Our mission:

Building a healthy, active and engaged community through recreation

DRA, since 1983

Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization (Registered Charity No. 11944 4263 RT0001) dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through recreation programs.

In 1983, the City of Ottawa began work on the planning of a new community centre to replace the Westboro Community Centre. DRA was actively involved in the process, and when the new centre opened in 1987, Dovercourt was given the responsibility of managing the new centre through a service agreement. While we are part of the City of Ottawa’s recreation system, DRA is empowered to choose what programs it runs to meet the community’s needs, and how those programs are delivered.

Staff, volunteers, clients, local community groups and businesses working together…that’s Dovercourt.

Our motto:

“A Community Working For the Community, Une communauté qui travaille pour la communauté”.

Dovercourt Recreation Association was Eastern Ontario’s first HIGH FIVE Accredited organization, providing the highest standard of recreation programming for children in Ottawa. Children will find HIGH FIVE® certified leaders in every Aquatic, Recreation, Camp and After-School program.

For our hours of operation, location etc, see the Contact Us page.

AGM report for 2022 (May 2023)


Our Executive Director

Sureen Gosal

Sureen Gosal joined Dovercourt as the new Executive Director in July 2022.

Sureen has extensive experience at a senior level working in the not-for-profit sector and has demonstrated to be a community builder for numerous years. Sureen has a degree in business and entrepreneurship from Mount Royal University in Alberta. He departs his role as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre (OGC), Canada’s oldest operating not-for-profit gymnastics organization. Passionate about volunteering, he has also occupied many roles with swimming organizations in Alberta and BC.

“I am proud and honoured to be joining Dovercourt and look forward to serving the community with the outstanding team at the DRA,” says Sureen.

Sureen lives in the community with his wife, Preeti, and their two young children.

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AGM report for 2021 (May 2022)

Past AGM reports