GALA in support of Circles of Support and Accountability-Ottawa

par Circles of Support and Accountability - Ottawa

  • jeudi, 19 avril 2018 de 6:00 Après-midi à 11:00 Après-midi (HAA)
  • 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 exciting auction and scrumptious meal, 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. Pierre Allard will extend blessings prior to the meal; and the live auction will be presided by Dru Allen. 

We hope you will join in supporting this very special evening and experience the merging of the two sides of justice - although both victims’ advocates and CoSA strive for No More Victims. It will no doubt be a night to remember!



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 Collective, as they savor delicious hors d'oeuvres. Take advantage of the hour to mingle, check out the auction items, and visit our CoSA information 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! 

Wilma's books will be on sale, and she will do book signing throughout the Cocktail hour. Visa, Mastercard and cash are accepted methods of payment.

Click here to sample one member of the Gypsy Muse quartet!

A charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price will be issued. Please note: tickets can also be purchased by contacting our office. 

If you’re interested in reserving a table for your group, please contact us at, and provide the names of those in your group. 

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! 

Note: If you would like your name to appear on the attendee list on this site, please make sure you check the box that allows this event to display your name (otherwise it will be listed as 'anonymous').

Participants Tout afficher (110)


+ 1 invité



Elisabeth Koczi

+ 2 invités

Pierre Allard


+ 1 invité

Adina Ilea

Chris Bennett


David Pepper

Ned Vani


+ 4 invités

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Jours pour acheter


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

19 avril 2018
jeudi, 19 avril 2018 6:00 Après-midi (HAA)


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

À propos de cet organisme

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a community-based reintegration program, based on restorative justice principles, 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 remained offence-free 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.