CoSA Ottawa’s 2021 Fundraising Initiatives!

This year, we are participating in the Virtual Ottawa Scotiabank Charity Challenge Race event. Our small but mighty team has raised  $3,550 so far! A big thank you to everyone who has donated, but it’s not over yet! Our runners (and walkers) have until May 30th to complete their race, which is taking place in each participant’s community. And you have until May 31st to donate. Please donate if you can. Every donation of $5 or more will receive a tax receipt.

If you want to support a specific runner, you can donate directly to them (click on the team link which will take you to each team member) or you can donate to the general CoSA race team. Just visit

Your donation will help CoSA to continue operating in Ottawa, helping to prevent more victims and create safer communities! 

Thank you to our donors and to our runners!

We’d also like to thank Scotiabank and the organizers, in particular Al McCartney, for putting on such a great event and being so supportive of our local charities.

The Team

Photo of our 2018 Race team!

L-R: Patrick Love-Vani, Dominique Smith, Jennifer Messer, Susan Love, Kerry Lamming.

Missing: Rick Goodwin and Noella Kuhnle

Thank you to all those who came out to our 3rd fundraising Gala – it was a huge success! We could not have done it without our volunteers, supporters, and friends. A special thank you to Wilma Derksen (keynote speaker), Steve Sullivan (emcee), Pierre Allard (Grace), and Dru Allen (auctioneer). Thank you to all those who donated items to our Live Auction and Mystery Gifts, without you we would not have been able to reach our fundraising goal! To view the pictures, click here. If you would like a photo removed, please contact us and we will do so immediately.

We’d love to hear any feedback the evening’s attendees, let us know what went well, what could be improved upon and any changes we can consider for the next Gala in 2020! Feel free to contact us at

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Our keynote speaker, Wilma Derksen
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A wonderful surprise in the mail!

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Bake Sale!


Thanks to everyone who contributed to our first Holiday Bake Sale – especially Diewke and Bob who braved the cold, enticing passersby (with freshly baked cookies) inside for a cup of hot coffee and a chance to purchase a few holiday treats.

It was a big success and we hope to repeat it next year!


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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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CoSA Korea Grand Opening!

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.

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Community Volunteer Program Award: CoSA-Ottawa

CoSA CPO Award Nov 2013

Charles Bordeleau, Ottawa Chief of Police, Susan Love, Program Coordinator and Adina Ilea, Data Coordinator

On November 4th, Crime Prevention Ottawa presented CoSA-Ottawa with this year’s Community Volunteer Program Award amidst much pomp and ceremony at Ottawa’s City Hall.

You can see CBC News’ coverage here.

Rogers Television will broadcast the entire award ceremony on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 10pm.

Here is a interview with Susan and Adina, produced by Crime Prevention Ottawa:


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Community Volunteer Program Award for Crime Prevention

CoSA-Ottawa awarded the Community Volunteer Program Award for Crime Prevention Ottawa’s 4th Annual Community Safety Awards!

On behalf of the staff, board of directors and all of us at CoSA-Ottawa (Circles of Support and Accountability), we are extremely pleased and honoured to report that CoSA-Ottawa has been awarded the Community Volunteer Program Award for Crime Prevention Ottawa’s 4th Annual Community Safety Awards!

We would like to thank all of you for your support for us over the years – we would not have had the capacity to grow and flourish, as we have, without your involvement, collaboration and belief in us and in CoSA in general.

The award ceremony will be on Monday, November 4th, 5-7PM (5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and networking; program at 5:30 p.m.) at City Hall – Jean Pigott Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Main floor.


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