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Everyday Champions is a one-on-one match with a child, youth or adult with a disability; or a match with group home residents who have disabilities.

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

We support all types of disability: those with physical, intellectual, developmental or mental health challenges.

“Every time I visit him it is great to see his reaction when he first sees me there. Dickens has a great sense of humour and spending time with him allows me to not only share some of my jokes with him but also get a chuckle at some of the things he has to say … Given the nature of Dickens’ condition, it is tough sometimes to believe that what I am doing is meaningful to Dickens … However, just because you can’t see results one day shouldn’t deter one from continuing to act in a manner that may be beneficial to another person.”

Anthony Ruberto

Everyday Champions Advocate

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.


Marilyn and Laurena have been matched for a year and have created a wonderful reminder of the joy their match has brought to each of them: a quilt.

Another significant accomplishment is that Marilyn and Laurena are starting to travel together around the city by bus. This is an important step towards one of the Marilyn’s match goals.

Laurena and Marilyn have many other things in common besides a love of crafting – talking, relaxing, an appreciation of the spiritual side of life, enjoying each other’s company, a love of cats and husbands who are both proud to be called “nerds”.

A year later, after weekly quilting sessions, trips to craft fairs and the Byward Market both agree that they are really happy to have each other in their lives and are certain their friendship will continue well into the future.

Marilyn & Laurena

Everyday Champion Match


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312 av. Parkdale Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5


Charitable Registration Number/Numéro d’enregistrement d’organisme de bienfaisance
13036 2817 RR0001