R.W. Bro. Brian P. Adams, District Deputy Grand Master of Ottawa District 1, has designated Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, the Grand Master's project of choice, as his District Charity (Ottawa District 1 2017-18 Project Number: 2623).

"ASD is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.

...ASD is one of the most common developmental disabilities, in Canada, 1 in 94 children is diagnosed with ASD. ...According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, approximately 1% of the Canadian population is affected by ASD, which means there are approximately 100,000 Ontarians on the autism spectrum.

ASD crosses all cultural, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic boundaries." – Autism Ontario

This Project will focus specifically on research, funding cutting-edge research projects within Ontario.

Any Lodge or individual mason who wishes to make a financial contribution in support of this project, should make cheques payable to "Masonic Foundation of Ontario – Project 2623".

Valentine's Charity Ball

For over a dozen years, the Masons of the two Ottawa Districts have gathered on or around Valentine's Day for an evening of merriment, and in support of one of our greatest principles - charity.

On February 11, 2017, the 13th Annual Valentine's Charity Ball (VCB 13) brought together Masons, spouses, friends and members of the public at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre in support of three important causes: Prostate Hope (District Charity for Ottawa District 1), the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (District Charity for Ottawa District 2), and Roger Neilson House (longtime charity of choice for VCB).

The evening was filled with great company, great food, great music (provided by local legends the Mick Armitage Band), and of course, great generosity. With a very extensive and diverse silent auction, money raised was split between the three charities, donated through the Masonic Foundation of Ontario.

Pictured to the right is the VCB Committee presenting a cheque to Roger Neilson House on July 27, 2016 (L to R: W.Bro. Jeff Christie, VCB Committee; R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky, VCB Committee; Helen Yoxon, Manager of Palliative Care and Roger Neilson House; Lise Beauchemin, Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services, Residence and Community Outreach, Roger Neilson House; W. Bro. Adam Thompson, Chair, VCB Committee 2014-16; Bro. Abraham Garcia, VCB Committee; Jonathan Bodden, VP, Corporate Partnerships and Community Fundraising, Ottawa Senators Foundation).