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General Meetings

Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Next Meeting(s)

We have moved! As of September 2018, we are at our new venue at the Riverside United Church near Mooney's Bay. See sidebar at right for directions.

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Fighting to reduce the digital divide
Speaker: Zeina Osman, co-executive director, CompuCorps

Everyone should be able to use the internet to better their lives and fully participate as citizens. This requires digital access: the means to reliably connect to the internet, understand its uses and implications, feel safe online, and engage with how the internet is governed and develops. CompuCorps is a registered charity located in Ottawa that operates across Canada. They are fighting to reduce the digital divide which creates barriers for youth, women, immigrants, seniors and Indigenous Peoples that may not be able to participate fully in our digital society. This impacts access to services and career opportunities. CompuCorps focus on programs such as STEM for under-served communities and mentor them in computer software and hardware workshops, free of charge.

Compucorps has developed one of the largest tech-focused social enterprises called TechReuse to help with their charity's sustainability. This includes a storefront in the Ottawa region with affordable computing electronics.

CompuCorps runs three programs including; TechYouth, TechReuse and TechMentor. It was funded in 2000, has engaged over 250 IT volunteers, and it has contributed to over 100 charity projects supported by a dedicated team of members and volunteers. Located at 1040 Somerset St W,  Ottawa, On CompuCorps is also a registered Microsoft partner and refurbisher.

MISSION STATEMENT: To benefit Canadian society by providing at-risk groups (Indigenous Peoples, youth, women, seniors and those living with disability) with career and life skills training focused on access to technology (computers) and the internet.

Zeina Osman is the co-executive director of CompuCorps Mentoring Inc. Originally trained in public and media relations, she shifted industries in 2012 and went on to work on several large fundraising campaigns for Canadian charities. Passionate about many causes, she plans to continue her work in the charity sector and strive to make a difference.

January Raffle


Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.


Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

Future Meetings (there are no meetings in July and August)
Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites.

February 13Members' FavouritesTBATBA
March 13Multi-Factor AuthenticationLawrence Patterson, OPCUGTBA
April 10Basic digital photo editing using free softwareLynda BuskeTBA
May 8Effective backup strategiesAlan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUGTBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinator(s). Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Bob Herres

More Information

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Expect to receive no more than 2 or 3 messages a month from the list. Every message you receive from the list will contain information on how to unsubscribe, should you decide you no longer want to receive them.

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Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
(no meetings in July and August).
Meeting room opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Location
Meetings are at the Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, located on the east side of Riverside Drive, just south of Walkley Road. 

PARKING: Parking is free at the church.

OCTranspo Bus #87 stops nearby.
Plan your bus route here.

Picture of United Church
    Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor, OPCUG

Map to United Church

Earth view of United Church