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Join Team Causeway!
The Crackup Snowmania Challenge is coming up! This is your chance to support Causeway while breaking a world record–this year, the goal is to build 3000 snowmen in an hour. Where: TD Place Stadium, 1015 Bank Street When: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Building starts promptly at 12. What to bring: materials to […]
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Dream Jobs: Kelly’s Story
Kelly always wanted to work as a prep chef in a restaurant – it’s her dream job. For many of us, dream jobs may seem impossible to get, especially if you have a disability. Through the support offered by Causeway, and her hard work and determination, Kelly is one step closer to her dream with […]
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Accessible Media Inc. Video on Causeway’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity – CEO
AMI, Accessible Media Inc. has recently released a short video about Causeway’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity – CEO. A few of our current clients in the CEO program talk about some of their experiences in the program.   Please click HERE to watch the full video.    
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The launch of the Causeway Community Finance Fund – Nov. 4th
On November 4th, members of the community, staff, and city officials came together to celebrate the launch of the Causeway Community Finance Fund – a pilot program designed to help people break free of the burdensome cycle of payday lending. As everyone filtered into Causeway’s cafeteria, they were greeted with delicious snacks and coffee prepared […]
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The Causeway Community Finance Fund on CBC Radio
For those of you who were unable to tune in this morning, Causeway’s Doug Pawson was on CBC Radio with Robyn Bresnahan discussing Causeway’s newest initiative in social finance and financial literacy. The Causeway Community Finance Fund (CCFF). The CCFF is set to launch on November 4th and aims to provide small, short-term loans at fair […]
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Autumn Renewal Gala
Causeway’s fall event, the Autumn Renewal Gala, is fast approaching. As the days grow shorter, self-care and celebrating successes become ever more important in maintaining mental health–join us on October 25th for a good-for-the-soul evening of client & community partner awards, appetizers & beverages, silent auction & door prizes, and mingling. Tickets are now on sale. […]
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Krackers Katering – Theresa’s Story
Krackers Katering and Causeway Work Centre has recently teamed up with Conseil de la cooperation de l’Ontario to create a video featuring Krackers’ very own, Theresa Martin. Watch the video to learn more about Krackers Katering and the role that social enterprise played in helping Theresa overcome her barriers to employment. We would like to thank, on behalf […]
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Join us at the Hintonburg 5k!
Causeway’s Wellness Warriors are running in the Hintonburg 5k Race, and we are excited to cheer them on! The Wellness Warriors have been training hard and are looking forward to taking part in the 5k to demonstrate the culmination of their efforts. The Hintonburg 5k race passes directly by the Causeway Work Centre building. Come visit […]
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Causeway Foundation Annual Report 2015-2016
It’s been another great year at Causeway! Come see the Causeway Foundation Annual Report 2015-16!
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Kathy Burhoe Artworks at Linda Street Art Gallery
Kathy Burhoe, client of Causeway and Rise Asset Development, has her artwork showcased at Linda Street Art Gallery during the month of May Here is what Kathy has to say about her achievement: “I am proud to present my latest collection at the Linda Street Art Gallery during the month of May. This exhibition highlights […]
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CEO Client Travis Iverson Wins Accessibility Award
Thirteen years ago, Travis Iverson was in a diving accident which left him a fully dependent, high level quadriplegic. This past December, Travis took home the Accessibility Award at the Celebration of People for developing a new line of clothing for the mobility impaired. While it has been a long and difficult road, Travis’ entrepreneurial […]
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Causeway Foundation gives $58,964 in support of Causeway Work Centre programs
Thanks to you, our donors and partners, Causeway Foundation has been able to disburse a total of $58,964 to Causeway Work Centre this year! The majority of the funds will go to Cycle Salvation, a Causeway social business that employs Causeway clients to refurbish bicycles otherwise destined for landfills. For many clients, gaining experience at […]
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Mississippi Mills Vintage Bicycle Show
Mississippi Mills Vintage Bicycle Show:  Saturday, June 25, Almonte Community Centre, 182 Bridge St., Almonte, Ontario. Mississippi Mills Community Bicycle Movement will partner with Causeway’s two cycling social enterprises, Cycle Salvation and Right Bike, to present the 1st Mississippi Mills Vintage Bicycle Show, an exhibition featuring replica bikes from the Canadian Museum of Science and […]
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Bon Appetit Ottawa tickets are on sale!
Supporting Causeway has never tasted so good! Bon Appetit Ottawa will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its 20th annual food and wine show to Causeway’s Community Kitchen. The Community Kitchen teaches economically disadvantaged individuals how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget. Tickets for Bon Appetit are now on sale. For $85 […]
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New Graduates of Ottawa Bicycle Academy
In Causeway’s main hall, filled with cheerful banjo music and supportive guests, twelve young people held wrenches festooned with purple ribbons. Graduates of Right Bike’s Ottawa Bicycle Academy, the wrench holders were celebrating the end of four months of training and work experience. One young man, Nick, tried to explain what the course has meant […]
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Causeway Wellness Centre: Before and After
      The Beautiful New Wellness Centre  
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The Wellness Centre Gets a Make Over
(Above: Wellness Centre Coordinator Chris Kelly) The Causeway Wellness Centre has recently re-opened after a lengthy period of renovation. Returning clients will see an eye-opening transformation, including new equipment, a more expansive space, and a fresh colour scheme. See before and after photos Many of the changes to the Centre have been made in an […]
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United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Visit Causeway for a “Seeing is Believing Tour”
This month the United Way Annual Fundraising Campaign Co-Chairs, Danya Vered and Charles Bordeleau visited Causeway on a special “Seeing is Believing” tour. “Seeing is Believing” tours are designed to allow United Way employees, corporate donors and fundraising volunteers to see up-close how partner agencies use their funding to create long-lasting social change. The tour […]
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How the Peer Mentor Program Helped Rebecca on her Path to Success
(Above: Rebecca and her Peer Employment Mentor, Lourdes Rojas) Rebecca struggles with anxiety but she wasn’t going to let it hold her back and prevent her from finding a job. Instead, she joined Causeway’s Peer Employment Mentorship program to get the additional support she needed to find fulfilling work while accessing the Ontario Disability Support […]
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Ottawa Bicycle Academy Foundations Course is in its Eighth Week
(Above: Bike Academy student Carolyn MacDonald) The second year of the Ottawa Bicycle Academy course at Right Bike is now in its eighth week. The fifteen-week program offers training in bike mechanics and assembly to youth who are working to overcome barriers to employment and start new careers in sports retail. So far the course […]
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Karine’s New Job
Ever since Karine began to serve hot meals and baked goods at the Parkdale Food Centre she has felt like she is part of something meaningful. Karine says it’s very important to her to have a place to go that helps her to build employment skills for the future. She also says her role at […]
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GNG Wins Best Employer at the Celebration of People Awards
(Above: Dave Segaert (right) at the Celebration of People Awards) Causeway’s social business, Good Nature Groundskeeping (GNG), was awarded Employer of the Year at the Celebration of People awards this past December. The Employer of the Year award goes to a business that promotes inclusivity in its hiring practices and workplace policies. Despite stiff competition […]
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Cycle Salvation Donations
Cycle Salvation’s revenues and the number of Causeway clients it can employ are both directly related to both the quantity and quality of the bikes it receives through donations. In recent months, Cycle Salvation’s Operations Manager, Paul Wylie, was particularly pleased to receive donations of some high class road bikes, including a Trek 2000, an […]
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Surprise donation brings cheer to Christmas party for Causeway clients
Christmas came early for Causeway Work Centre clients when they all got grocery store gift cards at Causeway’s annual client holiday party last month. Normally, it is not in the budget to give a gift to each client, but these gift cards were made possible thanks to a special donation. Kristine Stevenson, a Public Safety […]
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We’re building 3000 snowmen, and we need your help.
Join Team Causeway for Cracking-up the Capital’s attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for most snowmen built in one hour! Last year we built more than 1,500 snowmen, and this year we’re going to bust that number and try to build 3,000 snowmen! It’s all happening on Sunday January 31st at 10:00am on the field […]
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Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival Announces Line-Up for its 2016 Shows
Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival (CUTC), is excited to officially launch its 12th annual winter festival. Taking place January 31 to February 6, 2016, we will be hosting a variety of paid and free programming throughout the week, including a new attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the most snowmen built in one […]
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Giving Tuesday is here!
Giving Tuesday is here at last and Causeway needs your help! Today, our goal is to raise 25 matched donations of $25, or $1250. The money will go to support clients like Erin, Alex, and Phil. Check out this video to hear them speak about what Causeway means to them. Video produced by students of […]
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GNG is Up for Employer of the Year!: Newsletter Nov, 2015
  Did you know Good Nature Groundskeeping is up for Employer of the Year at the Celebration of People Awards? The award ceremony is put on by Citizen Advocacy, an organization which works to support the rights and interests of people with various forms of disability. The event takes place each year on December 3, […]
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Cycle Salvation and Habitat for Humanity: Newsletter Nov, 2015
  If you visit Cycle Salvation and find Operations Manager Paul Wylie is out – chances are he will be back soon driving a pick-up truck stacked with used bikes of various makes and models from Habitat for Humanity. While Cycle Salvation often receives merchandise from condo and storage spaces, it’s Habitat who donates by far the most bikes. […]
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Solutions for Youth Grad: Newsletter Nov, 2015
  On October 30th the graduating class of Solutions for Youth convened for an informal commencement ceremony and pizza party. Solutions for Youth is a pre-employment skills and training program for young people, aged 16 – 29, who face barriers to finding work. This sixteen week pre-employment program includes four weeks of classes and a twelve-week […]
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Professor Doug Pawson
This fall Social Business Director Doug Pawson, currently celebrating his eighth year at Causeway, is teaching a course on Economic Geography at Cape Breton University. It turns out Doug is a real jet-setter.  The job has involved four flights out to his alma-mater to give lectures as well as regular communication with his students via […]
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Kathleen Kemp: Newsletter Nov, 2015
  Just this past October, Causeway board member Kathleen Kemp was in Johannesburg to compete in an international “World Cup” for social enterprise. Kathleen Kemp is the co- founder of CigBins, a company that proudly employs Causeway clients. CigBins was chosen as the flagship project for the University of Ottawa’s Enactus team. Enactus brings together […]
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Needle Hunters Make the Streets of Ottawa Safer for All: Newsletter Nov, 2015
Above: Needle Hunter Theresa, photo by Nicholas Galipeau. For the full video produced by Nicholas Galipeau about the Needle Hunters click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcICu7_9kE8 You may have seen them: dressed in brightly coloured vests, holding long-stemmed tongs, feet and hands protected by work boots and gloves. They walk at a quick pace, their eyes dart expertly […]
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Thanks to you, Unmasking Mental Illness was a huge success!
The Unmasking Mental Illness fundraiser was a great success–we owe a huge thank you to all who came to the Orange Art Gallery on October 27th to attend! We had a great time recognizing clients, employers, and volunteers, eating delicious food, and mingling. Congratulations to all the award winners! Thanks to your generous donations, we […]
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Causeway “Unmasks Mental Illness” to Raise Funds for Employment Programs
Ottawa, ON, October 16, 2015 – The granola recipe is written in coloured chalk on the wall of the Parkdale Food Centre, but Adrianna Sorgo barely gives it a second glance; she knows it by heart. Granola is a favourite food staple among the “neighbours,” those who use the Centre’s services. Sorgo is almost at […]
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Unmasking Mental Illness
Join us for a night of fun, hosted by CBC’s Rita Celli, at the Orange Art Gallery (290 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R7, Canada) on October 27th. We’ll be launching our 15th annual Holiday Card Campaign, recognizing valued clients, employers, and volunteers, bidding on silent auction items, and enjoying refreshments from Krackers Katering and SuzyQ […]
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Causeway Foundation Annual Report 2014-2015
Check out Causeway Foundation’s 2014-2015 Annual Report to see what we’ve been up to in the last year!
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Tastes of Wellington West 2015
Causeway staff took part in Tastes of Wellington West this Saturday, offering $10 bike tune ups from Right Bike and Cycle Salvation and free dessert samples from Krackers Katering. Tastes of Wellington West is a one-day event designed to show off the vibrancy of Hintonburg and Wellington Village. Highlights this year included studio tours, sidewalk […]
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Causeway and a Conversation with a Rattlesnake
In front of an large audience this Saturday, NHL Hockey legend Theo Fleury and his ‘therapeutic friend’, highly sought-after speaker and therapist Kim Barthel, shared intimate details and insight into trauma and abuse in a positive and honest reflection, with proceeds from the event going to Causeway. An event attended by mental health professionals, recovering […]
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Run/Walk for Mental Health 2015
This year’s Run/Walk for Mental Health at Britannia Beach was a huge success! The weather was kind to us all day, and so were all of the runners who drank our coffee in the morning and bid on our silent auction items in the afternoon. We raised over $3,500 and spread the word about Causeway to […]
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The man behind the Wellness Warriors
  “As much as I teach other people, I’m learning from people all the time here, because I see their struggles and it makes me feel like my struggles mean nothing.”    These humble words come from Christopher Kelly, Causeway’s very own “Renaissance man” of fitness. As head of the Wellness Program at Causeway Work Centre, […]
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Bon Appetit 2015
Causeway has again been selected as a beneficiary of the fabulous (and delicious!) Bon Appetit Ottawa fundraiser! This year, we will direct the Bon Appetit funds to support the Community Kitchen run by Krackers Katering, one of Causeway Work Centre’s social entreprises. Good Food & a Good Deed: Tickets on Sale Now! On Tuesday, May […]
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Snowman Building Guinness World Record
[View the story “Snowman Building – Breaking a World Record!” on Storify]
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Do you want to build a snowman?
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Greeting Card Campaign – CBC Interview
November 14, 2014 – Don Palmer, Executive Director of Causeway Work Centre and Mike Collins, client-employee of Kracker’s Katering, sat down with CBC’c Lucy van Oldenbarneveld to discuss the Holiday Card Campaign.
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Recap of Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness Fundraiser!
You can relive the evening’s excitement, or, if you couldn’t make it, live vicariously through these pictures and tweets that document the fun! [View the story “Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness Fundraiser” on Storify]
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You’re Invited! Oct. 21st Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness Fundraiser
Join us on October 21st for our Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness Fundraiser! Click on the flyer below to learn more: All are welcome! Please RSVP: Event Registration Online for Unveiling the Mask of Mental Illness powered by Eventbrite
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Causeway Foundation Annual Report 2013-2014
Causeway Foundation invites you to share in our successes of the past year and join us as we turn our attention toward the future. To view our annual report, please click here.  
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Hats for Healthy Heads
1 Woman, 2 Knitting Needles, $2,480 towards Programs for People with Mental Illness On July 1st, Olympic medalist Clara Hughes pedalled the last kilometre of Clara’s Big Ride, her cross-Canada tour that brought the conversation about mental health to countless communities. Meanwhile, engineer and all-around do-gooder, Jen Ajersch, searched for a way to keep Clara’s […]
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All-Occasion Greeting Cards Available Now!
Bhat Boy’s back (all right!). Causeway is proud to present two new all-occasion greeting cards featuring images generously donated by local artist and Causeway favourite, Bhat Boy. These new cards are the perfect pair for all occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, thank-you notes, and more! TULIP PILGRIMAGE The larger-than-life radiance of Ottawa’s tulips spring up amidst […]
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Bon Appetit 2014
Causeway will once again be a beneficiary of the fabulous Bon Appetit Ottawa fundraiser! This year, we will direct the Bon Appetit funds to support the Community Kitchen run by Krackers Katering, one of Causeway Work Centre’s social entreprises. Each Friday afternoon for four weeks, Mike Collins, a Causeway client and employee of Krackers Katering, […]
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Holiday Card Campaign 2013
This year’s Causeway Foundation Holiday Card Campaign got off to a great start with a launch party at the Orange Art Gallery. Campaign Patron Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld brought her usual enthusiasm and energy to the evening. In addition to hearing speakers from Causeway’s social businesses, guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of donated gifts and […]
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Launch of Rise Ottawa to support entrepreneurs with mental health or addiction challenges.
Since 2009, Rise Asset Development, with the support of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has provided microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs with a history of mental health or addiction challenges in the Greater Toronto Area. On March 21, Rise celebrated its expansion into […]
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