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
Should you wish to be a Vendor at this event please download our exhibitor form below and return to Dawn Rodger at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11, 2018
Friends in Sport Fishing
Boat outing & picnic lunch
Pre-registration is required. Please call 613-829-9777 to register.
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.
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
Alistair Hensler. Alistair was elected to the Chair in June, 2016, having served for two years as Vice Chair. He is retired from a senior position with the RCMP/CSIS. Alistair has been a volunteer driver for the Forge, and has been instrumental in arranging events such as the Forge Fall Expo and the Barry and the Blasters Concert.
Rod Vanier. Rod was elected Vice Chair in June, 2016, having served a Board Member for two 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.
Liddell Malan-Bennett: Currently Treasurer of the Board for the Olde Forge, Liddell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with 23 years International and Canadian experience in Finance and Accounting. Born in South Africa, she moved to Canada in 1997 with her Canadian husband and has been calling Canada her home since then.
Jodi Jennings: Jodi served as Secretary to the Board from 2014 – 2017. 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.
Ralph Pereira: Ralph has been a devoted volunteer at the Forge for many years, and has been especially active in support of the Grocery Bus program. He is a retired Electrical Engineer, and speaks English, French, Portuguese, Urdu, and Hindi.
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 email@example.com
Phone extension: 224
Karen Toll firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator, Community Support Service
Home Help & Respite Program
Friendly Visiting Program
Phone extension: 227
Sue Vinson email@example.com
Transportation to Medical Appointments
Grocery Bus Program
Phone extension: 231
Vanessa Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator, Day Program
Phone extension: 223
Jessica Sabatino email@example.com
Assistant Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Parcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Maintenance & Snow Go Programs
Phone extension: 226
Dawn Rodger email@example.com
Director of Development & Community Relations
Phone extension: 225
Azra Temple firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone extension: 228
Deborah Davis email@example.com
Assistant Program Coordinator
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.
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
If you are interested in volunteering with the Olde Forge please visit our Get Involved section of this website to complete an application form.