Giving Guide 2021

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‘An undeniable reckoning’ Interest in Indigenous-led causes is rising. But will it lead to lasting, sustainable change?

As pandemic lingers on charities, philanthropists step up E

ach year when we’re putting together our annual Giving Guide, we are presented with more stories of charities and philanthropists stepping up to the plate to solve problems in our community than we’re able to cover. This year was no exception. Wrapping up our fourth annual issue, we’ve seen charities and donors adjust to new ways of fundraising and connecting as new needs arose, demand for some charitable services surged and capital campaigns marched forward. This year we hope to bring you stories of how some of the charities, philanthropists and fundraisers in our community are adapting to a new normal. We’ll also be sharing some highlights of charitable campaigns and events from the past year and celebrating some major donations that have been made in our community. Our cover story, An Undeniable Reckoning, shines a light on Indigenous-led philanthropic efforts, exploring the question of whether renewed interest and support for Indigenousled and informed causes might result in lasting, sustainable change. Later in the Guide we celebrate the 2021 Philanthropy Award winners by sharing their accomplishments in an effort to inspire other community leaders to take action and get involved with a charitable cause. As always, the highlights of this publication are the profiles of charities that are actively working in the National Capital Region to bring change, awareness and much needed services to causes including conservation, education, addiction, health and homelessness. If you’re looking for ways for you or your team to give back this year, please take a moment to

learn more about the charities profiled here and if you see something that speaks to you, contact the charity. Even if it’s just to start a conversation. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to connect with each of the charities listed in the guide this year and I can guarantee that any of them would be happy to connect, explore volunteer opportunities or to find a way for you to get involved. The Ottawa Business Journal is proud to be able to bring philanthropic content to you through this annual Giving Guide, and we’ve recently expanded our coverage to include regular reporting on major charitable donations in the NCR. To stay up-to-date on business and philanthropic news in Ottawa, check out our daily reporting at

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COVER STORY: An undeniable reckoning Logan's heroes Op-ed: Flow-through shares a focus in the federal election

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SOCIALABLE GIVING: CLV Group, InterRent REIT's golf tournament nets $1-million Crowds flock to Infinity Convention Centre for reopening Construction community hosts convoy of care for CHEO Social briefs: fundraising, gifts and connections

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HOW THE PANDEMIC CHANGED FUNDRAISING: End of a fundraising era at CHEO How to engage the country's largest donors The real world challenges of virtual fundraising As the pandemic drags on, the need for funding increases

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CHARITY PROFILES Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa Unitarian House of Ottawa Shelter Movers Ottawa Outcare Foundation Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre Youth Services Bureau YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Perley Health Foundation BGC Ottawa Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Ottawa Humane Society Fondation Bruyère Foundation Causeway Work Centre Ottawa Network for Education Montfort Hospital Foundation The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County The Ottawa Mission Matthew House Ottawa Ottawa School of Art / École d'Art d'Ottawa University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation Dave Smith Youth Treatement Centre The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

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PERSPECTIVES: Barbara McInnes Fund surpasses $65K AFP Ottawa Philanthropy Awards Are fundraising professionals burnt out or on fire? Canadian Crime Victims Find Hope and Empowerment

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Major donations and fundraising achievements in our community


‘An undeniable reckoning’ The 215 bodies found at a residential school in BC has fueled renewed interest and support for Indigenous-led and informed causes. But will it result in lasting, sustainable change? By Jeff Todd


hyllis Webstad, an Indian Residential School Survivor, lives in a self-described “shack” in Wildwood, a community in northern British Columbia. “But it’s my shack. If I sold everything I owned, to pay everyone I owe, I would be at zero,” she says. And yet, her life is beginning to change. On Canada Day, she received a personal phone call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They spoke for 23 minutes. Her husband jokes: “My wife is an example of how you can be famous but not rich.” Webstad is the founder of the Orange Shirt Society, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting Indian Residential School Reconciliation. She is also the author of four books, with her latest released earlier this year entitled, “Beyond the Orange Shirt Story”. On September 30th, Orange Shirt Day encourages people across the country to wear Orange to remember perhaps the greatest atrocity and injustice in Canadian history – a network of mandatory boarding schools for Indigenous peoples, designed to subjugate and assimilate generations of children. Thousands of Residential School survivors, like Webstad, continue to suffer from the trauma of this system, which operated in Canada from 1896 until the last school closed in Saskatchewan in 1996. Meanwhile, it is estimated thousands of children


Phyllis Webstad, an Indian Residential School survivor and founder of the Orange Shirt Society, has dedicated her life to educating others about the severe trauma experienced by entire generations of Indigenous children in Canada. CREDIT: ORANGE SHIRT SOCIETY never made it home. This statistic came into sharp focus in May of this year, when the bodies of 215 children were confirmed on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, BC. The confirmations set off an avalanche of sadness, anger and introspection across Canada, as hundreds of other unmarked graves continue to be found throughout the country. But it was also a tipping point for the Orange Shirt Society.

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“It has been absolutely crazy,” Laio Hyrcha explains, the Society’s new Executive Director “Back six months ago, the society was doing its thing. Phyllis was trying to get awareness out there, and they were worried if the society would even be sustainable in the future. And then 215 happened. The society blew up overnight. Hence the reason I came on, and since then we’ve hired two more people. It has been like drinking from a firehose. It is the only way to describe it.” The Orange Shirt Society is not alone. Since the confirmations on May 27th, Canadians of all backgrounds are recognizing more than ever the country’s grim history with Indian Residential Schools. This awakening has fueled a surge of interest in Indigenous and Indigenous-led causes. Many citizens are left wondering: how can I help? For those that have never given, it begs other important questions. Where can I make a meaningful impact? What are the right questions to ask? And, as the national headlines shift, how can we create meaningful, sustainable change? For the Orange Shirt Society, the focus has been building a foundation. When the pandemic hit, in March 2020, “we had enough money to get us through the end of the fiscal year, but that was it,” according to Joan Sorley, Treasurer for the Society. “We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from, so to speak,” she adds. Founded in 2013, and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2015, the Orange Shirt Society scraped by through donations generated by Webstad’s speaking engagements and modest shirt sales from their website. Today, donations big and small continue to pour in for the Society. Shirt sales have exploded, with retailers, such as Walmart, offering a means to purchase them in stores across Canada. And the phones keep ringing. The staff field phone calls from the likes of Amazon and Tim Horton’s, all seeking ways to partner with the organization. One of the more exciting partnerships, Hyrcha says, is the Orange Jersey Program with Canadian Tire. While still in its infancy, the idea is to provide hockey coaches with information and orange jerseys to help educate, inform and inspire youth throughout Canada. “When we target our youth, and we use sport for education, we are going to change the world,” she believes. The society is also in the process of setting up a separate foundation focused on education, allowing them to accept donations from other foundations and offer tax receipts to donors. Hyrcha says the foundation will primarily focus on youth and education, so future generations will know and understand the history and impact of Indian Residential Schools. “Orange Shirt Day has been divinely guided,” Webstad explains. “There is something else in charge here and I call it the ancestors. So they are the ones making this happen. Because if I had written a business plan and called it Orange Shirt Day, it wouldn’t be what it is today. It would have fallen short. Now, it has a life of its own.” And yet, tremendous challenges remain. Although the growth of organizations like

For many years, Phyllis Webstad’s speaking engagements at schools kept the Orange Shirt Society’s afloat – just barely. Today, the nonprofit is hiring more staff and struggling to keep up with the donor and partnership demand. CREDIT: ORANGE SHIRT SOCIETY

Kris Archie, CEO, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aborigional Peoples in Canada. Orange Shirt Society is encouraging, it is certainly not the whole picture. Kris Archie, CEO of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, or The Circle, agrees that there is a rise in interest to support Indigenous issues and causes. However, actual dollars rarely make it directly into the hands of Indigenous-led or informed organizations. Measuring the Circle, a study completed in both 2014 and 2017, found that less than 1% of philanthropic dollars go towards Indigenous-led organizations. “We are working against broad stereotypes that issues related to Indigenous Peoples are not the problems of Canadians,” Archie explains, who joined the organization in July 2017. “The thinking has been: Indigenous Issues are their issues, or the responsibility with them lays with federal government. So I think it is not just about the settler philanthropic sector catching up. I think it is also the Canadian narrative about Indigenous Peoples in this country is rife with stereotypes about Indigenous People always asking

for another handout.” The Circle, as the name implies, includes an intimate collection of members that seek to break down these stereotypes, while promoting more giving and bridge building with Indigenous-led and informed groups . The organization offers learning, training and workshops for a broad range of members, from the Toronto Foundation, to Home Depot Canada, to Petsmart. The second audience is Indigenous-led and informed organizations. “A unique feature of The Circle is they [Indigenous-led and informed causes] provide us with a lot of guidance on how they want to relate with settler philanthropic institutions and our work is to facilitate those relationships,” she explains. Although listening is important, Archie isn’t interested in commissioning more studies to confirm what her organization knows – Indigenous-led and informed organizations desperately need funding. Support them, she says, and get out of the way. Archie believes too much weight is often placed on the need to understand Indigenous issues and causes. In the other words, the time for action is now. “I think there is an undeniable reckoning that is required by Canadians,” she adds. “That reckoning invites people to think about how they themselves have been complicit in harm and how they might want to do something about it.” A new initiative, which helps everyday Canadians get involved, is One Day’s Pay – a program that allows you to donate your salary or earnings every September 30th to Indigenous-led and informed organizations. Rather than consider it a statutory holiday, where we receive a day off with pay, The Circle wishes to offer a more progressive solution. Archie says they will highlight particular organizations to consider for donations, while also giving people resources to do their own research. Continues on next page

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FROM LEFT: Cody Kinistino, IESP Graduate and Current Undergraduate Student, Kahente Horn-Miller, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives), Benny Michaud, Director, Centre for Indigenous Initiative, and Gina Louttit Bellefeuille, IESP Graduate and Current Undergraduate Student, take part in a special ceremony in September to mark the $2.5 million gift from The Joyce Family Foundation. CREDIT: FANGLIANG XU Continued from previous page Archie also recommends taking the time to understand whose land and territory you are on. Next, think local: consider supporting your local Friendship Centre, for example, with 125 of them spread out among urban communities across the country. Research other local, Indigenousled or informed organizations in your area, such as the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnerships Program, where all the grant decision making and programming is done by Indigenous youth. “The balance is to do your listening on your own,” she says. “And then act. And you don’t need to do all the learning in the world to act. There are undeniable issues and causes that need to be supported. You don’t need to know every piece of data and research to understand that not having drinking water is a problem. You don’t need to know how many more children’s bodies are going to be discovered beside Indian residential school to recognize that is harmful.” The Joyce Family Foundation, together with Carleton University, is one local partnership that has committed to action today. In September, after extensive consultation with Carleton University and local Indigenous leaders, the Joyce Family Foundation announced a $2.5 million endowment to support bursaries for Indigenous students. Some of the bursaries will be set aside for Algonquin students from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg and AlgonQuins of Pikwakanagan First Nation – two Indigenous communities within whose territoty Carleton is situated. The gift is being matched by Carleton to support other Indigenous initiatives, bringing the total campaign to $5 million. “This is why we liked Carleton: they matched the


Where to Start



Do your research and find Indigenous-led and informed organizations in your area. If you can, support them directly and assist with grass-root programs.



Understand whose land and territory you are on. Seek out and support your local Friendship Centre, with 215 of them located in urban centres across Canada.



Indigenous issues are a shared legacy and not simply the responsibility of government. Indigenous problems are problems for all Canadians.

gift with their own endowment. The funds of that endowment will go towards supports that have been proven to help Indigenous students,” Maureen O’Neill says, the Executive Director of the foundation. This latest gift from The Joyce Family Foundation is one in a string of commitments to assist Indigenous students. In August 2017, the foundation made a $1 million donation to Lakehead University to assist with their Aboriginal Mentorship Program. Today, thousands of youth, from grades 1 to 12, have worked with Lakehead via an outreach program

both on and off campus in the areas of chemistry, biology, nursing, archeology, and other disciplines. Also in 2017, The Joyce Family Foundation made a $500,000 donation to the University of Victoria to assist with new bursaries for Indigenous students. Meanwhile, another $1 million in bursaries Indigenous students, at another Canadian university, will soon be announced, O’Neill adds. Although the foundation is by no means solely focused on Indigenous causes, O’Neill says these commitments demonstrate their desire to respond to a clear need. “I think it is a good indicator that universities and colleges are building strategies that will support and attract Indigenous learners,” she adds. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, the President of Carleton, called the donation an “important milestone” for the university, while noting “there is still a lot of work to do.” For Archie at The Circle, this work never stops. Although the success of the Orange Shirt Society, Carleton and other institutions is a step in the right direction, the events of May 2021 must not be forgotten. To create genuine, sustainable change, we must all continue to feel a sense of responsibility. Traditionally, donors and institutions don’t see themselves as having a role to play in Indigenous causes, Archie explains, simply because we tend to feel disassociated with them, or feel it is mostly the work of government. To get truly make a difference, responsibility must be felt by all Canadians. “What we know to be true, is Indigenous issues are not being prioritized,” she says. “So now more than ever, we need organizations to be abundantly funded and supported to do their good work.”

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FROM LEFT: Sue Hussein, Wael Hussein, Peter Nicholson and Logan Hussein, at Logan’s annual birthday fundraiser in November 2019. Nicholson, the President of Foundation WCPD, became passionate about children’s health after two of his sons spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. CREDIT: LOGAN’S HEROES

Logan's heroes

By Jeff Todd


ogan Hussein is not someone who takes “no” for an answer. At birth, on November 26th, 2008, Logan struggled to breathe after being born with pneumothorax – a collapsed lung. But he pulled through, both through his innate determination and the miracle workers at CHEO. The experience bonded Logan to CHEO for life, whereby he made it his mission to raise funds for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), so every child will have a fighting chance. Of course, it stands to reason that a worldwide pandemic wouldn’t get in his way. “This pandemic has been so hard, on so many people,” Logan says, who has dedicated every single one of his birthdays to raising funds for CHEO, rather than receive gifts. “Obviously, we haven’t been able to get people together the last couple of years. Funny enough, in a way, it has actually brought us closer together.” This November 26th, Logan’s Heroes Day will be back – a virtual fundraising event that has brought together friends, families, corporate partners, professional hockey players, and everyone in between. Last year, the campaign raised a whopping $110,000 towards a new transport incubator for CHEO’s NICU, a lifesaving device that provides fragile babies a warm and safe environment with controlled airflow and openings for medical staff to care for them while in transit. It is a piece of equipment needed so badly for CHEO, that the hospital has recently taken the leap and purchased it for the NICU. With a price tag of $200,000, Logan is now more

Logan Hussein poses with a gift bag ahead of his first virtual birthday bash in 2020. After raising $110,000 last year, he hopes to raise the remaining $90,000 this November to reach his $200,000 goal. CREDIT: ATOMIC LAVENDER

determined than ever to reach his fundraising goal and cover the cost of the incubator for CHEO. “Raising the full $200,000 for CHEO is my dream,” he explains, “and last year it also felt like a dream with all the support I received from the community. We are so close and I know we can reach our goal this fall. Large and small, every donation helps.” As part of the campaign, “Logan’s Heroes” has brought together an impressive and ever growing list of “heroes”. The founding hero is Peter Nicholson, President of Foundation WCPD. This boutique financial services company, headquartered in Ottawa, specializes in tax reduction and assisting Canada’s largest donors to increase the size and impact of their charitable donations. For Nicholson, helping Logan achieve his goal is personal. “I first met Logan in 2019 when he won the Most Outstanding Youth Philanthropist at just 10. Like so many others, I was moved by his story of survival,” Nicholson says, who currently sits on the major gift committee at CHEO. “Two of my six children also spent time in the NICU, so I have seen their incredible work first hand. They protect our city’s most vulnerable. I hope others will continue to join me in helping Logan realize his dream.” On November 26th, Logan’s Heroes hopes to get over the finish line. People will once again be invited to a full day of virtual entertainment and inspiring stories, including special appearances from Logan, CHEO, Kevin the Magician and other very special guests. Last year,

Logan, an avid hockey fan, had the opportunity to interview Nick Paul, left winger on the Ottawa Senators, and Fredrik Claesson, a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The party also featured appearances from NHL players Brady Tkachuck, Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci. Meanwhile, the Logan’s Heroes team will prepare 100 special gift bags for the first 100 donors to give $100 or more to the Logan’s Heroes Campaign, filled with an assortment of prizes and goodies to enjoy throughout the day. While the pandemic has been a bump in the road, the Hussein family hopes to return to in-person parties next year. CHEO’s NICU gave my son a quality of life he may never have if not for the professional care he received,” Logan’s mother, Sue, explains. “I will focus all my future endeavors to supporting CHEO in any way. The annual fundraising that we do is from our hearts and passion for all the little ones in need in the NICU. Especially, now during these challenging times, it is more important than ever to support CHEO NICU.” Logan’s Heroes has been supported by a long list of individuals and corporate partners, including Syntax Strategic, Virtually Fitness, Soloway Wright Lawyers, The Westeinde Group, Gabriel Pizza, Event Stream, Ottawa Business Journal, R-Cubed Design Forge, Loblaws, Mattamy Homes, Atomic Lavender and Lycee Claudel. For a full list of supporters, to learn more about the Logan’s Heroes Campaign and to donate to CHEO, you can visit its website at

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or most Canadians, the last federal election probably felt like more of the same. Climate change, housing and affordability, and the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be common issues of the day. And when people woke up on September 21, the result – a Liberal minority – seemed to almost mirror what we had after the 2019 Federal Election. There are one policy discussion, however, that received far more airtime than ever before – flow-through shares. The subject itself is nothing new. This tax policy, older than your RRSP, has been around since 1954 to assist Canada’s resource sector. Flow-through shares provide seed capital to junior mining companies so they can explore for resources, and in return, you receive a 100% tax deduction. Since May 2006, my firm has used this trusted, well-known policy to help major donors give more to charities of their choice. Once flow-through shares are purchased by our donors, they don’t hold them for long – often less than a minute. The buyer can then sell their shares, at a discount, to a third party, or liquidity provider, thus eliminating any stock market risk. The cash proceeds are then donated to charity, whereby the buyer receives a second 100% tax deduction. Combined, these two tax policies allow our clients, on average, to give up to three times more to charity, at no additional cost due to the tax efficiency. When I speak with major donors, the tax incentives behind charitable giving are easy to grasp. We all know charities need our help. But mining? That topic is not as easily understood. But the truth is, there are equally good reasons why flow-through shares exist. First off, Canada is a world leader in mining, accounting for more than $100 billion of our annual GDP, and producing over 700,000 direct and indirect jobs. Even better, it remains the number one employer of Indigenous Peoples. And if a deposit of gold, nickel, lithium, or another mineral is found? It results in billions in tax revenue for federal and provincial governments. According to the National Hockey League, about 44% of players are Canadian. Did you know that 65% of all public mining companies are from the Great White North? While you might not think about it much, mining is even more Canadian than hockey. Fortunately, the importance of flow-through

shares wasn’t lost among Liberals and Conservatives in this past election season. Although they didn’t win the election, the Conservatives made headlines when they proposed a flow-through structure for technology. Just as flow-through shares support and encourage Canadian junior mining companies, party leader Erin O’Toole felt it could do the same to attract technological innovation and investment in Canada. Put simply, flow-through shares are proven tool to help stimulate investment. Meanwhile, the Liberals announced that they would eliminate flow-through share tax deductions for oil and gas exploration – a move that I fully applaud. These energy sources are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, and in truth, already make up a tiny fraction of flowthrough share transactions. According to the Liberal platform, this policy change would only save the government $25 million annually, while having obvious environmental benefits. Speaking of the environment: the second proposal by the Liberals is perhaps the most exciting. In addition to the tax deduction on flowthrough shares, the government has offered a 15% mineral exploration tax credit, or METC. But now, the Liberals have proposed doubling this tax credit to 30% for critical minerals, which are essential to creating renewable energy technologies such as batteries, solar panels and wind turbines. If you’ve heard the term “critical minerals” a lot lately, you aren’t alone. Computers, cell phones, medical equipment: they all depend on critical minerals, or the building blocks of products and services we depend on. In fact, the Canadian government has identified 31 minerals that are considered essential to our economy, national security and moving to green sources of energy, including nickel, copper, lithium, cobalt, uranium and many others. Thankfully, Canada has many of these minerals in great abundance – we just need to find them, extract them and make the process efficient. According to Bloomberg’s 2020 clean energy rankings, for example, Canada ranks 4th in global lithium-ion battery supply chain. China, Japan and Korea made up the top three. “The question is not whether we require minerals and metals to reach our climate goals, but rather if Canada will become the supplier the world needs,” said Pierre Gratton, CEO of The Mining Association of Canada. These stark realities have caught the

attention of not just Canada, but our allies. Earlier this year, Australia, the United States and ourselves formally launched a landmark initiative – known as The Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative - aimed at researching and discovering critical minerals needed for the world of tomorrow. These reasons and more are why the Liberals are doubling the METC credit for critical minerals, which is great news for our renewable energy future. It is also great news for charities. Yes, purchasing flow-through shares with an immediate liquidity provider is already the best way to maximize your gift. But when this increase in the METC comes into effect, those numbers look even better (30% tax credits plus 100% tax deduction, equals approximately the equivalent of 160% tax deduction). So my message is clear: if you are a high earner, recently sold a business, or experienced a large capital gain, you can help Canada’s mining industry, while also giving to charities of your choice. And the next time you pick up that cell phone, boot up your computer, or drive an electric car, consider this: the minerals inside may have done more than created jobs and made our planet cleaner. They may have helped a Canadian registered charity.

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EVENT ORGANIZERS FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS, CONNECT SUPPORTERS While the pandemic has forced so many things to change in our society, one constant has been the need to provide services to those in need through charities and philanthropic organizations. While the first year of change saw many events cancelled or held virtually, organizations began to slowly emerge from their Zoom rooms this spring to hold real-world events again. Here’s an inside look at some of the events that were able to move forward, by columnist and photographer Caroline Phillips.

