Volunteering with JA Ottawa: a Win-win for Students and Volunteers !

Volunteering with JA Ottawa: a Win-win for Students and Volunteers !

Every year, JA Ottawa reaches thousands of youth through hands-on activities and workshops that aim to introduce students to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. This school year, we’re hoping to involve over 6,500 students through JA Ottawa programs, an achievement that would simply be unimaginable without the support of our hundreds of volunteers….

JA Ottawa Continues to Grow Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

JA Ottawa Continues to Grow Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

  Thanks to a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, JA Ottawa is growing! This grant will allow JA Ottawa to offer more financial literacy programs in French and English. JA Economics for Success is an empowering one-day program that introduces grade 8 students to the concepts of financial literacy, challenges them to reflect on…

ONFE’s Seniors in School initiative, a throwback to our beginnings

ONFE’s Seniors in School initiative, a throwback to our beginnings

By Melissa McGurk McNeil, ONFE Director of Advancement   As 2018 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the 25th year of ONFE’s Volunteers in Education program. Did you know that this program was introduced in 1993 with the name Seniors Volunteering in Education? At the time, the newly created initiative matched 35 seniors…

JA Ottawa Company Graduates Use Technology to Pair Local Babysitters with Parents

JA Ottawa Company Graduates Use Technology to Pair Local Babysitters with Parents

As technology continues to evolve, companies are finding new ways to adopt technology in their business models. Local high school students Jenny Hua, Andrea Herscovich and Jenny Shen were tasked with solving a problem in their own community using technology. That’s the story behind SitterNextDoor, an online platform that matches parents with local vetted babysitters….

Forest Valley Elementary School Club Train Club Helps Children Foster Creativity

Forest Valley Elementary School Club Train Club Helps Children Foster Creativity

Written by Sharon Margison, volunteer Every Monday at Forest Valley Elementary School, a group of enthusiastic schoolchildren are busy training their creativity. For 45 minutes in the afternoon, members of the school’s Train Club pursue their creative talents with the help of adult volunteers. To begin with, the Grade 4 and 5 students learn how…

Spark Soirée 2018 Raises $83,000 in Support of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program

Spark Soirée 2018 Raises $83,000 in Support of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program

Our second annual Spark Soirée, hosted on October 20 at the Infinity Convention Centre, was a huge success! To relive the night, we thought we’d do something a bit different with a photo blog.                                     Couldn’t join us…

Find Your Path With Math!

Find Your Path With Math!

This blog post was written in collaboration with GAPC.   Math is all around us—not just in the classroom! There are so many ways that children and teens can informally discover and enjoy mathematics, and understand how it relates to everyday life and future careers. Whether you’re a student, parent or educator, Parent Engagement offers…

ONFE’s Neighbourhood: Spotlight on Kevin Reichstein, Investment Specialist and Monthly Donor to JA Ottawa

ONFE’s Neighbourhood: Spotlight on Kevin Reichstein, Investment Specialist and Monthly Donor to JA Ottawa

We’re taking time to celebrate ONFE’s Neighbourhood of monthly donors for their commitment to helping children and youth in Ottawa. As a part of this initiative, we were able to meet with Kevin Reichstein, an Investment Specialist with Scotiabank, who recently decided to become a monthly donor after years of volunteering with JA Ottawa.  …

Regina Street Alternative School’s Grandma Barb

Regina Street Alternative School’s Grandma Barb

Written by Lee-Ann Scott, Ottawa Volunteers in Education Program Director   When I arrived at Regina Street Alternative School to interview community volunteer Barb Smith, Chouy Johnston, the office administrator, pulled out a personalized “Grandma Barb” nametag, in anticipation of Barb’s arrival. I was impressed with this thoughtful gesture, and Chouy explained that she makes…