The wonderful Melanie Boudens (Grow Your Roots) is offering an online vegan cooking class this Thursday November 5th, 2020. We are giving away free admission passes to VegOttawa Association members. This should be fun!

If you are already a VegOttawa Association member and interested then just send us a message at, and we will send you a discount code. As simple as that!

If you are not a member yet, then now could be a good time to sign up/renew to get a $16 value right back off your $20 annual membership cost.

"Join me virtually to learn all about Tofu! How to properly prepare it, bake with it and cook with it so you can LOVE tofu too! Class begins on ZOOM at 1100AM on Thursday November 5th 2020. 
Class is approximately an hour and a half (little less time or maybe a little more, but you can leave whenever you want!) 
Price includes the virtual cooking class as well as four recipes crafted by Chef Melanie: 
Tofu Chick'un Marinade, Tofu Parmesan, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Cheesecake. 
All recipes are vegan and can be modified to be gluten free. None of the recipes contain nuts." 

OK, LET’S SEE THE COOKING CLASS PAGE. Sign up/Enter Promo code here,


Good news if you are a VegOttawa Association member… you will be receiving a discount code via email offering you 20% off a ticket or pass to the 2020/2021 virtual International Vegan Film Festival(IVFF)!

If you have already purchased a ticket or pass, just send us an email with your receipt and we will reinburse you:)

As you may have heard, the International Vegan Film Festival is running it’s 3rd annual event online this year and it starts this Saturday, October 10-17th. VegOttawa Association is sponsoring the event.

Over 25 vegan-themed films have been selected this year, ranging in topics from health and fitness to environment to animal advocacy. The films include Intros and there are a handful of filmmaker Q&As included.

Earthling Ed, Dr. Sailesh Rao, Torre Washington, Paul Watson, Elizabeth May, Jerome Flynn, George Monbiot, Regan Russell and many more are featured in the films.


If you are without a membership, now would be a good time to renew or sign up for a VegOttawa membership. You can save over half the cost of a $20 membership right off the bat, as well as supporting VegOttawa and the IVFF.

NEW DISCOUNT! Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co.

Bottom half of your face covered up with a mask, while the top half is covered in neglected pandemic hair that is now in need of professional help? Don’t feel shame. Life is full of ups and downs, just like your hair.

So anyway…there is a new vegan salon in town and we’re happy to announce a partnership with them!

GABRIELLE PETERKA HAIR CO. will now offer a 10% discount to all VegOttawa Association members on all in-store services! Here’s a list of the services you’ll save on. The salon is located at 195 Clearview Ave. in Ottawa and is totally vegan.

To celebrate this new partnership we will be giving away 3 GIFT CARDS (value-$20ea. That’s the full cost of an annual membership!) to 3 lucky VOA members. If you don’t have a VegOttawa Association membership card or just have to renew, then sign up today to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced tomorrow(Saturday September 5, 2020). All members will be automatically entered into the draw!

Sign up for/renew your VOA annual membership here.



VegOttawa Friends,

Hope everyone is doing alright and all of your friends and family are staying safe and healthy.

We have been hard at work trying to think of ways we can best support and help our local vegan(/friendly) businesses through this difficult period. One of the ideas we had was to put together an updated business directory for the website in hopes that it would help consumers connect with businesses while many of their hours and services provided have been altered.

So from our website menu, you will now see “Ottawa’s Vegan & Vegan Friendly Business Directory“. Our partners, with whom you as a member receive a discount, are listed with photos and their logos which take you to their respective websites. We will continue to make improvements to this page (still tidying and simplifying) and add businesses to get a more comprehensive directory together.

You can now do and get just about anything in a vegan, cruelty-free form while living in Ottawa. We hope this makes it easier for anyone (vegan or not) to connect with the multitude of incredible services and products offered in our city.

Suggestions and feedback is always welcome. Feel free to contact us via our website contact page.

Take care, stay safe, enjoy the sun,

VOA Team

NEW DISCOUNT! Sea Glass Films & Photography

Hello VegOttawa members,

We hope you are doing well/hanging in there during these challenging days. Looking forward to a time, hopefully in the near future, where we can all enjoy each other’s company again.

In the meantime we have a cool new partnership to announce.

Sea Glass Films & Photography has agreed to offer a discount to VegOttawa members for their range of film and photography services.  Check out all the awesome work they’ve completed so far on their beautiful website (link above).