CLV Group, InterRent REIT's golf tournament nets $1-million It was a drum roll kind of moment as organizers prepared to flip the giant cheque around, revealing how much money was raised during the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament held in early October. The room erupted in cheers and applause as everyone realized that the total was more than $1-million, making the golf tournament the most successful of its kind, especially when one considers there were no matching donations involved. It was truly the perfect end to a perfect day in a perfect setting. A sold-out crowd of 288 golfers – all of whom had to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination – spent an idyllic afternoon at The Meadows Golf and Country Club, surrounded by gorgeous autumn colours and blessed with sunshine and temperatures that reached 21C. The event was presented and organized by Ottawa-based CLV Group and InterRent REIT, which together employ roughly 500 people. CLV Group specializes in property management while InterRent REIT is a publicly traded real estate investment


firm with a portfolio of more than 12,000 apartments in Ottawa, southern Ontario, Montreal and now Vancouver, having expanded into that market earlier this year. Come cocktail hour, there were drinks and gourmet food trucks awaiting participants, and scenic spots to gather outdoors and beneath heated party tents set up outside the clubhouse. The event also featured a live band. Later, CLV Group and InterRent REIT CEO Mike McGahan took to the mic to thank the many sponsors and supporters, as well as his dedicated team of employees who miraculously organized everything in less than a month. He began his brief remarks by acknowledging his close friend, Mike McCann, after whom the charity golf tournament is named. McCann, who owned marketing firm Velocity Media, passed away in February 2019 from cancer at the age of 63. For 20 years, he was the powerhouse behind CLV Group’s charity golf tournament, which raised more than $3.2 million by the time it wrapped up in 2017. “His Irish eyes were smiling on us today,” said McGahan of

“one of the most amazing guys”. McCann was also tight with CLV Group president Oz Drewniak, who was part of the organizing team. The golf tournament was revived in 2019 in McCann’s memory, raising an astonishing three-quarters of a million dollars for charities. The event took a pandemic hiatus in 2020 but was back this year in full swing. While organizers previously indicated they were hoping to match their 2019 total, Wednesday’s golf benefit raised a net total of $1,047,925. The proceeds will benefit such local charities as BGC Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Youth Services Bureau, Christie Lake Kids, The Ottawa Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa and the Snowsuit Fund. McGahan, who was awarded the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award in 2018 by the Ottawa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, marvelled at what a beautiful day it turned out to be – and he wasn’t just talking about the weather. “It was beautiful to see so many people smiling. Isn’t it nice after a year and a half to actually get out and interact with people?” The event featured prizes, a silent auction and a live auction that took fundraising to a whole other level, with gavel-swinging, crowd-rousing auctioneer Ryan Watson from Raising the Bid. Particularly popular was the football game package of tickets, travel and hotel for any NFL game, donated by CLV and InterRent REIT. It sold multiple times to bidders willing to pay $10,000 for a package for two. Paul Bouzanis of PBC Group got in on the action, paying $20,000 for a package for four. Home Depot donated a $5,000 gift card that ended up raising $10,200 after selling twice to the two highest bidders, at $5,100 a piece. A dinner for 10 to Riviera restaurant sold for $5,000 to Gary Zed, founder and CEO of his newly launched Canada’s Forest Trust reforestation venture. He also donated a two-day fly fishing experience at his privately owned Sutter Salmon Club on the Miramichi in New Brunswick. Zed bumped up the guest limit from four to eight during the auction. The bidding war between McGahan and Curt Millar, CFO of InterRent REIT, resolved itself when they each bought the package, at $10,000 apiece. McCann’s wife, Gloria McCann, who was in attendance with daughters Ashley Lyon and Jordanna McCann (daughter Alexandra unfortunately couldn't make it), donated a dinner for eight at her family’s venerable Al’s Steakhouse restaurant on Elgin Street. It went for $5,000. Guest speaker Kian Nejad brought home why everyone was together that day: to help worthy charities better serve their communities. He’s been part of the BGC Ottawa family for nearly 20 years. His involvement started soon after he moved from Iran to Canada with his brother and mom, settling in the Bayshore area. He spoke only broken English at the time. He spent a got chunk of his childhood at the Ron Kolbus Clubhouse, playing sports, making friends and developing leadership skills. The place was like his second home. In fact, he used to pride himself on going four years without missing a day. If ever he was sick, he would beg his mom to let him visit – or at least step his foot in the door – just so that he could say he was there, and not break his streak.

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Crowds flock to Infinity Convention Centre for reopening The Infinity Convention Centre was filled with a collective sense of excitement and hope in early October as 250 guests got as close as they could to partying like it was 2019. Even the conga dance line that broke out in the ballroom later that evening felt fresh and new. Everyone had to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination in order to gain entry into the special events venue, located near the Ottawa airport. Staff remained masked throughout the night while guests were allowed to remove their facial coverings in order to eat and drink. The special occasion: a grand reopening party. The popular venue, which first closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opened back up for events late this summer. ICC is owned by the Aggarwal and Sohal families, both of whom were present to welcome guests that included Anshuman Gaur, India's deputy high commissioner, Ontario Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. Also spotted in the crowd were prominent developers Kris Singhal of Richcraft Group of Companies, Bill Malhotra of Claridge Homes, Barbara Farber of Leikin Group and representatives from charitable organizations that have held their fundraising galas at Infinity Convention Centre. The dress code was black tie, which meant guests were sent digging into their closets to retrieve and dust off their fancy garb. Cleland Jardine Engineering founding partner Bob Jardine changed faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth from his golf clothes into his formal wear. “It is a lot easier for guys,” recognized Jardine while Ottawa lawyer Warren Creates acknowledged his tux was feeling a little snug. “The stuff doesn’t fit like it once did," he told Seema Aurora viewed the gala as a way of nudging people to get back out there. “We’re social animals; we need that face-toface interaction,” said the president and CEO of HR Tag, shortly after her arrival. The one thing we know about pandemics is that they end, Dr. Nalin Bhargava told "They all end. This one has taken a huge toll on the physical, mental and economic health of the people of Ottawa. The citizens of Ottawa need to get back to being the citizens of Ottawa. “All the things we did pre-pandemic become even more important now," the Ottawa dentist and recognized community builder continued. "We need to get back to the social outings, sporting events, recreational activities, special events, cultural activities and galas that we did before. That's why evenings like this are so important. It's the first of many more steps to come as, together, we all bring Ottawa back to life and back to health." Food was served throughout the evening. Guests could also visit the seafood bar, meat carving station, artisanal cheese and dessert tables, all of which were supervised by staff. As for drinks, it was open bar. Dancers performed from the second-floor balcony during the cocktail reception held in the lobby. Much to everyone's surprise, they also released glitter, which came tumbling down like confetti.

The evening’s galactic theme was a collaboration between Sharon Bosley House (Avant-Garde Designs) and Carole Saad (Chic + Swell Event Designers and LouLou Lounge). The pair of powerhouses with pizzazz has grown closer than ever during the pandemic. They've been offering support to each other through the tough times in their industry. The crowd was kept entertained throughout the night by DJ and crowd motivator George Thomas. Speaking of motivators, MacLeod fired up the audience when she took to the stage, repeatedly asking "Who's excited to see other people?" and having the enthusiastic response grow louder each time. She gave a special shout out to Anand Aggarwal and his team and praised Infinity Convention Centre for being "a gathering place for this city". It's actually been five years this month since the venue opened, which gave the owners another reason to throw a big party. The Ontario government recently announced it will invest $100 million in the province’s tourism sector, through the new Tourism Recovery Program, to help convention and conference centres, along with a long list of other businesses, recover from

the impacts of COVID-19. It will take time until the ICC is back to the same capacity it once enjoyed, MacLeod said while standing beneath a cluster of hanging disco balls that resembled sparkling planets. In 2019, the venue hosted more than 600 events. "It's really important that we continue to support our hospitality sector," said the minister. "They were the first hit, they were the hardest hit, and they will take the longest to recover.” MacLeod, who represents the riding of Nepean, also gave a special mention to all the health care professionals and leaders working to keep residents safe. As well, the crowd heard from Aggarwal, a 2019 Order of Ottawa recipient and former winner of an Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, and Anu Sohal, on behalf of the management team. “Honestly, it’s amazing to see everybody in this place,” Sohal told the room. “These are just four walls without the people and energy." Sohal also spoke of the "small, safe strides" that ICC is making to showcase the normal times ahead, with continued adherence to COVID guidelines.

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Construction community hosts convoy of care for CHEO The Ottawa construction industry knows how to dig deep when it comes to helping others. It happily took part in the Construction Community Cares for CHEO celebration outside the regional children’s hospital. The first-time event saw an imposing procession of big shiny trucks, some with flatbed trailers hauling excavating equipment and other machinery, make its way past CHEO. Some young patients watched through the hospital windows, while other kids, both from CHEO and the greater community, gathered with their families along the route. Even CHEO's mascot was behind the wheel of a construction machine that was being carried along. CHEO Foundation president and CEO Kevin Keohane expressed his deep gratitude to the National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA) and Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) for their participation in the event while speaking at a ceremonial cheque presentation held just prior to the drive-by celebration. “Both of you are involved in helping to build the infrastructure and better facilities that allow all of us to live a better life in this community,” said Keohane. “But you do so much more. You take that other step further. That philanthropy and generosity that comes out of the construction industry in


Ottawa is really, really something special, and something for which you don’t get enough credit.” He thanked the associations for the joy they were bringing to the children at CHEO. Besides being sick, the young patients also have to deal with being indoors, away from their schools, families and, in many cases, friends. “For you guys to take the time to rally together to raise money and to bring together something that’s really going to put smiles on the faces of kids … You should be really, really proud.” It was award-winning volunteer fundraiser Paul McCarney, president and CEO of Clean Water Works, who first floated the idea past the NCHCA and OCA to put on a parade-like show of trucks and heavy equipment to coincide with a donation they were making to the hospital. McCarney has served in the past as head of both association boards. “We jumped on it instantly,” said Steve McEachen, board president of the NCHCA and general manager of Aecon Construction Ontario East. “We did a call-out to our members to get people to participate. I think it was in two days that the list was full.” Likewise, it was “a no-brainer” for the OCA, said board chair Ray Shannon, account executive at BrokerLink Canada. One of OCA’s former board chairs, the late Roly Hein,

helped to build Roger Neilson House, a hospice for pediatric palliative care. The facility, which opened in 2006 at CHEO, celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year. It was also at Roger Neilson House where five-year-old Maddy Otto passed away on July 17, 2007, shortly after her tragic diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour. And where her parents, Jeanine and Dean Otto, received subsequent bereavement counselling. The family has since been holding an annual charity gala in Maddy’s memory and in support of Roger Neilson House. The Otto family fell just shy of its cumulative goal of $1 million at its most recent fundraiser in early 2020. McCarney attended that gala. His son Kyle, who works for Inflector Environmental Services, is dating the Ottos’ daughter, Hannah, 21, a fourth-year student at Carleton University. McCarney launched a fundraising campaign with the NCHCA and OCA. They were able to raise $91,000, which was more than enough to help the Ottos reach the $1-million mark they were striving for. Jeanine told how lucky she felt to have such good people in her corner. “I’m so humbled.” The NCHCA and OCA presented the cheque to the CHEO Foundation on Saturday. Also present were OCA president and general manager John DeVries, NCHCA executive director Kathryn Sutherland and Megan Wright, executive director of Roger Neilson House. The weather turned out to be perfect for the construction convoy, with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. “No one rains on a parade like this,” quipped Wright as the event got ready to roll.

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SOCIAL BRIEFS Shepherds of Good Hope adds more supportive housing thanks to largest gift in its history from Singhal family The importance of a roof over one’s head was brought home during the official opening of the Richcraft Hope Residence as soon as it started to rain during the outdoor event. Fortunately, the wetness didn’t last long, nor did it dampen the spirits of all those who gathered Wednesday morning outside Shepherds of Good Hope’s new 42-unit supportive housing building at 765 Montreal Rd. “We’re very happy to finally welcome everyone here,” the non-profit organization’s president and CEO, Deirdre Freiheit, said proudly while speaking to various champions of the underdog and, most importantly, the Singhal family, whose financial contribution was key to making the supportive housing program a reality. The Singhals, who own Richcraft Group of Companies, are longtime philanthropists in Ottawa. Founder Kris Singhal and his wife, Manju, attended with their two daughters, their sonin-laws and their grandchildren, along with their supportive network of friends. “Their compassion toward individuals who are experiencing homelessness and those across our community who are precariously housed led them to provide the largest single gift in the history of Shepherds of Good Hope,” said Freiheit while expressing her heartfelt gratitude to the Singhals. “And Manju has told me many times that she hopes, and her family hopes, that they will inspire others to give as well.” Speaking on behalf of the family was daughter Monica Singhal, who described Shepherds of Good Hope as an organization that’s been dear to her family’s heart since she and her sister Angela Singhal were children. “Our parents instilled in us the importance of giving back to those less fortunate, and that didn’t always mean with a monetary donation,” said Monica. “Sometimes it meant getting up early on weekends, driving to (Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen on) Murray Street, cutting up vegetables and serving lunch to our homeless. It meant meeting and connecting with them and hearing their stories.” She praised the organization for providing care based on empathy and dignity, not judgment.

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100 Men Who Care Ottawa holds outdoor September Social

Guess who woke up one September morning feeling like a million bucks? BGC Ottawa. For the second year in a row, the nonprofit organization is believed to have reached its sevenfigure fundraising goal, following its 12th annual breakfast held today. The event was once again presented by Mark Motors Group but with a friendly new name, The Morning Social. Business and community leaders roused themselves early to support a local charity that gives thousands of atrisk children and youth in our city a safe and supportive place to go after school, where they can have fun, be inspired, learn new skills and hang with friends. Audience listened to heartwarming stories about how BGC Ottawa has positively impacted, even transformed, the lives of its young members. Organizers were still counting donations on Friday afternoon but were feeling confident that the breakfast had raised $1 million. “This is such an impressive milestone, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Adam Joiner, who became CEO of BGC Ottawa just a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is going to help so many kids in our community.” Said board chair Stephen Beckta, owner of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants: “It’s game changing for the organization. Without this, we’d be in a huge deficit for the year. It allows us to keep our life-changing programs happening for our members now that we’re re-open again." Announced during the event was a $300,000 donation made by Michael Wilson, on behalf of him and his family. He's the co-CEO of financial services holding company 1251 Capital Group, as well as a BGC Ottawa board member and passionate supporter.

They’re 100 Men Who Care to actually meet in person again. With more than 80 per cent of Ottawa residents now double vaccinated against COVID-19, members of the charitable social group felt comfortable enough to hold an outdoor get-together. The special evening took place at TD Place in Lansdowne Park, on a spacious patio overlooking the west-end zone of the stadium. The fundraiser was in support of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation and its commitment to help local youth, particularly those from vulnerable communities. The September Social featured recently retired RedBlacks star receiver and fan favourite Brad Sinopoli in a Q&A, followed by a live concert from the JW-Jones Blues Band. 100 Men Who Care Ottawa normally meets four times a year for a couple of hours each time, usually at Trattoria Caffé Italia. Its members spend the first hour socializing and networking over beer and the second hour listening to local charities who've been invited to come and talk about the work that they do in the community. Afterward, each member makes a minimum donation of $100, either to one charity or divided up. After 18 months of having to hold 100 Men meetings virtually, the gathering at TD Place was just what many of its members needed. “This feels really good,” Ron Smith, steering committee chair of 100 Men Who Care Ottawa and a director with Ottawa-based executive search firm Keynote Search, said during his welcome remarks to a crowd of about 100 people, made up of members and their guests. In its seven years, the group has raised $161,000 for more than 70 local charities. The funds have made a difference for so many small grassroots charities, said Smith, while adding that, for the 100 Men members, the philanthropic aspect to the group makes for “a real feel-good" experience. Joining Smith on the committee is Keynote’s chief operating officer, Brad Ezard, as vice chair. Their boss, Keynote Search CEO and co-founder James Baker, was among the business leaders in attendance that night. Also seen were MacEwen Petroleum director Brian Boucher, who co-founded the Ottawa chapter of 100 Men Who Care, and 100 Men committee member Stephen McDermott, who gets credit for getting his award-winning musical friend, JW-Jones, to perform with his band that night.

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BNP Philanthropic Performance makes its mark on the capital Celebrating five years in Ottawa and the Outaouais


his year marks the five-year anniversary of BNP Philanthropic Performance’s move to the capital – a decision that has resulted in new client relationships and several successful community support projects. Following 22 years of helping its more than 800 clients generate over $1.2 billion in funding support, the team at BNP saw an opportunity to expand its presence to the capital to better serve both local and regional Canadian organizations seeking philanthropic guidance. “We felt that our clients needed access to a senior consultant, someone to be present in their own region,” says Marie Claire Morin, vice-president, Ontario and Outaouais at BNP. “Our clients were relying on us to set up an office in Ottawa.” As a rapidly growing city, with a significant not-for-profit sector, opening an Ottawa location – BNP’s fifth office in Canada – was also a strategic move for the firm, which filled a gap for several local organizations. For many of BNP’s clients in the capital, working with the firm was their first time launching a philanthropic initiative and the first time enlisting outside support. BNP – who recently merged with Goldie Canada consulting firm – offers a full range of bilingual services to support its clients’ philanthropic endeavours. Working closely with notfor-profits and partner organizations, the team at BNP assists with fundraising campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, strategic planning, communication needs, foundation set up, charity registration, training, human resources and more. The firm has developed a research service to provide in-depth data on individuals and Canadian companies and their philanthropic policies and giving history. This is an important tool for all fundraising initiatives. “Every organization is important and plays a role in the community,” says Morin. “We can help them thrive.” BNP advises clients on government grant processes and helps them understand the

Marie Claire Morin, vice-president, Ontario and Outaouais at BNP and Adya Afanou, a consultant at BNP.

legislation on philanthropy. It also helps organizations obtain grants for education, health, municipalities and arts and culture. BNP supports its clients through mentorship and coaching and assists with recruitment. The team also provides counsel on IT needs when applicable. If there’s a need they can’t provide a solution to on their own, BNP relies on its vast connections and partnerships with experts in the community to get the job done. In addition to its philanthropic services, BNP is focused on remaining relevant and attuned to social issues in a changing society, focusing on the needs of the diverse communities it serves and their priorities. “Integrating the ideals of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility is a challenge for many organizations,” says Adya Afanou, a consultant at BNP. “However the tools exist, and studies show that investing to sustainably implement such changes will bear fruit with healthier organizations; happier and more efficient teams; beneficiaries, donors and volunteers who feel recognized and valued.” Joining the BNP family From small startups to large organizations, BNP helps clients achieve their philanthropic goals, from annual giving to transformative gifts.

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By carefully analyzing the feasibility of a client’s campaign, BNP can establish where their help is needed and ensure optimal results. “We’re building a family of successful philanthropic organizations,” says Morin. “We can make them better and stronger in the best possible way.” BNP’s team of experienced leaders is also critical to client success.

Morin herself has spent more than 30 years working in the philanthropic sector – executing fundraising campaigns, dedicating her time to various sectors including the arts, education, and humanitarian causes as well as helping found the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. “I want to give back to the community and transfer my knowledge and expertise about philanthropy,” she says, now entering her sixth year with the company. “BNP will help clients develop or improve their fundraising capabilities by ensuring they are fully autonomous and able to sustain their income generation.” BNP serves a wide variety of clients in all fields including education, health, the arts, sports, humanitarian and social causes. The team at BNP Philanthropic Performance has consultants who have experience sitting in the very same chairs that their clients are in now. “We’ve built our careers on the passion and interest we have in supporting our communities, and now we’re on the other side of the table, as counsel,” she adds. The difference is in the results In 2016, BNP began working with the Gatineau Health Foundation to augment its fundraising abilities and ensure maximum returns on its campaigns. “You want to have people on board to understand the difference between marketing and fundraising work,” says Jean Pigeon, executive director of the Gatineau Health Foundation, who has worked closely with the BNP team. “BNP is very respectful of who they’re working with. They listen and understand before giving comments or making judgements. They’re not there to call the shots, they’re there to guide you through the decisionmaking process.” To fully understand the needs of the Gatineau Health Foundation, the BNP team ran diagnostic reports and set out to create a comprehensive, multi-year strategic fundraising plan. The result was “a clear path of what we wanted to provide as an organization for everyone involved, including stakeholders, volunteers and employees.” At the end of the day, BNP provides results, says Pigeon, which has helped the foundation see better campaign outcomes year after year. “Teams like BNP are very important to have for support in strategic planning or specific fundraising strategies,” says Pigeon. “Their experience is a gold mine for anyone working in fundraising.”



