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Members & volunteers

BGCO Faces


"I’ve been coming to the Club for two years now. If I wasn’t’ here today, I’d be sitting on my couch watching Netflix. I play summer league basketball. Coming here improves my game a lot. We do drills, we work on skills like ball handling. One thing I’d like to do after high school is go to university in the U.S., hopefully play D1. After that, everyone’s dream is to go pro. Fallback plan? Probably teaching the game." - Joshua, 15, Police Youth Centre

A Father's Story

"When a single father was first referred to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, he had reservations about using our services. He was very close to his two children and was hesitant about leaving them in the care of other adults. He had only recently moved to Ottawa and his children were struggling with a very tumultuous past, including living in a shelter.

The father was looking to “normalize” things for his children. His reluctance quickly dissipated as he became familiar with our skilled and consistent staff team and recognized the support and strength of the Club. He says he was so relieved to learn membership is free and the Club would help his children with literacy and numeracy development.

When the father started working nights, his reliance on the Club grew as he has no family in Ottawa to lean on. Over the year, his children were offered tutoring and became part of the reading club. The difference the Club made in this family’s life was tremendous; the children’s academic performance and social integration were both positively impacted."

Meet Tolu, Member


(Tolu is the young man holding the trophy. Their team took home the senior boy's division 2 trophy at St-Pius!)

"Growing up, it was easy to dream of being a big time doctor or class-action lawyer, but you soon begin to realize that the real world poses challenges and nothing in life comes easy. I began to realize that I could not be successful on my way and I needed wings. The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provided me with those wings. 

Sports, along with the incredible staff, helped me develop self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork. I loved to play hockey when I was younger, but when my mom said it was too expensive, I turned to the Club for more and different options. There is such an unbelievable amount of opportunities when you are a Member of the Club. First off, it's FREE, however, it's only open five days a week which stinks. Kids like me look forward to coming to the Club because there are so many opportunities to grow and learn about yourself. Even after nine years, I still continue to learn and grow because of the many opportunities I have been exposed to. 

So, I guess you could say that the Boys and Girls Club is 'a great place to be' but I'd say that it's 'an amazing place to be.'"

Meet Kamil, Ridgemont Clubhouse Alumni


(Kamil pictured centre)

"The BGCO has been the most influential figure in my life outside of my immediate family. It helped shape my perspective on life and taught me how to seek and give guidance. It also taught me how to truly look after the well-being of others regardless of their circumstances. In short, the BGCO taught me how to spread love and be loved by everyone around you.

I currently work for the government in a role that allows me to take care of my family. I wouldn't be able to do that if it wasn't for the BGCO teaching me to correct ways, to articulate myself no matter the situation, to be a team player.

The BGCO at RHS has always been dear to my heart. I feel as though the RHS community is in dire need of the services the BGCO has to offer. As both a staff and former member, I can confidently say that the BGCO at RHS is making a huge impact on the lives of young people. To take this clubhouse away from the community would be detrimental to the positive growth of young people in this community for generations to come. ”

Ashbury College Volunteers

Ashbury Boys And Girls Club Volunteer Bus

"The Club Members have motivated and inspired me as much as I've motivated and inspired them. I’ve learnt that it’s so important for all of us to value each other’s differences, as hard as it can be. We have to embrace them – and that is exactly what the Club teaches all of us to do, as a Member, as a volunteer and as a community." - Gabby Hicks, 16 years old.

Gabby is an Ashbury College student and Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa volunteer. Over the last three years, Gabby has dedicated her time to volunteer at the Don McGahan Clubhouse during the school year and summer, as well as to help expand a program. Under her lead, Ashbury students were mobilized to volunteer at the Don McGahan Clubhouse on a weekly basis to support a variety of programs, with an emphasis on supporting our education program pillar. Click here to read her story!

Volunteering with your local Club

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Click here to read Kim Lamont's story and find out why she's one of the BGCO's many incredible and dedicated volunteers.

Writing and creating a music video

Pathways-To-Education partnered with the BGCO and MASC to run a songwriting and music production project. Twelve youth had the chance to participate and create original songs and music videos. 

Teaching Music

This member learned how to play this song, in one lesson with our volunteer.

Leaders 4 Life

Leaders-4-Life is about building character and developing leaders.

Planting a Garden at the BGCO

In 2014, Restauranteur Stephen Beckta helps BGCO members to plant a garden

Walk this way

Walk this Way is a program that offers youth the freedom to be physically active in a less competitive nature.

Creative Arts: Music Room

How music is an integral part of the Creative arts program at BGCO

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