ABC Ottawa

ABC (Ottawa Region) is an all-volunteer organization, which draws its members from Ottawa, Nepean, Vanier, Kanata, Gloucester, Cumberland, Lanark County, West Carleton, Prescott-Russell and West Quebec.

Working on both the local and provincial level with individuals, teachers, Boards of Education and the Ministry of Education and Training, ABC seeks to increase the understanding of bright children at home, at school and in the community, and encourages the development of appropriate educational programs.

We invite you to participate in our programs and contribute to our activities!

Contact Info:

ABC Ottawa
By phone: (613) 860-1398
By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall 2014 Activities:

ABC Ottawa Take-off Enrichment Workshops (October 25 - November 29, 2014, registration starts 2 October)

Parent Discussion Groups (September 24, October 22, and November 26, from 7:30 – 9 pm)


ABC Ottawa Take-off!

Take-off | Course Listing | FAQ Take-off

Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14

(Frequently Asked Questions about Take-off!)

The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 - 14 years on Saturday mornings for six weeks in the spring and fall only.



The current session is...

Fall 2014 ABC Ottawa Take-off
October 25 - November 29, 2014
St. Paul's High School

Registration will begin on Registration Night
October 2, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

Brochure and course details are now available!

See the Course Listing page for updates on full and cancelled courses.

ABC Take-off Fall 2014 Brochure

Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full - by cash or cheque only.


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Société pour enfants doués et surdoués

(ABC Ottawa)

ABC (région d’Ottawa) est un organisme qui regroupe des membres bénévoles d’Ottawa, Nepean, Vanier, Kanata, Gloucester, Cumberland, comté de Lanark, Carleton Ouest, Prescott-Russell et Québec-Ouest.

En collaboration avec des représentants de la région et de la province, des enseignants, les conseils scolaires et le ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités, ABC a pour but de promouvoir une plus grande compréhension des enfants doués et surdoués, tant à la maison qu’à l’école et dans leur communauté, et encourage le développement de programmes éducatifs appropriés.

Nous vous invitons à participer à nos programmes et à contribuer à nos activités!

Pour nous contacter:

ABC Ottawa
Téléphone: (613) 860-1398
Courriel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABC Ottawa Parent Discussion Group - Fall 2014

ABC Ottawa is offering another series of parent discussion groups this Fall. The groups will be facilitated by two long time ABC Ottawa members and volunteers. They have come up with a framework for the discussions, and we are sure parents will appreciate their experienced and personal perspectives on giftedness.

Three nights are planned: Wednesdays: September 24, October 22, and November 26, from 7:30 – 9 pm. The groups will meet in the Preschool Room at the McNabb Community Center 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.

September 24 – Navigating the identification of Giftedness

Subtopics: What does the term “Gifted” mean to me? Should I have my child assessed? Understanding the assessment report. How do I communicate the label to others? How do I advocate for my child’s educational needs? What do I do next?

October 22 – How does Giftedness “present” in my child(ren)?

Subtopics: What difficulties has my child encountered? Perfectionism, underachievement, intensity, sensitivity, social isolation and others. What do I say to my child about their giftedness? Social stigmas attached to gifted identification during the primary, middle and high school years.

November 26 – Gifted and relationships

Subtopics: How has giftedness affected my relationships with other? Spousal (ex-spousal) relationships, sibling relationship(s), grandparents, extended family, friends and colleagues. What difficulties have I encountered? Lack of support from parents, competitiveness among family members, generational differences in understanding "giftedness".

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend all or just one of the events.