Get To Know VegOttawa!

So, you’ve heard about VegOttawa in passing but you’re not quite sure about the who-what-when-where-why of our organization? Let us introduce ourselves so that you can learn about how we’re establishing ourselves as a pillar of the vegan community.


What is VegOttawa’s role in the community?

VegOttawa is a not-for-profit organization that serves members of the community by providing education and resources; fundraising for various initiatives and charities; operating a membership program; and hosting events to bring together members of the veg community. We aim to be the hub and the heart of the Ottawa vegan community providing resources and support to those who are vegan or exploring a veg-friendly lifestyle.

How old is VegOttawa?

Originally called the National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA), VegOttawa was founded in 2006 and turns 16 this October. We rebranded in 2019 to align ourselves with a vegan identity.

Who runs VegOttawa?

All of VegOttawa’s Board of Directors are volunteers! We also have volunteers who contribute to the VegOttawa organization and some stellar advisors (former board members).  Every year elections are held for the VegOttawa board which allow new members and people interested to become involved. In the case that a board member cannot continue their term, bylaws allow the board to cast votes to fill the board between elections. In fact, we’re looking to recruit new board members NOW!

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer roles include everything from our dedicated social media coordinators to our exciting new humane education ambassador and support at events. We are constantly growing and seeking new support – so if you have a skill you’d like to share we would love to invite you to help us! You can consult our complete list of volunteer opportunities and fill out our volunteer form on our website! We hope to hear from you!!!

What is VegOttawa’s policy on inclusivity?

VegOttawa Association is committed to being an inclusive organization and fighting against oppression of all kinds. This includes speciesism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, colourism and discrimination of all kinds. We are a pro LGBTQIA2S+ organization.VegOttawa Association acknowledges that we live and work on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabe territory. We recognize and respect the Algonquin Anishaabe Nation as the traditional stewards of this land since time immemorial, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this area that they have protected for millennia. As an organization, we are committed to centering reconciliation throughout our work.

I have a vegan event coming up. Can VegOttawa help me?

VegOttawa wants to support the vegan community. That’s why we accept sponsorship/funding requests year-round. Have an event you want to veganize? An idea you just can’t seem to get started? We’re here to help you!

Does VegOttawa run VegFest?

From 2011-2017 VegOttawa ran VegFest with the incredible dedication of our board and volunteers. In 2018 and beyond VegFest was run by a non-affiliated member of the public and has not been hosted by VegOttawa since. That doesn’t mean we don’t have plans for the future, just that we’ll be back in action under a new name.

Do you host events? Where can I connect with you?

Yes! VegOttawa is so excited to be able to offer in-person events again, and in fact, we’ll be hosting a fall cooking class and tabling at a few festivals this autumn. And don’t forget – VegOttawa members often get discounted or even free tickets to our events!

Who can become a member? Do I need to be vegan? 

VegOttawa welcomes individuals from a variety of backgrounds—vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegans interested in learning more about the benefits of plant-based living! 

What does becoming a member mean?

As a non-profit organization we rely on membership fees to support programming and sharing veg resources in the national capital region. Membership is $22.50 per year and secures you discounts at over 26 of our business partners! You may become a member by visiting our website: https://vegottawa.org/membership/ 

I have a veg-friendly business. How do I get in on this action?
If you have a business that is veg-friendly we would love to add you to our directory, secure a discount for our members, or work together on sponsorship for our events. There are so many options. You can find out more information about business partnership here: https://vegottawa.org/directory/partner/ 

What does VegOttawa do with the membership fees (how are these funds allocated)? 

Our board develops an annual budget to ensure membership fees are used effectively to help advance our mission. Funds may be used for the following: operational fees (i.e. website), events (i.e. venue rental fees), sponsorship (i.e. International Vegan Film Festival). VegOttawa provides a financial update to all members at the Annual General Meeting.

Are there many vegan places in Ottawa? 

Ottawa has plenty of vegan establishments and is only expected to grow! For a list of vegan or vegan-friendly establishments, please consult our directory page.

Do you collaborate with other organizations?

Yes! VegOttawa is proud to endorse and support organizations that are helping to increase animal welfare and protection, end environmental disaster, support social justice for all and enable everyone to live long and healthy lives. We value collaboration with others and know that it takes a village. You can see our current collabs on our network page.

Where and how can I follow VegOttawa?

Aside from our website, individuals can follow VegOttawa on our social media platforms. We are on Facebook and Instagram

What does VegOttawa hope to achieve within the next 5 years?

The VegOttawa board is currently working to increase VegOttawa’s presence and brand recognition by becoming the go-to place for all things veg in Ottawa. Make sure you stay tuned to this blog for upcoming announcements about our big plans!


Still have questions? Want to learn even more or get involved? Drop us a line at: info@vegottawa.org 

NEW DISCOUNT: The Weightlifting LAB

We are thrilled to announce The Weightlifting Lab is now offering VegOttawa members a FREE initial consultation session and 15% off all new memberships!

