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CHANCE FOR CHOICE
Chance for Choice creates one-on-one matches with seniors (+65 years) who have age-related disabilities who may be lonely, isolated and vulnerable.
Through our matching programs we see profound differences in the lives of people with a disability. The benefits for those who are matched with a volunteer advocate may include: reduced loneliness and isolation, help to achieve hopes and dreams, assistance to develop personal networks and relationships, decreased vulnerability, increased self-confidence and improved mental and physical health
“Sheldon’s dream is to remain living independently with just a little bit of support. He was experiencing some isolation on account of his visual impairment and was hoping to connect with someone for companionship as well as practical assistance. Sheldon and I were matched in 2014 and see one another once a week … We share great conversations and a lot of laughs … Sheldon’s friendship is an important part of my life now, I love getting together and Tuesday’s wouldn’t be the same if I wasn’t spending it with Sheldon.”David Walker
People need people. We recognize the importance of friends and networks in our lives. Every day, we see evidence of how personal relationships and networks help support and resolve personal and professional matters. We use our networks to help others – whether it’s related to getting a job, finding a professional resource or for social and recreational purposes. We rely on these rich personal networks and relationships. Many people with disabilities don’t have the benefit of these relationships.
If you would like to be matched with a volunteer Advocate please call and speak with one of our Social Workers.
Volunteer to make a real difference in your community as we work to reduce loneliness and isolation one person at a time.
“Georgette and I were matched early in 2009. It took a little while to get to know each other but soon we were seeing each other on a regular basis. For several years, on a regular basis, she would have me over mid-week for our favourite supper – she peeled the veggies and I did the cooking. Other times, we would take the bus to the mall for some shopping and a coffee at Tim Horton’s.
Over the past eight years, I have been there for Georgette through some difficult times, such as hospital stays, the death of her son and her move into a long-term care home. She has never failed to thank me and my husband for everything we do (my husband often chauffeurs us, moves furniture or fixes Georgette’s cell phone or remote control.)
Throughout the years, she has introduced me to many lovely people, and I have learned a lot about what Ottawa was like ‘back in the day’. It is fun to look through old photos with her and imagine what her life was like as she raised her children. Georgette has become somewhat like a grandmother to me in Ottawa, which is wonderful, since my family still lives out East. She is looking forward to becoming a ‘great-grandmother’ this summer as my husband and I expect our first child in August.
I am grateful to Citizen Advocacy for giving me the chance to meet Georgette and I know our friendship will continue for many years to come.”Kate Reicker
CONTACT US/COMMUNIQUEZ AVEC NOUS
Toll Free/Sans Frais: 1-866-222-2138
312 av. Parkdale Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5
ANNEX: 516-250 City Centre, Ottawa, ON K1R6K7
Charitable Registration Number/Numéro d’enregistrement d’organisme de bienfaisance
13036 2817 RR0001