In addition to Services and Citizenship, Education with a strong focus on literacy, forms the one of the cornerstones upon which IODE has founded itself. In 2015 the total dollar contribution to education projects across IODE was approximately $596,199.00!
IODE Walter Baker Chapter is fortunate to be able to donate to several of the nationally established IODE Education projects and Literacy funds. (Feel free to visit the National IODE website for further information on these projects and funds – www.iode.ca)
The Youville Centre:
Each year we present The IODE Walter Baker Chapter Bursary in the amount of $300.00 to a deserving graduate from the Youville Centre, to be used for text books and other academic materials as the student continues on in her studies.
2001 - Mandi Desjardins
2002 - Tannis Ras
2003 - Heather Phelan
2004 - Chantelle Forcier
2005 - Kirsten Aitken
2006 - Zahara Hussein
2007 - Ashley Davidson
2008 - Christina Houle-Bridgman
2009 - Jolaina Heslip
2010 - Meagan Quinn
2011 - Ashley Siteman
2012 - Kayla Higgens-Allen
2013 - Cassandra Gravelle
2014 - Samantha Moore
Sir Guy Carleton Alternative High School:
We also present annually a $100.00 gift certificate from Chapters/Indigo to graduating student who has exhibited outstanding academic achievement of Sir Guy Carleton Alternative High School.
1989/90 Joanne Patterson
1990/91 Melanie Morrison
1992/93 Tammy Doucet
1993/94 Karen Lindsay
1994/95 Brandy Weisbrod
1995/96 Kayla Orr
1996/97 Rosie Kendall
1997/98 David Haldenby
1998/99 William Moore
1999/2000 no name recorded
2000/01 no name recorded
2001/02 Alison Argue
2002/03 Kelly Robertson
2003/04 Chelsea Crabb
2004/05 Denise Taylor-Charron
2005/06 Amey Delorey
2006/07 Alisha Ball
2007/08 Nelson MacDonald
2008/09 Philip Nadeau
2009/10 Sammy Flanders & Kayla Flinn
2010/11 Tyler Kitchen
2011/12 Brandon Samson
2012/13 Denon Summers
2013/14 Quentin Thompson
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health:
For more information about Wabano, visit their website at www.wabano.com
Past Education Projects:
H.O.S.T. - Help Our STudents Program
In 2017, IODE Walter Baker Chapter chose HOST as our focus recipient for our major fundraisers. In December, the chapter was very pleased to be able to present HOST founder, Richard Lussier with a cheque in the amount of $7000.00, enough to support seven students for an entire school year.
For more information about HOST, please visit their website - www.helpourstudentsprogram.com
Children's Literacy Program
The focus recipient for our 2012 Fall fundraiser was to launch a new children's literacy program here in Ottawa called Own a Book ... Share a Book. This literacy program was started by IODE Toronto Municipal Chapter and its success prompted them to encourage other chapters to start the program in their areas.
We partnered with Robert E. Wilson Public School in Vanier, Ontario and in March, 2013 we donated a quality story book to each Kindergarten student (three classes including Ottawa's only all-Inuit Kindergarten Class) that was theirs to keep - Own a Book! We also donated class sets of books to the school library - Share a Book! Books were given out at an assembly that will feature a professional story teller to entertain the children and speak to them about the importance of reading and help get them started on a lifelong love of books. Click here for more.
Under the IODE Adopted Schools Program, our Chapter adopted the K4 and K5 classes at the Deer Lake First
Nations School, in Deer Lake, Ontario. Each class
averages approximately 24 students.
We are pleased to send care packages filled with educational materials and supplies that compliment the
class curriculum, along with a few treats to the school
three times a year:
Fall/Winter packages have included craft supplies,
books for the library, magazines, computer programs, videos and other educational materials as well as hand-knitted hats, gloves, scarves and slippers for each child. These packages have also included outdoor sports equipment such as cross-country skis and ice skates, a Christmas stocking for each child, containing an educational activity book, crayons and stuffed animal, and a small gift for the two teachers.
Spring packages arrive around Easter and have included activity books, various Easter crafts, school yard equipment such as skipping ropes, balls, etc., Easter treats, and a small toy for each child, as well as something for each teacher.
For more information about the Deer Lake First Nations School, check out their website - http://www.dls.firstnationschools.ca/
It was with a heavy heart that IODE Walter Baker Chapter was forced to relinquish our adoption of the kindergarten classes at Deer Lake First Nations School in 2016 due to exorbitant postage fees to ship packages to a "fly-in" community.
Our "Adopted" Mexican Student (project ended in 2014)
For many years, IODE Walter Baker Chapter has been academically sponsoring a young Mexican student as she completes her education. Theresa Maria Sanchez is in her last term of "high school" and hopes to go into the field of medicine.
In order to be eligible for this sponsorship, Theresa maintained an exceptionally high grade point average, which was difficult as many young girls in this area of Mexico are often required to stay home and look after siblings while their parents leave the village to look for work and are gone for months at a stretch.
The Chapter also assisted Theresa's family with an annual food supplement which provided a year supply of staples such as rice and beans.
Our 'adoption' of Theresa ended with her withdrawing from school to assist her family by way of employment in 2014.
Sandra Oh - We Knew Her Then!
In 1989, IODE Walter Baker Chapter presented Sandra Oh, then a student at Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean with the IODE Walter Baker Chapter Dramatic Arts Award. Long before she became famous as Cristina Yang on the mega-popular TV series Grey's Anatomy!
In 2008, we were excited to provide $2,000.00 worth of library and special education books to a local elementary school.
Some chapter members donate their time to local after-school reading and homework programs.