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

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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.
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.
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