When “OttawaReads” everyone benefits!

The OttawaReads program is a unique school/community partnership that draws volunteers from the corporate and public sectors to read one-to-one with children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes in Ottawa schools. Although OttawaReads is an employer supported volunteer program (EVS), individuals who wish to join are welcome! 

 After attending an orientation/training session in their place of work, (individuals attend training workshops at ONFE), volunteers fulfil a weekly, or bi-weekly, one-hour commitment to read one-to-one with students in local schools. Each participating organization or individual reader partners with a school in their own geographic location. The number of volunteers requested from each organization is based upon the size of the company and the requirements of the partnering school.

Program Goals

  • To strengthen, enrich and improve student learning, specifically Early Literacy skills.

  • To create a climate for involvement and interaction between schools and community.

  • To foster volunteerism within the corporate and public sectors through employer-supported volunteer programs.

  • To facilitate an increase in social and economic capital through enhanced literacy. 

Let us know if you or your company/organization would like to have a corporate presentation on OttawaReads by contacting
Lee-Ann Scott
613-366-3085 x253

 If you are part of a team of readers please register on the group volunteer site:

Please note that all volunteer positions require careful screening and a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Not all applicants will be accepted.


8th Annual Give Back to School Day-Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Corporate Teams beautify local public schools

The 8th annual Give back to School Day will be held this year in conjunction with the OttawaReads program. OttawaReads is a unique ONFE program in which employees from the corporate or public sector volunteer to read to JK/SK and grade 1,2 and 3 students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in economically disadvantaged schools. On Thursday, June 8th, 2017 members of the corporate teams who usually read at the schools, worked on projects to beautify the schools. This year we have five schools participating.  

  • Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Boulevard. Here, OttawaReads volunteers from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP staff restore a garden path to build on their previous years’ projects.
  • Carson Grove Elementary School, 1401 Matheson Road. Here, GAP Southkeys Factory store employees paint a colourful mural focused on welcoming the 100+ Syrian refugees that joined the school last year.
  • W.E. Gowling Public School, 250 Anna Avenue. Here, City of Ottawa Bylaw Officers will catalogue books in the library and organize a clothing cupboard of donated children’s clothing.  
  • Devonshire Public School, 100 Breezehill Avenue. Here, District Realty employees will undertake a much-needed yard clean up. This project will take place on June 7th).    
  • Robert Bateman Public School, 1250 Blohm Avenue. Here, City of Ottawa Councillor Gloucester-Southgate Ward, Diane Deans and her team will build gardens and build a schlocky game board. (This project will take place on Tuesday, June13th.) 
  • Queen Mary Public School, 557 Queen Mary Street. Here, Ottawa Police Service members will revitalize the school’s gardens. 


Thanks to the staff at Borden Ladner Gervais, Ottawa Police Services, GAP Factory Store, and the students from Algonquin College for supporting local public schools.

Borden Ladner Gervais


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Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
Director, Volunteer Programs
Phone: 613.366.3085 ext. 253

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