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With the amazing volunteers and partners that help us each day, we've got a lot of stories to tell!

We publish new Ottawa education-related stories each month. Follow along to learn about the great things happening in your community.

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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Lisabelle Boudreau

As National Volunteer Week comes to an end, ONFE continues to celebrate some of the amazing volunteers working to make a positive impact in our communities by fueling kids and igniting learning. 1. Tell us…

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Karen Ho

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Karen Ho

This week ONFE celebrates National Volunteer Week by placing a spotlight on some of the volunteers making a change in our community. Meet Karen Ho, a volunteer with our Volunteers in Education program. 1.     Tell…

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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Christine LeBlanc

ONFE celebrates National Volunteer Week by highlighting some of the amazing volunteers doing great work in our community. Meet Christine Leblanc, volunteer with our School Breakfast Program. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  …

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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Terrin Stachiw

As part of the National Volunteer Week celebration, ONFE is placing the spotlight on a few volunteers creating change in our community by fueling kids and igniting learning. 1. Tell us a little bit about…

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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Yusuf Khalid

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, ONFE is highlighting some of the volunteers doing amazing work within our communities to fuel and ignite learning. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a…

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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Amy Grochot

In honor of National Volunteer Week, ONFE is highlighting some of the amazing volunteers working with our programs to help make a difference in our community. In this blog we’d like to give the opportunity…

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Pitch It To Win It! JA Ottawa’s Pitch Competition

Watch JA Ottawa make history, with our first-ever pitch competition!  We invite you to attend JA Ottawa’s pitch competition, Pitch It to Win It! on Saturday May 1st, 2021, 12:00-2:45PM EDT.  JA Ottawa students will pitch their companies to a…

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ONFE Spotlight: Ashley Richer

Recently, one of ONFE’s own was recognized with a Faces Ottawa Award. Ashley Richer, ONFE’s Advancement Manager, was voted Ottawa’s Fundraising/Philanthropic Professional of 2021! We’re so proud to have her on our team. In this…

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Connecting educators to industry to improve youth career literacy

Last month we were happy to contribute a blog to CareerWise, run by CERIC: Advancing Career Development in Canada.  In the blog, we share how ONFE connects youth with career readiness programs, through our unique network model.  Read…

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The Café That Sparked a Change

Sparks flew March 1st to 5th as ONFE hosted Café Spark, a virtual event benefiting the School Breakfast Program. Café Spark was created in celebration of 30 successful years of supporting kids from grades K-12…

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Ready for the New Year: Reflecting on 2019-2020

  The past year has been a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns. When Covid-19 came into full force in March 2020, the entire world had to act and adapt, and do so quickly. Despite being thrust into this new…

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JA Virtual Company Has a Place for You!

15 WEEKS. 1 VIRTUAL COMPANY. UNLIMITED POTENTIAL.    Are you creative? Do you want to learn how to start and run a business? Are you looking to spice up your college and university applications or…

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ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Anne Brouillard

  The Ottawa Network for Education – Volunteers in Education program (VIE) is incredibly fortunate to have a diverse team of compassionate, caring volunteers who bring a range of backgrounds and skills to their respective…

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ONFE Learns: Showcasing Our Volunteers

  We can always count on our volunteers to be passionate, interesting, and engaged. ONFE has been privileged to recruit and train school volunteers for 27 years.     This year, before the pandemic, 1,259 volunteers were placed in…

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ONFE’s School Breakfast Replacement Kits

   Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography     On March 16th, school closures across Ontario were announced. The next day, ONFE’s office went remote.    Immediately, we were concerned about students’ loss of school meals. ONFE’s School Breakfast Program usually serves 13,500 children and…

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Free Online JA Programs – JA Ottawa Update

Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography   JA Ottawa has been delivering financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs in Ottawa schools since 2012, delivered by the Ottawa Network for Education. These programs support the educational curriculum of Ontario…

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