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Here you'll find all ONFE events, from fundraising to third party events to volunteer training. For more information on any event, please click on the event title.

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If you're planning to organize a third party event, please contact Ben Gardiner (

For more information on volunteer orientation and training offered by our Ottawa Volunteers in Education program, click here.

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September 2019

OttawaReads Read-aloud Volunteer Training – Online Self-paced

September 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Ottawa Network for Education’s Volunteers in Education and OttawaReads programs provides recruitment, volunteer orientation, and training for Ottawa Carleton District School Board community volunteers. We would like to present to you an online training option, which has been designed to provide you with valuable information you need to have a successful, meaningful, and rewarding volunteer experience. This training is meant specifically for those interested in supporting children in Kindergarten to Grade 3, increase their literacy skills. Many of the students…

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How to Support English Language Learners – Online Self-Paced Training

September 3, 2019 - June 1, 2020

This training is meant specifically for those interested in supporting English language learners (ELLs) in Ottawa District School Board (OCDSB) schools. Most of the students you will be working with our recent newcomers to Canada, some will have gaps in their learning or not yet developed age-appropriate literacy skills in their first language but due to a variety of factors. Some will be Canadian-born students, who also learning English as an additional language. There some students from Metis, Inuit or…

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Learning Strategies: Skills you can teach students for academic success – Online Self-Paced Training

September 3, 2019 - June 1, 2020

This online course focuses on learning strategies to help the students that you support as a volunteer become better, more independent learners. You will learn literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills that you can pass on to your students to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. Teaching the students learning strategies will build their confidence and may motivate them to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and…

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Volunteering with Poverty in Mind – Online Self-Paced Training

September 3, 2019 - June 1, 2020

A 6-hour self-paced course for all volunteers. To access this course, please send an email to As a volunteer, you can play an integral transformational role in a child's life. The information for this course is taken directly from author and educator Eric Jensen’s book, “Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.” “If life experiences can change poor kids for the worse, can’t life experiences change also change…

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Assistive Technology Online Self-Paced Training

September 3, 2019 - May 31, 2020

A 20-hour self-paced course for volunteers aspiring to become educators, learning strategists or assistive technology trainers. To access this course, send an email request to Training Outcomes: Better understanding of the different types of assistive technologies and how they offer independent and academic support for English language learning students. Knowledge of learning strategies to help all students Experience and knowledge of the accessibility laws and rights of students with disabilities Teacher specific information for those who want more training Hands-on…

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December 2019

How to Support English Language Learners Dec. 10

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board coaches, Kourtney Derouin and Julie Coburn, are hosting a training session for volunteers who are, or will be, supporting English Language Learners (students learning English) in OCDSB schools who need support in both language acquisition and academic upgrading.  This workshop will give you some tools and strategies to help you support newcomer students, and other students learning English. Please register to attend as the workshop is limited to 25 volunteers.

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