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End of a fundraising era at CHEO BY CAROLINE MURRAY


e can’t speak to sports and politics but when it comes to fundraising executives, nice guys like Kevin Keohane really do finish first. For 20 years, Keohane has been raising money for the charitable arm of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. But, come Dec. 31st, Keohane is retiring after nine years as president and chief executive of CHEO Foundation. “It’s been the most remarkable, the most rewarding experience of my life,” said Keohane, 60. “I literally feel lucky every day when I realize that I’m working as part of something that’s so much bigger than any of us. We’re working together to try and improve the lives of kids and families, many of whom live through difficult days, every day.” Keohane considers luck a common theme in his life, beginning with his idyllic childhood. He grew up in Ottawa’s Brittania Heights, where one set of grandparents lived beside his family home and his other grandmother behind, where all the kids from school would play hockey in their homemade backyard rink. “The snowbanks looked like a fortress with all the hockey sticks in them,” he said. Keohane was born the seventh of eight children, all of whom cottage together in West Quebec’s Norway Bay. His father, Brian, became a director at Revenue Canada while his mother, Enid, went back to work once her large brood was old enough. Not only was she a high school teacher but she also took night classes, graduating cum laude from the University of Ottawa. As a young man, Keohane balanced his job in the circulation department of the Ottawa Citizen with earning a degree in mass communications from Carleton University. He later moved to sales and marketing, where he really found his groove, working with such community leaders as Russell Mills, Jim Orban and Peter O’Leary. “The one thing that’s been consistent throughout my career is that I’ve worked with amazing people,” said Keohane, who says he learned by watching and listening to the smartest, most capable people in the room. “They were always very giving of their time and their expertise to help me along the way.” In 2001, Keohane joined the CHEO Foundation as vice-president of development and corporate relations. He took over from Dave Ready, who’d gone on to lead the Ottawa Senators Foundation. “It was the luckiest move,” said Keohane. There he goes, talking about luck again. Keohane had formed a strong relationship with the pediatric health care and research hospital while working as the Ottawa Citizen’s point person for sponsorship and promotion opportunities. CHEO had also saved his son’s life five years earlier. Neil, now 24, was rushed to the NICU after being born nine weeks early. Daughter Kelsey, now 30, was also a frequent visitor for childhood asthma. Keohane and his wife, Colleen, witnessed the community’s vital role, from the volunteers to the specialized equipment, programs and research funded by private citizens. “It’s what made the decision to go work at CHEO an easy one for me, even though I loved what I was doing at

“I just think you need to find something that you’re passionate about and then you have to do what you would do with any other job. You need to work hard, you need to treat people with respect, and you need to work as part of a team.” — KEVIN KEOHANE the time,” he said. In late 2012, Keohane was promoted from COO to CEO, after Fred Bartlett retired. He was now in charge of fundraising for a hospital that, in his mind, belonged to the community. It was the public — mostly moms and grandmothers — who’d successfully campaigned to have the hospital built. They were tired of seeing kids transported to Toronto or Montreal for acute care. CHEO opened on Smyth Road in May 1974. While fundraising for a universally loved hospital sounds easy, there’s a false perception that everyone gives to CHEO and, therefore, it gets enough donations, said Keohane. CHEO enjoys tremendous grassroots support but doesn’t receive as many large donations from individuals, compared to adult healthcare organizations, so it needs to rely more heavily a higher number of smaller donors. Its beneficiaries — sick kids and their young parents — don’t typically have that kind of money. “For that, we need to rely on the rest of the community,” said Keohane of why activities such as the CHEO Dream of a

Lifetime Lottery and checkout lane donations make such a difference. “Those things add up and, collectively, the community is providing us with support that enables us to improve kids' lives in ways that are too many to count.” In 2001, when Keohane joined the CHEO Foundation, it pulled in $12 million in revenue from different funding sources. By 2020, that number was up to $44 million. “The community raised that money, the community did it,” said Keohane. There would be no CHEO Foundation, said Keohane, if not for the donors, corporate sponsors, third-party event organizers and volunteers. “They’re the ones who make it happen. Those aren’t just words or a nice, polite thing to say; it’s absolutely the truth,” he said. “My job has always been to try and make sure that people feel the pride that they deserve for having the kindness and generosity to commit themselves to doing something that’s going to help kids and families that they likely will never meet.” The secret to good fundraising, he said, starts with believing in the cause. “It’s about sharing challenges that organizations and people face and outlining for people how their support can help bring about better circumstances for the people who are affected. “I just think you need to find something that you’re passionate about and then you have to do what you would do with any other job. You need to work hard, you need to treat people with respect, and you need to work as part of a team.” When Keohane steps away from his role, he will be thinking about all the former patients who have touched him deeply, and who continue to make a difference. The CHEO Foundation supports CHEO, the CHEO Research Institute and Roger Neilson House. “I have met a number of children who are no longer with us. Some of those kids have left such an impact on me, not because of the fact that they died but because of the way that they lived. “They were not unaware that they weren’t going to make it; they were aware. But, they had maturity and strength and determination. If you think you’re having a bad day or you think you have any reason to feel sorry for yourself, you only have to look to those kids who never felt sorry for themselves. Ever. “They were always committed to trying to make sure life was better for other kids and they continue to inspire the work that goes on at CHEO today.” Keohane said he’s grateful to have worked with hospital CEO Alex Munter, CHEO Research Institute CEO and scientific director Dr. Jason Berman and his predecessor, Dr. Martin Osmond, calling them “great leaders” with a common vision. A good workplace is built by people who move in the same direction and, at CHEO, that includes everyone from the executives to the doctors and nurses to the staff in the cafeteria, said Keohane. “None of the things that get accomplished at CHEO are ever the result of any one individual. It’s so many people working together, in different ways.” Keohane’s decision to retire is influenced by a couple of factors. It’s not lost on him that he’s turning 61, the age his father was when he passed away. As well, he believes it’s time for fresh leadership as the hospital embarks on a 30-year plan to renovate and rebuild the aging facility. “Whenever my successor is announced, I will be behind that person 100 per cent and helping to make sure that their transition into the role is as easy as possible, and that they feel as well supported by our team as I was when I was lucky enough to come into the job.” And there’s that word again: luck.

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Manjit Basi, board chair, Telus Ottawa Community Board, RBC Foundation/Telus

How to engage the country's largest donors BY CAROLINE MURRAY


hen you run a grassroots charity, financial contributions can make the difference between wanting to help people and actually being able to. The $20,000 grant awarded late last year to Serenity Renewal for Families by the Telus Friendly Future Foundation, through the Telus Ottawa Community Board, allowed the small organization to continue offering counselling and mental health workshops during the pandemic, using a virtual format. The funds ended up helping more than 150 low-income individuals and families affected by addiction issues. Finding a way to engage with one of the country’s largest donors made all the difference for those who rely on it for key services. It’s a lesson many smaller charities could benefit from learning. “For an organization with no sustained government funding and a shoestring budget, the $20,000 had an incredible impact,” said Serenity Renewal’s executive director Neil Leslie. “It meant we didn’t have to turn anyone away.” The Telus board in Ottawa gives out $400,000 each year in grants to registered Canadian charitable organizations. Cumulatively, it’s contributed $7-million to 500-plus projects in the Ottawa region alone since 2005, when Telus launched 13 boards in communities across Canada. “Telus truly believes that doing good in the community and doing well in business are mutually inclusive,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director of the Telus Friendly Future Foundation. The funding comes from the foundation, which was created through a $120-million endowment created from the Vancouver-based telecommunications corporation. A diverse group of Ottawa business and civic-minded leaders, chaired by the community builder Manjit Basi, collaborate with a small group of Telus employees to make


decisions that will impact their community. They meet several times a year to assess and approve applications for grants of up to $20,000. Of particular interest to the Telus Community Boards are local charities that offer community-based health, education or technology programs that help marginalized youth. Many of the beneficiaries are grassroots charities that might fly under the radar of other funding sources. Telus also assigns a community investment manager to assist charities in the grant application process. “Some funders look for a way to say no to charities that apply, we look for a way to say yes,” said Spencer-Brown. Organizations with projects of a provincial or national scope can also apply for funding of up to $200,000 through the Telus Friendly Future Foundation’s national grants. RBC Royal Bank is not only one of the biggest banks in the country but also one of the largest in the world. It invests one per cent of its net profits, globally, back into the communities where its employees live and work through RBC Foundation. In Ottawa, that adds up to roughly $2-million-worth of charitable gifts each year. “We believe we have a corporate responsibility to give back where we work and live,” said Glenn Sheen, regional director of marketing and citizenship for RBC. “Yes, we are a successful company. Yes, we provide returns to our shareholders, but our mission statement is about helping clients thrive and communities prosper.” The priorities of RBC Foundation are to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, protect the environment when it comes to climate change and clean water, help emerging artists thrive, and support mental well-being programs that help youth reach their full potential. “In all of those pillars we do look at the intersectionality of marginalized, racialized and underserved populations, whether that’s socio-economic, race based, gender based or sexuality based,” said Sheen. “It’s about giving all people equal access to the programs that are going to help.”

Regional president Marjolaine Hudon, with Dr. Jacline Nyman (right) vice president, external relations, uOttawa. RBC Foundation gifts range from $5,000 up to the $1.5-million donation it made to CHEO in 2020 to improve access to youth mental health in the community. Some of its other local beneficiaries include the Ottawa Art Gallery, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Riverkeeper. Sheen manages the majority of the gifts, along with his colleague, Derek Farrow, regional manager of corporate citizenship and social impact. For larger donations, regional president Marjolaine Hudon is involved in the decision-making process. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the RBC Foundation, as well as the Telus community boards, responded to the needs of local charities desperate for assistance. RBC employees, of which there are about 1,800 in the region, also look for opportunities to get involved in the community and to use their expertise to mentor youth or to volunteer on boards, said Sheen. “We try to build relationships, to support the not-for-profit ecosystem with more than just money. “There’s not a lot of corporations that have the size and scope and breadth that we do. We can effect societal change. Money is one way of doing it, obviously, but by showing up, by talking about issues, by putting our money where our mouth is and getting our people involved, we believe we can make a difference on those key issues facing society today.”

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ne of the best parts about being a professional fundraiser is having the opportunity to connect with loyal donors while piquing the interest of




new ones. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging to exchange the ENT DM I A kind of warm smiles and friendly M handshakes that come with EL attending a charity breakfast or gala dinner. Instead, fundraising professionals have had to rely on video conference meetings, emails or good oldfashioned phone calls to have those one-on-one conversations. “It’s been really tough because this world typically revolves around events in the community,” said Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation president and CEO Michael Maidment. “Normally, I see donors at events, get introduced to new people at events. None of that is happening.” Many professional fundraisers, including Maidment, have been restricted to contactless forms of communication that require a more intentional and strategic approach.



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“I’m a Newfoundlander, right, so meeting people is kind of in my DNA,” he explained. “I think there’s something you gain when you meet someone in person. There’s the nonverbal cues and the body language. Personally, I get energy from meeting with people, and that’s missing when you meet in a virtual way.” These days, most residents are double N RMA vaccinated against COVID-19. As a GO ON result, professional fundraisers N N are gradually reaching out to donors to see whether they’re comfortable to safely meet in person again. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to that in-person fundraising, where you can build that trust a little quicker than on the phone or over a Zoom meeting,” said Shannon Gorman, president and CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. “I love being around people.” While video teleconferencing has G IN been useful, it will never replace LA the joy of face-to-face communication, she said. “Zoom was kind of a novelty at first; people connected with their families and read bedtime stories to their grandchildren but, very quickly, you realized if you didn’t have an extroverted personality it was not comfortable to sit across somebody on camera,” she said. QCH Foundation came up with several ways to reach out to donors when social gatherings were severely restricted. It started a Happy Hour Friday, when it would personally call donors to thank them for their support and to check up on how they were doing. The Foundation also invited donors to participate in a virtual COVID-19 town hall with hospital president and CEO Andrew Falconer and Colette Ouellet, director of infection, prevention and control. As well, the Foundation has QCH ambassadors, made up of community and business leaders, to help spread the word and drum up support. The QCH Foundation has enjoyed an increase in revenues due to an outpouring of support from the public during COVID-19. “The pandemic did shine a light on health care and on our incredible frontline workers, and really bolstered our fundraising efforts,” said Gorman. The nonprofit organization saw its number of firsttime donors rise by an all-time high of 56 per cent. “There have been some incredible people approaching us,” said Gorman.

Lianne Laing was introduced to the world of fundraising during the pandemic, taking over as executive director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation several months into the global crisis. “It was interesting for me because I started this job not knowing any different,” said Laing of her inability to meet donors in person. “This has been the normal for me, but I want to be in front of people; I want to be able to have those conversations.” The most challenging part, she said, is not being able to tour donors around the Heart Institute’s world-class facility, where they can see the work that’s happening behind the scenes, check out the innovative technology, meet the physicians and see their name up on a wall plaque. “That’s all been taken away,” she said. The UOHI Foundation has also seen its number of new donors go up “by a significant amount,” said Laing, who attributes the increase to the Foundation’s month-long Hunt for Hearts outdoor scavenger hunt and nation-wide JUMP In for Women Heart Health fitness challenge. They both reached larger audiences and were interactive, engaging and educational. “By focusing on how to build brand awareness, how to get the messaging out, how to reach new people, we’ve actually increased our amount of donors,” she said. Some donors are now interested in meeting in person again, said Laing, who’s been conducting meetings outside, on driveways and porches. “It’s really about understanding their comfort level. We’re slowly starting to ask the question, ‘Do you want to meet in person?’” she said. “I’m so excited that people are starting to relax a bit and say, ‘Yes, let’s meet in person’.”

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Shelter Movers has seen an increased demand for its services and would like to broaden its geographic reach.

As the pandemic drags on, the need for funding increases BY CAROLINE MURRAY


iolence against women has been on the rise throughout the pandemic, which means Shelter Movers, a national charitable organization with a chapter in Ottawa, has been handling a record number of requests to help victims relocate to a safe environment. “It’s been busy,” said Wendy Mitchell, director of Shelter Movers Ottawa, which provides free moving and storage services for women fleeing violence. Founded in October 2017, it took the volunteer-based organization a little longer than three years to reach its 500 move milestone in December 2020. Less than 12 months later, it completed another 250 moves, working by referral only with its community partners and agencies. Social isolation and economic hardships have both been factors driving the increase of domestic violence, said Mitchell, adding that the organization has seen a spike in requests for services from victims, not so much during the lockdowns but after they’re over. “Everytime the isolation rules eased, we saw an increase, because they had no way or no respite or no time to be able to figure out how to flee when they were stuck in the house and weren’t allowed to go anywhere,” she said. Shelter Movers Ottawa relies on volunteers. It has 350 of them. Mitchell has recently hired a part-time operations


manager and volunteer services manager. Before, it was just her. “We have a pretty incredible team,” said Mitchell of the staff and volunteers’ ability to handle each situation as it comes up. “We have lots of conversations, talking with our referral partners and figuring out how we can help.” The organization would like to branch out to rural areas, where there are fewer social services available. It also continues to work with neighbouring Shelter Movers chapters to help women relocate to such nearby cities as Montreal and Toronto. The organization has benefited from a rapid response grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation, as well as support from the City of Ottawa through its social services relief fund backed by senior levels of government. Meanwhile, the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region has seen its share of pandemic pandemonium. There were days, earlier on, when phones were figuratively ringing off the hook. In a normal year, the call centre answers about 50,000 calls. “This year, we’re looking at between 65,000 and 70,000,” said executive director Charles Laframboise. Calls are predominantly answered by trained volunteer responders who receive support by paid staff. Due to COVID-related public health restrictions, the organization introduced new technology and training so that calls could be rerouted to the responders’ homes. “It’s been tough, it’s been challenging,” said Laframboise. “When you’re moving so quickly to introduce new

technology, there are going to be bumps along the way. We had to make some adjustments throughout but, overall, more calls than ever have been answered and it’s been a great effort, not just from our staff but also our responders.” The centre has also worked with other nonprofit organizations focused on issues surrounding mental health and substance use to develop virtual counselling sessions. “If there was a need for a client to get additional help, we could refer them to organizations or agencies in town that were offering mental health and addiction counselling by phone or Zoom meetings,” Laframboise said. The centre has some responders who have asked to work out of the call centre again, and is planning to adopt a hybrid model of managing calls from home and from the centre in early 2022. The number of volunteers grew during the pandemic, given that the nature of the work is contactless, said Laframboise. “We had a much higher number of applications for volunteering than we’ve ever had,” he said. Grants from United Way East Ontario and the Ottawa Community Foundation, as well as public donations, all helped the Distress Centre adapt to the changing and challenging world around it, said Laframboise. “We put out some calls for some financial help and the community responded big time,” he said. We’re truly humbled by the response that we’ve had.”

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CHARITY PROFILES SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE FOUNDATION...................................18 CHILDREN'S AID FOUNDATION OF OTTAWA.................................. 20 UNITARIAN HOUSE OF OTTAWA...................................................... 22 SHELTER MOVERS OTTAWA............................................................. 24 OUTCARE FOUNDATION................................................................... 26 OTTAWA VALLEY WILD BIRD CARE CENTRE.................................. 28 YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU..............................................................30 YMCA-YWCA OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION....................... 32 PERLEY HEALTH FOUNDATION....................................................... 34 BGC OTTAWA.....................................................................................36 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF OTTAWA......................................38 CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY (CPAWS)............40 OTTAWA HUMANE SOCIETY............................................................ 42 FONDATION BRUYÈRE FOUNDATION.............................................44 CAUSEWAY WORK CENTRE.............................................................46 OTTAWA NETWORK FOR EDUCATION............................................48 MONTFORT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.............................................50 THE DEMENTIA SOCIETY OF OTTAWA AND RENFREW COUNTY.... 52 THE OTTAWA MISSION..................................................................... 54 MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA............................................................. 56 OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART / ÉCOLE D'ART D'OTTAWA................... 58 UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION.........60 DAVE SMITH YOUTH TREATEMENT CENTRE.................................. 62 THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION..........................................64 SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL.................................................................66 CATHOLIC CENTRE FOR IMMIGRANTS FOUNDATION..................68 OTTAWA REGIONAL CANCER FOUNDATION.................................. 70

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MEET SUZANNE When Suzanne worked as a social worker for the city, she used to refer people to Shepherds of Good Hope. She never imagined she would end up here herself! She was evicted from her retirement residence after experiencing a medical emergency. She then found herself at Shepherds of Good Hope’s shelter at 71-years-old. She needed a walker to get around. She had no home and no hope. Thanks to the support of people like you, we found Suzanne a place of her own in our new supportive housing residence on Montreal Road. Today, she is happy, healthy, and has a community to call her own.




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What we do Shepherds of Good Hope is one of the largest not-forprofit organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed people of all genders in the city of Ottawa. Our vision is to provide homes for all, community for all, hope for all. We foster hope and reduce harm in Ottawa by providing around-the-clock specialized services, programs and partnerships. Many of the people who access Shepherds of Good Hope’s programs and services face challenges with mental health, addictions and trauma. Shepherds of Good Hope operates five, soon to be seven, supportive housing residences in four locations

233 Murray St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5M9 613-789-8210 Year founded: 1983 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $14,545,644 Twitter: @sghottawa Facebook: /sghottawa Instagram: @sghottawa

across our city. We also operate a community kitchen and drop-in program, health and wellness services, police and paramedic diversion programming, and an emergency shelter for people of all genders. By the end of 2022, we will house more people in permanent supportive housing than we shelter each night for the first time in Shepherds of Good Hope’s history. Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation is dedicated to ethical fundraising and sustainable financial management. We support the work of Shepherds of Good Hope through ethical, donor-centred fundraising, and to ensure sustainable financial management of the organization. The Foundation is responsible for all of Shepherds’ fundraising activities, including direct mail appeals, online donations, events and grant submissions.


How you can help GIVE Deirdre Freiheit President and CEO

Ryan Kilger Chair

BOARD MEMBERS SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE Tom Burrow, Chair Catherine Danbrook, Vice-Chair Robin Sellar, Treasurer John Peters Terry Blake Laurel Johnson Steve Ball Chantal Desmarais Barton Donna Lougheed Julie Terrien Darryl Squires Louisa Ibhaze

SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE FOUNDATION Ryan Kilger, Chair Mark Roundell, Vice-Chair Kaveh Rikhtegar, Treasurer John Peters David Rattray Wendy Hope Carrol Pitters


FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES • Supportive housing • Harm reduction • Emergency shelter services

By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are transforming the lives of people of all genders who are experiencing homelessness, many of whom live with mental health challenges, addictions, and trauma. Your investment in our community will help people experiencing homelessness and people who are at risk of homelessness by directly supporting much-needed programs and services that make a difference every day. Programs like our internationally-renowned Managed Alcohol Program and Supervised Consumption and Treatment Service save lives in our community by reversing overdoses and helping people with substance use disorders find hope again. Our Transitional Emergency Shelter Program serves individuals who need specialized health care in a non-judgemental and caring environment. This reduces hospital emergency room wait times, frees up first responder personnel’s time, and provides more tailored care for the individual. By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are helping to make chronic homelessness a thing of the past as we build permanent supportive housing and move people out of shelters and into homes of their own. Without your support, none of these innovative programs would be possible. Please donate today!

VOLUNTEER Every day, Shepherds of Good Hope volunteers make positive contributions all across our city, and show people experiencing homelessness and vulnerablyhoused adults in our community that people care. Find the right spot for you. We offer volunteering opportunities across our city at supportive housing residences in Kanata, Carlington, Lowertown, and Rideau-Rockcliffe. We also offer soup kitchen volunteering shifts in our Murray Street community kitchen. You can explore our year-round and seasonal volunteering by going to our website to apply and learn more.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING There are many ways to support Shepherds of Good Hope throughout the year via our community events! We are excited to bring back our signature event, Taste for Hope, in 2022. This is the foodie event of the season bringing together Ottawa’s top chefs as they prepare exquisite dishes for you to enjoy with craft beer, wine, and cocktails all under one roof. All proceeds support our programs and services at Shepherds of Good Hope. This year, we were proud to put on our first ever virtual concert, Sing for Hope. With the support of 11 musicians from across our city (and a few residents

in our supportive housing facilities), we created a new version of the iconic Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun,” filmed in notable locations across the city. We also hosted our first virtual telethon, Jingle for Hope, over the holiday season. We are happy to announce that Gobble for Hope and Hop for Hope, our food box programs cooked by local celebrity chefs and delivered right to your door will be available again this year over Thanksgiving and Easter, respectively. Stay tuned for more innovative events from Shepherds of Good Hope over the coming year!

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ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES The Dare to Dream Bursary helps youth in care reach their dream of post-secondary education

This bursary gave me more than just money —it helped me beat the odds and show that those in and from foster care can be extraordinary, too! - Joan, former youth in care

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What we do The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFO) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children, youth, and families supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO). The generous support of business executives in Ottawa helps inspire children and youth supported by CASO to become who they dream to be. The support of donors has never been more important. COVID-19 has created additional stress for families supported by CASO. Many parents

1602 Telesat Court Ottawa, ON K1B 1B1 613-745-1893

continue to struggle to keep their children engaged in school and active at home while working hard to provide for their families. Youth are finding it more challenging to pay for the education they need to pursue their professional goals. Ottawa youth supported by CASO can access the Dare to Dream Bursary which helps them develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the careers they want. Over the past 20 years, more than $2-million has been raised to provided nearly 1,000 bursaries to youth in care.


