A new and much appreciated award for helping with Furniture (HWF)!
The Immigrant Women's Services has selected HWF to receive a Volunteer Award at the Roses and Candles Gala on
November 22, 2012. We are very grateful to be receiving this award, particularly since the IWSO is one of the agencies
who often refer families in need of furniture to us. Receiving an award from them means a great deal to all of us at HWF.
Three volunteers with HWF received Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on Friday June 8 for their work with our organization.
Greg Griffith and Maude Page received pins and certificates for 5 years each of volunteer work.
Corinne Leduc received a youth award (usually given for 2 years of volunteering). The presenter in giving the first medal remarked that she had heard of
Helping With Furniture and that they do great work. Good recognition for us; congratulations to Greg, Maude and Corinne.
We are proud to be a partner of United Way Ottawa. In May, we were the recipient of
United Way Ottawa’s Belonging to Community award, which is awarded annually to a
community member or organization that is working to improve conditions for vulnerable
people, including seniors, immigrants and people with disabilities, to contribute fully to
their communities. Recipients of this award help provide support for individuals who
need help most in our community.
HWF is greatly honoured by this distinction. As a volunteer-run organization,
we are humbled to join the community of past recipients.
We were recognized with this award for our work providing gently
used furniture and household goods for free to refugee claimant families struggling
to start new lives in the Ottawa area. In March of 2013, our organization’s name will
be permanently etched onto the Wall of Inspiration located at City Hall alongside the
names of previous years’ Community Builder Award recipients.
We thank all of our volunteers whose hard work made this honor possible
We would also like to thank Tim Tierney for believing in us enough to nominate us.
Newcomer Champion Award
GREAT NEWS FOR HELPING WITH FURNITURE!
On June 27th, 2011, the Province of Ontario honoured Helping with Furniture (HWF) with
The Newcomer Champion Award
This Award recognises HWF as a community group that shows excellence by creating
welcoming communities for Ontario's Newcomers.
2012 Leading Women Building Communities Award
Leading Women Building Communities Award was awarded to five of HWF’s regular
volunteers by Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa – Centre, on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The recipients
All these women have contributed hundreds of hours to HWF and have been volunteers for
at least two years. In those two years alone, 200 families of refugee claimants have been
welcomed to Ottawa and their empty homes have been furnished for free by HWF.
The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Award honours women and girls who
have made a real difference in their communities, those who have gone above and beyond to
make the world a better place for everyone. It is awarded by the Province of Ontario.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mark, Heather, and Genny of Canterbury High School
our new young HWF volunteers and winners of the Philanthropy Project
(a project of the Toskan Cassale Foundation).
They competed with 3 other groups in the finals. Each group had to prepare a
presentation about its own chosen charity, one that operates in this community. They did
an amazing job. Their presentation was high energy, fast paced, full of joy, happiness
AND THEY WON!!!
The prize they won for their charity is $5000
and their charity was Helping with Furniture.
We are so PROUD of them.
2011 Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Award
Building Communities Recognition Award: Cassidy Lalonde was
awarded this well deserved recognition by the Province of Ontario for exceptional
leadership in working to improve the lives of others. This award was given to this young
HWF volunteer for the significant leadership qualities she has demonstrated.
We are pleased to note that this is the second year that young HWF young volunteers
were granted this award. Three girls were similarly recognized in 2010 and it
demonstrates the significant contributions that Leading Girls can make when welcomed
2011 Leading Women Communities Recognition Award
Communities Recognition Award: This year three HWF volunteers
were given this award by the Province of Ontario in recognition of their contribution and
leadership in the work of Helping with Furniture.
HWF serves refugee claimant families and it is significant to note that a number of our
volunteers are from families whom we have served and who then have joined us as
volunteers in order to serve others in their turn. Elizabeth Hihisa Luka is the first of our
former refugees who has received this award. The three Leading Women recipients of
the 2011 award are:
Elizabeth Hihisa Luka
Vagina Monologue Award
The prestigious Vagina Monologue organization annually presents awards to someone
who has "made an impact on her community by working with and /or for women within
the Ottawa region. They are community makers. They bring everyone in." One of the
three recipients of the 2011 award in Ottawa was Nathalie Maione for her work in
helping refugee claimant families, many of whom are led by single mothers.
Canada's Citizenship Award
This prestigious award pays tribute to Canadians who have made an important contribution to our country by promoting
the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. It also honours Canadians who have played an outstanding role
in helping newcomers to integrate into Canadian society. Federal Government of Canada.
December 2010: One of 12 persons awarded in Canada for the year 2010:
Elizabeth Rapley. An active Member of HWF since its beginning. Her work with HWF was one of the contributions recognised in the award.
Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program
The Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program
acknowledges and celebrates young women who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their schools
and communities. Province of Ontario.
April 2010. Awarded to HWF volunteers:
Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Program
The Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Program
acknowledges and celebrates women who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities. Province of Ontario.
April 2010. Awarded to:
Nathalie Maione, President and co-Founder, Helping with Furniture (HWF)
Personalité de la Semaine
Personalité de la Semaine Awarded by Radio-Canada and le Droit.
22 February 2010: Awarded to:
Nathalie Maione, President and co-Founder of HWF.
Community Building of the Year Award
Celebrates the achievements of organizations, partnerships, agencies, or neighbourhood groups that strive tirelessly, passionately and
collectively to help make our community a better place in which to live. These are the characteristics that make a true community builder.
United Way, Ottawa.
December 2009. Awarded as individuals to:
Buffey Cassidy, Former President and co-Founder, Helping with Furniture (HWF).
Nathalie Maione. President and co-Founder, Helping with Furniture (HWF).