The Weightlifting Lab not only offers training at their in-person lab but they also offer online training and nutrition options that will help you look and feel your best.

Owner and Head Trainer, Mat Sawyer, has over 20 years of practical experience in the health & fitness industry. He has worked with many different types of people, helping them realize their goals and discover their true strength, both physically and mentally. He has consistently elevated his coaching expertise over the years specializing primarily in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting with a core emphasis on teaching all of his clients the importance of a proper training program, proper nutrition to fuel the body, and proper recovery practices so his clients get the most out of their individual training programs. Mat truly believes in the power of positivity. He strives to educate and empower his clients helping them realize their dreams and regain their happiness and  confidence so they can then spread that positive energy to help others in need in their personal life and their community.

Make sure to book your FREE initial consultation today! 
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NEW DISCOUNT! Jacked on the Beanstalk!

VegOttawa members enjoy 15% off the regular priced coaching and protein powder purchases!

Samantha Shorkey brings a friendly don’t-be-a-stranger approach to her fitness enterprise. Having earned her pro card in 2014 and being the first-ever vegan WNBF bikini pro, Shorkey also brings her expertise to Jacked on The Beanstalk. Shorkey is an ACE-certified personal trainer and certified Weight Management Specialist who can help you meet your fitness goals whether you are interested in building muscles or just looking to get into shape! With customized online coaching and meal plans, Jacked on The Beanstalk can help you transform into a healthier you!

NEW DISCOUNT! Zengarry Fauxmagerie

VegOttawa Members now save 15% off their dairy-free cheeses and pestos (excluding bundles) and 10% off in store from Zengarry Fauxmagerie.

Did you know Zengarry first launched in 2013 at VegOttawa’s VegFest?! Since then, Zengarry has become an Ottawa Vegan household name and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Zengarry to our business partner and discount list!

Dairy free and vegan, Zengarry’s cashew cheese is lovingly prepared in small batches in their modern production facility. Their team is committed to creating delicious, high-quality artisanal plant-based cheese and dairy alternatives. The result: a rich and delicious plant-based cheese that’s good for you and the environment!

With so many delicious options to chose from, you can now save, meaning you don’t have to choose. You can buy them all with this stellar discount!

NEW DISCOUNT! Kyan Cuisine!

VegOttawa members can enjoy 15% off first-time purchases!

Kyan Cuisine was founded in 2019 with a commitment to bring nourishing, healthy and vegan meals to the community. Eating balanced meals while leaving animals out of the equation has never been easier with Kyan supplying 100% plant-based meals directly to your door.

From family sized buddha bowls to frozen meals to homemade dressings and sauces. Kyan Cuisine has a variety of options that are sure to make you lick the plate. I mean, who could pass up a lentil walnut taco mix or thai coconut curry soup?! Kyan Cuisine also offers corporate event catering!

Make sure you run over to Kyan Cusine to make your first order today!

NEW DISCOUNT! Keepin’ It Vegan Bakery

VegOttawa members enjoy 10% off regular priced merchandise.

There’s nothing sweeter than a vegan bakery operated by a mother-daughter duo! Keepin’ It Vegan Bakery brings you a variety of tasty and fresh baked goods from hot cross buns for Sunday brunch and vegan delicatessen products to satisfy every modern vegan’s taste buds.

This women-run business was started by a mother daughter Duo. Barbara has 20+ years experience owning and running a business. Jordan is red seal certified and has 10+ years in the hospitality industry, from bakeries to hotels with banquet halls. After a few months of being open, they brought in Eva who has years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as a background in event management and health science. They all believe that everyone should feel included and be able to find high quality and great tasting baked goods for any occasion no matter their dietary needs.

We are so thrilled to offer VegOttawa Members 10% off regularly priced purchases from Keepin’ It Vegan!

NEW DISCOUNT! Peter’s Palace

Peter’s Palace will now offer a 10% discount on walk-in purchases for VegOttawa Association members! 

Peters Palace & Catering is a newly opened vegan-focused restaurant located in Orleans. They offer healthy home cooked comfort food, and simple, healthy make-at-home meal kits. Owner and chef, Chantal Peters offers individuals and families in Ottawa with freshly prepared, diet-conscious, ve*gan foods and to promote healthy living. We’ve tried a few of their dishes, and trust me – the hype is real!

Their menu boasts vegan goodness like chickpea & sundried tomato bruschetta, chili maple tofu skewers, and greek couscous salad with red wine oregano dressing. They even sell their house-made dressing in bottles you can take home.

*Peter’s Palace does serve a small selection of vegetarian options, please make sure you’re checking the menu and inquiring with your server when ordering.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get all the updates on their incredible menu options!

NEW DISCOUNT! Jacquie K Cosmetics

Jacquie K cosmetics will now offer a 15% discount for VegOttawa Association members on all purchases from the Jacquie K Cosmetics online store!

