CoSA Ottawa’s 2018 Fundraising Initiatives!

We cordially invite you to attend our 3rd CoSA Gala, to be held on April 19th, 2018 at St. Elias Banquet Hall. The cocktail hour will be serenaded by Gypsy Muse, a local Jazz quartet. We are honoured to welcome an inspiring keynote speaker, Wilma Derksen. The live auction is back, and by popular demand, the Mystery Gift boxes! There will be tons of great prizes, ranging from lunch dates with notable individuals to a ride on a Harley to a trip to an esteemed beauty salon – which will all be posted on our Facebook page as they come in – so keep watching!

CoSA Gala 2018 nolinks

For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Gala Website.

Tickets can also be purchased through other payment methods by contacting our office at (613)-288-2284 or sending us an email at

Follow our Facebook Event to receive updates on our exciting Gala auction items! And please like our Facebook Page to help spread the word!


For those of you unable to attend the Gala, we are also participating, for the second year, in our CoSA-Ottawa’s Run for Community Safety on May 26th & 27th. There are multiple ways to participate in this initiative. You can either register as a runner (or walker) or simply make a one-time donation – any amount is appreciated! There is a registration fee, but if you sign up before March 31st, you’ll be eligible for the current rate. Last year our team of 13 (most who are featured in the photo below) raised over $4,500 – with your help, we can break that record!

Promo Photo (2017 Team)

Interested? Contact with queries or for further information.

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A wonderful surprise in the mail!

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Bake Sale


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).


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Our 2nd Annual Gala was a great success!

Photos from this years Gala now available!


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:

  • Jamie Scott, our keynote speaker, whose message (which we’ll post here soon) that no one is disposable beautifully illustrated one of the key principles of CoSA and restorative justice, and emphasized our reciprocal relationship to one another in the community. It was spot on!
  • James Foord, our emcee, who, in the 11th hour, replaced Lawrence Greenspon as auctioneer (Lawrence was tied up in court in Toronto). James really saved the day and helped us raise over $3500 in the live auction!
  • All the volunteers who helped to make the event run smoothly including Greg, Jessica, Emma, Andrea, Sue, Melissa, Thomas, Patrick, Miriam, Sina, Amanda and James.
  • Bob Cormier for his articulate overview of CoSA, both locally and in Canada, and his eloquent introduction of Jamie Scott.
  • All the CoSA Ottawa Board Members who graciously greeted and welcomed our guests.
  • Emma Gowing, who did a tremendous job on the flower arrangement centerpieces – real touch of class!!
  • Sponsors of the event including James Foord, John Edwards, Alice Doell, Nicole St. John, and Harry Nigh – your generous contribution really raised the bar, helping to make the gala a glamorous experience!!
  • Contributors of auction and gift box items – your generous donations helped to raise over $4600 for CoSA Ottawa!
  • Our official Supporters, who lend their name in support of CoSA Ottawa – thank you for your ongoing support for CoSA and your belief in us!
  • Thank you to the staff at Sala San Marco – everything was perfect! We hope to return next year!
  • Last and most importantly, to our Circle Volunteers and Core Members – for their patience with me while organizing the event; increasingly, as the date of the event drew nearer, limiting my availability to provide regular oversight and support. I will not forget that you are why we are here!!

Thank you, Susan Love


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CoSA-Ottawa Annual General Meeting

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.

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1st Annual Gala Fundraiser for CoSA-Ottawa

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!

Gala Photo Album

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Public Forum on Circles of Support and Accountability

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.

  • —”As a victim advocate, I support CoSA because we share the goal of “No More Victims”         —
  • By supporting men coming out of prison, CoSA reduces their risk of re-offending
  • CoSA prevents victims which is something that we can all support
  • Our community is safer with CoSA in it”                                                                                                                                                      Steve Sullivan
  •  —”Do you believe in building community capacity to prevent harm?  Do you believe people can change and grow over the course of their lives?
  • —At the heart of CoSA’s mission is a resounding ‘yes’ to both questions and the research suggests their work fulfills their aspirations.
  • —As a new father who doesn’t know what the future holds for my daughter, I want to live in a world where fewer people experience sexual harm and fewer people are treated as disposable because of their worst actions.  Such a world requires support for initiatives like CoSA.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Justin Piché
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