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COVER STORY ESG: What does it mean in the non-profit sector?................... 2 ‘Democratizing forests’ is what this ESG-based company is all about .............. 6 Maidan Market provides lifeline to Ukrainian newcomers to the city................ 8 From one young man’s struggles to thousands of other students, $100 goes a long way ............................................................................................... 9 Five burning questions on charity flow-through shares .................................... 10 OBJSocial: Getting out for a great cause ............................................................. 11


SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE FOUNDATION ........................................... 14 THE GLEBE CENTRE ................................................................................... 16 YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU ....................................................................... 18 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF OTTAWA .............................................. 20 THE DEMENTIA SOCIETY OF OTTAWA AND RENFREW COUNTY ......... 22 MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA ..................................................................... 24 OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART / ÉCOLE D'ART D'OTTAWA ........................... 26 PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE ........................................................................ 28 CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY (CPAWS) .................... 30 SHELTER MOVERS OTTAWA 32 OTTAWA REGIONAL CANCER FOUNDATION .......................................... 34 OTTAWA HUMANE SOCIETY .................................................................... 36 OPTIONS BYTOWN .................................................................................... 38 OTTAWA-CARLETON ASSOCIATION FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ................................................... 40 UNITARIAN HOUSE OF OTTAWA .............................................................. 42 CAUSEWAY WORK CENTRE ..................................................................... 44 HELP OUR STUDENTS PROGRAM ............................................................ 46 KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA ......................................................... 48 YMCA-YWCA OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION ............................... 50 PERLEY HEALTH FOUNDATION ............................................................... 52 UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION ................. 54 QUEENSWAY CARLETON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION 56 DAVE SMITH YOUTH TREATMENT CENTRE ............................................ 58 MONTFORT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ..................................................... 60 THE SNOWSUIT FUND .............................................................................. 62 OTTAWA RIVERKEEPER ............................................................................ 64 FONDATION BRUYÈRE FOUNDATION ..................................................... 66 OTTAWA NETWORK FOR EDUCATION .................................................... 68 THE OTTAWA MISSION ............................................................................. 70 BGC OTTAWA ............................................................................................. 72 ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF OTTAWA ............................................................ 74 THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

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What does it mean in the non-profit sector?

What does it mean in the non-profit sector?

Many people wanting to donate to a charity choose one that has a specific personal meaning or connection. Others start with a topic they’re passionate about and then look for a nonprofit doing work in that space.

But at some point, most donors have to decide: which organization should I support?

The traditional approach has been to look at an organization’s accomplishments relative to its costs. The assumption is that less overhead means a better-run organization. But that lower overhead often comes at a price when other considerations are factored in.

Increasingly, donors and philanthropists are following the lead of the private sector and looking for elements of ESG (environmental, social and governance) in the nonprofits they are considering supporting. These three key factors are used when measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a business or company. Most socially responsible investors check companies out using ESG criteria as a screening method.

“In the investment world, the expectations to be a leader in ESG performance have drastically increased for all companies,” says Jana Hanova, senior manager for EY’s sustainability services division. “The same rings true for non-profits. There is an expectation that non-profits deliver on ESG performance as well.”



How a company performs as a steward of the environment.

While the concept of ESG started in the investment world, it is now taking root in the non-profit sector, with more charities seeking to minimize their environmental impact, ensure they are not contributing to social problems, and diversify their governance practices.

There are many ways non-profits in Ottawa are doing this: from tree planting and water refill stations at events, to adding board members who have relevant lived experiences, to improving the treatment of staff. In fact, one of the most important aspects for charities that find themselves under the ESG lens is the way in which employees are managed, which falls under the ”social” aspect.

This has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Studies show that workers are leaving the sector because of inadequate working conditions, and not just pay. For example, an Association of Fundraising Professionals survey found one-

quarter of responding workers at various non-profits had purchased home office supplies and equipment using their own money during the pandemic, rather than having these essentials supplied by their employer.

“The expectations on ESG performance have drastically increased over the course of COVID,” says Hanova. “Some theorized that ESG would take a back seat, but the opposite has happened. ESG has been catapulted to the forefront of people’s minds – people matter. Their treatment and experience in their workplace matters.”

“Change only happens if we invite change in,” adds Sam Laprade, fundraising consultant and host of An Hour to Give on CityNews Ottawa. “We’re going through our messy adolescence in this sector. It’s good to be messy.”

In this year’s Giving Guide, we look at the three aspects of ESG and how they apply to the non-profit sector.

SOCIAL How a company manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers and communities.

GOVERNANCE How effective a company's internal controls, conflict of interest guidelines, and other policies are, as well as the appropriateness of its executive compensation and board composition.

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Even simple green initiatives can pay off big time

If you’re fundraising in 2022, forget the tchotchkes and bypass the paper — donors are becoming more environmentally conscious and that means charities must find new ways of engaging supporters that respect their increasingly “green” inclinations.

Of course, this shift is happening as many non-profits struggle with increased demand for their services, coupled with shrinking resources. Fortunately, sometimes doing the smart environmental thing also means doing the smart financial thing.

“Doing the right thing and cost savings are often realized together. In fact, it’s very common for an organization starting out on their ESG journey,” says Jana Hanova, senior manager for EY’s sustainability services division. “There are numerous quick wins or low-hanging fruit that can yield savings in the short term. Installing heat trapping films on windows, reducing water consumption and encouraging employees to walk or bike to work has its inherent benefits. When it comes to some of the bigger-ticket items, they tend to pay for themselves over a number of months or years.”

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is in the midst of a $500-million fundraising campaign in support of the new Civic hospital campus. The foundation wants to make sure it’s pursuing a 21st-century approach to fundraising for a 21st-century hospital.

“COVID provided us an opportunity to look at our paper systems,” says Tim Kluke, the foundation’s CEO. “Instead of printing boxes of brochures, we can walk a donor through a digital brochure over a Zoom call and send them an electronic copy to share with family.”

Kluke adds that the foundation is decreasing direct mail fundraising by encouraging more donors to give and subscribe digitally, while also shifting the foundation’s workplace to hybrid with a focus on “being present with a purpose.”

Ultimately, that fundraising effort is supporting a massive construction project – one that will pave over green space and has seen trees cut down, to the dismay of some local residents. But, when considering the

environmental impact, Kluke says it is important to think about the big picture.

“From an environmental perspective, we’re currently working with an inefficient 100-yearold facility and juxtaposing that with a stateof-the-art, energy-efficient hospital project,” he suggests.

Kluke points to features such as renewable energy use, water conservation and reuse, electric vehicle charging stations, better waste management and more energyefficient materials, along with more green space on the campus as part of the overall plan. The new campus will also feature improved accessibility and include elements important to local Indigenous communities.

“We have a great opportunity when you start from scratch on a project like this,” adds Kluke. “We want this hospital to be pointed to nationally and internationally as best in class.”

For any non-profit, considering environmental impacts is something that is increasingly important not only to donors, but also to staff and volunteers, including boards of directors.

“There is a groundswell of interest from employees and strategic direction set from (the) top to enhance the ESG performance of organizations,” notes Hanova. “Demand for ESG is pervasive throughout all levels and it can be a differentiating factor to attract funding, but also to attract employees, leadership and volunteers.”

Putting ethical fundraising into practice

Ethical fundraising is a set of standards and benchmarks that enables organizations to manage their funds responsibly and report their financial affairs accurately and completely. Organizations like Imagine Canada, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners publish industry guidelines and codes that help to define the practice.

For Michael Maidment, CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, transparency is the top priority. “It really works in your commitment to what you’re saying to the donor, how you represent

the organization, the cause and the work that you do,” he says.

Maidment points to how his organization uses data to tell the story of the foundation’s impact on cancer survivorship and research. The charity is careful to frame the contributions of its donors toward programs that improve the quality of life for survivors and their families.

Occasionally, if a project is already fully funded, Maidment’s team has a transparent conversation with the prospective donor.

“There’s never a situation that you would make that decision alone and move that money somewhere else,” Maidment explains. “Honesty and open communication are always the best practices there. And I’ve never seen a situation where a donor withdraws their support – they often say, ‘Let’s talk about another area where I can make an impact.’” —

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Tim Kluke Michael Maidment

What is social finance?

Social finance is an investment that seeks a measurable social, cultural and/or environmental impact as well as a financial return for the investor(s). It stands in contrast to grants and donations, which do not require a financial return; it also stands in contrast to traditional investments, which typically emphasize financial returns only.

What could social finance mean for the charitable sector?

Social finance could reduce charities’ reliance on grants by providing money that helps them to acquire new assets, maintain positive cash flow, and develop new, self-sustaining revenue streams. This can help shield charities from the volatility that comes with relying on a single source of revenue and can give these organizations greater autonomy.

There are risks, however.

Some charities that take on social finance may struggle to pay back investors. There is also the risk of “mission drift” if organizational resources are diverted towards the pursuit and management of social finance.

If charities are interested in seeking social finance, many will have to think and act differently. They will, for example, need to develop business models that allow them to deliver social, cultural and/or environmental impacts and financial returns.

An edited excerpt from Imagine Canada, “Are Charities Ready for Social Finance?”, 2020


NPOs that pay a living wage see benefits for many stakeholders

Rent is increasing. Food costs are up. And even though Ontario’s minimum wage increased again this fall to $15.50, for many it doesn’t go far enough.

That’s why some non-profits and other organizations have been lobbying for years for a “living wage” — a calculation of what a family of four with two parents each working full-time year-round would need to make to cover the costs of living in their community.

Generally, the living wage is noticeably higher than the minimum wage. The Ontario Living Wage Network calculated the living wage in Ottawa as $18.60 per hour in November 2021. The network publishes a list of living wage employers. To be certified, employers go through an application process, are licensed by the network, and pay a fee. They’re also subject to regular reviews.

There are currently 15 certified Living Wage employers in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Humane Society, the Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library, the Parkdale Food Centre, and Matthew House Ottawa, which provides shelter, furnishings and community to refugees and those transitioning to permanent housing.

Matthew House currently maintains four full homes and is looking to increase to seven by year’s end. It also furnishes up to 100 homes for refugee families each

month. Even with these commitments, Matthew House believes in paying employees a living wage.

“One of our core values is human dignity and all of the work that we do is done in a way that provides dignity to the people that we serve,” says Allan ReesorMcDowell, Matthew House Ottawa’s executive director.

“I was aware of the living wage program from a previous employer and we were already paying staff above minimum wage. All of a sudden, we're sitting around the board table one day and thinking, ‘Yeah, why aren't we doing this?’”

While one of the ways his organization remains focused on dignity is to pay staff a wage that allows them to afford basic necessities, Reesor-McDowell notes there is another equally important reason to pursue the certification.

“By providing better compensation consistently, we can retain quality employees, which is really important for our organization,” he adds. “People have a lot of different hats that they have to wear and we need really solid people to do the work. So, the question becomes, how do we treat people so they want to stay?”

Sam Laprade, fundraising consultant and host of An Hour to Give on CityNews Ottawa, points to the work that most charities put into retaining donors, which can be a difficult and expensive task, perhaps to the detriment of focusing on internal resources.

“The topic of how we treat staff has come up more in the last couple of years than it did in the first 28 years of my career,” she says. “We do a disservice to the sector, to its people and to donors when we underpay staff and equip them with outdated tools.”

At Matthew House, programs have been running up against capacity limits and the natural instinct in that situation might be to fundraise more in an effort to do more and continue to grow. But Reesor-McDowell notes his organization is taking a big picture view of how it can grow in a healthy and sustained way that does not burn out staff or volunteers, benefits clients and staff, and ensures the continuity of the organization.

In keeping with that mindset, Matthew House offers employees health benefits, matching retirement contributions and paid vacation time. Even ReesorMcDowell was able to unplug for two weeks this summer.

“We're willing to make these investments because we're in it for the long term,” he says. “I never unplugged during my first four years on the job. It was especially hard when we had so many disruptions to our programs on a weekly basis during the pandemic but actually disconnecting from work felt amazing and I’m encouraging our staff to take time to do that as well.”

Matthew House hasn’t left volunteers out of the equation. When Reesor-McDowell joined the team in 2018, he noted volunteers were burning out as they were covering staff roles due to inadequate staffing. It’s a work in progress, but leadership continues to look at which core roles need to be staffed and which roles are best filled by volunteers.

“It’s looking at ways to treat people fairly,” he says. “If we’re relying on them day-to-day or regularly, we want to compensate that person as a staff person, retain them over the long term, and treat them well. Volunteers can show up less regularly because we don’t want to burn them out. That’s been part of the journey over the last few years.”

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Board members with ‘lived experience’ help reflect their communities

If every non-profit is in business to put itself out of business, who would know how better to achieve that than someone with direct knowledge of the issue a charity is targeting?

While most boards of directors at non-profits haven’t historically made an effort to recruit board members with lived experience, the tide seems to be turning. It’s one reason why Volunteer Ottawa launched an initiative in 2015 aimed at helping local non-profits find interested and qualified board members to enhance their service delivery.

As the focus shifts away from COVID-19 programming, the Diversity in Leadership (DLO) initiative is relaunching and being augmented with a quarterly publication that includes listings of board and similar positions that are open to applications.

“Part of the idea of DLO is increasing that diversity in leadership and in governance so that it reflects the real diversity of Ottawa,” says Amy VanTorre, manager of communications and operations with Volunteer Ottawa. “This is a very diverse city and the makeup of the people who are in charge of these organizations should reflect that. It’s why we also provide training so people who would like to become board members or be in governance positions have more of a basis and a background to launch from.”

More than 100 organizations have participated in the DLO program, with 115 candidates placed on boards in the Greater Ottawa area. Additionally, 500 individuals have taken training through Volunteer Ottawa to help prepare themselves for board positions. The latest edition of the DLO initiative is supported in part by TD Bank Group and Volunteer Ottawa

continues to seek additional funding partners.

Trinish Padayachee is an economist working for the provincial Ministry of Finance and a newcomer to Canada. She took the training to help her understand board responsibilities, as well as financial management and fundraising within a nonprofit environment. Padayachee later secured two board positions, including on the board of Carty House, a non-profit that aims to help female refugees in Ottawa.

“I wanted to expand on a range of skills, so I targeted a mix of governance-focused and operational-focused boards,” she says, referring to the duties and responsibilities of different boards. “For Carty House, I was specifically drawn to their vision and mission statement, which deals with refugee women, most of whom come from Africa. Given that I was also born in Africa, this was an obvious choice based on solidarity with people from my home continent.”

Beyond contributing to a meaningful cause, Padayachee credits her board experience with helping her integrate into her new community and learn about Canada.

For some charities, the idea of asking a former client to give or serve might seem like too much. But fundraising consultant Sam Laprade notes there’s a strong sense of pride and purpose when a person who, for instance, overcame poverty is now able to contribute — even in a small way — to help someone else in a similar situation.

“Having board members with lived experience changes the dynamic in the best way possible and it’s why some not-forprofits are starting to save spots on their board for those with lived experience,” she says. “Whether it’s time, talent or treasure, it’s a meaningful gift to that person.” — By Phil Gaudreau

Donors look for meaningful advances in diversity

The understanding that organizations that are diverse are more effective at serving diverse populations is not new, but has also never been higher amongst funders and the public at large.

It’s clear that donors and funders are looking for evidence, as opposed to expressed organizational commitment, that meaningful advances in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have been made.

EDI efforts must be evidenced in both the organization’s strategy, but also in its publicfacing messaging ... community services organizations are increasingly committed to equity and inclusion by depicting the populations they serve as being empowered, rather than in need of “being saved.”

Key aspects of diversity

• The commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) begins at the top.

• DEI presents complex challenges that require a thoughtful investment of time and resources to gain the understanding needed for authentic engagement.

• Donors want to see themselves reflected in the organization, including staff and volunteers.

• Every person and every culture is unique.

• Traditional engagement may not work with diverse donors.

• Trusted relationships come before solicitations.

• Stakeholders want to see how the organization is actively moving the DEI needle and how they can participate.

• Mistakes are part of the journey and everyone needs to be open to learning, pivoting and adapting.

• DEI is a long-term commitment and, as a sector, we need to hold each other accountable.

Meaningful advances in EDI efforts are also incredibly important to success in talent recruitment, with more candidates increasingly seeking out organizations that reflect a broader diversity of thought and talent and that have proven they can deliver on their EDI goals.

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Amy VanTorre KCI Philanthropy, “Sector Series 2022: Where Do We Go From Here?” Marts and Lundy, “Toward Diverse and Inclusive Philanthropy,” 2021

Sustainability — it’s a buzzword we’ve all heard a million times. As the climate crisis worsens and uncertainty about the future grows, companies have never been more sensitive about doing their part for the environment. At the same time, the path to sustainability has never been more murky and confusing.

For Smart Living Properties, a local real estate developer offering turnkey rental solutions, sustainability is more than a buzzword. Earlier this year, the principals were searching for new ways to demonstrate to stakeholders that the company was serious about reducing its carbon footprint. That was when Smart Living discovered Smart Forests.

“We wanted something tangible, where you are

actually contributing by actions towards net carbon zero,” says Ryan Denyer, who joined the company in 2011 and now serves as director of product and brand.

“Our construction practices and the way we operate our buildings are environmentally friendly and sustainability-driven, but we know more can be done. So when Canada Forest Trust was founded, it aligned well with our goal of becoming a net zero employer. We trusted their vision and execution, so we jumped on board,” Denyer adds.

Canada Forest Trust (CFT), founded in Ottawa by well-known entrepreneur Gary Zed, is a nature-based environmental, social impact, governance (ESG) company that connects the dots between the rapidly increasing needs of businesses and organizations to get

to net zero emissions and a tangible solution that creates practical results.

In plain language? CFT builds forests for its clients to help them get to net zero.

According to Zed, it is a next-generation ESG solution born from his roots in New Brunswick, where Zed has maintained a salmon lodge for more than 25 years. “Salmon fishing has always been where I do my creative thinking and hone in on my values and purpose,” Zed explains.

During this time, he often heard complaints from locals on the devastation of forests. Then he saw it with his own eyes – vast forests being prematurely cut for lumber and other commercial uses rather than preserved and nurtured for future generations.

So Zed, now one of the largest landowners in Atlantic Canada, started to connect another set of dots. He began buying both deforested and forested land in the area, simply to manage, preserve and protect it. Then, during his professional career as a tax lawyer and family advisor for corporations and high-net-worth families, he noticed firsthand a growing desire for ESG.

“The power of nature, the climate anxiety experienced by our youth and the demands from

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consumers and capital markets for businesses to be net-zero-focused opened my eyes to something more meaningful,” he explains. “And frankly, I am an entrepreneur at heart. So it got me thinking: I have seen ESG take off around the world and the compelling need around climate action. Meanwhile, there is now a necessity that corporations take steps toward a net-zero world. If I am already buying deforested land and I am going to reforest it, why wouldn’t I get corporations and individuals involved? It kills three birds with one stone.”

CFT, having spent the last two years building and refining its offering and beta testing its platform, is growing rapidly. With 25 members now on the team, the company has built strategic partnerships and attracted leading experts to its board.

Using the company’s proprietary carbon calculator, companies and individuals determine their impact on the environment and then CFT guides them to the type and size of the forest they need to build. From there, it is a five-step process to achieve the stated goals, beginning with procurement of the land.

Zed recently launched a sister company, Canada's Land Trust, for farming and forestry families wanting to sell or lease their land for the purpose of reforestation. "We need to have a portfolio of land available across the country for our customers wanting to participate in forest building exercises to get them to net zero," Zed says.

Some clients are focused on reconciliation and keen to have meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. In those cases, partnering with Indigenous communities is often crucial to the process, both for the generational land knowledge, but also for CFT's potential to create economic opportunities and provide skills development for Indigenous youth wanting to remain on their lands.

“When we meet with Indigenous community leaders, we talk about partnership building, sustainable employment, skills development, education, knowledge-sharing and revenue-sharing", said JP Gladu, a prominent Indigenous leader and former CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business who now serves as the chair of CFT’s board of directors.

After procurement, the next step is land preparation, or getting the land ready for its environmental makeover. That includes scarifying the land, performing a species assessment and getting the client up and running with a private portal on the CFT website known as a “Smart Forest Intelligence Dashboard.”

