Fundraising Gala – a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who contributed, attended and helped to make our Gala a huge success – a full house at the Ottawa Police Association’s Russell’s Lounge on Thursday, April 23, 2015. It was wonderful to reconnect with so many colleagues and friends and make new ones too! Our keynote speaker, Howard Sapers, delivered an engaging overview of Corrections today and on the viability of organizations like CoSA. Lawrence Greenspon, as auctioneer, helped to raise over $3,000 in our live auction and the Mystery Gift Boxes were a big hit, generating over $1,300! Proceeds from this event will help us to continue operations for several months. We plan to make this an annual event so we hope you’ll join us again next year!

Check out the Gala photo album!



Although fundraising events are helpful in the short-term, CoSA-Ottawa’s (and all other CoSA sites in Canada) long-term sustainability is uncertain and is currently facing possible closure and/or significant downsizing due to the conclusion of federal funding (September 30, 2014). For more information about this, visit our dedicated page.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help CoSA-Ottawa provide the vital public safety services that benefit our communities. Please donate today!



Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a community-based initiative operating on restorative justice principles.  CoSA assists individuals who have served a prison sentence for a sexual offence(s) in their effort to re-enter society. These individuals, who we refer to as Core Members, participate in the program voluntarily and are not mandated by the judicial system.  CoSA-Ottawa is one of currently 18 Canadian cities operating CoSA programs, representing approximately 150 to 200 circles and 500 volunteers.

The Core Member and three to five trained and screened community volunteers comprise the Circle.  They meet as a group and individually on a regular basis to:

  • Support the Core Member’s community integration by facilitating his practical needs (i.e. access to medical services, social assistance, seeking employment/affordable housing, etc.) and by providing a consistent network of emotional support;
  • Develop constructive and pro-social strategies and solutions to everyday problems and concerns;
  • Challenge the Core Member’s behaviours and attitudes that may be associated with his offending cycle.
  • Celebrate successes.

Board of Directors


Emmy Verdun, Treasurer, the Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican)
Vice President: 
Rick Keindel, Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service
Sharon Rouleau, Finance Assistant, Shepherds of Good Hope, and former Circle Volunteer
Nicole Bedard, Development Coordinator, Beechwood Cemetery Foundation


Robert Cormier, Former Executive Director, National Crime Prevention Centre
Alice Doell, Retired Pharmacist and current Circle Volunteer
James Foord, Lawyer, Foord Davies LLP
Kerry Lamming, Retired High School Principal and current Circle Volunteer
Wendy Stewart, Director of Operations, Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
(Updated May 20, 2015)

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