Retired Members of the OFS Personal
June 7, 2021
Attention all members:
The OFS is now offering all ROFFA members their own personal OFS ID Cards.
Members can also choose to order a sew-on Flash (left sleeve-over service)and service bars.
To request OFS Retired Member items, submit email to: ADM@Ottawa.ca
Beau’s Brewery Donating Craft Beer to local Fire Fighters
June 3, 2021
(JUNE 3, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) Eastern Ontario craft brewery Beau’s has partnered with the Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters Association (ROFFA) to get a giant gift of thank-you beer to their members. ROFFA is coordinating the safe distribution of the donated beer, along with a customized card thanking each member for the gift of their time.
In addition to being a retiree hub with a highly informative website for its members, ROFFA members are also active in many charitable events in and around Ottawa. Their membership encompasses over 1,000 retired fire fighters.
The connection between Beau’s and ROFFA was serendipitous. Beau’s CEO Steve Beauchesne contacted the founders of LOVE 613, Catherine Landry and Sharon Bosley House, in April to see how Beau’s might get involved with their start-up charitable project of volunteers gifting frontline workers with locally made treats. The conversations led Beau’s to retired firefighter Bob Larochelle, ROFFA’s current Vice-President, who was quick to rally with a COVID-safe plan to receive the beer donation and get it distributed.
Says Larochelle: “The members of the Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association are extremely grateful for Beau’s generosity. We have taken this opportunity to recognize our members, who over the years, have donated their time and effort towards many different charities, fundraising efforts and community events including but not limited to; Muscular Dystrophy, Hockey for Little Hearts, Ottawa Homeless Youth Meals, the Barry Quinn Memorial Ball Tournament, Quest For Cure, Help Santa Clause Toy Parade, Santa’s Parade of Lights, Christmas Kettle campaign, the Emergency Disaster Canteen Truck, Bytown Fire Brigade, Ottawa Fire Services Band, Ottawa Firefighters Community Foundation, the ROFFA COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, the Ottawa Fire Critical Incident Team, the OFS Peer Support Team and many more.”
Larochelle adds: “These members have all helped make a difference in the life of others in one way or another, and all this on their own time. Firefighters are known for their good deeds and helping people and it does not stop at retirement. ROFFA has a very engaged membership. Our members are proud to have had the opportunity to serve and protect the residents of this great city and continue to do so.”
Beau’s CEO Steve Beauchesne is delighted to have found a new and timely way to say thanks to Ottawa’s many groups of first responders. “We have the utmost respect and gratitude for fire fighters, and the best way we know how to say thank you at Beau’s is with a tasty, cold beer. This donation reflects the feelings of the whole community towards active / retired fire fighters, who are selfless with their time and dedication.”
Beau’s has also donated beer this year to frontline workers at Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa, and the Cornwall Community Hospital, and is gearing up for a donation in June to the 2,250 employees of Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital. Donations of hand sanitizer, which Beau’s began making in 2020 through a partnership with Ottawa’s Dunrobin Distilleries, have been gratefully received by more than two dozen charities and not for profits during the pandemic.
Beau’s Brewing Co. is a family run, employee owned Canadian brewery. Beau’s uses green electricity to brew its award-winning flagship Lug Tread lagered ale, its certified organic & carbon neutral Local Organic ale, and its fine portfolio of other year-round and seasonal beers. As Canada’s very first Certified B-Corporation brewery, Beau’s meets very high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability – learn more at beaus.ca/sustainability. Founded in 2006 by father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s is located in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Beau’s has earned more than 125 awards for brewing, packaging design and business practices www.beaus.ca/awards.
For more information about Beau’s or to request an interview, please contact Jen Beauchesne, Beau’s Brewing Co.email@example.com
The Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association (ROFFA) is a fraternity organization which was founded in 2009. It is comprised of more than 1,000 retired City of Ottawa Professional Firefighters.
New replacement granite sign installed after falling down to the ground and shattered last year
Sunday, May 31, 2021
From OFFCF Director Brian Conway
The Ottawa Fire Fighters Community Foundation has learned that we can't take our large Monument sign for granite.
One early morning in May, 2020 the grounds-keeping staff at Ottawa city hall called to report that our big granite sign (6' X 10') had fallen off the wall of the Fire Fighter Monument.
We couldn't imagine how this could happen and suspected that perhaps vandals had tampered with it. So we asked the city to check their security cameras. Sure enough the cameras had caught the action - at precisely 8:06 a.m. Turns out the video didn't show vandals at all. It simply showed the sign lazily sliding off its mountings (almost like slow motion) and crashing to the ground, where it lay shattered.
Our supplier from the Toronto area was truly amazed (and somewhat embarrassed) that the mounting brackets had failed. So they agreed to pay for its replacement by a local supplier - Grace Monuments of Carp.
Grace took the original specifications, ordered a large new slab of granite from India and designed a better mounting system. After many months, the granite arrived and was engraved to our specs.
On May 29, 2021 a skilled crew from Grace Monuments successfully installed the new sign, in all its glory. We very much hope it will decide to stay at home on the monument wall for decades and decades to come.
