Homelessness

Kiwanis Luncheon - Reverend Ken MacLaren

Reverend Ken MacLaren,  Executive Director, Ottawa Innercity Ministries (OIM), introduced us to Moira Davis, who spoke of her work as an outreach worker with the young people using her 3 key points of focus – Support, Community, and Meaning. Instilling a sense of worth is important for these youth and to have someone to support them.  

We also heard from Kristina Beaton a former street person, who shared her difficult childhood with us which involved abuse, fear, alcohol and drug use her family, and a lot of social workers.  She met up with an outreach worker from the Ottawa Innercity Ministries(OIM) and was treated with respect, forgiveness, and friendship and got the support she needed. She volunteered with them and started in their WorkSkills program. They encouraged her and the other youth artists and the youth sold $14,400 worth of their art in 6 months. Eventually Kristina went to Algonquin for the animation program and just graduated. Her art was a means to escape the horrors of homelessness and to find happiness.  She found her dad after 25 years and is happy have a family.

Congratulations to Michel Podeszfinski who received his 100% attendance tab for 22 years perfect attendance!

President Stephen was pleased to present the Rose to two members, Suzanne Johnston and Ron Petersen, for their work on the Homelessness Committee and for coordinating our clubs involvement with the recent Push For Change presentations by Joe Roberts who is walking across Canada pushing a shopping cart to raise awareness about youth homelessness. 

Push For Change on Parliament Hill

After sleeping out with sKreamers and a walk in from Orleans with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans, The Push for Change with Joe Roberts and Marie MacDonald were on Parliament Hill as they push a shopping cart across Canada to draw attention to the problem of youth homelessness.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Allen Ure - Kiwanis EC&C District Governor

This was the official visit of Kiwanis EC&C District Governor Allen Ure as we were joined by Kiwanians from the area.

Joe Roberts of Push for a Change who will be pushing a shopping cart across Canada next summer to draw attention to the issue of youth homelessness. His topic tied in with our recent partnership with the Youth Service Bureau.

Sleep Out for Youth Services Bureau

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To increase the awareness of youth who are homeless and sleeping on the streets or anywhere that they can feel safe, the youth of Ottawa slept out on the grass at Ottawa City Hall on the night of Thursday, November 19th.  

Our Kiwanis Club has taken on the challenge of assisting with youth homelessness and recently contributed $50,000.00 to the Youth Services Bureau.  

Past President Gary Flockton was one of the volunteers who spent the night outside.  You can support Gary's fund raising effort here. In the morning, volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, the Circle K Club at Ottawa U, and Key Clubbers served breakfast to the youth.

For more on the event see here  http://sleepout.ysb.ca