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Hope you can join us at our Holiday Bake Sale – bring your friends and family, relax with a cup of coffee and treat yourself by picking up some Holiday Baked Treats!
At St john’s Church, corner of Somerset and Elgin (enter by the Elgin St Ramp).
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our 2nd annual Gala. We are so appreciative of your support and very pleased that over 130 guests attended the event!
We are truly indebted to those who made the gala a special occasion including:
Thank you, Susan Love
Our 3rd AGM was held on June 24, 5:30 at St. John’s Church, and was attended by 27 people. Discussions were based, more or less, on our CoSA Ottawa 2014-15 Annual Report. Thanks to everyone who attended and also to CoSA-Ottawa Members who were not able to attend, but we know, were there in spirit!
We welcome new Members – just complete and send in your CoSA Ottawa Membership Agreement & Application form.
Thank you to everyone who contributed, attended and helped to make this event a huge successful. It was 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, friends old and new! Our keynote speaker, Howard Sapers, delivered an engaging overview of Corrections today and on the viability of organizations like CoSA – frankly, a sad state of affairs! Lawrence Greenspon, acting 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!
Thank you to all who attended the Public Forum on Circles of Support and Accountability, presented by CoSA-Ottawa and the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) on February 10th, 2015, at the Ottawa Public Library (main branch). The event was well attended by approximately 100 interested guests who came to learn about CoSA’s mandate of “no more victims” and “no one is disposable” and hear speakers discuss the important work being done by CoSA staff and volunteers in Ottawa and beyond in promoting safety and reducing harm.
Attendees also learned about the current funding crisis facing CoSA-Ottawa (and most CoSA sites in Canada), placing it in jeopardy of closing on April 1, 2015 if funding cannot be secured.
Please help CoSA-Ottawa avoid closing its doors by signing a letter to Public Safety Steven Blaney requesting that federal funding for CoSA be continued (Lttr to Minister Blaney).
Speakers at the Forum included: Susan Love, CoSA-Ottawa Program Coordinator; Bob Cormier, CoSA-Ottawa Board Member; Steve Sullivan, Executive Director, Ottawa Victim Services; Justin Piché, Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa and Adina Ilea, CPEP Member, who moderated the event. Testimonials of CoSA Core Members and a CoSA volunteer were read by event organizers.
Here are a few key messages from the forum.
Congratulations to CoSA Korea on becoming the first CoSA program in South East Asia! On August 9, 2014, Susan Love’s son, Patrick, who is currently working in Seoul, was honoured to present a Declaration of Joint Commitment to Shared Goals and Principles at the opening ceremony of CoSA Korea.