GALA in support of Circles of Support and Accountability-Ottawa

by Circles of Support and Accountability - Ottawa

  • Thursday, 19 April 2018 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
  • St Elias Banquet Hall 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

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We, at Circles of Support and Accountability Ottawa, invite you to join us at our third Gala to hear an exceptional speaker, enjoy an exhilarating auction and scrumptious cuisine, and mingle with great folks! 

Our keynote speaker is the remarkable Wilma Derksen, author of The Way of Letting Go; One Woman’s Walk towards Forgiveness. Her daughter, Candace, was abducted and murdered in 1984. In telling her story over the years, Wilma has had a positive influence on victims, offenders, and the community at large, with her positive, optimistic message. She has organized meetings in prisons, between victims and offenders; given lectures; and presented her insights to the justice system. 

Our emcee for the evening is Steve Sullivan, former director of Ottawa Victims Services, and presently Victim Services Manager for MADD Canada. 

We hope you'll join us for this very special evening!


Join us for a delightful evening and stand up for community safety!  

The evening will commence with a classic cocktail hour where guests can enjoy unique jazz, performed by Gypsy Muse, as they savor delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by St. Elias hosts. Take advantage of the hour to mingle, check out the auction items, or visit our CoSA info table. Once the music slows down, everyone will find their seats for the delicious three course meal. Choose between chicken Florentine or vegetarian manicotti, preceded with a fresh garden salad, paired with your choice of red or white wine, and followed by strawberry shortcake. The St Elias staff are happy to accommodate any dietary needs – just let us know at

We will then gear up for the main event. The evening’s emcee, Steve Sullivan, will introduce our keynote speaker, Wilma Derksen, who will share her journey of forgiveness and letting go. The interactive presentation promises to be an unforgettable experience. Then we’ll move on to the live auction, with auctioneer Dru Allen. Prizes, ranging from lunch dates with notable individuals to stunning local artwork to a ride on a Harley, will be posted on our Facebook page as they come in, so keep watching! 

Looking for sponsors! If you or someone/an organization you know is interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact us for details. We are also currently looking for donated items for our live auction and mystery boxes. It’s great fun, for a great cause!

A charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price will be issued. Thank you, in advance, for supporting us and contributing to make our community safer and more inclusive. We can all be part of the solution to this serious issue, by standing up for community safety! 

Also, if you’re interested in reserving a table as a group, please contact us at providing the names of those in your group. Tickets must have been previously purchased.

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Robert Cormier

+ 1 guest

Drury Allen

+ 1 guest

Kimberly Mann


Amber Montgomery


+ 1 guest

James Scott

+ 1 guest

Bruce Brooks

+ 1 guest


+ 1 guest

Alice Doell

Rebecca Bromwich

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St Elias Banquet Hall
750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

19 April 2018
Thursday, 19 April 2018 6:00 PM (EDT)


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Circles of Support and Accountability Ottawa
211 Bronson Ave, Unit 207A
Ottawa , ON
K1R 6H5

About This Charity

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a community-based reintegration program that assists individuals, who have been incarcerated for sex offenses and seek help, voluntarily, in their effort to re-enter the community upon release from prison. Small groups (circles) of trained and screened volunteers work closely with a 'core member', assisting with practical needs, navigating challenges and addressing problematic behaviour that might lead to relapse. CoSA began in Hamilton, Ontario in 1994 - its first core member never re-offending during his 12 years in CoSA. Research has demonstrated that the CoSA approach reduces the rate of re-offense by 70-80%. CoSA now operates in 18 cities across Canada and, based on CoSA's success, it now operates in many countries worldwide.