ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

Scroll down to view posts of AA-related news from the National Capital Region and beyond. Listed from the most recent. If you have an announcement to post, please email info@ottawaaa.org.


Alkathon 2019 Planning is set to start! First meeting is on September 29th

Alkathon Committee Meetings will be held at the Bronson Centre, Room 109 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on the dates listed below. All positions are open!

Sep. 29th

Oct. 6th & 27th

Nov. 3rd, 10th & 24th

Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th

Please contact Gene M, Alkathon Chair, alkathon@ottawaaa.org for more information.


Correction to Meeting Cancellations – McNabb closed from September 1st to 15th

The following meetings will be cancelled on September 8th and 15th due to the McNabb Community Centre closure: McNabb Sunday Morning, normally held Sundays at 11:00 am and Carry the Message, normally held Sundays at 6:00 pm.

The From the Heart group will meet at 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 5th and Thursday, September 12th at the picnic tables behind McNabb.


Service Opportunity – CPC/PI (Cooperation with the Professional Community / Public Information)

Are you interested in being part of the committee that carries the message to the general public and the professional community? If you are, come to the next meeting of the CPC/PI Committee which meets every third Monday of the month at the Bronson Centre at 6:30 pm.

Please note that the Election of the Committee’s Executive will take place at the meeting on September 16th.

See you there!


Archives Luncheon (November 16th)

Ottawa AA Archives presents it’s

Archives Luncheon
Saturday, November 16, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

Tickets $10 – cash only
Available at the Intergroup Office and from DCMs, GSRs and Intergroup Reps

Click here for a printable poster to use for your home group announcements.


Cornwall and Area AA Conference (November 8th & 9th)

Join us for the 72nd Annual Cornwall & Area AA Conference

~~Freedom Within~~

November 8th & 9th, 2019
Ramada Inn Conference Centre
805 Brookdale Ave., Cornwall, ON

Registration Fee: $15
Banquet Ticket: $55 (includes registration fee)

Click here to download a printable poster with registration to use for your home group announcements.


Correction to Office Hours Printed in July Issue of Our Primary Purpose

Incorrect office hours were printed in the July newsletter.

Subject to volunteer availability, our office – located at 211 Bronson Avenue, Room 108 – is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

If you are planning on visiting the office during these hours, please call ahead at 613-237-6000 to be sure a volunteer is there.


New Closed Discussion (AA Promises) once a month at New Life-New Hope

New ‘AA Promises’ Discussion Meeting!

Beginning the first Tuesday (3rd) in September, New Life-New Hope (normally an Open Speaker meeting held at 8:00 PM at the Korean Community Church – 241 Bell Street North), is going to have a Closed Discussion meeting centered on the Promises. This will only be held the first Tuesday of each following month. The 9th step promises will be read out loud at the start of the meeting, and then the floor will be opened up for discussion of one or more of them.

Would you like to discuss the Rewards of Recovery? The AA promises provide inspiration and something to look forward to in sobriety, especially for struggling newcomers. “Being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.” Because everyone’s experience is unique, the 9th step promises can occur in different ways and at different times. They make an excellent topic for discussion.


*Reissued* Updated Guidelines for Hosting AA Meetings at OWMC

*Reissued to update the link to the latest document – the last announcement linked to the old document*

To all members of Home Groups hosting AA Meetings at the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre this announcement is for you!

It is very important that the meeting guidelines are followed carefully and we’d like to advise you that an updated document has been posted here (click link to open).

Please print it for distribution and discussion at your business meetings.

For more information, or how you or your group can get involved, contact the OWMC Coordinator via email at owmc@ottawaaa.org


Training Video for new TAS Remote Forwarding now available

Attention TAS Volunteers,

If you are already trained on the current remote forwarding system, updated instructions and a training video are now available in the Service Login area of the website.

Here is a direct link to the page: https://interactive.ottawaaa.org/support/ (use the existing volunteer password – it has not changed).

Please check out the instructions as soon as possible so you’re ready to answer calls from home when we change the system mid-June. Until then, keep using the current instructions also available for download on the support page.

If you have any questions, send an email to webmaster@ottawaaa.org. the exact date for the change will be communicated shortly.

Note to Intergroup Reps for regular shift commitments: Please pass this along to people in your group who are already trained on remote forwarding and ask them to please email webmaster@ottawaaa.org to be added to the internal TAS distribution list.

If you are trained and see an opening on the calendar please feel free to take the shift. Please email tas@ottawaaa.org to let our coordinator know and so they can add you to the calender.

You can view the calendar at https://interactive.ottawaaa.org/tas/ 

Thank you for your service!


ICYPAA – International Conference of Young People in AA (August 22-25, 2019)

~Entire Psychic Change~

The 61st International Conference of Young People in AA with Al Anon and Alateen participation will be held on August 22nd – 25th in Boston Massachusetts and you’re invited to join us!

“Young People” is not meant to be an exclusionary term and we define it as someone young at heart with room to grow and change.

Visit icypaa.org for hotel information and to preregister and click here for a printable flyer you can bring to your home group to help the ICYPAA carry the message of AA’s program of recovery to alcoholics of all ages.


Immediate Opening for Office Administrator

Intergroup Ottawa is on the search to fill the part-time position of Office Administrator.

