Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Come one, come all!

CHEO’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic takes place on June 23!

The 35th annual CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic takes place Saturday, June 23rd  from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the grounds at Rideau Hall.

This special day is the CHEO Foundation’s way to say thank you to our wonderful community for all of the incredible support CHEO receives throughout the year. It’s a family event that is packed full of super fun activities for kids of all ages.

  • The day begins with a celebrity pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. where pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee are served up by local celebrities. Breakfast for families attending the Teddy Bears’ Picnic is free thanks to While quantities last.
  • Kids can bring their stuffed animals to the B*A*S*H Tent (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) and volunteers from CHEO will make sure to fix any boo-boo that local stuffies have sustained.
  • Things get rolling with the parade of mascots at 9:30 a.m. followed by carnival games, music and entertainment, clowns, face painting and free tours of the Governor General’s residence throughout the day. Don’t forget to visit the popular Build a Buddy tent, where for $20 children can create their very own teddy bear. All festivities end at 2 p.m.
  • ATM on site.

No parking on site: Because there is no parking available on site, free parking and shuttles will be available at  CHEO, 401 Smyth Rd. in Lots C and D starting at 7 a.m. The last returning shuttle bus leaves the grounds at 2:15 p.m. There is also free parking at NRC, 100 Sussex Dr. which is just a short walk to the picnic.

Admission is free, as are most of the activities thanks to the generous support of our corporate Good Bears: Bell, Canadian Forces Health Services, Giant Tiger, and Rideau Hall. Nominal fees may be charged for some food and refreshments.   For more information please call (613) 737-2780.




What is The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? It is a national public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated to a registered charity in June via or, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $10,000 donation. The grand prize draw is on Canada Day and one lucky charity will receive the grand prize of $10,000. 

Did the Great Canadian Giving Challenge make a difference last year? In 2017, 77,785 Canadians participated, donating almost $10 million to over 10,000 charities, representing an 83% increase in donations compared to June 2014, the year before the inaugural launch of the challenge in 2015.   For more information click HERE






May 14, 2018 — Toronto, ON, — North American Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 19th to May 25th, 2018. The purpose of this initiative, managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the estimated 15 million recreational boaters in Canada.

Although boating related fatalities have trended downwards in past years, there continues to be an average of over 100 boating related deaths annually in Canadian waters.   With people gearing-up to launch their boats after a long winter slumber, the goal of the week is to continue to bring those numbers down by ensuring that Canadians who head out in any type of boat have the appropriate knowledge to help them have a safe day on the water.

The timing of the week, starting on the May long weekend, is perfectly aligned with the unofficial start of summer and a time when many boating fatalities occur.

There are five key boating safety behaviours to be delivered, all directed towards the most common boating related accidents.  They include:

  1. Wear a Lifejacket
  2. Boat Sober
  3. Take a Boating Course
  4. Be Prepared – Both You and Your Vessel
  5. Be Aware of the Risks of Cold Water Immersion

2018 Focus

The impending legalization of cannabis along with the rise in prescription narcotic use is causing significant additional concern for boating safety advocate groups, enforcement agencies and first responders alike.   Alcohol alone has long been proven to be a contributing factor in 40% of boating fatalities across Canada but the legalization of recreational cannabis has the potential to significantly increase this statistic.    In response to this, at each of our launches, there will be media conferences put on by local and regional police to discuss emphasize the importance of not consuming ANY alcohol or drugs either before or while boating.

The Safe Boating Awareness Week initiative is promoted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), a registered charity, with support from its members, partners and Transport Canada Office of Boating.

For additional information on both the event and boating safety information, please visit





Main Street Community Services is hosting a Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser and would love your support. 

Time for you, your friends and family to get your Little Ceasars Pizza Kits.  Have them on hand for quick dinners, parties or entertaining.  Buy several kits and stock your freezers.

Main Street Community Services currently service ten group homes in the area and one semi independent home. We have a beautiful new center located in Kanata that services 50 plus kids a day with a variety of programs specialized to each individuals needs. We strive ourselves on the family environment that we provide for these kids 

To order your pizza kits and for more information visit their website here



The 10th annual Water Garden Tour, hosted by the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society, will be featuring 10 beautiful water gardens of various designs and sizes. One site will also be showcased at night.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Times: Day: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evening: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per person

Tickets/Tour booklets for this self-guided tour are available after May 1st at or at Ritchie Feed and Seed stores, Big Al’s Aquarium, Artistic Landscape Design, Peter Knippel Garden Centre, Budd Gardens, KB Backyard Depot (Greely), Beyond the House (Russell), Rideau Woodland Ramble (near Kemptville), and Nesbitts Greenhouse (Alymer QC). (Cash only).

Proceeds from the 2018 Water Garden Tour will be directed towards a community project in the Ottawa area. Proceeds from previous years went towards the construction of water features at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata, in the Healing Garden at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and outside the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home.


JUNE 24th

The Carleton Place Lions Club invites car lovers young and old to the 15th Annual Wheels on the Mississippi Car Show.

This grand event takes place along Carleton Place’s beautiful Riverside Park on June 24th from 9am to 3pm.


Families are welcomed to stroll along our spectacular park and appreciate a wide of variety of classic and unique cars and trucks. Enjoy food from the BBQ canteen available for everyone and there will be a 50/50 draw, a draw for a fantastic set of high end tires and a variety of vendors available.


On Sunday June 24th drive out to Carleton Place, just 37 minutes from the center of Ottawa and one hour and 37 minutes along HWY 15 from Kingston. Come enjoy Riverside Park walk along the beautiful Mississippi river and admire some gorgeous classic automobiles.


For more information click here 





Sunday, July 22


3, 4, 5 and 9 Hole Golf Events ~ Fun Day Activities include: 55ft Inflatable Zip Line; 25 ft Rock Climinbing Wall; 3 Lane Tug-n-Dunk Bungee Run; Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo; Street Curling; Russell Minor Football Fun Activities; Police Cruiser, Ambulance & Fire Truck; Longval Physical Park Fitness; Raffle prizes and Silent Auction!

There are many ways to help!  Participate with  your family – for more information click here or here




Charity event for Cystic Fibrosis


Drive for Daxton 3.0,  the Annual Charity Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, returns August 26th, 2018 at the Chrysler Community Centre, 16 3rd Street, Crysler, ON at 1:00pm.


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.


At present there is no cure, so join us to help fight a debilitating genetic disease in honour of Daxton. Daxton, 4 was diagnosed with CF from an early age and has shown to be a true fighter.  He is growing up to be a fellow gear head and loves all things car related.


This event will include:

  • Entry Donation, minimum of $5
  • A collection of cars including classics and modern vehicles
  • Door prizes, category trophies and Best in Show trophy
  • Music, entertainment, food, and drinks


Want to show off a little extra? Send us images of your ride to and they will select eight (8) to show off inside the arena!


Modified Ottawa is a collection of local car enthusiast and like-minded individuals, who enjoy coming together as a community.  For more information please visit the Drive for Daxton 3.0 Facebook page HERE


3rd annual Benefit for “I Love to Play Hockey” in Memory of Eric Leighton



Canadian Tire Jumpstart



On Sept 22, 2018,  the 3rd annual Benefit for “I Love to Play Hockey” in Memory of Eric Leighton with Canadian Tire Jumpstart takes place at Greenfields Pub & Eatery in Nepean.

The event is in honor of Eric Leighton, a young athlete who tragically lost his life in a high school accident in 2011. Eric’s love of sports has inspired his family to create this event in order to help and support the program to benefit those in need to play a sport their son loved.

Over the last few years they have raised just over $18K, with this money they were able to help 40 extra kids get involved in the “I Love to Play Hockey” program (this increased numbers from just 60 kids to 100 kids). This is of course all thanks to all the local companies that have graciously donated auction/raffle items to the benefit.

Jumpstart is a national charity with commitment to local communities. For more the 90 years our Canadian Tire stores have been an integral part of the community life in Canada, specifically in Ottawa. In 2005, that legacy was continued and launched through a signature program that we know today as Jumpstart. National in scope, but in its focus, Jumpstart delivers support to children 4-18 throughout a Canada-wide network of chapters and community partners.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart “I Love to Play Hockey” in memory of Eric Leighton program, provides children with the chance to play hockey. This program is offered to participants who meet the target population of low-income families, new Canadians, and aboriginals. Low-income families have been chosen because of the high costs associated with hockey lessons and equipment (which is all provided within the program). Hockey is a Canadian past time and an important part of our culture.

Eric’s family and friends are putting together another exciting event including dinner (Menu TBA), 3 live bands (Ruckus, Rain-Man & Where’s Mike), raffle prizes/door prizes, silent auction items, 50/50 and wine/booze pull!     Dinner and the show will be $40, $10 for advance tickets (show only) and $15 at the door (show only). All proceeds from ticket sales, etc. will be donated to the Jumpstart organization under the “I love to Play Hockey” program. The last few years with just raffles and auction prizes we raised over $8,000 and another $10,000 with online donations. They are expecting this to be another unforgettable night.

Eric’s Family, along with Canadian Tire Jumpstart have set up an online donation site that you can make on behalf of yourself or your company by clicking HERE




Impaired is Impaired.  What is Drugged Driving?

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), defines the terms “drugged driving”, and “drug-impaired driving” as driving a motor vehicle while impaired by any type of drug or medication or combination of drugs, medication and alcohol. These include illegal substances, mind-altering prescription medications, and over-the-counter remedies and medications that affect an individual’s ability to drive safely.

Studies show that driving high nearly doubles the risk of an accident, and a recent study commissioned by DFK Canada found that nearly one third (32%) of teens feel driving high (after marijuana use) is not as risky as drunk driving, while one in four high school seniors say they have ridden in a car with a high driver.

Our latest campaign, “The Call That Comes After,” aims to drive home the dangers of high driving and being a passenger in a car with a driver who has used marijuana to parents and teens.



DFK has developed a modern tool of communications allowing parents an easy way to begin an important conversation with their kids about the dangers of driving high – even when it’s not easy.  We urge parents to try it out.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two is very dangerous.  The use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and is illegal—just like driving after drinking alcohol.

High driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road. 


What can you do?  CLICK HERE for more information


Inaugural crowdfunding effort to launch November 10, 2017

OTTAWA, October 2017 – Camp Aftermath – a project of the Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization Aftermath Association – which seeks to help veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD, will be launching its first crowdfunding effort in advance of Remembrance Day, on November 10th, 2017. Aftermath Association will also be hosting a launch party at Casey’s restaurant on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa to commemorate the campaign launch and to thank the Aftermath Association family for all their hard work in reaching this important milestone.

Camp Aftermath’s GoFundMe Campaign seeks to raise $10,000 to assist with sending the first rotation (#Roto0) of Camp Aftermath participants to Costa Rica in fall 2018 to engage in long-term management of PTSD through active philanthropy.

“I am thrilled to announce the first crowdfunding project for Camp Aftermath’s Roto0. We hope to raise $10,000, which will put us even closer to our goal of sending the first group of veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD to Costa Rica next year.”

– Farid Yaghini, Founder and Chairman of the Aftermath Assoc.

Camp Aftermath, a new-initiative sanctuary in Costa Rica, will support all service people, including active armed forces members and veterans, police officers, paramedics, and members of the fire service, who suffer from PTSD or OSI. Organized as a 15-day retreat, Camp Aftermath seeks to eliminate mental anguish by introducing participants to a curriculum that focuses on volunteerism as a mechanism for self-healing. Participants will engage in charity work in Costa Rica while also receiving holistic treatments and taking part in calming activities (including yoga and working with nature) within a healing and safe environment.

To learn more about Camp Aftermath, please visit our website at or follow Camp Aftermath on social media!


Over 4,000 kids on Big Brothers Big Sisters Waitlist in Canada

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS organization says it needs urgently needs volunteers across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians need a mentor and over 4,000 kids are currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Canada.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) officially launched a campaign today to draw attention to the urgent need for more volunteers.

While mentors from all regions and cultural backgrounds across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.

“Many young Canadians struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions and family violence, mental health and school issues as well as identity challenges,” said Peter Coleridge, National President and CEO, BBBSC. “Simply having someone who listens and encourages them, youth can transform into confident and motivated young people and, more importantly, break cycles of poverty and crime and curb the development of mental health issues.”

The two-way, back and forth relationship between a mentor and mentee positively impacts brain development and equips youth with the skills needed to deal with adversities and stress they face in a complicated world.

Youth who have been mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters programming are 17% more likely to be gainfully employed as adults and they earn 13% more on average in those jobs, resulting in $315,000 of increased earnings over their career.

They also have stronger social networks and report being happier and more confident.

This newly launched national recruitment campaign, which features the slogan “Imagine who they will become because of you” captures the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters programming by showcasing current mentoring relationships across Canada. Presented by Manulife, the campaign gives potential volunteers and donors a glimpse of the community change they can support with their time and donations.

Some celebrities supporting the cause include Gord Bamford, country music star, and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames. More information can be found at



About Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in BBBS programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit