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This year to honour the memory of one of our biggest fundraisers, we would like to dedicate our Ottawa Race Weekend to Margie Cunningham. Sadly, Margie passed away after on Sunday, March 8. Margie was matched through our Matching Program. She was also an active member of our Consumers Advisory Committee for many years. Margie was such an integral and beloved part of our community. Ottawa Race Weekend was one of her favourite events and she rarely missed a year. She loved nothing more than asking everyone she knew, including all the staff at Citizen Advocacy, to sponsor her to participate. Join us as we run for Margie! Please consider donating to our race weekend team to continue Margie’s wonderful legacy at Citizen Advocacy.


For over 46 years, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa has been a strong community leader supporting people of all ages across the disability spectrum, including physical limitations, intellectual disabilities, mental illness and disabilities relating to age.  Its signature program, Everyday Champions, establishes matches between volunteers and individuals living with a disability.  Together they participate in weekly activities, offer companionship, involvement in community life, emotional support and practical everyday help.  As a result, those supported are less alone, less vulnerable, experience increased self-esteem and have better physical and mental health.

People need people.  We recognize the importance of friends and networks in our lives.  Every day, we see evidence of how personal relationships and networks help support and resolve personal and professional matters.  We use our networks to help others – whether it’s related to getting a job, finding a professional resource or for social and recreational purposes.  We rely on these rich personal networks and relationships. Many people living with disabilities don’t have the benefit of these relationships.

Team members

Click on one of our team members below to make a donation.

e.g., John, Smith, or

Vernon White

Raised: $5,050.00

Team captain

Veronica Anderson

Raised: $275.00

Mark Evraire

Raised: $100.00

Sherry sara Brachfeld

Raised: $50.00

Debbie Wasserman

Raised: $0.00

Debora Applebaum

Raised: $0.00

Kiran O'Hare

Raised: $0.00

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Mar 20 Maria Redpath In memory of Margie $50.00
Mar 19 Winn Lambert-Meek In memory of my sweet, dear friend Margie Cunningham xoxo $100.00
Dec 27 Vernon White $50.00