The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club
presents current issues
and celebrates Canadian history and culture.
© G. Baranski 2009
Welcome to our new home at The Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. Happy 2023!
I should also say Happy 113th Birthday to our Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club. We were
formed on January 17th, 1910. Can you believe we have survived this long? The object of the
Club then as it is now is to promote patriotism as well as to stimulate interest in Canada, its
institutions, arts, history, and resources as well as to present contemporary issues, both national
and international; and to support access to post-secondary education for students with a focus on women.
What does it mean to be Canadian…ice hockey, lakes, Mounties, maple syrup, the beaver,
moose, bears, Niagara Falls, Northern Lights, scenic landscapes, cold snowy winters, poutine,
multiculturalism, or politeness? Did you know we are known as North America’s polite sibling!
We say ‘Sorry’, ‘Please’, ‘Thank You’, and ‘Excuse Me’. The world recognizes us for this trait and all
the forementioned items. Let us continue to flourish and not change who we are…wear your
Canadian Maple Leaf proudly.
See you at the luncheons set for this year. We are adding an extra luncheon in
June…something casual and informal…no speaker or head table, but a fun event with a book
exchange. It’ll be time to get stocked up on some summer reading.
Merci! Thank You! Danke! Ojibwa! Gracias! Kiitos! Obigado! Koszonom!
Your OWCC President, Carol MacKay
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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)
The Many Faces of Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery: A Call to Action!
Speaker: Sister Pauline Gagne
Sister Gagne, a Franco-Ontarian, teacher, social worker, spiritual companion, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, with missionary experience in Zambia, Haiti and Papua New Guinea, either teaching or involved in social justice work. She has been a member of PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans) since 2004.
Homelessness: We Are Failing Our Responsibility to Our Community
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Turnbull has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally. He is one of the founders and is the past Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health which works to improve the health of people who are chronically homeless.
He is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards, including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Honorary Degree of Law from Carleton University.
We Can’t Wait. Protect. Connect. Respect. A movement to protect at least 30% of land and ocean in Canada by 2030.
Speaker: Sandra Schwartz
Sandra is the National Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. With master’s degrees in management, and environmental studies and over 20 years of experience, she is a strong advocate for sound environmental policy and has championed progressive ideas for clean energy and tackling climate change.