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About The Association
The Knights of Columbus Archdiocese of Ottawa Association represents all Councils and Assemblies in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. More information on the structure of our association can be found here. We are proud to support 45 councils 30 English and 15 French) and 16 assemblies (4 English and 12 French). The Association manages 7 programs for the area: Basketball Free Throw, Coats for Kids , Substance Abuse Poster Contest, Soccer Challenge, Special Olympics and the Archbishop and Clergy Appreaciation Dinner. L'Association des Chevaliers de Colomb de l'Archidiocèse d'Ottawa représente tous les conseils et assemblées dans l'archidiocèse. Plus d'informations sur la structure de notre association peut être trouvé ici. Nous sommes fiers d'appuyer 45 conseils (30 anglophones et 15 francophones) et 16 Assemblées (quatre anglophones et douze francophones). L'Association gère sept programmes pour la zone: lancer franc de Basket-ball, manteaux pour enfants, concours d'affiches contre la toxicomanie, Football Challenge, les Olympiques Spéciaux et le souper d'appui au clergé et a l'archevêque
A number of programs are run by the association. Below you will find a description of each program, some contact information, and important dates. Participation in the programs is optional, however, you must be a member in good standing to participate.
Basketball Free Throw / Basketball Throw gratuit
Since 1972, Knights of Columbus councils have sponsored our Order's Basketball Free Throw Competition for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 (9-14 in Ontario). The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local school and council level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group. The Knights of Columbus believe is a great way to get out into the public and introduce our Order to the local community, while providing youths with a rewarding activity that yields a chance for local, state or provincial, and international recognition.
Coats for Kids / Manteaux pour Kids
With many families with young children struggling in the present tough economic times, especially in the harsh North American winter climate, there has been a clear need to provide warm winter coats for needy children whose parents, through no fault of their own, were unable to afford to purchase winter coats for their children. And so, in the Fall of 2009, the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program was born. Since the program’s 2009 inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given away more than 200,400 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 Knights of Columbus councils have participated in the “Coats for Kids” program in their individual communities.
Archbishop and Clergy Appreciation Dinner / Clergé Dîner d'appréciation
Every year, in the spring of the year (usually April), our “Knights of Columbus Archdiocesan Association of Ottawa” hosts an Archbishop and Clergy appreciation dinner. Originally, this event was called the Archbishop’s appreciation dinner, but several years ago members of the association felt that the theme of this event should be broadened to include all the Priests of our archdiocese. Thus the present name of this annual appreciation dinner came to be. Chaque année, au printemps de l'année (généralement Avril), notre «Chevaliers de Colomb de l'archidiocèse d'Ottawa Association" organise un dîner d'appréciation Archevêque et clergé. À l'origine, cet événement a été appelé l'appréciation du dîner de l'archevêque, mais il ya plusieurs années, les membres de l'association a estimé que le thème de cet événement devrait être élargi pour inclure tous les prêtres de notre diocèse. Ainsi, le nom actuel de ce dîner annuel d'appréciation est venu à être.
Special Olympics / Jeux olympiques spéciaux
The Flag Relay serves as an umbrella for all the activities the Knights of Columbus do for Special Olympics throughout Ontario, such as organizing events, provide volunteers, conducting fund- raising and/or public awareness initiatives, just to name a few. The Relay The Flag Relay consists of 6-12 Special Olympics flags being moved across the province from one District to the next District. The schedule will be 18 to 20 weeks long and each District will have the flag for approximately one week. While the flag is in the District it will be considered Special Olympics week for the District. During this period of time both the District and the Councils will have the opportunity to plan whatever activities they would like to do for Special Olympics, be it a public awareness and/or fund-raising initiative, such as selling K of C Raffle Tickets, organizing a Bottle Drive, having a Flag Raising Ceremony or organizing some other activity, such as a Free-throw Competition, Soccer Challenge, a local Hometown Games or simply a photo-op.
Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)
Since the beginning of the program in 1981, the Knights of Columbus has given nearly $30 million to the support of seminarians through RSVP, with the Supreme Council refunding nearly $6 million to local units. Along with financial aid, the assistance through this program also involves prayer and moral support, including letters and visits (at least four letters and one personal contact per seminarian in every July-June fraternal year). In this way, besides providing financial assistance, RSVP creates bonds of friendship between Knights and future priests many of whom join the Order and become chaplains as a result.Read More
The Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire circles, which may be based either in a council/assembly hall, in a parish building, a parochial, private, public or military school, or on a military installation. The Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as in recreational and social activities. The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership development program for young Catholic men, 10-18 years old. There are over 25,000 Catholic young men in over 1,500 local units, called circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Guam.Read More
GLOBAL WHEELCHAIR MISSION
The Knights of Columbus and the Global Wheelchair Mission have teamed up to help bring wheelchairs to those who lack freedom of mobility. The Global Wheelchair Mission purchases wheelchairs in bulk and delivers them by sea containers around the world. They are distributed with the help of numerous non-governmental organizations such as; Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, and now the Knights of Columbus. In 2003, the Knights of Columbus began participating in the Global Wheelchair Mission and sponsored 2,000 wheelchairs to be distributed in Afghanistan. Since then, Knights in the U.S. And Canada have sponsored the distribution of some 35,000 wheelchairs in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, the United States and Vietnam showing exemplary compassion, generosity, and dedication to bringing mobility to those in need. (KNIGHTLINE Dec. 2012, Vol. 29, # 12 page 2 WWW.KOFC.ORG).Read More