A Decade of Nutrition:  Metcalfe Public School’s Breakfast Program Coordinator
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A Decade of Nutrition:  Metcalfe Public School’s Breakfast Program Coordinator

In the heart of Metcalfe Public School lies a School Breakfast Program that provides a warm, nourishing meal each school day, setting the tone for students to learn and thrive. The dedicated individual at its helm for the past ten years is Christine Lee. A Decade of Dedication When the previous coordinator moved to a…

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…

School Breakfast Program Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Boucher, St. Daniel School
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School Breakfast Program Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Boucher, St. Daniel School

It was a warm, sunny spring day in Ottawa when St. Daniel School opened their doors to a couple of ONFE staff members visiting its School Breakfast Program. When we arrive, Matt Boucher, an EA at the school, is working hard cutting watermelon pieces to be delivered to the kindergarten classrooms. He knows it will…

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,…

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JA Virtual Company Has a Place for You!

15 WEEKS. 1 VIRTUAL COMPANY. UNLIMITED POTENTIAL.    Are you creative? Do you want to learn how to start and run a business? Are you looking to spice up your college and university applications or gain experience? Do you want to learn about e-commerce and how to create a Shopify online store? JA’s Company Program…

Gerrie Trotman Finds a Lifelong Community in JA
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Gerrie Trotman Finds a Lifelong Community in JA

Gerrie Trotman first became involved with the JA program in Montreal, and it’s been part of her life ever since! Around this time last year, Gerrie joined ONFE’s Neighbourhood as a monthly donor to give back to JA Ottawa. When the Executive Director of Junior Achievement in Montreal dropped by Gerrie Trotman’s high school to…

Sheila Jenkins, Founder of OttawaReads, Knows that Every Child Needs a Champion
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Sheila Jenkins, Founder of OttawaReads, Knows that Every Child Needs a Champion

  Sheila Jenkins is a unique contributor to the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Back in 2003, she created ONFE’s OttawaReads program, an early literacy program that inspires a love of reading in young students. Since that time, Sheila has continued her journey with the program as a volunteer and a monthly donor!  Since her retirement six years ago, Sheila has given back to our community by volunteering in kindergarten classrooms…