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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.


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.
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.  
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