Our Board Chair, Barb Merriam, was very pleased to receive a cheque from Project Clear Skies on July 31, 2019 in the amount of $9,889. The grant has been provided to replace a twenty-year-old malfunctioning furnace in the Heartwood Hub. The new furnace will be a high-efficiency unit that will heat and cool the Hub for many years to come. The Heartwood Hub is a busy community space for a variety of activities including sewing classes, meetings, workshops and activities for seniors. We are very grateful to Project Clear Skies for its support of Local National Capital Charities for important capital projects.
On April 24, 2019 Heartwood House received a special visit from The Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility for the Province of Ontario. Minister Cho presented Heartwood House with the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. Named after Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor, the award recognizes people who champion accessibility, raise awareness about the benefits of inclusion, and foster positive change in their communities. Heartwood House, the City of Pickering, the City of Vaughan and the Hospitality Workers Training Centre of Toronto received the Champion Award for going beyond meeting requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities to remove barriers in workplaces and communities.
Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12 pm to 2 pm for our semi-annual OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale. There will be lots of fabulous deals on everything including cellphones and other electronics, musical instruments, jewellery, clothing, sports equipment, backpacks, gift cards, books, umbrellas and more - No sale is ever the same! All proceeds support the work of Heartwood House and its community of non-profit and charitable organizations.
Many thanks to the MetLife Alumni Association for choosing Heartwood House and Stride Wheelchairs+Plus as the recipient charities for its annual MetLife Alumni Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at the Pineview Golf Course on Friday September 7, 2018. It was a beautiful day for golf and great fun, followed by a delicious meal and many exciting buys in the silent auction. Heartwood received proceeds of $10,200. We are very grateful to our sponsors: Alterna, Boss Electric, Carmichael, Cooperators, Cushman-Wakefield, Jebreen-Walsh LLP, Industrial Cleaning, Manderley, McCay-Duff, Ottawa Container Rentals, Sunlife and Keith Shea and all the organizers for your kindness!
Many thanks to Pat Lucey of the Unitarians, the students from uOttawa, Shane and Gary for transforming the tired west lane into a welcoming pathway for all to use. The path is a wonderful upgrade and, in time, there will be more additions to beautify the alley. Heartwood is grateful to the TD Environmental Leaders Program for the $5,000 grant to create this welcoming space.
FUN is the best way to describe a fabulous evening of classical dance, Bollywood dance and a burst into spontaneous dance by a third of our guests! It was an evening of laughter and enjoying each other’s company, well into the night. Many thanks to Golden India and Eat More Soup! for their contribution to a delicious meal. Over $2,000 was raised to support Heartwood House and, more importantly, more friendships were built to strengthen our mission to support small charities in Ottawa. Many thanks to Isobel Bisby, Mita Basu, Christine Flammer and all the volunteers who organized this special evening.
Twice Upon a Time is a volunteer run organization that provides free books for children from birth to twelve years old. Our mission is to support early literacy skills and foster a love of reading by making books available in the home. Our books are received through donation, and are carefully sorted to ensure that the books we give to children are in new or near-new condition. Twice Upon a Time was founded in 2014 by a diverse group of volunteers who are passionate about early literacy and books.
UPDATE : We are delighted to report that in the first two weeks of operating out of the Heartwood front foyer, Twice Upon a Time has distributed 125 books to Ottawa children and families. Congratulations Twice Upon A Time!
Heartwood House and Councillor Tobi Nussbaum were delighted when Sonya Sweeney performed the National Anthem ahead of the Ottawa City Council Meeting held on Wednesday February 24th. Sonya, who is a resident of Ward 13, is a vocal artist and pianist based in Ottawa, who has been praised for her sensitivity and technique as both a vocalist and pianist. Sonya performs not only in Ottawa, but also in many parts of the Fraser Valley and Victoria, BC. Her passion is sharing the joy of music in performance and passing on her knowledge to others through teaching.
EAT MORE SOUP! celebrated its official launch at Heartwood House on Friday, February 2, 2018. Heartwood is a proud partner of EAT MORE SOUP! - The Heartwood Community Kitchen is where EAT MORE SOUP! prepares its delicious line of vegan and vegetarian soups. Heartwood is delighted to announce that thanks to an ESDC grant, our community kitchen will be upgraded to a fully accessible production space by early spring 2018! Stay tuned ...
