Fall Reflections

What is Fall Reflections all about?  While the Canadian Organic Growers national charitable organization is required to convene a formal Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year, its local/regional chapters are not required to do so.  But the idea of reflecting on the achievements of each year as the new year approaches is a positive one, and a great reason for hosting a special gathering.  Fall Reflections is an opportunity for us to look back to the year completed, to thank all of our amazing volunteers for their involvement, and look forward to the coming year.

Fall Reflections 2014
Did you miss Fall Reflections 2014 featuring Rick Smith? Not to worry, we have you covered! Check out the video Pentafolio created!

Lead organizer: Margaret Tourond-Townson

Entrance: Free – donations encouraged for COG OSO and programs

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Location: Glebe Community Centre, Scotton Hall, 175 Third Avenue, off Bank Street, Ottawa

Parking: On site and nearby streets
Volunteers at Parking to assist you. Elevator available for 2nd Floor.
Rick Smith

“The Impact of Pesticides on Health – Our’s and the Planet’s” – Keynote Speaker, Rick Smith (co-author of “Toxin Toxout”) will talk about his research and personal experiences followed by Q&A, networking, organic snacks and a chance to meet Rick.

Reconvene for our AGM: “Bird’s Eye View of COG OSO’s 2014″ and presentation of Steering Committee slate of officers for 2015.

Fall Reflections 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in Fall Reflections 2013!  This year’s event was held at the newly renovated hall rented from the Unitarian Fellowship at the Heartwood House complex in Vanier.

Food, auction, and visiting. Doors opened at 2pm and guests were invited to complementary coffee donated by Bridgehead, and healthy snacks prepared by Chef Kent and his students at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School – a Growing Up Organic partner school.

Marvelous Margaret!

Marvelous Margaret!

The silent auction - and the mysterious wind resistant garden vase!

The silent auction – and the mysterious wind resistant garden vase!

There was a silent auction fundraiser, for which all items were generously donated to support COG OSO programs – including a “wind resistant” pottery garden vase!  Guests also browsed our used book sale and visited with our program leaders for Growing Up Organic and Senior Organic Gardeners.

Illustrated annual report.  At 2:30 our outgoing chairperson, Susan Preston, gave a photographic tour of COG OSO’s events and program activity over the last year, starting with Fall Reflections 2012.  We introduced the Steering Committee for 2014, including five new members and many returning members.  A full report will be posted shortly.

Outstanding Volunteers for 2013. This year we were thrilled to honour three wonderful people with COG OSO’s Outstanding Volunteer Award: Tom Manley, George Bushell, and Gillian Boyd.

Brad giving the award to George

Brad Wright (right) gives award to George Bushell (left)

Brad Wright gives award to Tom Manley

Brad Wright gives award to Tom Manley






Expert Panel Discussion. The featured event this year was an expert panel discussion that asked the questions: Why Local?  Why Organic?  Robin Turner, certified organic farmer at Roots & Shoots Farm made the case for “certified organic”, while in contrast Paul Slomp of Grazing Days Beef Farm made the case for “local”. Some of the most important differences between “local” and “organic” were identified, and many of the issues of concern were discussed.  Lia Walsh, Chair of Fair Trade Ottawa, addressed the issue of ethical sourcing internationally, particularly as so much of the food and other products we rely on come from all around the world.  Moderator Sheila Petzold, Director of Communications at USC Canada, did a stellar job of leading a civilized discussion among panelists and the audience.

Lloyd Strachan introducing panellists (L to R:) Robin, Paul, Lia, Sheila

Lloyd Strachan introducing panelists (left to right): Robin, Paul, Lia, Sheila