Congratulations EAT MORE SOUP!


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 ...

A Resounding Success!


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.

Many hands achieve great results!


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!

We made headlines!
Ottawa Citizen
CBC News

Deloitte IMPACTS with Kindness


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!

A Time to Give Thanks

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!


A big thank you to all involved in the METLIFE Charity Golf Tournament!

Congratulations to Heartwood’s Heartiest Hearts who won the METLIFE Golf Tournament with a score of -7. Our team was represented by (left to right) Michel Leblanc, Wayne Moloughney, Chris Johnson (Moe’s nephew) and Pete Rivet!

Congratulations to Heartwood’s Heartiest Hearts who won the METLIFE Golf Tournament with a score of -7. Our team was represented by (left to right) Michel Leblanc, Wayne Moloughney, Chris Johnson (Moe’s nephew) and Pete Rivet!

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 :

  • Alterna
  • Bee & McColl family
  • Boss Electric
  • Carmichael
  • Cooperator’s
  • 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:

  • ALSO
  • 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!


Volunteers are the best!

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!  

Many thanks Project Clear Skies!

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!


Heartwood has extended its support to Cycle Salvation and its goal to collect 150 bike donations!


Don’t know what to do with your used child or adult bike?  Why not drop it off at Heartwood House! Heartwood has extended its support to Cycle Salvation and its goal to collect 150 bike donations to make 2017 its biggest donation year ever.

What does Cycle Salvation do with bike donations?

Donated bikes are refurbished using a multi-point process and sold back to the public at fair prices. This diverts bikes from landfill, promotes cycling and helps provide supportive jobs and training to members of the community with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Last year Cycle Salvation employed 12 people, sold 700 bicycles and diverted a total of 1300 bicycles from landfill.  Contact Samuel Benoit at or 613 -288-1454 for more information about Cycle Salvation.  Thanks so much for your help!

Heartwood Regular Drop-Off Hours - (September 1 to June 30)
Monday - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
Thursday - 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Heartwood Summer Drop-Off Hours - (July 4 to August 31) 
Monday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
Thursday -8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Heartwood Holiday Hours
Monday, July 3, 2017 – In lieu of Canada Day – Closed
Monday, August 7, 2017– Civic Holiday – Closed
Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labour Day – Closed
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day – Closed

Many hands make for a great success!

Thankfully the April showers gave way to sunny skies for the OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 as folks gathered as early as 8:30 am to be first in line for amazing deals. 

A record breaking $7,837.35 was raised to support Heartwood House! The results were greatly impacted by the sale of 30 top quality cellphones, a MacBook, 2 laptops, a flute and other unique electronic items.

Our volunteers are the reason for our success and we thank the following Heartwooders who gave the gift of their time:

ACORN - Stephanie
ADAO – Laura and Rachel
ALSO – Dennis, Doina, Genna, Lynn, Vanessa
CLC -  Daniel, Kathy, Karima, Mauricio
ECOEQUITABLE – Aleisha, Andrea, Luchia, Lyne, Sarah, Sebastien, Susan, Yolande
ELTOC – Ann and Ugo
HEARTWOOD – Hoppy, Christine, Barb, Shane, Salem, Allen, Amanda, Max, Rita, Georgia, Lise, Lucie, Thomas, Chris, Jackie, Pauline, Sonja, Gord
MHI – Katherine
OASW – Ian, Kae, Leandra                                                                                     
OCCL - Dee
OVWSG – Natalie, Carmen
PWC – Roseanne, Alison
VICTORIA’S QUILTS- Margarit and Nicky

The next sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2017. Mark your calendars as there is certain to be another excellent assortment of items!

Many thanks everyone!

A Fun-Filled Evening!

Heartwood's first ever Uke Jam and Sing-a-long was held Friday, April 7, 2017. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Twisted Wood Guitars for their generous donation of a beautiful Ukulele which was raffled off during the evening. We would also like to give a big shout-out to Alterna Savings for their kind support! Finally, we would like to thank our performers, volunteers, and all of our fun-loving attendees. The Jam raised $1000, and every bit helps in continuing to serve our community! 

Thank-you students from uOttawa!

Many thanks to the students from the University of Ottawa who came to Heartwood House today to present their recommendations for the Green Alley Project. Members from Heartwood House and the Unitarian Fellowship attended the presentation to discuss the recommendations and learn about plans for next steps. This marks the completion of Phase One of the $5,000 grant received from the TD Environmental Leaders Program. We look forward to the Fall and Phase Two, when we begin to implement the recommendations for the development of our Green Alley!

Thank-you Twisted Wood Guitars!

A big thank-you to Twisted Wood Guitars for their generous donation of a beautiful ukulele to be raffled at our Uke Jam tonight! 

"Twisted Wood Guitars is a Canadian company specializing in Ukuleles and Weissenborn style guitars. TWG’s has been creating, designing, manufacturing, and handcrafting the finest instruments for musicians everywhere since 2011. We strongly believe in the benefits of music and are proud to help support music programs across the county; from educational institutions, to non-profit organizations, and everything in between. Our hope is to share our passion for music and bring it to as many lives a possible."   -Twisted Wood Guitars

Another successful OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale!

Thanks so much to the 46 volunteers who gave the gift of their time to work at the OC Transpo Unclaimed Items Sale on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The bargain hunters arrived as early as 8:00 am to be first in line for the start of the sale at 12:00 pm. Shoppers were treated to a feast of fantastic bargains on cellphones, tablets, instruments, jewellery, clothing, sports equipment, backpacks, gift cards, umbrellas, winter wear and the list goes on!

