We Make
Community Work

Our Story

Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that helps people with mental illness and other challenges find meaningful, rewarding work and live more independently. By helping everyone overcome their challenges and reach their full potential, we are helping establish stronger and more inclusive communities.

Causeway was founded in 1977 with a mission to assist people with mental health issues find employment. Over 40 years, we have expanded our activities and our impact to meet the needs of a broader spectrum of people. We are constantly looking for new ways to innovate. This is the approach that truly sets us apart. It allows us to transform lives and change communities by piloting new community ventures and leading the way in the area of social enterprise.

Through the life-changing support of our donors, Causeway clients become equipped with the tools and support they need to find meaningful employment.

Our Mission

Building better communities by employing each person’s abilities.

By helping everyone find productive and rewarding work, we are setting off a chain reaction that sends waves of good throughout our communities.

We envision a working community where everyone is invaluable. Invaluable means that your abilities and contributions are beyond value. The things you offer to society are more than just economic. By finding an active role in your community and working to benefit the greater good, you are creating new moments of hope, perspective, and meaning for yourself and others. You can’t put a price on that. That’s invaluable.


We believe that there is no limit to anyone’s potential. The right job is out there for everyone, regardless of the circumstances you face and regardless of your challenges.


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Our social enterprises provide valuable work experience for our clients while creating a more inclusive community for all.
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Making A

People in our community need people like you to make a difference. We are united by action. We’re united by our commitment to making community work and are supported by our Difference Makers. We’re trying to make the world a better place. Together, we make community work. Help us transform lives right here in our community by supporting Causeway.
How To Help

Board Of Directors

Causeway is supported by a volunteer board of directors who bring a broad range of skills and experience to the challenge of developing and evaluating how our organization creates lasting change in our community. Applications are now open to join the Causeway Board of Directors until April 20th, 2022. Please take a look at our Board Recruitment Package for more information.
Board Recruitment Package

Meet Causeway’s 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

Stephen Willetts

Chartered Accountant, Former VP Finance, UWindsor


Eric Thomas

Controller, Nunavut Trust

Secretary Treasurer

Michael Brownell

Retired, Foreign Affairs/CIDA

Vice President

Andrew N. Vey

Founding Partner, Vey Willetts LLP


Anna Abraham

Public Affairs Specialist and Diversity Lead, Fulbright Canada

Louise Boudreau

Director, Labour Relations, Canada Post

Kate Faughnan

Consultant, HR strategy & communications

Kylie Patrick

Senior Development Officer, Carleton University

Richard Smith

Director Emeritus
Retired, CIDA & Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Mike Vieira

Assistant Director, Ottawa Gymnastics Centre

Hailey Hechtman

Ex Officio
Causeway Executive Director



Causeway is an agency with an ecosystem that is comprised of a variety of programs, services, and supports. Each part of Causeway operates a little bit differently, but every piece works together to achieve one mission: Building better communities by employing each person’s abilities.

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