Year founded: 1988 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,488,373 Twitter: @CAFOttawa Facebook: /CAFOttawa Instagram: @CAFOttawa


Annual Funding Priorities • Dare to Dream Bursary (40-50 youth supported annually) • Camp for Kids (200 children annually) • Cookie Jar (300 children annually) • G.P.S. Connect (20 youth annually)

Walter Noble Executive Director

Rob De Toni Chair of Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS Anna Lynch Vice-Chair Vice-President, Analytics GHGSat Inc. John P. Haralovich Treasurer Partner & Senior VicePresident MNP LLP Shail Paliwal Secretary Co-Founder & CEO 3Leaf Michael Beaucage Director of Sales and Marketing Design Filtration Microzone Inc. Laura-Lee Brenneman Director, Growth & Transition Capital Business Development Bank of Canada Darlene H. Carreau Chief Administrator Courts Administration Service Government of Canada

Jayna Carter Ex Officio* Manager, QA & Organizational Development Children's Aid Society of Ottawa Jim Carty Real Estate Broker Zinati Realty Carole Chouinard Partner Gowling WLG Dan Fallon Consultant Employment and Social Development Canada Philip Lapin Partner Smart & Bigger Jessica Robson Manager, Cash Management TD Commercial Banking Mairi Thomson Director of Marketing Relogix


How you can help GIVE Donations and sponsorships to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa provide much needed support to ensure a safe home for families. The Covid-19 pandemic provided perspective into which areas need more support. We continue to adapt available programs based on these growing needs. Dare to Dream Bursary: Helps current and former youth in care access a post-secondary education by providing funds towards tuition fees to attend college, university, vocational, or trade school. Camp for Kids: Camps give children the opportunity to make connections with new friends, their culture, and their community. Some of these connections are lost when families are focusing on overcoming issues like mental health challenges, addictions, and poverty. Camp for Kids provides children in Ottawa the opportunity to create positive memories and lasting friendships. Cookie Jar: Many families supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa face complex challenges and have difficulty affording essential items to provide a safe environment for their children. The Cookie Jar provides children with items like a clean bed to sleep in, a new stroller to travel in, or the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. G.P.S. Connect: Youth transitioning out of foster care are partnered with a mentor in the youth’s life. Their mentor guides the youth through a nervewracking and difficult time in their life as they learn about independent living, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, education, employment, and mental health and well-being.

A thank-you drawing from Kaleb, who attended summer camp and learned how to swim.



Each May, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa hosts a wine-paired gourmet dinner at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International that is attended by over 100 senior business executives to raise funds for bursaries, camps, etc. During the Covid-19 pandemic, guests had their meals and wine delivered to their homes to experience the first ever Salut! at Home.

GOLF TOURNAMENT The annual golf tournament is held each September where more than 100 business executives across Ottawa join forces to raise funds to help children and youth supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.

WORLD TRIVIA NIGHT 1,500 people come together at the EY Centre each November to play live trivia and raise essential funds for children and youth in Ottawa. For the past two years, players were quizzed safely from their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Full details at

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It’s called Retirement Living for a reason… Unitarian House of Ottawa’s donor-driven Financial Assistance programs offer peace-of-mind to members of our community, allowing them to focus on what’s really important… Life!

For more information on how your contributions help support our Financial Assistance programs visit Ottawa Business Journal


What we do Unitarian House is Ottawa’s not-for-profit Retirement Home and Senior Apartments. With 45 Retirement Suites and 67 Independent Living Apartments. Our residents enjoy the peace of mind of affordable housing in a warm, caring and community-minded environment. 20 Cleary Avenue Ottawa, ON K2A 3Z9

The main reason why our community is so connected, is our volunteers! We rely on our wonderful volunteers to man our front desk on evenings and weekends, assist with special events and activities, drive our van for outings and appointments, and offer companionship.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1984 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $849,152 Facebook: /UnitarianHouse


Funding priorities

Mélanie Lefebvre CEO

Merle Bolick Board President

Our main priorities each donation year are our Retirement Living Assistance Fund and our Rent Geared to Income program. These funds allow us to offer financial assistance to the residents on both the Retirement Floor and in the Independent Living Apartments. Meaning, that they can remain here, at home, should they fall on financial hardships or outlive their financial resources. We are also encouraging donations geared towards our Retirement Living Floor and Activities funds to help support the need for the modernization of our activities with senior-friendly tablets and technology-based programs.

BOARD MEMBERS Merle Bolick Board President

Janet Bradley Governor

Pam Garner Vice President

Janice Gray Governor

Anne Arnott Secretary

Ross McIntyre Governor

Walter Nibogie Treasurer

Rhodena MacDonald Governor

Trevor Shannon Deputy Treasurer

Shannon Martin Governor

Bruce Grant Governor

Blair Erskine Church Liaison

Brian Castledine Governor

Mo Gabe Residents' Association


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Donations & financial contributions are what make Unitarian House possible! To make a one time gift, become a monthly donor, or sponsor an upcoming project call Susan Faith, our Administrative Manager at 613-722-6690 extension 234 or visit

Volunteers are our lifeblood! Without them many of the activities, special events and programs available to our residents wouldn’t be possible. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, reach out to Jennifer Brierley our Activities & Volunteer Coordinator at 613-722-6690 extension 224

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING Like most charitable organizations the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone or cancel the majority of our Fundraising Events for the past two years. In September 2021, we participated in the inaugural year of The Grand Parade here in Ottawa. A fundraising walk, in support of Senior focused charities across Canada, and are already planning the 2022 event!

Just in time for the Holiday season, we have Resident designed Holiday Cards available! A package of 12 cards sells for $15 with proceeds directed to the Retirement Living Unit Assistance Fund. Moving forward, we can’t wait to reintroduce our much-loved Fall Fair – a community rummage sale featuring books, toys, vintage treasures & clothing, and a revamped Annual Gala with live entertainment, plated dinner and silent auction, as soon as we can!




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Shelter Movers Ottawa is a volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.


110 Didsbury Rd Kanata ON K2T 0C2 1-855-203-6252 ext. 2 Year founded: 2017 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $184,860 Twitter: @smottawa Facebook: @sheltermoversottawa Instagram: @sheltermoversottawa


How you can help

Fundraising priorities


• Rural Outreach to serve communities from Brockville to Cornwall • Deeper roots into the diverse populations experiencing gender-based violence (2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous) • Exploration of a 24hr response team

Your donation helps survivors get a fresh start at a new life. It's through your support that we are able to train volunteers to facilitate life-changing work. Your donation means children can fall asleep knowing they are in a safe home. A $200 donation covers the true cost of one move including vehicle rentals, fuel, insurance, packing supplies, storage and volunteer training. Since we began our services in Ottawa, we've moved more than 750 survivors to safety.

VOLUNTEER Wendy Mitchell Marc Hull Jacquin Chapter Director (Ottawa) Founder & CEO (National)

BOARD MEMBERS Vicky Sage Co-board chair

Natalie Stuart Board Member

Trish Yeung Board Member

Amanda Liscio Co-treasurer

Kelsey Rutherford Board Member

Evan Risko Board Member

Danielle Muise Secretary

Danielle Adler Board Member

Gabrielle Peacock Board Member

Aneta Filiciak Board Member

Annita Lala Board Member

Reema Chheda Treasurer

Peter Obradovich Board Member


Create a lasting, positive change in your community. Join our incredible community of volunteers and start having an immediate, lasting impact on the lives of people living in your city. Give back, make friends, learn new skills and help shape the future of Shelter Movers Ottawa. Current opportunities include mover/driver, intake/move co-ordinator, marketing and communications support and fundraising.

Volunteers hard at work

Women helping women

Volunteer unloading belongings of survivor and her children

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING Our Mother's Day campaign each year focuses on celebrating and supporting the moms who are also survivors of gender-based violence. This fundraising campaign encourages donors to make a contribution in honour of their mother for other mothers. The campaign runs the first 2 weeks of May each year.

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What we do The OutCare Foundation is driven to fund palliative care initiatives because we have seen first hand how quality care improves the lives of families, individuals and communities. We are here to make sure anyone living with a serious illness has options. 214 - 720 Belfast Road Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 2001 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $111,897 Twitter: @OutCareTweets Facebook: /outcarefoundation Instagram: @outcarefoundation


How you can help GIVE Funding support is focused on hospice in-home and day programs. The pandemic brought unexpected needs and requirements - steam cleaners and equipment for a lending cupboard, comfort kits for patients at home, in-home programming for children in care and their parents, equipment to connect virtually with clients, bursaries for volunteer & staff training.


Christine Irvine Board chair & Treasurer

They should have access to specialized, patient centered care that treats the symptoms and the stress of living with a serious illness - at any stage or any age - because all of our families deserve nothing less.

Jennifer Cass Program manager

We have open positions on our board and would welcome anyone interested in supporting palliative care in our community to reach out. We also welcome those who like to plan and organize to participate with us in the planning and delivery of our events.

DONATION WISHLIST We are working with the hospices in our network to address their changing needs during this unprecedented time. In-home programming has been challenging during the pandemic. Funding for programs that support in-home programs - bursaries for training, walkers for a lending cupboard, comfort kits for patients at home, in-home programming for children in care & their parents, equipment to connect virtually with clients.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING BOARD MEMBERS Michael Sangster Vice chair Linda Bruce Secretary Linda McCallum Past chair

Tamara Deines James R. Nininger Eric Kalbfleisch Andy Lonie

Alison Bouchier

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Eastern Ontario - the Champlain Health Region

FUNDING PRIORITIES In-home palliative care programs delivered through our hospice network. We also support hospice day programs that provide an opportunity for socializing and activities for patients as well as the much needed respite for the caregivers.

• Our major fundraising event is the annual Black Tie Bingo which offers the truly unique and enjoyable experience of playing exciting bingo games in an elegant gala setting. The 2021 edition of the event will be a virtual event with a dinner in-a-box. We look forward to Nov. 12, 2022 when we hope to be able to gather again and play some bingo. • Awesome Auction online auction. Fall and spring editions feature a curated list of items. We invite our hospice partners to participate. All proceeds from the items provided by the hospices go directly back to the hospices. This has allowed hospices to fundraise locally and to raise awareness for their programming.

Major donations OutCare worked with the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program to obtain a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation to adapt their practical caregiver training course to an online format. The new format allows organizations to run this important training right in their

communities. The expanded reach means that more friends and families will be supported in their caregiving journey. ADDITIONAL INFO The pandemic has highlighted the need for in-home options for palliative patients. Familiar settings with loved ones is more important than ever. Over the past decade, demand for in-home palliative care in our community has changed. A Health Canada study has identified: • The majority (75%) of the population prefer to spend their final days in the comfort of their homes. • Only 15% of people receive palliative specific home care in their final month of life. • The number of people over the age of 80 will double by 2036. Our region has only 62 residential hospice beds (in 8 locations) and one dedicated 31-bed sub-acute palliative care unit (Bruyère) for a total of 93 palliative care beds to serve a region of more than 1.3-million people.

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ACT NOW FOR WILD BIRDS • Help Build a Dedicated Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre • Give Birds a Second Chance at Life Back in the Wild • Save the Birds of Today & Tomorrow

“Conservation begins with one small act of kindness, the saving of one life. Each bird’s life matters, now more than ever before. We want to ensure that birds in need of care will be given a second chance at life, now, and for generations to come.” - Juliette Marczuk, Chair

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What we do Celebrating 40 years, the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre is the only rehabilitation centre exclusively dedicated to wild birds in the region. Open for bird admissions 365 days a year, the Centre treats more than 4,000 birds annually, including over 175 different species, many of which are endangered or threatened.

C-822 Cedarview Road Nepean, On. K2R 1J1 Year founded: 1981 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $587,158 Facebook: /WildBirdCareCentre Instagram: @WildBirdCareCentre Twitter: @WildBirdOttawa

Our mission is to assess, treat, and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds for the purpose of releasing them back into their natural habitats. Most birds admitted to our Centre suffer from humancaused disturbances including vehicle and window impacts, cat attacks, and nesting disruptions. Our education programs are available to people of all ages, especially youth, exploring the natural history, conservation, and rehabilitation of wild birds.


How you can help GIVE

Sandra Sawers Executive director

Juliette Marczuk Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Ted Yuzyk Vice-chair

Robert Burns Director

Eric Garrison Treasurer

Murray Kronick Director

Susan Phillips Secretary

Christina Zeigler Director

Barbara Adams Director

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Region

FUNDING PRIORITIES Together, we have an extraordinary once-in-alifetime opportunity to build a new wild bird hospital and education centre in the Ottawa Region that will better serve the needs of Eastern Ontario. On track to building our $1.7 million dollar advanced wild bird care facility, we have reached 76% of our goal and are eagerly awaiting to break ground. Our ‘state-of-the-art’ facility will improve the standard of care and increase an injured bird’s chances for survival back in the wild. This critical project will meet our region’s increasing demand for emergency and rehabilitative wild bird care now and well into the future.

Wild bird populations are in decline. Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost over the past 50 years! Various human-related activities have led to the twin crises of species collapse and climate change which negatively impact the very ecosystems we depend on to survive. We need to act now for the birds of today and tomorrow! Every wild bird saved is a victory for its species and for nature conservation. As the costs to rehabilitate and save thousands of wild birds steadily increases, your contributions will help us achieve two essential goals: Building Campaign: We are in the final stretch of our campaign and actively seeking community support of all kinds to reach the finish line! Consider lending your family or business name to a room or aviary. Naming opportunities are available and all gifts of $500 or more will be recognized in a permanent display. Help us outfit our build with solar panels, x-ray, and other specialized equipment for an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. General Fund: Join our dedicated community of birdenthusiasts by contributing to a campaign, making a monthly gift, a major gift, or planned gift to support our vital life-saving work. Join our vision to build a highly skilled team and fund essential resources to ensure that more wild birds survive and return to nature for a second chance at life.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers are integral to our operations and perform a variety of rewarding tasks both on and off site. If you would like to assist our dedicated team in caring for hundreds of wild birds, please email volunteer@ for available opportunities. Are you passionate about birds, have previous charitable board experience, and possess a unique set of skills that could help us reach our future goals? Positions are currently available on our board of directors. Please contact for more information.

PARTNER Let us become your corporate charity of choice and collaborate with you to align your brand with our birdloving community. We are open to explore partnerships and customize unique sponsorship opportunities to meet your marketing and social impact needs. Contact today to find out how together, we can provide life-saving services and impact the future of wild bird conservation in the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING BABY BIRD CAMPAIGN: Every spring the Centre explodes with over 2,500 injured and orphaned baby birds that require medical care, specialized diets, warm incubators, and frequent hand feedings. This campaign ensures that vulnerable baby birds get a second chance at life. OTTAWA VALLEY WILD BIRD WALK: Each fall our supporters take a walk, for the birds! Many birds, unable to migrate, will spend the winter in our care. With virtual and in-person activities, this interactive campaign engages people of all ages and helps raise awareness for the Centre.

OPEN HOUSE: Join our valued supporters each fall for a special onsite experience. Our volunteers will take you on a guided tour of our unique facility and answer your wild bird questions. Enjoy educational displays, live avian ambassadors and light refreshments.

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OTTAWA’S YOUNG PEOPLE THEIR FUTURE IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS. Every young person has their own story, each path is different, but they all lead to a bright future. With your help. We work alongside young people to help them achieve their goals. From mental health support to employment, shelters and housing to justice services, we’re here for them. They’re young, and they have big plans. Thanks to your support, young people in Ottawa can get there. You’re strategic when you invest, so here’s a tip: investing in youth brings the best returns.


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What we do The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) provides life-changing programs and services for youth 12 and older, and their families, in the areas of mental health counselling, shelters and housing, employment support, and justice services. YSB staff support upwards of 3,000 youth 2675 Queensview Drive Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1960 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $32,069,943 Twitter: @ysb_bsj Facebook: @ysb.bsj Instagram : ysb.bsj LinkedIn: /youth-services-bureau-of-ottawa/about/


How you can help GIVE To address funding needs – particularly in the areas of mental health, shelters and housing, and employment – the YSB Foundation fundraises year-round through grants, digital fundraising campaigns, direct mail and email campaigns, as well as through partnership and sponsorship opportunities. The Foundation is honoured to work with its corporate and foundation partners, sponsors, individual donors, as well as community and youth groups to ensure youth have access to our programs and services.

Patti Murphy Executive Director, YSB Charitable Foundation

Isabelle Perreault Chair President & Founder, Differly

BOARD MEMBERS Kerry Patterson-Baker Forest Products Association of Canada Rebecca Murray Carleton University Scott Lawrence HealthCraft Products Inc. Martin Sampson Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs Christopher Rheaume Ottawa Police Service Dr. Neda Amani Amani Health Chris White Canadian Meat Council Maria McRae Community Advocate, Lawyer

Kelly Youngdale Label Innovation Inc. Balwinderjit Singh Kapoor MDS Aero Support Corporation Justin Veale Forest Products Association of Canada Erika Falconer RBC Shawn Hamilton Canderel Group Christine Leadman Bank St. BIA Kate Dalgeis Compass Rose Group Jennifer Stewart Syntax Strategic


each month, regardless of where they live, what they look like, and who they love. With the support of our community, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of young people so they may lead independent, healthy, and stable lives. Throughout COVID-19, YSB remains an essential service to youth and families throughout Ottawa.

Stay Up Ottawa: YSB welcomes workplace, family, and community teams to its annual Stay Up Ottawa event (previously known as the YSB SleepOUT for Youth). Fully bilingual and complete with an exciting online evening program, this year’s virtual event takes place Nov. 26. Bringing together workplace teams, families, community leaders, and YSB staff, participants commit to spending a night out sleeping in their backyards or on their decks, while raising funds to support YSB’s two shelters and four apartment buildings for previously homeless youth. This year is the 9th annual event, which has raised more than $1.5-million since its inception. Along with the support of sponsors as well as corporate and family teams, a large portion of funds raised each year come from local youth, who rally together in support of their peers in need in our community.

Funding Priorities The YSB Foundation’s fundraising priorities are focused on two major challenges for youth in our community: mental wellness and affordable housing. YSB is the lead agency for youth mental health in the Ottawa region and provides services for youth struggling with mental health challenges as well as support for their families. We are raising much-needed funds to ensure young people can access our Youth Mental Health Walk-In & Virtual Clinic, our 24/7 Crisis Phone Line & 24/7 Crisis Chat Service, our short-term live-in mental health centre, our mobile crisis team, as well as our two dedicated youth shelters and four housing buildings, and downtown Youth Drop-In Centre.

YSB’s Mind Matters youth mental health series went virtual to create dialogue in support of youth, parents, employers and employees

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING To address funding needs – particularly in the areas of mental health, shelters and housing, and employment – the YSB Foundation fundraises year-round through grants, digital fundraising campaigns, direct mail and email campaigns, as well as through partnership and sponsorship opportunities. The Foundation is honoured to work with its corporate and foundation partners, sponsors, individual donors, as well as community and youth groups to ensure youth have access to our programs and services.

YSB’s Stay Up Ottawa virtual event rallies the community to support previously homeless youth residing at its 2 shelters and 4 housing buildings

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InspIred GIvInG:

Your donation gives us tremendous power to change lives “It feels like I can reach for the stars.” That’s what 10 year old James says today. Not long ago, he felt differently. James was struggling at school, being bullied, and having a hard time making friends.Then he discovered Y day camp – and his mom Erin says after James’ first day, he came back a different kid. Now, James wants to be involved in anything and everything. He has confidence and Erin says it’s the Y camp that made him be who he is today: “I’m so proud of him. I know it sounds cliché, but honestly, camp changed his life. It changed our lives.”

Although closures kept us from welcoming many people in person, our Y helped provide support, encouragement, and assistance to those building a better future. In 2021:

Over 139K

provided in financial aid.

302 Children had a safe place to learn, create, and grow in our Licenced Child Care programs.

12,724 People received support finding work or employees through the Y’s Employment Access Centres.

429 People, including 115 children, were given a safe place to live and hope for the future.

616 Children built self-confidence and life-long friendships at Y Camp.

6,321 Immigrants were welcomed to our community.

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What we do The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy communities. Serving more than 90,000 people in our region each year, Y programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. A focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are served through all stages of life; and through financial assistance programs, the Y is accessible to all. 180 Argyle Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K2P 1B7

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1867 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $19,865,000 Twitter: @ymcaywca_ottawa Facebook: /ymcaywca Instagram: @ymcaywca

Bob Gallagher President and CEO

Susannah Crabtree Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Susannah Crabtree Chair Jean Laurin, CPA, CA Past Chair Anne Butler Secretary Louise Tardif, ICD.D Treasurer

Colleen Kelley Anna Laurence Jacques Paquette, ASC Gary Simonsen Mark Taylor


How you can help GIVE Whether it is offering comfort and a safe home to families with nowhere else to go, helping children develop self-confidence and independence, providing essential training to inspire success in newcomers to our region, or celebrating our members’ accomplishments in their quests for a healthier lifestyle, the Y is a foundation from which a brighter future and a stronger community can be built. However, the Y is only able to provide these services thanks to community support. From sending a kid to camp to providing a safe shelter space for a homeless youth, Y supporters help shape positive futures.

VOLUNTEER The YMCA-YWCA relies on the time and dedication given by hundreds of volunteers each year. As a volunteer with the Y, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, coach swimming or basketball, mentor youth, help run a special event, engage your network in philanthropic opportunities, or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you will be making a big difference.

At the Y, you'll find a group of caring and dedicated educators and volunteers who help children learn, grow and thrive in a safe and supportive and nurturing environment.

Caroline Xavier

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS The National Capital Region

FUNDING PRIORITIES The Y’s programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. In the wake of COVID-19, the Y was able to shift focus towards maintaining our essential community services: Providing Child Care allows essential workers to continue supporting the community, Y Housing Programs provide families in need with secure shelter, and our Employment and Newcomer programs help people in our community prosper. With support from the community, we fund programs that promote complete health and wellness. We nurture the potential of children and youth by engaging them and encouraging positive choices, support vulnerable people by helping them stabilize while connecting them with appropriate community resources, and inspire personal success by providing access to vital training and resources.


Y Cycle for Strong Kids April 2022 This lively and active indoor cycling event supports initiatives that provide kids in our community with vital, life-changing programs. Funds raised help ensure that all kids have access to programs like swimming lessons, a camp experience, and safe after-school care, regardless of their financial situation. Participating in the Y Cycle for Strong Kids is a commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in our community. And it's tons of fun, too!

Lawyers For Kids Charity Hockey Tournament April 2022 The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament was originally established to honour Jim O’Grady, who

passed away in 2009. Not only a well-respected lawyer, Jim was passionate about hockey, his community, and was a longstanding member of the Y. The tournament was created to celebrate Jim's impact in the community. While all are welcome to participate, the vast majority of players are lawyers, their relatives, and their staff. Since 2009, the tournament has raised more than $275,000, and helped provide many children in our community with access to vital Y programs and services.

