Ridgemont High School Uses Creativity to Inspire Students to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

Ridgemont High School Uses Creativity to Inspire Students to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we are spotlighting the outstanding work by a pair of Ridgemont High School teachers to deliver a fun School Breakfast Program. Every morning, Bev and Kim, teachers at Ridgemont, along with their terrific team of volunteers and breakfast monitors, set up a table near the bus stop and encourage students…

Proud To Be Me Is Helping ONFE Remove Barriers to Learning
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Proud To Be Me Is Helping ONFE Remove Barriers to Learning

To close off our February Love Campaign, we’re featuring the Proud To Be Me Foundation. Since 2016, the charitable organization has gifted $17,500 to ONFE’s Volunteers in Education initiative. As a not-for-profit charity, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) collaborates with a number of community organizations, including the Proud To Be Me Foundation (PTBM), to…

From Volunteer to Monthly Donor, Korey Kealey Has Supported ONFE for Over a Decade
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From Volunteer to Monthly Donor, Korey Kealey Has Supported ONFE for Over a Decade

Between founding her own company, Kitchen Konnected, her media work with CTV and her work as a realtor, Korey Kealey sure is a busy woman. Korey is also a remarkable leader in our community. We are featuring her partnership with ONFE as part of our Love Campaign. You may recognize Korey Kealey from her regular…

Ottawa Network for Education announces Heather Norris as new President and CEO

Ottawa Network for Education announces Heather Norris as new President and CEO

  Following an extensive search, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Heather Norris as the new President and CEO of the Ottawa Network for Education. Heather is leaving her current position as CEO of Northumberland United Way to return to her hometown of Ottawa and will join ONFE April…

A Local Team of Superstar Climbers Turn Their Passion into Philanthropy
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A Local Team of Superstar Climbers Turn Their Passion into Philanthropy

Since 2009, the Dream Mountains Foundation has raised nearly $190,000 in support of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program. As the team concludes a 10-year commitment to the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, we wanted to feature them during our Love Campaign to give them a special send-off.   Over the years, the Dream Mountains team of over…

IKEA Ottawa Has Championed ONFE’s School Breakfast Program Since 2003—And Shows no Signs of Stopping!
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IKEA Ottawa Has Championed ONFE’s School Breakfast Program Since 2003—And Shows no Signs of Stopping!

This month, we’re showcasing a handful of our phenomenal community leaders during ONFE’s Love Campaign. First up is our long-time partner, IKEA Ottawa.   Fun fact: IKEA Ottawa’s support of the School Breakfast Program predates ONFE’s inception. In fact, the modern furniture retailer has been a fan of the School Breakfast Program for more than…

Volunteering with JA Ottawa: a Win-win for Students and Volunteers !

Volunteering with JA Ottawa: a Win-win for Students and Volunteers !

Every year, JA Ottawa reaches thousands of youth through hands-on activities and workshops that aim to introduce students to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. This school year, we’re hoping to involve over 6,500 students through JA Ottawa programs, an achievement that would simply be unimaginable without the support of our hundreds of volunteers….

JA Ottawa Continues to Grow Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

JA Ottawa Continues to Grow Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

  Thanks to a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, JA Ottawa is growing! This grant will allow JA Ottawa to offer more financial literacy programs in French and English. JA Economics for Success is an empowering one-day program that introduces grade 8 students to the concepts of financial literacy, challenges them to reflect on…

ONFE’s Seniors in School initiative, a throwback to our beginnings

ONFE’s Seniors in School initiative, a throwback to our beginnings

By Melissa McGurk McNeil, ONFE Director of Advancement   As 2018 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the 25th year of ONFE’s Volunteers in Education program. Did you know that this program was introduced in 1993 with the name Seniors Volunteering in Education? At the time, the newly created initiative matched 35 seniors…

JA Ottawa Company Graduates Use Technology to Pair Local Babysitters with Parents

JA Ottawa Company Graduates Use Technology to Pair Local Babysitters with Parents

As technology continues to evolve, companies are finding new ways to adopt technology in their business models. Local high school students Jenny Hua, Andrea Herscovich and Jenny Shen were tasked with solving a problem in their own community using technology. That’s the story behind SitterNextDoor, an online platform that matches parents with local vetted babysitters….