2014 - 2015

Our Branch celebrated the 50 anniversary. You can learn about the beginnings of the organization right here. => it started like a ghost story... read more...

In June 2014 three of our members: Vera Ramik, Eva Konopacka and Renia Forester has been awarded Ontario Volunteer Award for 50 years of volunteer work. In June 2015 a few other members: Grazyna von Finckenstein, Jadwiga Swiecicka and Marzena Kuzma were awarded the same Award for 10 years of volunteer work, Renia Miszkiel for 40 years, Czeslaw Kwiatkowska for 10 years and Maria Boris for 5 years. Congratulation!

On the occasion of the anniversary we had a special lunch in a charming restaurant. See some pictures here

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2013 Annual Report

We finished last year 2012 with the third annual Christmas Tree Decoration at the Museum of Civilization, a great opportunity to showcase the Polish traditional decorations in Canada’s capital. Christmas Tree

Our Branch is a member of the Ottawa chapter of the National Council of Women. Our president Ewa Zadarnowska was elected Convenor of Cultural Affairs.

We are members of the Ethno-cultural Coalition and actively support their activities, among others fundraiser the November 2013 International Brunch, which included a Silent Auction as well as traditional food. See Pictures here.

In December 2012 our member Anna Binkowska participated in the "Respect for Caregivers and Unpaid Work Roundtable" chaired by the Liberal Health Critic Hon. Dr Hedy Fry PC MP (Vancouver Centre), the discussion is part of a series organized by the National Liberal Women Caucus.

In March 2013 our Branch helped with preparations and promotion of the Polish Tourist Organization and the Ministry of the Economy stand at the Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa's Convention Centre. Picture.

In April we organized the XXXI Annual Reciting Competition for children and youth. All the participants receive diplomas, medals, books and cash prizes.
Here are results of the 31st Annual Recital Competition - Results and Pictures

In May many of us joined the Ottawa Marathon, walking the 5km race and have the medals to prove it!

We also continued our traditional start and end of summer activities in June and September, namely the BBQ at Barbara Wozniak for our Annual General Meeting and the SPA weekend in the Ontario Kashuby region which includes an overnight stay at the Polish scout’s quarters, lots of hiking and sightseeing and good food. (Pictures 1), (pictures 2), (pictures 3).

Our president Ewa Zadarnowska represented us in farewell to the Military Attaché Michal Peksa and his wife Dorota, as well as to the Ambassador Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz and his wife Mrs Katarzyna, who finished their respective diplomatic missions in Canada. Picture 1, picture 2, picture 3.

Black Ribbon Day and a meeting with Mrs Jadwiga Wisniewska were other highlights of the summer activities.

In September we organized the “Gone with the Wind” concert, a wonderful event with the audience singing along the good old tunes. Pictures

In November there were three events:

Our Branch decided to allocate funds to two charitable causes this year: providing help to the hurricane victims in the Philippines and the building improvements fund of the Polish Parish in Ottawa.

Finally we would like to boast of the awards received by several of our members this year: Ewa Zadarnowska – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (picture), Wanda Garlicka – Volunteer Service Award for 50 years of volunteering; Barbara Owczarek, Elzbieta Gamrat and Malgorzata Boczkowska (nominated by the Polish Teacher’s Union in Canada) who all received Volunteer Service Awards. Malgorzata Boczkowska – Golden Combatants Cross awarded by the Polish Combatants Association in Canada for her work as teacher and director of the Polish School “Wiktor Podolski” in Ottawa.

In light of the upcoming holiday season

We wish all of you a Peaceful, Healthy and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New 2014 Year!

This report was prepared by Malgorzata Boczkowska and Maria Borys.

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2002 - 2008

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2002 and earlier

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Certificates and letters of Appreciation:

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List of scholarships of the Polish-Canadian Women's Federation, Branch No 8 Ottawa

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