The Ask Me campaign shares the stories behind the people that make up the homeless community in Ottawa. By learning about homelessness from the people closest to it – those experiencing homelessness, volunteers, and community workers – we can highlight what is working and what is needed in our efforts to end homelessness. This is where the conversation begins.

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Joey Clavette: Amplifying the voices of marginalized writers

By Janet Allingham RN Why would a young university student give up a semester of school? In the case of Joey Clavette, the reason was altruistic. Joey decided he wanted to found a newspaper that would give homeless people a voice. Joey traces his decision back to an ethics course [...]

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments

Terrie Meehan: Barriers only exist if we let them exist

Photo by Dr Peter Stockdale Terrie loves chocolate and her service dog, who spends most of his time snuggling up against her shoulder. She takes the bus to get to her doctor's appointment downtown and is not really fond of snow piles on the streets of Ottawa's. I [...]

October 6th, 2017|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa, Hometown150|0 Comments

Giving the essentials: The Backpacks for the Homeless initiative

By Erin Dej On Christmas Eve this year 2,300 people experiencing homelessness in Ottawa are expected to receive backpacks filled with hygiene products, clothing, treats, and a Tim Hortons gift card thanks to an initiative created by Ron Pitre. On October 15, 2012 Ron’s house caught fire and he lost [...]

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Ask Me Ottawa|3 Comments