District-level meetings attended by General Services Representatives (GSR) for local Ottawa area groups are held as follows:
District 58 (Ottawa Bytown) Centre - This District is no longer meeting - contact District 54 or 62.
The three Ottawa Area Districts support local committees that fulfill key roles and outreach operations in support of our primary purpose. They are: Public Information (PI) and Cooperation with the Professional Community, Correctional Facilities and Treatment (CFT) and Ottawa Archives. Each committee role is explained in the other sections on this page.
Public Information (PI) and Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)
This dual function committee conveys A.A. information to the general public, including the media.
Following are examples of the committee's work:
Health Fairs - PIC participates by handing out Literature, meeting lists, and answering questions at local Health Fair as required.
Secondary Schools - PIC provides AA publications including Big Books, Living Sober, The Twelve and Twelve, and "In our Own Words" to school libraries and student service departments.
Cooperation with Professionals
Professionals who work with alcoholics share a common purpose with Alcoholics Anonymous: to help the alcoholic stop drinking and lead a healthy, productive life.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit, self-supporting, entirely independent fellowship— “not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.” Yet A.A. is in a position to serve as a resource to you through its policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with the professional community.
The committee welcomes requests from professionals. Here are some ways they help:
Provide speakers for information sessions on A.A.
Meet informally with groups of professionals
Provide literature and audio/visual materials to professional staff
Provide literature and audio/visual materials for patients/clients
Provide a link to A.A. groups in the community for patients/clients
Attend open AA meetings or local events with professionals.
More Resources for Professionals:
The PI/CPC Committee normally meets on the third Monday of each month at the Bronson Centre (Intergroup Office) at 6:30 pm but are currently meeting online due to Covid-19. [Link to be added.]
AA visitors are welcome.
Correctional Facilities and Treatment (CFT)
The primary purpose of this committee is to carry the AA message to alcoholics both behind the walls of Correctional Facilities and in Treatment Facilities. The CFT Committee also supports the 'Bridging the Gap' program which links AA members to AA meetings after their release.
Areas of Service
Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre (OWMC) - Alcoholics Anonymous puts on nightly meetings at 7:00 pm at the OWMC, formerly Ottawa Detox. These meetings are put on by different AA groups around the city. If you would like more information, contact the OWMC Coordinator at ow[email protected].
IMPORTANT: Important guidelines must be followed by groups hosting meetings at the OWMC. Press here to view the guidelines.
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and Brockville Jail - contact the committee for dates, times and access requirements.
How to Get Involved
Volunteers are always needed for this important service work. In most cases, AA members must have a minimum of 2 years of sobriety.
The Committee normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Bronson Centre (Intergroup Office) at 6:30 pm but are currently meeting online due to Covid-19. [Link to be added.]
AA visitors are welcome.
Please contact the CFT Committee at [email protected] for more information.
The mission of the Ottawa AA Archives is to document permanently the work of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Ottawa area; to make its history accessible to AA members and other researchers; and to provide a context for understanding AA's progression, principles and traditions in the Ottawa area.
The committee normally meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Bronson Centre (Intergroup Office) at 7:00 pm but meetings are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.
Please contact the Archives Committee at [email protected] for more information.