The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is a non-profit charitable organization in the west-end of Ottawa. We offer quality programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in their own homes. We support and encourage independence and community involvement.

Mission:  Empowering Older Adults & People with physical disabilities to maintain their independence through advocacy, referral & support services.

Vision:  Connecting people, creating communities.

If you wish to make a self referral for our services or for a family member or friend please click on the link below to set up an appointment with one of our staff members.

Events and Recreation



Upcoming Outings:

November 29th

Perth Heritage Museum tour, tea and art show



December 1st 4:30pm Cumberland museum outing – Vintage Christmas Village

December 12th 11am Theater and Lunch – Great Canadian Theatre – Bed and Breakfast

December 17th 4:30pm –  Lights across Canada Parliament Hill outing  Fee is a donation.



To register for any of the above outings/courses please call 613-829-9777 ext 228

Want to Help Raise Funds for the Olde Forge while buying some of the latest Tupperware?

Click the link below for more information or call 613-829-9777.


Click here to complete our Recreation Survey

Olde Forge Community


The Olde Forge Board of Directors is dedicated to providing governance and strategic vision to advance the organizations goals and  to further our reach into the community which we serve.

Meet Our Directors


Rod Vanier. Rod was elected Chair in June, 2018, having served a Board Member for four years. He is a senior legal partner in Landry, Vanier Associates, and currently serves on the boards of organisations that include the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, the Nepean Chamber of Commerce, and the South Nepean Rotary Club.

Michel Roche: Currently Treasurer of the Board for the Olde Forge, elected in June 2018.  Volunteer with the Income Tax Clinic for the past 10 years and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).

Jodi Jennings: Jodi served as Secretary to the Board from 2014 – 2017 and is currently the Vice Chair elected in June 2018.  For the past three years, Jodi has been Special Assistant to Ottawa’s Deputy Mayor, Mark Taylor. Prior to that appointment, Jodi spent seven years in television program production, including script and speech writing.

Carol Doyle: Carol has just become Past Chair on the Forge Board, having served two terms as Chair. Carol has been a volunteer driver for the Forge for over 12 years, and has been very involved for three years in the production of the annual Forge Fall Expo.

Alessandro Colonnier: a native of Ottawa, Alessandro graduated in Law in Melbourne, Australia, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. His other community involvement includes the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s ‘Run for the Cure’, and service as a panelist for Resolution Canada, hearing disputes of domain-name registrations.  Alessandro was elected as Secretary of the Board in June 2018.

Joel VanSnick: Joel joins the Olde Forge Board after 36 years’ service with the Canadian Armed Forces, including 21 years in leadership roles as a senior NCO. He is currently a Zone Commander of the Royal Canadian Legion, and has spent 15 years as a Leader in Scouting.

Janet Whillans: Janet’s career spanned over 40 years in the community services sector, with a focus on Community Development. She was instrumental in the creation of Successful Aging Ottawa, a broad coalition of partners including seniors, the Ottawa Hospital Regional Geriatric Program, MOH, the University of Ottawa, and the City of Ottawa.

Katie Boothby:  Executive Advisor with Shopify and background in marketing & communications

Andrew Noden:  Director of Operations Honeywell/EMS


Dedicated, professional staff are available to assist clients in all aspects of services offered and to advocate for clients seeking services that enable them to remain independent in their community.

Meet Our Staff

Sue Walker
Executive Director
Phone extension: 224

Karen Toll
Coordinator, Community Support Service
Home Help & Respite Program
Friendly Visiting Program
Phone extension: 227

Sue Vinson
Manager, Transportation
Transportation to Medical Appointments
Grocery Bus Program
Phone extension: 231

Vanessa Jackson
Coordinator, Day Program
Luncheon Program
Phone extension: 223

Scott Roscoe
Assistant Program Coordinator
Day Program

Elizabeth Parcher
Volunteer Coordinator
Home Maintenance & Snow Go Programs
Phone extension: 226

Emily Angel
Manager Marketing & Communications
Phone extension: 225

Azra Temple
Recreation Program
Phone extension: 228

Deborah Davis
Assistant Program Coordinator
Recreation Program
Phone extension: 233


Volunteers assist us in providing a wide range of high quality programs and services to all of our clients. They are a truly welcome resource and greatly valued addition to our dynamic Olde Forge team.

Help Volunteer

The Olde Forge is dependent upon it’s volunteers to continue to provide quality programs and services to all of our clients throughout our catchment area. Volunteers provide support in the following areas:


Board of Directors

Drivers for Medical Transportation



Adult Day Program

Income Tax Preparation

Special Events

If you are interested in volunteering with the Olde Forge please visit our Get Involved section of this website to complete an application form.