December Newsletter

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Happy Holidays! December 2017 is quickly drawing to a close and 2018 is just around the corner. December has been a month of planning for new projects coming out in the new year. The new year will bring more guided school hikes, public events and new projects such as our Winter Multicultural Program. We hope everyone has a wonderful


December 21 - January 3 - The CPAWS-OV office will be closed and staff will have little to no access to their e-mails.

January 13 - We will be hosting a Outdoor Winter Multicultural Program meeting from 1:00-4:00pm at Viscount Alexander Public School (55 Mann Ave. Ottawa, On) where new Canadians can learn more about our outdoor programs this winter including our planned day trips hiking and visiting a Sugar Bush. Click here to learn more.

January 15 - Join CPAWS-OV and Kris Nanda at our Cafe Scientifique to discuss environmental petitions, what they are and how to use them. Meet at the Fox and the Feather Pub on Elgin st, Ottawa from 7:00-9:00pm, order a drink, grab a bite to eat and engage in discussion on Environmental Petitions.

January 27 - Join us on our snowshoe under the stars evening! Meet at 6:30pm St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Mayo Quebec, 3889, route 315 in Mayo Quebec. The hike will last 2-2:30 hours. Suggested donation $10. To register or arrange carpooling please e-mail Jesse at

Help Needed:

We are looking to hire petition canvassers in Chelsea and Wakefield over the holidays and into the new year to promote our Make it a REAL Park campaign. We are looking for people who are confident, outgoing and know the communities. If you are interested, please contact
We are planning a big push on our Make it a REAL Park campaign in February and are looking for volunteers to help us out with a number of activities including the Gatineau Loppet and an event on Parliament Hill.

Donations of Winter Clothing Needed

CPAWS-OV currently works with a high school aged youth group and helps them connect with nature by going out for hikes, snowshoing trips, lectures in class and other events. As winter quickly approaches, we are realizing that not every child has good quality, warm clothing. We are doing a shout out for warm winter clothing so each student in the youth group has the opportunity to participate in our activities.

We are looking for new or used items: winter coats, snow pants, scarves, mitts/gloves and hats
We are also looking for new: warm socks and hand/foot warmers.

If you are able to donate, please contact Jesse at the CPAWS-OV office at jlever@cpaws.orgor 819-778-3355.


Our 2018 Gatineau Park Calendars are out! This calendar features photographs of Gatineau Park taken by local photographers.
Gatineau Park is managed by the National Capital Commission and does not have legal protection provided to "real" national parks. As such, portions of the park have been sold or used for housing development, the construction of shopping centres and the creation of new roads. Our mission is to achieve legislated protection for Gatineau Park, with boundaries protected in law.

Our calendars can be ordered online, bought from the office and are sold at MEC (Ottawa), the Peace Garden (Ottawa), Expéditions Wakefield (Wakefield) and Biscotti (Chelsea). Note: online orders can only be fulfilled after January 3, 2018.

Proceeds from the sale of this calendar will support wilderness conservation in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

Order a calendar online for $10.00!

Learn more about Gatineau Park and our Make it a Real Park Campaign.

Outdoor Winter Multicultural Project

CPAWS-OV is starting a new winter program where we hope to connect new Canadians and their families to nature. Thanks to the support from the Multiculturalism Ontario Grant, we have secured funding to support new Canadians during our harsh winter months with info sessions, local hikes and even a day trip to a sugar bush and other wilderness areas!

Our first event will be on Saturday January 13, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm. This event will be an opportunity to explain our Winter Multicultural Project, what our goals are and how we can help connect new Canadians to nature. We will also include winter safety and behaviour tips, local trails accessible by public transit and helpful trail websites.
There are many benefits to being outdoors including physical, mental, emotional and cognitive health. We understand that winter can be a challenging time of year for some. We hope that our program can help bring people together to connect with each other and nature.

Interview with Board Member and Chair of CPAWS-OV’s Conservation Committee: Nik Lopoukhine

How did you find out about CPAWS-OV?

I was aware of CPAWS OV for some time. In my professional life prior to retirement I had many opportunities to be reminded of conservation issues through CPAWS National and more locally CPAWS –OV.

What made you want to join CPAWS-OV?

I was serving as a National Trustee when I realized that I lacked experience on a local chapter Board and so asked to be considered by CPAWS-OV Board membership

What is your role with CPAWS-OV? What do you do and what have you done?

My role initially has been to join as a member of the Chapter’s Board and subsequently took on the responsibility of Chairing the Conservation Committee.  The Committee has subsequently produced a strategic plan through 2020. As well, I serve as a member of the Gatineau Park Committee.

What do you do (school or work) outside of CPAWS-OV?

I am retired. However, I currently serve on the National Advisory Panel, appointed by the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Alberta Minister of Environment, to provide advice on how best to meet the Global Target of 17% terrestrial and inland water protection by 2020.

What is your favorite thing about CPAWS-OV? A campaign, education, hikes etc…?

The ability to muster many volunteers to help out in campaigns, events such as hikes, evening fundraisers and letter writing in support of CPAWS causes.

Can you tell us a highlight story of working with CPAWS-OV?

Representing CPAWS on the Gatineau Park Advisory Committee convened by the NCC.

What have you learned from your time with CPAWS-OV?

The high level of dedication of staff, Board members and volunteers

If you could give CPAWS-OV advice, what would it be?

I am certain that we could get a higher level of contributions from membership. We do not do enough direct asks of our members.

What is your favorite way to connect to nature?

I spend a great deal of time at our cottage in the Laurentians that is on a lake and surrounded by extensive forests. Good place to connect with nature.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I encourage all folks in the Ottawa Valley to get involved with CPAWS OV. It is our valley and we need to make sure it is protected and managed to assure nature can adapt to climate change.