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Transcript of voscars 1
Best Support to Youth
Best Volunteer in a Leading Role
Best Volunteer in a Professional Field
Best Volunteer in a Supporting Role
Best Corporate Volunteer Program
Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit
Ottawa Family Cinema
Volunteer Ottawa Presents
Julie S. Lalonde
Mahvash ( Maggie) Mortazavi
Hospice Care Ottawa
Veritaaq is a wholly-Canadian privately owned and operated IT Staffing Company based in Ottawa with Regional Offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Founded in 1983 as a boutique IT consulting firm, today Veritaaq has evolved to become a top supplier of IT consulting services to the federal government and trusted provider of specialized IT consultants to Canada’s largest telecommunications and financial organizations. Since first opening their doors over 29 years ago, Corporate Social Responsibility has been a key to success for Veritaaq.
Veritaaq fosters a culture which prioritizes community engagement and encourages the active participation of not only employees and consultants but also their family and friends in an effort to mentor our future community and industry leaders.
Hospice at May Court
The Hospice at May Court provides end-of-life palliative care which includes a day program, in-home support, family services and residential care. Over 500 volunteers are integral to services and operations, providing caregiving, transportation and support services.
Meaningful involvement and respect for volunteers are core hospice values. Strong leaders have always modelled these values, which explain our success in recruitment, retention and volunteer satisfaction. Many volunteers have given 10+ years of service.
The Hospice at May Court recognizes the generous contributions of its volunteers, the volunteer coordinators who manage the Volunteer Program and all staff who welcome volunteers on all hospice teams.
Heather Brown is a Program Manager with Best Buddies Canada. Best Buddies Canada is a national charity that creates one to one friendships between people with and without intellectual disabilities in schools, colleges and universities to promote inclusion and provide new experiences for people with intellectual disabilities.
Through Best Buddies, participants with and without intellectual disabilities are matched in one-to-one friendships based on their interests. They spend time, together and in groups, enjoying the same experiences most people take for granted - like going for coffee or enjoying the company of a friend. "Buddy Pairs" communicate weekly, spend time together at least twice a month, and participate in chapter group activities.
Julie S. Lalonde
Julie S. Lalonde is a social justice activist whose work focuses on anti-sexual violence, reproductive justice and feminist gerontology. She works with various women's organizations as a public educator, support worker and advocate. Julie works for the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres as the project manager of draw-the-line.ca, a provincial anti-sexual violence campaign that focuses on engaging bystanders to end sexual violence.
Ernest G. Tannis J.D., B.A., Chartered Mediator, Accredited Family Mediator
Ernie the Attorney ™ is a Solicitor, a lawyer since 1976, a Mediator since 1985, and an Author who wrote the first book in Canada on the subject “Alternative Dispute Resolution That Works!” in 1989 and a second book “Is Everyone at the Table? 18 Life Lessons in Problem-Solving” in 2010. He is Counsel to the law firm of Francis&Francis LLP in Ottawa, Honorary Legal Counsel to many NGO’s and Charities, local, national and international, and co-founder of numerous organizations including Reach Canada in 1981 which assists persons with disabilities, and the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution in 1988. He has received many recognitions for his life-time commitment to social justice, including two national awards for a five-year weekly radio series on ADR. His practice is as a negotiation, mediation and litigation strategist. He is a believer, as found in a quote from his book, in “world peace through inner peace”. He is married, lives in Ottawa with his wife, Youmna, and has a son and daughter, and a grandson.
Mahvash ( Maggie) Mortazavi
Mahvash Knew she was to be an Artist since she was seven years old and she was taking painting class with master Petgar. Received many award in painting competition in her early age. She got bachelor degree in fine art and graphic design in 1973 from university of Tehran and has had numerous private and group exhibitions in Tehran and Ottawa. Immigrated to Canada by late eighties and has been working as a professional painter, commercial artist and art teacher for more than 30 years.
Since 2005 she is Art instructor of Art group at sexual assault support center Ottawa. This program is for women and is a division of the women and war program. She believes there is an Artist in every woman and her goal is to prove it by teaching women to paint and learn to express themselves, and to find a way to coop with their every day life and to integrate to the new life in Canada.
Ottawa Family Cinema
The home of Great Family Movies! Ottawa’s best kept movie secret…
Ottawa Family Cinema Foundation is a non-profit organization. The theatre is located in Notre Dame High School Theatre, Ottawa.
The cinema has a large screen and Dolby Digital 3D. The Snack Bar offers Fresh hot popcorn with all the usual movie theatre treats at a fraction of the usual costs. It operates on weekends from September to May and has been serving the Ottawa community for over 35 years. All management and staff of the cinema are volunteers and all proceeds beyond operating costs are directed back to the community. The cinema also donates a large number of movie tickets to underprivileged families.
The cinema partners with many schools, churches, hospitals and other non-profit groups to raise funds for these organizations.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Grete Hale is one of Ottawa’s leading and most active citizens. As a business woman and humanitarian, her work in the boardroom and the community has been recognized through numerous awards and honours, including the Order of Canada, Senator in the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Woman of Distinction-Mayor of Ottawa’s Award for Community Service, YM-YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ottawa-Carleton Philanthropy Award, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award-Lifetime Achievement Category, Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award, Scouts Canada Foundation National Salute Award, and honourary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In 2012, she was presented with the inaugural CUAA Alumni Humanitarian Award for her significant contributions to society and outstanding volunteer community service.