Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada

Service/Donations

Zonta Thank You 2021 Odyssey Theatre

July 14, 2021

Ms. Cindy O’Neil
A/Treasurer
Zonta Club of Ottawa

Dear Cindy,

On behalf of everyone at Odyssey Theatre, please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for the very kind donation from the Zonta Club for Odyssey Theatre.

We fully expected to be back in Strathcona Park this year and were looking forward to partnering with you on our Preview Night. Nevertheless, we are hard at work on a number of online theatre performances and events. In particular, we are offering workshops for youth and children, and are in the midst of script workshops this month for our audio fictional Podcast series, The Other Path, which will air this fall.

We are pleased to apply your donation to our month-long Youth Theatre Apprenticeship program which is taking place online in August. We are in the midst of auditions and expect twelve high school students from across the region, will participate in 12 free workshops with professional theatre artists, learning about acting, creation, design and directing. They will also create a performance for family and friends.

We are committed to offering youth with a interest in the arts and theatre, the opportunity to explore their creative potential. The support of Zonta for this program is very welcome and we are pleased to recognize Zonta’s support on our web site, newsletter and other promotional materials.

I have attached an Income Tax Receipt for your donation.

Please pass on our very sincere thanks and appreciation to all the members of the Zonta Club for your support.

Wishing you a very safe and healthy rest of your summer and fall.

Warmest regards,

John Forster
Chair, Odyssey Theatre



2020

Zonta Thank You from Odyssey Theatre

…Given Zonta’s wonderful support for young artists, we want to apply your donation to our month-long Youth Theatre Apprenticeship program which is taking place online this year. Twelve high school students from across the region, participated in 10 free workshops with professional theatre artists, learning about acting, creation, design and directing. They also had a session with 10 professional actors demonstrating performance, concluding with a special Q&A discussion.

The program just concluded last night with a special performance by our talented apprentices in front of an invited audience and our actors, where we announced Zonta’s donation. I have attached a photo showing our wonderful young artists and Laurie Steven displaying Zonta’s cheque. (If you need a close-up of her with the cheque please let me know). We are also pleased to recognize Zonta’s support on our web site, newsletter and other promotional materials. I hope you concur with this direction of your funds.

Please pass on our very sincere thanks and appreciation to all the members of the Zonta Club for your support.

Wishing you a very safe and healthy rest of your summer and fall.

Warmest regards,
John Forster
Chair
Odyssey Theatre



Since the pandemic, domestic violence has intensified.  Did you know it costs $3,500 to provide a woman with emergency shelter and services in Ottawa for one month? Our club has made a donation for this amount to Interval House of Ottawa to help meet the unique challenges COVID-19 presents to women.

To read the below press release as a PDF, click here (a new window will open)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20 , 2020

ZONTA CLUB OF OTTAWA, CANADA SUPPORTS

EMERGENCY SHELTER IN COVID 19 RESPONSE

 

Interval House emergency shelter receives gift of $3,500 from Zonta Club of Ottawa Canada to help respond to increasing needs during the COVID 19 response.

OTTAWA, ON, July 20, 2020 – The Zonta Club of Ottawa Canada (ZCO) is pleased to announce a gift of $3,500 to Interval House of Ottawa, an emergency shelter that provides housing for women and children as survivors of domestic violence. Club members readily responded to the call to action to help the shelter provide vital services during this difficult time.

“The club is thrilled that we were able to reach a total of $ 3,500 ,” says CJ Blake, President of ZCO.  “This donation reflects just how strongly our membership believes in empowering and supporting women and girls, and, at the same time, recognizes the unique challenges that COVID 19 has presented to women . We are pleased to contribute to Interval House, which supports some of the most vulnerable in our communities. In this difficult time, we hope our donation inspires others to respond in the ways they are able”.

This gift aligns with one of Zonta’s core goals of ending gender based violence. At this time of lockdown and isolation, increasing numbers of women and children are accessing emergency shelter services in Ottawa, and the shelters are struggling to stretch their resources to serve their clients. Supporting individuals in crisis is even more important, and made more challenging by the widespread financial impact of the pandemic, sometimes resulting in unemployment among those who may regularly contribute to charities and non profit
organizations.

“$3,500 would provide a woman with a month (31 days) of safe shelter, counselling, meals, and crisis support” shared Sammy Cisek, Community Engagement Worker at Interval House of Ottawa.

More needs to be done to support emergency shelters, especially in these challenging times. Zonta Club of Ottawa Canada challenges other service organizations to make similar contributions to the shelter of their choice.

“This is the time to support our sisters. With concentrated effort across our communities, women in need will continue to be supported for a long time ,” adds Blake.

ZCO is a member of Zonta International, a global organization of professionals with a mandate to empower women through service and advocacy. Their annual program includes offering educational scholarships and bursaries.

For more information, please contact CJ Blake at president@zontaottawa.ca or visit the website of the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada at www.zontaottawa.ca

For more information about Interval House of Ottawa, please visit
www.intervalhouseottawa.org



Congratulations!

Members of Zonta Club of Ottawa, attended the Zonta District 2 Fall Seminar in Oswego, NY on the weekend of October 20th. What a surprise and as we proudly received from Past International Governor (PIG) Marjorie Lavin the…Zonta District 2 Governors ‘ZI HONOR AWARD’ Team event – 2018 Fall Seminar

Zonta International District 2 Honor Award:
This award was initiated and developed by Past Governor, Margaret Mitchell, 2008-2010, to be presented to a club for an event that displays a sense of teamwork in working together to promote Zonta’s Mission. Sample projects could be an Amelia Earhart event, a fundraiser, chartering of a Z club, a Service project, opening a new club or hosting a seminar, workshop or conference.

Our club was recognized for the following…

#1. New Cornerstone Shelter for Homeless Women Fundraiser:
We raised $6500 to sponsor a room at the new shelter, for a homeless woman. Also that we are continuing to raise money and the hands on work we will continue to do once the women move in.

#2. ManUP Project: (group of male students from LDHSS)
Fundraising for a program that we believe in and that we have financially sponsored since 2015. Male high school students teaching other male students to respect girls/women, no harassing, no bulling, no violence etc…

I’m so very proud of everyone, with all that has happened since 2016 we still did amazing service and advocacy in our Ottawa community and to be recognized for this TEAMWORK is an incredible feeling!

Sincerely,

Cindy O’Neil, President  (2018-2020)



Zonta Club of Ottawa Members

proudly donated $6500 to sponsor a unit 

27/Sep/17 741 Cornerstone Housing for Women / Capital Campaign Unit Sponsorship s 6,500.00

      

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