Y Golf Classic September 2022

Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised nearly $2 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sellout tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create life-changing opportunities.

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We’ve Answered the Call. Will You?

In June 2021, Commissionaires Ottawa donated $2 million to Canada’s first Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care. Frailty is a preventable medical condition. Our aging loved ones deserve the best possible care to help them enjoy their lives to the fullest. We hope others join us in donating to this cause.


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Who we are

1750 Russell Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1G 5Z6 Year founded: 1988 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,723,833 Twitter: @PerleyHealth Facebook: @PerleyHealth LinkedIn: @PerleyHealth

Perley Health is a community where over 600 Seniors and Veterans thrive – from independent living to longterm care. We support each resident with a person and family-centric approach to the continuum of care to improve not only their physical well-being but their mental and emotional health, too. Our commitment to empowering Seniors and Veterans to reach their full potential is a pledge without bounds. We actively invest in research and new methodologies in frailty-informed care and share our findings, best practices, and breakthroughs with the greater community – so we can help all eniors live life to the fullest. We know that good is never good enough. Our

culture of self-improvement ensures that we’re always seeking a higher standard of excellence. Be it a daily quality improvement, safety standards or long-term planning; we prioritize excellence across every facet of our organization to benefit Seniors and Veterans. The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care at Perley Health exists to set new benchmarks in seniors care, facilitating applied research that fuels innovation in education, best practices, and knowledge transfer. The Perley Health Foundation is the engine powering our mission to achieve excellence in the health, safety, and well-being of Seniors and Veterans. Every donation empowers us to provide exceptional care while pursuing the research needed to deliver transformative advances.


Delphine Haslé, CFRE Executive director

Louise Mericer Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Carol Ann Banks Doug Brousseau Maj. Daniel Charron (Ret'd) Keith De Bellefeuille Percy Past chair Lt.-Col. Bob Eagan (Ret'd) Treasurer

Louise Mercier Chair HLt.-Col. Sandra Perron Nancy Schepers Vice-chair Sheila Venman Margaret Tansey Chair, Perley Health

Jeff Hill

Peter Mansbridge Honorary Campaign Chair

Akos Hoffer CEO Perley Health

John Jarvis Campaign co-chair

J.L. Gilles Levasseur

Micheal Burch Campaign co-chair

Col. Dominic McAlea (Ret'd)


Staff celebrate Commissionaires Ottawa's trailblazing gift on June 15. On June 15, Commissionaires Ottawa announced a gift of $2 million to fund critically needed research and innovation in the care of Veterans and Seniors living with frailty, a medical condition that increases our vulnerability as we age. It is the largest philanthropic gift in the history of both Commissionaires Ottawa and Perley Health. “To a great extent, the freedom and peaceful way of life enjoyed by Canadians today is the result of sacrifices made by Veterans and their families for generations,” said Captain (N) Paul A. Guindon (Ret’d), CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa. “Our aging loved ones deserve the best possible care to help them enjoy their lives to the fullest. We hope others join us in donating to this cause.”

In 2018, Perley Health established Canada’s first Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care. Raising funds for the Centre of Excellence is a key goal of the Answering the Call campaign. “The gift supports our vision of becoming Canada’s leading provider, educator, and innovator in frailtyinformed care for Veterans and Seniors,” said Akos Hoffer, CEO of Perley Health. In recognition of the gift the research chair will now be known as the Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair in Frailty-Informed Care. The position is currently held by Dr. Annie Robitaille, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. Dr. Robitaille has dedicated her career to researching a broad spectrum of aging-related issues.


Answering the Call Answering the Call is a $10-million fundraising campaign to transform care for our country's fast growing population, Seniors and Veterans living with frailty. This campaign will invest in much needed research and evidence based innovation to improve and

influence care for Seniors and Veterans living with frailty across Canada while sustaining exceptional care for those who call Perley home. We're asking our community to answer the call to ensure that Seniors and Veterans receive the care they have earned and deserve.

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What we do We provide children and youth with a third place between the realities of home life and the pressures of school — a place of positivity and belonging where they can play, create, and learn what it takes to become their best selves. We aim to be Ottawa’s leading champion of children and youth — corporations, communities, and families will look to us first to understand what children and youth need to thrive today and in the future. We help the next generation develop what they need to make positive change.

2825 Dumaurier Avenue Ottawa, ON K2B 7W3 @BGCOttawa


Year founded: 1923 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,920,000 Twitter: @BGCOttawa Facebook: /BGCOttawa Instagram: @BGC Ottawa


Funding priorities A space for every kid who needs it. Five thousand youth in the south end of Ottawa need access to opportunities and barrier-free programming. Today, you can help build it. With your help, we can be there for every child that needs it. We aim to double our members and locations by 2024 to meet the deep and rising need in our community. Adam Joiner CEO & Alumnus

Stephen Beckta Chair & Alumnus

How you can help GIVE

BOARD MEMBERS Meredithe Rechan Vice chair Michael Wilson Treasurer Nate Behar Deputy chief Steve Bell Jock Climie Brittany Forsyth Mark Groper

Graham Macmillan Stacey-Ann Morris Alumnae Derek Noble Robyn Osgood Judi Shum-Mousseau Michelle Taggart Gary Zed

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the community, BGC Ottawa, a registered charity, has provided programming directly to children and youth in vulnerable neighbourhoods for almost 100 years. Free Community-based services. Positive relationships. Life-changing programs. As one of Ottawa’s largest child and youth-serving charitable organizations, BGC Ottawa provides vital programs and services to an annual average of almost 5,000 young members each year. We provide safe, supportive places where all kids and teens, of all backgrounds, can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, and develop confidence and skills for life. From anti-racism to reconciliation to LGBTQ2S+, food security to scholarships to job readiness, our clubs battle systemic issues with systemic solutions — equity, acceptance, support, opportunity. BGC Ottawa is about systemic opportunity.



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Clubhouse Volunteering Post-Secondary Student Placements High-School Students Special Event Volunteering Group & Corporate Volunteering

If you are a group that might be interested or if you have any questions, please contact Melissa Marion, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, (613) 232-0925 Ext. 230

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING The Morning Social that took place on Sept. 10, 2021 was our only fundraising event of the year. A popular event for the past 12 years, the BGCO Breakfast morphed into the Morning Social and is backed by local community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, political leaders, and honorary guests from our city, either viewing from the comfort of home, or at three satellite locations.

Walk This Way It all starts with one step. Walk this way is a holistic healthy active living program for youth. We will be looking for sponsorships and investments of up to $250,000.

Camp Smitty We run a sleep-away leadership camp for young people that do not have opportunities to go to camp due to cost or other barriers. We need roughly $200,000 each year to operate the camp.

Homework Club & Education programs Each day after school, our staff work with young people across the city to review their homework, offer words of encouragement and support, and supply a healthy snack. We need up to $2-million annually to support core programming that directly helps young people.

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What we do Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) enables lifechanging mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people facing adversity. We carefully and intentionally place an additional, consistent, and supportive mentor in these young people’s lives. Volunteers mentors are thoughtfully recruited based on the needs of local youth, and are professionally screened. The “Big” mentor, “Little” mentee, and family receive training and are monitored and supported by a designated professional caseworker. An incredible transformation takes place when a

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young mentee is matched with an adult mentor who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, shares power, and expands their possibilities. These mentees build the life skills they need to be successful. We also see positive changes to their mental health, well-being, educational engagement, and employment readiness. BBBSO has been creating youth mentorship matches in Ottawa for 51 years, and Renfrew County for six years. We offer our traditional 1:1 Bigs mentorship program, along with programming for elementary and secondary school students, youth in care, and young adults aged 18-24, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion.


Year founded: 1970 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,168,004 Twitter: @BBBSO Facebook: /BBBSO Instagram: @bbbsottawa


How you can help GIVE

Susan Ingram Executive director

Mark Zekulin Board President Happy Roots Foundation

BOARD MEMBERS Emily Villeneuve Past-President Department of Justice

Toni Francis Parliamentary Protective Service

Mitchell Carkner Vice-President Decisive Group Inc.

Ian Cascagnette Pythian

Lindsay Ostrom Treasurer Ottawa Hospital Mitchell Kutney Bruyère Michael Qaqish Algonquin College Matt Haddad Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Keith Egli City of Ottawa Funmi Linuga Kings Distributed Systems Leslie Rae Ferat Framework Convention Alliance Phillip Shaer Lawyer

Colin Anderson OCDSB

Young people need your help now. When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, you invest in a young person’s potential and shape the future of the Ottawa community. Your donation gives local young people facing adversity access to a supportive adult mentor who spends meaningful, consistent and dedicated time with them. For every $1 donated, there is a social return on BBBSO Board members, staff, Bigs and Littles were joined by investment of $23 as our “Littles” grow up to Mayor Jim Watson for a Big Brothers Big Sisters Month celebration be happy, successful adults who give back by in September. volunteering or donating themselves. To make a one-time or monthly gift, please visit or contact

VOLUNTEER We depend on volunteer mentors for both community-based and in-school programs, and are pleased to offer virtual options. For as little as one hour a week, you can make a meaningful difference in the life of a child. There are also opportunities to volunteer for fundraising events, our Clothes For Kids Sake program, our Board of Directors and on various committees.


Power of Mentoring Project

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Breakfast Fundraiser

Annual Big Tee Off

Help youth aged 15-24 with career-readiness and skill building by participating in sector-themed speed mentoring sessions.

Rise and shine and make a BIG difference in your community. Join us virtually on November 23rd, with breakfast delivered to your door – enjoy while hearing incredible real-life stories from Bigs and Littles.

Our online boutique thrift store has launched! The store is stocked with gently used clothing generously donated by community members. Organize a clothing drive or shop at – 100% of proceeds support BBBSO youth mentorship programs.

Register a team, become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item or prize for our annual golf tournament, and help support local youth.

Holiday Hamper Program GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Renfrew County

Help our families over the holiday season by donating gift cards or dollars. Funds raised will give local families the ability to purchase food and gifts – ensuring they can have an enjoyable holiday celebration.

TO PARTICIPATE OR SPONSOR: Visit or contact: Monique Flocco at or 613-247-4776 x 319

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Nature Needs You! We are facing twin climate and biodiversity crises on both a national and global scale. Stand with us and our 280,000 + supporters and together, we’ll ensure future generations will live in a Canada where every corner is home to healthy ecosystems, teeming with wildlife.

DONATE • TAKE ACTION • BE HEARD | | | 600-100 rue Gloucester Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0A4 1-800-333-WILD CRA/ARC # 106865272 RR0001


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What we do 100 Gloucester Street, Suite 600 Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0A4 1-800-333-9453 |

CPAWS is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we are focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change.

With almost 60 years of success, we are Canada’s leader in conservation and have played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.


Year founded: 1963 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $13,317,562 Twitter: @cpaws Facebook: /CPAWS Instagram: @cpaws_national LinkedIn: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)


How you can help GIVE

Sandra Schwartz National Executive Director

Laura Colella President, National Board of Trustees


BOARD MEMBERS John Grandy (ON) Vice President Lavinia Mohr (ON) Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee Richard Paisley (BC) Chair, Litigation Committee Amber Walker (NS) Chair, Governance Committee Charles Côté (QC)

Jim Donohue (AB) Nikita Lopoukhine (ON)

Help make a difference in your community by connecting with your local CPAWS chapter. We are working from coast to coast to coast to protect more of Canada’s iconic land, seascapes and wildlife.

Ina Lucila (AB) Donald McMurty (ON)


Kathy Scalzo (BC) Jennifer Smith (QC) Alex Tzannidakis (ON) Erik Val (YT) Denise Withers (BC)

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS National office located in Ottawa, Ontario with 13 regional chapters across Canada working locally at the grassroots level on conservation campaigns.


Canada has committed to protecting 25% of Canada by 2025 and 30% by 2030 – ambitious yet achievable goals if we act now! At CPAWS, our priority is to leverage this opportunity. With your support, we will continue to drive conservation work forward both nationally and provincially with our regional chapters across the country, we'll build our capacity to deliver conservation measure on the ground, and we'll inspire Canadians to stand together as the voice for nature as we combat the biodiversity and climate crises.

Parks and protected areas Ocean and freshwater Wildlife and species at risk Outdoor education and outreach Climate Change

Have your will written for free – and make a difference to the future This November, CPAWS is sponsoring Free Wills Month in the Ottawa Valley, providing an opportunity for people 55+ to have their will written for free. An up-to-date will gives you peace of mind and a gift in your will costs nothing in your lifetime but can make a difference for years to come. Although there is no obligation to leave a gift to CPAWS, we hope you will consider this wonderful opportunity to secure our future. For more information, please see

Giving Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021 Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back that follows on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Follow us on social media to learn how you can participate with CPAWS. Together, we can make a big difference!

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Only YOU Can Save


Become a PAW monthly donor and give animals like Gulliver a second chance. 613-725-3166 ext. 254 42

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What we do The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is a non-profit, community-based organization and a registered charity, with a volunteer board of directors, drawn from our supporters and the community at large. Since 1888, the OHS has provided a safe haven for sick, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa. The OHS mission is to lead Ottawa in building a humane and compassionate community for all animals.

245 West Hunt Club Rd. Ottawa, ON K2E 1A6

The OHS provides life-saving care for all of Ottawa’s homeless animals, which includes emergency surgeries, behavioural intervention and day-to-day care for the animals (plus lots of love). We are also dedicated to helping keep families together through education about responsible pet ownership and providing essential services and programs for pet owners in need.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES (613) 725-3166 ext. 299 Year founded: 1888 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $9,230,149


How you can help GIVE

Bruce Roney President & CEO

Travis Webb Board Chair


Sven Stilzebach CISA

Lorraine Audsley MSc, BCom, BBA

Dr. Louis-Philippe Rouillard

Jeff Potts CPA, CA

Karen Messett

Michelle Campbell LL.B, M.SC Anne Howland MBA Lorne Segal CFA Jenny Howard CPA, CA

Jean Nelson BA(Hon), LL.B, BCL, IC.D Kate Mcgregor IMC, ACC, B.A. Jessica Hertzog-Grenier MBA Liz Tymon CPA, CA, CFE

There are many ways to be part of a more than 130-year legacy of helping animals. Whether through a monetary gift, a gift of time or through raising your voice for animals in need, you can make a difference for Ottawa’s animals. When you give, you provide immediate, life-saving care for Ottawa's homeless, neglected and abandoned animals. You also help show a fearful cat or dog that the world isn't such a scary place and ensure that animals in need find their forever homes.

VOLUNTEER You can help Ottawa’s animals with a generous gift of time. Open your heart and open your home to animals in need by becoming a foster volunteer. Foster volunteers make a huge difference for animals who don’t adjust well to shelter life and animals who need a little extra TLC to recover from surgery or to work on their manners before being welcomed into their forever home.

STAND UP FOR ANIMALS Sharing your voice is another powerful way to help the animals. Share information about caring for animals and important animal welfare issues with the people in your life. Subscribe to OHS newsletters and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on animal welfare news.


PAW The best way to help Ottawa’s animals is by becoming a PAW monthly donor. As a PAW monthly donor, you will make miracles happen every single day for the close to 8,000 animals that need OHS care every year.

The Ottawa Humane Society achieved prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program in April 2016 and from Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program in 2021.


Leave your mark and dedicate a part of the shelter to your love for animals or to a special human or furry friend in your life.



An OHS veterinarian holds a puppy who received life-saving care at the OHS.

The OHS serves all kinds of animals, from big to small.

Make a lasting difference and build a better future for Ottawa's animals with a gift to the animals in your will.

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What we do

43 Bruyère St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5C8 Year founded: 1995 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $ 4,418,000 Twitter: @BruyereCare Facebook: /BruyereCare Instagram: @BruyereCare

Bruyère plays a critical role in the health care system in our region providing: care through a wide range of services in the community, specialized hospital services, long-term care (LTC), and supportive and independent living for seniors and vulnerable populations. Those who are referred to us have suffered a loss of their independence and function, usually because of a significant medical event or illness. We work to restore this where possible, through rehabilitation and restorative care services, helping patients return to independent living in the community, and to accommodate it where this is not possible through long-term and complex medical care. We strive to maintain health and wellness in the community through outpatient care, primary care and specialized accommodation services. Bruyère’s palliative care programs, part of the specialized

hospital care we provide, support the dignity and quality of life of our patients who are managing chronic, life limiting illness or are near the end of their journey. We are adding life to years and years to life. As both a hospital and long-term care provider we are a regional specialized resource. Collaboration with our partners in the system is essential to facilitate seamless and appropriate patient flow, helping patients transition from acute care back to the community or to long term care. The advent of COVID-19 has created an even greater impetus for system level collaboration to ensure that if required there is capacity in acute care to meet a potential surge. It is also a great catalyst to ensure that providers in the system are working within their scope of practice and mandate and to optimize flow. Every day, we are making a difference and we need your help. Find out more at


Thomas Hewitt President CFRE

Daniel C. Fernandes Board Chair Daniel C. Fernandes Law Office

BOARD MEMBERS John Wright Treasurer, Vaive & Associates Professional Corp. Dr. Alylhan Abdulla Kingsway Health Centre Scott Brooker Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa

Clifford Lebarron Laurentian Bank of Canada Nik Lemieux Mirabel Management Lesley Mackay Ottawa Tourism

Brad Ezard Keynote Group

Ralph Neumann Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Life Underwriter

Patrick Kennedy Earnscliffe

Barbara Perrin George E. Perrin Insurance Agency

Joanne Kudakiewicz OneLife Wealth Management

Mark White Colonnade BridgePort

As we navigated the many unknowns over the past year, our community rallied around us, and our Foundation saw the continuation of our donors' remarkable support. Your generosity has made an enormous impact. From donating personal protective equipment that helped our staff to making significant financial contributions that helped us address our most pressing health care needs, we thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many. As we think ahead to what a new normal may look like, we take the lessons learned throughout the pandemic and apply them as we plan for the future a future where we rise to meet the needs of an aging population by conducting research and providing care designed to improve and maintain their health. The next generation of research, innovation and

How your dollars can help COVID-19 RELIEF With your support, we can make significant changes to health care delivery that will impact the entire system. This includes creating more capacity in long-term care, alternate levels of care, and post-acute care. Your support will also help us ensure our teams of experts are appropriately armed with personal protective equipment that has been proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, and minimize the impact on our community.


GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region

teaching strengthens everything we do. The importance of this has never been more evident as we continue to navigate our new reality in the face of COVID-19 and look ahead at the challenges of tomorrow. We are grateful for the support of community builders and innovators, like you, who are willing to take an active role in improving the quality of life of those we serve.

In less than 20 years, the number of Canadians living with dementia will double. This increase will put enormous strain on the health care system and cost billions of dollars. By further investing in lifechanging research, preventative programs, strategic partnerships, and world-class expertise, we will help

reduce the incidence of dementia within the next 20 years.

CARE OF THE ELDERLY For the first time in history, there are more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. As a leader in geriatrics, Bruyère is well equipped to redefine the experience of aging by investing in prevention, treatment and innovation.

REHABILITATION Each year in our region, more than 1,800 people suffer a stroke, resulting in hundreds of patients who require various levels of stroke rehabilitation. With your support, we will make strategic investments in research and promising technologies, expand capacity with regional partners, and become the regional hub for integrated rehabilitation services.

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What we do

22 O'Meara Street Ottawa, ON K1Y 4N6 613-725-3494 Year founded: 1977 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,318,600 Twitter: @CausewayWork Facebook: /CausewayWork Instagram: @causewayworkcentre LinkedIn: /company/causeway-work-centre

Finding rewarding work can be an overwhelming prospect at times, especially if you struggle with challenges such as a lack of experience, disabilities, or mental illness. Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that empowers all people by helping those with mental illness and other challenges find meaningful work. At Causeway, we call our employment programs, social enterprises and support services “Avenues” because of the journey we go on together with our clients. Each person can take multiple avenues while on their journey, but they all lead to the same place - meaningful employment.


Stephen Willetts President

BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Willetts President

Kate Faughnan Director

Andrew Vey Past President

Ryan Holm Director

Michael Brownell Vice-President

Kylie Patrick Director

Eric Thomas Secretary/Tresurer

Mike Vieira Director

Anna Abraham Director

Hailey Hechtman Ex officio

Louise Boudreau Director

Richard Smith Director Emeritus


Our top three donation wishes: • Social enterprise equipment and supplies • Training and professional development support, capacity-building • Program evaluation, impact, and growth analysis

On April 1st, 2021, Causeway Work Centre and Causeway Foundation merged into a single organization under Causeway Work Centre. This merge does not impact Causeway’s programs and services in any way and is intended to make our governance structure more streamlined and efficient. Ultimately, this will help us better serve people who come to Causeway to find rewarding work. Our funding sources have been approximated to reflect revenue streams following the merge.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Hailey Hechtman Executive Director

This April, Causeway launched its fourth social enterprise, Causeway Commercial Cleaning (CCC), which provides a range of high-quality, worryfree cleaning for commercial spaces. Like all of Causeway’s social enterprises, CCC is driven by a social mission to provide employment opportunities to people who experience barriers to employment.

Pictured here are some of the graduates of our Solutions for Youth program, proudly displaying their certificates.


How you can help GIVE You see how rewarding having a job can be. It can help you build confidence, give you independence, and help you foster a sense of belonging. That’s why you believe in creating avenues for people to find work, regardless of the challenges they face. Your donations help people with disabilities and mental illness reach their employment goals by supporting our employment programs, our social businesses, and our wrap-around services including our Employment Resource Centre and Wellness Centre.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers at Causeway play a vital role on our Board and committees, and by providing direct assistance to people using our Resource Centre. Volunteers can also provide a great impact by creating a giving challenge among their friends and family to raise money for Causeway’s programs.

HIRE FROM CAUSEWAY By helping people find their role in the community, you are creating new moments of hope, perspective, and meaning for everyone. Find your next employee of the month at Causeway!

A Krackers Katering employee prepares meals to go out to people experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic. Caelan successfully found employment with support from Causeway, and offers this advice to employers: "Even if someone doesn't have the experience, don't write them off. If the person has the drive and they want to work then they'll be a hard worker."

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING Work Regardless Week: Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Celebrated annually, this week serves to engage individuals and businesses around the message that everyone has something valuable to offer. When we stop judging people for what they can’t do and start acknowledging people for what they can do, we are building stronger and more inclusive communities.

