Bridges Over Barriers

Bridges Over Barriers

Generously supported by the Rick Hodder Fund

A sub-fund of the Education Foundation of Ottawa’s Students In Crisis Fund.

To contribute to the Bridges Over Barriers Fund, click here.

UPDATE: The Bridges Over Barriers fund is being utilized temporarily as the Education Foundation of Ottawa’s response during COVID-19. This is the best way to serve our OCDSB students in crisis. Many thanks to the OCDSB social workers for submitting requests for funding to support our most vulnerable families. 

The idea for Bridges Over Barriers came from Drs. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and Michael Hartwick, who were inspired by the desire to commemorate their colleague and friend, Dr. Rick Hodder. Dr. Hodder was a Critical Care Physician at The Ottawa Hospital with a deep commitment to the common good. 

Bridges Over Barriers recognizes that schools are a hub for young people’s well-being, and that school social workers are in a unique position in their direct work with many of the most vulnerable children and families in our community.

This fund is established based on the values of equity and the need for early intervention, with a commitment to maintaining the dignity of every individual who is a benefactor of this fund.  All Canadians deserve equitable opportunities and life outcomes, and the sooner barriers can be overcome and supports can be put into place, the greater the impact will be for the individual, the family, and the overall community.

This fund enables OCDSB school social workers, through their clinical lens, to identify needs and barriers in student’s lives that prevent them from accessing necessary basic necessities, activities, and mental/physical health supports. The goal is to collaborate with students and/or families in order to immediately access these critical supports.

To contribute to the Bridges Over Barriers Fund, click here.

*When donating, you will notice that the “Allocation” option is Students in Crisis. This is because the Bridges Over Barriers Fund is under our Students in Crisis Umbrella. Please rest assured that your donation will be directed to Bridges Over Barriers, just as it is noted in the thank you letter you will receive by email after you’ve made your donation.

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