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

This section is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.


Ottawa volunteer helping others push back against social isolation and loneliness

Ottawa volunteer helping others push back against social isolation and loneliness

Alex Wharton says that when he landed in Ottawa last year, he decided to reach out and help others who might be experiencing the same feelings as he was.
Founder of Ottawa's Capital City Cleanup calls pandemic an 'awakening'

Founder of Ottawa's Capital City Cleanup calls pandemic an 'awakening'

The sight of trash or hazards in our communities can lead to feelings of bitterness and frustration, but one Ottawa man believes that if you can take ownership of your community, you should.
Aspiring cop won’t stop, going above and beyond to engage with her community

Aspiring cop won’t stop, going above and beyond to engage with her community

As a full-time residential councilor at the Tamir Foundation, wife and mother of five, and a graduate of police foundations, Dunlop says she lives a goal-oriented life.
Ottawa volunteer helping to lift fellow community members from abusive situations

Ottawa volunteer helping to lift fellow community members from abusive situations

“It’s a really unfortunate reality, and if someone is going through domestic abuse, there are so many organizations that can help. But we don’t know what we don’t know,” says Le.
Pandemic forces Ottawa woman to choose between volunteer life and family

Pandemic forces Ottawa woman to choose between volunteer life and family

Realizing the threat of the virus, Dominique Paris-MacKay had to suspend her volunteer work at a food bank for fear of bringing COVID-19 into an assisted living home.
Canadian Forces veteran helping others in Ottawa and abroad

Canadian Forces veteran helping others in Ottawa and abroad

Between deployments with the Canadian Forces Army, Kyle Huisman focuses his energy on helping those in need, cleaning up his community and supporting Canadian Blood Services.
Ottawa family fostering joy through gift bags for homeless, frontline healthcare workers

Ottawa family fostering joy through gift bags for homeless, frontline healthcare workers

A grass roots organization is offering a small gesture with a big impact.
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.
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