Jacquie K. cosmetics is a Ottawa-based makeup brand created with ethics in mind. Created in 2018, the brand has grown from lipsticks and translucent powders to all kinds of makeup products. They offer lipsticks and lip tints, skincare products, blush, bronzer, concealer, powder and eyeshadows in a variety of shades and colours. Plus, they sell adorable stickers and apparel.

Jacquie K cosmetics sources locally in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of every step in their supply chain. Their sourcing model also ensures that the employees involved in making our products are safe & treated fairly. All of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, made in Canada and Leaping Bunny certified. Plus, $1 from the purchase of every lipstick goes to Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary.

NEW DISCOUNT! Strawberry Blonde Bakery

Strawberry Blonde Bakery will now offer a 10% discount on walk-in purchases for VegOttawa Association members!

Strawberry Blonde’s mission is to create a place where people with alternative diets and food allergies can buy a treat without having to worry about cross contamination, while also not having to compromise on taste or aesthetics. Their goodies taste just as good (nay, better!) than their conventional counterparts. Absolutely everything they do is vegan, gluten-free, nut free, and kosher! 

Strawberry Blonde sells all sorts of sweet treats, including cookies, cakes, brownies, special seasonal treats and more. They also sell refreshing and comforting drinks when you visit their stores in-person.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get all the updates on their delicious treats!

Vegan Ice Cream Bingo

Is there anything better than a good vegan scoop? We don’t think so. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the best vegan ice cream options in Ottawa, but made it BINGO! Make sure you check out the incredible options below, and scroll all the way down to read about our giveaway!

Moo Shu Ice Cream – Scoops, Bars & Pints. Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Dalgona & Coffee & Others on Rotation

Lois N’ Frimas – Scoops. Mint chip, espresso/peanut butter, salty caramel, pistachio, and cookie dough

Dairy Queen – Non Dairy Dilly Bars

Beachconers – Scoops & Pints. Varies with flavours like vegan maple walnut or  vegan chocolate orange.

Menchies – Scoops. All sorbet options (up to 15) are vegan.

The Merry Dairy – Scoops & Pints. Flavours like Coffee or Hibiscus Passionfruit.

La Diperie – Scoops & Bars. Raspberry Soft Serve, Cookie Dough. Vegan Bars: Vanila, Chocolate, Mango, and Raspberry.  

Cinnaholic – Pineapple Dole Whip

Carp Custom Creamery – Scoops & Pints. Flavours like chocolate mint oreo, peanut butter chocolate, vanilla, strawberry sorbet, peach sorbet and more.

La Cigale (Chelsea, QC) – Scoops & Pints. Banana Oreo or Chai Almond flavours. 

Oat & Mill – Scoops & Pints. Scoops available at Little Jo Berrys & Jojo’s Cremeria.

Chocolat Favoris – Scoops. Vanilla or Raspberry Soft Serve. Chocolate dip and topping varieties.

Marble Slab Creamery – Scoops & Pints. Chocolate, Coconut milk, Strawberry Banana or Pina Colada.

Ikea – Strawberry Softserve

Pascales – Scoops, Bars & Pints. Scoops available at Carlington Coffee House pop-ups. Flavours like Vanilla Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cashew and Tahini Caramel.

Strawberry Blonde – Coming soon! Pints. Flavours like vanilla, chocolate, brownie fudge.

Baskin Robbins – Scoops & Pints. Strawberry Streusel.

Thimble Cakes – Coconut Scoops. Flavours like cherry mint chip, cookie dough, and more.

Chris’ Ice Cream –  Pints available upon request. Flavours like maple oat milk, oat milk latte, strawberry coconut milk and roasted peach sorbet.

Mantovani 1946 – Gelato & Sorbetto Scoops. Flavours like Vegan Hazelnut, Tropical Sorbetto and dark chocolate gelato.

Heritage Hemp (PlantX Market) – Vegan Vanilla Hemp Iced Pints.

Farinella – Gelato Scoops. Flavours include Dark Chocolate, Mango, Pear, Strawberry, Raspberry, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Cookies & Cream & Grapefruit.

Honey -Various gelato scoops.

Piccolo Grande – Sorbet Scoops. Flavours include Lemon, Lime, Mango, Passion andFruit. Grapefruit and Cherry available seasonally.

GIVEAWAY!
Share your ice cream posts with us on Instagram and Facebook by tagging us at @vegottawa and your next cone might be on us!  Every post that tags us and uses #vegottawa will be entered to win a $10 gift card to Cinnaholic to try their delicious dole whip!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Wheeler is the current President of VegOttawa Association. She is passionate animal advocate who is dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community. She has completed a certificate in Animal Welfare from Thompson Rivers University and a certification in Anthrozoology at the University of Windsor. Liz is a philanthropy officer for a national animal protection organization, the founder of Secondhand Stories, and creator of Ottawa For The Animals. She is a cat mom and dedicated feline enthusiast. When she’s not busy advocating for animals, she enjoys snacking on delicious vegan food.