Ottawa Police announces 2018 Gala recipients

Special to WC Online

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has selected two programs benefitting at-risk youth to share the proceeds of the 2018 OPS Gala. They are the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).
The shared proceeds will fund a new OSEG Foundation employment program giving at-risk youth opportunities to gain valuable work experience and expose them to new avenues for career pursuit.
“We are so excited to be working with the Ottawa Police Service to help launch this innovative employment strategy,” said OSEG Foundation Executive Director Janice Barresi. “The funds raised through the Gala will give some of the most vulnerable members of our community the chance to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.”
The GCTC was selected for their programming for at-risk youth referred through the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, which empowers participants, boosts their self-confidence and helps them thrive into adulthood.
Lastly, a donation will be made to the Ottawa Police Memorial Cemetery from funds raised at the 2018 Gala.
Now in its ninth year, the OPS Gala has raised over $735,000 for local charities.
“This gala is achieving its goal of helping people in our community thanks to our generous sponsors and all the people who attend,” said Chief Charles Bordeleau. “This year, we had a record 38 organizations apply to be the recipients and we are humbled by the incredible work that is going on in the community. This was a very difficult decision and we encourage everyone to apply again next year.”
This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Shaw Centre. To learn more, please visit:

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