News and Stories: Health & Well-being Category

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.

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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Jim Watson

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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Closeup of hands holding seeds for planting in Classroom Gardens

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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ONFE Learns volunteer video screenshots

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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SBP kit items in open box

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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More than just a hockey team: The Ottawa Senators Foundation supports ONFE’s School Breakfast Program

  It’s the month of love, and we are celebrating our amazing donors. From individuals who give what they can when they can, to monthly donors, to businesses and foundations, every donor is a part…

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Farewell & Hello: Changes for our Ottawa Volunteers in Education and OttawaReads programs

  For 12 years, Lee-Ann Scott has led our OttawaReads and Ottawa Volunteers in Education programs. Last year alone, these programs filled 2,083 volunteer positions in 148 Ottawa schools!    “Imagine a day where everyone you meet…

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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…

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