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ONFE Board Spotlight: Ian Shabinsky

  “I chose to get involved with ONFE because nothing is more important to me than giving back to the children in our community.”    We’ve been so lucky to work with Ian Shabinsky as an ONFE Board Member for the past 6 years. Ian is an important Ottawa community member. He’s the Principal of a local…

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Young JA Ottawa Environmentalist Making an Impact

By Sarah Boswell, JA Ottawa alumna   From a very young age, I knew that the impact we have on our environment speaks louder than words, and I wanted to have one. I needed to find the opportunity and I found it while participating in my Focus Program, where we had the chance to create a company. We were paired…

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ONFE Board Spotlight: Denise Andre, Vice-Chair of ONFE’s Board of Directors

Denise Andre, Vice Chair ONFE

  Denise Andre joined the ONFE Board of Directors in 2015, following her appointment as Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). Denise’s career in education spans four decades, and has included the role of teacher, vice-principal/principal, Superintendent, and Associate Director. As the Director of Education of a board serving over 83…

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Mercedes-Benz Ottawa Downtown Hot Women’s Open

  It was another amazing year at the Mercedes-Benz Ottawa Downtown Hot Women’s Open! On August 12th we had a fantastic time at Greensmere Golf & Country Club with the New Hot 89.9, the wonderful sponsors, and the teams of enthusiastic golfers raising money for ONFE’s School Breakfast Program.    This year was extra special.…

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ONFE’s School Breakfast Program Launches New Summer Snack Program!

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While Ottawa is amongst the cities with the lowest percentage of children living in low-income households in Canada, child poverty is still an unfortunate reality in our city. Nearly 1 in 5 children in Ottawa don’t have enough to eat. Cost of living has risen over the years, leaving families to make difficult financial decisions…

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Spark Soirée: Ottawa’s can’t miss event!

ONFE’s Spark Soirée is a fun-filled night featuring an amazing gourmet breakfast-for-dinner inspired menu, music by Montreal cover band The Ultimate Showband, and dancing. Not convinced? Proceeds support ONFE’s School Breakfast Program.  Last year’s Spark Soirée dinner reception.   Missed out on last year’s Soirée? Here is a go-to guide to what you need to know…

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Give Back to School Turns Ten in Style

Give Back to School gives community groups in Ottawa the opportunity to give back to the community where they work and live. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, we are so pleased to bring you this photo blog!           To all our community partners who supported this initiative over the last decade:…

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JA Having An Impact!

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Written by Russell Fisher, JA Ottawa volunteer for 20 years   When I started with the Ottawa Network for Education in 1999, I really did not know what I was getting into. Twenty years, and many sessions later, the children and classroom experience still impress and enthrall me. My origin story begins like most volunteer…

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