This platform puts the “smart” in Smart Forests, according to Zed, by providing a wealth of information for clients, such as the location of the forest, its type, its age and a breakdown of the species and biodiversity found there. Most importantly, the platform offers statistics on the path to net zero.

Smart Living Properties is just beginning its journey. The company has agreed to grow and preserve 200 acres in New Brunswick and Ontario. Denyer says Smart Living Properties is keen to offset the carbon footprint it creates when renovating and operating its buildings. Deciding how much forest to protect depends on a company’s present and future impact. Smart Living Properties has a sizable portfolio, more than 100 employees and about 1,500 tenants spread across Ottawa, with plans to double the number of tenants in the next few years.

With its carbon footprint determined and the land

identified and prepared, it is then time for everyone’s favourite step – planting.

“One aspect we value is the stakeholder's involvement in the process,” Denyer adds. “Both our staff and tenant base are of a younger demographic and they are very concerned about the environment. So, where we can, we want to actually involve them in the tree planting process.”

Although planting tends to get the most attention, Zed points out this step means little without the final two steps: preserving and protecting. Trees might be in the ground, but CFT must measure, monitor and maintain the forest to ensure the mortality rate is low through professional inspections and management. These results are reflected in real time on the client’s dashboard and in an annual audited report.

“When you come on board, you end up with a forever forest guarantee. Which essentially means, once we build the forest, we will apply proper forest management to ensure the long-term health and maximum carbon sequestration,” Zed adds.

Clients need to be realistic about their respective climate pledges — most are looking to 2050 and beyond in terms of their goals to be net zero.

The vision, Zed explains, is to create a tangible and personal solution all Canadians can feel invested in. That means a forest for everyone – whether it be an individual,

a small business, a large corporation or even a school. According to Zed, developing partnerships with educational institutions has been another area of growth for CFT. Students can raise funds to create and support a forest for their school by selling seedlings. The forest’s growth and preservation can be incorporated into the curriculum through field trips, digital monitoring and volunteerism.

Zed adds that CFT hired several student interns this past summer and has committed $250,000 for scholarship programs. The overarching philosophy, he says, is improving the impact, reporting and storytelling around carbon and biodiversity and the role each of us can play to bring nature to the forefront as a solution.

“Democratizing forests to make them accessible to all Canadians so we can all do our part to get to net zero emissions,” he explains. “Many social impacting investments can be out of sight, so the biggest fear is whether you are truly having a measurable and transparent impact. So, CFT is about an authentic turnkey program where you can experience forest building in a transparent way.”

Todd is vice-president of marketing and communications at Foundation WCPD and presidentelect of AFP Ottawa.

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“The power of nature, the climate anxiety experienced by our youth and the demands from consumers and capital markets for businesses to be net-zero-focused opened my eyes to something more meaningful.”
– Gary Zed, founder, Canada Forest Trust (CFT)

Maidan Market provides lifeline to Ukrainian newcomers to the city

Ilona Priadko arrived in Canada with a suitcase, her meagre savings and thoughts bouncing between panic, fear, anger and, finally, frustration.

Priadko, 27, originally from Kyiv, knew that tensions were high when she left for a holiday in Dubai with her husband in February 2022. And then it actually happened. Priadko received a call from her mother that Russia had invaded eastern Ukraine.

It sent Priadko and her husband into a tailspin. Finally, after two months in Dubai, exhausting what savings they had, the young couple made the decision to fly to Canada and begin a new life. They landed in Montreal and drove to Ottawa, hoping for a fresh start. Overwhelmed, Priadko joined a Facebook group for Ukrainians. It was then that someone told her about a place called The Maidan Market at the Westgate Mall.

“When I came to the market, first of all, I took a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out,” Priadko remembers. “And then, I felt something warm inside my heart. I hear Ukrainian language. For me, it was very special. Finally I hear Ukrainian language. This was the first step to feeling adopted in Canada.”

Priadko was handed a pin and invited to stick it on a map of Ukraine, indicating where she was from. The map was covered in pins. That was when Priadko and her husband realized they were no longer alone.

The Maidan Market, named after the Independence Square in Kyiv, has been a welcome hub and support centre since the start of the war in Ukraine. Some Ukrainians arrive with very few possessions. The majority speak very limited, if any, English.

“Here is a basket — how many people are you shopping for today?” Olenka Bastian asks in Ukrainian.

A local entrepreneur, Bastian founded the market in May with the support of the Ukrainian Canadian Community Ottawa branch (UCC-Ottawa), along with volunteers, generous donors and community leaders.

“You can collect items of clothing for your family

members, accessories, hygiene products, sanitary products,” she continues, motioning to the shop behind her. “Over there, you will find items for babies and toys for the children.”

Since the war started, thousands of people have passed through the doors. Volunteers expect to service at least 5,000 more by the end of the year.

The Maidan Market, Bastian says, is much like your standard shopping experience, but with no cashiers. In fact, no money is exchanged at all. The property owner provided the space free of charge from day one.

An old physiotherapy clinic, there are 12 rooms packed with donated items on shelves and on hangers. Visitors can fill their baskets with various items, based on the number of people in their family. Anywhere from 40 to 60 people are expected on any given day. In the welcome room, Ukrainians can have a coffee, children play with toys and parents review the bulletin



The Maidan Market accepts clothing, toys, hygiene products and other goods. In particular, the market is seeking winter clothing and supplies.


The UCC-Ottawa settlement assistance fund is accepting donations, with tax receipts available. Visit https://


The market is always looking for helpers. While Ukrainian speakers are especially needed, the market accepts help from anyone in the community. Visit https://

board full of information on getting settled in Ottawa.

“We have a resource booklet for those that need additional support,” Bastian explains. “Have you got a SIN card? Do you have a bank card? Do you need help getting a cell phone? We also provide life coaching, English language training and other services to help them get settled in Canada.”

For Bastian, opening the market has been life changing. Being a young mother with two businesses to juggle while also managing the market and hundreds of volunteers has been a challenge. Nevertheless, as the granddaughter of Ukrainians who fled the Nazis during the Second World War, “I feel it in my bones, what’s going on there.”

When the war broke out, Bastian, who used to work for the CHEO Foundation, immediately sprung into fundraising and donation mode. She began collecting massive amounts — more than 85,000 pounds — of stretchers, sleeping bags, food, hygiene products and clothing, which would be shipped from Toronto to Ukraine. But then she was thrown a curveball. Just days before shipment, the humanitarian organization she was working with told her it wasn’t able to accept her shipments.

Bastian had to switch gears. She was referred by a former colleague to a local business leader, who then called a friend, who then called another friend. Before she knew it, she had a free space at the Westgate Shopping Centre. The Maidan Market was born.

“I am so unbelievably grateful,” she says. “Even in my first week, I had people volunteering who had landed just four days before. They wanted to help and be among Ukrainians and be part of the community.”

Another key player for the market has been the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF). In June, OCF announced a $20,000 grant for UCC-Ottawa via the group’s charitable partnership with the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine.

“We are proud to partner with UCC-Ottawa and are inspired by their work,” says Grace Xin, interim president and CEO of OCF.

As for Priadko, life has improved. Her husband, who was an architect back in Ukraine, recently found a job in Montreal. Meanwhile, she continues to volunteer once or twice a week at the market. “I feel so hopeless, talking to my relatives in Ukraine. How they are scared, how they are surviving. I need something, for my heart and soul, and to help my people.”

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Jeff Todd is vice-president of marketing and communications at Foundation WCPD and presidentelect of AFP Ottawa. (Above) The Ottawa Community Foundation and Mayor Jim Watson presented a $20,000 grant earlier this year to the Ukrainian Canadian Community Ottawa Branch. (Right) Melania Kuka, store manager, Nina Lozitska, volunteer, Liudmyla Ivanova, volunteer, and Olenka Bastian

From one young man’s struggles to thousands of other students,

$100 goes a long way

In today’s world, where society’s problems seem more complicated than ever, a grassroots charity in Ottawa is proving that even the smallest gifts can have a big impact.

For the past 12 years, Help Our Students has been quietly changing the lives of disadvantaged high school students, $100 at a time.

“Even today, the stories of these students bring me to tears,” says Richard Lussier, the program’s founder.

“For example, one student is able to go to school and work fewer hours at his part-time job because there is money to help feed his siblings,” Lussier continues. “Another said she was able to buy a dress for the prom when she graduated. It was the first time in her life she felt normal. But really, it is giving these young people hope. It opens up a world to them that they didn’t know could exist.”

The concept is simple: provide a struggling student with $100 per month for a year so he or she can graduate high school. The monthly stipend increased to $150 last September to account for the rising cost of living.

The concept began in 2010 with two students at St. Matthew High School and one at Cairine Wilson Secondary School.

Today, Help Our Students has assisted more than 800 teenagers in the Ottawa area. More than 200 students are enrolled in the program this year alone and in December 2022 this registered charity will surpass $1 million in disbursements to some of the most vulnerable youth in the city.

Lussier has the letters to prove it. As part of enrolment in the program, students are required to pen a letter on how the money changed their life.

“Your money helped me put clean clothes on my body, helped me put food on the table,” one student wrote. “You made it easier for me to come to school and actually get work done. Before all the help, I was stressed and insecure about never having anything. I was able to help my mom, friends and some family over time. I really wish there was a way I could repay you. I don’t know where I would be without you.”

For Leah Barbe, a graduate of John McCraw Secondary School, she remembers the moment a guidance counsellor called her into the office with the news.

She was just 15 at the time. In addition to her

family’s financial problems, she and her younger sister were dealing with other issues in the home.

“I was dealing with a lot of difficulties,” explains Barbe, now 18 years old. “The guidance counselor sat me down and told me, ‘I have some really good news. Take a couple deep breaths.’”

That was in December 2020. Barbe received this support until June 2022, when she graduated high school.

“For the first time in my life, it provided a sense of security,” Barbe says. “It put me in control, which is something I very much enjoyed. If I needed to get something, I had the money to get it. If I didn’t want to spend it, I could save for my future.”

And, for the most part, that’s exactly what she did. Barbe says she saved the majority of the money, which kept her focused on her goals. She will attend Brock University in the fall for child and youth studies, with the goal of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

Of the 200 or so students now in the program, the funds are spread out among 62 high schools in Ottawa, Lussier says, representing about three kids per school.

Teachers and staff nominate deserving students and a school committee makes selections. After that, Lussier arranges a monthly wire transfer and students are free to spend the funds as they wish.

According to Lussier, the fact that Help Our Students does not micromanage how students spend the money is important. After all, most of the students in the program have never had a bank account before. A few might spend the money right away, Lussier admits. Others budget every penny and even put small amounts aside for “future savings”, like Barbe did.

The point, he explains, is that students are given the confidence to take control of their lives. They can achieve success or make mistakes. While the choices students make can vary, the overall results are hard to argue with. According to Lussier, more than 30 per cent of the students in last year’s program not only graduated high school, but were accepted into college or university.

“I’m convinced that your financial assistance has kept many students from dropping out of school and is literally saving lives and providing students with a chance of a brighter future,” says Thomas D’Amico, director of education at Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Lussier knows the power of second chances firsthand. In 1962, at the age 16, Lussier called his father from a pay phone in Dorval, Que. He was struggling, academically and financially, and told his dad he’d be dropping out of school.

Not so fast, said his father, who drove from Cornwall to Dorval that day and handed Lussier $100. Now go back to school, he told his son.

The family didn’t exactly have $100 to spare. Growing up, Lussier remembers that, for every paycheque that came in, cash was stuffed into envelopes marked rent, food and other expenses, to ensure there was enough left at the end of the month.

Lussier stayed in school and eventually transferred to the Royal Military College in Kingston and graduated with a commerce degree. After a few twists and turns, he got a finance job at a now closed military hospital in Canada before landing a position at the National Arts Centre in accounts payable.

Lussier would rise to the position of managing director before retiring at the age of 50 with a pension.

But he never forgot where he came from. Lussier knew he wanted to dedicate the rest of his life to helping others, he just didn’t know how. And then he remembered that $100 from his father, which changed the trajectory of his life. He has dedicated his life to Help Our Students ever since.

“I am very spiritual and I believe that when I die, I am going to stand there and someone is going to say to me, ‘I gave you a lot. What did you do with your life?’” Lussier explains. “I have a family. I have a house and not a single thing to complain about. I need to stand there and say, ‘This is what I did.’”

Help Our Students has an impressive and growing group of supporters and board directors, including David H. Hill, senior partner at Perley-Roberson, Hill & McDougall LLP; Carman Joynt, retired partner with Deloitte & Touche and past chair of the board at the Royal Canadian Mint; Mohamed Sheibami, partner at Deloitte Canada; and, most recently, Peter Nicholson, president of the Foundation WCPD.

“When Richard (Lussier) reached out to me, I had never heard of Help Our Students,” Nicholson says.

“Put simply, I was blown away by both his personal story and the direct impact this charity is making in the lives of students. The impact is A to B — it is efficient and easy to understand. I look forward to raising more awareness for the program.”

The power of the program, according to Lussier, is its simplicity. Donors love the fact that not one penny goes toward overhead — it all ends up in the pockets of high school students.

Lussier and his wife, along with the board, run every aspect of Help Our Students, although they know that this arrangement can’t last forever. Now 76, Lussier has one eye on the present and another on the future. With hundreds of alumni and hundreds more students every year, he knows Help Our Students will one day need a clear successor to lead the program.

For now, Lussier is focused on the next month and the next $150, when another student’s life might change.

“It gives students hope for the world, that there are good outcomes for hard work,” Barbe says. “It is encouragement. Especially going through high school, it can seem draining and pointless at times. But it’s not. You should just do the best you can and be a good person.”

To learn more about Help Our Students or to make a donation, visit

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Jeff Todd is vice-president of marketing and communications at Foundation WCPD and presidentelect of AFP Ottawa. Richard Lussier

Five burning questions on charity flow-through shares

If you’ve been a reader of the Giving Guide over the years, odds are you have heard a lot about charity flow-through shares.

Since my firm Foundation WCPD (Wealth, Creation, Preservation & Donation) completed the first Canadian charity flow-through transaction in May 2006, I have spoken with thousands of major donors, foundation board members and professional fundraisers.

It's fair to say we’ve come a long way since 2006. More than $300 million has been created for charities using charity flows with immediate liquidity, all across Canada, with no CRA issues. We have issued over 8,000 cheques on behalf of clients through the WCPD Foundation and last year we receipted more than $48 million on donations while disbursing $38 million to charities.

There is no doubt the structure is more popular than ever before. And yet, it is often misunderstood. So for my column this year, I decided to answer the five most burning questions I often get asked.

Are flow-through shares risky?

On their own — without immediate liquidity — absolutely. First introduced in 1954, flows are a financial policy instrument used by junior mining companies and facilitated by the government to raise capital for natural resources and critical minerals through a tax deduction equal to the amount invested.

That’s a fancy way of saying you will receive a 100-per-cent tax deduction on the amount you buy. But there is just one problem — traditionally, these investments end up being a homerun or a strike out. These junior mining companies use the money you invested to drill and hopefully find that next big discovery. But nine times out of 10, they fail. Meanwhile, investors must hold these shares for at least four months after purchase and, during that time, the stock could skyrocket or plunge.

Our structure turns that home run or strikeout into a double, every time. That’s why I often call it “the GIC of tax reduction.”

What makes our structure so special? The liquidity provider. Liquidity providers are institutional buyers of shares that understand the mining business. They are willing to assume this stock market risk. However, in return, the flow-through liquidity provider requests a discount on the shares, generally around 30 per cent. Their hope is the share price doesn’t dip below that discount by the end of four months.

But that’s not your problem. When you buy the shares, you immediately donate them to charity. In turn, the shares are then instantly sold to the pre-determined liquidity provider at a discount. In the process, the donor retains that 100-per-cent tax deduction. Finally, the charity receives the cash proceeds from that sale to the

liquidity provider and issues a charitable tax receipt to the donor, triggering a second 100-percent tax deduction on the cash value of the donation.

This whole process happens almost instantly.

We all know it costs 50 cents to give a dollar when you donate cash via a cheque. Or a better method is you donate public stock; for example, stock that has doubled without paying a capital gain is a 37-cent cost to donate a dollar, or a 27-cent cost for stock that has increased tenfold. With the charity flow method, due to the two tax policy deductibility, it can cost as little as a penny to give a dollar to as high as a 25-cent cost, motivating donors to give more.

So are charity flow-through shares risky? With an immediate liquidity provider, absolutely not.

Are flows a tax loophole?

A tax loophole implies that someone is skirting the law or bending the rules. Charity flowthrough shares are the exact opposite.

The entire structure is based on two longstanding government tax policies. In this case, flow-through shares are intended to raise capital for junior mining companies. To clarify, these are companies with no revenue; they only believe there is a deposit of nickel, copper or cobalt. And the government is more than willing to provide tax breaks to Canadians that help them find out.

Canada is a world leader in mining, generating hundreds of thousands of jobs and more than $100 billion towards our annual GDP. In fact, because most of this mining occurs in the North, it is the number one employer of Indigenous peoples. Meanwhile, mining produces many of the minerals and raw materials we require to create products that we use in our day-to-day lives. In the last federal budget, critical minerals took centre stage for their role in serving as the building blocks of renewable energy technology.

The charitable tax receipt speaks for itself. Since 1918, the government has offered a 100-per-cent tax deduction for Canadians that support charities. And why not? We are doing the government’s work. For every dollar you give to charity, that is one less dollar they need to spend to help society.

Is mining exploration bad for the environment?

In the past, when you mentioned mining, it conjured images of our grandparents’ generation — destructive, archaic and faces covered in soot.

But on April 7, 2022, the government opened the eyes of many Canadians when it announced the first ever Critical Minerals Strategy, a new set of laws, regulations and tax incentives to help boost the supply of critical minerals, or the building blocks of technology and green energy solutions. Think titanium for solar panels or copper for circuit boards and electronics.

The government is spending $3.8 billion to boost critical mineral production and supply chains over the next 10 years, while introducing an additional 30-per-cent critical minerals tax credit (or 60-per-cent tax deduction) on charity flow-through deals that involve these precious resources. This tax credit is on top of the typical 100-per-cent tax deductibility you receive from a standard charity flow-through deal.

What it adds up to is not only great news for Canada’s transition to green energy, but also for our clients.

Is there any risk to this deal?

Nothing in life is perfect. Charity flow-through shares with an immediate liquidity provider are no exception. There is one remote risk in this deal — the junior mining company must use the funds raised towards exploration. They cannot use it for anything not related to the drill bit.

In all my years of business, having facilitated more than 1,000 flow-through share transactions, I’ve had to deal with it 18 times, or 1.8 per cent of the time. And even if it happens, mining companies must sign an indemnification that they will spend the money correctly. As a result, if a company is reassessed and found in violation, our clients are made whole by a payment from the mining company.

Are charity flows only for billionaires?

While it is indeed a niche product, anyone with a minimum income of $250,000 per year would qualify. It could also work for certain corporations. Remember, charity flow-through shares allow you to reduce your taxes and direct them to charities of your choice. If there is no tax to pay, then charity flows are not the right fit.

How it works:

For decades, Peter Nicholson has been a recognized leader in Canadian tax-assisted investments with a specialized focus on philanthropic tax planning and tax reduction. Through his work with donors, foundations, institutions and boards, he has helped generate in excess of $300 million for client donations.

STEP 1: Buy flow-through shares issued by a Canadian mining company. Every dollar invested in these shares is 100% tax deductible.

STEP 2: Immediately donate these shares to charity. These shares are then instantly sold to a pre-arranged buyer (liquidity provider) at a pre-arranged contractual price. This step eliminates any stock market risk to the donor.

STEP 3: Charity receives the cash proceeds and issues donation tax receipt to the donor, generating a second 100% tax deduction.

THE RESULT: By combining two tax policies (flowthrough shares & donations), the Foundation (WCPD) can help reduce your taxes, and if you wish to, allow you to give more.

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Feeling thrifty?

Check out the new second-hand shop in town

If you want to make like Macklemore and pop some tags, there’s a new social enterprise thrift shop that opened in Ottawa recently. With only twenty dollars in your pocket, you might find some awesome stuff, as the hip hop song goes, more or less.

The best part is, all proceeds from Thrive Select Thrift support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO)'s youth mentorship programs. The store is also helping mentees develop a range of important life skills, gain work experience and build confidence.

