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Centre 454 Suspending Weekend Programming

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Centre 454 will be suspending weekend programming starting September 29. This decision has not been an easy one for the Centre 454 community but due to lack of sustainable funding, we will not be able to offer 7 day a week service. We will be offering an Out of the Cold Service beginning in December 2018 through till March 2019 on the weekends but will not be open throughout the rest of the year. The closure of this program means that 222 individuals living in poverty will not have a place to be on Saturdays and Sundays.

We will be putting our efforts in to fundraising in hopes that we can raise the additional $78,000 it takes to keep our doors open an extra two days. This program means so much too so many! To make a donation please visit We also have a Go Fund Me page, Two Days More at 454  Every little bit counts!

Thanks for you continued support!!

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Centre 454 Named Non-Profit Employer of Choice

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Jan 30, 2018 Toronto, Ontario – Hilborn:ECS together with partners CCEOC Inc. and The Goldie Company congratulate the recipients of the third annual Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award. This year, 13 organizations from across Canada fulfilled program requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice. The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (AB)
  • Brantwood Community Services (ON)
  • Centre 454 (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)
  • CMHA – York Region (ON)
  • Équiterre (QC)
  • Lakeridge Health Foundation (ON)
  • The Participation House Project (Durham Region) (ON)
  • The Society for Selections: A Career Support Service (AB)
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Inc. (SK)
  • The Ottawa Mission Foundation (ON)
  • UNICEF Canada (ON)
  • York Support Services Network (ON)

All winners successfully completed the NEOC Organizational Profile and Employee Commitment Survey achieving a minimum overall score of 75% overall to qualify for the award.

In a quest to create “decent workplaces” thought leaders are debunking the myth that employees in the nonprofit sector are willing (and should be expected) to work in exchange for the opportunity to “do good.” Today, talented people can find a socially meaningful career outside a traditional nonprofit organization, which intensifies the competition for qualified staff. And, while there are larger systemic issues, Imagine Canada found there are also practical human resource (HR) issues at the organizational level that cause young professionals to leave the sector  including: inadequate HR management, challenging organizational cultures, lack of clarity around job expectations, and limited training and career development.[1]

The Nonprofit Employer of Choice(NEOC) Award is a tool that measures a nonprofit’s HR practices. The NEOC program provides a framework to evaluate an organization’s talent management issues and start constructing a corrective plan of action. This program further enables the board and senior staff to probe and analyze the issues and start the transformational change needed to achieve the impact the donor rightly expects.

“We are thrilled with the interest and positive feedback we’ve received from the sector on this program.” said Jeff Doran, president of CCEOC Inc.  “All of the winning nonprofits showed strong leadership qualities, particularly in the areas of communication, employee engagement and involvement. These organizations can now take advantage of continuous improvement initiatives to help make their organizations even better places to work.”

Other supporting partners of the NEOC Award program include: Associum,, the Sustainability Network, and PGgrowth

[1] Imagine Canada, “4 Myths About Young People and Non-Profit Work,” Blog, August 2016

Cornerstone – 373 Princeton Project Update

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It is my privilege to be the Honourary Chair of the Building a Dream Capital Campaign for Cornerstone’s new housing initiative at 373 Princeton Ave in Ottawa.  It will be a beautiful facility that will provide affordable supportive housing for 42 women in Westboro.

I am always amazed by the incredible generosity and support of the people of our Diocese. So many of you have found creative and fun ways to support the project. Many of you have been asking me for updates on the Princeton initiative and what the current needs are. I am delighted that we are so close to achieving our goal but we still have work to do.

The Building the Dream capital campaign has just exceeded $1.4 million dollars!  However, due to unexpected expenses (100 year flood plan, moving a hydro pole, etc.) the capital campaign goal is now $1.9 million.

Huge thanks to the many individuals, parishes and community groups that have already adopted a room. There have been so many fundraising events and activities around the Diocese in support of the Adopt a Room effort. HOWEVER, there are still 16 Adopt a Rooms available at $6,500 each. If you know of any groups or individuals who would like to adopt a room please let us know. We are so close to our goal of providing a lovely home for 42 women. For some, this will be their first safe home.

Please check the new CROWDFUNDING SITE.  This is an interactive site that allows individuals or groups to donate towards the construction costs of the building. Donations of any amount are accepted, with a tax-receipt being issued for donations of $10    or more:

Attached is a save the date card for the upcoming Gift of Jazz concert at 6pm on Feb. 15, 2018 at the National Gallery on Sussex Dr. 50% of tickets purchased through Cornerstone’s website will be donated back to Cornerstone. Tickets are available for $40 each at Senior and student tickets are $25 each.

There are many other ways to support this exciting and life-giving project. Monetary donations in any amount will help us reach our goal. They can be made online at or mailed to the Cornerstone administrative office at 314 Booth St. Ottawa K1R-7K2. If you would like to host an event and would like a member of the Cornerstone Team to be present, they would be most happy to do so.

– Catherine Chapman

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