In less than two hours we raised a remarkable $6,580.65 to support the work of Heartwood House and its community of non-profit and charitable organizations. Left over items such as reading glasses and winter wear have found new homes at the Mission and with other charities. 

We are very grateful to OC Transpo for its support of the Unclaimed Items Sales. Good things happen when we work together!

See below for feature reports:
CTV News Ottawa - Video
Ottawa Citizen

Heartwood Proudly Hosts a Tony Turner Concert

It has become a tradition that Heartwood hosts a fundraising concert every fall, and this year was no exception. On Friday October 21st iconic Ottawa singer songwriter, Tony Turner, performed an intimate acoustic performance at Heartwood House. Tony’s heartfelt music reflects his passion for history, landscapes and precious moments of ordinary people. The live music, silent auction, bar and refreshments were enjoyed by an appreciative audience of Heartwood House supporters and friends.

Heartwood House is very grateful for the generosity of the following donors:

  • Barbara Merriam
  • Books on Beechwood
  • Casey’s Grill Bar
  • Celadon Salon & Spa
  • Deborah Gorham
  • EcoEquitable
  • Ed Religa & Eileen Scully, in memory of, and from the estate of, Gunther & Inge Abrahamson
  • Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz, LLP
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • Harper Collins Canada Ltd.
  • Isobel Bisby
  • Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books
  • Lieutenant’s Pump British Pub
  • Mill St. Brewery
  • National Arts Centre
  • Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
  • Ottawa Senators Foundation
  • Purple Urchin
  • Royal Oak
  • Slice & Co Pizza Parlour
  • The Fox and Feather
  • The Scone Witch
  • Tony Turner
  • Victoria’s Quilts
  • Whispers Pub

Paint It Up

Thanks to a grant from Crime Prevention Ottawa and its "Paint It Up" program, we are the proud recipients of a beautiful new mural for the side of our building. The artist leading the project, Nicole Belanger, worked with The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and several young artists to create this unique piece of public art. 

Good Food, Excellent Entertainment, and Community Camaraderie!

The FIRST ANNUAL HEARTWOOD FUND-RAISING DINNER held on May 27th 2016 was a huge success…. 

Heartwood thanks everyone who contributed to making the Exotic Indian Evening a great success. Especial thanks goes to:

  • Scotiabank - for sponsoring the evening
  • Bollywood for Fun: Ottawa’s Fusion Dance Group - for the lively exuberant dancing
  • EcoEquitable - for auction items
  • Children at Risk - for auction items
  • El norte Flamenco - for a wonderful exotic dance performance
  • Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino - for the Indian auction items
  • Golden India Restaurant - for providing the delicious food
  • Mita Basu - for the amazing table decorations and the sari booth
  • Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners - for the auction items
  • Seanna Kreager - for the stunning photography
  • The Scone Witch - for the delicious auction item
  • Victoria's quilts - for the beautiful quilt for auction
  • Ginsberg, Gluzman Fage & Levitz, LLP  -  for RedBlack tickets for the auction
  • And our splendid team of volunteers – who made it all happen!


"I wanted to pass on some feedback and let you know that Jon could not say enough about how much of a nice evening he had on the 27th. He said the food was amazing and show was great. I wanted to pass on congratulations on the fantastic event."

Thank you for a Memorable Evening

The Heartwood House Benefit Evening held on Thursday December 3rd 2015 raised over $6,000 thanks to the generosity and support from the community. It was a memorable event featuring Councillor Tobi Nussbaum as Master of Ceremonies, the Ottawa Police Chorus, pianist Mikael Swirp, Silent and Live Auction, cash bar, home baked goods, and ice-cream cake for all. Heartwood is especially proud of the fine Concert Program which raised $2000 through the advertising of our business friends.

Auction Donors

  • Barbara Merriam (Ontario Association of Social Workers Eastern Branch)
  • Canadian Museum of History/Canadian War Museum
  • Children at Risk - ClubEG Golf, Tiny Hoppers, Wine Station
  • Chris Girard (Heartwood House)
  • Community Laundry Co-operative
  • Deacon Brodies Public House
  • Deborah Doherty (EcoEquitable)
  • Details Home Apparel Inc.
  • EcoEquitable Inc.
  • Elizabeth Watt (Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild)
  • Farasha of Ottawa (Multifaith Housing Initiative)
  • Heartwood House
  • Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Group
  • Isobel Bisby (Heartwood House)
  • Kae McColl (Ontario Association of Social Workers Eastern Branch)
  • Kim Oastler (Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks)
  • National Arts Centre
  • Nina LePage
  • Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
  • Pat Day (Heartwood House)
  • Scentimental Flowers
  • Sharon Collins
  • Tanya Wayne (Heartwood House)
  • The Black Tomato
  • The Fox & Feather
  • The Ministry of Coffee
  • The Noise on Toys
  • The Scone Witch
  • Twice Upon a Time
  • Victoria’s Quilts
  • Yarn Forward

Food Fare Donors

  • Bread and Roses Bakery
  • Bridgehead Coffee

 Business Friends

  • Alterna Savings
  • ALSO - Adult and Family Literacy
  • American Graffiti Automotive
  • Bel-Air Toyota
  • BMI - Building and Maintenance Ind.
  • Books on Beechwood
  • EcoEquitable Inc.
  • Ginsberg Gingras
  • Golden India Restaurant
  • Industrial Cleaning Supplies
  • Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy 
  • People, Words, and Change
  • Regionex - Capital Pest Control Inc.
  • Rideau Cellphone
  • The Scone Witch
  • Twice Upon A Time