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Helpers articles share stories about the people making positive impacts in our community.

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Ottawan launches outreach group after working with local homeless population for 12 years

Ottawan launches outreach group after working with local homeless population for 12 years

“I hope it's tomorrow that I’m not needed, but I’m not going to stop caring for people in need," says Shawna Thibodeau.
Ottawa nurse sharing gift of music with ICU patients

Ottawa nurse sharing gift of music with ICU patients

Amy-Lynn Howson, an ICU nurse at The Ottawa Hospital, says playing music in front of patients took stepping out of her comfort zone.
Ottawa chef hosting virtual cooking classes for those living with disabilities

Ottawa chef hosting virtual cooking classes for those living with disabilities

Richard Stewart, who suffers from ataxia, says he just needs a bit more funding to continue offering his classes for free.
Ottawa man continues to cook gourmet meals for city's homeless community

Ottawa man continues to cook gourmet meals for city's homeless community

Mike Shaheen, the creator of Munchies with Mike, is turning to his passion for food as he helps feed Ottawa's homeless community.
Footwear initiative for Ottawa youth in need now serving hundreds during pandemic

Footwear initiative for Ottawa youth in need now serving hundreds during pandemic

An Ottawa 21-year-old turned an idea to donate his extra pairs of shoes into a full blown charitable organization.
Ottawa entrepreneur sparks creativity through basketball planters

Ottawa entrepreneur sparks creativity through basketball planters

Alea De Castro recently took her project to the kids at the Britannia Woods Community House.
Ottawa mom creates essential care boxes for grieving families

Ottawa mom creates essential care boxes for grieving families

“I think that's something [as women], we're kind of cheated out of, because talking about miscarriage - it's uncomfortable, it's painful, people don’t really know how to respond,” says Alicia Nicholson, who is the creator of the initiative, Lily's Purpose.
University student-run program still helping seniors with groceries nearly a year later

University student-run program still helping seniors with groceries nearly a year later

“I think we were really filling a gap within our community in terms of accessing a service that is really essential for anyone," says Bag Half Full volunteer Lindsey Symons.
Ottawa 'Balloon Guy' attempting to lift people's spirits as online community grows

Ottawa 'Balloon Guy' attempting to lift people's spirits as online community grows

"My favourite thing is making people smile and making people laugh. That keeps the spark going for me," says Brad Wood.
Ottawa man commits to year of challenges to raise money for charity

Ottawa man commits to year of challenges to raise money for charity

Alex Dorward is putting himself through 12 physical feats in 2021, to raise money for local, national and international charities. He's chosen 11 of the 12 events and needs help picking one more.
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