Category Archives: Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)

Annual General Meeting Reminder – October 29

The Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Tuesday October 29, 2019 at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse. All community residents are welcome to come for a meet and greet with refreshments at 6:30 pm, followed by the business meeting at 7 pm.

See for the agenda, including a guest speaker talking about the recent flooding.

See for a list of the positions and how to be a candidate.

We also have some new reports from various committees:

Pontiac De-paving Day Photo Review

Community Effort to Remove Pavement on Pontiac Street and Reclaim Paradise!!

Last Saturday, a family-friendly event was led by Councillor Jeff Leiper to de-pave one block of Pontiac Street and to re-connect the green space of Champlain Park directly to NCC lands accessing the Ottawa river.

The Councillor received sponsorship from the City with funds from cash-in-lieu of parkland money and a small grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Energetic community volunteers showed up to dig up sections of pavement and transfer them to City dumpsters. The volunteers were organized by Enviro Centre and Champlain Park Community Association, with coffee from Bridgehead and bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shop.

In the near future, the City workers will finish digging the gravel base, adding soil, and seeding the area. The NCC will remove the fence and gravel on their side. Volunteers plan to landscape the NCC land with native species of ground cover, shrubs and trees. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song “Big Yellow Taxi”, “you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone”. It’s not often a parking lot gets turned into parkland!

Enviro Centre team with Champlain Park Community Association volunteer, Debra Huron, set up coffee (Bridgehead) and bagels (Ottawa Bagel Shop) as well as supplying tools and safety gear for volunteers. Photo by John Arnason.

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Election of Officers and Call for Volunteers

With the Champlain Park Community Association annual general meeting coming soon (October 29), 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.

You may also want to see the agenda for more about the meeting, including guest speakers (notably talking about the recent river flooding).
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Champlain Park’s Annual General Meeting – October 29

Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)
Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday October 29, 2019
at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse
All community residents are welcome to come for a meet and greet with refreshments at 6:30 pm, followed by the business meeting at 7 pm.

Community Association Memberships can be purchased at the door.
Chair: Nick Xenos


Report from City Councillor:

Jeff Lieper

Financial Report from CPCA Treasurer:

Josh Bizjak

Election of Board for 2019/20:

Nick Xenos

Guest Speaker (30 minutes):

Michael Sarich, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board will be providing updates on 2017 and 2019 river flooding and will take questions from the audience afterwards.

Business Items:

  1. Approval of minutes of previous AGM 23 Oct 2018 – Liz Gyalokay (2 minutes)
  2. Reports from the Board (5 minutes each)
    1. Membership Report– Jennie Hornosty
    2. Civic Engagement – Roland Dorsay
    3. Social – Carol Arnason
    4. Planning and Zoning – Heather Pearl & Lynne Bankier
    5. Environment – Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley
  3. Other Business
  4. Adjournment

For information about the board election, please see our call for candidates.

Supporting documents

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – September 24


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Tuesday September 24, 2019
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. Approval of previous minutes of executive meeting April 23, 2019 – Liz – 5 minutes
  2. Report of interim executive motions – All
  3. Finances as of year end and next year’s budget – Josh – 20 minutes
  4. AGM planning – All – 10 minutes
  5. Purchase of signs for the SJAM – Adrian – 5 minutes
  6. Next Meeting

Community Association Board Meeting – September 24

Our next community association board meeting will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday September 24, 2019 in the Fieldhouse. The public are welcome to come and observe. The main topics will be planing for the AGM and some financial reporting. Please send your agenda items to the secretary.

River Activities on Saturday 29 June – Remic Beach and Rapids

Shoreline Cleanup

The floodwaters have now receded, leaving behind garbage and debris along the Ottawa River shoreline.
We are seeking volunteers to help clean up the area along the river, north of Champlain Park, and remove the garbage from our waterways.
Please join the shoreline cleanup at:
        Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June, 10am – 12pm
For any questions contact Dan Wilcock at

Water Quality Testing

Thanks to Water Rangers, the Champlain Park community now has a citizen science test kit that will allow us to monitor water health parameters in the Ottawa River such as temperature, clarity, pH, hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and conductivity. Regular testing will create baseline data, allowing more meaningful long-term observations of our river’s health.
Dan Wilcock is the local member of Ottawa Riverkeeper’s riverwatcher network and is leading Champlain Park’s water quality monitoring.
If you’re interested in learning more, or getting involved in water testing, Dan will demonstrate the test kit at:
              Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June,  at 11am
Water quality results are available at:

Kitchissippi/Somerset shore fishing clinic

City Councillors Leiper and McKenney have organized a free beginner shore fishing clinic to be held at:
             Remic Rapids on Saturday June 29 from 5 – 7pm 
Full details are at the Facebook event page here.
Jeff Leiper’s office has been working with the NCC, sport fishing groups, naturalists and others to offer an educational evening that is inclusive and welcoming for all ages and everyone. They’ll have lots of tackle (fishing gear) on hand and lifeguards to enjoy a safe, very hands-on learning experience.