Ottawa-Carleton Branch News

Welcome to the Ottawa-Carleton Branch of RWTO/OERO!  We are a branch of over 100 members who enjoy the “caring and sharing” aspects of the organization, and having fun at the same time.  We welcome all retired women teachers from anywhere and any level of education to come and join us.

If you have recently retired or relocated to the Ottawa area, or have just learned about RWTO/OERO and would like more information, or are interested in joining us, please contact our president,

Kathy, at

Our branch program consists of several luncheons at a variety of venues throughout the year: a kick-off to the new year as retirees in September, a Christmas celebration, and a luncheon with the Annual General Meeting in May, along with other activities at different times.  Look under the “Events” tab to find out about the following:

  •  speakers and presentations on topics of interest to retired women teachers
  •  visits to area attractions such as art galleries, museums, historical sites, community services, theatre productions
  • get-togethers at members’ homes or cottages with potlucks or other refreshments
  • monthly meetings of our active book club

Community outreach is another important aspect of the branch activities. We hold a variety of fund raising activities at our luncheons and are able to make donations to various local charities. Check out the link to “Charities” to see what we have done in the last few years.

Our latest newsletter is posted under Newsletters on this web site. Have a look and check out what we have planned for 2018-2019. We would love to have you join us to see what we are all about. Contact Kathy for more details.


2018-2019 Executive


PresidentKathy McLean
Past PresidentSuzanne Lanouette-Carswell
1st Vice-PresidentSharon Chop
Recording SecretaryPatricia Taylor
TreasurerBarbara Edwards
Insurance ConvenorAndrea Woolsey


Membership ConvenorMargaret Dempsey
Social ConvenorVacant
Goodwill ConvenorMarilyn Adair
Communications ConvenorMartha Summers
Member-at-LargeRuth Knapp


2018-2019 Branch Activities

Sept. 13, 2018: Retirement? YES! – Luncheon with Provincial President

Oct. 23, 2018: Aging Well – Luncheon with speaker from Ottawa West Community Support Services

Nov. 6, 2018: Stepping Out in Style – Fashion Show with afternoon refreshments

Dec. 3, 2018: Happy Holidays!  Christmas luncheon with musical entertainment and silent auction

Jan. 16, 2019: Visit to Museum of History with Ciné+ Movie and lunch

Feb. 12, 2019: Just an Excuse to Go Out for Lunch! – and celebrate Chinese New Year

March 12, 2019: Monarch Magic – Luncheon with speaker from Monarch Teacher Network of Canada

April 8, 2019: Girls Just Wanna Have Sun! – Luncheon to honour our Over80 members, entertainment

May 14, 2019: Summer’s on Its Way! – Luncheon and AGM

Summer 2019 Activities – tentative dates:

Mid-June: theatre production at Upper Canada Playhouse, lunch

July 10: Ottawa River Boat Cruise

July 25: Day at Ruth’s Cottage with potluck

Aug. 7: Tea on the Lawn at Billings Estate

Aug. 27: Lunch at the Heirloom Café and Bistro in Almonte, with shopping

Each year, several local charities are selected as recipients of monetary donations from our fund raising activities.  In the last few years, the following have benefitted:

Youville Centre, a non-profit, registered charity that serves adolescent mothers and their children.

Twice Upon a Time, a registered charity in Ottawa, operated entirely by volunteers, whose goal is to encourage children to read by giving them new or gently-used books.

Ottawa Basketeers, who collect baskets of household items for women who have had to flee violent situations to women’s shelters for safety, and are ready to make the transition to new beginnings.


“Sharing in Student Success”, a program of the Caring  and Sharing Exchange, Ottawa, which provides grade-appropriate stuffed  backpacks to needy children so that every child in Ottawa can return to school in September on an equal footing, ready to learn.