The Ukelele Jam and Sing-Along hosted on December 1st by Heartwood House was a lively event. Singer song-writer Jamie Anderson delighted those attending with a wide variety of songs both seasonal and otherwise, and accompanied by a good sprinkling of uke players! Delicious pizza and a cash bar was enjoyed by all. Jamie generously donated 4 private ukulele lessons to the Live Auction along with a generous contribution from the Scone Witch. Yet again we thank our team of volunteers, who made the evening a resounding success, both by building community and raising much needed funds.
It was another grand day for bargain hunters at the OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale held November 4th. Shoppers took advantage of amazing deals on a wide variety of items from clothing to electronics, shoes and gift cards. In less than two hours, we raised $7,631 due to the fantastic deals on cellphones, electronics and jewellery that sold out within the first hour of the sale. Many thanks to Rideau Cellphones for cleaning the phones and to Dennis from ALSO for cleaning and resetting the electronics. And a HUGE thank you to our 40 Heartwooders who gave the gift of their time to volunteer at the sale. Everybody wins when work together!
Many thanks to the dedicated folks from Deloitte who donated the gift of time on Friday, October 13, 2017. Eighteen Deloitte volunteers spent six hours assisting Heartwood members with various tasks, as well as painting common space areas and helping prepare for Heartwood 's semi-annual OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale. We are very grateful for your kindness Deloitte!
Heartwood and the Unitarian Fellowship came together on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in celebration of Thanksgiving. The festivities began with a short service led by Reverend Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel, where the folktale of the Stone Soup was shared. This was followed by a delicious meal which included soup and apple crisp prepared with the fresh food offerings from our community. What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate community and the good things that happen when we work together!
Over $16,000 was raised in support of Heartwood House and the Elizabeth Fry Society at the METLIFE Charity Golf Tournament held September 15, 2017. Many thanks to Keith Shea and all the organizers of this fantastic event and to our own wonderful volunteers who worked at the tournament - Isobel Bisby, Jennifer Hubbard, Gerri Ingham, Kim Meloche, Moe Moloughney, Dee Sullivan and Tanya Wayne.
Heartwood is extremely grateful to our sponsors :
- Bee & McColl family
- Boss Electric
- CW Ottawa
- Industrial Cleaning
- Jebreen & Walsh LLP
- Brian & Diane Johnson
- Ginsberg, Gluzman, Fage and Levitz Accountants
- Manderley Turf Products
- McCay Duff Accountants
- Christine & Wayne Moloughney
- Trish Moloughney
- Mr. Rooter
- Ottawa Container Rentals
- Stephen Price
- Sun Life
Many thanks to the contributors of silent auction items:
- Belair Toyota
- Celadon Spa
- CGFL Accountants
- Cushman Wakefield
- Great Canadian Theatre Company
- Manderley Turf Products
- Heartwood House
- Hopewell Eating Disorders Support Centre
- National Arts Centre
- Oxford Properties
- Scotia Bank
- Sun Life Financial
- Tanya Wayne
Great things happen when we work together and this is a wonderful example.
Thank you MetLife!
Congratulations to ALSO, one of Heartwood's member groups, on the launch of its brand new social enterprise! EAT MORE SOUP! produces high quality, homemade, vegetarian and vegan soups for you to enjoy at home. These soups are absolutely delicious and can be purchased at select Kardish stores and other retailers in and around Ottawa. For more information visit eatmoresoup.org
Many thanks to the awesome volunteers from Export Development Canada who visited Heartwood on August 15th and offered the gift of their time and effort. Volunteers washed windows, cleared brush from the west lane of the house, and cleaned up the back parking lot to ready it for line painting. EDC volunteers, you did a fantastic job and our Heartwood community is very grateful!
It was a time to celebrate today as Barb Merriam, Heartwood’s Board Chair received a cheque for $8,000 from Chantal Bourdeau at Ottawa Airport Authority's Project Clear Skies. Our Heartwood community is very grateful for these funds which will be used for upgrades to our exterior signage, lighting and security cameras. Heartwood will be brighter and safer for evening activities and it will be much easier for people to find us! Many thanks Project Clear Skies!