The new boutique has been “a project of love” for everyone involved, BBBSO executive director Susan Ingram said at the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony held at 1547 Merivale Rd. in Emerald Plaza. She came prepared with a four-page speech.

Donors, sponsors and BBBSO board members got a

OSEG Foundation raises $250K at Gourmet on the Gridiron

There’s no shame in bringing your hearty appetite to the OSEG Foundation’s Gourmet on the Gridiron because there will always be an Ottawa RedBlacks football player dining at your table and, chances are, he'll be eating way more than you.

The Ottawa RedBlacks team plays a remarkably involved role with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation to help more children and youth access sports, particularly those facing social and economic barriers.

Gourmet on the Gridiron, presented by Site Preparation Limited, was held for its third time at the TD Place stadium at Lansdowne. Normally, the 400-person crowd, including CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, would've had their meal on the football field but, due to the wet weather, dinner was served on the rain-proof concourse.

sneak peek at the new retail space, formerly home to a TD Bank branch. Guests were also invited to look through the racks for special finds of good-quality used clothing for men, women, children and teens. As well, the gathering featured very affordable items from the store that were modelled in a fashion show, emceed by retail store manager Hope Wood

The Ottawa Hospital's President's Breakfast serves up inspiration

If ever there was a time to really wake up and smell the coffee, it was at the 21st President’s Breakfast hosted recently by The Ottawa Hospital, with close to 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs and key community members starting their day off together.

These are exciting times for Ottawa as the hospital begins building a new Carling Avenue campus with the goal of revolutionizing the future of health care, creating hope and better outcomes for patients, the room heard.

“Every day, our researchers are pushing the boundaries of science,” Cameron Love, president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, told the crowd at the Canadian War Museum. “There are more research and clinical breakthroughs that are going to occur over this decade than probably occurred over the last 50 years. It’s our researchers who are helping to drive this change.”

The evening raised awareness for the RedBlacks Mentorship Program that helps youth from communities dealing with higher poverty and school dropout rates. The program, run by the OSEG Foundation, connects youth to Ottawa RedBlacks players, who act as athlete mentors and role models.

When children and youth aren't able to participate in skills development programs, the room heard, their health, education and job opportunities, and overall quality of life suffer by the time they become adults.

It was the first time since 2019 that the breakfast was held in person due to pandemic disruptions. Supporters did still have the option of following along virtually.

Thrilled to be able to welcome everyone faceto-face were the returning breakfast co-chairs, Inflector Environmental Services president and CEO Jeff Clarke and Sarah Grand, real estate advisor with Engel & Völkers and a board member with The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Text and photos from columnist and photographer Caroline Phillips. BBBSO board chair Mark Zekulin, BBBSO executive director Susan Ingram and store manager Hope Wood cut the ribbon. Tim Kluke, president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, spoke to the crowd. Gourmet on the Gridiron saw Ottawa RedBlacks players organize a fun ball-throwing game with guests.
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GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1989 “The Dream Properties® Foundation is known for supporting our community’s arts, education and healthcare causes. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to bettering our community.”
- Peter Nicholson, President of Foundation


SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE FOUNDATION .................................. 14

THE GLEBE CENTRE .......................................................................... 16 YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU .............................................................. 18 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF OTTAWA ..................................... 20

THE DEMENTIA SOCIETY OF OTTAWA AND RENFREW COUNTY ... 22 MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA ............................................................ 24 OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART / ÉCOLE D'ART D'OTTAWA .................. 26 PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE ............................................................... 28 CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY (CPAWS) ........... 30 SHELTER MOVERS OTTAWA ............................................................ 32 OTTAWA REGIONAL CANCER FOUNDATION ................................. 34

OTTAWA HUMANE SOCIETY ........................................................... 36 OPTIONS BYTOWN ........................................................................... 38 OTTAWA-CARLETON ASSOCIATION FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES .......................................... 40

UNITARIAN HOUSE OF OTTAWA ..................................................... 42 CAUSEWAY WORK CENTRE ............................................................ 44 HELP OUR STUDENTS PROGRAM ................................................... 46 KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA ................................................ 48 YMCA-YWCA OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION ...................... 50 PERLEY HEALTH FOUNDATION ...................................................... 52 UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION ........ 54 QUEENSWAY CARLETON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ..................... 56

DAVE SMITH YOUTH TREATMENT CENTRE ................................... 58

MONTFORT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ............................................ 60

THE SNOWSUIT FUND ..................................................................... 62 OTTAWA RIVERKEEPER ................................................................... 64 FONDATION BRUYÈRE FOUNDATION ............................................ 66

OTTAWA NETWORK FOR EDUCATION ........................................... 68

THE OTTAWA MISSION .................................................................... 70 BGC OTTAWA .................................................................................... 72

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF OTTAWA ................................................... 74 THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ......................................... 76

CORNERSTONE HOUSING FOR WOMEN ....................................... 78 OTTAWA FOOD BANK ....................................................................... 80

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Billy is a car enthusiast – fast cars; it’s a passion he shared with his dad.

Throughout his life, Billy has experienced many losses, like the death of his father. But, it was after a stroke that landed him in the hospital for months, that he lost his home.

Without a permanent place to live, Billy found himself at the Shepherds of Good Hope shelter. It was a difficult time. So, when staff told him they had an apartment for him he was shocked. “At first, I thought it was a joke. And then they gave me my key and said ‘welcome home’,” Billy says.

Billy is now happy at Richcraft Hope Residence, where he has found a community, and staff that can help care for his needs. Here, he feels supported.


233 Murray St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5M9



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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 those experiencing homelessness and vulnerablyhoused 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, substance use disorder, and trauma.

Shepherds of Good Hope operates five, soon to be seven, supportive housing residences in four locations across our city. We also operate a community soup kitchen and drop-in program, health and



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How you can help


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, substance use disorder, and trauma. Your investment in our community will help people experiencing homelessness and people who are at risk of homelessness by directly supporting muchneeded programs and services that make a difference every day. Programs like our internationallyrenowned 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


There are many ways to support Shepherds of Good Hope throughout the year via our community events! After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, we were excited for the return of our signature event, Taste for Hope, this past spring. Gathering community leaders from across the City, Taste for Hope has returned to its place as one of Ottawa’s premier foodie events. Bringing together Ottawa’s top chefs, guests were treated to exquisite dishes that delighted their tastebuds through this fun culinary experience. The food paired beautifully with local offerings of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Topping off the evening, Ottawa’s own Dueling Pianos took the stage and provided a fun ambience throughout

wellness services, police and paramedic diversion programming, and an emergency shelter for people of all genders. By the end of 2023, 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 individual giving, direct mail appeals, online donations, events, and grant submissions.

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!


Every day, Shepherds of Good Hope volunteers make positive contributions across our city, showing people experiencing homelessness and vulnerably-housed 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 RideauRockcliffe. We also offer volunteer opportunities in our community soup kitchen on Murray Street. You can explore our year-round and seasonal volunteering by going to our website to apply and learn more.

the evening. 2022 saw the event raise a record-setting $270,000 – with funds going directly to Shepherds of Good Hopes’ life-changing programs and with the aim to create more supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. Stay tuned for details on the 2023 events - we hope you can join us in 2023!

Want to host your own event and support those currently experiencing homelessness? Our team is here to help make it easy. Whether at home or in the office, we have the materials and tools you need to make a big impact on the lives of individuals today! Contact us at to learn more.

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Glebe Centre Long-Term Care Home

Since 1971, the Glebe Centre has been providing quality and compassionate care for seniors. For more information about having your loved one live with us please call Trevor Heida, Social Services & Admissions at 613-238-2727 ext. 491.

Abbotsford House Senior Community Centre

Abbotsford offers a comprehensive range of programs and services to seniors living in the community. All of our community support services are dedicated to helping people remain in their own homes. Membership is $50 per year. For more information please call 613-230-5730.

16 GIVING GUIDE 2022 Ottawa Business Journal One of the many programs at Abbotsford is a crafts classwhere members construct wonderful pieces for sale. The
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What we do

The Glebe Centre is unique in Eastern Ontario as it is the only registered charity that integrates a long-term care home with a senior's community centre.

The long-term care home has 254 residents housed on eight floors. One of these floors is for Chinese people (the only such long-term-care home in Ottawa that has such a floor) and they benefit from staff who speak Cantonese or Mandarin and meals prepared by a traditional Chinese chef. All residents benefit from staffdriven arts,music and other mental stimulation activities.

The senior’s community centre (located on the same block as the Glebe Centre), called Abbotsford House,


offers fitness, art, languages and other programming for 540 seniors from across the city. An additional 500 clients benefit from home support services such as help with housework, meal preparation, companionship and drives to medical appointments, among others. Abbotsford also operates a two part”Day Away” program. One provides social and recreational activities for people living with early to mid- stages of dementia. The other brings together their caregivers for respite from caregiving.

Abbotsford House is well-loved by members and clients alike.

Funding priorities


Our Long-Term Care Home has adopted the Butterfly Model of Care, a program that was developed by a UK-based dementia care change organization. The model rests on the belief that for people experiencing dementia, feelings matter most. In a Butterfly Model people living with dementia can thrive in a “personcentred” environment. Butterfly incorporates several key components and guides and nurtures leadership, staff, families and care partners to be personcentred and relationship focused through established methodologies, tools, and staff “Being a Butterfly” training workshops. Funding of over $600,000 is needed for staff training replacement and painting of our home to make it look and feel like a real home.

At Abbotsford House, our 150 year old home has undergone extensive renovations (new roof, soffits and a porch) but other important projects remain ($42,500).


The Glebe Centre engages over 300 volunteers a year, but groups are always welcome to help with grounds gardening; to engage with long-term care residents (post-COVID); to help with craft fairs, resident art shows, galas and a 2023 fundraising walk.


A June fundraising event at the Shanghai One Restaurant to raise funds for the Chinese floor at the Glebe Centre.


An exciting fundraising event in October at the Horticulture Building held in support of the Abbotsford House featuring cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions.




In the Long-Term Care Home donations are needed to fund the Butterfly Model of Care ($600,000+); to fund the purchase of electric resident beds (10 @ $2,500 each); to support art,music and mental interaction equpment($10,000). Funding for Abbotsford would support select renovations (Crafts Room @ $25,000, a revamped pottery studio @ $10,000 and a new front door @ $7,500).

1. $25,000 from a local anonymous couple who heard from a friend about Abbotsford's Day Away program and were so impressed they chose to fund this initiative.

2. $7,500 from the RBC Foundation to fund the purchase of iPads for seniors isolated at home because of COVID. These seniors were trained on how to use the iPads and marveled how it changed their life (Facetime visits with family etc.)

3. $5,000 from Whole Health Pharmacy Glebe to support the Abbotsford House Gala.

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Lawrence Grant Executive Director Gary Katz President, Board of Directors Anne Scotton Vice-President Sheila
Bauer Treasurer
Tsang Director
Lennox Director
McKeen Director
Allan Fraser
James Bowie
Robert Seguin
Kim Melanson Director
How you can help PMS 343 INDIVIDUAL



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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LET’S CONNECT. 35 PROGRAMS 20 LOCATIONS ACROSS OTTAWA 613-729-1000 INFO@YSB.CA YSB.CA YSB-OBJadOct2021.indd 1 2021-09-10 1:19 PM

2675 Queensview Dr. Ottawa, Ont.

K2B 8K2

Year founded: 1960

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $$32,381,189

Twitter: @ysb_bsj

Facebook: @ysb.bsj

Instagram : ysb.bsj

LinkedIn: /youth-services-bureau-of-ottawa/about/

What we do

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is one of the largest and longest serving youth agencies in Ottawa, serving more than 3,000 youth each month in support of their well-being. YSB runs two emergency youth shelters and four apartment buildings, offers a range of free youth mental health services, provides youth employment support, as well as programs for youth in conflict with the law. Central to YSB’s work has been










ensuring we have youth voices advising us, allowing us to continually adapt to serving the needs of young people and their families.

YSB staff – a group of more than 325 full and parttime professionals working from 22 locations – live the ethos of supporting youth regardless of where they live, what they look like, or whom they love. With services ranging from housing for vulnerable or previously homeless youth, to a crisis line and mental health walk-in clinics, to employment support, YSB’s work is broad and deep, serving youth of all ethnicities, faiths, and genders.

community are top priorities.

Support from our corporate and community partners is not only life changing, it’s often life saving. Every young person deserves to feel seen, heard and cared for and that’s the commitment YSB staff make each and every day, with each and every youth that turns to us for support.

How you can help Funding Priorities

Our community is experiencing an unprecedented increase in mental health crises among youth. They need compassionate and practical support now more than ever before. Donations ensure YSB’s mental health services are available free of charge, and that young people do not have to endure long wait lists while they are suffering.

One of the major stressors for young people is safe, stable housing. Each year, more than 1400 youth find themselves homeless often due to conflict at home with upwards of 40% of those youth being part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. At YSB, they are welcomed into a supportive environment at its two shelters and four housing buildings, where housing, health, and a sense of



YSB welcomes workplace, family, and community teams to participate in its 10th annual Stay Up Ottawa virtual event. This bilingual event - complete with an online evening program on November 25th – brings together workplace teams, families, and neighbourhoods in an effort to raise awareness about homelessness, learn about YSB’s services and generate upwards of $200K in funds to ensure homeless youth can be housed and cared for at YSB’s two shelters and four housing buildings. While participants are creative about how they carry out the event, it is not intended to emulate the experiences of those who are unfortunately homeless in our city.


YSB’s Mind Matters youth mental health event series provides practical information and guidance to parents, family members, educators, and the community. The series features youth, parents and YSB counsellors sharing their experiences, learnings and expertise. Mind Matters is about sharing strategies to best support young people in our lives who are experiencing mental health issues, and highlights YSB’s range of youth mental health services available – at no cost – to youth 12 and older and their families.

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 Clinics, 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, four housing buildings, and Youth Drop-In Centre.


YSB is a story of a community coming together and an organization adapting through the years to the needs of youth. Our work is successful when our clients get the support they need, when they need it. It’s about youth in our community learning life skills, finding shelter, getting jobs, returning to school, choosing a better path, and feeling hopeful about their future and their role in their community.


Patti Murphy, Executive Director, YSB Charitable Foundation and 613-729-0577 ext. 50262

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Patti Murphy Executive Director, YSB Charitable Foundation Isabelle Perreault Chair, President & Founder, Differly Rebecca Murray Carleton University Scott Lawrence HealthCraft Products Inc. Martin Sampson Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Christopher Rheaume Ottawa Police Service Chris White Canadian Meat Council Maria McRae Community Advocate, Lawyer Balwinderjit Singh Kapoor MDS Aero Support Corporation Justin Veale Forest Products Association of Canada Erika Falconer RBC Shawn Hamilton Canderel Christine Leadman Bank St. BIA Jennifer Stewart Syntax Strategic Geoff Publow Myers Automotive Group
Kate Dalgleish Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs YSB’s Stay Up Ottawa virtual event rallies the community with a goal to raise $200K to support previously homeless youth residing at its 2 shelters and 4 housing buildings


You Can Help Turn a Child’s Life Around

“Having a BBBSO mentor has made a huge difference in my life. I have another person to love, another connection, and a special friendship. I have someone to have fun with, be myself with, and who is always there for me.

“The gift of mentorship is the greatest gift I have ever received. Our relationship will last a lifetime.”

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12-1645 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K2G 1W2 613-247-4776

Year founded: 1970


Susan Ingram Executive director Mark Zekulin Board Chair Happy Roots Foundation


Lindsay Ostrom Treasurer Ottawa Hospital Leslie Rae Ferat Secretary Framework Convention Alliance

Mitchell Carkner Decisive Group Inc.

Michael Qaqish Algonquin College

Matt Haddad

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Antonia Francis The Senate of Canada

Feyifunmi Olunuga Deloitte Canada

Phillip Shaer Invert Inc.

Ian Cascagnette Pythian

Michelle Alfieri Gartner Consulting

Caroline Ravary CBC/Radio-Canada

Michael Purcell Ministry of the Attorney General

What we do

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) enables life-changing 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.

Volunteer 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.




How you can help


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 investment of $23 as our “Littles” grow up to be happy, successful adults who give back by volunteering or donating themselves.

To make a one-time or monthly gift, please visit bbbso. ca or contact Monique Flocco at


We depend on volunteers for all of our mentoring programs. For as little as one hour per week, you can



Rise and shine and make a BIG difference in your community. Join us from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on November 22, 2022 for an inspiring morning filled with incredible real life stories from BBBSO youth and volunteers.


Our new boutique at 1547 Merivale Rd. in the Emerald Plaza is now open. The store is stocked with high-quality clothing generously donated by community members. 100% of proceeds from sales support BBBSO youth mentoring programs.

Organize a clothing drive, create a team-building event, host a company function or volunteer day for your workplace. You can also purchase store credit to allow BBBSO youth and families to shop for free. Visit

An incredible transformation takes place when a Little is matched with a Big who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, 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 52 years, and Renfrew County for seven years. We offer our traditional 1:1 Bigs mentorship program (youth ages 6-14), MPower (youth ages 1524), PRISM for mentors and mentees who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and programs in local schools.


Ottawa and Renfrew County


Ingram, BBBSO’s

Manager cut the ribbon at the Thrive Select Thrift storefront grand opening event.

Director; and Hope Wood,

make a meaningful difference in the life of a child. There are corporate volunteer opportunities through events, speed mentoring workshops, and with our social enterprise Thrive Select Thrift. There is also the opportunity to join our Board of Directors or one of our committees.


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


Join us each September for a fun-filled golf tournament in support of local youth. Lunch, dinner, entertainment and silent auction are included. Sponsor the event, register a team or donate a silent auction item or prize.


Get some of your holiday shopping done and help raise dollars for BBBSO mentoring programs. Visit: from November 14 to December 2, 2022.

To Participate or Sponsor: Contact Tina Labelle at or 613-247-4776 x 329

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revenue for last
fiscal year:
Twitter: @BBBSO Facebook: /BBBSO Instagram: @bbbsottawa
Keith Egli Vice-Chair City of Ottawa Colin Anderson OCDSB
Zekulin, BBBSO’s Board President; Susan Executive Store

Ottawa and Renfrew County. 888 889 6002

What we do

Ottawa: Suite 500, 2323-2327 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, K1G 4J8

Renfrew County: 115 – 16 Edward St. South Arnprior, ON K7S 3W4 613-523-4004 | 888-411-2067 Email:

Year Founded: 1980

Total revenue for last fiscal year: 4,279,148

Twitter: @TheDementiaSoc

Facebook: /TheDementiaSociety

Instagram: @thedementiasociety

LinkedIn: @TheDementiaSocietyofOttawaandRenfrew County

As the number of seniors grow and our population ages, the number of people living with dementia also grows. Today in Ottawa and Renfrew County there are 24,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia. The Dementia





How you can help


Financial support from our community contributes to closing the funding gap so we can reach and provide support and services to the growing number of people in our region facing dementia. 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.


Sponsor a special event, a meaningful program or fundraise an initiative that is close to your heart.


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 caregivers and families. We support and connect those living with dementia to our Dementia Care Coaches and provide them with the right information and resources to live well with dementia.

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.


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.


Individuals and businesses can take our 30-minute dementia-inclusive training to learn strategies for approaching and communicating with a person living with dementia and gain perspective on environmental considerations to optimize your home or place of business for people living with dementia and their caregivers. This training aims to reduce the stigma around dementia and help build a dementia-inclusive community where the people living with dementia and their caregivers feel safe, understood and included.


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

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. On September 25, 2022 we hosted our first-ever BrainyActive celebration event in person at the Canada Agriculture and Food! Every dollar raised goes to developing and supporting programs that help people in our region facing dementia.

Host an event

Consider The Dementia Society while organizing an office fundraiser around the holidays, or at a summer BBQ. Visit to request a fundraising toolkit and branded materials. Be sure to let us know about it so we can boost your event on our social channels! Raise funds for The Dementia Society to ensure no one in Ottawa or Renfrew County region faces dementia alone.

BOARD MEMBERS Wendy Grimshaw CEO Lynda Colley Chair, Board of Directors Tom Caldwell Anne Van Delst, Treasurer Marg Egan Marilyn Fevrier
Anne Hennessy Louise Laramée, Secretary Paul Morton Mary Alice Macneil
support, education and activities for people living with
one should face dementia alone.
dementia, their caregivers and families
Charitable Registration No. 118785013 RR 0001

Expansion of services opens more doors for refugees in Ottawa

“When you’ve already been through so much, it means a lot to know you’re welcome.”

