SPEAKER & SOCIAL Series

Ottawa Cohousing hosts a monthly event

We engage Guest Speaker(s) to share their knowledge in relation to some aspect of Cohousing.  Most events will have a Social Component where members and guests have a chance to mingle.  Some events will be purely social in nature,

CONTACT

 info@ottawacohousing.ca

to get on our email list and receive the most up to date details of upcoming events as they are planned.

 

These events are open to the public. Some events may require a small cover charge, some will require registration.

Clients on the Intake Roster have free access (annual membership) to this series. 

December - Intake SOCIAL

Saturday, December 3rd

5 to 7 pm

 

This room is waiting for us....

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Ottawa Cohousing and Group A invite you to join them for a casual get together - get to know you better event.

Complimentary light munchies to start, but otherwise food and beverages is purchased by each.

Clocktower Brew Pub

418 Richmond Road

(Westboro)

Free street parking

Paid underground parking in rear of building (off of Byron)

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DO YOU ENJOY OUR EVENTS?

DO YOU WANT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT

COHOUSING COMMUNITIES?

Ottawa Cohousing has an active Go Fund Me campaign to gather additional funds for outreach and marketing.  Our goal is to raise awareness with the public and build momentum for a cohousing movement

 

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Previous Events

October/November - Do It Like the Danes! 

Here is what our attendees said of our conversation with the Danish cohousing community....

"Thank you all; it was very informative." P.E. 

"It was so informational, interesting and encouraging for cohousing in Ottawa... we could have had another hour of discussions with our Danish friends, and with everyone who participated."

K.C..

"I appreciate now that it is also very difficult to get things going even in a forward thinking society like Denmark"

J.Y.

"So glad you are having all these events." S.M.. 

"Thank you to everyone for their involvement and learning!!" S.Y.

"Thank you to all panelists and to Ottawa Cohousing for organizing."

J. 

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SEPTEMBER - Sustainability Showcase & Electric Vehicle Exhibition

What a super turn out!  It was so great to see new and familiar faces at the Ottawa Cohousing table at the Sustainability Showcase, organized by the SMARTNet Alliance.

You certainly kept us busy at this one of a kind Ottawa event featuring business' and organizations focused on offering sustainability solutions in the region.

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Ottawa Cohousing was on hand to explain how Cohousing communities, as a housing choice, aligns with those seeking to reduce their negative environmental impact.

For further information on cohousing as a sustainable housing option, you can listen to the Green Drinks event on Sustainable Housing that we were part of in August 2022.

AUGUST - Getting your Ducks in a Row

LYSA DIXON mortgage specialist and resident of Little Mountain Cohousing led attendees through the intimidating process of financing required to create cohousing communities.  

An invaluable source of information, Lysa may be consulted by those seeking guidance on how to approach personal financing in the process of creating a cohousing community. 

Mortgage Professional, TMG Averbach Mortgages

604 817 1751

lysa@averbachmortgages.com

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Lysa is a BC licensed Mortgage Professional

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JULY - Soul Sister under construction Tour

July, 2022, participants in the tour gathered together and were split into 4 groups to get personalized tours of the site by the Soul Sisters.

Enormous thanks to the Soul Sisters and their construction workers who assisted with the tour to answer all the curious questions. This event was a pivotal inspiration to many who attended.

Photos from the tour can be found on the Examples of Cohousing page.

Article in All Things Home

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JUNE .... Building Better Solstice BBQ

Ottawa Cohousing and our interested clients paid homage to the longest day of the year, as we joined with three leading Green Builders in our region for dinner and chatter on sustainability

A big THANK YOU to all who braved the soggy weather to make our cozy and informative event.

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MAY - "MAKING IT WORK"  Insights into Group Dynamics

WOW! Our speakers delivered as promised a thorough and clear discussion on Group Dynamics involved in cohousing!

For those continuing on with us into Affinity groups, you will find much of this valuable shared insight and information incorporated into our Group lessons. A big thank you to Suzanne and Kathy and all who attended this very civil and engaging event.

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Contacts for our guest speakers:

Kathy McGrenera

kmcgrenera@gmail.com

Suzanne Gagnon 

suzannegagnon@connectionmatters.ca

APRIL - PUB Party Room PLAY  Social

We were very happy to engage with our small group during Happy Hour at the Barley Mow!

While a larger crowd had been anticipated, the intimacy of a small group allowed for cross connecting together, deep learning about cohousing in general, and who Ottawa Cohousing is specifically.

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We are already looking forward to our next opportunity to share Cohousing Trivia with all of our friends in cohousing!  Such an entertaining way to learn about cohousing and related items.

MARCH : The Architecture of Community 

Thank you to all our lovely guests who joined us for an active and participatory session on design for community!

Rosaline engaged our group of communitarians in identifying what architectural features make for a cohousing community, what constraints tend to be a challenge and how design decisions can impact costs. 

It was a real delight to see everyone in person to share thoughts and appetites, (creative and actual), together.

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FEBRUARY : The Gathering 

We asked and they came! 

Our panel of cohousing residents joined us from their various homes across the country.

For the attending Ottawa resident cohousing Wanna-be's or cohousing Not-so-sure's, our panelists dropped pearls of wisdom and lived lessons into our ears.  We are so grateful to have spent this valuable time with them.

 

The after panel show continued with the learning and discussions and comparisons.  

JANUARY INTRO LAUNCH !

Our opening event was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  We really appreciate the healthy turn out of interested attendees.  For those that missed the event, or if you need a recap, see here for a link to the recording.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/PqTkFRsKd80wLisKYWKU1AvVITeAuJcvE8XDe6k52PkEzJPZA3P7Mi_oFOOB1GTW.6CFyeIIsCbrkgwoL 

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