Cycling for Charity

Get ready Ottawa, United World Voices and Shelley McKay, former Canadian National Team cyclist and triathlete, are taking over Ottawa Fit for a fun, high-energy indoor cycling class in support of UWV’s newest program ArtWorks.

No pot holes, no puddles and no snow!

Come and join us Sunday March 27th at Ottawa Fit from 1:30-3:00 pm. Together we will work up a sweat and support at risk and homeless youth right here in Ottawa.

There are 3 spots left, so don’t wait and reserve your spot!

The event is free but we are accepting donations of either cash or cheque. Tax Receipts will be issued for donations over $25.00.

Please visit our friends at Ottawa Fit for more information on their innovative approach to fun, fitness and health, as well as directions to the event.

Ottawa Fit

UWV & Operation Come Home launch new program: ArtWorks

Art Works, UWV, OCH and CS final (1)UWV is proud to announce that we are kicking off 2016 with an exciting local collaboration designed to empower and engage at risk and homeless youth in Ottawa.

We will be working with Operation Come Home  to deliver a program called ArtWorks that bridges artistic expression with inspirational presentations and discussions relating to personal achievement, sustainable living, employment opportunities, and self-expression. By creating handcrafted items from recycled materials participants will have the opportunity to engage in a creative process and build awareness of how their self-expression can translate into income generating opportunities.

With local artist Claudia Salguero as an instructor for the first series we can’t wait to see what our participants create when the program begins March 29th.

Engaging local youth on the impact of climate change on children in Bangladesh

Upon my return to Canada from visiting the children’s homes run by CHI in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal I had the pleasure of working with Gaye Taylor who runs Cool It For The Kids (CIFTK). CIFTK is an Ottawa-based organization that provides climate change awareness for children. Together we visited local Ottawa schools to provide presentations to children on the issues and impact of climate change and social responsibility.

In my presentation and discussion, I was emphasizing how climate change has affected children in the developing world, particularly in Bangladesh, and our social responsibility on a personal level. The presentations were well received with a lot of interest and enthusiasm from the children. The kids were particularly interested in the daily lives and challenges of the children in Bangladesh. It was wonderful to see their positive engagement, and their very challenging questions and great ideas about how they could drive change in the world.

These presentations reinforced for me the importance of engaging youth locally to increase their awareness of their connection to other children around the world who are in a more vulnerable environment.