Beers for Volunteers
May 22, 2021
The Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association in collaboration with Beau’s Brewery would like to take this opportunity to recognize our amazing members who over the years, have helped in different ways make a difference in the life of others.
Beau’s Brewery has donated to ROFFA hundreds of cases of 24 “Big Boys Cans” of their fine crafted beer and we thought that this would be a perfect occasion for us to show our appreciation for the dedication of so many great people within our organization.
What a perfect timing to do this also, especially when we are slowly coming out of this long painful lockdown while we’ll soon be able to enjoy a nice cold beer with some of our friends and family.
In order to make sure that we don’t inadvertently miss anyone, we would like to ask each of you if you could please send us your nominations of all the volunteers that you know who deserves recognition.
We are looking for those members from the OFS and the former silos who have volunteered their time over the years with the following:
Salvation Army Canteen Truck,
Christmas Kettle Bell, the Christmas parades
The Ottawa Firefighters Community Foundation,
The Dinner/Dance Committee,
ROFFA Founders and subsequent Executive Board members
Critical Incident Team
Frontline Financial employees
Covid-19 Emergency Response Team
Quest for cure
In the coming week, we will gather the information received, contact all the nominees and make arrangements for them to claim their gift at different pick up points to be determined throughout the city.
Kindly forward us the names, contact information and a brief description of their good deed by simply replying to this email at your earlies convenience.
Vice-President and Website Managing Editor
Retired Ottawa Fire Fighters Association
Message From Firefighter Scott Patey Who Also Sits On The OFRF Board Of Directors
April 29, 2021
Dear ROFFA members,
The Ottawa First Responder Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to augmenting the services and support provided to the Ottawa First Responder Family. With this mission in mind the Foundation has made funding available to support Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedic services members, veterans, retirees and their family members on their journey towards improving their mental wellness. This limited discretionary funding is being made available to individuals that need financial assistance and whose benefits may have been exhausted or not covered by your health care plans.
We would like to advise you that an application process is available to support these requests for funding assistance. Details and applications are available on our website at:http://www.ottawafrf.ca
You shall be asked to answer several basic questions to confirm the application. Personal information be kept confidential and will not be shared outside of the review committee. The Foundation at this time has limited funding, applications are reviewed monthly. Direct payment arrangements with the treating clinician will be made for the approved applications.
The Foundation is willing to consider funding support for many programs including those offered by registered professionals in a one-on-one or group format. We are also not seeking to limit funding to just clinical-type settings. We would rather remain open to consider other avenues towards wellness including those not traditionally covered by most service providers.
For any further details on the Foundation or its programs please visit our website at; http://www.ottawafrf.ca or contact me directly at 613-882-8812.
Ottawa First Responders Foundation.
Remembering Walter Gretzky
Friday March 5, 2021
ROFFA members will fondly remember Walter when he attended the September 2013 OFFCF Dinner Dance where he kindly donated two autographed pictures, one of his son Wayne and another one of the Gretzky family homestead near Brantford. Walter participated in the auction and helped raise more than $1,600 for the two photos. He graciously took pictures with many of the attendees and he truly was the star of the night. The next day, he attended our Firefighters Memorial Ceremony.
Walter and ROFFA member Charlie Henry were the best of friends, In late September 2013, Charlie and Walter travelled parts of Europe together and later joined a group of ROFFA members for a few days at a hotel in Rome where we were spending time before heading out on a Greek Islands Cruise. Many will remember our amazing tour of the Vatican with Walter and Charlie.
Walter was an extremely generous and humble person who participated in countless charity events. He just loved being with people. He genuinely enjoyed signing autographs on his little note pads which he always carried with him.
I had the pleasure of visiting Walter several times at his home in Brantford with Charlie over the years. A few years ago. I also had the honour of reading a special birthday message written by Walter to his best friend Charlie at his 75th birthday party when Walter was unable to attend in person.
Walter Gretzky died last night at age 82.
Our deepest condolences to the Gretzky family and Walter’s best friend Charlie Henry.
A letter from members of Toronto Professional Firefighters Association (TPFFA)
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
The Phoenix Group is a substance abuse recovery group exclusively for Fire Fighters and other First Responders. We would like to extend an invitation to any Fire Fighter who is interested in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, to join our regular Wednesday evening meetings. If you are struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse, there is a solution – You are not alone.
The Phoenix Group began two years ago as a group of Toronto Firefighters meeting to share their journey of recovery. Since that time, we have grown to welcome other Fire Fighters and emergency service personnel, active and retired, from around the GTA and beyond.
Our group is primarily focused on the twelve-step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous, but we welcome anyone interested in recovery, who may follow a different path. While the Phoenix Group aligns itself with the AA recovery program, we are a private meeting for First Responders only. We recognize that protecting the anonymity of First Responders, working in the public eye, has special importance. We also understand the special pressures, and stress that we all face as First Responders.
We meet on Wednesday nights, at 8:00 pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 918 4698 9450
During non-pandemic times, we also meet face-to-face, on the first Wednesday of each month, at the Toronto Professional Fire Fighter Assn. union hall - 14 Cosentino Dr., Toronto, ON (Midland & Progress Ave.). Though we grew out of the TPFFA, the Phoenix Group is independent. We are run by First Responders, for First Responders and there are no dues or fees.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org