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We fuel kids and ignite learning every school day.

Serving 13,500 breakfasts

Connecting students and virtual volunteers

Providing financial literacy and entrepreneurship education

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What we do The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) is a charitable organization that collaborates with community partners to bring innovative and essential programs into K-12 schools, enriching public education in Ottawa. ONFE partners with all four school boards and works side-by-side with educators to meet the complex needs of our children and youth in both English and French,

205-900 Morrison Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2H 8K7 613-366-3085 Year founded: 1985 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,573,341 Twitter: @ONFE_ROPE Facebook: /onfe.rope LinkedIn: /ottawa-network-for-education Instagram: @onfe_rope

addressing critical issues in our schools, removing barriers to learning and supporting student wellbeing. No other community organization in Ottawa has the same reach and ability to deliver muchneeded programs directly to schools. In fact, no other organization in Canada provides the same variety of programs to serve K-12 students in their community.


How you can help GIVE Heather Norris President and CEO

Paul Gardner Chair Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Growth Company Advisor

BOARD MEMBERS Julie Beauchamp Dean, School of Business Algonquin College

Ibrahim Musa Executive Director Cuts for Kids

Mike Belliveau Director Enablement and Initiatives – Ontario North and East

Gregory Richards Vice Dean, Graduate Professional Programs and Director, Executive MBA Telfer School of Management

Marc Bertrand Directeur de l’éducation Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Margo Crawford President & CEO Business Sherpa Group Tom D’Amico Director of Education a Ottawa Catholic School Board Amanda Goth University Secretary Carleton University Louise Malhotra Co-Founder and Director Malhotra Foundation Mita Meyers Treasurer Ernst & Young LLP Associate Partner

Neil Schwartz Lawyer Mann Lawyers LLP Sylvie C. R. Tremblay Directrice de l’éducation Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario Camille Williams-Taylor Vice-Chair and Secretary Director of Education Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Grace Xin Vice-President, Philanthropic Services and Community Building Ottawa Community Foundation


Every year, we need to raise $1 million from the local community in order to run our essential programs for K-12 students. By donating to ONFE, you are helping us reach 76 per cent of Ottawa schools, where each year we provide 2.5 million nutritious meals, reach 52,000 students with help in the classroom, and equip more than 7,000 youth with skills and knowledge for their future careers. As teachers and parents continue to adapt to new learning situations, ONFE is alongside, helping students in new ways Our volunteers help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. that meet public health guidelines. Because of our commitment to removing barriers and providing opportunities to all K-12 children coordinated by ONFE, which provides counselling to and youth, our programs are offered free to students. youth on problematic substance and technology use This is only possible with the support of generous without a wait list. donors and funders. This school year, programs include the School VOLUNTEER Breakfast Program, providing students in need with Our volunteers provide vital support to students to a nutritious breakfast; Classroom Gardens, teaching help meet their complex needs. This year, one-onstudents to grow nutritious food, Volunteers in one volunteering opportunities are available through Education, offering virtual volunteering in school and video conferencing, so that students continue to be at home, during classes and after school; JA Ottawa, supported in this time of pandemic. offering virtual financial literacy and entrepreneurship Volunteers tell us that helping a student is one of programs for grades 6 to 12; Assistive Technologies the most fulfilling things they’ve done. And year after resources for parents, teachers, and students year, teachers tell us that caring volunteers make available on our website, and the step for Youth in an immense difference to children in need of extra Schools Community Coalition, a multi-agency effort support.


The Spark Soirée The Spark Soirée is a fun-filled gala in support of our School Breakfast Program. After a successful virtual Café Spark this past year, our in-person gala will be back on May 7, 2022! Allow us to engage you and your company in an evening of entertainment and

networking with other community-minded individuals and business professionals, as well as executives from Ottawa’s four school boards. You will be recognized as a company that invests in K-12 students in Ottawa. Join us as we help every child start the school day nourished and ready to learn on equal footing with their peers.

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Take part in the Orléans Health Hub's success.


The generosity of our donors made possible the implementation of this innovative model of health care delivery. Most importantly, it's their deep conviction on the growing need for Ottawa’s residents to receive effective and community-based health care that is the catalyst and driving force behind it. You too can contribute to help us reach our $12 million fundraising goal for this unique model that represents the future of care in Ontario.

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What we do At Montfort Foundation, we secure the necessary funds to support innovation and the development of integrated care and services within Montfort and the Institut du Savoir Montfort, for the benefit of patients and their loved ones. Every person who walks through our door, whether to receive care, visit a loved one or accomplish their work, enters a safe and person-centered environment where

713 Montreal Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1K 0T2 Year founded: 1986 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,381,975 Twitter: @FondationHM Facebook: /fondationmontfort

Marc M. Villeneuve Acting president & CEO


Dr. Robert D. Belzile Retired family and occupational health physician Charles Bordeleau Retired chief, Ottawa Police Service


Ronald F. Caza Board chair Partner, CazaSaikaley, srl/LLP

Roch Brisson Chief financial officer, PBC Real Estate Advisors Inc. Lt.-Gen. (ret’d) Richard J. Évraire Peter Georgariou Founding member and CEO, KarmaDharma Strategy & Marketing Philippe Grandmaitre Partner, Grandmaitre, Virgo, Evans

At Montfort, more than 250 warm-hearted volunteers are hard at work each day for the sole purpose of enhancing the quality of life of our patients and families. If you or anyone you know has received care at Montfort within the last two years, consider becoming a partner-patient! By sharing your experience, you will help improve the quality of care and services offered at Montfort.

Albert Labelle Senior partner, PearTree Financial Services Dr. Bernard Leduc President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort

Lise Parent Parts manager, Orléans Toyota Robert Rhéaume Partner, BDO Ottawa Dr. Stéphane Roux Chief of staff, Hôpital Montfort Guy Souligny Founder and president, Heritage Funeral Complex

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Eastern Ontario


Christiane Huneault General counsel, Ottawa Police Service

Marie-Josée Martel Retired, Public Service of Canada

A leader in excellence Montfort provides quality care to the more than 300,000 patient visits it receives annually and it is through the generosity of thousands of donors that the hospital can achieve excellence and provide exemplary care and services to the population it serves. Because of you, we were able to be the best hospital in Ontario for the shortest wait time in emergency, the first in the province to perform biopsies and contrast mammograms, and the first in Canada to offer a midwifery home-based program. Montfort is the only hospital in Ontario to guarantee health care services in both official languages. In addition to traditional donation programs, it is also thanks to initiatives put forward by the Montfort Foundation, such as Impact Montfort, a program supporting public fundraising activities, that we are able to reach our goals.

BOARD MEMBERS Michel Bastarache, C.C., Q.C. Counsel, CazaSaikaley, srl/LLP

excellence prevails. For us, excellence means providing health care and services using stateof-the-art medical equipment in modern facilities adapted to patients’ needs. It also means conducting cutting-edge research that leads to health care discoveries and improved treatments, supporting the professional development of clinical staff, and training the next generation of health professionals.

HELP THE ORLEANS HEALTH HUB REACH ITS GOAL The Orléans Health Hub (OHH) is an innovative project that regroups eight community healthcare providers, - Bruyère, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, CHEO, Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Hôpital Montfort, ParaMed, Ottawa Public Health, Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa and Home and Community Support Services Champlain - offering services focused on the patients, for all residents of Eastern Ontario, from newborns to seniors, in both official languages. It will help relieve emergency room congestion, reduce wait times and long travel times. The OHH is a priority project for the Government of Ontario that sees it as the evolution of the health care system in the province and possibly a prototype for


the future of health care delivery in the country. The Montfort Foundation's fundraising goal in support of the project is to raise $12 million, a challenge that its team took on, in the midst of the pandemic. In order to do so, the Montfort Foundation launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history, uniting generous donors from the region under the same cause. We are very proud to announce that, thanks to them, we have raised more than $7.5 million! Despite this early lead, the challenge remains significant and we need your help to make it happen. We are reaching out to the community to help us reach our $12 million fundraising goal. Your support and generosity are essential for us.

IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS October 2021 to July 2022: OHH Fundraising Campaign June 2022: Charity Golf Tournament

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No one should face dementia alone.™ Free support, education and activities for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families in Ottawa and Renfrew County.

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No one should face dementia alone.™ Free support, and activities for people living THEeducation DEMENTIA SOCIETY OFwith OTTAWA dementia, their caregivers and families in Ottawa and Renfrew County.


What we do In Ottawa and Renfrew County, there are 24,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to double by 2030. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides free local services including support, education and activities — online and in-person — for people living with dementia, their


Ottawa: 1742 - 1750 Russell Rd. Ottawa, ON. K1G 5Z6 613-523-4004 Renfrew County: 115 – 16 Edward St. South Arnprior, ON K7S 3W4 888-411-2067


Year founded: 1980 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,350,448 Twitter: @TheDementiaSoc Facebook: /TheDementiaSociety Instagram: @thedementiasociety LinkedIn: @TheDementiaSocietyofOttawaandRenfrewCounty

How you can help Every dollar donated to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County goes to developing and supporting programs to support people in our region facing dementia.


Lynda Colley Chair, Board of Directors

You can make a gift in honour of a loved one or express your sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one. Monthly and general donations enable us to provide the right tools and resources to those living with dementia and create awareness of this illness. To celebrate a milestone, giving only adds to the joy! Mark your special day by bringing a smile to the lives of those living with dementia.

The BrainyActive Challenge The Dementia Society’s BrainyActive Challenge, held in September during World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, is an invitation to exercise your brain every day to build a brain-boosting habit while you raise funds to help people living with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County.


BOARD MEMBERS Scott Kuehn Vice-chair

Anne Hennessy

Anne Van Delst Treasurer

Paul Morton

Louise Laramée secretary



Wendy Grimshaw CEO

caregivers and families with the support of thousands of donors, volunteers and sponsors to sustain our efforts. We support and connect people living with dementia and their caregivers and families to our Dementia Care Coaches and provide them with the right information and resources to help them navigate dementia care throughout this challenging illness.

Zaineb Al-Kutoby

Tom Caldwell Mary Alice Macneil

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Renfrew County


• Providing support and education to help those facing dementia find the right information and resources they need to live well • Development of new programs and activities that engage people living with dementia and help to reduce social isolation • Creating a dementia-inclusive community so that the people living with dementia and their caregivers can continue to live meaningful lives in the community

Sponsor a special event, a meaningful program or fundraise an initiative that is close to your heart. Sponsor dollars help us continue to create exercise, technology, music and art programs that provide opportunities for people living with dementia and care partners to remain social and engaged. These activities and programs have helped reduce isolation, especially during the challenges of the pandemic.

VOLUNTEER Donate your time and expertise by volunteering with The Dementia Society. You can help improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners. Through our Make a Connection program, volunteers can provide meaningful social connections for people living with dementia and enable their caregivers to take a much-needed break. Techno-savvy volunteers share their knowledge through our Technology Lending Program that lends free tablets and technological training to people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members — connecting them to a wealth of Dementia Society online education and activity programs.

Wendy Grimshaw, Dementia Society CEO and Chief BrainyActivator BrainyActive is inspired by the things we know can help us to prevent dementia. The brain loves to be challenged! Try or learn something new, and keep moving. Learn about dementia risk factors and prevention at and pick an activity that works for you. Every dollar raised helps to ensure people living with dementia in our region and the people who care for them receive the support, education and programming needed to live well with dementia.

Host an event

Consider The Dementia Society while organizing an office fundraiser around the holidays, or at a summer BBQ. Visit to request our fundraising toolkit. Be sure to let us know about it so we can boost your event on our social channels! Together, we can help the 24,000 people in our community living with dementia by raising funds for The Dementia Society to ensure no one faces dementia alone.

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What we do The Ottawa Mission is our city’s oldest and largest emergency shelter. Since 1906, we have been at the forefront of caring for people who are homeless and in need. We do this by providing the basic necessities of life, including nutritious food, safe shelter and warm clothing. We also do so much more than this — we help people regain their dignity, hope and purpose in life.

35 Waller St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 7G4 613-234-1144 Year founded: 1906 Total revenue for last fiscal year: 13,322,621 Twitter: @OttawaMission Facebook: /OttawaMission

Peter Tilley CEO


Shaun Baron Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Dr. Robert Cushman Sr. Medical Officer Health Canada Jack Murta Board Member The Ottawa Mission Scott Hannant Carleton University professor and director of public affairs and communications Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions Kaite Burkholder Harris Executive Director Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey Lead Minister Parkdale United Church Gord Lorimer Partner Hobin Architecture Inc.

Anthony Bennett Board Member The Ottawa Mission Sgt. Carl DeJong Detective Ottawa Police Service Peter Saunders Associate Director of National Operations Canadian Blood Services Elie Labaky Founder LABAKY Law Alan McCafferty Founder The Strategic Consulting Group Kim MacDowall Real Estate Sales Representative Royal LePage Team Realty Matt Triemstra Past chair VP & General Manager Ensight Canada


Last year we served 727,903 meals (an increase from 520,373 the year before) and provided safely distanced shelter to 1,244 people. In the midst of the pandemic, the need has never been greater. We also provided people with addiction and trauma treatment, housing support, job training, mental health services, care at our medical and dental clinics, and end-of-life care at our hospice. More than a shelter, The Ottawa Mission provides a vital array of services to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.


How you can help Corporate giving is a fundamental part of successful business in Ottawa. In a time when many firms are facing a talent shortage, many professionals now consider a social conscience a must for their employers. Investing in the community is not just a way to give back; it has become an important way to recruit and retain top staff. This is what leads many Ottawa-area businesses to support The Ottawa Mission through the Business on a Mission program. Launched in 2019, the program’s partnership options can be customized to fit any budget, whether your business is large or small. Through the Business on a Mission program, you can: • Increase your revenues • Inspire your employees • Raise your community profile • Support corporate social responsibility When you align with Ottawa’s oldest and largest emergency shelter, you help those in need while also helping your business, employees and clients. We offer you high-profile sponsorships, employee engagement opportunities, a popular cause-related marketing program and many other options to meet your corporate giving needs. All it typically takes is one visit (or a virtual tour during the pandemic) to see why it’s worth it to partner with The Ottawa Mission. For more information and to start a conversation, please visit or contact Erin Helmer, Senior Officer of Corporate Philanthropy and Partnerships, at

Coldest Night of the Year You and your business can join us for a family-friendly VIRTUAL fundraising walk held on February 26, 2022, all across Canada. This is a great community builder and a powerful way to support The Ottawa Mission. To learn more or to get involved, contact Erin Helmer at

Corporate Engagement Guide Browse our new Corporate Engagement Guide to find a form of partnership that works for your business. Explore opportunities to strengthen your business’s reputation, culture and bottom line – all while making a meaningful impact in your community. See the guide at

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More refugees expected in Ottawa as borders re-open As Ontario braces for the next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts are predicting an influx of refugees in response to border restrictions easing internationally.

"Every time I walk through that door, Now, the organization is looking I treat every person individually, towards the future — and doing honouring their story and experience its best to prepare. and helping move them forward from where they are,” says says Doreen Katto, Program Coordinator, Refugee “We know people in need have been Services.“First thing is usually waiting in dangerous dange conditions,” their refugee claim and paperwork. says Allan Reesor-McDowell, the We help with that. Employment. Executive Director of Matthew House Every job requires experience, how Ottawa (MHO). “With the help of our do you get experience when you’re a amazing supporters, MHO will be newcomer? You volunteer. We help here to open the door for people in with that. And then you need a home, urgent need.” you’re able and willing to pay, but you need furniture. We help with that." The local organization o has been operating since the aftermath of MHO expanded its housing capacity the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, already last year when it opened a second location, growing to 24 transitional serving 16,000+ refugees and Louis, Matthew House employee beds for refugees. The addition of a low-income individuals to date. While COVID-19 posed new second truck has also enabled its “When our community unites for a Furniture Bank drivers to deliver challenges for the charity, it has cause, we can do truly amazing managed to adapt and thrive. th furniture five days per week. things,” says Reesor-McDowell.

Refugees need your furniture. Matthew House Ottawa’s Furniture Bank serves more than 600 refugees and low-income families in our community each year. Here’s how our supporters are helping to make a difference, by the numbers.




volunteer hours contributed so far in 2021

average cost to furnish a family in need’s home

items of furniture donated by our community this year

Visit or contact (613) 591-6681 to make your donation.


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What we do Imagine how you feel when you walk through the door to your home. Your relief and immediate comfort of belonging. That’s Matthew House Ottawa. And we have two metaphorical doors: one for refugees who are making a fresh start in Ottawa and one for newcomers,


380 Centrepointe Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2G 6A1 Year founded: 2010 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $638,918 Twitter: @MHOttawa Facebook: /MHOttawa


How you can help GIVE

Allan Reesor-McDowell Executive director

people and families who are leaving homelessness, fleeing domestic violence and need furnishings to settle into long-term, secure housing. Our residential refugee home offers a family atmosphere where refugees have a safe place to sleep, eat, receive support services and begin their journey to independence. The Furniture Bank is available to our low-income neighbours who need furniture to make their new residence a home.

Ian McLaren Chair

The impact of donor support on Matthew House Ottawa services is very concrete: you help feed and house refugees, furnish the apartments of newcomers and low-income individuals, and provide settlement support for those who arrived in Canada in search of safety and a better life. With partnerships allowing us to rent both housing and furniture bank space at a minimal cost, donor dollars help purchase groceries to feed Matthew House residents, offer support in navigating the refugee claimant process and fund gas for the truck that transports furniture throughout Ottawa. Your generosity makes a significant difference in the lives of refugees.

Funding priorities As an increasing number of refugee claimants come to Canada, Matthew House Ottawa is dedicated to meeting the urgent need for safe housing and supports within our community. Our programming has two areas of focus: our physical houses, which supply a safe home for vulnerable newcomers, and our furniture bank, which provides everything needed – from mattresses to tables and even kitchenware – to furnish the homes of lowincome families. With donor support, we hope to open a third location to expand housing and supports for more warehouse space to store furniture for people. We are also in need of a three-tonne truck to transport furniture to people who would not otherwise have the essentials.


BOARD MEMBERS Ian McLaren Chair Steve Kuhn Treasurer Hannah Marazzi Secretary Dan Monafu Helen Reimer Aaron Webber Carolyn Elliott-Magwood

Matthew House operates on a shoestring budget with few full-time staff, meaning our programming relies heavily on the commitment of dedicated volunteers. A variety of volunteer opportunities can be found online at While COVID-19 has impacted the ways we operate some of our programs, we would love to discuss how you might be able to get involved at either our refugee house locations or the Furniture Bank in Kanata. Matthew House particularly welcomes individuals to provide support in finding housing, refugee settlement and translation. Giving a few volunteer hours each week can make a lifetime impact on a refugee starting anew.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING Join the Matthew House Ottawa team as part of Ride for Refuge, a fun event to provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere.


Looking for other ways to support our clients? Every donation is appreciated and goes a long way: • $35 provides a bed, food, and settlement to a refugee claimant for one day. • $67 covers our cost to run a truck for the day, delivering furniture to up to 6 families. • $250 provides a bed, food, and settlement support to a refugee claimant for 1 week. • $425 covers our cost to fully furnish a home for a family in need. You can make a donation online at:

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What we do The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses for adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking, cartooning and more. We host artist-in-residence workshops, operate an art boutique, curate exhibitions in our downtown and Orléans galleries, host solo and group shows by local and international artists, and run the Lee

35 George St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 8W5

TOP FUNDING SOURCES 613-241-7471 Year founded: 1879 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,851,051 Twitter: @artottawa Facebook: /ArtOttawa Instagram: @artottawa

Jeff Stellick Executive director

Shirley Yik President, board of directors

BOARD MEMBERS Alexia Naidoo Vice-President Anne Eschapasse Former Deputy Director of Exhibitions & Outreach, National Gallery of Canada David Finnie Commercial Account Manager, BrokerLink Issam Elhaje Treasurer Manager – Contract Management & Foreign Trade Offices Canadian Commercial Corporations

Matasi Gallery for student showcases as well as a few off-site gallery spaces (Fritzi Gallery at GCTC, Preston Square/Waterford Group and Minto Suite Hotel). The OSA also offers a three-year fine arts diploma, a one-year portfolio certificate, a not-for-credit arts Fundamentals certificate and a community outreach program.

Joshua Vickery Secretary Lawyer, Kelly Santini LLP Michael Ashley Independent contractor Tara Brossier Manager of Human Resources, BGIS Caroline Elie Manager, Stakeholder Relations – Export Christos Pantieras Artist, Art Educator Clayton Powell Past President Principal at Powell Strategy Group

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding area; campus in Orléans


Fundraising priorities The outreach program is dedicated to removing all economic barriers (no enrolment fees, no art supply costs, art instructor provided and no transportation) as the classes are taught in the neighbourhood at a local community house or community centre. Participants are also given the opportunity to showcase their work in a group exhibition held each year in our downtown gallery. For students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course, we have a bursary program that, along with funding set aside in the annual budget, is made possible by several named and anonymous donors. The value of each individual bursary given depends on the level of financial assistance indicated on the application form and the availability of funds. These programs are supported through our fundraising initiatives and donations are also accepted online, by phone, in-person and by post. In response to the global pandemic, we now offer several online course options, as well as delivering the certificate and diploma programs in an online-and-inperson hybrid format.

OSA Outreach Art Program at Rochester Heights Community House, a partner in our community Outreach Program.

How your business can help • Become a Corporate Member • Sponsor a bursary or scholarship to fund an arts award for the Diploma program • Sponsor a community outreach program • Provide sponsorship for the annual charity golf tournament and/or send a team • Bring a group for a corporate team building artistic workshop


Holiday Fundraising Art Sale (Nov 25- Dec 12, 2021): Works by local artists and members of the school are exhibited in our downtown gallery at 35 George St. and available for purchase. Proceeds are split between the artist and the school with funds raised going towards our bursary and outreach programs. With 35% of the proceeds going towards OSA programming. Thank you to all that made the Holiday Art Sale a success in 2020.

Golf Fore Art! (Sept 23, 2021): Our 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament invites teams of four to tee off and compete in 18 holes. Providing our teams with a boxed lunch, dinner, awards ceremony and an opportunity to bid at our silent auction, we offer several sponsorship packages to help make this event happen each year.

