Our Annual Academic Achievement Luncheon

Wednesday, June 21st was a beautiful summer day, made special because it was the date of our fifth annual academic achievement luncheon. Each year at this event, we gather to honour our graduates, award and bursary winners and all our students for their hard work over the past year.

This year, we extended hearty congratulations to two students who received their Ontario High School Diploma, "Cece", shown below on the left with her son and Amanda shown on the right with her daughter.

In addition to these two graduates, the following students were also recognized for their accomplishments:

Peipei, Bursary Recipient

Raven, English Award

Anita, Most Improved Student

Chris, Outstanding Dedication

Joanne Crispin, a graduate of the Learning Coach Program in 2010, spoke to the audience, sharing with everyone her experience in the program at Bethany and explaining how her life has unfolded since she graduated. She, particularly, wanted to thank Flo Crosbie, our superb math tutor, for the inspiration, encouragement and help she has given to her.

Beverly Illauq, an educator, author and advocate who has lived, worked and raised a family in Clyde River, Nunavut, spoke to the audience about the importance of family, education and self-healing.

The video, Step by Step, that explained the challenges, successes and hopes for the future of a number of our students was shown. (This video is now stored on our Learning Coach Library server and is available for anyone to see.) 

Everyone enjoyed an excellent meal, prepared by Bethany Hope Centre's Nourish Program. Our great thanks to everyone who prepared and served this wonderful meal.

Philip Wakeford, our Learning Coach, pictured on the left below, and Flo Crosbie, our wonderful math tutor, shown on the right.

And a good time was had by all!

The Advice is Free and it's Useful
Practical Help is Available

Are you or someone you love affected by cancer?

If so, Cancer Coaching Ottawa can help.

Cancer Coaching focuses on your physical, informational, emotional and spiritual needs - to help you and your family meet the challenges of cancer, achieve your health and wellness goals and improve your quality of life. Their clients meet with a Cancer Coach privately and also have access to Cancer Coaching in a group setting.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, or support a loved one who is facing cancer, you can register for Cancer Coaching by contacting the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Cancer Coaching is offered without a medical referral, and each person can access up to five (5) hours of Cancer Coaching thanks to the generosity of their donors and corporate partners.

For more information, check out their web site for details. 
How to start saving for your child's education

Education for your child after high school will be very expensive. Happily, help is available.  The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account to help parents get a head start on saving for their child's education after high school.

After high school, your child can withdraw the money to help pay for either full-time or part-time studies:

in an apprenticeship program;
at a CEGEP;
at a trade school;
at a college; or
at a university.

How much could you receive?

Get up to $2,000 for your child's  Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)-without having to put in any of your own money!

The money you get for your child could include:

$25 to help cover the cost of opening the RESP;
$500 to add to the RESP now, to help you start saving early; and
an extra $100 each year until the calendar year he or she turns 15, as long as you continue to receive the  National Child Benefit Supplement.

To get the Canada Learning Bond, you must open an RESP with an  RESP provider who offers the Canada Learning Bond.

You do not have to put any of your own money into the RESP. Ask your  RESP provider to apply for the bond, which the Government of Canada deposits directly into a child's RESP account. 

However, if you choose to contribute to your child's RESP account, your child will qualify for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The basic CESG provides 20 cents on every dollar you contribute, up to a maximum of $500 on an annual contribution of $2,500. This grant is available up until the end of the calendar year in which the child turns 17.

Useful Information for Tenants

Check this web site, prepared by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario). It describes and explains some important things about Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Topics covered include:
rent increases,
deposits and other charges,
repairs and maintenance,
moving out,

The OCTranspo Equipass is Here!

1. What is an OC Transpo EquiPass?
EquiPass is a new affordable monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for individuals or families who live on low incomes.

2. How much does an EquiPass cost?
EquiPass is priced at $57.00 per month for 2017, a 50 per cent discount from the adult monthly pass.

3. Who is eligible for an EquiPass?
EquiPass is available to City of Ottawa residents whose household income falls below the low-income cut-off (LICO) threshold, as set out annually by the Government of Canada.

4. What is the Low Income Cut-off (LICO) threshold?
The Low Income Cut-off (LICO) threshold is set annually by the Federal Government of Canada and therefore is subject to change. The LICO is reviewed every year and typically made public each July. This means that your eligibility for the EquiPass will change each year. The LICO is based on a person's marital status and number of dependents. As of March 2017, the LICO threshold is based on your 2015 net income (after tax) -- including the Canada Child Benefits (if applicable) and has been set at:

Family size    Annual net family income
 1 person              $20,386
 2 persons            $24,811
 3 persons            $30,895

5. Where can I get an application?
Application forms must be filled out and submitted for processing. You can get an EquiPass application form:

By mail - Call 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280) to request a copy.
In person at various locations across Ottawa:
OC Transpo Customer Service Centres (Lincoln Fields,
Rideau Centre, St-Laurent, Place d'Orléans, 925 Belfast Road),
City of Ottawa Client Service Centres (City Hall, Orléans, Nepean, Kanata and Walter Baker Sports Centre),
City of Ottawa Libraries,
City of Ottawa Community and Social Support Centres; and
Community Health and Resource Centres

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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