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Volunteer and make a difference

Volunteer to make a real difference in your community as we work to reduce loneliness and isolation one person at a time.

In Ottawa 300 people with disabilities are waiting an average of 4 years for a volunteer.

As a friend to someone with a disability you can have a profound effect on their life by reducing loneliness and isolation; helping to achieve hopes and dreams; developing personal networks and relationships; decreasing vulnerability; and increasing self-confidence, mental and physical health.

Looking for a Senators and Redblacks fan (Bayshore)

Dave, is in his mid-60s and has recently retired from a job with the federal government. He has been lonely ever since his wife died four years ago. He is looking for a volunteer Advocate who he can meet up with each week. Dave likes to go out to the mall, walk his dog, get a coffee and watch movies and TV. He also likes to play golf and attend both the Senators and Redblacks games when he can

Volunteer to reduce one woman’s loneliness and isolation (Manor Park)

Chris has a number of disabilities that affect her mobility and mood and as a result she finds herself lonely and isolated. She would really enjoy meeting with a volunteer advocate each week to shop, hang out, chat or for the occasional meal.

A meaningful way to make a difference in one person’s life (Orleans)

Ron is in his early 30s and he has a wide variety of interests. He is a kind and talkative man but he needs a reason to get out of the house. Do you have an hour or two a week to spend with Ron? He is open to any experience that is fun including tennis, biking, visiting the library or the mall.

Volunteer with one of your neighbours (Kanata)

Erica is in her early 40s but because of the case she needs due to multiple sclerosis she lives in a seniors’ residence. She would love to spend time with someone who can meet her outside of the home for conversation, coffee and the occasional movie.



The first step to becoming a volunteer advocate is to attend a one-hour volunteer information session at our office, 312 Parkdale Ave. There are many times to choose from:

  • Wednesday February 15, 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday February 28, 6:00 pm
  • Friday March 10, 12:30 pm
  • Monday March 27, 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday April 12, 6:00 pm

To let us know if you would like to attend an information session, contact our Community Engagement Coordinator:

Maria Redpath 613-761-9522 Ext. 222 or



After you have attended an information session and learned more, consider if Citizen Advocacy is a fit with your volunteering interests. Let us know that you’d like to continue the process to become a volunteer advocate. If you’d like to continue, fill out the volunteer application below.

Apply for a Police Records Check for Service With the Vulnerable Sector (it’s free with a letter from us saying you’re applying to volunteer).

Once both steps are complete please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Maria Redpath 613-761-9522 ext. 222 to arrange your learning conversation.

All information provided to Citizen Advocacy will be regarded as strictly confidential.

Name I prefer to be called:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Cell Phone:
E-mail (Main):*
E-mail (Other):
How would you prefer we contact you? Check as many as you wish:
Date of Birth (Y-M-D e.g. 1974-09-19):*
Status in Canada:*
If you are in Canada on a Work, Student or Visitor Visa, what date does your permit expire? (Y-M-D):
Indicate which languages you speak fairly fluently:
Preferred language of communication from Citizen Advocacy:
Are you certain you will remain in Ottawa for the next 15 months?:*
How did you find out about Citizen Advocacy? Please be specific (e.g. name of website, name of friend or co-worker):
Upload your resume:
Or provide a very brief resume of your educational and employment experience:
You are interested in volunteering with (check all that interest you):*
What are your reasons for choosing Citizen Advocacy?:*
Why do you want to become a volunteer advocate?:*
What would you say are your strengths as a person?:*
What do you like about yourself?:*
What do you see yourself needing to improve upon?:*
Tell us how wanting to become a volunteer advocate fits with your personal long-term goals:*
How do you see yourself as being able to contribute in a relationship with someone living with a disability?:*
What are you expecting will come out of a match relationship for yourself and the person you are matched to?:*

Submit the name and contact details of three people who have known you well for at least two years. We do not accept references from people who are related on in an intimate relationship with you.

Name Reference 1:*
Phone Reference 1:
E-mail Reference 1:
Name Reference 2:*
Phone Reference 2:
E-mail Reference 2:
Name Reference 3:*
Phone Reference 3:
E-mail Reference 3:
I understand that becoming a volunteer advocate is a long-term commitment to a person who is vulnerable. I confirm that I am prepared to commit to spending the time with a match partner for a minimum of a year from the time we are matched.:*
Word Verification:


Participate in one or more in-person conversations with a social worker, lasting 60 to 90 minutes. We’ll get to know you, your personality, hobbies and interests. This helps us narrow down the entire waiting list to those that are possibly the best match for you.

After your learning conversation the social worker will contact your references. Please notify them to expect this call.


You will be invited by your social worker to a one-hour meeting where they will present a number of potential Friends. You will participate in choosing the person with a disability you would like to be matched with.



Your social worker will facilitate the first meeting between you and your potential Friend. After the initial meeting the social worker will contact both party to confirm that each of you would like to continue with the match. If you are both happy with the match you can now start doing fun activities together!

Volunteer Now!

Before completing our application form, please ensure that you have read about our Matching Programs or attended an information session.

Volunteer Application Form

The recent playoff games between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators provided another opportunity for Tim McCarthy and Jason Tierney to try to convert the other to support their favourite team. They have been matched for four years now and despite their team allegiances have many things in common. Tim says “We both contribute to each other’s lives, and we learn lots from each other.  We share work experiences, life experiences and work things out together.  It is a positive experience for both of us and it truly is a great friendship.”

Tim McCarthy & Jason Tierney

Everyday Champions Match

Contact Information

For more information please contact
Maria Redpath
Community Engagement Coordinator

613-761-9522 ext. 222

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