The 36TH Annual Holiday Art Sale: from November 26 to December 13, 2020, 189 works from 44 local artists were exhibited in OSA’s downtown gallery at 35 George Street.

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Dr. Emilio Alarcon on finding inspiration in family Growing up in Santiago, Chile, Emilio Alarcon never imagined that one day he would be a researcher at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. His son Alonso was born with Down Syndrome and a hole in his heart. A few years later, Alonso was diagnosed with leukemia. Emilio and his wife Madleen spent so much time inside the hospital that it started to feel like they lived there. And, as a family they began to understand the immense value of the gift of time. As a scientist with the Heart Institute, Emilio can focus on giving that same gift to others. The research programs he leads will one day change lives for thousands of families. Researchers are motivated everyday simply walking into the building and seeing so many patients. Patients they know they can help. Imagine the benefits of an injectable gel made with human collagen to repair cardiac muscles. It will save so many lives. Or using 3D printing to print a blood vessel right in the operating room during bypass surgery.

Dr. Emilio Alarcon with his wife Madleen and son Alonso.

It sounds like science fiction, but it’s happening right here in our lab at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment THIS IS YOUR DONATION AT WORK Purchasing specialized diagnostic and surgical equipment, investing in innovative research and supporting programs to enhance the patient experience.

THIS IS THE RESULT New therapies and technologies that will change lives and save lives today and for years to come. Thank you for giving the gift of time.

“As scientists and researchers, everything we do is because of our patients. In fact, when I’m interviewing students to join our lab, the first question I ask is, “What did you see in the lobby when you came into the Heart Institute?” And I only recruit those who answer, ‘patients and their families.’ “ Dr. Emilio Alarcon Scientist, Division of Cardiac Surgery Director, Bio-nanomaterials Chemistry and Engineering Laboratory

Support cardiac care in your community today. Contact us at 613-696-7030 or to make a donation. 40 Ruskin Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4W7  #GiveWithHeart


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What we do With an enormous amount of compassion and hard work, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) has become a recognized, international leader in cardiovascular treatment, ground-breaking research and exceptional patient care. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation (UOHIF) is the bridge that connects the programs,

40 Ruskin Street Ottawa, ON K1Y 4W7

facilities and people who save lives every day, with the individual and corporate philanthropists in our community. Donors to the Foundation play a vital role in ensuring that many of the most critical components of worldclass care are available. Funds raised are used to support the funding priorities of the Heart Institute, including innovative research, patient programs and, helping an exceptional team of health care professionals advance cardiovascular care and save lives every day.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1994 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $39.2M Twitter: @HeartFDN Facebook: /HeartInstituteFoundation


How you can help



Lianne Laing Executive Director

Elizabeth Roscoe Chair, Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS Grant Jameson Vice Chair James Annis Treasurer Ken Jennings Secretary Dr. Thierry Mesana Member UOHI President & CEO Paul LaBarge Member, UOHI Board of Directors Dr. Robert Cushman Member, OHIRC Board of Directors Lianne Laing UOHIF Executive Director

Matt Davies Gail Kaneb Krista Kealey Leslie Mise Tuan Nguyen Muneeba Omar Deneen Perrin Aruna Rajulu Catarina Silva Natalie Tommy Michael Vladescu Erin Zipes

Paul Bodnoff Member UOHI Patient Alumni

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS The Heart Institute is the primary cardiac referral centre for Eastern Ontario and several other areas across Canada. The Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada is also located at the Heart Institute.

It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs in cardiac treatment and prevention. Over the next five years, and with the continued support of our donor community, we will implement and execute an ambitious strategic research plan named ORACLE (Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence.) ORACLE is all about cutting-edge research. We will be at the forefront of assessing trends and preparing to provide the best in patient care and tailored treatment. Valve disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure will all increase exponentially within the next 30 years. Together we will find solutions.

VOLUNTEER The Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities: • Foundation-hosted events such as the Fuller Keon Golf Tournament, JUMP IN™, Capital Oktoberfest and Team Heart • Community volunteer led activities such as curling bonspiels, talent shows, service club fundraisers and walks/runs in memory. • Sharing your Heart Institute story in our Foundation Connection newsletter • February is Heart Month activities including peer-to-peer fundraising, special events, sale and purchase of paper hearts.

Funding Priorities Specialized equipment purchases and exciting new research projects are 100% donor funded. Research is focused on the following areas. Arrythmias, Atherosclerosis, Valvular disease, Heart Failure and Brain-Heart Connection.

Donation Highlight The Heart Institute Foundation is extremely grateful to the Taggart Parkes Foundation for their support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Biobank, a leading-edge facility that is an essential building block for countless scientific studies leading to advancements in molecular biology and genetics. Their generous $70,000 donation will bring our research closer to the finish line. Thank you, Taggart Parkes Foundation.

September - JUMP IN™ for Women’s Heart Health is a virtual, nation-wide 30-day challenge to encourage you to get moving in your own space and at your own pace, in support of women’s heart health across Canada. JUMP IN™ to your choice of 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days. Track your success with the Daily Activity Tracker and access your JUMP IN™ exclusive workout schedule. Double your impact - donations are matched by our generous corporate partners and there are amazing prizes to be won.

February is Heart Month is an opportunity for individuals, groups, and businesses to take the lead in raising funds for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Throughout the month, you can support the Heart Institute in a number of ways: • Host or participate in a community event • Join the paper heart program through the sale or purchase of paper hearts at participating businesses • Pulse charity stream – host an online stream OR tune into an existing one • Knitted heart cards – sell or purchase knitted hearts greeting cards • Light up red – light your building up red and shine a light on heart health • Make a donation & double your impact – Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received, significantly increasing the impact of each Heart Month donation.

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The skills that I learned from DSYTC will be helpful so I can take myself out of bad situations.

Life is great and now is my year to succeed, all because of the well needed boost Dave Smith has provided. The staff, rehabilitators and especially the teachers played a big role in the newly found person I am today. - Reese’s Testimonial

I learned many things while being here. I learned a lot of mindfulness training, anger control training, and ACRA. I also met a lot of different people who all had different stories and interesting things to say so I learned about them. When I came in I was a bit more snappy then I am now. I learned how to be calm and just chill out and stay out of trouble. I also learned to respect people more and how to be more grateful for what people have done for me. I will move forward by moving towards my goals, staying on track, and just not getting back into my old habits which I now have recognized and identified. If I notice that I am starting back on those habits I’ll be able to catch myself before it happens. - D.C’s Testimonial


While here I’ve gone through too many revelations and realizations to count. Most importantly being how quickly, how hard, how devastating overdosing is. Especially with the substances I was using. I’m genuinely surprised I am not dead already. Also, how I legitimately love living, and I don’t want to shave potentially 70 years off my life for some really short instant-gratification. I have things I want to do with my life. I want to go into the study of biochemistry and research alternative methods to treat depression. I also want to have a family and make sure that my kid(s)don’t have to go through some of the horrible things I had to.

It takes a village to help our youth grow, thrive and succeed in a healthy and safe environment at the DSYTC. As our late founder Dave Smith once said “it’s not a one person job, it takes a whole team to turn lives around.” That’s where you come in! Yes, you! The Village of Hope is a community of people who want to be a part of the lifesaving work that we do every single day. Your donation will provide reliable and stable funding so we can better meet the needs of the youth and families who rely on our support. Together we can make a difference, we can transform lives and give youth and their families a second chance at a fresh start. Be part of our village!

- Drake’s Testimonial


For more information contact Cindy at or 613.594.8333 ext 1201 112 Willowlea Road, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

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What we do

Male Live-in Treatment Campus 1986 Scotch Corners Rd. Carleton Place, Ont. K7C 0C5 Female Live-in Treatment Campus 1883 Bradley Side Road Carp, Ont. K0A 1L0 Aftercare & Administrative Campus 112 Willowlea Road Carp, Ont. K0A 1L0 613-594-8333 Year founded: 1993 Total revenue for last fiscal year: 3,869,204 Twitter: /DaveSmithYouth Facebook: /davesmithyouthtreatmentcentre Instagram: /davesmithcentre/

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a not-for-profit, community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and mental health related issues. DSYTC programs and services include: comprehensive assessment, three-month live-in treatment, academic programming, pro-social recreation, psychiatric support, nurse practitioner primary care, 3 months of continued aftercare support and family services. Our mission is to provide youth and families in need with integrated, evidencebased addiction and mental health treatment,


How you can help GIVE Our critical funding needs fall into two main categories: capital and operational. Our capital requirements pertain to our ongoing campaign to build a new 30-bed treatment facility and merge our three aging facilities into a single-campus model. Doing so would increase access to much-needed treatment, reduce wait times and provide sustainable long-term infrastructure for our health sector. Operational funding needs include resources that support day-to-day programming such as recreation/sports equipment, art supplies, smoking cessation medication, staff training, IT equipment (e.g. laptops) and scholarship funds for graduating students.

VOLUNTEER Mike Beauchesne Executive director

Steve Bell Board chair

delivered by competent professionals within a caring and compassionate environment. Our vision: Healthy, resilient youth and families who have hope and life skills for creating a positive future.

Given our vulnerable population and the sensitive issues they are dealing with, we must restrict ourselves to the recruitment, selection and incorporation of volunteers who bring specific skills to help meet client needs (as

opposed to those who have a general interest in helping). Examples of current or past volunteers include: yoga/ fitness instructors, financial management coaches, career counsellors, hair stylists, photography teachers, support animal guides, grounds maintenance, and educational tutors. We also welcome fundraising volunteers to help our philanthropy team. Call 613-594-8333 x1201 to inquire.


Corporate partnership

BOARD MEMBERS David Kinsman Past chair

Cameron Hopgood Member

Derek Johnston Vice chair

Jennifer McAndrew Member

Tricia Goulbourne Treasurer

Nicole Poirier Member

Rene Bibaud Member

Marilyn Reddigan Member

Kayla Champagne Member

Michael Smith Member

Let us be your corporate charity of choice and collaborate together to customize an interactive employee engagement campaign that will; strengthen your corporate social responsibility by helping youth and families in need of life changing, live-in treatment for substance use and mental health issues.

Drop The Shame Golf Tournament The Drop The Shame Golf Tournament was founded by one of our past graduate clients who created this annual tournament to help drop the shame around youth addiction and mental health. Every year he honours a member of the community for being part of his village of change. Join our village of change by participating in our 5th annual tournament in July 2022. Visit for details.


Village Of HOPE

Upcoming Events

Ottawa, Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario.

Be part of our Village of HOPE and help us support Ontario's youth and families struggling with substance use and mental health issues. Contact Cindy for details 613.594.8333 ext 1201

Visit our website for a list of our upcoming events hosted by ourselves or third party groups like Algonquin College.

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It's not just research.

It's how we win. DISCOVERING TODAY. CREATING TOMORROW. Unleash our potential. Give today. 64

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What we do

737 Parkdale Ave., 1st Floor Box 610 Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 1J8 613-761-4295 Year founded: 1999 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $60 million Twitter: @OttawaHospital Facebook: /OttawaHospital Instagram: @ottawahospital

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation raises funds to support the critical work of The Ottawa Hospital. Today, a major priority is raising money for the hospital of tomorrow: our new Civic development on Carling Avenue. From a cutting-edge facility to compassionate patient care to world-leading health research, every

aspect of our new campus will be a testament to innovation. Whether leading the way with our research or tackling the most complex healthcare issues with compassion, our Foundation helps Canada’s busiest academic healthcare centre create tomorrows for millions of Canadians every year.


Fundraising Priorities • OUR NEW HOSPITAL: Support the future of healthcare in Ottawa with the construction of our state-of-the-art new Civic development on Carling Avenue, opening in 2028.

Tim Kluke President and CEO

Michael Runia Chair

• RESEARCH: Advance our research and clinical trials aimed at discovering new ways to improve patient care and outcomes across a huge range of diseases. • EQUIPMENT: Help provide the newest equipment and technological innovations that will maintain world-class healthcare and research for cancer, neurological conditions, and other diseases.

BOARD MEMBERS Denise Carruthers

Michael McGahan

Jeffrey Clarke

Janet McKeage

Bryce Conrad

Dr. Pradeep Merchant

Kevin Ford

Mychelle Mollot

Tom Froggatt

Ross Rowan-Legg

Sarah Grand

Tim Saunders

Russell Jones

Dr. Emily Segal

Vanessa Kanu

Julie Taggart

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut

How You Can Help GIVE


Over the coming decade, we will change Ottawa’s healthcare landscape for the next century as we build a new hospital for our community. Our goal is, and will remain, providing exceptional care to every patient who walks through our doors. To do so, we must continue to fund research, equipment, and care — not all of which is covered by the province. With community support, we can continue to buy new, cutting-edge equipment to treat our patients, enable our researchers to lead world-first clinical trials, and develop better therapies and cures for diseases — from the most common to the rarest, and from the least severe to the most debilitating.

Monthly donations provide us with predictable funding when we’re faced with the unpredictable. It is a critical source of revenue that our hospital team relies on. Visit to make your donation.


A gift in your will can be the most powerful and meaningful gift of all. We can help you through the process and ensure your gift makes the greatest impact for future generations.

With our user-friendly online tool, you can create your fundraiser in a matter of minutes! From birthday celebrations to T-shirt sales to golf tournaments, galas, and workplace giving — event creation has never been easier. Our online tool gives you the flexibility to customize your event with just a few clicks. Visit To get set up today!

HONOUR A HOSPITAL STAFF MEMBER From nurses to security, doctors to cafeteria workers — our staff are there to stand by us during some of the most challenging times of our lives. A Gratitude Award is a great way to show your support, while helping fund patient care and research. Visit gratitude to say “thank you” today!


Email us at: or call 613-761-4295

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What we do The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) has been active in Ottawa since 1864. Its role is to serve and aid persons in need in all possible ways making no distinctions of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions. In Ottawa there are 17 geographical points of contact, known as conferences representing 23

308- 207 Bank Street Ottawa ON K2P2N2

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1880 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,546,454 Facebook: /saintvincentthriftstore/

Bryan De Pape President Ottawa Central Council

Bernie Hartlin Treasurer, Ottawa Central Council

BOARD MEMBERS Solange Fortin Vice-president Gary Knight: Secretary Bernie Hartlin : Treasurer Pierre Hubert : Past-president Dan Therrien: President, St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc. Claire Heal Director


Catholic parishes. The Ottawa area conferences assisted 3,288 persons in need during 2020 through home visits. Most of the people assisted are living below the poverty line and struggling with their essential needs. They are the poorest of the poor in Ottawa. Twinning, the international approach of SSVP, aims to partner and financially support poor conferences in developing countries; Ottawa has been successful in helping SSVP conferences in Haiti and Nicaragua.


How you can help GIVE


• Donations are critical for providing help to persons in need. You can make a financial donation by clicking on the following donation portal: • As part of the circular economy with the community, to donate clothes, furniture or household items, visit any of our three thrift stores or drop your donations in one of our many bins located throughout the city.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. They help in our drop-in centres, soup kitchen, food banks and thrift stores. They carry out our home visits and provide the support for our special projects, including our housing initiative, North of 60 project, twinning projects, clothing, and food drives. You can volunteer by sending an email to

Fundraising Priorities • The Ottawa conferences operate a drop-in centre, a soup kitchen, two food banks and three thrift stores. • At Christmas time, a Guignolée fundraiser is organized along with other programs to provide snow boots, winter coats and Christmas Hampers. • SSVP Ottawa is now embarking on a housing initiative, with the goal of funding the down payment for low-income affordable housing units dedicated to disadvantaged indigenous peoples, as part of a Multifaith Housing Initiative. • The North of 60 project provides food for persons in need of Rankin Inlet. • Helping persons in need with food, clothing, and other necessities.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING Donate funds at the National website, Donate clothing / furniture at our stores located at : • 1273 Wellington St. W • 1620 Merivale Rd. • 2950 Bank St. Ottawa or at the many bin locations throughout the city. Our Ottawa thrift stores: Making an online purchase at our Ottawa thrift stores: https: Our Ottawa and National Conferences https:

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Building a More Welcoming Community

We are Stronger Together! The Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation supports CCI Ottawa with helping immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into our community. We know that when you give today, they will give back tomorrow. |219 Argyle Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H4 | 613-232-9634 The CCI organizations are independent registered charities. We provide assistance to newcomers regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical ability. 68

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What we do Foundation 219 Argyle Street Ottawa, Ont K2P 2H4

In recent years, the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) has aided thousands of Syrians and Afghans settle in their new home and become full members of Canadian society. CCI provides settlement and integration support for newcomers, especially refugees fleeing war and persecution. We help them

find long-term housing and employment. We help arrange language and trauma counselling. CCI has been welcoming newcomers to Canada since 1954 and is committed to serving all immigrants and refugees regardless of their religious affiliation. The Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation, established in 1997, raises funds for CCI from a variety of sources such as individual donors, faith communities, and other organizations.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES 613-232-9634 Year founded: 1997 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $367,158 Facebook:

RELIGIOUS ORDERS & CHURCHES: 17% INDIVIDUALS AND MEMBERSHIPS: 27% GRANTS: 53% OTHER: 2% FUNDRAISING FOCUS CCIF has been mandated by CCI to raise $1.5 million to fund programming that is not funded from public sources. CCI has an annual budget of $10,137,654. With current revenue of $367,158, CCIF is actively looking for an additional $1.15 million to fulfil this goal to support CCI’s mission to assist newcomers to realize their full potential in Canadian society.

How you can help GIVE Carl Nicholson CCIF & CCI Executive Director

Russell Gibson President, Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS Russell Gibson Lawyer Meiz Majdoub Financial Advisor Haig McCarrell Public Servant Chris Meyers Chartered Accountant Richard Stursberg Consultant David Tobin Retired Public Servant

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario

The Foundation raises funds for CCI programs such as mental health counseling or organizing social and sporting activities for young people. Donations allow us to help groups who want to undertake the challenging yet important task of sponsoring refugees to come to Canada. CCI has helped church and private groups bring more than 1,000 refugees to our city. Groups look to CCI for help with the complex process of sponsorship. CCI has the expertise to help refugee families integrate and settle into their new homes after they arrive. Our Skating Program has been introducing newcomers to the Canadian pastime of ice skating for over 14 years. Newcomers can try skating on City Hall’s Rink of Dreams. Youth mentorship and school support is also an important aspect of CCI’s services. We assist young people with homework clubs, job-seeking skills, resume preparation, and educate them on how to present themselves effectively during their job searches.

Skating is a very Canadian winter pastime that everyone should have a chance to try at least once! Parents with children in the school system may be unfamiliar with how the education system functions. Newcomers and volunteers can share cooking, music, and stories. Often volunteers and their “matches” remain friends for years. Other volunteer activities can include conversation circles to practice English or French, sewing clubs, cooking sessions, etc. CCI’s goal of building a strong community relies on creating a welcoming community for both long-time residents and recent arrivals.


As a member of the Local Agencies Serving Immigrants coalition (LASI), we help connect talented newcomers to employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. We partner with employers to help them meet their labour market needs by understanding their VOLUNTEER business requirements, finding, and pre-screening Life in a new country can be daunting and frightful and CCI internationally trained newcomers and offering crosshas a team of volunteers to offer friendship and advice. cultural training.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING MONTHLY GIVING: CCIF welcomes donations at any time. Giving monthly ensures the stability of funding for programs, allowing us the flexibility to allocate funds as best needed. PLANNED GIVING: Leaving a gift to CCIF in your will is a way to ensure your legacy and commitment to Ottawa continues. We can work with you to create an effective and meaningful plan. COMPANY GIVING: Many organizations have directed corporate giving. If you are contributing to a companywide program, many times you can direct your gift to a

charity. Many organizations choose a single charity to support annually. We offer presentations on the work CCI does and its value to the economic wellbeing of our society. SPECIAL APPEALS: As a front-line agency CCI is often called on to help in extraordinary circumstances. In 2015, CCI helped over 2,000 Syrian refugees settle in Ottawa. In late summer of 2021, CCI was involved in settling Afghan families into Ottawa. We know when we reach out to the community, people respond generously to support those in critical need.

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Show the Ottawa

community you care about

life-saving cancer research


Start a donate-at-purchase or workplace giving campaign to support our community


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1500 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y9

What we do 613-247-3527

Almost every hour, someone in our community is diagnosed with cancer. These are our friends, neighbours, and family members. Our mission is to ensure they receive the very best cancer care and treatment close to home.

Year founded: 1995 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,912,079 Twitter: @ottawacancer Facebook: LinkedIn:

Our fundraising supports: - local cancer research - local clinical trials - social services like Cancer Coaching

WHY CORPORATE GIVING MATTERS IS YOUR CORPORATION CONNECTED TO A CAUSE? Cause-based marketing is a powerful way to humanize your brand by showcasing the causes you care about. With customer loyalty at an all-time low, it’s crucial, now more than ever, to form strong connections with your customers. WHY SUPPORT LOCAL CANCER CARE? Cancer is the number one cause of death in Canada - 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed in their lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the disease feared most by the majority of people. By showing your support for such an important cause, you are showing our community that you care about their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their loved ones.

Michael Maidment President and CEO

Julia Knox Chair

You can promote your brand, build your internal culture, and connect with your customers, all while giving back to a worthy cause.

BOARD MEMBERS Past Chair Carl Marcotte Senior Vice-President, Business Development & Marketing, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear

Director Elaine Larsen Senior Consultant Regulated Health Industries, Global Public Affairs

Vice-Chair Kevin Fitzgerald Retired, Past President and CEO of MDS Aero Support Corporation

Treasurer Nav Aggarwal President & CEO A&A Pharmachem Inc.

Vice-Chair Peter Andrews President, PRA Strategic Group


Director Suzanne Pellerin Lawyer, LaBarge Weinstein LLP

Director Candace Enman President, Welch Capital Partners

Director Julie Hawrishok Internal Communications Manager, Nutrition International

Director Keelan Green Partner, Prospectus Public Affairs

Director Karen Brownrigg Founder & CEO, iHR Advisory Services

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Eastern Ontario - every dollar raised stays in our community

CORPORATE EVENTS Events are a great way to build your internal culture and connect with the community. You can organize a cancer charity run, a barbecue, or if you dare - a spartan race.

