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2019 NCVA 9th Annual AGM

The National Capital Vegetarian Association will be holding its ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 7th at 6 p.m. It will take place at the party room at 101 Richmond Road in Ottawa. We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of the NCVA.

All people who have purchased NCVA memberships between February 8, 2018 and February 7, 2019 are entitled to attend and to vote in the AGM. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at ncvamemberships@gmail.com. You may still become a member between now and February 7, and would be able to attend the AGM.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election of the board of directors and nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m., February 5. Only NCVA members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You can nominate yourself or someone else. There are at least five director positions open, all of which are one-year terms.

Nominations can be e-mailed to ncvasecretary@gmail.com.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to ncvasecretary@gmail.com, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Thank you for supporting the NCVA’s efforts to make Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.

This Veganuary, Get a T-shirt With Your NCVA Membership!

Hello Ottawa!

Veganuary starts today, and here at the NCVA we have a special offer for anyone who buys a membership. From now until the end of January, the NCVA will be selling newly-printed NCVA t-shirts at a discount (for only $5) to current and new members. If you aren’t a member yet, you can buy a membership and get your t-shirt—all for only $25! (A membership on its own costs $20.) If you’re already a member, you can get the t-shirt for only $5.

NCVA members can receive discounts on vegan food at various local vegan-friendly businesses, as well as a discount on attending NCVA potlucks. Membership is open to anyone, and there are no responsibilities associated with membership (although members are welcome to attend and vote in our Annual General Meeting and even run for the Board of Directors, if they so wish!).

To buy a membership and T-shirt, please click here to go to PayPal, or, if you are already a member, to buy a t-shirt only, please click here, instead. Please note that only current NCVA members can get the T-shirt only. Your T-shirt and membership card will be delivered to your house if you live in Ottawa (or you can pick it up in Ottawa), for free! If you live outside of Ottawa and are unable to pick it up, there is an additional $5 shipping fee.

To learn about Veganuary, and why and how to go vegan, you can check out their website at www.veganuary.com.

 

NCVA Potluck on October 22nd, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Please join the National Capital Vegetarian Association at our next vegan potluck on October 22, 2017! This potluck is for lunch, and it runs from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Just like last time, the potluck will be held at the new location— the party room at 101 Richmond Rd in Ottawa. From 11 am to 12:15 am before the potluck, there will be a vegan yoga and self-care group meeting in the same room (you can find more details about that event here), so you can decide whether you want to come for one event or both!

Please note that the room capacity is 30 people. To attend the potluck, it costs $2 for NCVA members, $3 for non-members, and $1 for children to attend. All are welcome!

Please bring a vegan dish (that is, containing no meat, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, or any other animal product) that serves 5 people, along with a serving utensil and a list of the ingredients in your dish. And don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery, and beverage!

Hope you can make it!

NCVA September 2017 Annual General Meeting

The National Capital Vegetarian Association will be holding its eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, September 30 from 1-3 pm. It will take place in the party room at 101 Richmond Road in Ottawa. We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of the NCVA.

All people who have purchased NCVA memberships between September 29, 2016 and September 30, 2017 are entitled to attend and to vote in the AGM. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at ncvamemberships@gmail.com. You may still become a member between now and September 30 and attend the AGM.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election of the board of directors and nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m., September 28. Only NCVA members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You can nominate yourself or someone else. There are at least five director positions open, all of which are one-year terms.

Nominations can be e-mailed to ncvasecretary@gmail.com.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to ncvasecretary@gmail.com, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Thank you for supporting the NCVA’s efforts to promote the plant-based lifestyle and connect Ottawa’s vegetarian and vegan community.

Join the NCVA’s Board of Directors!

With the National Capital Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting coming up this Fall, we are looking for volunteers to join our Board of Directors. If you are interested in promoting and sharing the vegan lifestyle with others in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, why not apply?

No experience is necessary—just a desire to promote a vegan lifestyle and help foster a vegan/vegetarian community in Ottawa, and, although Board Members are expected to be dependable and have enough time to contribute, the specific time commitment can vary depending on your own availability.

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: Treasurer, Volunteer Co-ordinator (the Volunteer Co-ordinator could be a general volunteer or a Board Member), and other Board Members. The NCVA needs people to join the Board of Directors in order to keep the organization running, so please don’t hesitate to ask e-mail us with your questions about these positions should you have any.

The ideal candidate should:

  • be living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle
  • become a member of the NCVA (if you aren’t already) (membership costs $20/year and has many benefits)
  • be passionate about sharing a plant-based lifestyle with others, promoting a plant-based lifestyle, and increasing the accessibility of vegan food in the Ottawa community
  • be able to attend the majority of the NCVA’s monthly meetings with other Board Members (usually the meetings take place on one Sunday evening per month) and respond to e-mails in a timely manner
  • be able to take on various NCVA-related tasks (which will vary depending on the Board Member’s specific position, interests, and availability)

The NCVA holds potlucks and events, has an active Facebook group, and offers memberships that allow our members to receive discounts at certain businesses around Ottawa. We aim to make a vegan lifestyle more accessible for those in the Ottawa area.