If you are a VegOttawa member and are planning a vegan wedding/event, or have a plant based business in need of some promotional material, contact Lexie through their site and provide your membershipID# for a discount. The discount will depend on the services required.

Visit them on facebook to see their latest video work done with The Sweet Sanctuary (we love this!),

If you need to renew or would like to purchase your own VegOttawa membership, then you can do so here, where you can also see our current list of local discounts on offer, with the new addition of the Sea Glass logo.

Stay safe everyone.  More VegOttawa news on the way.

Let’s stick together, we can do this 🙂

VOA Team

Dr Greger LIVE at Algonquin Commons Theatre | ‘How Not To Diet’

Wow that was fun!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out on Monday evening (especially our members who helped make this a possibility). There are 700 seats at Algonquin Commons Theatre (ACT) and you filled them right up.

We’d also like to thank the staff at ACT. They were all perfectly helpful throughout the process. We can recommend the venue without hesitation to anyone looking to book a spot that size.

And of course last but not least, a galactic thank you to the incredible Dr Greger who somehow manages to entertain like a stand up comedian and educate like a master despite travelling non stop from city to city on his How Not To Diet speaking tour. He was in Toronto the day before and in Winnipeg today!

Before he headed out the door he made sure everyone in line got their books signed and pictures taken.

As much as we loved Dr Greger and before, we love and respect him even more now. We hope everyone had as much of an inspiring and entertaining evening as we did.

And don’t forget to check out Dr Greger’s newest best selling book How Not to Diet.…

VOA Team

Susan Macfarlane introduces Dr. Greger who takes the stage to a full house.  Presold books, and finally at the end of the night when everyone has left, Dr Greger plans for his next busy day in Winnipeg where he continues his speaking tour.

2020 AGM Election Results

VegOttawa Members,

Our AGM at Copper Branch Barrhaven was a total success.  We had a great turnout, made quorum with 11 eligible voters, enjoyed some wonderful Copper Branch food and voted in a very enthusiastic group of nominees for our 2020 Volunteer Board of Directors.  Much appreciation to everyone who attended!

We thanked exiting board members Dee Campbell, Rob McLeod, and Krista Collins and presented Rob and Dee with Lifetime VegOttawa Membership cards for their longtime commitment to keeping VegOttawa (NCVA) alive and strong.

We reviewed some of the accomplishments of this past year,

  • Hosted a well-attended vegan brunch potluck
  • Represented VegOttawa at Ottawa VegFest 2019 (sold 60 VO memberships)
  • Hosted Beyond Meat (sausage & 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 upcoming visit on March 9th at Algonquin Commons Theatre for his “How Not to Diet” speaking tour
  • Completed the name change from National Capital Vegetarian Association to VegOttawa Association
  • Made significant changes to the website
  • Added new discount offerings: Copper Branch, Cinnaholic, World Financial Group
  • Surpassed 200 members

We will update the website with bios and pictures of the new directors that were elected last night.  In the meantime….

Your 2020 VegOttawa Association Volunteer Board of Directors:

David Edelstein, Karen Fairholm, Adam Nephin, Susan Macfarlane, Mark Petersen, Dean Tester, Marie-Pierre Theoret

Thank you to Copper Branch Barrhaven for allowing us to use the space and enjoy your food!

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Rob McLeod & Dee Campbell receiving their Lifetime Membership cards.


VOA Team


2020 VegOttawa Association 10TH ANNUAL AGM

VegOttawa Associaton will be holding its tenth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:30pm at The Copper Branch in Barrhaven (3161 Strandherd Dr #301, Nepean, ON K2J 5N1).  We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of VegOttawa.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election for 5 board of director positions.  Director positions have a one-year term.  Nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, January 29. Only VegOttawa members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations must be made in writing and be signed by the nominee.  Nominations can be e-mailed to

VegOttawa members will have an opportunity to appoint an auditor at the meeting. The auditor will audit the accounts of the Association. The term of the auditor runs until the following annual meeting. Remuneration will be set by the board. You can make suggestions and discuss with members in our Facebook members only group.

All members in good standing are entitled to attend the AGM. In order to vote in the election, you must have been a member at the time this meeting was announced. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at

You may still become a member between now and February 6, and be able to attend the AGM.  Purchase your VegOttawa membership here.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to, or if you are on Facebook then just mark yourself as ‘going’, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Also, all attending members will receive 10% off their meal purchases! Please arrive early if you plan on eating there. Thank you Copper Branch!

Thank you for supporting VegOttawa’s efforts in making Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.