DONATE-AT-PURCHASE For World Cancer Day in February, we’ve invited stores across Eastern Ontario to participate in a donate-atpurchase campaign in support of local cancer care and research. We provide participating stores with marketing signs, videos, and social media posts.

WORKPLACE GIVING Workplace Giving is an opportunity for employees to donate a small amount every month through payroll deduction. This provides employees with something positive to rally around while building company culture.


HOW TO GET STARTED We can customize a package for your corporation. If you have any questions, please connect with our Corporate Events Department at: 613.247.1920 Ext. 257

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AFP Ottawa: Become a member WHO WE ARE:

Barbara McInnes Fund surpasses $65K By Teresa Marques


ver the past few months there have rightfully been many moving tributes in honour of legendary community builder, Barbara McInnes, who passed away on July 1, 2021. When AFP Ottawa announced the establishment of the Barbara McInnes Executive Mentoring Project, we were stunned at the generosity that revealed itself. At the time of print, an incredible $66,000 had been raised to support the program in Ottawa, and a further $10,000 for work in Barb’s beloved Newfoundland. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised; after all, Barb – ever the consummate fundraiser – championed it. And so very many people loved Barb. There are few people who have made a more profound impact in bettering our community than Barb McInnes, over a lifetime of service and leadership. She spent 27 years with the Community Foundation of Ottawa since its inception in 1987 and was a founding director of Community Foundations of Canada for 12 years. Always active in her community, she was a Governor of Carleton University, a member of the University Senate, board member of United Way Ottawa and of numerous professional associations and voluntary sector boards. She served on the boards of Telus Ottawa, the Shorefast Foundation, and Match International Fund for Women. She was a Champion of and Advisor to Compassionate Ottawa, PAL Ottawa, and Refugee 613. The recognition from AFP Ottawa was but one of many Honours and Awards Barb received over time, including the Order of Canada and Honourary Doctorate from Carleton University. The list goes on! Without question, Barb’s presence and leadership in the community and her generosity over the years have led to immense impacts on the lives of countless individuals in need. As Alex Munter, CEO of CHEO, shared: “When I think of Barb, I can think of few people who know Ottawa as well or love and support it as much. And in return, the love and support of her city is reflected right back at her.” In recognition of all that Barb gave to the city of Ottawa and to the charitable sector here and beyond, and to create


a lasting legacy in her honour, AFP Ottawa established the Barbara McInnes Executive Mentoring Project. Funds raised will invest in the leadership development of new Executive Directors from underrepresented groups in our city and from small NGOs and charities. Going forward, the project will: •

Provide bursaries and scholarships through the AFP Ottawa Chapter to new Executive Directors from underrepresented groups in Ottawa and from small NGOs and charities; Support executive level mentorship within the profession, particularly for leaders from underrepresented groups; and Encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession in Ottawa.

There’s no question that passion fuels the work of so many professionals employed by the charitable sector; in fact it’s this passion that continues to draw so many into the field. But, too often, charities are running on fumes as opposed to being resourced effectively to develop talent, to work towards more sophisticated operational structures, or to embrace digital transformation (to name just a few ‘behind the scenes’ hurdles that some charities face). AFP Ottawa established this program in Barb McInnes’ name and with her blessing because I think Barb knew very well that opportunities to invest in professional development and leadership potential are not always spread equally. These types of learning opportunities can be particularly harder for leaders from smaller organizations to access, and we need to do much more to ensure that leaders from underrepresented groups in our city can access advanced professional development and mentorship. We all stand to benefit from diversity in leadership and Barb championed this. With the Barbara McInnes Executive Mentoring Project, and thanks to the generosity of so many contributors in Ottawa and beyond, her legacy will continue to champion for the social good sector. For more information the program which will launch formally this fall, please contact

AFP Ottawa members are the leaders and influencers for a dynamic and growing non profit sector in the nation’s capital. With more than 300 members, AFP Ottawa represents a vast network that touches every industry and boardroom in the city. We have the privilege of being a proud national leader for other chapters in Canada and play a role in future government policy towards charitable giving. AFP Ottawa invites you to explore joining as a member, actively taking part and doing what you can to support this lively and professional community of peers.


Network with the top professional fundraisers and nonprofit leaders in the city Help your charitable organization advance Access resources and tools created by and compiled from top fundraisers from around the world Access AFP Connect, where you can discuss and share fundraising tips, advice and reassurance with your AFP colleagues around the world and in your hometown AFP offers leadership that advances the profession and ensures that ethics remain at the forefront of fundraising Virtual resources with your membership include: Micro-learning videos and member-exclusive webinars, groundbreaking research, career advancement tools, AFP 360 and so much more

CONNECT WITH AFP OTTAWA To learn more about the value of membership, please visit AFP Ottawa’s website at or write to We look forward to welcoming you to AFP Ottawa!

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Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser This award is conferred on an individual who demonstrates a leadership role in significant fundraising projects for more than one charitable organization within the community. This person is dedicated to serving charitable institutions and is committed to the advancement of philanthropy.

Ian M. Sherman With over 35 years of experience working as a Tax Partner in the EY Ottawa office, Ian M. Sherman has recently retired from full-time public accounting practice. He managed the Ottawa Office Tax Practice of over 90 professionals and was a Tax Account Leader coordinating and facilitating services to many of EY’s local and multinational clients in several industry sectors. Since July 1, 2021, through his company Relationship Capital Inc., Ian assumed corporate roles as a director, family business adviser, board member, and other advisory roles, leveraging his business and professional relationship network, as well as experience and skills from almost four decades of professional practice. For over 10 years, Ian was an Instructor for the CPA Canada In-Depth Income Tax Course. From 2007 to 2011, he was Chair of the CICA Tax Courses Committee and Chair of its Tax Education Task Force. Ian is a Past Chair of the CPA Canada Income Tax Education Committee.

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Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Group This award is bestowed upon a group, service club or association whose philanthropic contribution makes a significant impact on the community. This group demonstrates that it cares about society and enhances the quality of life of the community.

County of Carleton Law Association The County of Carleton Law Association / Association du barreau du comté de Carleton (CCLA / ABCC) is a not-for-profit professional association for those engaged in the practice of law in Ottawa. Formed in 1888 by a group of 60 lawyers, the CCLA/ABCC is now the second largest local law association in Ontario and counts lawyers, paralegals, the judiciary, and law students among its members. The CCLA/ABCC was originally created to provide a law library to its members, a service which continues to the present day at the Gordon F. Henderson Library in the Ottawa Courthouse. Additionally, the CCLA/ABCC has become a leading organization in the legal profession, committed to providing advocacy, legal education, and guidance to its members and other legal practitioners. The CCLA/ABCC has a long history of giving back to the Ottawa community, particularly through the Courthouse Food Bank Drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, and to many community charities through the Annual CCLA/Great Canadian Theatre Company Lawyer Play fundraiser, which in 2021 celebrated its 21st year. The CCLA/ABCC is also delighted to support many other fundraising and charitable initiatives within the legal community through providing in-kind promotional support. Among these worthy causes, the CCLA/ABCC has supported the Ottawa Courthouse Angels toy drive for the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, Lawyers Feed the Hungry, LawzFest/Rockable Hours in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, and Barristers for a Better Bytown.

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Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional This award recognizes an individual who works directly for a non-profit, charitable organization. This person is dedicated to serving charitable institutions and is committed to the advancement of philanthropy.

Rachael Wilson, CFRE Rachael Wilson is the CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank, the first female CEO in its 37-year history. Since 2016, Rachael has been the Director of Communications & Development on the Ottawa Food Bank’s executive team. Prior to becoming a staff member at the Ottawa Food Bank, Rachael held high-level fundraising positions within the charitable sector for most of her 20-year career. She is committed to addressing complex issues by connecting and empowering stakeholders, including donors, politicians, and those with lived experience. She brings a sharp and strategic approach to every team she leads. Rachael was born and raised in Ottawa. Although she has left several times, she always returns to her hometown. She resides here with her husband, two children, and her golden retriever, Rosie.

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Award for Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist This award recognizes a corporation that demonstrates outstanding dedication to community through philanthropic giving to local charitable organizations. This corporation exhibits exemplary civic and charitable duty and generosity and motivates others to take philanthropic leadership roles.

CLV Group For over 45 years, CLV Group has been taking pride in helping renters and homeowners find the perfect place to call home, and in developing strong communities. Their communities are characterized by the care and quality they place in design and maintenance; a helpful and friendly team; a personalized experience; and 24-hour emergency service. CLV community residents take comfort knowing that they’re well looked after by a team of dedicated professionals. Perhaps their greatest source of pride is the support that they provide and their engagement in the broader communities in which they operate. Their annual charitable golf tournament alone has raised over $5 million in support of various charities including Boys and Girls Club Canada’s, Habitat for Humanity, Youth Services Bureau, The Snowsuit Fund, Christie Lake Kids, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Ottawa Food Bank, Interval House, and many more. Their engagement has never been more critical than in the last two years, with many communities in desperate need of support. Through their #CLVSupportsLocal campaign, they spent $100,000 at local merchants who were particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The McGahan/Facchin family contributed an additional $100,000 in local spending, by providing money to the Ottawa Foodbank, and asking them to purchase food through local restaurants to create a twofold impact in the community. These are just a few of the many charitable initiatives that they have undertaken. CLV feels fortunate and humbled to be able to give back.

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Award for Outstanding Youth Philanthropist This award celebrates a young person who demonstrates a leadership role in local community service. This person is dedicated to benefiting either individuals in need or charitable institutions and is committed to the concept of community service, fundraising or volunteering.

Daniel Bersyniow-Naane Daniel Bersyniow is a first year Health Sciences student at the University of Ottawa who grew up with an innate passion for helping others. In 2019, Bersyniow launched a program called the “Star of Life Project,” in affiliation with the United Nations Association in Canada to help meet their 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The Star of Life Project’s mission is to create a world where no child is left without proper access to healthcare. Bersyniow feels strongly about healthcare, and through his volunteerism, seeks to help shape the course of medicine through the discovery of sustainable solutions for modern day complications. He believes in crafting solutions that are adaptive, effective, and sustainable over the long-term, to create collaborative change and transform lives. Last year, Bersyniow and his classmates gathered over 15,000 masks, along with 500 bottles of hand sanitizer and 120 face shields to send to northern Indigenous schools, with the help of Engel & Völkers Ottawa. Outside of school, Bersyniow is an avid sailor, accomplished pianist, and works as a math and French instructor.

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Award for Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

Award for Innovation in Fundraising

This award honours an individual who demonstrates ongoing personal financial commitment to local charitable organizations. Recipients of this award exhibit outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and their generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles.

This one-time award recognizes an individual philanthropist or volunteer, business, group, foundation, charity, or other organization who transformed the way they work or give, in response to the covid-19 pandemic. They have seen the challenges and faced them down with determination to rethink, regroup, reorganize in order to move away from traditional fundraising or support in the face of unconventional and unprecedented times, and find new, innovative ways to fundraise.

Dave and Ann Trick

Youth Services Bureau Foundation

Dave and Ann Trick are retired entrepreneurs and have been married for 33 years. They are proud of their six children and nine grandchildren, one of whom is a child with special needs. Mrs. Trick holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science and an Honours Degree in Psychology and graduated from Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston as a Registered Nurse, while Mr. Trick graduated from Algonquin College with a Diploma in Biochemical Chemistry. Their entrepreneurial endeavors have included owning the Perth Soap Company, Trillium Health Care Pharmaceutical Company, and the St. Bernard Soap Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly owned by Proctor and Gamble. Mrs. Trick has also taught at Algonquin College. Mr. and Mrs. Trick have a long history of community involvement. Mr. Trick’s business background includes the mentoring of entrepreneurs, and Mrs. Trick’s passion for cultivating a culture of volunteerism is rooted in her own authentic desire to give back. They created The Dave and Ann Trick Family Foundation with various charities and causes in mind, with a particular focus on the needs of victims of catastrophic events and healthcare research, impacting countless lives in Ottawa and abroad.

Established in 2009, the Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation’s role is to inspire, motivate, and link donor and community support to invest in the programs and services of the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), which was founded in 1960. YSB is one of the largest, most comprehensive non‑profit agencies serving youth in our community. Close to 350 caring professionals work from 20 locations across the city to deliver a vast range of programs and services that support vulnerable youth and their families. The YSB Foundation proudly supports the important work YSB does each day. The Foundation rallies corporate partners, foundations, individual donors, and the youth community, to raise funds for YSB’s four key service areas for youth – shelters and housing, mental health, employment, and youth justice. The YSB Foundation moved quickly to reimagine their signature event and youth mental health event series to operate within virtual environments during the pandemic. They adopted a more robust, bilingual advertising and digital fundraising approach, completely refreshed and rebranded their YSB SleepOUT for Youth event, and embraced Instagram Live, Facebook Live and Zoom to reach audiences for their Mind Matters youth mental health series, to a great degree of success.

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Are fundraising professionals burnt out or on fire? By Sam Laprade, CFRE


re you ready for a truth bomb? Fundraising professionals were burnt out before the pandemic. Roles in many non-profit organizations, unfortunately, are inadvertently set up to fail. Lack of resources, small budgets and minimal support are just the tipping point. Then you add unrealistic expectations, lack of professional development opportunities and 60+ hour work weeks. A disaster starts to brew. Fundraiser after fundraiser is recruited into these roles and yet, board members and the senior leadership team are left scratching their heads. The turnover for the position is less than two years and they wonder why. If fundraising is really - all about relationships - why are we not putting our efforts into building strong relationships with our fundraising team so they can in turn build long sustaining relationships in the community? In every training session I conduct with Boards, I repeat the two same messages to participants. Firstly, fundraising is a team sport. Your philanthropy staff are your quarterbacks, sometimes they are running with the ball. Sometimes they toss the ball to a team member who scores the touchdown. They are always inspiring in the huddle through


solid acquisition campaigns, renewal mailings, compelling cases of support and solid database management. Whether it is events, annual giving or major gifts, a solid team is required. Secondly, I remind Board Members and Executive Directors, that you cannot hire a fundraiser, hand them a computer, show them to a cubicle and hope the money rolls into your organization. You will soon have an empty chair and be on the search for the next fundraiser. And then the next fundraiser. Let’s skip ahead to mid-March 2020 when many non-profit staff lost countless hours of sleep. In some charities, the demands for their programs doubled overnight and yet their volunteers disappeared due to public health restrictions. On the flip side, in some cases nonprofit programs were completely snuffed out altogether and no one was calling them. Neither group was bragging about sleeping like a baby. Many non-profit professionals, who had been requesting updated database systems and cloud-based solutions were left to load clunky desktop computers, printers, and mailing machines into their vehicles so they could set up shop on their dining room tables or even worse, their ironing boards. Charity expert and author Dan Pallotta shares in his TED Talk, how we think about charity is dead wrong. Many leaders and board

members want to instill a living on a shoestring budget culture into non-profits. Pallotta challenges us to make investments into people working in the sector for the long-term social benefits. Some fundraisers joke about the workload and the demands COVID-19 has put on non-profit leaders. Then compassion fatigue, impostor syndrome and a national charity scandal are sprinkled into the simmering pot. This crisis is anything but funny. The good news is there is hope. In the last number of years, many non-profit professionals are speaking up about these challenges of burn out. Finally, these tough issues are making their way through the sector by way of conferences, articles, and podcasts shedding a light. Afterall burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse by overwork or stress. Collapsing fundraisers mean collapsing non-profits. The hope comes from making this topic mainstream. The hope is the burnout of not only fundraisers, but everyone experiencing this debilitating condition is taken seriously. In a recent article in Forbes, author Tracy Brower shares that empathy is the most important leadership skill according to research. Fundraisers are looking for empathy in their leaders. People who enter the charitable sector put their hearts on their sleeves, dedicate themselves to an organization that aligns with their values. From healthcare to social justice to animal welfare to support for Veterans and many more causes, they want to work with others to move the needle. Supporting non-profit staff is like securing the foundation of any structure, it is crucial to avoid collapse. When is the last time non-profit staff were asked how they are feeling? The answers may surprise you.

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Canadian crime victims find hope and empowerment By Bernie Forestell


f you’ve ever been a victim of crime, there’s one basic truth; in an instant, your life changes forever. Victims of violent crime including homicide, sexual assault, intimate partner violence assault and cyber-crime are unwillingly and unexpectedly thrown into a legal system that tends to lean in favour of the offender and not the people whose lives they’ve changed forever. Crimes range in severity, so does the aftermath. Your stolen bike, break-ins at your home, your office, your car. The theft of your identity, your credit card. It doesn’t matter how “large” or “small” the crime may be. Any crime has an everlasting effect on victims. And, although the system may quickly forget about crime victims, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) never does. DONNA’S STORY: Donna and her husband Sedrick decided to move from Ottawa back to Sedrick’s birthplace in Jamaica, where they planned on starting a new business. This didn’t sit well with some people. Two men came to their home one day to challenge Sedrick. Donna grabbed her phone, running upstairs, hiding in the bathroom off their bedroom while her husband fought with one of the intruders downstairs.

From her hiding place Donna heard the gunshot that killed her beloved husband. “I called 9-1-1, hoping that the police would respond urgently and save our lives,” says Donna. “I heard the shot while I was on the phone talking with the dispatcher and while the second man was kicking in the bedroom door.” Sedrick’s life was taken on Nov. 17, 2013, the day Donna’s life changed forever. Sedrick’s killers are at large to this day. “When Donna reached out to us for support, we were there with all of our resources, experience, empathy, and heart to help her,” says Aline Vlasceanu, executive director of the CRCVC. “Our clients are people like you and me who are thrust into a system that is clinical, dry and matterof-fact. That’s how the legal system works. But that’s not how people work. We provide a humanistic approach by listening, learning and leveraging our expertise to help them navigate their way to a place where they can be in control. We empower our clients.” “One in five Canadians will be victimized by crime every year,” adds Vlasceanu. “We were founded to provide free, unlimited, unbiased and hands-on support to any crime victim, whether or not the crime is ever reported to police. Thanks to our donors we continue to build on the support we offer.”. The CRCVC team takes a hands-on approach by helping with victim impact statements, advocating for victim compensation, attending parole hearings and ensuring

victims rights are upheld. “We are proud of our work and even more proud of the people we help,” says Vlasceanu. “One of our most innovative programs is our Monthly Loss to Violence group.” On the last Thursday of every month, anyone who has lost a loved one to homicide can meet to share stories of their loved ones, hear from professionals, and offer support to newcomers who are suffering the greatest loss of their lives. “They are such amazing and inspiring people,” says Vlasceanu. “Even though they struggle with their loss, they open their arms and hearts to everyone who joins the group.” The recently formed Victims Advisory Committee (VAC) is another example of the proactive work at CRCVC. The committee is a diverse group of victims from across Canada who give a trauma-informed viewpoint of issues affecting Canadian crime victims. “We know that every victim, every survivor, has a personal story. I am so proud of this group who all have lived experience of crime, including their journey through Canada’s legal system. They are giving their time and compassion to help others, and their voices carry strength,” says Vlasceanu. For Donna and the hundreds of victims who turn to the CRCVC for help every year, nothing can reverse their pain and the path their lives have taken. “It takes time to find a new normal,” says Vlasceanu. “For some, it’s a lifetime. But, no matter how long it takes, no matter how much support they need, the CRCVC is there to ease their struggle.” The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime is a registered Canadian charity. To find out how you can support people like Donna, please visit

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The number of major initiatives that will benefit from the RBC Foundation’s $900,000 donation to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. They include the Emerging Artists Project, ReCreation and the Venice Biennial. Beds at St. Patrick long-term care centre benefited from $60,000 raised through the sale of St. Patrick’s Day dinner packages. Each one was full of classic Irish comfort food prepared by catering company and food shop Thyme & Again and sponsored by TD Bank.


Chunk of sales that Anish Branding are donating to Indigenous youth via the First Assist program.

Major donations and fundraising achievements in our community


The low number of patients that were attending the CHEO ER early in the pandemic, forcing it to look into remote care. This was made possible by a $50,000 gift from TD Bank Group.

Amount given to United Way East Ontario, Ottawa Food Bank and Ottawa Community Foundation by Fiona McKean and Tobi Lutke, Thistledown Foundation to help the stretched charities across the community.

Emergency food programs in the city that would benefit from a drive by 34 law firms that raised $98,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank.

The gift given to Family Services Ottawa by Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. to help provide mental health support for those struggling through the pandemic.


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The charitable donation made by Kelly Funeral Homes by Arbour Memorial to honour John Laframbroise’s 50 years of service. His first day was Sept. 4, 1971 - and he started at 6:15 a.m.





Female students who will receive WSYAS bursaries in Algonquin College’s STEM programs in 2021 thanks to the support of the Leacross Foundation.

Concerts livestreamed across Canada after a $250,000 sponsorship from John Sicard, CEO, Kinaxis to the Canadian Live Music Association.

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Number of golfers that raised $1-million at the Mike McCann Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.


The number of supportive housing units in a new Shepherds of Good Hope building made possible largely through the financial support of the Singhal family.


The amount set aside as matching funds by Hobin Architecture for anyone who donated to BGC Ottawa (Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa), Cornerstone Housing for Women, Multifaith Housing Initiative or The Ottawa Mission.



The number of “Men Who Care” which has raised more than $161,000 in seven years to help 70 charities operate. They were able to finally meet again this year after a pandemic-forced hiatus.


Revenue of the CHEO Foundation which Kevin Keohane joined 20 years ago. That amount is now dwarfed at $44-million annually as he prepares to retire.

$1 MILLION BGC Ottawa’s fundraising haul following it 12th annual breakfast. Business and community leaders roused themselves early to support a local charity that gives thousands of at-risk children and youth in our city a safe and supportive place to go after school, where they can have fun, be inspired, learn new skills and hang with friends.

HUNDREDS Gala-in-a-box packages delivered as part of the CHEO For the Kids Gala. The sold-out gala raised $185,000 to help children and youth supported by the Development and Rehabilitation program at CHEO. The total is $21,000 more than was raised at the 2020 event.



All it took to participate in the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation’s virtual challenge to keep people healthy through the pandemic but also raise money for the foundation’s programs.

75 Women who will benefit from The Leacross Foundation’s gift of $60,000 for the take-home lab kits needed for the students to support remote hands-on learning.

Total donation presented at the Construction Community Cares for CHEO event which saw dozens of heavy duty vehicles slowly roll past the children’s hospital.

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