“I used to be a chef,” explains Richard, “but am now confined to a wheelchair and am no longer able to cook professionally… I started out making some meals for others, and eventually came up with the idea of teaching other people with disabilities how to cook—so they would feel and have more independence.”
March’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Don Kwan and John Cameron to support the distribution of a free drag queen colouring book featuring Ottawa’s very own China Doll.
Awesome Ottawa: February award to support basketball and plants project for kids struggling during pandemic
February’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Alea de Castro to support a creative project for kids who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Awesome Ottawa: January Award to support description-rich podcast sharing visuals of current events and the world around us
January’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Christine Malec and J.J. Hunt to support Talk Description to Me, a podcast in which the visuals of current events and the world around us are discussed in description-rich conversations.
December’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Nicholas Amott, an Ottawa writer and theatre actor, to transform popular songs into works of Shakespeare.
November’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Nicholas Leno and Norah Paton to support an interactive audio play of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that Ottawa residents can enjoy in their own homes and neighbourhoods. “Audiences will have an audio track and bag of items delivered to them,” explains Nicholas. “The audio track will layer narration […]
October’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to David Narbaitz and Jesse Burcsik to support their facilitation of COVID-safe hugs in the city.
September’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Ashley Proulx, Laura Wheeler, Steven Lafond, Garret Brink, and Zach Counsil to produce a fictional web series set in Ottawa that seeks to answer the question “In the wake of so much change, how can we stand for something better?”
August’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to the Elderflower Project, an initiative to bring flowers to isolated seniors; and building a social movement to do so at an even greater scale next summer.
July’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Community Supported Gratitude to facilitate weekly giveaways in recognition of everyday people.
June’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to the Young Arts Leaders Collective to support the inclusion of free art with takeout orders at local restaurants.
In a rare move, Awesome Ottawa selected two projects for their monthly micro grant. They’ve done this a couple of times in the past, but not since 2018. “We figured this was a good time to give some extra support to some awesome local projects,” says trustee Avi Caplan.
Awesome Ottawa: April award to support self care and self love for BIPOC youth through natural hair care
Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.
March’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Erin Austen and the Ottawa chapter of Medical Makers to support a Medical Make-a-thon in the city.