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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 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.
Ottawa man embracing disability, spreading joy through art and volunteering

Ottawa man embracing disability, spreading joy through art and volunteering

Paul Knoll is an artist who also happens to have Down syndrome.
Highjinx helps through novel social enterprise

Highjinx helps through novel social enterprise

Karen Nielsen and Leigh Reid use their experience in social work to help those in need.
Ottawa woman turning tragedy into triumph with Slay Foundation

Ottawa woman turning tragedy into triumph with Slay Foundation

Laura Dill has also worked with Bruyère to develop the Designated Care Partner program, where caregivers become part of their loved ones care team, allowing them unrestricted visiting access while general visitation is suspended.
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