2024 Classroom Gardens Photo Contest
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2024 Classroom Gardens Photo Contest

This spring, we once again asked our schools to submit their best Classroom Garden photos for a chance to win one of three $100 shopping sprees for gardening materials. We received over 125 fantastic submissions and here is the shortlist and the winners! Congratulations to our winners! Mylène Goulet – École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs Élyse-Vézina Martel…

BLG Reads to Kids: 20 Years of Community Impact with OttawaReads
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BLG Reads to Kids: 20 Years of Community Impact with OttawaReads

For over 20 years, the BLG Reads to Kids program has partnered with OttawaReads to teach early literacy to students in kindergarten to grade four at Queen Elizabeth Public School. Through the voices of dedicated BLG Reads to Kids volunteers like Jane Bachynski and Emily Candy, we witness the individual and communal transformation that comes…

JA Company Ducks & Daisies: Crocheting Success and Giving Back
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JA Company Ducks & Daisies: Crocheting Success and Giving Back

Over a four-month period, the JA Company program teaches high school students how to organize and operate a real business. Volunteers from the local business community work with students to launch and run a small enterprise giving students real-world skills and experience not found in a textbook. Some Companies, such as Ducks & Daisies, a…

JA Ottawa Student, Williams Thottungal, recipient of the 2023 Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship
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JA Ottawa Student, Williams Thottungal, recipient of the 2023 Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship

All of us at ONFE want to congratulate Williams Thottungal on being the 2023 recipient of the JA Canada Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Williams is the first JA Ottawa, JA Company student to receive this scholarship in over 10 years! Congratulations, Williams on this outstanding accomplishment! When we informed Williams’ mentors of his accomplishment, this…

2023 Classroom Garden Photo Contest
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2023 Classroom Garden Photo Contest

This spring, we asked all of our schools to submit their best Classroom Garden photos for a chance to win one of three $100 shopping sprees for gardening materials. We received over 90 fantastic submissions and here is the shortlist and the winners! Congratulations to our winners, Elizabeth Bianchi, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul Élyse Vézina-Martel,…

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Anne Lalonde

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Anne Lalonde

This month’s volunteer spotlight features Anne Lalonde! Anne is a volunteer in our Volunteers in Education program, where members of the community come in to provide support to students who are falling behind their peers. Read on to learn more about Anne and why she decided to become a part of the ONFE community. 1….

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Henry Starzynski

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Henry Starzynski

ONFE is incredibly fortunate to have a diverse team of compassionate, caring volunteers who bring a range of backgrounds and skills to their respective roles supporting students and teachers within the OCDSB. We would like to introduce you to a volunteer who is passionate about helping enhance the math skills of the students he works with….

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Lisabelle Boudreau
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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 a little bit about yourself…  I grew up in New-Brunswick, but I decided at 25 years old to move from the…

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Karen Ho
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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 us a little bit about yourself…  I am a fourth year psychology student at the University of Ottawa, from Toronto, Ontario. During…

ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Christine LeBlanc
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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.   I was born in Toronto, went to high school in Timmins, came to Ottawa for university and forgot to leave. Recently I…