When Jimmy arrived in Ottawa in February 2012, the then 21 year old refugee from Burundi experienced the shock of a new culture.

“I had no family members in Canada,” says Jimmy. “Matthew House was my first point of contact in Ottawa.” Relieved by the warm and welcoming environment, volunteers helped him with the overwhelming language barrier and complex immigration process

Jimmy stayed at Matthew House for two and a half months After being welcomed into our doors he found a sense of community, which allowed him to gain confidence in his new city.

“They took us in and showed us love They made sense of a really complex process,” he says of Matthew House’s dedicated volunteers and staff

“It felt like living in a family home. You had someone to look after you, you felt included as you learned about a new culture and met new people It really cushions the transition between two lives.”

Starting over is never easy And for the hundreds of refugees who arrive in Ottawa each year, starting over can feel impossible For the refugees we serve, Matthew House Ottawa is more than just a place to live: it is the promise of a new beginning.

To help with these new beginnings, we’re excited to have officially opened the doors of two new transition homes on August 1st

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Google Canada and James Barron to help support this program expansion.

“At Matthew House everything we do is about home, community, and dignity,” says Executive Director Allan Reesor McDowell. “We are confident the expansion of our refugee services program to include transition homes will strengthen our ability to carry out our mission and support more newcomers ”

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Sylvie Legary, Abdul Al Kaf, Doreen Katto, Allan Reesor McDowell and Lindsay Doyle (Google Canada).

380 Centrepointe Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2G 6A1

Year founded: 2010

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $967,305 Twitter: @MHOttawa Facebook: /MHOttawa Linkedin: matthew-house-ottawa/

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 people and


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

Funding priorities


How you can help


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 families, 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 go directly to supporting the basic needs of our residents and clients: purchasing groceries to feed Matthew House residents, offering support in navigating the refugee claimant process, and gassing up the trucks that help us furnish more than 1,000 homes each year in Ottawa. Your generosity makes a significant difference in the lives of newcomers and others in need.


Matthew House relies heavily on the commitment of volunteers. We have a variety of roles available to serve both the Furniture Bank and Refugee Services.

“Giving new Canadians a restart on their whole lives is a unique opportunity. It sends a message about our values, way of life and the belief that everybody matters in our society. The value is priceless really!”

Interested? Check out: www.matthewhouseottawa. org/volunteer

Matthew House Ottawa is dedicated to meeting the urgent need for safe housing and supports for newcomers and other families in need in our community. Our programming has two areas of focus: our physical houses, which have provided a safe home and essential settlement support for 75+ refugee claimants per year, and our furniture bank, which provides everything needed – from mattresses to tables and even kitchenware – to furnish 1,000 homes of low-income families per year.

With donor support, we are expanding our services by opening four transition homes to give refugees a stable place to stay while they seek longer-term housing. These transition homes will make a vital difference for those who have overcome adversity in search of a new beginning.

In order to meet the increased demand of our Furniture Bank, we are also in need of funds to lease or purchase 10,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space.




Looking for ways to support the people we serve?

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 the furniture bank truck for a day, used to furnish up to six homes for families in need

• $120 covers our cost to furnish two rooms in our transition homes

• $500 covers our cost to fully furnish a home for a family in need  You can donate online at: https://www.

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35 George St. Ottawa, Ont.

K1N 8W5 613-241-7471

Year founded: 1879

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,833,135.

Twitter: @artottawa

Facebook: /ArtOttawa

Instagram: @artottawa


Shirley Yik


Michael Ashley Treasurer

Joshua Vickery


Alexia Naidoo

Vice President

Christos Pantieras

Community Member

Tara Brossier

Community Member

Susan Chilbuk

Community Member

Anne Eschapasse

Community Member

Judith Donin

Community Member



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




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.

and Orléans galleries, host solo and group shows by local and international artists, and run the Lee Matasi Gallery for student showcases as well as an off-site presentation space (Preston Square/Waterford Group).

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.



(Nov 17- Dec 4, 2022): 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, and 65% going to participating artists.


(June 15, 2023): Our 6th 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.

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.

Your donation will support

• Our Bursary program which supplements tuition costs for students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course or day camp

• Outreach programming that provides free community-based art classes and art supplies for children and youth

• Three (3) accessible Gallery spaces open for free to the public that attract over 50,000 visitors each year

• Visiting Artist and Artist-in-Residence programming that allows local, national and international artists to create and present new work and enrich the experience of our students

Join us for the 38th Annual Holiday Art Sale. Come see local artists artwork available for purchase this Holiday season.

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Gary Goodacre Executive Director Shirley Yik President, board of directors
Gatineau and surrounding area; campus in Orléans OSA Outreach Art Program at Christie Lake Kids, a partner in our community Outreach Program.
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30-2 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 1P4 613-722-8019

What we do

Since its founding, over thirty years ago, the Parkdale Food Centre has evolved from a traditional food bank into one of the leading, trusted voices on food security and poverty issues in Ottawa and beyond. PFC is recognized as a trailblazer, bridging innovative (and essential) community programming through good food and community, while advocating for systemic change across the industry. We are building a city where everyone has the means and opportunity to live a healthy, connected, and fulfilling life.


Funding priorities

As a response to skyrocketing food support requests, we began to offer Fresh Eats, our no-cost fruit and veggie markets weekly at three social housing buildings in the city.

How you can help

COVID-19 has impacted communities everywhere, spreading with it, unprecedented inflation, rising food costs, poverty, and social isolation.

Let’s have a look at the cost of food insecurity by the numbers:

• 3 out 5 neighbours identified as being severely food insecure

• 70% had an annual income of less than $20,000

• 71% shopped for food at discount stores

• 50% of neighbours have been accessing emergency food support for more than five years


Volunteers power our programming! If you are interested injoining our community ofvolunteers reach out to Heather Bruce for our next Volunteer Orientation.Annie Carruthers

At the Parkdale Food Centre, we know that access to nutritious food and community are at the heart of addressing the negative health outcomes of those experiencing poverty. Good food and Community are medicine.



On Wednesday, October 5 join Parkdale Food Centre and our partners in a city-wide conversation during “Right to Food Day”.


An evening in support of the Parkdale Food Centre details and tickets can be found at

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Deborah Abbott Chair Karen Secord Executive Director
Year founded: 1984 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,292,539 Twitter: @parkdalefood Facebook: @ParkdaleFoodCentre Instagram: @parkdalefoodcentre
Director Judy El-Mohtadi Director Dr. Spencer Henson Director Landry Kalembo Director Kalki Nagaratnam Director Mark Rollins Director Alex Wilson Director Len Fardella Past Chair
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Lana Mezquita (AB)

Cinthia Nemoto (ON)

Kathy Scalzo (BC)

Alex Tzannidakis (ON)

Erik Val (YT) Denise Withers (BC)

What we do

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


How you can help


The world is experiencing unprecedented impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. Nature is in danger of being lost forever. To respond, Canada has committed to protecting 30% of land and ocean across our country by 2030 – an ambitious yet achievable goal. While 2030 is eight years away, we can’t wait any longer to take action. With your support, CPAWS will drive conservation work forward and inspire Canadians to stand together as the voice for nature.

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.


• Parks and protected areas

• Ocean and freshwater

• Nature-based climate solutions

• Wildlife and species at risk

• Outdoor education and outreach


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)

Don McMurtry (ON)




Wills are more than just a legal way to distribute your personal assets. A Will can be a powerful tool for change in the world. By adding a charitable gift to CPAWS in your Will, you’ll be helping to conserve our country’s magnificent wilderness forever. Getting started is easier than you think, visit for more information.


November 29 is Giving Tuesday, an annual global movement for giving and volunteering following on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As the start of the giving season, it is a time when people come together to build a community of giving. Imagine all we can do for nature when we stand together!

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Sandra Schwartz National Executive Director John Grandy President,
Board of
Trustees 600- 100 Gloucester St. Ottawa, Ont. K2P 0A4 1-800-333-9453 |
Year founded: 1963 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $11,717,962 Twitter: @cpaws Facebook: /CPAWS Instagram: @cpaws_national LinkedIn: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
Jennifer Smith (QC) Vice-President Lavinia
Mohr (ON) Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Paisley (BC) Chair, Litigation Committee
Amber Walker (NS) Chair, Governance Committee
Charles Côté (QC) Board Personnel Officer
National office located in Ottawa, Ontario with 13 regional chapters across Canada working locally at the grassroots level on conservation campaigns.
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What we do

Shelter Movers Ottawa is a volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to people experiencing abuse. This year, we celebrated a bittersweet milestone having served over 1,000 clients. We're proud to have made a difference in so many lives. The need for our services is great, and has only grown with the pandemic. This number serves as a reminder of the prevalence of abuse in our community. We believe that everyone is


How you can help


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 $250 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 in 2017, we've moved more than 1,000 survivors to safety and we are working hard to support 1,000 more. Whether you are a one-time or monthly donor, or a business looking to support the community in a bigger way, you can help make that happen.


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 community. Give back, make friends, learn new skills and help shape the future of Shelter Movers Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Current opportunities include mover/driver, intake/move co-ordinator, marketing and communications support and fundraising.


Our annual event, Moving Stories, creates a journey for our guests to experience our story. This 5 à 7 takes place in late September where our guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails and refreshments, live music, a silent auction and more while supporting our expansion initiatives.

entitled to a safe life, free of violence. We're currently expanding further into South Eastern Ontario, and kicked off our expansion this year in Lanark County. We're committed to serving all survivors of gender-based violence, and recognize that women in rural areas are more likely to experience gender-based violence while having less access to support. Our goal is to change that by removing the barriers to leaving.


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 two weeks of May each year.

Local business partnerships also help us achieve our goals. We work with a wide range of service providers who discount or donate services to keep our costs low. For example, GardaWorld provides security support at no cost when needed and Mini Mall Storage is supporting our rural expansion with complimentary storage units. We also develop unique partnerships with local businesses and organizations such as Atlético Ottawa who are helping to raise awareness and provide fundraising opportunities with fans through the creation of a third jersey dedicated to Shelter Movers Ottawa.

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Wendy Mitchell Chapter Director (Ottawa)
Shelter Movers Ottawa c/o Staples Studio 403 Bank St.
K2P 1Y6 1-855-203-6252 ext. 2 Year founded: 2017 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $262,689 Facebook: @sheltermoversottawa Instagram: @sheltermoversottawa Twitter: @sheltermovers
Marc Hull Jacquin Founder & CEO (National)
Ottawa, Ont.
Danielle Muise Board chair Christina Topp Board Member Gabrielle Peacock Board Member Natalie Stuart Board Member Amanda Liscio
Board Member
Evan Risko
Adler Board Member
Filiciak Board Member
Obradovich Secretary
Chheda Treasurer
Ottawa and surrounding counties
Going the Distance, supporting survivors when they need us, where they need us. Join us on the journey (

“I feel better than I’ve felt in a very long time. Being able to drive again and take my daughter to her softball games means the world to me. Even if the cancer comes back, this has given me precious time, and I know the research will help many others. It has given me a fighting chance.” CAMILLE AND

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Cancer Care Personal Are You or Someone You Love Affected By Cancer? WE CAN HELP You Gave Camille a Fighting Chance SERVICES AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH PHOTO CREDIT: THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL

1500 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa, Ont.

K1G 3Y9

Email Visit 613-247-3527

Services available in English and French

Year founded: 1995

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $7,583,239

Twitter: @ottawacancer



What we do

We support people diagnosed with cancer across Eastern Ontario. We bring together communitybased cancer supports and services, and fund innovation in local research and clinical trials to bring the most promising treatments to fruition.

Through collaboration with many community partners, the Ottawa Community Cancer Hub offers a single referral point that connects anyone impacted by cancer, including survivors, families and caregivers, to programs and services that best suit their needs.

Our bilingual Cancer System Navigators provide practical information, referrals and a listening ear, and our onsite programs and classes - such as nutrition, exercise and art therapy, among othersare free of charge for anyone impacted by cancer.





With your generous support, people on their cancer journey can get the personalized care they need and know they are not alone.



Carl Marcotte

Senior Vice-President

SNC-Lavalin Nuclear

Tina Nagratha Finance Officer

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Elaine Larsen Senior Consultant Global Public Affairs

Glenn Monteith Senior Associate Global Public Affairs

Joanne Kudakiewicz Manager

Desjardins Financial Security

Peter Andrews


PRA Strategic Group

Candace Enman

President Welch Capital Partners

Suzanne Pellerin Associate Advisor

RBC Dominion Securities

Sabrina Fitzgerald Managing Partner PwC

Mita Meyers Associate Partner Ernst & Young LLP

Kevin Fitzgerald

Retired, Past President & CEO

MDS Aero Support Corp.

Keelan Green Partner

Prospectus Public Affairs

Karen Brownrigg Founder & CEO iHR Advisory Services

Ian Sherman CEO Relationship Capital Inc.


We can help with cancer care system navigation, individual counselling, support groups, nutrition and wellness programs, caregiver support, programs for children, financial and transportation assistance, return to work planning, end of life care, bereavement and more.

Advances in precision and personalized medicine are steadily leading to improvements in cancer prevention, screening, and treatments. We remain focused on investing in the most promising research and technology for how we detect, treat and find cures for cancer.

How You Can Help


When you support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, you invest in person-centred care. You invest in emerging research and breakthroughs, you invest in community partnerships and you invest in survivorship and improved outcomes for people impacted by cancer.


Want to increase your impact? Consider giving monthly and spread out a gift in smaller amounts. It makes giving affordable, convenient and predictable. For example, an annual gift of $1,000 is approximately only $83 a month or $20 a week.


A gift given in memory is a personal way to honour and celebrate a loved one while giving back to a cause that you both cared deeply about.


Leaving a gift in your will lets you make a true gift of a lifetime – one that you might not be able to afford while you’re alive. With the promise of future funding to fight cancer, it lets you build the world as you would wish to see it.

Clinical trials are essential to cancer care and can help improve the quality of life for patients during and after treatment. Today, people are living longer lives from successful treatments that are the results of past trials.



Is there cancer in your work family? If your company has an event like a golf tournament or BBQ, proceeds can help your coworkers and their families.

There are many ways to support individuals facing cancer. Giving back can be easy. To begin a conversation, please contact:

Josée Quenneville

Vice President, Philanthropy 613-247-1920 ext. 264

Paula Muldoon

Vice President, Development & Community Engagement 613-247-1920 ext. 258

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Michael Maidment President and CEO Julia Knox Chair Senior Vice-President Sobeys
Eastern Ontario - every dollar raised stays in our community TOP FUNDING SOURCES INDIVIDUALS: 66% CORPORATIONS: 34%
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245 West Hunt Club Rd. Ottawa, Ont.

K2E 1A6

(613) 725-3166 ext. 299

Year founded: 1888

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $12,438,680

Twitter: /ottawahumane

Facebook: /OttawaHumane


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.



What we do

The Ottawa Humane Society’s work extends far beyond caring for lost, unwanted, sick and injured animals. We are a community leader, creating learning opportunities and engaging with the community to help pet owners better care for animals. We reach out to children and youth — the community’s future pet owners — directly in classrooms and through innovative programs to provide hands-on experiences and shape the next generation of compassionate people. We advocate for continuous improvement in animal welfare and work closely with policy and decision-makers to ensure there is always a voice for the voiceless.





FEES: 3%


OTHER: 11%

How you can help


There are many ways for you to be a part of a more than 130-year legacy of helping animals. Whether through a monetary gift, volunteering your time or through raising your voice for animals in need, you can make a difference for Ottawa’s animals.

When you give today, you provide immediate, lifesaving emergency veterinary care for Ottawa’s homeless 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.


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.


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.

The OHS constantly seeks new ways to provide even more specialized care to animals with increasingly complex needs. We further enhance services for all animals by developing and expanding community partnerships — returning more animals to health and finding their perfect forever home. This level of care extends to pet owners in the community through specialty consultations for those who are struggling with their pet’s behaviour, a pet food bank to help keep families together during times of financial crisis, and accessible, subsidized microchip and spay/neuter services to improve pet welfare throughout Ottawa.

All of this is only possible through the support of a caring community. The OHS relies on donations from the public to provide exceptional services for the animals and the community.





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.


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.


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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Bruce Roney President & CEO Travis Webb Board Chair Anne Howland MBA Jenny Howard CPA, CA Sven Stilzebach CISA Lorraine Audsley MSc, BCom, BBA Dr. Louis-Philippe Rouillard Karen Messett Jean Nelson Kate McGregor IMC, ACC, B.A. Jessica HertzogGrenier MBA
Liz Tymon CPA, CA, CFE David Ang Dr. Mary Thompson holding a cat who received care at the OHS. The OHS serves all kinds of animals, from big to small. During the and the OHS helps hundreds of kittens. A dog waking up from life-saving surgery at the OHS
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380 Cumberland St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 9P3 613-241-6363

Year founded: 1989

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,310,746

Twitter: @OptionsBytown

Facebook: @OptionsBytown Instagram: @options_bytown

What we do

Since the first Options Bytown building opened its doors in 1989, our organization’s work has been grounded in the simple belief that we all deserve a home. By providing safe and permanent housing with support to people living in homelessness, we work in service of one goal: creating sustainable, permanent solutions to homelessness.

With your assistance, we are able to provide ongoing support to those experiencing chronic homelessness through our resource centres, supportive housing sites and our housing first program. Our goal is to get people out of shelters, off the streets and into safe and stable homes.





Funding priorities

As a supportive housing provider, we are aware of the disproportionate number of Indigenous people that experience homelessness, both across Canada and in Ottawa specifically. Options Bytown is committed to reconciliation in every aspect of our organization, which has led to the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan on September 29, 2022.

The Options Bytown Reconciliation Action Plan is a framework for our organization to build respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and to contribute to the work of reconciliation.

This Reconciliation Action Plan will guide Options Bytown in taking respectful, appropriate and effective actions to support the specific needs of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis members of our community.

How you can help


When people move into Options Bytown, the apartments are clean, secure, and private. But four walls and a roof are not always enough to make a home.

Tenants typically move in with what they can carry and nothing else. Funding for welcome kits helps us to provide them with the supplies they need to turn their apartment into a home.

Fundraising also allows us to provide food programs and other activities to build quality of life.


Housing over 130 people in our supportive housing sites can be a lot of work, we are always in need of volunteers to help get our apartments move-in ready. If you have any painting or trade skills, donate your time to help us make sure our tenants have a safe and clean apartment to move into.

An important part of our work is building relationships and creating community at Options Bytown. To help bring our tenants together, we host various programs and workshops. Whether you want to teach a cooking class, lead a walking group or an art workshop, we are looking for volunteers to help lead all types of activities with our tenants.


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Annie Carruthers President Catharine Vandelinde Executive Director Annie Carruthers President Margaret Singleton Vice President Jason Hunt Treasurer Benedict Wray Secretary Kristi Carin Director Liz Wigfull Director Heather Lachine Director
Melissa Dedemus Director Daniel Leblanc Director Norm Turner Director Lauren Kupferschmid Director Dean Henderson Director Al Shadid Director
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Join us on November 27, 2022 at the Ottawa Little Theatre for a performance of Miracle on 34th Street in support of Options Bytown. To purchase tickets, please contact GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa BOARD MEMBERS Fresh cuts for our tenants thanks to volunteers such Tom Fulwood from Hare & Hound Barbershop. Shortly after moving into Options Bytown in 2022, a tenant takes his oath of citizenship after arriving in Canada as a refugee in 1983 Options Bytown staff serving a holiday meal for our supportive housing tenants.


Celebrating our heritage, these uniquely Canadian collectibles will be treasured forever.

Welcome to Under One Roof the home of heritage souvenirs that celebrate our countries rich history while preserving part of one of our most treasured Canadian symbols. The items found here were crafted with the help of people with developmental disabilities and are manufactured using the original copper which covered the roofs of Canada's Parliament Buildings from 1918 to 1996.

Under One Roof is an initiative of the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Proceeds from the sale of this product directly benefit the developmentally disabled.

Creative Space for ALL

Silver Spring Studio is based on the six words value and we aim to guide you through those six stages through creative activities.

