This year I was asked to join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and without hesitation, I said yes. I’m participating for two reasons, the first is the actual excitement of running the race with a sea of other racers with my 10 year old daughter, and the second is to assist a charity of my choice.
My charity of choice is ONFE.
“The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) works with education, business, government and community partners to develop programs that enrich public education in Ottawa. ONFE (originally the Ottawa-Carleton Learning Foundation) has launched over 40 innovative programs since its inception in 1985. Our programs harness the resources of the Ottawa community to help students succeed in a rapidly changing world. We also act as a catalyst for discussion and collaborative action around local education issues.
A forum for discussion and a vehicle for collaborative action
ONFE is the only organization in Ottawa that brings together all the local school boards and post-secondary institutions along with business leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest, including talent development and employment. Dialogue is the first step – then we put ideas into action. ONFE has played a lead role in developing over forty innovative education programs since its inception in 1987.
Programs and resources for students who require additional support
ONFE facilitates many community partnerships to help support both the academic and the non-academic needs of students so each child has the opportunity to succeed. For example:
ONFE’s School Breakfast program helps over 11,000 children in our community start each day at school ready to learn with a healthy breakfast.
Through the Ottawa Volunteers in Education program, some 122,226 hours of volunteer time is donated to support students in over 181 local schools annually.
Support for the effective integration of learning technologies
Our Assistive Technology Support initiative offers a suite of online videos and resources to help students, parents and teachers learn about specialized tools to support reading, writing, and other learning tasks. ONFE also trains volunteers to help students master these software applications. ONFE’s Tech Coaches program is another example of how we help educators reap the full benefits of new technologies to enhance learning.
Career exploration and experiential learning opportunities
Workplace connections and first-hand experience with real world problems are important to help students explore career options and make informed choices. ONFE helps to develop partnerships between schools and employers to offer innovative career-related learning opportunities.
Capacity building, support, and recognition for educators
Public education institutions strive to support the academic, physical, social and emotional development of all students. It is a tall order. ONFE facilitates professional development and other initiatives that strengthen the capacity of schools to support the diverse needs of students.
Because we recognize the tremendous impact that creative and dedicated educators have on our students, ONFE created the Capital Educators’ Awards. We receive hundreds of nominations annually to honour exceptional educators from local schools, colleges and universities at our EduGala event.”
As an educator in Ottawa, I am proud to support ONFE. They are happy as well:
With the race only weeks away, I am ramp up my fundraising efforts, and I want to give you a chance to get to know more about all of the SCC charities. I want to personally invite you to join in a charity-focused #RunOTTChat Twitter Chat with @OttawaMarathon tonight. We will be kicking off at 8PM and we’d love for you to join and share your charity fundraising tips while learning how the Scotiabank Charity Challenge is helping Ottawa Race Weekend.
If you would like to donate you can find all of the donation information here.
Twitter Chat details:
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 8PM EST
Host Account: @OttawaMarathon
Hashtags: #RunOTTChat #RunScotia
If you feel like promoting the chat on your social channels, here’s some suggested Tweets:
I’m joining the @OttawaMarathon #RunOTTChat — Join me at 8PM Sunday for fundraising tips from the pros! #RunScotia
Join the #RunOTTChat on Sunday! I’ll be learning and sharing fundraising stories with @OttawaMarathon.
Yours in Charity,