About the Blackburn Community Association

The Blackburn Community Association (BCA) is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization that supports and advocates on behalf of residents, businesses and groups in Blackburn Hamlet, Ottawa, Canada.

The BCA receives funding from the City of Ottawa, revenue generated through the administration of the Blackburn Community Hall, the sale of annual memberships, and through sponsorships.

The BCA is run by a volunteer Board of Directors who regularly consult with, and work on behalf of, the community.

A few of the programs and groups supported by the BCA include:

  • Children and youth: Scouts, Les Guides, Girl Guides, youth drop-in in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Resource Centre, workshops and events, etc.
  • Families: Fun Fair, movies in the park, Hockey Day in the Hamlet, community outdoor rinks, free public skating at the arena, Santa Pancake Breakfast, Gloucester Recreational Development Organization programming, etc.
  • Environment: Spring Clean Up Day, annual garage sale, maintains parks in the summer, community gardens, rain barrels, gardening workshops, etc.
  • Businesses: publishes the Banar, provides opportunities for partnerships with local businesses to support BCA events
  • Seniors: Seniors’ Action Committee, quilters, exercise programs, bridge club, etc.
  • Local schools: Area schools can access community beautification and improvement project funds.
  • Our community: Greenbelt, municipal and provincial matters, operates the Blackburn Community Hall, sports groups, etc.

Please see our directory of community groups for information about other organizations in the Hamlet.

About our logo

Alan B. Beddoe wrote concerning the meaning of the elements in the logo design as follows: The black wavy diagonal stripe edged with white is a symbol for a stream of running water, the word “burn” being an Old Country term for a brook or stream. Naturally, this “burn” is black in colour, for Blackburn. The hornets or wasps (bees) as well as the black wavy stripe are derived from the Arms of Blackburn, Lancashire, England. The bees are an emblem of skill, perseverance and industriousness and may, in our badge, be regarded as an indication of the ambition of the members of the Blackburn Community Club to express these qualities not only as participants in sports but as spectator-supporters. Colours are red, white and black. The name “Hornets” seems appropriate for the senior team, while the junior or midget group might be called the Blackburn Wasps—a smaller but equally effective counterpart of the bigger “Hornets”.

Source: Alan B. Beddoe (1893–1975), Blackburn resident, Canadian artist, war artist, consultant in heraldry and founder and first president of the Heraldry Society of Canada in 1965. The Alan Beddoe collection at Library and Archives Canada contains designs and studies for the Book of Remembrance, postage stamps, posters, crests, money, architecture, and coats-of-arms.


Minutes from previous meetings and agenda for upcoming meetings will be posted on the Minutes and Agenda page when available.

Download the BCA By-law in PDF.

Annual process to start outdoor rink operations (PDF)

Directors’ Roles and Responsibilities (PDF)

In 2017 the board of directors summarized the BCA’s funding priorities. Read the priorities and funding report here.

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