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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.


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.
Ottawa Street Medics providing supplies and emotional support for transient population

Ottawa Street Medics providing supplies and emotional support for transient population

Ottawa Street Medics founder Daniel Bailey emphasizes the importance of unconditional support for people that need it most.
Disability and dance: Ottawa's Propeller continues to celebrate, promote diversity

Disability and dance: Ottawa's Propeller continues to celebrate, promote diversity

Liz Winkelaar has experienced marginalization but refuses to let it define her, continues dancing her way through life
Ottawa charity looking for storage space as it continues to furnish homes for those in need

Ottawa charity looking for storage space as it continues to furnish homes for those in need

Helping with Furniture has seen a 33 per cent increase in demand during COVID-19, and is going to need a hand getting through the winter.
Ottawa blogger launches hiking gear library in hopes of making the outdoors more accessible

Ottawa blogger launches hiking gear library in hopes of making the outdoors more accessible

Meg Kelly credits the COVID-19 pandemic for providing her with the fuel to get the library up and running.  
Trauma survivor paying it forward through Warrior Yoga Network; providing access to yoga, meditation

Trauma survivor paying it forward through Warrior Yoga Network; providing access to yoga, meditation

Ottawa's Warrior Yoga has partnered with various charities, providing weekly yoga classes to those recovering from violence, conflict, abuse, poverty and discrimination
Ottawa woman launches online community connecting motherless daughters

Ottawa woman launches online community connecting motherless daughters

Although loss is the central theme of the Motherlove Project, Janet Gwilliam-Wright wants women to know that the ability to share in this experience isn’t limited to death.
Ottawa grower launches Elderflower, delivering small bouquets to isolated seniors

Ottawa grower launches Elderflower, delivering small bouquets to isolated seniors

Kate Punnett, owner of City Love Flowers, wasn't sure what she was going to do when COVID-19 hit, but soon found a worthy cause that would keep her creative juices flowing while helping others.
Three local women spearhead Community Supported Gratitude, a program exemplifying impact at the local level

Three local women spearhead Community Supported Gratitude, a program exemplifying impact at the local level

Community Supported Gratitude, a spin on community supported agriculture, receives Awesome Ottawa’s $1000 micro-grant for the month of July
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