Run for a New Start 2018 – a record breaking year!

Run for a New Start 2018 – a record breaking year!

This year’s Ottawa Race Weekend (May 26-27) featured a record 165 OCISO “Run for a New Start” volunteers, walking and running in the 2km 5km, 10km, half marathon, marathon, and kids marathon events.

Together with their 400+ sponsors, our Run for a New Start volunteers raised a record $28,000+ to support OCISO’s programs with immigrant and refugee youth in the Ottawa area. THANK YOU!

Video: Ridgemont High School newcomer students appear on CTV News!

For the 3rd year in a row, our top fundraiser (with over $2,000 in donations) was our amazing OCISO volunteer, Elizabeth Gluckstal.

We were also blessed this year with no less than 8 different fundraising teams:

  • OCISO’s Board of Directors, led by Board President Jessie Thomson, launched a campaign to honour and celebrate OCISO’s 40th anniversary year, and they surpassed their fundraising goal of $5,000.
  • They were aided by Board member Eric Agyemang, who recruited fellow Export Development Canada employees to create an EDC team.
Video: Why are these dedicated OCISO volunteers Running for a New Start?
  • A team from SurveyMonkey in the Market joined us again, and their numbers this year doubled to 30+ volunteers.
  • These dedicated employees have raised over $2,700 so far, an amount that is matched by SurveyMonkey, to yield a total donation of $5,500+.
  • An OCISO Mentorship Team was again launched by Karyn Steer, and they exceeded their goal of $2,000.
  • Ridgemont High School joined us again, mobilized by their energetic ELD teacher, Nadia Gandhi. Ridgemont fielded a team of 50+ newcomer students – they created quite a stir (see CTV clip above).
  • For many students, running and walking in the Ottawa Race Weekend was one of their first major activities in Canadian society.
  • Beyond the $1,400+ raised, this was a life changing experience, which has helped their English language development as well
  • We also acknowledge a $1000 grant from Sole Responsibility (thanks to Geordie McConnell and Ottawa Running Club), which covered the race registration fees for 30+ Ridgemont newcomer students.
  • In addition, OCISO has received a special $1000 donation (youth helping youth) from the MapleWishes Foundation, in support of the whole Run for a New Start team.
  • One of last year’s top fundraisers, Petronila Michael, decided this year to create her own team from amongst her many friends and they called it Run4Refugees with Petra, raising over $1,600.
  • Similarly, Huong Thai, who is an OCISO Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO), approached colleagues at Glebe Collegiate Institute, and they created a team of marathon and half marathon runners and walkers who raised over $1,400.
  • Last but definitely not least, 3 members of the Executive Committee of the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF) – Barbara Gamble, Jack McCarthy and Cathy Dewar – formed a fundraising team of 5km walkers who raised over $2,000 for the MDSF Fund.
  • NB: MDSF is named after former Ottawa Mayor Marion Dewar and supports scholarships to newcomer students going on to post-secondary education in the Ottawa area.
  • And a shout out to the Bytowne Cinema – proceeds from their tip jar in the month of June will be donated to the Run for a New Start campaign.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Run for a New Start team in 2018.  Hope to see you again in 2019!