Jane Bachynski considers her work within the community to have the greatest single impact on her life. For more than 20 years, Jane has remained committed to giving back, devoting much of her free time to charity work and making a difference. Because of her tireless efforts to make our community a better place, we are thrilled to announce that Jane will be Chair of spark!
Help us shape spark. Your voice, your ideas, and your opinions are what will allow spark to grow. What would you like spark to be? Let us know what you think and help us #sparkchange.
School’s Cool is a six-week program for children ages 3 to 5 that uses play-based learning to improve children’s language, reasoning, socialization, and self-help skills. The program gives children the tools and the confidence they need to succeed.
Here’s a look at the latest session that took place at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.
Our community has become increasingly open and inclusive, but many LGBTQ seniors still fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care providers and residents of seniors' housing facilities.
The Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN) works to create safe, queer-friendly environments in long-term care facilities, residential homes, and senior serving organizations. With an aging population in this city, the OSPN is raising awareness of the need to create inclusive programs for all LGBTQ seniors.
Today Wayne Wouters announced his retirement as Canada’s Clerk of the Privy Council. Mr. Wouters has worked tirelessly for his country through a long career in the federal public service and also for his city through his extensive involvement with United Way.
Mr. Wouters first became involved with United Way Ottawa when he Chaired the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign in 2004 and the United Way Ottawa Community Campaign in 2007. He has been a Board member for United Way Ottawa and received our Community Builder of the Year Award in 2012. He was recognized with the André Mailhot Award, the highest honour bestowed by United Way Canada, and was recently appointed to the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees representing Canada.
From all of us at United Way, thank you for your dedication, Mr. Wouters.
The City of Ottawa raised the rainbow flag over City Hall on August 18 for Capital Pride Week. United Way Ottawa was on site to celebrate the occasion and interview this year’s Capital Pride Co-Community Builder Marshall: Julia Wagg. Julia was named a Pride Marshall for her work co-founding Camp Ten Oaks, a United Way-funded camp for LGBTQ+ children and youth.
Watch the raising of the flag and learn more about United Way’s partner, Camp Ten Oaks.
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