Visit Silver Spring Studio Website for more information

Creative activity is fun and a natural way of making friends with similar interests. You can learn different skills including how to earn and lead through creating!

Hearty Tails is an equitable employment social enterprise proudly operated by the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD). We created Hearty Tails to provide opportunities for people forgotten by mainstream employment. We work hard to provide customized employment for adults with diverse abilities and focus on their strengths. We promote visibility of disabled people in our community.

Make a difference in your community

Every purchase helps create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to build confidence and feel valued through employment that celebrates their own unique strengths.

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• Fun • Friendship • Create • Learn • Earn • Lead

What we do

OCAPDD’s purpose is to support community integration and personal well-being of adults with developmental disabilities within the City of Ottawa and Cornwall OCAPDD provides support to hundreds of persons with developmental disabilities, in every aspect of life; whether seeking work opportunities, securing living arrangements or dealing with day-to-day tasks. One of OCAPDD’s strengths is we offer a full range of residential options from Supported Independent

Living to total care homes. OCAPDD supports individuals at 26 sites in the Ottawa area, as well as seven residences in the Cornwall area. Residential programs are open 365 days a year, with night and relief staff playing a crucial role.

Individuals receive ODSP, which is well below the poverty line. As a result, OCAPDD is active in fundraising, usually to provide social and recreational activities for members as well as essential items.



One-to-one volunteer or community friend: Volunteers are matched with a person with a developmental disability in order to spend leisure time together. This may include going to a movie, sports event, walks, or quiet time together. Whatever is enjoyed – the possibilities are endless.

Activities for daily living: Assist in programs such as teaching cooking, crafts or other skills.

Fundraising: Volunteers are always needed for various fundraising activities and to help create new ones.

Silver Spring Farm: Volunteers are always needed for various activities from May through October at the farm.

Volunteer hours are flexible evenings or weekends; once a week, twice a month or whenever you are free! Please visit our website for opportunities as well as Volunteer Ottawa.


In its 26 years of activity, the Project has been an overwhelming success, raising over $500,000 for OCAPDD. Those funds have been used to support sending individuals to camp each summer, and to purchase Christmas and birthday gifts for individuals who do not have family involved in their lives.

Volunteers devote hundreds of hours every year to the planting, weeding, fertilizing, scaping, harvesting, sizing and selling our garlic – with 40,000 cloves planted by volunteers every fall. Silver Spring Farm is located at 1701 Robertson Road. The project runs from May to December.


Over the past 22 year relationship, Carlingwood Shopping Center has donated all of the necessities to

make this fundraising activity a huge success. This has included complimentary space to OCAPDD along with all of the boxes, wrapping paper, bows, ribbon and tissue paper! This 22 years relationship has helped us raise more than $200,000. The funds are used to support individuals in emergency situations with food, clothing, hygiene products, etc. The charity gift wrapping center runs from the beginning of December to Christmas eve.


We host an annual charity golf tournament on the 3rd Monday in June at Hautes Plaines golf course. During the dinner, we have a 50/50 draw, a silent auction table as well as two live auction items. Sponsorship and gift donation to our auction helps us raise dollars for special programming that supports individuals with developmental disabilities.

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BOARD MEMBERS David Ferguson Executive Director, CEO Kathleen Stokely Board President 229 Colonnade Rd. South Ottawa, Ont. K2E 7K3 613-569-8993 Year founded: 1950 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $31,520,289 Kathleen Stokely President Peter Homulos Vice president Al Roberts Member Christine Trauttmansdorff Member David Newman Member Jodie Karpf Member James Smith Member Leanne Pelley Member Leslie Walker Member Martha Marr Member Majid Turmusani Member Wendy Wharton Member OTTAWA-CARLETON ASSOCIATION FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES EVENTS + FUNDRAISING TOP FUNDING SOURCES
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area The Studio – A shared creative space at Silver Spring Farm where people can create, learn, earn and lead while having fun and building friendships.

It’s called Retirement Living for a reason

Unitarian House of Ottawa ’s donor driven Financial Assistance & affordable housing programs offer peace of mind to members of our community, allowing them to focus on what ’s really important

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… Life!
For more information on how your generous contributions help support our Financial Assistance and Affordable Housing programs visit

20 Cleary Ave.

Ottawa, Ont.

K2A 3Z9

Year founded: 1984

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $154,979

Facebook: /UnitarianHouse

Instagram: /unitarianhouseottawa

What we do

Unitarian House is Ottawa’s not-for-profit Retirement Residence & Senior Apartments. With 45 Retirement Suites and 67 Independent Living Apartments, our mission is to provide a secure, respectful and caring environment, where residents will have maximum independence, opportunities for personal fulfillment and companionship.






Funding priorities

Each year we prioritize our Retirement Living Assistance and our Rent Geared to Income programs. These programs are the key to what makes Unitarian House so special, as they allow us to offer financial assistance to residents who may be facing financial hardships or who have outlived their resources.

Since we opened our doors, the mission of Unitarian House has always been that no member of our community should ever have to leave their home due to financial hardship. Our affordable housing and financial assistance programs allow the residents that make up our home, to enjoy the peace of mind of accessible lodging in a warm, caring and community-minded environment.



Donation and funding dollars are also directed to our Operating Fund, which is used to maintain our home, nursing department and grounds, upgrade amenities to the modern standards, and provide new and exciting opportunities for socialization and entertainment through technology and activities.

How you can help


Donations and financial contributions are what make Unitarian House possible! To make a onetime gift, become a monthly donor, or sponsor an upcoming project scan the QR code or visit www.


Whether they’re driving the van, serving at Happy Hour, or answering phones at reception - Volunteers are our lifeblood! Without them many of the activities, special events and fundraising programs


September 2022 marked the second annual The Grand Parade Ottawa Westboro - a fundraising walk, in honour of our seniors! This event has raised over $100,000 since it’s inauguration. Join us next year on September 16th 2023!

Giving Tuesday – visit us at “The Spot” in Carlingwood Shopping Centre on Tuesday November 29th and see what Unitarian House is all about! We’ll

wouldn’t be possible. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about volunteer opportunities email activities@

have a variety of holiday themed goodies on display and will be having fun and collecting funds for our charitable programs.

Spring Gala – This popular event has been on hold since 2019 – we are planning to bring it back bigger & better than ever in 2023! Visit our website in December for the official announcement so you don’t miss out on this wonderful evening of music, food and fun!

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Mélanie Anne Arnott Vice president Bert Waslander Secretary Trevor Shannon Treasurer Daniel Byron Deputy treasurer Merle Bolick Governor Pam Garner Governor Bruce Grant Governor Brian Castledine Governor Janet Bradley Governor Janice Gray Governor Ross McIntyre Governor Chis Hughes Governor
Mary Ella Keblusek Church liaison Mo Gabe Residents' association
Jackie Holzman Board president
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22 O'Meara St.

Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 4N6 613-725-3494

Year founded: 1977

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,797,587

Twitter: @CausewayWork

Facebook: /CausewayWork

Instagram: @causewayworkcentre

LinkedIn: /company/causeway-work-centre

What we do

Finding rewarding work can be an overwhelming prospect at times, especially if you struggle with challenges such as a lack of experience, a disability, or a mental illness. Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that empowers all people by helping those with mental health related barriers 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 placemeaningful employment.

Causeway has a long history of allyship in our community to people with mental health related


How you can help


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.

barriers to employment. The journey to meaningful employment can be different for each person we serve, and requires the support of the whole community. This is why an important pillar of our strategic plan is forming partnerships with businesses and community members, in order to broaden support for individuals and amplify our impact.

“Very few of us have not been touched by the impacts of mental health – either ourselves or our loved ones. There are many dedicated people who contend with mental health challenges who are available and looking to fill the gap in today’s labour market. The caring staff at Causeway help them in their journey of realizing their potential, building their skills and confidence, and further support community participation. ” - Louise Boudreau, Causeway Board President


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.


Commercial cleaning, grounds-keeping, food service, and bike refurbishment are all available through Causeway's social enterprises, which train and employ people experiencing employment barriers. Discover how your business can be supported by social enterprise here:




Employers help us build stronger communities by employing the people we serve. Everyone has abilities and skills regardless of the challenges they may face. With the recent shifts in labour markets, employers have been struggling with staffing and maintaining their employees. People with barriers to employment, however, still experience difficulties entering the labour market and represent a significant portion of unemployed or underemployed individuals. By working with Causeway, employers can tap into a pool of skilled and motivated people who are ready to work. Find your next employee of the month at Causeway!

A Causeway Commercial Cleaning employee is hard at work cleaning Absinthe Cafe before they open.

Meet John. “Before coming to Causeway, I really had no idea where I was going or what I was doing. Trying to think too much about it just made me super anxious.”

After coming to Causeway, John realized that one of his biggest strengths was his desire to work and build a career. He enjoys working and feeling like he is accomplishing something.

While he still may sometimes face challenges at work, John notes that working has actually helped him find stability and motivation, as has the support he received at Causeway.



Nov. 28 - Dec. 4. Celebrated annually, this week serves to engage individuals and businesses around the message that everyone has something valuable to offer. We invite individuals and businesses to show support of #WorkRegardlessWeek on social media by sharing what it means to them, and making a donation to support vital community employment services.

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Hailey Hechtman Executive Director Louise Boudreau President Louise Boudreau President Stephen Willetts Past President Judy Cameron Treasurer Michael Brownell Director Anna Abraham Director Oksana Kishchuk Director Kate Faughnan Director Kylie Patrick Director Sandro Ricci Director
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Linda Lussier Secretary and Director

Dr. Chris Carruthers, MD Director

Suzanne Donnelly Director

David H. Hill, C.M., Q.C. Director

Carman Joynt, FCPA, FCA, ICD.C


Genevieve Kosavic Director

Peter Nicholson Director

Susan Prior Director Mohamed Sheibani Director

Michael van Aanhout Director



What we do

The Help Our Students Program provides $1,500 awards to hard-working students living in difficult financial circumstances in order to help them graduate high school. The recipients, selected by school officials, receive $150 per month from September through June directly into their RBC bank account, with 100 per cent of all donations going directly to support students. All work is done by volunteers and all administrative expenses are paid by the Board of Directors.

Each student is asked to write a letter at the end of the school year, describing how the award has impacted their lives and, generally, how they spent the funds. We know from the letters that the recipients use the money to buy food for themselves and their family, for school supplies and field trips, for Presto passes and to help with other family expenses.


Funding priorities

In the 2022-23 year, we are providing $150 per month from September to June to at least three students in each of Ottawa's 62 youth high schools. We aspire to be able to support at least five students in every high school and to provide them with $250 per month.


Despite Ottawa being a wealthy city, there are far too many students who struggle to stay in school due to their difficult financial circumstances. Supporters love that the students receive the award funds directly into their own bank account and need to learn how to plan and manage their money.

Potential donors can choose to support a particular

How you can help Donation recognition

We have some truly amazing donors. The Shenkman Foundation, for instance, has supported us for the past 10 years.

Two years ago, we received a phone call saying that we had been selected to receive a Christmas gift made possible by a generous donor. A short while later, we were handed a cheque for $30,000. The same thing happened again the following year and we received a cheque for $45,000. We can't wait for this Christmas. These donations allow us to better plan the number of awards that we can give the following school year.

school or a particular area of the city. The recipients' letters clearly make our donors aware of the significant impact of their donation on the students' lives.


We need anyone who can help us grow our donor base. At this time, the administrative work is done by the members of the Board, supported by Principals and Guidance Counsellors. As the organization grows, there will be a need for clerical, bookkeeping and communications assistance.

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7S4 613-983-3633 Year founded: 2010 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $276,594 Facebook: @hostottawa
Richard Lussier Co-founder, President and Chair of the Board Donald J. Stephenson Co-founder and Vice-President 59 Callaway Crt. Ottawa, Ont. K1C
HOST student Christine Angnetsiak, graduating from Urban Aboriginal High School. Christine is from Nunavut and is the first person in her family to graduate high school. She is currently studying for her hairdressing certificate and plans to open her own shop in Nunavut.
Everyone Deserves a Chance to Soar. Kidney Foundation programs have improved countless lives across Canada. Your gift makes it possible. Give Today

LL18-1701 Woodward Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2C 0R4 613-724-9953

Year founded: 1964

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,741,098

Twitter: @kidneyontario Facebook: @kidneyontario instagram: @kidneyontario


Dr Norman Muirhead


Craig Kerr

Past President

Mary-Pat Shaw


Chris Costanza

Secretary/ Treasurer

Alan Hui


Charles Cook


Elizabeth Giacinti


Ethan Holtzer


Joanne Hagger-Perritt


Marlene Rees-Newton


Marlene Smith


Mauro Burri


Richard Bernreiter


Roger Ma Director-at-Large

Sarangan Lingham


Teresa Roberts Director-at-Large

What we do

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to eliminating the burden of kidney disease through:

• Funding and stimulating innovative research for better treatments and a cure

• Providing education and support to prevent kidney disease in those at risk


Funding priorities

Expansion of our Peer Support program is one of The Kidney Foundation’s priorities. As a result, participation rates have more than doubled since the start of the pandemic. Peer support helps patients and caregivers cope with the emotional and psychological burden of living with chronic kidney disease by providing the opportunity to connect with others who share a similar lived experience. Our trained peer support volunteers are themselves patients and caregivers and understand what it’s like to live with kidney disease.

The program also regularly invites health professionals and others to share their expertise to assist patients in optimizing their quality of life. In response to feedback from stakeholders, we have launched new groups to respond to the niche communities impacted by this chronic disease including parents of children who live with kidney disease, organ transplant recipients, caregivers, youth and young adults and people with reduced kidney function. Transitioning to a virtual model has made it possible for more patients and caregivers from suburban and rural communities to benefit from the program.



Our annual Kidney Walk is the most important fundraiser of the year and takes place in communities across Ontario each fall. In Eastern Ontario, we hold multiple walks in Ottawa and the surrounding valley to support medical research and patient programs. We are seeking corporate sponsors, employee teams, individual walkers and volunteers to get behind the ones they love and walk with us. You can learn more at

• Empowering those with kidney disease to optimize their health status through programs which promote physical and mental well being

• Advocating for improved access to high quality health care

• Increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation

How you can help


Donors can make investments in innovative medical research, which will enhance care, improve early detection and treatment options as we work towards a cure. Canadians who live with kidney disease often face significant financial and emotional burdens in their daily lives. Donors sustain vital programs which help patients live their best life – providing information, education, financial support and building a community of care.


There are many volunteer opportunities with The Kidney Foundation which allow people to make a meaningful contribution. The Eastern Ontario Chapter is currently recruiting for new advisory board members and there are a variety of programs, community engagement and administrative roles available for those who are interested in improving the lives of patients and their families. If you would like to share your time with us, we encourage you to get in touch at



The annual La Serata Italiana is an Italian-themed gala dinner in support of kidney research which takes place each spring. Organized entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, they have raised more than $1 million for medical research over the past 37 years. For more information, please contact

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Anthony Tirone Executive Director, Ontario Branch Dr. Norman Muirhead President, Ontario Branch
Ontario (Eastern Ontario Chapter, located in Ottawa)

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.”

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

received support finding work/employees through our Employment Access Centres.

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180 Argyle Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K2P 1B7

Year founded: 1867

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $ 23,045,000

Twitter: @ymcaywca_ottawa

Facebook: /ymcaywca

Instagram: @ymcaywca



What we do

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy communities. Serving thousands of people in our region each year, Y programs and services address


How you can help


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.



The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament returned to the ice on May 19, 2022 after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19. raising $32,000 to support Y children’s programs. The 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. Since its launch, the Lawyers for Kids tournament has raised more than $300,000, and helped provide many children in our community with access to vital Y programs and services.

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.



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.


The Y Golf Classic took place on September 19, 2022 at Camelot Golf and Country Club, which raised nearly $300,000 to help children and families in our communities live fuller, healthier lives. Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised nearly $2.5 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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Bob Gallagher President and CEO Susannah Crabtree Chair Susannah Crabtree FCIA, ICD.D Chair Jean Laurin CPA, CA Past Chair Anne Butler Secretary Louise Tardif ICD.D Treasurer Trevor Bhupsingh, MPA Anna Laurence Jacques Paquette ASC Gary Simonsen Danial Taggart CPA, CA, CFA Tricia Weagant BA
Caroline Xavier The National Capital Region 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. Congratulations to Emond Harnden’s “Rough Justice”, Lawyers for Kids 2022 Tournament Winners Y Golf Classic Co-Chairs Daniel Reid and Bob Watson are pictured with Presenting Sponsor representative David Cook.

Together we can transform care for Seniors and Veterans.

Through the $10 million Answering the Call Campaign, Perley Health is poised to play a central role in advancing care for Veterans and Seniors living with frailty; through applied research, innovation, knowledge sharing, education and exceptional care.

Perley Health is asking people of all ages to join them in transforming care for Seniors and Veterans. To learn more and answer the call, please visit

Perley Health Foundation | 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa ON K1G 5Z6 | | 613-526-7173 Charitable Registration No 12194 8038

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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 seniors live life to the fullest.

We know that good is never good enough. Our culture of self-improvement ensures that we’re




At Perley Health, we work hard every day to provide exceptional care to our residents and peace of mind to families and caregivers. We also work diligently and quietly to transform care for Seniors and Veterans across Canada. We know, from recent history there is an urgent need to elevate care and quality of life in long-term care homes nationally.

Perley Health is ready to transform care for seniors from coast to coast to coast. We have a long history of caring for Seniors and Veterans, and the trust of families, governments, healthcare and educational partners. We have the people, plan and place to deliver on our vision of transforming care for seniors living with frailty while continuing to deliver exceptional care for our own Seniors and Veterans.

On June 6, family, friends and community leaders

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.

gathered in the heart of the city and celebrated the launch of our largest-ever campaign, Answering the Call. Through this campaign, Perley Health is taking its first major step in playing a larger role in elevating care for seniors living with frailty through exceptional care, applied research, innovation and education.

Today, we are asking people of all ages across all our communities to help complete the final phase of our $10 million Answering the Call Campaign for innovation and excellence in Seniors and Veterans care. We are at just over $8 million raised.

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Delphine Haslé, CFRE Executive director
K1G Year founded: 1988 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,074,146 Twitter: @PerleyHealth Facebook: @PerleyHealth LinkedIn: @PerleyHealth
(Ret'd) Lt.-Col.
(Ret'd) Treasurer Jeff Hill Akos
CEO Perley
J.L. Gilles Levasseur Col.
McAlea (Ret'd)
Chair 1750 Russell Rd. Ottawa, Ont.
Carol Ann Banks
Daniel Charron
Bob Eagan
Louise Mercier
HLt.-Col. Sandra Perron
Sheila Venman Margaret Tansey Chair, Perley Health
Peter Mansbridge Honorary Campaign Chair
John Jarvis Campaign co-chair Micheal Burch Campaign co-chair
Funds raised will go toward three critical areas of transforming care for seniors; research and innovation, knowledge sharing and education and sustaining exceptional care. To learn more visit answeringthecall.careNational Capital Region
From L-R : Micheal Burch, Co-Chair Answering the Call Campaign, Capt. (N) Paul A. Guindon, (Ret'd), CEO Commissionaires Ottawa, Dr. Annie Robitaille, Perley Health Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, Delphine Haslé, Executive Director, Perley Health Foundation, Mary Boutette, COO, Perley Health, John Jarvis, Co-Chair Answering the Call Campaign
Who we are

A conversation with Sergeant Gordon Gallant (Retired) and his son Steve Gallant

Gordon and Steve Gallant, father and son, are long-time donors to the Heart Institute. Gordon has had two bypass operations, and Steve has been a Heart Institute Foundation board of directors’ member. Here is their story.


My first bypass surgery was 47 years ago. I was just 39 years old at the time and a Korean War veteran when I heard the devastating news that I needed emergency heart surgery. I was operated on by Dr. Wilbert Keon after being rushed to the hospital from the National Defence Medical Centre.

I had to stay in hospital for three weeks before going home to my wife and our four teenage children. It was a tough time for the entire family. When I needed my second bypass 12 years ago, it was a different story. At 75, I was a lot older, but the incredible advances that had been made in cardiac treatment and care meant I was in and out of the Heart Institute in just four days. That just shows you the different research can make over a few decades.