Basic qualifications for this position are: Service experience within AA, the ability to work well with others (general public) and preferably administrative skills and experience with a willingness to learn Intergroup’s bookkeeping system and office operations including inventory control and volunteer support.

Interested AA members are encouraged to contact the Intergroup Treasurer at treasurer@ottawaaa.org.


Ottawa Alano Group has Closed

The Ottawa Alano Group meeting previously held on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. at the Gloucester Presbyterian Church at 91 Pike Street has closed. It has been removed from our online directory. If you have a printed booklet, please cross it out.


New printed meeting list booklets are in!

The latest edition of the Ottawa Area Meetings booklet published by Intergroup is now available.

Several updates have been made since the last printing and while we strive to provide the most accurate list we can, please remember to check the online list at https://ottawaaa.org/meetings for the most up-to-date meeting information.

The printable PDF version posted on the meetings page is updated on a regular basis as changes are received.

You can also download the Meeting Guide mobile app for Android or IOS. The Ottawa area meetings are populated through a feed from our online database.

In service,

Carolyn O
Ottawa Area Intergroup Webmaster


Looking for French Meetings in Ottawa?

District 90-05 (Ottawa-Hull-Aylmer) holds seven weekly French meetings in the Ottawa Region:

Dimanche – 10 :00 AM – Groupe Fraternité
250, rue Somerset Est, Centre communautaire, Côte-de-Sable, Ottawa

Dimanche – 12 :00 PM – Groupe Midi-Vanier
242, rue Cantin, Maison Fraternité, Ottawa (Vanier)

Lundi – 8 :00 PM – Groupe Orléans
4831, chemin Innes, Paroisse Sainte Marie, Ottawa (Orléans)

Mercredi- 8 :00 PM -Groupe Renaissance
33, rue Quill, Centre communautaire Overbrook, Ottawa (Overbrook)

Jeudi – 7 :00 PM – Groupe Voyageur
1900, boulevard St-Joseph, Terrasses Montfort, Ottawa (Orléans)

Samedi -12 :00 PM – Groupe Midi-Vanier
242, rue Cantin, Maison Fraternité Ottawa (Vanier)

Samedi – 8 :00 PM – Groupe Je suis responsable
250, rue Somerset Est, Centre communautaire, Côte-de-Sable, Ottawa


Online Credit Card Pay & Pick-Up Service

Groups and individuals can order literature, wallet cards, chips medallions and other merchandise from Intergroup. Click here to access our online order form.

You will receive an email confirmation and receipt for your purchase and someone from the office will contact you when your order is ready for pick-up.

If you have any questions please use the contact form to email the Literature Coordinator and the Office Administrator.

For technical questions about the actual form, please include the Webmaster on the contact form distribution.


7th Tradition (Online)

To make an Individual or Group Contribution via credit card to the Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous please click “Contribute” below to make a secure credit card contribution enabled through Paypal.

Your contributions support the following Intergroup Functions:

  • maintain a central office with a postal address, and a telephone listing in the Ottawa-Hull telephone directory
  • maintain a telephone answering service
  • publish a meeting list
  • publish a newsletter
  • stock and sell medallions and A.A. conference approved literature
  • sponsor a Spring Conference
  • sponsor a Fall Conference known as the Eastern Ontario Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • sponsor a Sunday morning open meeting (McNabb)
  • maintain a website
  • assist and advise in the formation of new groups or meetings




Information about Contributions:

  • Paypal will provide the option to pay with your Paypal account or with a credit card.
  • There is a yearly maximum donation limit of $3000.00
  • We do not accept donations from non-members.

2018-2019 Group Liability Insurance Program for Ottawa area AA Groups

Ottawa Area Intergroup has negotiated the renewal of this valuable program for our groups. If you had to purchase a similar policy for your group on an individual basis, the minimum premium would be $540.

Please note, that the $100 premium for $2,000,000 Liability is an annual minimum premium and cannot be pro-rated. The Master Policy runs from November to November, and certificates are issued for that term.

FOR THIS YEAR ONLY, if a group needs coverage between now and November, the insurer has agreed to charge only $50 plus tax to issue a certificate of insurance.

Insurance premiums are GST exempt, but PST is still charged. When writing your cheque, please make it out for $108, including the 8% PST, or $54 if you are taking a short-term policy.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE APPLICATION TO THE INTERGROUP OFFICE! The address is to be found on the attached form. Click here to download it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Harry B at vicechair@ottawaaa.org


*Reissued* Change We Must Meeting CLOSED

Effective July 18th, Change We Must, previously held on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. at Rothwell United Church, 42 Sumac Street in Beacon Hill has closed. A note has been added to the online meeting list as well.

* Announcement Reissued August 17th* Rothwell United Church staff reached out to let us know that people have continued to arrive on Wednesday nights expecting a meeting.


2017 Fellowship Report on Intergroup…

As we neatly tie a bow around another year at Intergroup, we wanted to share how you, “the fellowship”, thought we did this year and what you identified as Intergroup’s Opportunities and Challenges moving forward in 2018.

Click here to view the 2017 Intergroup Inventory Results

Thanks again for your input, support, dedication and indeed direction of this past year.

Wishing you and your family much Peace, Love, Friendship and Health.

2017 Board of Directors
Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous