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Raising half a million dollars every year for The United Way Ottawa

The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) United Way campaign has had another successful year with OCSB employees raising $508,598 in 2018, with $379,035 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). The generosity of the staff in this school district is both amazing and inspiring.

Inspired by the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” the “Fill a Bucket” theme for the 2018 campaign — led by Co-Chairs Sandra Falcomer and Tim Slack — was well received and took on a life of its own. Shiny red buckets were proudly and effectively displayed on raffle tables, special lunch tables….anywhere staff could see them to remind them how good it feels to fill the bucket for someone in need. The generous employees of the OCSB really connected with this message. They understood that while they may not know exactly how their donation will change a life, they know that it will.

At the Announcement Ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2018, central OCSB staff witnessed the unveiling of the total funds raised with the help of five of the canvassers at the Board office building. Over the past 15 years, OCSB employees have raised over $7 million for The United Way Ottawa. The OCSB remains one of the top workplace campaigns in the city of Ottawa. The campaign is just one of the ways the OCSB works to make our community a better place for everyone to live, grow, and learn.

The OCSB’s annual campaign begins in October and includes all OCSB employees, including retirees, who play a substantial role in the fundraising effort. Employees choose to direct their donation to a variety of charitable organizations, one of which is the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO), which works to alleviate poverty in OCSB schools.

OCSB United Way Campain Final Number Reveal photo

Photo (from left to right): Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education; Tim Slack; Principal at St. George, OCSB United Way Co-Chair; Sandra Falcomer, Communications, OCSB United Way Campaign Co-Chair; John Heckbert, Senior Director of Philanthropy, United Way; Kate Featherson, Admissions, OCSB Reporting Coordinator; and Brittany Matthews; Donor Relations Officer, United Way.

The United Way Ottawa directly benefits young people in our community with emphasis on homework clubs, counselling programs and healthy lifestyle promotion. United Way Ottawa works in consultation with various organizations within the community to identify any gaps in services and neighbourhoods in need. Improved contributions by organizations like the OCSB means programs can be enhanced to help a greater number of the people in the community.