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Finding strength through friendships at Roger Neilson House #SensFoundation

| February 26, 2019 | 4 Comments
Finding strength through friendships at Roger Neilson House #SensFoundation

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Ottawa Senators Foundation is hosting their annual telethon – a show dedicated to sharing stories and friendships about how your donations are making a difference for people and programs in our community. Read how parents Andrea Gumpert and David Bell have benefited from the incredible support at Roger Neilson House. […]

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Camp Quality: Creating Magic and Letting Kids be Kids #SensFoundation

| February 25, 2019 | 4 Comments
Camp Quality: Creating Magic and Letting Kids be Kids #SensFoundation

Camp Quality: Creating Magic and Letting Kids be Kids On Thursday February 28, the Ottawa Senators Foundation is hosting their annual telethon. A show dedicated to sharing stories about how your donations are making a difference for people and programs in our community like Camp Quality. This summer might still seem far away to most […]

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Donate Your Spring Cleaning Items to these 5 Local Charities

| April 19, 2018 | 7 Comments
Donate Your Spring Cleaning Items to these 5 Local Charities

Spring in Ottawa means warmer weather, sunshine, birds chirping and tulips blooming. It’s also a time when we have the urge to clean out our home to get rid of items we no longer need or want. Instead of throwing these items away, consider donating them to local charities who will re-use, recycle and re-purpose […]

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Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International

| January 8, 2018 | 3 Comments
Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International

Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International The New Year is here! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It is great to do something that will restore your balance or improve yourself, but what about helping others? One of the things you can do to help others this New Year is […]

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Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International

| December 21, 2017 | 9 Comments
Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International

Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International   Christmas. It is the time of the year when trying to find the perfect gift is on everybody’s mind. Sometimes, a great gift does not need to be wrapped or stuffed in a stocking. The gift of giving can be done by providing help […]

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Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

| December 13, 2017 | 81 Comments
Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE The holiday season is the time of year when we are hustling and bustling to get gifts we need to wrap up and exchange them with family and friends. Have you finished all of your holiday gift shopping yet? No?  ME to WE wants […]

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Movember – How Moms Can Help Make Their Moustached Man Look Amazing #ChurchAndDwight

| November 21, 2016 | 8 Comments
Movember – How Moms Can Help Make Their Moustached Man Look Amazing #ChurchAndDwight

Movember – How Moms Can Help Make Their Moustached Man Look Amazing!     I honestly think it’s definitely not our favourite look, but it’s for a good cause, so we’ll grin and bear the men in our lives growing a moustache in support of Movember.  Who encouraged the men in our lives to skip their […]

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Inspiring Day at WE Day Ottawa 2016 #WEDayMovement #Telus

| November 17, 2016 | 6 Comments
Inspiring Day at WE Day Ottawa 2016 #WEDayMovement #Telus

WE Day Ottawa November 9, 2016 started as a sombre day for many, as people across the world awoke to the results of the American election. Luckily for me, the day’s mood had a quick turnaround, as I attended high-energy, positive and inspiring WE Day Ottawa, along with 16,000 local students and educators. WE Day […]

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See How to #BecomeAFriend with Dementia Friends Canada

| September 19, 2016 | 10 Comments
See How to #BecomeAFriend with Dementia Friends Canada

    Were you aware that three out of four people know someone living with dementia? I was one of them. I say this because someone close to me had lived with this condition and is no longer with my family. This very special person was my grandfather. I have so many fond memories of […]

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Give and Take Campaign at Trade Secrets! #TSGT2016

| September 12, 2016 | 9 Comments
Give and Take Campaign at Trade Secrets! #TSGT2016

Trade Secrets is celebrating 10 years of giving! Trade Secrets launched again this year their Give and Take Campaign! Bring in a USED hair appliance (preferably gently used) to any store in Canada and get 50% of a NEW appliance (on select styles)! The appliances they collect will go to local charities! I really need […]

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Canadian Turkey: Not Only Served On Holidays ~ Recipe & Giveaway CAN 07/25

| June 21, 2016 | 176 Comments
Canadian Turkey: Not Only Served On Holidays ~ Recipe & Giveaway CAN 07/25

When I hear of a meal consisting of turkey, I automatically think about serving it at Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter. Honestly, I don’t know why, it’s not as if a turkey is only available in the supermarkets during those months! It’s time I change my my way of thinking about when to cook and eat a […]

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Acts of Kindness

| April 5, 2016 | 13 Comments
Acts of Kindness

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss   They may be small but they have such big hearts. It’s never too early to teach children the importance of paying it forward.    I think that all children are born with a sense of compassion – parents, teachers, aunts and uncles just need […]

