Children's Garden in Robert F. Legget Park
The Ottawa East Community Association (OECA) is the volunteer run association representing the residents and businesses of Old Ottawa East. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at our community centre, the Old Town Hall, located at 61 Main St.
The community association endeavours to:
• encourage citizen participation in the planning and development of the community;
• provide a vehicle through which the opinions and desires of the people of Old Ottawa East can be made known to their elected representatives and government staff;
• preserve and improve Old Ottawa East as a residential community and focus attention upon its history and heritage;
• protect and enhance parks and greenspaces;
• enhance amenities in Old Ottawa East with the goal of improving the quality of life for residents.
In addition to our overall mandate, the board held a planning session at the January 10, 2012, meeting to identify key priorities to guide the OECA over the next two years. They include: Main Street redesign and reconstruction; new and/or improved space for community use in Old Ottawa East; improved pedestrian and cycling linkages within Old Ottawa East and connecting to other communities; and improving usage of Ballantyne Park.
Along with other community associations, the OECA is part of the City Centre Coalition, Citizens for Healthy Communities, the Coalition Against Queensway Widening, as well as the Federation of Community Associations.
The OECA board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, located at 61 Main Street (with the exception of July and August). All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in becoming a member, an annual membership to the OECA costs $3 per household. Memberships are available for purchase at our monthly meetings. Minutes from past meetings are found on the Archive page.
Our annual general meeting is held the second Tuesday in November in conjunction with the AGM of the Community Activities Group (CAG).
For full details about the operation of the OECA and who can be a member, please view our constitution and bylaws (updated in November 2012).
The Ottawa East Community Association board is comprised of:
President – John Dance
Vice-president – Jaime Girard
Secretary – Jill Wherrett
Treasurer – Don Fugler
Past President – Nick Masciantonio
Communications – Catherine Pacella
Transportation – Ron Rose
Planning Committee Chair – Stephen Pope
SLOE Rep – Vicki Davis
Membership Chair – Barbara Hicks
Lees Ave Rep – Bill Baldwin
Federation of Community Associations – Jim Strang
City Centre Coalition – Gabi Schaeffer
Member at large – John Baglow
If you would like to receive an electronic update about news and events occurring in OOE, please subscribe to the Old Ottawa East eUpdate.
We work closely with Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) (a committee of the OECA that is focused on making Old Ottawa East a leading green community in our city), as well as the Community Activities Group (CAG) and the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC). Our community newspaper is called The Mainstreeter. It is published six times a year (approximately every two months). Links to these groups can be found under the "Community Directory" section.
We also work closely with our elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level. They are:
David Chernushenko, City of Ottawa, Capital Ward (http://capitalward.ca, David.Chernushenko@Ottawa.ca)
Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa-Centre (email@example.com)
Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament, Ottawa-Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
According to the association’s by-laws, Old Ottawa East is defined as: the area bounded by the Rideau Canal to the west, Nicholas Street to the north, the Rideau River to the east, and Avenue Road to the south.
Please note: Since the amalgamation of the City of Ottawa, we refer to ourselves as the Old Ottawa East Community Association similarly to what was done in Old Ottawa South. We have been adding the prefix “Old” to our name on a working basis. Throughout this website, the terms Ottawa East and Old Ottawa East mean the same thing.
Old Ottawa East was originally the suburban community of Archville, and was incorporated as the village of Ottawa East in 1888. The village was then amalgamated with the larger City of Ottawa in 1907. Old Ottawa East's complete history is available for viewing at http://history.ottawaeast.ca. Written in part and compiled by Rick Wallace, it includes about 500 photographs and 300 pages of text about the development of this community.