• School’s Cool at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

    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.


  • Proud to support Ottawa Senior Pride Network

    Ottawa Senior Pride Network pose for a photo after winning the Take Action Award at United Way Ottawa's Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala

    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.

    Continue reading Proud to support Ottawa Senior Pride Network

  • Congratulations to Wayne Wouters on his retirement

    Wayne WoutersToday 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.


  • City of Ottawa raises rainbow flag to celebrate Capital Pride

    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.


  • How Brandon Walselnuk dealt with his mental health issues

    United Way volunteer and CEO of Tattoo Hero, Brandon Walselnuk, shares his story about overcoming bullying and mental health issues.

    "I wouldn't be here today without the help I received,” said Walselnuk.

    Watch his story here:

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