Bringing People Together – that’s the real goal of Citizen Advocacy and our Everyday Champions program.
Right now in our community, there are people with disabilities who feel alone and isolated. There are people with disabilities whose hopes, dreams, and, sometimes, basic needs are not being taken seriously.
What they’d really like is to feel included. What they’d really like is someone who will talk with them, listen to them, support and encourage them, do things, go places, and help them in any way that a good neighbour or friend naturally would.
There are also ordinary citizens who intentionally want to give their time to make a positive difference to the life of a person with a disability. They voluntarily represent and protect the rights and interests of other people. They help them face challenges and encourage them to participate in the community life of Ottawa.
Citizen Advocacy sets up matches between volunteer advocates and people with disabilities that can have profound effects on both.
Citizen Advocacy is one of only a few Ottawa community organizations supporting people with a wide range of disabilities, including physical limitations, developmental delays, mental illness, and disabilities related to aging.
“Citizen Advocacy is one of the most grassroots and grounded organisations I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. In my 6 year involvement with Citizen Advocacy, there is not one event or one person that I have come across that is not the most professional and also the most compassionate individual to deal with”
– Everyday Champions volunteer
Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa is a registered Canadian charitable organization, number 13036 2817 RR0001.