December 2019 - January 2020


 JJ Delivers a Turkey to a 

Community Neighbour and Family

Marie and Sarah deliver a   Dumouchel Turkey to Shauna at First Choice

 Marie and Sarah deliver a   Dumouchel Turkey to Shauna at First Choice on Montreal Road.


Marie Pyper and Sarah deliver a Turkey to Glouster High for a family this Season.


Marie Pyper, ED and President, Joyce Tessier prepare for the Onyx Christmas Dinner.


Thank you Capital City Pawn for the Turkey Donations and Christmas Treats..


Jeff from Soldiers Helping Soldiers, and Marie Pyper, ED met to discuss the Veterans retreat at Silver Lake this Fall. 


Passing of a Community Legend


Onyx is saddened to announce the passing of our beloved President, Tom Deafy, after a long battle with cancer.

He was a strong and dedicated person in the community and was always there to lend a helping hand. After 35 years of continuous sobriety, he led the way to helping so many on their own personal journey.

With sadness, we regret the passing of our President, Tom Deafy, on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

He will be sadly missed.

Kindly share any of your thoughts and stories on our Facebook page.

Remebering Tom.




Nathalie Des Rosiers MPP Ottawa, Vanier visits again this year at Onyx

Mpp, Nathalie Des Rosiers visits Onyx again this year for updates on what the team did in 2018/ 2019, and what is happening at the centre in programs and services in 2020. 

As always, she presented a new Ontario flag for the Onyx building.

Left front, Marie Pyper ED, right front, Jane Exel Addictions and Community Service Worker,

back left, Tom Jackson, ED Sobriety House, back right, Mario Kezic, past supervisor.


Swiss Chalet continues support 2017/2018/2019/2020

Thanks to all the support from Vanier Swiss Chalet for contributions with meal tickets for those in need. 


Mental Health & Addictions New Team Member - Tom Jackson RPT ICADC CCCS



Tom has joined our team with 27 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health & Addictions. He works with clients in both individual and group counselling settings. 

In addition to his training in Mental Health & Addictions from Algonquin College, Tom is also a Registered Psychotherapist, an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Clinical Supervisor. 

Thanksgiving 2019


Dumouchel Meats (and owner Bernie) receives the Onyx Community Services award, with Marie Pyper, ED, and Cherie Harper, Operations Manager.


Staff at Onyx present Tom at Sobriety House, 2 hams and 2 Turkeys for their Thanksgiving Dinner.



Mario Kezic and Marie Pyper partner with ED Tom Jackson of Sobriety House, a new community partner.

Thanks to Tom Jackson and the team there for helping so many daily get sober and get a better and healthier stable life.



Zorin's Cafe and Spins Landry receive the Onyx Community award

What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.Executive Director, Marie Pyper, Liaison Officer, Mario Kezic, and Xan Tristram (SSW), present the award to the staff and owner, Zoreen July 5th, 2019 for outstanding community support.


ONYX Meal Program

First night at our new location at St. Margaret's Church, Vanier. 


St. Margaret's Church

 Continuing our awesome partnership with St. Margaret's Church, Vanier. 

Mario Kezic, Marie Pyper, and Father Jason seal the deal with a handshake! 


Meeting with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants


Pastor Sue met this past week

February 8th, with  Karen Molina and her colleagues from the;

Catholic Centre for Immigrants 

to discuss of housing issues  for newcomers to Canada and the Ottawa region.

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Losing a Dear Friend.

Remembering Rolly

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and dedicated volunteer,   " Rolly " Menard.

Rolly served coffee faithfully in the mornings daily, no matter what the weather.  He will be sadly missed.

Fall / Winter 2018

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

2018 's Community Drop In could not have been possible without the generous food donations from  Cadmans Montreal Bagels, Vanier.

Thank you for feeding so many this year!


Thierry Harris

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

Cadmans Montreal Bagels

A true champion of the people in our community and a great big thanks for all your support to Onyx in 2018.  Onyx thanks you for not only being a donor, but showing us true leadership in our community.


Cadmans Montreal Bagels

A big thank you to donor and Onyx friend;

Cathie Orfali

Cathie has worked as a financial advisor since 1997 and for the past 10 years as President of Money Advisors. Cathie enjoys her work as managing member of the Orfali Group LLC, a real estate investment company in the United States.

