When “OttawaReads” everyone benefits!

    The OttawaReads program is a unique school/community partnership that draws volunteers from the corporate and public sectors to read one-to-one with children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes in Ottawa schools. Although OttawaReads is an employer supported volunteer program (EVS), individuals who wish to join are welcome! 

     After attending an orientation/training session in their place of work, (individuals attend training workshops at ONFE), volunteers fulfil a weekly, or bi-weekly, one-hour commitment to read one-to-one with students in local schools. Each participating organization or individual reader partners with a school in their own geographic location. The number of volunteers requested from each organization is based upon the size of the company and the requirements of the partnering school.

    Program Goals

    • To strengthen, enrich and improve student learning, specifically Early Literacy skills.

    • To create a climate for involvement and interaction between schools and community.

    • To foster volunteerism within the corporate and public sectors through employer-supported volunteer programs.

    • To facilitate an increase in social and economic capital through enhanced literacy. 

    Let us know if you or your company/organization would like to have a corporate presentation on OttawaReads by contacting
    Lee-Ann Scott
    613-366-3085 x253

     If you are part of a team of readers please register on the group volunteer site:

    Please note that all volunteer positions require careful screening and a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Not all applicants will be accepted.


    7th Annual Give Back to School Day- Friday, June 3rd, 2016

    Corporate Teams beautify local public schools

    The 7th annual Give back to School Day was held this year in conjunction with the OttawaReads program. OttawaReads is a unique ONFE program in which employees from the corporate or public sector volunteer to read to JK/SK and grade 1,2 and 3 students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in economically disadvantaged schools. On Friday, June 3rd, 2016 members of the corporate teams who usually read at the schools, worked on projects to beautify the schools. This year we have five schools participating.  

    • Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Boulevard- Borden Ladner Gervais LLP staff created a garden path to build on their previous years’ projects.
    • Roberta Bondar, 159 Lorry Greenberg Drive- Ottawa Police Service employees restored a perennial flower bed around the school sign;
    • Carson Grove Elementary School, 1401 Matheson Road- GAP Factory store employees painted murals to welcome the 100+ Syrian refugees to the school.
    • Grant Alternative School, 2625 Draper Avenue- Algonquin College Students painted murals for the exterior of the school to beautify the walls. 


    Thanks to the staff at Borden Ladner Gervais, Ottawa Police Services, GAP Factory Store, and the students from Algonquin College for supporting local public schools.

    Borden Ladner Gervais


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    Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
    Director, Volunteer Programs
    Phone: 613.366.3085 ext. 253

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