Click here to download a PDF version of our 2022-2023 Gratitude Report.

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Letter from the CEO

Reflection and growth

As we reflect on the past year, I am once again filled with immense gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication demonstrated by each member of ONFE’s community.

With an easing of pandemic restrictions, this past school year saw the return of our in-class Volunteers in Education program and JA Ottawa Programs, sizeable demand in students accessing the School Breakfast Program; our Classroom Gardens Program restarting towers; and the return of our in-person Spark Soirée at the Infinity Convention Centre.

Thank you to our donors and community partners for your unwavering commitment and financial support through the pandemic and beyond. Your support has enabled us to expand our reach and operate in a hybrid in-person and virtual environment. To our volunteers, you are the backbone of our organization, selflessly investing your time and expertise to igniting a love of learning in the hearts and minds of students.

To our parents and educators, you are invaluable partners on this journey. Your collaboration and trust have strengthened our ability to uplift Ottawa’s children and youth.

Thank you to our staff and Board of Directors for working to build a thriving ecosystem for local students. From JA mentorship initiatives that foster personal financial, entrepreneurship and career readiness to OttawaReads volunteers that unlock a world of imagination through the power of reading, to the over 16,000 meals served every school day through the School Breakfast Program, every ONFE endeavour is driven by a shared vision of a brighter future for the next generation.

As we embark on another school year, let us renew our commitment to make even more of an impact. Together, we fuel kids and ignite learning — empowering Ottawa students to reach new heights, dream without limits, and build a successful future.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Heather Norris
President and CEO
Ottawa Network for Education

Community Impact

In 2022-2023, ONFE supported:

students in
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schools, reaching
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percent of schools in Ottawa’s four public school boards.

School Breakfast Program

children and youth served every school day
Ottawa schools
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Regrettably, many families in our community struggle to provide breakfast for their children before school. An empty stomach can hinder a student’s ability to learn and concentrate. School Breakfast Programs offer a nutritious way to start the day and help York Street Public School students focus and succeed. We deeply appreciate all who support these programs; the positive impact is evident and long-lasting for every student.

– Ottawa Elementary School Principal

Classroom Gardens

students equipped
Ottawa schools

Planting, watering and learning about how to balance the water with students from the program. That also recognized how healthy eating is actually fun and things that grow are fun to eat.”

– Shawn Bedard, M.F. McHugh Education Centre

JA Ottawa

students equipped
Ottawa schools

JA was truly the catalyst for all the 10 jobs I have had since then. I’ll always be grateful to my mentors for believing in me and my skills, as well as taking me so seriously even though I was 16 years old. Professional confidence was my biggest take away from JA.

– Serena Kam, JA Company Student

Volunteers In Education

students received learning support
Ottawa schools

Neil comes to my class twice a week to read with students. He brings wonderful books along with him and easily and capably interacts with students; allowing them to choose books they are interested in, answering their questions and encouraging those who are shy to join the group. Students are always excited to see him and often run to greet him when he arrives. Neil clearly appreciates the importance of being read to in the early years and helps and supports our team to nurture a love of books and reading in our students.

– Pam Kendall, Kindergarten teacher at W.O. Mitchell PS, about VIE Volunteer, Neil Lillico
OttawaReads introduced 70 students in K-3 in one school to the magic of reading.

STEP for Youth in Schools and Community Coalition

Ottawa high schools are provided counselling support for problematic substance and technology use to students and parents/caregivers.
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“My sessions helped to say out loud what I was bottling up inside. They helped give me a sort of courage to face what I had to face and to accept certain realities… In short, my counselling made a big difference for me.” 

– step youth in a mainstream high school (

Financial statement

View our detailed 2022-23 financial statements.

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Thank you, ONFE Volunteers.

Your commitment to the children and youth of Ottawa has not gone unnoticed. It is through the thoughtful efforts of individuals like you that ONFE can make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of students each year. Your willingness to give your time, energy and expertise to support our initiatives is truly inspiring.

The impact of your volunteer work extends far beyond the hours you spend with local children and youth. Your dedication serves as a shining example to others, motivating them to contribute and create a positive change. Whether you are involved in preparing and serving breakfasts and snacks, mentoring, reading to young children, or any other endeavor, your presence, support, and encouragement provide a sense of belonging and the confidence these students need to navigate their educational journey and beyond.

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Thank you,
ONFE Donors & Partners

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our community of donors and partners for their exceptional generosity and unwavering support of ONFE. Your financial contributions are a driving force behind our mission to inspire and support every child’s learning journey in reaching their full potential by connecting community resources to help K-12 students succeed.

You have empowered us to extend our reach, innovate our programs, and provide students with the tools they need to succeed. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for the young minds of Ottawa, and your dedication is a cornerstone of this success. Thank you.

We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and the continued partnerships that will help shape the future of student success in Ottawa.

Education Partners

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CECCE logo
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board logo
Ottawa Catholic School Board logo
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ONFE, ROPE, Ottawa Network for Education, charity, not for profit, fundraising, Carleton University
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Thank you to the members of our Community Partners:

Partners in Excellence ($20,000 and up)

Breakfast Club of Canada logo
Education Foundation logo
Bilingual Ottawa logo
Trillium Foundation logo
City of Ottawa logo
Ottawa Community Foundation logo
Ottawa Public Health logo
RBC Foundation logo
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ACFO logo
Senators Community Foundation logo

Partners in Success ($5,000 – $19,999)

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District Realty logo
Emond Harnden logo
Escape Manor logo
Friends Bingo logo
IKEA logo
MPI logo
logo Jack Larabie Distribution Inc.
Telfer logo
Ray Friel Recreation Complex logo
Rogers TV logo
Student Nutrition Ontario logo
Paramount Properties logo
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Intact insurance

Partners in Growth ($500 – $4,999)

Adobe Systems Canada
Banque Nationale du Canada / National Bank
Bell Canada
Business Sherpa Group
Claridge Homes
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Duffey Financial Solutions Inc.
Egg Farmers
Excellence in Literacy Foundation

Ernst & Young (EY)
Excellence in Literacy Foundation
Fairstone (Citi)
Fieldless Farms
Foci Solutions
Giftfunds Canada
Glenview Management Ltd.
Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
Kaitlyn Bates Initiative
Kettlemans Bagel
Labarge Weinstein
Mayson Real Estate

Mercedes-Benz Ottawa Downtown
Minto Group
Ottawa Carleton Elementary Occasional Teachers Association (OCEOTA)
Rotary Club of West Ottawa
Siemens Healthineers
Telfer Executive MBA
TCC Canada
TD Bank
The Bloodroot Fund
Toronto Foundation for Student Success
United Way – GTA
Z Zurich


ONFE volunteers enjoy opportunities to share their valuable knowledge and skills, gain hands-on experience in mentoring, strengthen bonds with their local communities, and inspire Ottawa’s children and youth with their brilliance.


Your donation today will help address critical issues facing children and youth by removing barriers to learning and providing opportunities to K-12 students across the city of Ottawa, in all four school boards.


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