What We Do

Our club is involved in a variety of events and projects that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children and youth locally and worldwide.  Below are the events and projects in which we are currently involved:

Local Events

  • Organize and run the Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade of Lights in December.
  • Run monthly senior bingos at two facilities.
  • Carryout street cleanups twice a year (Spring and Fall) in Manotick.
  • In partnership with Staples run a school supplies drive in August and September.
  • Hold the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at Shiverfest (our local winter carnival) in February.


  • Dickinson Days – Our Signature Project, a community service project, is held the first weekend in June, includes a parade, fireworks, craft fair, live entertainment, and more.
  • Kiwanis Music Festival (NCR) – This service project for our youth is held in various venues around Ottawa in April with the Highlights concert in May.  Our club looks after the Musical Theatre component held at the City View United Church in Nepean. 
  • Bingoland Gaming Centre – A big fundraiser for the club, teams of members work a day shift every Tuesday welcoming bingo players, handing out prizes and cleaning up. 
  • Christmas Tree Sales – A large annual fundraiser for the club in December.   Over 1,000 Fraser firs, Balsam firs and Scotch pine are sold in the Manotick Mews S.C. beside the Home hardware (see photo above).
  • Christmas Cake Sales – A fundraiser at Christmas time, to sell Christmas cakes, cookies, and chocolates at senior homes and elsewhere.               
  • Sponsor four Key Clubs at St Mark CHS, Barrhaven (Longfields-Davidson Heights) SS, St. Mother Teresa CHS, and John McCrae SS.
  • Co-sponsor two Aktion Clubs: Ottawa Aktion Club and the Bytown Aktion Club.
  • Sponsor 15 Key Clubbers to attend the Key Leader Arden Weekend event every Fall.
  • Provide and present bursaries/scholarships to graduating high school students.
  • Support and volunteer members for the NCR (Ottawa and area) Kiwanis Music Festival
  • Sponsor the 1st Manotick Scout group and the 2958 Army Cadet Corp of Barrhaven.
  • Provide financial aid to children’s and youth’s organizations (e.g. YOMA, Christmas parties, sport teams, etc)

Kiwanis is a global organization which partners with other non-governmental groups such as UNICEF to help the Children of the World with various projects. Kiwanis has raised money globally in the battle against IDD – Iodine Deficiency Disorder, Maternal and Neo-Natal Tetanus (Lockjaw), and AIDS in the Caribbean. Kiwanis has also provided funds to support the relief efforts in in Haiti and other Caribbean countries after natural disasters such hurricanes and earthquakes, Our club has contributed to all of these efforts.