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Citizen Advocacy is a registered charity founded in 1974. We harness the power of the people of Ottawa to provide hope and support to the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

Charitable registration # 13036 2817 RR0001.

What is the Everyday Champions program about?

Everyday Champions is a unique program that matches Advocates, people of all walks of life in the community with Friends, those who are living with a disability and may be isolated and vulnerable with nowhere else to turn for friendship and support. Many of these matches become long-standing, mutually-rewarding relationships that flourish over decades.

How many people is the Everyday Champions program serving?

Over the years, Citizen Advocacy has facilitated thousands of matches with those who live with mental and physical disabilities. Currently, there are more than 300 people waiting for an Advocate.  The Everyday Champions program currently serves 294 people, statistics on gender and type of disability below.

 

Our Funding Breakdown

Citizen Advocacy operates due to the generosity of the community including various levels of government, business, corporations as well as support from individuals.

Here is our funding breakdown:

  • 2% - United Way
  • 3% - City of Ottawa
  • 75% - Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • 3% - Foundations & Grants
  • 17% Fundraising & Donations

 

In total, 17% is raised through various fundraising efforts including Evening in the Maritimes, In the Spotlight, Ottawa Race Weekend, and the generosity of donors, third party fundraisers such as golf tournaments and other community events.

Atinc and I were paired up almost a year ago, and we immediately bonded over one of the things that we both love best:  Ottawa Senators hockey. Citizen Advocacy saw us as a great match based on our passion for the team and hockey in general. This provided us with a quick and easy transition into building a much deeper friendship. Atinc and I frequently make trips together to different wing spots to enjoy the games. We can walk to most of these places as we live quite close to each other.

In the summer, our love of sports translates into both of us cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays. We love heading to Boston Pizza to sit on the patio, enjoy some drinks, and watch them win. Over the past year, we have also been able to attend an Ottawa Fury soccer game together as well as a Sens game. We began as friends with similar passions, and with spending time together we have learned more about each other and connect in other areas of our lives. Atinc has taught me many things about the difficulties of living with a physical disability and has changed my outlook – I now have a greater appreciation of the little things in life. I look forward to spending many more years hanging out and developing our friendship further.

James Hale

Advocate - Everyday Champions