDs will be on sale at the event.

    $ 60.00 Add to cart
  • The Famous 5 hosts the 95th anniversary of The ‘Persons’ Case.

    Speaker: Beatrice Keleher-Raffoul

    Beatrice received recognition for her outstanding volunteer service by the Queen in 2003, 2013 and 2023, by the Governor General in 2017 and by the Province of Ontario in 2011 through The Leading Women, Building Communities Award. Her various contributions as a volunteer include but are not limited to being the Chair of Famous 5 Ottawa, January 2018 to present. Under her leadership, the Women are Person’s monument was installed on Parliament Hill, in October 2000.

    The Famous 5 book will be on sale, at the event, for $15. Cash only!


    $ 60.00 Add to cart
  • A Fresh Look at Canadian History with Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey

    Speaker: Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey

    Rev. Dr. Bailey is dedicated to social justice, especially racial reconciliation, and is a strong promoter of interfaith collaborations, affordable housing and providing food for all. Under Dr. Bailey’s guidance, Parkdale Church, his parish since 1999, has delivered meal programs from November to the end of March known as ‘In From The Cold’. Volunteers provide warm dinners to members of the Ottawa community facing poverty and other challenges. Dr. Bailey also serves on the Board of the Ottawa Mission.

    $ 60.00 Add to cart

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