Events & Training

Events & Training

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.

If you'd like to sponsor an event to benefit ONFE, please contact Ashley Richer (

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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February 2019

Excellence in Literacy Foundation Training Ridgemont High School February 15th

February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ridgemont High School

The Excellence In Literacy Foundation Invites You to a Day of Inspiring Learning! This workshop is for volunteers that will be volunteering at Ridgemont High School to help students learning English.  Or for volunteers wanting to learn about the ELF program.  Literacy is hope.  Literacy is freedom. Literacy is a human right, not a luxury item.  The Canadian Centre for Learning anticipates that by 2032, Ottawa will have the highest increase in illiteracy (80%!) on our country. This increase will…

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How to Support English Language Learners Feb. 20

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OCDSB coaches Kourtney Derouin and Julie Coburnis are hosting a training session for volunteers supporting English Language Learners (newcomers).  Registration on Eventbrite required.

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How to Use Math Manipulatives February 27th

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OCDSB Math Coaches Stephanie Bishop, Ann Chevier, and Karli Bergquist are hosting a workshop for volunteers assisting students in elementary math in OCDSB schools. The workshop will focus on how to use math manipulatives (number rods, base ten blocks, etc.) to help prepare you to support math students (elementary grades and newcomer high schoolers) by offering sage advice and hands-on training.  Register below.

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March 2019

How to Support Students with Language Learning Disabilities or Dyslexia

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OCDSB learning support consultants, Kim Esdaile and Lisa Piers, are hosting a workshop for volunteers supporting students with language learning disabilities including dyslexia. This workshop will explore the range of challenges that students with learning disabilities encounter in the classroom and provide participants with a selection of strategies and resources that can be used to support their learning (e.g., decoding strategies, pre-teaching vocabulary, comprehension strategies, visual supports, graphic organizers, assistive technology, goal setting and planning, self-reflection).  The importance of understanding…

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