About COA Events

The Council on Aging hosts events that provide seniors, professionals, family members, caregivers and advocates with a wide variety of educational, leisure, social, and cultural experiences. Events are held in English or French or both, as indicated by individual event posters.  Most COA events are held on site at 1247 Kilborn Place, which is wheelchair accessible. Parking is FREE.

Please be aware that at COA events there is usually a COA employee taking photos of presenters and the audience.  These photos are used in print and electronically to report on the events or promote future events of a similar nature.  If you do not wish to have your photo, with or without your name, used for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and on the Web, please identify yourself at the beginning of the event and every effort will be made to exclude your image.

The Council holds three different types of events:

Educational Events

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COA’s educational events provide an opportunity to educate and inform members of the community concerning subjects relevant to seniors and to focus on issues that promote the Council’s commitment to building an Age-Friendly Ottawa that maximizes opportunities for healthy and active aging.

Lunch and Learns

Lunch and Learn events address issues of fundamental importance to Ottawa seniors. In the informal setting of a brown bag lunch, attendees listen to presentations by community partners and other expert speakers talking about seniors’ related topics they are passionate about. At the end of each session attendees can pose questions.

Lifelong Learning Seminars

Lifelong Learning Seminars are in-depth lectures provided by university professors. Lecture topics are selected from the fields of arts and culture, current scientific and historical research, and social justice.  The morning or afternoon sessions run two to three hours and are designed to broaden participants’ general knowledge and stimulate further curiosity.

Networking and Fundraising Events


COA’s networking and fundraising events provide an opportunity to connect with other community leaders who are working to ensure that Ottawa seniors live in a safe, accessible, supportive community.

Annual Spring Luncheon

Our Annual Spring Luncheon has become our signature event with an attendance of well over 400 of Ottawa’s seniors, health care professionals, business owners, service providers, representatives of community organizations and government. This event provides an excellent networking and educational opportunity for those in Ottawa’s senior community, providing keynote presentations from some of the leading experts in the field of aging.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is held each year on the third Wednesday in June. This event features a keynote presentation from a leader in Ottawa’s senior community; the annual business meeting of the Council including the presentation of the Annual Report and highlights of the audit of the previous year; the presentation and election of the Board of Directors for the coming year; as well as the presentation of awards to those being recognized for their volunteer service throughout the year including the presentation of the Margaret Griffiths Award.

Fall Golf Tournament

The Fall Golf Tournament is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day in the company of those in Ottawa’s senior community. A light lunch followed by an afternoon of golf is capped off with dinner and prizes in the evening. A day for all to enjoy!

Special Events


Special Events held annually include Seniors Day, International Women’s Day, the Francophone Forum, and the Spirituality Conference. These in-depth special events are half or full-day events featuring lectures, panel discussions and question and answer sessions centred on a particular theme. These events feature subject matter experts, innovators and front line workers.  Refreshments provided by event sponsors.

Francophone Forum

The Francophone Forum brings together a large number of Francophone seniors, community organizations and resource persons in various fields in order to discuss a specific theme.

Spirituality Conference

The Spirituality Conference encourages an exploration of the relationship and challenges between aging and spirituality.  This half day conference is offered to everyone especially caregivers, seniors, those working with seniors, volunteers, people of all cultures, faiths, abilities and ages.