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The Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA) is the volunteer-run association representing the residents and businesses of Old Ottawa East. In addition to our overall mandate, the board has set strategic goals for 2019 and beyond.

OOECA goals

  • Encourage citizen participation in the planning and development of the community.
  • Provide a vehicle to gather and share the opinions and comments of Old Ottawa East residents with elected representatives and government staff.
  • Preserve and improve Old Ottawa East as a residential community and highlight its history and heritage.
  • Protect and enhance our parks and greenspaces.
  • Enhance amenities in Old Ottawa East to help improve the quality of life for residents.

OOECA monthly board meetings and minutes

  • The OOECA board meets virtually via Zoom meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm (with the exception of July and August). All are welcome to attend.
  • Minutes from past meetings are found on the Archive page. Our annual general meeting is held the second Tuesday in November.

OOECA membership

  • If you are interested in becoming a member, an annual membership to the OOECA costs $5 per household.
  • Memberships are available for purchase online at any time during the year, and during our Fall membership drive.
  • View our constitution and bylaws (updated November 2012) for full details about the OOECA and membership.

OOECA Board Members

  • President – Bob Gordon
  • Past President – Phyllis Odenbach Sutton
  • Vice President – Catherine Pacella
  • Secretary – Kristine Houde
  • Treasurer – Don Fugler
  • Committees
    • Transportation and Infrastructure – Tom Scott
    • Planning – John Dance
    • Federation of Community Associations (FCA) – Ron Rose
    • Membership – Suzanne Johnston
    • The Corners on Main (TCOM)/Greystone Village/Lees – Peter Tobin
    • Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) – Jayson MacLean
    • Parks and Greenspace – Jamie Brougham
    • Lansdowne – Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay
    • Health and Safety – Courtenay Beauregard
    • Communications – Bob Gordon
  • Member(s) at Large – Georgia Blondon

OOECA Partners

  • We work closely with the Old Ottawa East Community Activities Group (CAG) and the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC). 
  • OOECA – along with other community associations – is part of the City Centre Coalition, Citizens for Healthy Communities, the Coalition Against Queensway Widening, as well as the Federation of Community Associations.
  • We work closely with our elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level. They are:
    • Shawn Menard, City of Ottawa, Capital Ward (,
    • Joel Harden, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa-Centre (
    • Yasir Naqvi, Member of Parliament, Ottawa-Centre (
  • For city concerns such as by-law enforcement, street and sidewalk maintenance, garbage and recycling, or community services:
  • Our community newspaper, The Mainstreeter, is published six times a year.
    • Links to many of these groups can be found under “Community Directory”.

About Old Ottawa East

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.

Read the Old Ottawa East Brochure to learn more about the community.

  • Since the amalgamation of the City of Ottawa, we refer to ourselves as the Old Ottawa East Community Association similar to 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 are used interchangeably.

History of Old Ottawa East

  • 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.
  • View Old Ottawa East’s complete history at, written in part and compiled by Rick Wallace.
    • This site includes approximately 500 photographs and 300 pages of text about the development of this community.