Volunteering as a Board Member gives you the opportunity to have a say in the direction that the NCVA takes in coming years—and it also looks great on your resume!

If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook or send us an e-mail.

NCVA 2017 Annual General Meeting

Note: This event has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your patience!

The National Capital Vegetarian Association will be holding its eighth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. It will take place at the party room at 101 Richmond Road in Ottawa. We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of the NCVA.

All people who have purchased NCVA memberships between June 19, 2016 and June 18, 2017 are entitled to attend and to vote in the AGM. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at ncvamemberships@gmail.com. You may still become a member between now and June 18 and attend the AGM.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election of the board of directors and nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m., June 16. Only NCVA members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You can nominate yourself or someone else. There are at least five director positions open, all of which are one-year terms.

Nominations can be e-mailed to ncvasecretary@gmail.com.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to ncvasecretary@gmail.com, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Thank you for supporting the NCVA’s efforts to make Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.

Easy Volunteer Opportunity: Help Distribute NCVA Posters!

Want to volunteer with the NCVA, but not sure how much time you can commit? Why not start by helping to put up some of our posters around Ottawa?

The NCVA offers potlucks, volunteer opportunities, and events, as well as member discounts at local veg-friendly businesses in Ottawa. We help people in the Ottawa area transition to and maintain a plant-based diet. The more people who find out about us, the more we can make a difference, so raising awareness about the work we do is important!

Our posters (which can be downloaded and printed off here) can be put up on bulletin boards in libraries, community centres, grocery stores, health food stores, and other places (just make sure you ask permission from the store or centre before putting our poster on their bulletin board!).

Thank you for your support!

Interview with Kyle den Bak from PlantKind!

By Carolyn Harris

Kyle den Bak is a vegan athlete, personal trainer, and vegan nutritional consultant based in Ottawa. And what an inspiring athlete he is! Kyle has run over 5000 kilometres in a single year, has run the Boston Marathon on several occasions, has run marathons in less than 3 hours, and has achieved highly in ultra-endurance competitions.kyle-plantkind

Along with his personal athletic accomplishments, Kyle and his wife, Jane Kearnan den Bak, are the owners of PlantKind, a business through which Kyle offers personal training and nutrition coaching to his clients. Jane is creative director of PlantKind.the-plantkind-life

In this interview, Kyle explains how being vegan has helped him with his running, and he gives advice for athletes who are thinking about going vegan.

CH: How long have you been vegan? Why did you decide to make the switch?

Kyle den Bak: I have been vegan for 13.5 years. I decided to become vegan in my third year of university.

I read Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation in one of my first-year courses. Until then, I had not given much thought to the animals we use for food, clothing, research and entertainment.

Singer introduced me to “speciesism”. This is the unjustified belief that humans have more value than other species simply because we are more intelligent.

It took me until third-year university to take the leap. One night with my roommates I watched the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie alludes frequently to the slaughter of food animals.

It’s an awful film. Leatherface treats his victims like cattle. To see human victims being treated the same way we treat other sentient beings had a strong effect on me. I went vegan the same day, and never looked back.vegan-pizza-pkl

CH: How has your vegan diet helped you with your running?

Kyle: It took me two years after reading Singer to go vegan. At the time, I was into heavy weight training. I thought I would lose all my size and strength giving up meat and whey protein.

I finally did it because I thought it was the right thing. I was prepared to sacrifice. But the real beauty of doing the right thing is that it’s not a sacrifice at all. It’s a joy.

And you know what? My health and fitness has benefited from all the amazing plant foods. My training and recovery have improved, not declined!

I am now a long distance runner and ultra-athlete who runs up to 5000 kilometers a year. I am competitive in my age group.  There is no way I could have done this on a meat-centered diet!

Everyone I know gets injured if they run as much as I do. Carbohydrate-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes give me endless energy. Nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory vegetables, berries and spices keep me injury free and speed up recovery.

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CH: What is PlantKind, and why did you decide to start offering these services?

Kyle: PlantKind is built on our inclusive philosophy. My wife Jane and I know that the world is on the verge of change. The vegan diet is growing exponentially. We want to be a source of inspiration and knowledge to everyone from the full-time vegan to the Meatless Monday dabbler.

We see any embrace of a more plant-centered lifestyle as a fertile seed for watering. We want to meet you wherever you are, and help you every step of the way with no judgement. This is where we got the name Plant “Kind”. We strive for kindness in our advocacy.

Everything we offer is geared to making the lifestyle fun and sustainable in a supportive way.

Our site www.theplantkindlife.com and Instagram page  revolve around lifestyle, fitness and nutrition.

As a fitness professional for over a decade, it’s only natural for me to offer personal training, nutrition and lifestyle services. I’m humbled by the success of my training and nutrition services, PlantFIT and PlantFUELLED, have been so far.pkl-food

CH: What are your favourite foods to have before or after a workout?

