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About Us

You have only to walk through the doors of Unitarian House to quickly learn how it has gained its long-standing reputation in the Ottawa area, and beyond, for quality seniors’ living. The tasteful décor and warm, welcoming atmosphere of our Home reflects the genuine pride of its close-knit community of residents, staff and volunteers.

A 5-storey residence located on a beautiful, treed and tranquil property alongside the western parkway and Ottawa River, Unitarian House offers affordable living in a unique home-like atmosphere. Easy access to the outdoors allows residents to enjoy the many gardens, a well-appointed courtyard and safe walking areas.

Unitarian House is a non-profit CMHC housing project and a Canadian Registered Charity (# 119276111RR0001).

Unitarian House is a member of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors (OANHSS):

Some Documents of Interest

Download the current issue of our twice-yearly Newsletter “About Us” here To receive the Unitarian House Newsletter, “About Us,” by mail or email, click here

Our privacy policy is available as a pdf document here: Unitarian House Privacy Policy

Our Mission

The mission of Unitarian House of Ottawa is to continue to provide a not-for-profit residence for seniors where, in a secure and caring environment, residents will have maximum independence, opportunities for personal fulfillment, companionship and participation in a dynamic, collaborative community of residents, staff and management.

Our Shared Values

The residents, staff and management of Unitarian House share the following values:

  • We believe in and value the uniqueness and the individuality of all who live, volunteer and work in Unitarian House, the diversity of their cultures, their life experiences and their need for personal safety and security.
  • We believe that the health of our community depends on the participation of its members in its activities and management.
  • We believe in the value of friendship and of mutual respect, in discretion, and the need for individual privacy.
  • We believe in the value of all contributions, of whatever kind, that are made to enhance the well-being of our community.
  • We believe in the need to innovate, to improve and to achieve excellence in all our endeavours.
  • We believe in open communication and in accountability in the use of all our resources.
  • We believe in a high quality work environment with appropriate remuneration and opportunities for the personal and the professional development of staff.
  • We believe in advancing the knowledge and understanding of seniors’ issues by participating in research projects and in the training of health care providers.
  • We believe it is important to advocate on behalf of seniors by participating in, and making submissions to, appropriate organizations concerned with their well-being including, where needed, submissions to political representatives.

Our History

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Unitarian House was built on a strong foundation of social responsibility, vision, determination, caring, a sense of humour and a dream.

  • In 1973, the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa gave top priority to an outreach program that would culminate in the building and operation of a senior citizen’s complex, with graduated social and medical care, affordable for seniors.
  • In 1975 Unitarian House was registered as a “not-for-profit corporation” with Registered Charity status.
  • After a decade of planning, funding was approved by CMHC and on March 27th 1983 the sod turning of Phase 1 of the housing and retirement living project took place.
  • In the spring of 1984, the first residents moved into Unitarian House of Ottawa.
  • In 1986 and again in 1996, renovations were made to the residence, adding a recreation room and more retirement living suites.
  • In 2011, Unitarian House upgraded its courtyard and added a covered entranceway, and in 2012 a new social and leisure room called the Courtyard Corner was designed with input from both residents and staff.

Unitarian House Founders

All of us at Unitarian House and in the Ottawa Community owe our gratitude to the founders and builders of Unitarian House for their vision and perseverance: David Bray, Robert Carson, Fred Corbeil, Werner Daechsel, Frieda Dougherty, Lloyd Francis, Phil Gross, Sophie Hamelijnck, Frances Morrison, Robert Neville, John Rutherford, Don Saxon, Dorothy Smith, Joyce Sweet, & Ilse Wulf.

Unitarian House Board of Governors 2018

Vice President
Deputy Treasurer
David Curry
Sandra Wicker
Sandra Whicker
Rene Bornais
Bruce Grant
David Curry

Bruce Grant

Sandra Whicker

Rene Bornais

Brian Castledine

Shannon Martin

Walter Nibogie

Tony Farago

Elizabeth Beamer

Blair Erskine

Working at Unitarian House

Unitarian House welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Workplace information will be provided in an accessible format upon request.

If you are interested in joining our team, you may mail or drop off your resume to Unitarian House, 20 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3Z9 or email your resume to:

For more information, contact Jessica at 613-722-6690

Current Job Postings: There are no positions currently available

As an employer, Unitarian takes pride in its outstanding and dedicated staff. The average length of employment is 15 to 20 years, an indication of the job satisfaction of our employees and a factor in providing a sense of continuity for residents who are greeted and supported by familiar faces and voices.

Our staff members are carefully selected, not only for the skills required to carry out the work but for overall personal suitability. Each staff member is expected to be friendly and patient under all circumstances, and workloads are designed to allow staff the time they need to be pleasantly supportive of residents’ needs. All staff members are trained to treat residents with the dignity and respect they deserve. Take a stroll through our common living areas and you will hear the cheerful voices of staff and residents interacting with one another.

In keeping with our high regard for our staff, Unitarian House maintains a budget for staff development and training. Staff members spend some portion of their time attending training programs off location, funded through this budget. We have also developed a mandatory set of in-house training tutorials in accordance with the Retirement Home Regulatory Act that are completed yearly We have also developed a core set of in-house training programs that run monthly. These include: back care, infection control, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), health and safety, fire protection, the prevention of elder abuse, privacy and confidentiality. An in-house Dementia Capable Care Program has recently been implemented, as mandated by the new Ontario Retirement Homes legislation, and is mandatory for all staff. All staff members are trained to treat residents with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Jobs at Unitarian House include: nursing staff, personal support workers, administrative staff, kitchen/dining room staff, cleaning and building maintenance staff and activity staff.

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