COA INFO-FLASH Events 2021-09-14

We are happy to announce that the Smart Aging Core Program will be running again from October to December 2021.

Registration is now open! Be sure to secure your spot now!

Smart Aging encourages people to take charge of their aging and gives them the information and confidence needed to make informed decisions at key transition points in life.
It’s a fantastic program, but you don’t have to believe us! Take it from this former participant, who loved it!

" This program helped me consider and prepare for many tasks that are a part of the process of aging. In my busy life, I knew I ought to face these tasks, yet I avoided them. This course has helped me begin this necessary preparation. It was a very fine public offering and should be offered regularly."
Smart Aging Core Programs will run online on:

Tuesdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 30, 10am-12pm   Registration link
Thursdays, Oct. 7 to Dec. 2, 1pm-3pm   Registration link
Les vendredis du 8 octobre au 3 décembre, entre 10h et 12h Inscription

Cost for the 9-week program:
$75 for members of the COA; $100 for non-members
*There are complimentary spots for those who find the cost prohibitive.

Registration will close as soon as capacity is reached.

For further information, please contact Stéphanie Cadieux at or 613-789-3577 ext. 4.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Parade Day is This Saturday!!

What an amazing group of walkers we have!! We are just $1600 shy of our $20,000 goal!

If you haven’t yet laced up your runners, it’s not too late!

Join a team and join us on Saturday! or...
Donate to support your favorite walker!
Donate to Support your Favorite Walker!!
For those joining us in person on Saturday...
  • We will be walking at our new home - the Rideau Hub (the former Rideau High School) - 815 St. Laurent Blvd
  • We will walk on the track beside the school, any distance of your choosing or ability – each lap is 400m.
  • Following the walk, please enjoy lunch on us!! All participants are welcome for the BBQ whether you walked on your own or with the larger group on the track!!
  • Lots of parking!
Many Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!!
For further information contact Sarah Bercier: 613-789-3577 x.2 or
3 things you can do during the 2021 Federal Election
September 20, 2021, will be the day Canadians go to the polls in the next federal election. For many older adults, voting is a way to show support for what matters to them. In fact, voters aged 65 to 74 are more likely to vote than other age groups with a 79% turnout rate in the 2019 federal election. 
2. Attend a Virtual Information Session with Candidates. These virtual events are being hosted by The Council on Aging of Ottawa, the National Association of Federal Retirees Ottawa Branch, and the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) with registered candidates who are participating in the upcoming federal election.

Each session will last 60 minutes and be held via Zoom. Local candidates will have five minutes each to speak in their language of choice on these topics:
  • National Seniors’ Strategy with dedicated funding and accountability goals
  • Enforced principles and national standards for long-term care 
  • Adequate funding for home care to improve health outcomes and reduce costs
To register for the session, click on your electoral district name below. 

Tuesday, Sept 14
Orléans at 10 AM
Ottawa-Vanier at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, September 15
Ottawa Centre at 10 AM
Ottawa South at 1:30 PM

Not sure about your electoral district? Click here to learn more.
3. Vote! Your voice matters.
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Community Events this Week
NOTE: The Community Events listed in the INFO-FLASH are provided as an information service by the COA. We are sharing this information on behalf of other community organizations.
For more event details or how to register, please check with the organization listed as the event host.
Featured Community Event
Election 2021: Voters’ Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities
Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 | 1:00 pm -


Join REACH Canada for an education session on voters’ rights, elections, and special considerations for people living with disabilities in light of the upcoming Fall 2021 Election. We will be covering the following topics:

– Elections & voters rights for people with disabilities in Canada
– Voting accommodations for people living with disabilities
– Special considerations for elections during COVID-19
– How to find more information and reach out to local candidates

Our speaker will be Jewelles Smith. Jewelles Smith is the Communications and Government Relations Coordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). Ms. Smith is a highly regarded Canadian human rights expert. Ms. Smith has worked extensively on voter engagement for over 15 years, and is a member of the Advisory Group for Disability Issues (AGDI) Committee with Elections Canada. She is a PhD candidate at UBC and focuses on disability rights in her dissertation.
Registration for this event is free, but please consider making a contribution to Reach to support access to justice for people with disabilities.
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) Nepean is an organization of women with common goals ...

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Seniors Centre Without Walls (Teleconference) Unusual Canadian Attractions Come learn all about these fun ...

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Ottawa PC Users’ Group will be hosting their monthly general meeting through video-conference. The ...

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Want to have some fun and try something new? Join us at our third annual paint night! Follow along as our ...

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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