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.


Reminder – 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.


How to Stay Sober over the Holidays hosted by Stittsville Second Chance (December 3, 2019)

Special “Open Meeting” of  Stittsville Second Chance

How to Stay Sober over the Holidays

We will have a speaker then a Question and Answer Panel for you to share your concerns over the holidays.

Tuesday December 3rd

Pot luck starting at 7:00

The talk will begin at 8:00.

Let us be the first to wish you all Merry Christmas.

Stittsville Second Chance Group
St. Thomas Anglican Church
1619 Main Street South
Stittsville, ON K2S 1N5

Click here for a printable flyer to use for your home group announcements


All meetings held at 317 Cody have moved to 265 Montreal Road

Effective Immediately, the following meetings have moved from 317 Cody Avenue to

ONYX Community Services
265 Montreal Road, Ottawa, K1L 6C4
Side entrance, Street parking only

  • Vanier Early Birds – Daily at 8 am
  • Vanier Happy Nooners – Sunday through Friday (6 days at 12 noon
  • East End meeting – Tuesday through Saturday at 8p m and Saturdays at 11 am
  • Living Sober – Sundays at 8 pm; and
  • Discovering The Big Book – Mondays at 8 pm

Click here for a printable flyer to use for your  home group announcements


Feeling Safe in the Rooms of AA: An online workshop (Nov. 17, 2019)

Have you attended a Safety workshop? Have you felt unsafe in an AA meeting? Do you know what to do when someone disrupts an AA meeting? Have you felt bullied? Did you know that A.A. is not a cloak for criminal behavior?

If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, then we have the workshop for you! Area 83 is offering an Online Safety in AA workshop. It will be presented by myself, Panel 67 delegate, Kim S, on Sunday November 17, from 7-8 p.m. This course will be offered using an online meeting software called Zoom. Zoom is a free app or program that allows you to participate from the comfort of your home!!

When I was a delegate, safety was an important issue for me. It still is! There will be a presentation with time for discussion.  If you or anyone you know is having a safety issue, then please join us on Sunday, November 17 at 7:00pm.  Don’t be silent or fearful. This is the time to speak out. Let’s talk.

You can join by clicking on the link below or dialing in using numbers below and noting the meeting ID also below.

Time: Nov 17, 2019 07:00 PM EST
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/746834453
Meeting ID: 746 834 453

One tap mobile
+16475580588,,746834453# Canada

Dial by your location
+1 647 558 0588 Canada
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Click here for a printable flyer for your home group announcements.


2019-2020 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.

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


Alkathon 2019 Planning has started! Committee Meetings are Scheduled

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

Schedule: 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.


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!


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


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