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 putting an end to 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.
2020 Events, Activities and Accomplishments
- Sponsored IVFF (International Vegan Film Festival) screening of 4 short films at Copper Branch Barrhaven.
- Hosted Dr. Greger speaking tour, “How Not To Diet” @Algonquin Commons Theatre | March 9
- Member Draws! Gave away gift cards to some of our favorite local plant-based businesses including Saaboon, Copper Branch, Cinnaholic, Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co., The Table
- Donation to Feline Cafe gofundme | COVID help
- Donation to Chickpeas ‘Pay It Forward’ providing 25 meals to health care workers | COVID help
- Donation to NutritionFacts.org (VegOttawa Association added to supporter wall as “Champions”
- Sponsored IVFF event – We Animals Media screening of 5 short films with live Q&A (J. McArthur, K. Guerin)
- Sponsored IVFF Virtual Festival 2020| Over 25 vegan-themed films shown
- Melanie Boudens online cooking class | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
- Sara Galipeau online Meal Prep workshop | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
- Holiday Prize basket giveaway x 3 | vegan items and gift cards valued at $250+
- Donated 300 Tofurky roasts to fulfill Ottawa Food Bank request for people in need of plant based holiday meals
- Zengarry Veganuary recipe ebook & product discount provided to VegOttawa members
- Melanie Boudens online cooking class #2 | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
- Added Ottawa Vegan & Vegan Friendly Business Directory to website
- Added Vegan Transition help page to website
- Added new discount offerings: Sea Glass Films & Photography, Gabrielle Peterka Hair Salon, Hippie Mylk, Van Tran Photography, Wuxly Movement (increased discount from 10% to 20%)
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
- Organized 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