I was just 15 years old when my dad had that first surgery, but I remember every moment. It was a scary time for our family, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to learn that our family has a genetic risk of cardiac disease. In addition to my dad, my grandfather and all my dad’s siblings have had heart problems as well.

We’re so fortunate in Ottawa to have world-class talent right here at the Heart Institute. It’s partly due to research that they’ve done that I’m aware of the possible genetic risk.



Your donation will support the best cardiac care available today and change the world for future patients through innovative, groundbreaking research. Give today at 613-696-7030 or

40 Ruskin Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4W7  #GiveWithHeart

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Purchasing specialized diagnostic and surgical equipment, investing in innovative research, and developing new programs that enhance patient care.
New cutting-edge therapies, skills and technologies that are changing lives and saving lives today, and for future generations. Thank you for giving the gift of time.
research is tomorrow’s treatment.
“My wife Janet and I are longtime
We give to the research fund every year. What Dr. Wilbert Keon and Dr. Donald Beanlands created here in Ottawa is incredibly special. It’s up to our community to keep it that way.“
Steve Gallant University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation donor and volunteer



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

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,


Funding Priorities

It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs in prevention and treatment of heart disease. In addition to investing in specialized equipment and innovative research projects, the Heart Institute continues to invest in people with the creation of new endowed research chairs.

An endowed chair is one of the most prestigious accomplishments a clinician or scientist can attain. It helps to attract and support top calibre talent by providing permanent financial support

Along with the new $4M Dr. T.G. Mesana Team Chair in Valve Disease, the institute has launched two more endowed chairs. The Dr. J. Earl Wynands Associate Chair in Cardiac Anesthesiology Research recognizes the talent and commitment to research in cardiac anesthesiology by retired UOHI anesthesiologist Dr. J. Earl Wynands. Funding for this chair was led by his colleagues at the Heart Institute and a generous donor to honour his dedication and leadership, and to provide financial support in perpetuity for research in the complex areas of cardiac anesthesiology.

The all-new $2.1 million endowed Chair in Cardiac Nursing Excellence will invest in advancement of our nursing professionals enabling them to stay at the top of their profession in a constantly changing environment. Nurses are uniquely positioned to see where the patient experience can be enhanced in the spaces and places where care happens. This firstof-its-kind chair will be used to elevate nursing skills to meet the demands of cardiac medicine, create advancement opportunities and retain nurses in a highly competitive market.

Donation Highlight

The Heart Institute Foundation is extremely grateful to heart valve surgery patient John Bassi and his wife Maria, community leaders, lovers of Ottawa, and long-time supporters of the Heart Institute. John and Maria led an incredible campaign and raised $2.1M to fund the $4M Dr.T.G. Mesana Team Chair in Valve Disease. Named in honour of world-renowned heart valve surgeon and UOHI President and CEO Dr. Thierry Mesana, this endowed chair will be held jointly by a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon to bring a collaborative approach in treating heart valves, the next epidemic of heart disease.

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 world-class care is available today and for generations to come. 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.



February is Heart Month is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and raise funds for the Heart Institute.

Throughout the month, individuals and groups can participate in a number of ways:

• Host or participate in a community event.

• Join the paper heart program with the sale or purchase of paper hearts.

• Sell or purchase our popular crochet hearts greeting cards.

• Make a donation & double your impact –Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received.


Light up red! Join businesses and buildings across Ottawa and help our city glow with support and raise awareness for heart health.



September - JUMP IN™ for Women’s Heart Health is a nation-wide 30-day challenge to encourage Canadians to get moving in their own space, and at their own pace, in support of women’s heart health. Participants are encouraged to create fundraising teams and share activities through social media. Donations to Jump In™ are matched by generous corporate partners each week.

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Year founded: 1994 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $23.3M Twitter: @HeartFDN
Lianne Laing Executive Director Elizabeth Roscoe Chair, Board of Directors 40 Ruskin St. Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 4W7
Grant Jameson Vice Chair James Annis Treasurer Ken Jennings Secretary Dr. Thierry Mesana UOHI President & CEO Paul LaBarge UOHI Board of Directors Dr. Robert Cushman OHIRC Board of Directors
Paul Bodnoff UOHI Patient Alumni Matt Davies Gail Kaneb Krista Kealey Leslie Mise Muneeba Omar Nick Pantieras Deneen Perrin Aruna Rajulu Catarina Silva Natalie Tommy Colin Zappia Erin Zipes

3045 Baseline Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K2H 8P4 613-721-4731 Charitable Registration #13725 3571 RR0001


Shannon Gorman President and CEO Fred Seller, ChairPartner, Brazeau Seller Law


Ronald Richardson, Past Chair Mischa Kaplan, Vice Chair Doug Hewson, Treasurer Amy MacLeod, Secretary

Alan Doak, Director

Dr. Andrew Falconer, Director

Chad Schella, Director

Wynand Stassen, Director

Shaina Watt, Director

Benson Wong, Director

What we do

Each week more than 1,500 people will visit Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) for emergency services and thousands more will receive treatment and care through our cornerstone programs including Acute Rehab, Childbirth, Critical Care, Emergency, Geriatrics, Medicine, Mental Health and Surgery, along with a full range of services such as diagnostics, orthopedics and acute care of the elderly.





How You Can Help


As our community grows, so too does the demand for essential services.

With support from individuals, businesses, corporations and community groups Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is investing in important enhancements to our hospital, which include the purchase of new technology and equipment, and upgrades to facilities, to help reduce wait times and improve quality of care for patients.

QCH Foundation is actively fundraising for the top priorities of the hospital to meet the present and future health care needs of those living in west Ottawa.

With your support, our hospital will expand services and facilities to help meet the emerging healthcare needs of families in our community, which include:

• The increasing needs of our region’s aging and growing population. QCH must expand and improve its services for seniors.

• Rapidly advancing healthcare technology. Our patients deserve the best tools available to our physicians, nurses and staff members.


Community and corporate events are a great way to bring people together to have a good time, all while doing good. When you make Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation the charity of choice for your community or corporate event, you are helping to

Our loved ones deserve the very best treatment options available and with the tremendous support from our community, QCH Foundation is investing in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to help reduce wait times and increase capacity to meet the needs of our growing and aging population.

QCH is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country and thanks to our incredible QCH Foundation donors we will ensure our hospital is equipped to provide world-class care, close to home, to the more than 500,000 people who may turn to it each year.


West Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley

• Expert care, close to home. It’s much better for people to be treated close to home where they have the support of family and friends.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, and we want to provide an exceptional and meaningful experience for those who get involved.  There are many ways to volunteer with the QCH Foundation, including joining the Board of Directors, or donating your time and talents to the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.

Our volunteers support QCH Foundation through fundraising, administration, data entry, marketing and communications, at events, and as community and campaign ambassadors. Please visit to find out more.

provide medical teams in Ottawa with innovative new technology and equipment.

There are hundreds of event ideas to choose from, including spaghetti dinners, trivia nights, sports tournaments, talent shows, bowling nights, art sales, pancake breakfasts, plant sales and many, many more. To get started on your community or corporate fundraising event in support of QCH Foundation, please visit

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is accredited under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. This accreditation demonstrates to our community that our Foundation is a leader in best practice governance and donor accountability.

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founded: 1986 Total Fundraising Revenue for 2021-2022: $5,882,792 Twitter: @QCHOttawa Facebook: /QueenswayCarletonHospitalFounda tion/ LinkedIn: /company/queensway-carleton-hospital Instagram: /qch.ottawa/
Shannon Gorman, Director Ed Herweyer, Director Ryan Kelahear, Director Cal Kirkpatrick, Director Dr. Ruchi Murthy, Director
Janet Yale, Director
58 GIVING GUIDE 2022 Ottawa Business Journal DONATE TODAY 1.866.334.4485 YOUR SUPPORT WILL ALLOW FOR • 25% More Beds • Shorter Wait Times • Fewer ER Visits • Family Support • More Young Lives Saved! For nearly 30 years, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre has helped thousands of youth walk a Path to Wellness, bringing families back together. The New Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre will provide even better live-in treatment and aftercare for young people who desperately need it. Please donate today, and help us to complete our New Treatment Centre –building a brighter future for thousands of young people in need. THEY WALK A DANGEROUS PATH WITH A CRITICAL NEED FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTS A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUTH IN ONTARIO HAVE LOST HOPE OUR NEW SAFE SPACE OPENING FALL 2023 FOR MORE INFO CONTACT CINDY AT CINDY.M@DAVESMITHCENTRE.ORG OR 613.594.8333 EXT 1201 Concept Drawing of the new DSYTC Facility

Male Live-in Treatment Campus

1986 Scotch Corners Rd.

Carleton Place, Ont.

K7C 0C5

Female Live-in Treatment Campus

1883 Bradley Side Rd.

Carp, Ont.

K0A 1L0

Aftercare & Administrative Campus 112 Willowlea Rd. Carp, Ont. K0A 1L0 613-594-8333

Year founded: 1993

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,025,053

Twitter: /DaveSmithYouth

Facebook: /davesmithyouthtreatmentcentre

Instagram: /davesmithcentre/

What we do

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, evidence-


How you can help


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 beds, reduce wait times and provide sustainable longterm infrastructure for our health sector. Operational funding needs include resources that support day-to-day programming such as recreation/sports equipment, art supplies, staff training, IT equipment, family therapy and scholarship funds for graduating students.


With an investment of over $15 million from the provincial government we broke ground on June 22nd, 2022 and are now launching into our $4 million Village




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.

based addiction and mental health treatment, 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.



of HOPE campaign to complete our Centre. Doors are slated for opening in the fall of 2023.

We need your help! DONATE TODAY.


Be part of the VOH Village and commemorate a loved one or family name to our donor wall.

Select naming rights available to those wanting to make a longer commitment to DSYTC.


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 6th annual tournament in 2023.

Visit for details.


Visit our website for a list of our upcoming events hosted by ourselves or third party groups like Algonquin, University of Ottawa etc.

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Mike Beauchesne Executive director Steve Bell Board chair
Member Jennifer
Kinsman Past chair Derek Johnston Vice Chair Kayla Champagne Treasurer Rene Bibaud Member Cameron Hopgood
Nicole Poirier
Member Michael Smith Member Melissa White
86% DONATIONS: 14%
Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario.
60 GIVING GUIDE 2022 Ottawa Business Journal The health of our community is our main focus and your priority. Your care, through your donation, has a direct impact on the 300,000 patients we serve annually in both official languagesMontfort is the only hospital in Canada to do so. Your support to the Foundation allows the Hôpital Montfort to deliver a unique and effective approach to health care services. You made this possible. We are all care givers. 613-748-4920 | DONATE TODAY

713 Montreal Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1K 0T2

Year founded: 1986

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $10,791,803

Twitter: @FondationHM Facebook: /fondationmontfort

LinkedIn : /fondation-de-l-hopital-montfort/

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

Robert C. Rhéaume

Treasurer, Retired Partner, BDO Ottawa

Marie-Josée Martel

Board Vice-President, Retired, Public Service of Canada


Dr. Robert D. Belzile

Retired family and occupational health physician

Roch Brisson Chief financial officer, PBC Real Estate Advisors Inc.

Peter Georgariou Founding member and CEO, KarmaDharma Strategy & Marketing

Christiane Huneault General counsel, Ottawa Police Service

Albert Labelle Senior partner, PearTree Financial Services

Dr. Bernard Leduc President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort

Marcelle Nasr

Owner, Boston Pizza Orléans

Lise Parent

Retired parts manager, Orléans Toyota

Élise Prégent Vice-President, Bellefleur Physiotherapy and Fitness

Bernard Raymond President, Multivesco

Alexandre (Alex) Rizk General manager, Loyal Taxi

Me Isabelle Roy Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Marc M. Villeneuve CEO, Montfort Foundation

What we do

At Montfort Foundation, we secure the necessary funds to support innovation and the development of integrated care and services within the Hôpital 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 excellence




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


Especially since the pandemic, e-health has enhanced the ability of health care providers to care for an increased volume of patients without being present in person. Now that it has proven its merits, it's here to stay. In the face of this new paradigm in health care, Montfort is positioning itself as a leader in this field. As an academic hospital, Montfort is proud to contribute to health research through its affiliated entity, the Institut du Savoir Montfort which, in 20212022, benefited from more than one million dollars in donations for research and development.

Your financial contributions have made it possible to implement an innovative approach that is transforming the way health care is delivered more effectively and in a way that is tailored to the patient's language. As a result, these patients experienced shorter hospital stays, fewer falls and


prevails. For us, excellence means providing health care and services using state-of-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.

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.


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.

infections, and were less likely to experience a lifethreatening event.

Support Montfort in its research and development, and become a pioneer of innovative health-care practices. Your contribution today will shape the future of your community's health.

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and Eastern
OCTOBER 20, 2022 Orléans Health Hub Campaign Donor Recognition Event JUNE 20, 2023
Golf Tournament


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play Support an event, organize a fundraiser, volunteer, donate. His family can't afford a snowsuit that will keep him warm enough to play outside with the other kids. Help kids like Sam enjoy winter by supporting The Snowsuit Fund.
can't come out and

134-225 Donald St. Ottawa, Ont. K1K 1N1

What we do

Now in our 41st season, The Snowsuit Fund purchases and distributes more than 16,000 snowsuits annually to children 15 years and younger from low-income families living in Ottawa, bringing dignity and hope to those struggling with the necessities of life.

Ottawa winters are cold, yet year-round outdoor play contributes fundamentally to mental health, active and healthy lifestyles, as well as learning and development.






OTHER: 15%

Fundraising priorities

The lasting economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and skyrocketing inflation are leading an increased number of families to the Snowsuit Fund for help. At the same time costs are rising and related economic challenges are also impacting donations.

How you can help



Martin Masse


Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Mike Leggett

2nd Vice-chairperson

Scotia Private Wealth

Andrew Watson Treasurer KPMG

Trina Fraser Past chairperson/ Secretary Brazeau Seller Law

Sahada Alolo

Multifaith Housing Initiative

Ian Burns

David Burns and Associates

Lise Clement

The Lansdowne Consulting Group

Susan Dennison

Tim Hortons

Patricia Ferguson

Ottawa Police Service

Mark Ford

Lead- Security Planning & Preparedness

RHEA Group

Jodie Harrison Harrison Wealth Advisory | BMO Nesbitt Burns

Steve Monuk Ottawa Venues

Daljit Nirman Nirman’s Law

Lauren Parkes Postmedia Network

Christine Sigouin Philanthropic Professional

Amanda Young Rogers Sports & Media

Funding from corporate and individual donors directly supports the purchase of snowsuits for disadvantaged Ottawa children. Annual volume purchases and longstanding relationships give us the power to negotiate the best possible prices with Canadian suppliers.

Corporate funds often come to us in the form of event sponsorships, as the result of workplace or customer campaigns and events or as matching donation pledges that inspire others to give.

Proud partners of our annual campaigns receive extensive brand exposure all while making a difference in the lives of children by helping us purchase new snowsuits for families in need.



Now an annual sell-out, in late November, Dinner Party in a Box is a luxurious chef-prepared at-home dining experience that includes signature cocktails, premium wine and beer and luxury gift items – all beautifully packaged and home delivered for you to enjoy with family, work colleagues or friends. There’s even a themed music playlist to get you in the mood and gourmet kids meals can be added, so nobody misses out. Sponsorship Opportunities are available.


Our core mission is to ensure that Ottawa’s most vulnerable children can have warm snowsuits to play outside in winter – without their families having to sacrifice other priorities.

The Snowsuit Fund is almost entirely powered by volunteers and the community. With the exception of one-time emergency funding available to most charities during the COVID pandemic, we receive no government funding and rely entirely on the generosity of countless caring groups and individuals who give their time, money and talent to keep our doors open.


Our reimagined gala experience, SnowBall returns this February when up to 400 guests will gather for an all-inclusive, multi-level, multi-chef cocktail party experience boasting sumptuous décor, valet parking, live entertainment, a silent auction, a beauty bar and


Many already know that volunteering for the Snowsuit Fund depot is a heartwarming experience. Pre-pandemic, dozens of corporate and community teams worked in our warehouse helping us keep operational costs down and connecting us to the community. Regrettably, due to ongoing COVID concerns, group volunteering remains paused though we continue to welcome volunteer support to help produce and promote our various seasonal fundraisers.

other experiential surprises. The sold-out inaugural edition took place just prior to the pandemic lockdown and was destined to become a must-attend event on Ottawa’s social scene just as its predecessor the Snowsuit Fund Gala was for decades. Sponsorship Opportunities and corporate ticket packages are available.


This coming February, all of Ottawa including the business community is invited to get outside, create snow angels, and share images and videos with donation links on social media. This activity raises money for needed snowsuits while underscoring the importance of being warmly dressed to be able to play outdoors during Ottawa’s winter season. We are seeking donor match partners and prize sponsors.

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revenue for last fiscal year: $1,167,017 Year founded: 1981 Total
Twitter: @snowsuitfund Facebook: /snowsuitfund Instagram: @the_snowsuit_fund
City of Ottawa Danny Kingsbury Chairperson Torres Media Joanne Andrews General Manager
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Take action to protect the rivers, lakes, and streams in your backyard. Your donation makes a difference - now, and for future generations.
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Protect what

301-275 Bay St. Ottawa, Ont. K1R 5Z5 613-321-1120

Year founded: 2001

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,481,696

Twitter: @ottriverkeeper

Facebook: @ottawa.riverkeeper

Instagram: @ottawariverkeeper.garderiviere

What we do

Right here at home, we take action through science, education, and advocacy, to ensure the Ottawa River and its tributaries are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.

Our mission is to inspire cooperative action for a healthy Ottawa River watershed for all generations






Funding priorities


Following an extensive renovation by the National Capital Commission, River House will be a new, publicly-accessible destination on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory in the heart of Canada’s National Capital Region. Ottawa Riverkeeper will transform it into a destination where community members can engage, discover, and connect with the Ottawa River. River House will provide a dynamic new homebase for Ottawa Riverkeeper and help to build our role as a trusted watershed advocate, educator and convener, and help ensure a legacy to swim, drink and fish Canadian waters for generations to come.

and all species. We bring together volunteers, businesses, communities, and all levels of government to find solutions to the problems that endanger the River and its tributaries’ health.

We believe that people protect what they know and love, so we work to connect individuals to their local water bodies, create water experiences, and disseminate science-based information to residents and decision-makers of the Ottawa River watershed.



How you can help


Through Ottawa Riverkeeper, you protect the health of the waterways in your own backyard, now and for generations to come.

Science: Your donation supports research on key watershed health indicators. We actively monitor water quality at beaches, in streams, and in our lab.

Education: Your support builds the next generation of water leaders through hands-on environmental education programs, like our learning library modules that are both online and in classrooms and our Youth Water Leaders program.

Advocacy: We’re a trusted source of information for the public and for decision-makers. When you donate to Ottawa Riverkeeper, you are safeguarding an independent, non-partisan voice that stays on top of pressing environmental issues and holds decision-makers to account.


From research to water quality sampling and everything in between, the contributions of volunteers support and empower our vision of a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Ottawa River watershed.


River School is a new suite of educational programs being developed by Ottawa Riverkeeper. Expanding on our existing bilingual, interactive, and science-based environmental educational programming, River School will engage children, youth and educators across the Ottawa River watershed (in Ontario and Quebec). Located at River House at the water’s edge, River School will feature a science lab, and will incorporate Algonquin Anishinabeg Knowledge into its teachings. River School will educate, motivate and build the next generation of water leaders.



Those in the know, know the Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala. It’s one of the most talked about, most fun, and high-profile events on the Ottawa social calendar! The Gala features musical performances, fine cuisine, premium beverages, and a floor-shaking dance party. Visit for all the details.


Powered by Canaqua Sports, this is a unique swimming event in the Ottawa River that attracts hundreds of swimmers each August and raises funds for programs like the Pollution Hotline, shoreline cleanups, and the Swim Guide.

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Geoff Green Board Chair Laura Reinsborough Riverkeeper & CEO
The Ottawa River watershed (Ontario/Quebec)
Frédéric Boulanger Vice-Chair
Margot Sunter Treasurer
Colleen Westeinde Secretary
David Coletto Director Christine Colverson Director Franklin Holtforster Director Colleen
Mooney Director
Philip Rimer Director
David Runnalls Director Naomi Sarazin Director
Robert Slater Director
Alexandre Van Dieren Director
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43 Bruyère St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5C8

Year founded: 1995

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $6,240,000

Twitter: @BruyereCare




Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region

What we do

Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is maximizing quality of life and helping people stay at or return home. We deliver a wide variety of services across four campuses in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.

