VegOttawa Association, formerly known as The National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA), is a not-for-profit membership-based organization originally created to educate the public about the health benefits of plant-based diets for the improvement of public health. In addition to the many personal health benefits, VegOttawa is committed to raising awareness about the equally important benefits of a plant-based or vegan lifestyle such as overall environmental health and the lessening of animal exploitation.
VegOttawa Association’s objectives include:
- Increasing public awareness about the benefits of plant-based diets and help people make healthier, greener and more compassionate dietary and lifestyle choices.
- Providing support and advice to those interested in, considering, or practicing a plant-based/vegan lifestyle.
- Providing support to businesses and restaurants to improve plant-based food options to respond to the growing demand for plant-based and vegan consumers.
- Connecting like-minded community members and improving the social infrastructure that supports a plant-based/vegan lifestyle.
- Actively seeking media coverage of plant-based and vegan issues. Serve as a resource for local, regional, and national television, radio, and print media.
2019 Events, Activities and Accomplishments
- Hosted well-attended vegan brunch potluck
- Represented VegOttawa at Ottawa VegFest 2019 (sold 60 VO memberships)
- Hosted Beyond Meat(sausages & burgers) BBQ potluck at Vincent Massey Park
- Hosted screening of “A Prayer For Compassion” at Saint-Paul University with guest speaker, producer Dr. Sailesh Rao
- Hosted screening of Dr. Greger’s “How Not To Die” at Copper Branch Barrhaven with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Purdy
- Major supporter of the International Vegan Film Festival
- Financially supported Nation Rising with a $500 donation
- Donated 113 Tofurky Roasts to the Ottawa Food Bank, Kanata Food Cupboard & FAMSAC to offer plant based holiday meals to people in need
- Hosted Dr. Greger’s visit on March 9th at Algonquin Commons Theatre for his “How Not to Diet” speaking tour. Sold Out!
- Completed the name change from National Capital Vegetarian Association to VegOttawa Association
- Made significant changes to the website
- Added new discount offerings: Copper Branch Barrhaven, Cinnaholic, World Financial Group