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Holiday Season Meeting Closures (Dec-24th, 25th, 29th, Jan-1st)

Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24th Cancellations:

  • Women’s Group, 1:00 PM, East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd’s Road
  • 12&12, 8:00 PM, St. Gabriel Church, 55 Appleford Street
  • Remember When, 8:00 PM Christ Risen Lutheran Church, 85 Leacock Drive
  • Pinecrest Group, 8:00 PM, Our Lady of Fatima Church, 153 Woodroffe Avenue

Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25th Cancellations:

  • 12 & 12 Lunch Bunch, 12:00 PM, Nepean Baptist Church, 135 Woodfield Drive
  • The Podium/Hill Group, 12:15 PM, St. Andrew’s Church, 82 Kent Street
  • Sisters Of Sobriety, 7:00 PM, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Avenue
  • Beacon Hill, 8:00 PM, St. Gabriel Church, 55 Appleford Street

New Years Eve – Monday, December 31st Cancellations:

  • Women’s Group, 1:00 PM, East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd’s Road
  • 12&12, 8:00 PM, St. Gabriel Church, 55 Appleford Street

New Years Day – Tuesday, January 1st Cancellations:

  • 12 & 12 Lunch Bunch, 12:00 PM, Nepean Baptist Church, 135 Woodfield Drive
  • The Podium/Hill Group, 12:15 PM, St. Andrew’s Church, 82 Kent Street
  • Sisters Of Sobriety, 7:00 PM, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Avenue
  • Beacon Hill, 8:00 PM, St. Gabriel Church, 55 Appleford Street

Send your cancellations to to have them added to this announcement.

New Meditation Meeting in Orleans starting January 8, 2019


TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DETAILS: The meeting will be open and based on Step 11 with a silent 30 minute meditation and brief sharing of the meditation experience afterward.

NOTE: In respect to those attending, once the meditation begins, the door to the lounge will be locked; and no access will be given for the duration of the meditation.

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

Crossroads Annual Christmas Potluck Sobriety Tips Meeting (Dec. 3rd)

Monday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
3955 Old Richmond Road at Moodie
Bells Corners United Church

Ho, Ho, Ho, and So, So, Sober for the Holidays!

Going through the Holidays and attending parties without liquid spirits can be a fearful event for many, especially in our first year of sobriety. Crossroads is again hosting a meeting on this very subject! Three speakers who’ve had many holiday seasons in sobriety will share their experience, strength and hope for 15 minutes each, and offer suggestions to maintain sobriety and joy through the holidays. We can have an all-round ball in recovery ……”We are not a glum lot!”

Potluck Meeting – Open to all

Door Prizes:

Living Sober Book – Crossroads will be donating 3 copies of Living Sober. Members in their first year of sobriety will receive a ballot for a raffle. Donations of this book or any AA approved literature from other groups for the raffle are welcome and appreciated.

Join us before the meeting for a potluck. Snacks and Christmas baking appreciated.

Proceeds of the 7th tradition will be donated to the Alkathon.

Wishing all a safe and sober Holiday!
Crossroads Group

Alkathon 2018 Preparation is in Full Swing

Looking for a great service opportunity? The Alkathon Committee is looking for volunteers and food donations will be needed!

Committee meetings are held at 1:00 PM at the Bronson Center (211 Bronson Avenue) in Room 109 – here is the schedule of remaining meetings: Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, Dec 9th, Dec 16th, Dec 23rd.

For more information, along with online forms to host a meeting or to volunteer, visit

Please submit your forms to host a meeting by November 23rd.

Meetings at 255, rue St-Rédempteur impacted by Tornado

Due to damage incurred at École secondaire de l’ile, 255, rue St-Rédempteur in Gatineau, three French meetings have been affected.

Two will be held at alternate addresses as shown below:

Hull Central – Mondays at 8:00 PM, 17, rue des Groseilliers, Église St-Pierre-Chanel (Coin Mont-Bleu)
Sagesse – Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, 13, rue Sainte-Bernadette, Église Sainte Bernadette (as of October 23rd)

The third meeting will be cancelled until further notice:

La belle étoile – Saturdays at 8:00 PM

Credit Card Contributions to Intergroup are now easier with Paypal!

To make a 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

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

*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.

Newsletter Coordinator Needed

The Ottawa Area Intergroup of AA is looking for a Newsletter Coordinator. Monthly editions of “Our Primary Purpose” are to be compiled and published by a committee of volunteers to be set up by the Newsletter Coordinator.

– Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat
– Basic working knowledge of Word Press
– Strong grammar and writing skills
– Clear understanding of AA Traditions and Concepts and how they apply in publishing AA material
– An ability to work with others
– Ability to establish and act as Chair for a Newsletter Committee that reports to the Board
– Legal capacity to sit as a member of the Board
– A Home Group
– A Sponsor
– Minimum of 5 years of sobriety

In keeping with AA Traditions, anyone can put their name forward for a position at an election. The person running has to be able to convey to the membership that they have the skills necessary to do the job.

If you are interested in standing for the Newsletter Coordinator position, please email and/or attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bronson Centre (Mac Hall).

12 Concepts Study/Workshop

Ottawa West District 62 will be facilitating a 12 Concepts Study/Workshop starting in July. We hear about them, we might have even seen them, but do we know what they are all about? Here’s an opportunity to find out in a Group setting.

2nd Monday of every month until the end of the year at 6:00 pm
The Ottawa West District 62 hall
All Saints Church, 347 Richmond Road – Westboro
Parking on Madison Ave. behind the Church

First meeting: Monday, July 9th

Bring a Service manual if you have one. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME!!!

Click here for a printable flyer to bring to your groups.

*Important* Updated Guidelines for Hosting AA Meetings at OWMC

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

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

Grapevine Publications & Metal Chips available at the Intergroup Office

Grapevine publications, including recently added titles below are available for purchase.

– Voices of Women in AA
– 2015 Commemorative Convention Book: Happy, Joyous & Free: The Lighter Side of Sobriety

Metal chips are also now available!

Please call the office to ensure that volunteers are available to serve. If no one answers, please consider taking a shift as a volunteer by contacting

New Insurance Program for AA Groups

Ottawa Area Intergroup has been successful in negotiating a Group Insurance Program for AA Groups which are part of Ottawa Area Intergroup, and we are off to a good start. Several Groups have already signed up and have saved significant money, which can now be used for other things, such as increasing donations to other levels of AA!

Many churches and other facilities require that a group provide proof of insurance coverage in order to hold their meetings.

Some facilities may offer to add your group as an additional insured on their policy in return for a fee. If this is the case, request a certificate showing that they have done so. But be aware that even if you have been provided coverage this way, it is not portable (if you move your meeting to another location, you can’t take it with you).

Coverage under this Ottawa Area Intergroup Program is fully portable, and belongs to the individual group.

The Annual Premium FOR $1,000,000 is $50. Coverage provided is as follows:

Commercial General Liability, including: Deductible Limit
1. Bodily Injury & Property Damage $1,000 $1,000,000 per occurrence/ $1,000,000 aggregate limit
2. Personal Injury $1,000,000
3. Medical Expenses $10,000
4. Tenants Legal Liability $1,000 $500,000

The Annual Premium for $2,000,000 is $100.

8% Provincial Sales Tax applies, so the payment for $1,000,000 if $54 and for $2,000,000 is $108.

Click here to download the application


Ottawa Area Intergroup
211 Bronson Avenue, Suite # 108
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6H5