Bruyère campuses include Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital and Élisabeth Bruyère Residence in the Byward Market area; SaintVincent Hospital in Centretown; Saint-Louis Residence and Bruyère Village in Orleans, and now Greystone in Ottawa East.

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.

The Bruyère Research Institute leads to constant innovation in the services we provide with a focus on providing care that promotes independence.

Our Foundation is an important conduit between our community and Bruyère. Our dedicated team, including our volunteer board of directors and professional staff, is charged with inspiring donations to enhance care across Bruyère’s campuses.

In 2021-22, Bruyère received donations totaling over $6 million. With your support, Bruyère was able to:

• Contribute $1.24 million towards Bruyère investing in critical upgrades to our equipment, including a portable x-ray machine, bladder scanners, and IV pumps, to name a few.



How you can help

Celebrating Life at Every Stage is a $6 million fundraising campaign to unite and enhance palliative and complex care. Our renowned palliative care unit and team will move from Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital to Saint-Vincent Hospital, and transform how we provide care, so patients and their loved ones receive the greatest benefit possible from these two

• Support Bruyère’s Research Institute work to improve the care of aging Canadians and vulnerable populations.

• Invest in graduate studentships, bringing a new generation of health researchers into our ecosystem and supporting learning and continued dedication to research and care.

• Ensure our patients and residents stayed connected with family during the pandemic through our partnership with Connected Canadians, by providing technology, training and technical support.

In addition to the impact your financial support has on the quality of care we provide, it also has a profound effect on our staff in terms of their morale. Your gifts demonstrate in a meaningful way an appreciation for their vital role, at a time when our health care workers are facing the most significant challenge in a generation. Thank you for your confidence and compassion.

specialized care programs. With this move comes an important change - the ability to provide a palliative approach to care to ten times more patients, which is proven to greatly improve quality of life, reduce anxiety, and improve pain and symptom management at all stages of life.

Funds raised will be invested in major renovations, equipment, and furnishings. The project is well underway. Architectural drawings and renderings have been created and approved and finishes have been selected.

In addition to this campaign, this year the Foundation is raising $1 million to purchase to help purchase critical medical equipment for all Bruyère care facilities.

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Thomas Hewitt, CFRE President Daniel C. Fernandes Board Chair Daniel C. Fernandes Law Office
Instagram: @BruyereCare LinkedIn: /BruyereCare John Wright Vice-Chair and Treasurer Vaive & Associates Professional Corp Dr. Alylhan Abdulla
Health Centre
Brooker Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa
Brad Ezard Keynote Group
Guy Chartrand President & CEO Bruyère
Patrick Kennedy Earnscliffe Joanne Kudakiewicz Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network Clifford Lebarron Laurentian Bank of Canada Nik Lemieux Mirabel Management Lesley Mackay Ottawa Tourism Heidi Sveistrup CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Bruyère Research Institute
Mark White Colonnade BridgePort

We fuel kids and ignite learning every school day.

Every child deserves to start their school day prepared to take on the world.

Your generosity helps ONFE provide Ottawa's K 12 students with the nutrition, learning support and financial education they need to succeed.

Donate or volunteer today. Support children and youth in your community.


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205-900 Morrison Dr. Ottawa, Ont.

K2H 8K7 613-366-3085

Year founded: 1985

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,915,559

Twitter: @ONFE_ROPE

Facebook: /onfe.rope

LinkedIn: /ottawa-network-for-education

Instagram: @onfe_rope


Julie Beauchamp

Dean, School of Business Algonquin College

Marc Bertrand

Directeur de l’éducation

Conseil des écoles catholiques du CentreEst

Margo Crawford

President & CEO

Business Sherpa Group

Tom D’Amico Director of Education Ottawa Catholic School Board

Amanda Goth

University Secretary Carleton University

Joan Highet

Vice President

Marketing Services Design 1st

Louise Malhotra

Co-Founder and Director Malhotra Foundation

Greg Matthews

Vice President RBCx Ottawa

Mita Meyers

Treasurer Ernst & Young LLP Associate Partner

Sarwar Qureshi Partner – Paterson and Company

Gregory Richards

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

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

What we do

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) is a charitable organization that collaborates with partners from education, business, government, and the community to develop enriching programs for K-12 students. Working with the four public school boards, ONFE supports children and youth







How you can help


Every year, we need to raise over $1 million from the local community to run our essential programs for K-12 students. By donating to ONFE, you are helping us fuel kids and ignite learning every school day with our seven programs. Each year we provide over 2.6 million nutritious meals and equip more than 9,000 youth with the financial literacy, career readiness 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 that meet public health guidelines. Because of our commitment to removing barriers and providing opportunities to all K-12 children and youth, our programs are offered free to students. This is only possible with the support of generous donors and funders.

This school year programs include the School Breakfast Program, providing students in need with a nutritious breakfast; Classroom Gardens, teaching students to grow nutritious food, Volunteers in Education, offering in person and virtual volunteering in school and at home, during classes and after school; JA Ottawa, offering virtual and in person financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs for grades 6 to 12; Ottawa Reads, volunteers reading to K-Grade 3; Assistive Technologies resources for parents, teachers, and students available on our


The Spark Soirée

The Spark Soirée is a fun-filled gala in support of our School Breakfast Program. Our in-person gala will be back on May 6, 2023! Allow us to engage you and your company in an evening of entertainment and networking with other caring community-minded individuals and business professionals, as well as

in English and French. We fuel kids and ignite learning, making sure all children in Ottawa have an equal start every day. No other community organization has the same reach and ability to respond and deliver much-needed programs to schools across the region.

website, and the step for Youth in Schools Community Coalition, a multi-agency effort coordinated by ONFE, which provides counselling to youth on problematic substance and technology use.


Our volunteers provide vital support to students to help meet their complex needs. This year, one-onone volunteering opportunities are available through in person and video conferencing, so that students continue to be supported where they learn.

Volunteers tell us that helping a student is one of the most fulfilling things they’ve done. And year after year, teachers tell us that caring volunteers make an immense difference to children in need of extra support.

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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Paul Gardner Chair Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Growth Company Advisor Heather Norris President and CEO
your community
70 GIVING GUIDE 2022 Ottawa Business Journal   INSPIRED GIVING EMPLOYEE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS CAUSE-RELATED MARKETING SPONSORSHIPS EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING Visit Or contact Erin Helmer, Sr. O icer, Corporate Philanthropy & Partnerships, by calling 613-818-7313 or by email Join us and be a Business on a Mission



Ottawa region

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.

Last year we served 938,218 meals (an increase




from 727,903 the year before) and provided safely distanced shelter to 1,192 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 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


You and your business can join us for a family-friendly VIRTUAL fundraising walk held on February 25, 2023, 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


Browse our 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 www.

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communications Canadian
Substance Use and Addictions
Executive Director Alliance to End Homelessness
Rev. Dr. Anthony
Parkdale United
Partner Hobin Architecture Inc.
Peter Tilley
Shaun Baron
35 Waller St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 7G4
Year founded: 1906 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $19,012,567 Twitter: @OttawaMission Facebook: /OttawaMission Dr. Robert Cushman
Medical Officer
Canada Jack Murta
Ottawa Mission Scott Hannant
University professor and director of public affairs and
Centre on
Kaite Burkholder Harris
Church Gord Lorimer
Anthony Bennett Board Member The Ottawa Mission
Sales Representative Royal
Sgt. Carl DeJong Detective Ottawa Police Service Peter
Associate Director of National Operations Canadian Blood Services Elie Labaky Founder LABAKY Law Alan McCafferty Founder
Strategic Consulting Group Kim MacDowall
LePage Team Realty
Matt Triemstra Past chair
& General Manager


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

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2825 Dumaurier Ave. Ottawa, Ont.

K2B 7W3


Year founded: 1923

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $7,194,000

Twitter: @BGCOttawa

Facebook: /BGCOttawa

Instagram: @BGCOttawa


Judi Shum-Mousseau Director


Ottawa Area & Camp Smitty

BGC Ottawa serves 19 neighbourhoods. We have 4 full capacity Clubhouses and satellite locations throughout the city. Camp Smitty, our sleep-away camp, is located in Eganville.

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.

For almost one hundred years, BGC Ottawa, a registered charity provides FREE programs and services directly to children and youth in vulnerable neighbourhoods. As one of Ottawa’s






Funding priorities

A space for every kid who needs it. We serve almost five thousand children and youth in Ottawa each year. The need is growing. Today you can support thousands of future leaders. We have doubled our impact in recent years. We continue to need significant operational support, funds for our aging but spectacular sleep away camp—Camp Smitty—and assistance with ongoing capital repairs at our four Clubhouses that serve hundreds of kids each day.

How you can help


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.


• 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

largest child and youth-serving charitable organizations, we serve almost 5,000 young people in 19 neighbourhoods 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. We help the next generation develop what they need to make positive change.


BGC Ottawa has two marquee fundraising events.

The MORNING SOCIAL and BGCO GALA In May 2023, we will celebrate the Club's onehundred-year anniversary and the return of our signature morning event to its traditional May timeframe. The MORNING SOCIAL is an incredible community platform and sponsorship opportunity. It is an event that starts your day off right and inspires hundreds of guests from across Ottawa’s business community. This event is supported by the Morning Social Circle—a committee of business leaders.

Plus, join us for a glamourous and magical night under the stars in August 2023 as we dance the night away at the BGCO GALA, hosted by our cochairs Michelle Taggart and Jeffrey Smith. Earlier this year, we greeted almost 500 guests and raised well over half a million dollars to support our mission.

To learn more about our events, please contact:


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 $600,000 each year to operate the camp and keep up with repair costs for this aging but beautiful historic place.


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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Adam Joiner CEO & Alumnus Stephen Beckta Chair & Alumnus Stephen Beckta Chair Meredithe Rechan Vice Chair Michael Wilson Treasurer Blaine Fitzgerald Director Brittany Forsyth-Wilson Director Derek Noble Director
Jock Climie Director
Mark Groper Director Michael Tshimanga Director Michelle Taggart Director Michelle Ward Director Robyn Osgood Director Stacey-Ann Morris Director
Graham Macmillan Emeritus Director
Charitable Registration #118814565 RR0001

Serving the World God Loves

Our Community Ministries are:

• Anglican Day Programs

• Centre 105

• Cornerstone Housing for Women

• Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre

• Refugee Ministry

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Individually and together, the five Community Ministries serve the most vulnerable people throughout the Ottawa region.
221 Together we can make hope a reality for so many people.
Visit: Call: 613-232-7124, ext.

71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K1R 6G6 613-232-7124

Year founded: 1896 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $10,167,788

Facebook: @OttawaAnglican



What we do

Our three Anglican Day Programs have recently united under the brand, Anglican Day Programs. They provide safe spaces, food, hygiene, counselling and computer and phone access to the homeless and the precariously housed in co-operation with the City’s service hubs.

The programs are the drop-in Centre 454; The Well, offering a safe space for services to women; and St Luke’s Table with an emphasis on nutritious food, hygiene and guidance.

In Cornwall, Centre 105 serves Cornwall and district’s most vulnerable by providing 300 nourishing breakfasts each week, a safe gathering space, laundry service and health support.






Funding priorities

Emergency Shelter, Supportive Housing Mental Health Food insecurity

How you


can help

Your donation will make a difference in someone’s life. Your donation to the Community Ministries will be spread among the five agencies in Ottawa and Cornwall. OR, you may direct your donation to a specific agency.

Community Ministries

To make a donation that will benefit the people served by all five agencies please go to the Community Ministries website, community-ministries. Here you will find an overview of the work of each ministry. To donate please click on the DONATE icon at the top of the page.

Cornerstone Housing for Women

Every day Cornerstone supports more than 200 women and gender-diverse people to live with dignity and hope. You can learn more about how Cornerstone provides a continuum of supportive housing and emergency shelter services to vulnerable women in Ottawa by visiting its website: www.

Anglican Day Programs

The Anglican Day Programs provide a full range of support services to the city’s most vulnerable.

The Well location, a safe space that provides basic needs for women and women with children, has more than 50 visits a day. Meals, showers, laundry and social services are provided.

Cornerstone Housing for Women helps more than 600 women each year transition from crisis to hope, healing, and housing.  What began in 1983 as three cots in a church basement has become the largest women and gender-diverse only housing and shelter provider in the city with four (soon to be five) supportive housing residences, one emergency shelter, plus an outreach program. Its vision is for everyone to have a home in a community that supports them to live with dignity and hope.

The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre has been offering professional counselling and psychotherapy in response to mental health issues for 50 years.

Our Refugee Ministry, a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the federal government, has more than 90 partnering community groups. In 2019, the Ministry landed 242 refugees from 16 countries.

Centre 454 offers shower and laundry facilities, computer and phone access, a community fridge and social supports. This location supports more than 100 people a day.

The St Luke’s Table location worked with partner agencies during the pandemic to provide hundreds of meals daily. This service continues, along with facilities for rest and access to laundry, showers and social connection for more than 100 people a day.

Learn more about Anglican Day Programs at its website, and make your donation.

Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre (OPC) offers counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and families (including children and teens). Learn more about the OPC at https://

Other programs include:

• The Refugee Ministry

• Centre 105

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Ottawa and Region

It’s time to transform healthcare

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737 Parkdale Ave., 1st Floor Box 610 Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 1J8 613-761-4295

Year founded: 1999

Twitter: @OttawaHospital

Facebook: /OttawaHospital

Instagram: @ottawahospital



Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut

What we do

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation raises funds to support the critical work of The Ottawa Hospital. In April 2022, we launched our Campaign to Create Tomorrow — the largest fundraising campaign in Ottawa’s history with an ambitious goal of $500 million. Our Campaign will help build the New Campus Development on Carling Avenue

and take research to unprecedented heights. Whether it’s tackling the most complex health care issues with compassion or leading the way with research, we are proud to support The Ottawa Hospital and help create better tomorrows for millions of Canadians every year.


Campaign to Create Tomorrow will help fulfil The Ottawa Hospital’s vision for the future of health care, focused on four critical pillars.

This $2.8-billion, world-class academic health care centre will push our hospital to the top tier of health care and research worldwide.

We will become the most technologically advanced hospital in the country, using the latest tools to provide the right care in the right space with the right provider.


How You Can Help

Our goal is to provide 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 your support, we can provide 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, from the least severe to the most debilitating.


With our user-friendly online tool, you can create a fundraiser in a matter of minutes! From birthday celebrations to T-shirt sales, from golf tournaments, to galas, and even 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:


Through our unique collaborative model of clinicians and researchers working side-by-side, we will bring groundbreaking discoveries to patients in Ottawa and around the world.

From trauma care to cancer advancements to neuroscience, we will strengthen our critical services for patients across the region.

Monthly donations provide us with the stable, predictable funding we need to face the unpredictable. It’s a critical source of revenue that our hospital team relies on. Visit:


From nurses to security guards, doctors to cafeteria workers — hospital staff are there to stand beside us during some of the most challenging times of our lives. A Gratitude Award is a great way to show your support for a healthcare worker, while helping fund patient care and research. Visit:


A gift in your will can be the most powerful and meaningful gift of all. We can help ensure your gift makes the greatest impact for future generations. Email us at:, call 613-761-4295 or visit:

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Tim Kluke President and CEO Janet McKeage Chair Denise Carruthers Bryce Conrad Kevin Ford Tom Froggatt Sarah Grand Russell Jones Michael McGahan Dr. Pradeep Merchant Mychelle Mollot Ryma Nasrallah Mark Noonan Ross Rowan-Legg Michael Runia Tim Saunders Dr. Emily Segal
Julie Taggart The


“You may not realize this but you help provide stability and community to many women staying in Cornerstone’s shelter and housing residences.

Cornerstone literally saved my life.

I went from a life of not fitting in, struggling with depression and anxiety, and not having a home to having a community, a job, health and mental health supports, and a home of my very own.”

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life who experiencing the crisis of homelessness.
difference in a woman’s


As a community ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Cornerstone has been supporting women experiencing homelessness for 39 years. Every year 1,000 women become homeless in our city. Cornerstone provides a continuum of housing and support for women and gender-diverse people in Ottawa that is inclusive and reduces barriers.

We support over 200 women every day across our emergency shelter, four (soon to be five) supportive




RENTS: 11%



How you can help


Last year, thanks to the extraordinary support of our community, we were able to help more than double the number of women in crisis with emergency shelter providing hope and healing. The need for affordable housing and emergency shelter crisis support for women and gender-diverse people was and continues to be at an all time high.

Our work is far from over. We are thrilled to announce Cornerstone will be opening its fifth supportive housing residence in 2023. Our new building will be a place to call home for 46 women and gender-diverse people who may have never experienced a warm, caring community and home before. Every year Cornerstone supports more than 600 women and gender diverse people across our housing communities and we can not do it without your generosity.

If you feel inspired, please give today at www.



After running our second at-home virtual Gala in response to the pandemic, which raised over $100,000, we were proud to bring back our Gala to an in-person event!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, partners and friends we successfully hosted our fourth annual fundraiser at the beautiful Ottawa Art Gallery.


Cornerstone’s YPAB members contribute to the success of Cornerstone Housing for Women through volunteering, advocacy, and fundraising efforts.

housing residences, plus an outreach program that helps women stay housed. Our vision is for everyone to have a home that supports them to live with dignity and hope. We have more than 100 full and part-time staff and more than 160 volunteers. Every year, we provide over 170,000 nourishing meals. Cornerstone provides basic needs and a variety of services including spiritual care, mental health and harm reduction support, crisis counseling, housing search and more.

Cornerstone is committed to social justice, collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusion, respect and organizational excellence.


The more people in our community who get involved in supporting Cornerstone, the greater impact we can have to providing permanent, supportive housing for women in Ottawa. Here’s a few ways you can be a part of our Cornerstone Community:

Host your own event

Hosting your own event is a great way for you to involve your friends, family, neighbours and community in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable women in Ottawa. It’s easy for individuals, groups, local businesses, and schools to organize a fundraiser in support of Cornerstone Housing for Women.


As a Cornerstone volunteer, you can be a vital piece of the puzzle that helps women break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and build a new life of hope and stability. You can help us with activities, build a connection, become a colleague with a resident, help prepare a meal, sort donations, and more.

Members deepen their understanding of the roles of non-profit board members, plus learn the value of fundraising. Members come from a range of industries and backgrounds but are driven by their common goal of bettering their community and raising awareness about our housing and homelessness crisis in Ottawa.

In 2021, the YPAB continued to adapt and find innovative ways to raise awareness, fundraise, and advocate for Cornerstone, amongst the challenges of the pandemic. They led a number of successful fundraisers and engagements raising more than $4,000. If you're interested please reach out to our current Chair, Yasser Ghazi

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Sarah Davis Executive director
Patricia Hassard Board chair
314 Booth St. Ottawa, Ont. K1R 7K2 613-254-6584 Year founded: 1983 Total Revenue for Last Fiscal Year: $8.4 million Twitter: @HopeCornerstone Facebook: /CornerstoneHousing instagram: @hopecornerstone
Yasser Ghazi Board chair Catherine Lewis Delan De Silva Laura Wilcox Mario Balerna Isobel Smith Jenna Geldart Hope Caldi-Amer Michaela Johnson Alaysha Ogilvie Kate Dalgeis
What we do
Kristalyn Laryea Angela Harvey Arushana Sunderaeson Yasmin Khaliq Mark Holzman Peter Martin Margaret Pachanos Lamaire Ann Chaplin Sanjay Grover
Help us fill fridges by participating in the Holiday Food Drive, presented by Mosaic! Proceeds help the Ottawa Food Bank provide food and support to over 100 member agencies well into the winter months. scan, REGISTER,g i v e ! Businesses like CAPCORP challenge their clients and partners to raise food and funds as part of the Holiday Food Drive. Last year, CAPCORP collected 4,000+ food items and raised over $80,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank! REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE TODAY This giving season, we are calling on support!Your




What we do

The Ottawa Food Bank is the main emergency food provider in the National Capital Region, which works in partnership with a network of over 100 community food programs to provide food and supplies for tens of thousands of people each month – 36 per cent of

whom are children. With a focus on fresh, and thanks to the community’s support, on average 12 to 14 tons of food is distributed from the 1317 Michael St. warehouse every weekday.

