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.


9th Annual Give Back to School Days May 4 - June 11, 2018

Corporate Teams beautify local public schools

The 9th annual Give back to School Days will be 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. Between May 4th and June 11th, members of  the corporate teams who usually read at the schools, and other volunteers, will work on projects to beautify the schools.  Participating schools:  

  • Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Boulevard. Here, OttawaReads volunteers from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP staff will restore a garden path to build on their previous years’ projects.
  • Carson Grove Elementary School, 1401 Matheson Road. Encon employees will build garden planters.
  • May 4th: Robert Bateman Public School 1250 Blohm Avenue: GAP Factory store employees paint a colourful mural in the library
  • Robert Bateman Public School 1250 Blohm Avenue: Ottawa Police Services will be weeding the front of the school gardens to create school pride
  • Sawmill Creek Public School 3400 D'Aoust Avenue Ottawa: Cummins Sales and Services will be refreshing the school gardens to create school pride
  • Connaught Public School 1149 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa: We are looking for a partner to weed the front school flower beds
  • Brookfield High School 824 Brookfield Road, Ottawa: We are looking for a partner to weed the front flower beds to look good for the grade 12 graduation. 


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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