Bridges Over Barriers

Generously supported by the Rick Hodder Fund

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







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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.

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