Kyle: The best food for athletic performance is fruit. Particularly sweet fruits like bananas, dates and mangoes are great before a workout to provide carbohydrates to working muscles. They digest quickly, and won’t sit in your stomach.

After a workout, fruit provides anti-inflammatory effects, helps to fight free-radical damage to speed recovery. Sweet fruit tops up muscle glycogen, keeping your immune system strong and fueling you for tomorrow’s workout.

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CH: What advice would you give to a fellow runner/athlete who is thinking about going vegan?

Learn what your energy needs are and discover creative ways to meet the demand! Plant foods are not as calorically dense as animal foods. The working body needs lots of energy to fuel and recover. A typical male runner of my size will need 3000-4000 calories a day or more. That’s a lot of plants!

Don’t try to get by on salads!

Always base your meals on healthy starches like potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, whole grain pastas, legumes or oats. Fruit can also be an important caloric staple if eaten in large quantities. Athletes can’t afford to be modest with their portions on a vegan diet.food-from-plantkind

CH: What have you learned from your experiences with running a vegan business so far?

Kyle: First, be patient. PlantKind has been my side-hustle for over two years. It is just starting to pick up steam. You’ve got to just love what you do and keep nurturing it. As of April, PlantKind is going to be my full-time job! I’ll be doing what I love every single day.

Secondly, we are on the verge of a vegan revolution. When I went vegan 13.5 years ago, it was extremely rare. Everyone and their mother knows that a sustainable and compassionate future is plant-based.

Every single one of these people needs help and guidance. We need thought leaders, role models and experts in the local community. If you are thinking of running a vegan business, you can help give the revolution momentum. You can make a living while living your truth!

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CH: What are your plans for the future?

Kyle: If you asked me a year ago, I’d tell you to make PlantKind a viable business. My belief in PlantKind is growing. I think it can be something even bigger.

I’d like to reach a wider audience. This would likely mean building a YouTube channel as well as offering more seminars and workshops to the wider public and publishing books. As one of the few experts in the field of vegan fitness, I want to have the biggest impact I can.

It’s those “aha” moments that people get when I talk to them that keeps me going. It’s like, I know I’ve planted a seed and it’s off to a good start. I just want to plant more of those seeds. Veganism is almost at its tipping point; we all just need to keep working and reaching more people.kyles-pancakes

All photos are courtesy of PlantKind. Best of luck as you turn PlantKind into your full-time business, Kyle!

 

 

Volunteers Needed!

The National Capital Vegetarian Association is a completely volunteer-run organization. The NCVA always welcomes new volunteers, but at the moment we have an immediate need for volunteers to fill the following roles:

1) Volunteer Board Member

The volunteer Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the NCVA. Currently, we are looking for one new Board Member.

Term: 1 year or more

The ideal candidate will:

  • be following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle
  • be a member of the NCVA (membership costs $20/year and has many benefits)
  • be passionate about sharing a plant-based lifestyle with others, promoting a plant-based lifestyle, and increasing the accessibility of vegan food in the Ottawa community
  • be able to attend monthly meetings with other Board Members (usually the meetings take place on one Sunday evening per month) and respond to e-mails in a timely manner
  • be able to take on various NCVA-related tasks (which will vary depending on the Board Member’s specific position and interests)

It is preferable that applicants have previous volunteer experience with the NCVA, but if you have not volunteered with the NCVA before, we will consider your application anyway.

2) Volunteer Co-ordinator (Board Member)

This position will ideally be combined with the position of board member.

Term: 1 year or more

The ideal candidate will:

  • be a Board Member (see above) of the NCVA
  • be able to co-ordinate volunteers to help out with events and Restaurant Outreach.

Previous experience with co-ordinating volunteers is preferred.

3) Restaurant Outreach Volunteers

Restaurant Outreach Volunteers, organized into groups of two or three, will visit non-vegetarian restaurants in their community to give the owners of these restaurants our “Beyond Veggies” guide, which contains tips on how to introduce vegan options at their restaurant.

Term: flexible

4) Events Volunteers

We would like some volunteers at our upcoming movie screening (date TBD) of The Marshall Plan (and possibly other screenings in the future). Volunteers should have knowledge of how to use a projector and laptop, etc.

In addition, we need volunteers to help run the NCVA table/booth at events. If you don’t know how to get started volunteering with the NCVA but want to help in a meaningful way, this is a good opportunity! One upcoming event that we may have a table at is Seedy Saturday on March 4th, 2017.

Term: on an as-needed basis (and when you are available)

5) Marketing

If you have experience with marketing and would like to volunteer your time and skills with the NCVA, this position is for you. This position could also be combined with the position of board member, or could be taken on separately.

6) Other Opportunities

We welcome people to suggest their own ideas for how they could volunteer. For more ideas for ongoing volunteer opportunities, please see our Current Volunteer Openings page.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of more of these positions, please contact the NCVA at ncva.avcn@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in making Ottawa a healthier, kinder, and more sustainable place!