Funding priorities


The Ottawa Food Bank's food purchase budget will increase to almost $6 million in 2022–2023, an increase of more than 200 per cent since 2020 to keep up with the highest level of food bank use the organization has seen in its 38-year history.


This major fundraising campaign in support of the Ottawa Food Bank's relocation to a larger, retrofitted warehouse in the new year. More space for fresh, healthy foods and improved health outcomes for individuals and families in Ottawa who access food banks are two key outcomes of this campaign.


Each month, 52,000 individuals within our community require food support. Over one-third are children. Donations of food, funds, and volunteer service time are crucial in achieving our mission to increase access to healthy food, create a healthier city by empowering people, and advocating for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity.

The network of over 100 member agencies are key supports for individuals when income is at-risk, and rising costs make it difficult to access healthy food. Your donations are used to meet the increased need at food banks across Ottawa and help manage the rising costs of food and distribution.


The kind-hearted people who volunteer with the Ottawa Food Bank help us, in the most hands-on way possible. Volunteer opportunities include positions supporting Ottawa Food Bank special events, food donation sorting, community harvest farm volunteers, and delivery assistants.


Presented by Mosaic, each November, we call on workplaces to collect funds and food for families in need.


The Food Sort Challenge is a fast-paced corporate and community challenge, where teams of ten compete head-to-head to see who can sort food the fastest while raising funds that provide support to our neighbours in need.


A one-time capital campaign to support the Ottawa Food Bank’s relocation to a new warehouse space that provides more room for healthy, fresh food.


Presented by Mondeau Bathroom & Kitchen, our Adopt a Crop program invites local businesses to the Ottawa Food Bank’s 8-acre farm to get involved in the community harvest!

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Whike Vice-chair Marian McMahon Treasurer Timothy Cullen Secretary Matt Blostein, Director Lisa Fabian Director Destine Lord Director Sylvie Manser Director Marilyn Matheson Director Steve Mennill Director Erin O’Manique Director
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Rethinking how to give well: Trust-based philanthropy

It will come as no surprise that many charitable organizations in Canada have faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. CanadaHelps’ 2022 Giving Report found that, due to financial strains brought on by the pandemic and inflation, 23 per cent of Canadians said that they donated less in 2021, even as demand on charities increased. While many charities “pivoted” during the pandemic, so did many donors and funders.

One particularly notable development is the rise of “trust-based philanthropy” on the part of donors, whether they are individuals, corporations or foundations. While this has an inherently positive and benign ring to it, what does it mean? What does it look like in practice when trust-based values are put into action in giving? What benefits can it lead to?

Trust-based philanthropy considers the relationship between donors and charities as learning partnerships in a way that seeks to shift traditional or inherent power imbalances between funders and recipients.

Here are some approaches that donors might consider:

• Get to know the charity you’re considering supporting. Dig deep: understand how it works, what its challenges are; what context it operates

in; how its operations are funded. This will not only lead to a more meaningful relationship with the organization you’re supporting, but it can also save time and allow your giving to have more immediate impact, in a way that you care about.

• Consider reducing the paperwork. Charities spend so much time filling out reports and applications. Some of it is important and useful, but some of it is an unnecessary drain on resources and talent. Increasingly, innovative donors are abandoning traditional applications. By rethinking how you, as a donor, learn about an organization’s impact, you can help to drive efficiency without eliminating accountability.

• Once you have decided which charities you want to support and you understand how they work, be comfortable stepping out of the way. This approach assumes that the organization you’ve decided to invest in has the expertise and relationships to understand how impact can best be achieved.

• Recognize that not everything goes as planned, all the time. Philanthropy can play a critical role in serving as seed capital to launch new initiatives, demonstrate impact and innovate. With this should come a realization that not every innovation will work, every time.

Wanted urgently: Talented fundraising professionals

Professional fundraisers are in high demand. Ask anyone who has tried to hire a major gifts officer, a director of development or an annual giving officer and they will tell you that it is a daunting task. The last couple of years have been challenging in the non-profit sector in many ways, including loss of revenue, increased demand for services, decreased budgets and retention of talent.

As the pandemic swept across the globe, fundraisers were caught up in a flurry of tough choices. How do we fundraise during a pandemic? How do we replace event revenue? How do we steward our donors when a virtual meeting is the only option? How do we keep our board members engaged? Many fundraising professionals felt they were trying to climb a mountain that only was getting higher by the day.

Before the pandemic, there were countless discussions about the talent drain in the charitable sector. Fundraising strategy has become more complex, therefore the demand for specialized, accredited fundraising talent has soared. From digital strategy to donor analytics to writing compelling cases of support, the skillset has become more robust.

Job postings are reflecting the increase in the skill set needed to keep up with the complexity of fundraising as the art and the science of fundraising go hand-in-hand for

so many roles. Many postings are also asking for candidates to have their CFRE certification. The only caution is to be prepared if you hire a CFRE to financially support their education for recertification every three years.

Candidates are more sophisticated in their job search. Talented fundraisers looking for a new role know they are in high demand. They want to land in a new position that meets not only their career goals but their personal objectives, too.

Many applicants are asking in their cover letters to work from home or in a hybrid model. They are not shy to negotiate additional holidays or professional development budgets in their employment contracts. Many candidates are asking to give their current employer more than the standard two-week resignation notice before starting the new role. A few people are requesting a week or two for themselves in between the roles, too.

From March 2020 until July 2022, I assisted both national and local organizations hire over 20 non-profit professionals. The variety of positions ranged from executive directors to legacy giving officers to database experts. Organizations are being more creative in job postings, expanding the search area and offering a flexible work model. Work culture, mental wellness and equity and diversity are also key components of a healthy workplace. A number of organizations are including statements on these important topics in their postings in hopes that

Being comfortable with a degree of “failure” and making space for charitable organizations to learn and adapt from what was tried can demonstrate trust and lead to even greater impact.

• Make your giving as flexible as possible, allowing charitable organizations to build, innovate, adjust as needed and allocate funding to the most critical priorities. Multiyear, unrestricted support exemplifies this approach.

• Recognize that accountability is a two-way street, especially for a major donor. Ask for feedback on your approach as a funder and act on that feedback. Demonstrating this kind of openness and vulnerability can serve to nurture trust and make your work as a funder inherently more successful.

What kind of benefit can this lead to? Leading activists in the social good sector maintain that these approaches can help to advance greater equity and build mutually accountable relationships. Trust-based philanthropy opens up more possibilities for charities that may not traditionally receive broadscale support. It can lead to experiences with giving that are more meaningful and enriching – both for the charity and the funder.

Teresa Marques is president and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation and past president of the AFP Ottawa chapter.

this increases the interest in the position. Candidates are increasingly looking for this type of leadership style.

When I am working with non-profits to find their next team member, I often use a baking analogy. In asking why the person left the position they are now trying to fill, I ask if the former staff member had all of the ingredients to be successful. Similar to asking a baker to create a beautiful cake without flour, a bowl and eggs, are you asking fundraising teams to raise money without the proper support and tools?

A few of the fundraising tools that are essential to retain fundraising staff include: a functional and effective donor database, consistent support for fundraising at the board level, a solid stewardship plan that engages all team members, a clear fundraising plan with realistic goals, and a culture of philanthropy. If you do not have these, it can mean keeping staff for any length of time will be impossible.

We can no longer ask fundraising staff to make revenue miracles happen without a foundation of support, including technology and clear goals.

Before taking the leap to hire your next team member, look inward to see if any of the key ingredients are missing from your organization. Set your next colleague up for success because hiring the person will mean attracting the right team member at the right time for the right role during a highly competitive time.

Sam Laprade, CFRE, is a fundraising consultant and host of An Hour to Give on CityNews Ottawa.

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‘IT HAS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE GAME-CHANGER’: Three Future Leaders share their experiences


Thor Simonsen

Why did you decide to sign up for the AFP Future Leaders Program?

I run an artist development record label in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Since the Arctic music industry is still in its infancy, our operations are almost entirely dependent on fundraising. I stumbled across the AFP Future Leaders Program by dumb luck, but I saw the potential right away. So far, it has been an absolute game-changer for me.

Élise Lapalme

Why did you decide to sign up for the AFP Future Leaders Program?

I applied to AFP’s Future Leaders Program to feel more connected to the local fundraising culture in Ottawa and to receive guidance from a mentor who understands where I am in the early stages of my fundraising career. Additionally, I had heard my manager speak of her positive experience over the years as a member of AFP Ottawa.

Among the benefits of being a Future Leader are an AFP membership and complimentary attendance at AFP Ottawa’s Fundraising Day in May 2022; these were also big motivators.

What have been your biggest takeaways from the program so far?

Cameron Aitken

Why did you decide to sign up for the AFP Future Leaders Program?

The program has opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities that exist when you’re able to effectively connect and communicate with “southern” (i.e., anything south of Yellowknife) and global stakeholders. I’ve also realized my own potential as a conduit between donors and the important causes and organizations that need (and deserve) support and how I can increase impact and scale by creating virtuous, win-win situations. The only limit is truly our imagination.

Tell us about your career goals. Where do you hope to be in the next five years?

Thanks to the AFP Future Leaders Program, we’ve decided to either launch a non-profit organization or partner with an existing one. This new organization will help us develop more artists, export more Nunavut-made music globally and empower more Inuit leaders in arts. Once this organization is up and running, I plan to use my newly developed skills to make a positive impact in other areas that I care about, including poverty reduction, food security, sustainable housing and, of course, the arts.

Through the AFP Future Leaders Program, I’ve come to truly understand the importance of building relationships as a fundraiser. Throughout my career I’ve consistently made great efforts to build relationships within my organization – this has been particularly true where I currently work, as the WaterAid Federation has teams across 34 different countries. Through my experience as a Future Leader, I now realize how beneficial it is, both professionally and personally, to foster relationships with colleagues outside your organization. The AFP Future Leaders Program has opened many doors for me in this regard, and I’m excited to continue meeting new and inspiring people in the Ottawa fundraising community.

Tell us about your career goals. Where do you hope to be in the next five years?

The first few months as a protégé in the AFP Future Leaders Program have developed my interest in fundraising in a way I hadn’t envisioned. I joined the fundraising team at WaterAid Canada this past March, thinking that it would be a good way to learn more about the organization. I didn’t realize that over the next six months I’d become so passionate about fundraising, eager to learn more and grow within the field. Over the next five years, I plan on challenging myself to move beyond the familiar and undertake a learning journey through educational opportunities such as conferences and webinars, learning from this new network of professionals, and truly putting myself out there. In five years, I want to confidently respond to the question of, “What do you do for work?” with, “I am a fundraiser!”

I signed up for this program on the advice of a work colleague. Although I had some work experience in the grant writing process, I wanted more formal training and mentorship in the world of fundraising and donor stewardship. Coming from a 2SLGBTQ-focused NGO, the main source of revenue came from government grants and then corporate sponsorship, followed by individual donors. This also describes my familiarity with their fields of fundraising, from most to least knowledgeable. Enter stage left — Chelsea McIntyre! An industry professional coming from donor stewardship working with hospital foundations across Ontario. Through our conversations, we were able to chat about our pending work transitions and our passions.

What have been your biggest takeaways from the program so far?

Chelsea and I were able to discuss the great need for self-care in fundraisers. Fundraising fits within corporate services like HR and often does not get the glory that program staff or more frontfacing staff get. So there needs to be efforts made to make us all part of the team. As the program began virtually, it was a great opportunity to win an essay writing contest, which allowed me to attend the 2021 Philanthropy Awards in Ottawa. Meeting Chelsea at the awards allowed us to continue the mentorship experience. I am now in my second year participating in the program and am preparing to sit my CFRE exam in 2023.

Tell us about your career goals. Where do you hope to be in the next five years?

I would like to become the executive director for a small or medium-sized NGO. As a career generalist, I think this would be the best usage of my skill set and network. Just having earned my CHRP designation, I hope that becoming a CFRE will aid me in this journey.

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What have been your biggest takeaways from the program so far?
the past four years, RBC has generously supported the AFP Future Leaders Program, an opportunity for young professionals to receive mentorship, skills training and networking opportunities in the fundraising sector. The first of its kind in Canada, the program provides full membership to AFP Ottawa and a host of exciting benefits. Nearly 200 protégés (and 200 mentors) have benefited from the Future Leaders Program so far. We caught up with three protégés to hear about their experience.

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

David’s career is characterized by a passion for people, relationships and building the community he was born, raised and lives in — Ottawa. David currently works as a philanthropic executive to accentuate his core values of community, empathy and giving back to foster dignity and hope for those who experience homelessness in Ottawa at the Shepherds of Good Hope.

David believes in the importance of sport in Ottawa. He brought a professional baseball team to our community and served as the volunteer president and co-owner of the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club from 2014-2018, leading all community initiatives for the 2016 CanAm Champions. He secured the 2017 All-Star game as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations and proudly co-founded the Miracle League of Ottawa that opened in August 2015 to provide children with special needs a fully accessible and inclusive baseball facility in Orleans.

David is active in his community - he is the volunteer board chair and president of the Ottawa Sport Council and is passionate about how sport contributes to Ottawa’s growth mindset. Previously, David sat on the Y’s Owl Maclure Co-operative Board as well as the boards of the Ottawa Public Library and the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation. In November 2014, David became a member of the Order of Ottawa as recognized by Mayor Jim Watson for his contributions to the local community.

David lives in Kanata with his wife Danielle and their daughter Sophia and son Jack.

La Serata Italiana Outstanding Philanthropic Group

This was how La Serata Italiana (The Italian Dinner) was born. Since that year, the annual event has raised over $1 million in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada

The initial focus of the event was to create an endowment fund that could support kidney patients in Ottawa experiencing financial hardship by paying for medical costs, providing transportation to treatment centres and assisting with emergency living expenses. It also includes funding for peersupport programs, which help patients cope with the emotional burden of their disease, as well as education programs about nutrition, exercise, medical advances and disease management.

Since 2012, the fund has supported medical research at the Ottawa Hospital and has raised over $400,000 in support of kidney research in that time.

Agostino passed away in 2010 at the age of 81 and today his legacy and that of La Serata Italiana is carried on by his daughter Anna Monteduro (who helped with whatever duties a two-year-old could at the very first event 38 years ago), as well as event cochair Wilma Bianco and many volunteers throughout Ottawa.

Michael Wilson Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

Mike is the co-CEO and co-founder of 1251 Capital Group, a financial services holding company backed by high-net-worth families and individuals. Prior to 1251, he was a managing director at TA Associates in Boston, a leading global private equity firm where he worked for 22 years and helped build the financial services investing effort while sponsoring a dozen successful private equity investments.

Through his work with BGC Ottawa, where he serves as a director, treasurer and chair of the finance committee, Mike’s philanthropic contributions have helped young people in Ottawa secure new opportunities, overcome systemic barriers and develop skills for life.

Richcraft Homes

In 1983, Agostino Monteduro suffered a construction accident that led to a kidney injury and needed dialysis treatment. After receiving a kidney transplant,

Whether through supporting ongoing programs and services, securing major gifts, or helping complete capital projects, Mike’s passion and commitment have made a transformative impact for thousands of children and youth in Ottawa.

In addition to his work with BGC Ottawa, Mike is an advisory board member at the Richard Ivey School


Richcraft’s priority has always been quality, with the purpose of delivering superior craftsmanship, products, services and customer satisfaction that surpasses all expectations. A leader in the industry, the company remains committed to excellence in each and every aspect of building their clients’ dream homes and communities where they can flourish.

As a family-owned business, Richcraft is dedicated to giving back. They take pride in their community involvement and it is one of the company’s core values. With past partnerships including CHEO, the Ottawa Hospital, Hospice Care Ottawa, Habitat for Humanity, Shepherds of Good Hope, BGC Ottawa, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and more, Richcraft has continuously strived to make impactful contributions to our society.

These contributions resulted in new hospital waiting areas, medical machines, care centres, educational learning centres, supportive housing, recreation complexes, a Sensplex, and a new community theatre.

Richcraft and the Singhal family have made history with their philanthropy. Recently, they gave the largest single donation to Shepherds of Good Hope

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Agostino was inspired to help other kidney patients like himself through their daily challenges. of Business at Western University and has previously served on the board of Ashbury College. He has also been actively involved coaching his four children in the Ottawa East Minor Hockey Association and the Ottawa Shooting Stars Basketball Club and is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Mike has a B.A. with honours in business administration (HBA) from Western University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Founded in 1983 by Kris Singhal, Richcraft Homes has had the privilege of building over 16,000 homes for Ottawa families. The company is soon reaching its 40th anniversary, with a devoted team of 200-plus professionals passionate about design, innovation and

that the non-profit has ever received. This is just one of their many significant contributions to the Ottawa community, and they are honoured to have supported these charitable initiatives. In the future, Richcraft is looking forward to many more opportunities to give back.

Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist

Foundation — he is now chair emeritus. He has served on the boards of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown and the National Music Centre in Calgary. Susan has served on the boards of the National Arts Centre Foundation, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Glenn Gould Foundation. She also attracts support for the National Gallery’s collection of prints and drawings as co-chair of its Friends of the Print Room. Together, they are keen supporters of Ottawa’s chamber music festivals: Chamberfest and Music and Beyond.

As well, they have for many years actively supported their neighbourhood — Tom was the founding president of the Rockcliffe Park Foundation, which raises funds to support activities in the community, and Susan has long served on the board of the community association, with a focus on protecting its heritage.

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The team at has been helping Ottawa residents buy and sell their homes for over 40 years, and continues to be a leader in Ottawa’s luxury real estate market. Their boutique service is defined by a legacy of excellence and community involvement, established by the firm’s late founder, Cindy Sezlik.

Consistently awarded as a top realtor in Canada, giving back to the community is deeply rooted in the foundation of’s business. Perhaps the best example of’s strong spirit of giving back is their support for CHEO over the past 10 years. From the first time they sponsored CHEO’s iconic Trees of Hope event in 2013, their creativity and commitment to this event has grown every consecutive year.

In 2017 became one of the first sponsors of CHEO’s annual Teddy Bear’s picnic, an initiative that allowed many of the 4,000 attending families to enjoy a free pancake breakfast. Far beyond writing a cheque, you will find the small but mighty team at donating their skill, energy and enthusiasm to these events, as well as many others within the community.

Other charitable organizations such as the University Heart Institute, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Shirley Greenberg Women’s Health Centre, the Shoebox Project, the Snowsuit Fund and United Way, among several others, are examples of’s commitment to serving their community. Leaders in every sense of the word, the team at Sezlik. com is grateful and honoured for the opportunity to be recognized for their community involvement.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

With a professional life in business and the law, Tom was for many years the founding chief executive officer of the Business Council of Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives). Susan was a senior executive in the public service of Canada, serving two prime ministers and five successive ministers of finance, before returning to her first love — culture — when she served as associate deputy minister of Canadian Heritage.

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 toward 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 non-profit leaders in the city

• Help your charitable organization advance

Zaina is a grade 12 student at Sir Robert Borden High School who discovered her passion for volunteering in grade 9 when she first joined the Kiwanis Key Club, which provides members with opportunities to serve, build character and develop leadership skills. Zaina now serves as the co-president of the Kiwanis Key Club and has enjoyed playing a vital role in the planning and implementation of a number of key fundraising and service programs, leading the club to becoming one of the strongest in the Ottawa area.

Zaina’s involvement in the Kiwanis Key Club also introduced her to FocalOttawa, where she is a founding member. It is a student-led intergenerational initiative dedicated to helping local businesses and students in need.

To date, FocalOttawa has raised over $38,000, with all proceeds given to Bridges Over Barriers, touching the lives of more than 460 families in the region and providing exposure to over 42 businesses.

• 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


Arts and culture have been the principal focus of Tom and Susan’s decades-long fundraising and philanthropy in Ottawa and across the country. Tom’s support of the National Gallery of Canada spanned a quarter of a century, to include 18 years as chair of its

Zaina has also raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society by participating in its annual Relay for Life event and helping her school reach its goal of raising $50,000.

Zaina finds giving back and helping those in need a worthwhile cause and continues to seek ways to help make a positive difference in our community.

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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