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Tysen’s Mission To A Million

| May 27, 2015 | 5 Comments
Tysen’s Mission To A Million

You know those moments in life that make you go “WoW”? The ones really worth remembering? I had a big one while working at Ottawa Comic Con on Mother’s Day. And it wasn’t while interviewing a star in television, movies, comics, video games or cosplay. I met the most inspiring dude named Tysen. You’ll recognize […]

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Family Volunteering: A New Way to Travel this Summer

| May 19, 2015 | 15 Comments
Family Volunteering: A New Way to Travel this Summer

Summer is undoubtedly an exciting time for families. The kids have no school and their parents have the opportunity to spend valuable time with their children, often taking them on summer vacations. Instead of spending the holidays by the lake or an expensive city, it might be a nice change to take the entire family […]

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Help Tiny Miracles Get a Big Boost!

| October 4, 2014 | 7 Comments
Help Tiny Miracles Get a Big Boost!

Prematurity is one of the leading causes of long-term health challenges and death among newborns. Despite this fact, community-based services geared towards aiding those afflicted by the effects of prematurity are underrepresented in Canada. Nicole Lyons quickly discovered the lack of support and resources first hand when she gave birth to her son in 2012 […]

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Back to School Kenya Style: Education Helping Build Self-esteem for Elimu’s Children in Kenya

| September 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
Back to School Kenya Style: Education Helping Build Self-esteem for Elimu’s Children in Kenya

It’s back to school in Canada and at ‘home’ in Kenya for Nina Chung, where the founder of Elimu (Canada) supports kids’ education projects. While you may be scrambling for last minute school supplies – Nina has to oversee getting together school fees, uniforms, back packs and school supplies for 15+ children in her charge […]

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Find your #OneNewThing and Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

| August 20, 2014 | 7 Comments
Find your #OneNewThing and Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Do you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer? If you do, it’s not surprising because it’s the most common cancer in Canadian women. In fact, one in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. But what you might not know is that one third of breast cancers are preventable. Contrary […]

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Ottawa Chef Maria Garza Shares a Zesty Tuna, Lemon and Caper Linguine Recipe to Proceed Food Banks!

| April 29, 2014 | 13 Comments
Ottawa Chef Maria Garza Shares a Zesty Tuna, Lemon and Caper Linguine Recipe  to Proceed Food Banks!

Food banks across the country struggle in the summer, their slowest donation time of the year, so 15 of Canada’s leading chefs have come together to help give them a boost. Part of a campaign spearheaded by Catelli® pasta, the chefs have contributed to a unique cookbook, called Catelli® Pasta Plus Five: Five-ingredient summer pasta dishes by some […]

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I Attended National We Day in #Ottawa Thanks to Telus

| April 22, 2014 | 4 Comments
I Attended National We Day in #Ottawa Thanks to Telus

As a teacher of Civics and law, I have had many opportunities to talk with students about volunteering for great causes. At one of the schools I used to work at, they had a Free the Children Club who continuously worked hard at raising money, and raising awareness. Although I was familiar with We Day […]

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Chocolate Affair Gala

| April 21, 2014 | 5 Comments
Chocolate Affair Gala

Who LOVES chocolate? Who loves FUN? Who loves giving back to the community? You can love all three at the same time on Wednesday, May 28th at the Ottawa Convention Centre. It’s the 7th annual Chocolate Affair Gala in support of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region. The Distress Centre provides 24/7 crisis counselling […]

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International Women’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser in Ottawa

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
International Women’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser in Ottawa

As another International Women’s Day passes, I am feeling very blessed to know so many talented and beautiful women who inspire others to live with courage and truth. I was honoured to share my journey with almost 200 of them, and a tiny cast of supporting men, at a networking luncheon for Ottawa Soul Sista’s […]

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Donating a Life Insurance Policy to your Ottawa Church or Charity so Everybody Wins

| December 6, 2013 | 3 Comments
Donating a Life Insurance Policy to your Ottawa Church or Charity so Everybody Wins

  During the holiday season most of us get into the spirit of giving, gifts to family and friends and donations to charities, churches and other community organizations. What if there was a way to maximize your donations to really make a difference and help those that need it and still claim your tax deduction […]

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Take the Real Horror out of Halloween

| October 30, 2013 | 3 Comments
Take the Real Horror out of Halloween

Many Canadian kids are thrilled by the make-believe horrors of Halloween.  Dreadful as it seems, my sons actually enjoy the severed limbs hanging from trees in our neighborhood. But it’s chilling to think that most of our Halloween treats have real-life nightmares in their supply chains. I recently watched the BBC documentary Chocolate – The […]

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Make a Difference in your Community with the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund

| September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Make a Difference in your Community with the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aviva Community Fund for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.  For the past two years, I voted on many occasions for Ottawa area projects that were submitted in the Aviva Community competition. Have you heard about the Aviva Community Fund?  The Aviva Community Fund is […]

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