The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club

Our History

Packaging Room at the Women’s Canadian Club, 1918.

Over a Century of History

For more than a century,  the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club has been celebrating Canadian heritage, attracting impressive speakers, and contributing to society through war efforts and a student scholarship program. We are proud to share the highlights of our incredible history with you.

The OWCC has attracted speakers who are leaders in their field in Canada and internationally.  Some include: Governors General and/or their spouses, provincial premiers, heads of foreign states, Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, Members of Parliament and Senators, ambassadors, astronauts, olympians, military experts, university professors, fashion designers, doctors/nurses, scientists, financial advisors, musicians, choral groups, radio and television personalities, Indigenous historians, authors, chefs, hostages, florists, photographers and explorers.

Moments in Time

An in-depth account of the OWCC's History

Rowena Cooper, the Club's archivist

Rowena Cooper moved to the Ottawa area in 2005 and was introduced to the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club by her sister-in-law and OWCC Past President, Ruth Cooper. Prior to moving to Eastern Ontario Rowena worked as a professional Archivist and historical researcher, she also completed a two year contract with the City of Brampton as the Sesquicentennial Historian, producing an interactive CD-rom that is used in all elementary schools in Brampton. An active volunteer in the heritage field in Ontario she is a former president of The Ontario Historical Society which serves as the ‘umbrella’ for all historical societies in the Province of Ontario. She served as President of the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club from 2012-2014.

Discover the complete history of the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club,
the Club’s book is now for sale.