Meet, greet, eat with the CBBCA May 7

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

CONSTANCE BAY – The Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association (CBBCA) is reaching out to the growing Ottawa River community in hope of bringing fresh blood and new ideas to the volunteer organization dedicated to serving the area with events, sports, activities and programming.

To get an idea of what the CBBCA has been up to the last five years, click this link of archived West Carleton Online stories, hundreds of them, covering the volunteer community organization.

The CBBCA primarily serves an area roughly bounded by Torbolton Ridge Road, Vance’s Side Road, and the Ottawa River but reaches farther when a common need presents itself and welcomes guests and members from across west Ottawa. The area contains seven villages, from MacLaren’s Landing in the north to Woodlawn in the south, with Constance Bay being the largest. The CBBCA’s mission, for more than 70 years, is to collaborate, advocate, create, and serve its community.

The CBBCA board is mostly made up of volunteer members who have lived in the community for decades and have donated their time for nearly as long. The board has noticed in recent years, the Constance Bay community is changing, growing and getting younger with many new families moving in to the beautiful area.

The board wants to see that new demographic represented in organizational planning.

“We’re really trying to recruit new members and volunteers,” CBBCA volunteers director Denise Damecour told West Carleton Online. “We’re growing very, very quickly, there is an uptick of new families. Our welcome packages are flying out the door and we want to tap in to that.”

But first Damecour has to make sure the community’s new members know about the CBBCA.

“We’re seeing it for sure,” Damecour said. “How do we get a hold of them? They don’t know about the community association because they’re new to the community and for the last two years we haven’t been able to do much because of COVID.”

So, the CBBCA is trying to reach the community through all available means including advertising, media and mailouts.

“It’s really important,” Damecour said. “We need people to be involved. Not just as directors. We need volunteers as well.”

So, to share information, welcome new community members and recruit potential volunteers, the CBBCA is hosting a Meet, Greet and Eat event on Saturday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the NorthWind Wireless Fibre Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.)

“This is an open invitation to new volunteers and those considering it, to get to know the CBBCA board of directors and volunteers and understand what we’re all about,” Damecour said. “We will have current volunteers at hand to answer your questions.”

Event organizers ask if you are attending to please RSVP at or if you have any questions or require more information. To visit the CBBCA’s website, click here.

If you are interested in some of the volunteer positions the CBBCA is hoping to fill, click here for the list and opportunity to sign up.

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