Our staff are agents of change.

Our staff are the powerful force behind the good work we do here at the Education Foundation of Ottawa. Their commitment and passion has been a vital strength as we open doors for every child and youth in the Ottawa community who need our help to succeed. Get to know them a little better and why they come to work every day.

Read Clarissa Arthur’s recent contribution to the 2020 Giving Guide (p.70) published by the Ottawa Business Journal here.

Clarissa Arthur, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Ottawa

As Executive Director, I oversee all operations with supervision and guidance from my valuable Board of Directors and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board officials. In my role, I work to create and execute our fundraising plan, establish and maintain positive donor relations, liaise with school administrators, and lead fundraising campaigns and special events.

I plan to bring with me, my many professional and personal experiences that have led me to where I am today. As a parent, professional, and community member, I believe in the EFO mission of creating a level playing field for all students regardless of personal or socio-economic circumstance. As our vision states: ALL children should have an equal opportunity to learn and participate, and I know you can help us see this through!

I consider myself a lifelong learner who is always up for a challenge. I have diplomas in Early Childhood Education, and Child and Youth Care, a Certificate in Infant Mental Health Promotion, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; I deeply enjoy learning about human behavior and how we can discover equitable and inspiring ways to make this world a better place. I was a young mother to my children, now in their 20’s, and feel I have a true empathy and understanding of what some parents and children may face during difficult circumstances. I do hope to inspire others to always look toward the future and to never give up on their dreams.

I look forward to meeting with members of our community who are willing to use their voices and abilities to help the Education Foundation of Ottawa advocate for our youth and ensure that children are not going to school hungry, cold, or missing out on valuable opportunities. We can make a difference together!


Laila Labelle, Development and Communications Assistant, Education Foundation of Ottawa

As Development and Communications Assistant, my role includes supporting leadership in all areas of development and communications, public awareness, maintaining positive donor relationships, promoting the team’s mission and services, and growing the organization. 

While working in this role, I plan to expand the awareness of the organization, explore long-term solutions for solving inequality, and establish new and creative ways for donors to become involved in the organization. I consider myself to be passionate, motivated, and I possess a unique and natural ability for networking and building strong business and personal relationships. I have an innate ability to connect and communicate at all levels which has excelled my career in various positions, including Director of Sales Operations, Marketing Director, and Small Business Consultant.

I have diplomas in both Business Administration and Marketing and also hold a Certificate in XSell, North American Sales Training. I’m involved with Junior Achievers Ottawa, School Parent Council and am also an Instructor at the West Carleton School of Performing Arts. 

“…the power of an authentic, human connection is not to be underestimated.” – Diedre Moore

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