A few of Cathie’s hobbies include travel, taking courses and jogging. She is very passionate about fundraising and loves to volunteer with the homeless and poor in Ottawa, Egypt and Guatemala. Cathie is blessed to be married to Paul, her husband of 23 years and they have three grown children, Laura, Caroline and Justin.

Cathie is a founding member of the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation of Canada. She is also a Certified Global Priority Solutions Specialist — an organization that is a world leader, implementing the message of value-based leadership and developing value-driver leaders.

August 2018


Strategic Meeting

Onyx founder Captain(N) Mark Eldridge meets with Pastor Sue to discuss fall schedule and current events.


Big Thank You

Thanks to Cadmens Bakery on Montreal Road for their ongoing donations for the meal programs and drop-in.

June 2018


Mario Kezic

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Onyx welcomes Mario as our new I.T. Intern.


Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.


Pastor Sue hangs out in the drop in with Elsa, Cassy-Lynne and and Annick.

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Pastor Sue hangs out in the drop in with Elsa, Cassy-Lynne and and Annick.

April 2018 news


Thank you to Swiss Chalet Vanier (St. Laurent/Montreal Rd.) for providing meal tickets to folks in the Drop in.


Brandon Boire reiceves the 2 year Community Service Award from our ED, Sue Landry.


Tom Deafy and board members present Father Jason Pollick of St. Margarets Vanier Church with a life saving AED machine for the church hall.

Give customers a reason to do business with you.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, April 28th, 2018

Total raised - $250.00

Total raised - $250.00

Total raised - $250.00

Thanks to all who donated:

Loblaws Vanier

Chef Peter Garu

Operation Top Cover

Dumouchel Meats


Cash and Carry

Total raised - $250.00

Total raised - $250.00


Total raised - $250.00


Brandon, Annik and Pastor Sue welcome folks in

Rock and Roll Eagle

Winning prizes with the kids

Rock and Roll Eagle

Rock and Roll Eagle


Steve Young is presented with the Onyx Community award.

Rock and Roll Eagle

Rock and Roll Eagle

Rock and Roll Eagle


Tom Deafy is presented with the Eagle award for his continuous music and support to the community

MPP Vanier Nathalie Des Rosiers Tours Onyx April 2018


Breaking Weekend News! February 17th, 2018.

ROBBERY on Montreal Rd. Vanier Pot Shop!

Police are on the search for 3 suspects as a weapon was discharged and an employee assaulted in the braizen noontime heist!

RCMP and Ottawa Police were called on scene by weed shop 911 call from owners.

What happens when the Salvation Army moves in?

From shower cell inmate to believer By Larry Seguin



On April 8, 2016, former Corrections Minister Yasir Naqvi was quoted as saying, “I think we are failing our society and taxpayers if that’s the solution we think is appropriate” in response to a question about building a new jail for Ottawa.  

At the time, I supported Naqvi’s comments.  

What didn’t sit right with me was the thought of increasing capacity when the push from the current jail task force has been to decrease the demand for cells by fixing the bail and court system.  

But after meeting with Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde, recently, I’ve had a change of heart.  

The government seems to have a solid plan that will make many changes — not only for OCDC but for jails across Ontario.

Former OCDC inmate — and shower cells occupant — Larry Seguin

( OCS Client ) met Ontario Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde.. 


Life Inside Ottawa 's Jail. The Nightmare, And The Truth.


Devon Labelle, 24, named as man killed in Montreal Road stabbing

Witnesses say group of men surrounded Labelle, attacked him, then fled

Ottawa police have identified the man killed in a daylight stabbing Thursday in the city's Vanier neighbourhood. Devon Labelle, 24, was killed in the attack on Montreal Road...


Mentally ill inmate turned away at hospital before hanging self

A mentally ill man had gone to the Ottawa Hospital looking for help eight days before he hanged himself in his segregation cell in Ottawa’s jail, according to his lawyer.

Defence lawyer Karin Stein said police reports revealed that Justin St-Amour went to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus complaining he was suicidal on Nov. 22, but wasn’t admitted.

They told him, ‘You don’t have a mental illness and we are not going to let you stay here,’” Stein said. St-Amour then allegedly threatened his disability support worker...