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Names Wanted for Our Riverside Park

The NCC is asking for names for their newly planned riverside park. Currently it is known as the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park, which is descriptive but not too catchy.

They want names which are, in their words:

  • A person of national stature who has made a substantial contribution to the building of Canada and its identity in the world, or to an aspect of Canadian culture worthy of special recognition.
  • A place or event with a significant historical or cultural legacy in Canada.
  • A local or regional figure who has contributed to the building of the Capital.

Submit your suggestions by October 23rd on the NCC’s web site (which also has more information about the park, and naming rules – Toponymy is the word of the day) at:

By the way, Dan Wilcock volunteered at the last board meeting to represent our community on the NCC’s naming committee. Thanks Dan!

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – October 10


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Wednesday October 10, 2018
7:30 PM at the Fieldhouse
Everybody Welcome

Board meetings will have an open session for community residents to observe business discussions. Non board community members will also be invited to participate at certain times by the chair and there will be “in camera” topics for the board members only.

Open session

  1. AGM Planning Items
    1. AGM Date
    2. Agenda
    3. Reports and Planning
    4. Board Election
    5. Treasurer Update
    6. Financial Discussion – Lynne
  2. AGM preparation tasks and person responsible
  3. Open fieldhouse and set up chairs
  4. Meet & Greet & Refreshments
    Do we need a motion to approve funds for the refreshments?
  5. AGM Chair
  6. Election – someone to run the election
  7. Handouts
    To be given to Liz by 9 a.m. Friday Oct 19
NOTE: the following items will be discussed if time permits
  1. Approval of previous minutes of executive meeting Sept 5, 2018 – Liz
  2. Report of interim executive motions – All
  3. Update: Sept 20 Ward CA meeting – Roland (5 minutes)
  4. Update: FCA – Roland (5 minutes)
  5. CPCA representative on naming committee for the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park – Lynne
  6. Other Business
  7. Next Meeting

Meet and Greet – October 23

[Poster saying: Champlain Park Meet & Greet and Annual General Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 23 at the Fieldhouse.  Evening begins with social hour @ 6:30 p.m.  Followed by the AGM @ 7:30 p.m.  Come meet your neighbours and discuss issues important to the community! Organized by the Champlain Park Community Association. Refreshments provided.]
2018 AGM meet and greet poster.pdf

Champlain Park’s Intrepid Volunteers (Champlain Woods)

from Daniel Buckles

Wonder what the blue flags near the Carleton/Pontiac entrance to the river are all about? To the west of the entrance, Catherine Shearer has been protecting a patch of the common milkweed, a plant critical to the Monarch Butterfly. This emblematic butterfly is making something of a come back this year (see here for details). In the same area she is also removing seeds of the Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that if left unchecked will form a dense mat that smothers trees, shrubs and everything else. Along the main trail to the river are flags showing where a house for Purple Martins will be installed next spring (rescued from the old Trailhead building by Adrian Bradley, and fixed up by Alan Ramunus and Catherine Shearer).

[Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed]

Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed

Further west down the path into the woods Adrian Bradley has been continuing the effort to smother Japanese Knotweed, Continue reading

Halloween Fun Run – October 27

[Fun Run Poster]

7th Annual Champlain Park Halloween.pdf

Garden Club Speaker on Pruning – October 9

From: Judy Billingsley <>
Date: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Champlain Park Garden Club

Hi Gardeners:

The next meeting of the Champlain Park Garden Club is Tuesday, October 9th when our speaker will be Joan Johnston from Peter Knippel Nursery. Joan will guide us through the proper and the not-so-correct methods of pruning – always a welcome lesson. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the field house in Champlain Park, corner of Cowley and Clearview.

Laurie would like to remind you about submitting photos to her ( for our annual club slide show in December when members present some of their favourite shots from the past year.

Hope to see you there
Judy Billingsley

Election of Officers and Call for Volunteers

With the Champlain Park Community Association annual general meeting coming soon (October 23), it’s time to ask for volunteers to help our community as a board member. Of course, informal volunteering to help with an event or other activity is always welcome.

  • You can ask to be nominated for any of the listed board positions.
  • Names of current nominees are listed on the chart. Most are current Board members who are willing to stay on. However, all positions are open to further nominations.
  • We have a position called “Member at Large”. This allows people to be on the board without a specific “portfolio” and to contribute in a variety of ways as per your interests. Some of our current board members started as Member at Large and then “specialized”.
  • Please see the organizational chart to get some ideas of how you might contribute if you are interested in becoming a board member or other type of CPCA volunteer. Note the chart will be updated after elections at the AGM.
  • If you are thinking of joining the board in the future, attending some of our open executive meetings (advertised on our website) is a good way to familiarize yourself with the work of the community association.
  • The next Board meeting is Wed. Oct. 10 @ 7:30PM in the fieldhouse.
Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)
Organizational Chart for AGM 23 October 2018
Nominations for Executive Officers and Directors

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