A Salute and Tribute to Maureen McTeer – A fundraiser for Nelson House

Nelson House of Ottawa – Carleton, an emergency shelter for women and children, is delighted to bring back its celebratory Fall Tribute dinner this year on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave, Ottawa, from 6:00 pm onwards.
Together, let’s salute and pay tribute to a proud Canadian, Maureen McTeer, who has worked tirelessly to advocate and support gender equality in Canada. Her commitment to defend women’s healthcare, reproductive rights, and her outstanding accomplishment as a best-selling author are just some of her many achievements! She has received both the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons case and the DIVA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Health and Well Being in recognition of her continued commitment to issues of equality. Recently she was presented the Key to the City by Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of the City of Ottawa. She has met and worked with community groups, and over the years has visited development projects in some 30 countries in the developing world. Nelson House is truly delighted to honour her for her exceptional contributions to women and their safety.
Your presence at the event will not only honour Maureen’s strong work as a women’s advocate but will also support the operations of Nelson House. The funds raised will help assuage costs associated with beds not covered by government funding. Nelson House has 20 beds available to women in need, but only 15 of those are funded by the government. The House is often operating over capacity. Nelson House not only provides safety for women and children who are being abused but also works closely with groups and individuals towards ending violence against women.
Tickets are $150 for one or $275 for two people. They can be bought online at Eventbrite.ca or on phone: 613.225.0630, ext. 209.

12 Things we always need at Nelson House

  1. $25 gift cards – Walmart, Giant Tiger, Food Basics, etc.
  2. Diapers – Size 5 & 6
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Towels – any size new
  5. $5 gift cards for TIMS
  6. Laundry soap (any kind) & dryer sheets
  7. Blankets and sheets – any size new or used
  8. Kleenex
  9. Paper towel
  10. Tin foil, plastic wrap, sandwich bags
  11. Shampoo, Shower gel, lotion
  12. Liquid hand soap

SCORE! – NHL comes through for Nelson House

Thank you to Mark Schultz and Laurie Kepron (2nd from right) from the National Hockey League who presented our staff with a whopping $10,000 worth of Canadian Tire Gift cards just in time for the holidays! This incredibly generous donation will go a long way toward helping our residents now and throughout the year.

THANK YOU to Shoppers Drug Mart -Barrhaven/Strandherd

Thank you to Jeff Kelly and all the staff and customers of Shoppers Drug Mart in Barrhaven for your generousity and continued support for Nelson House. Your donation this holiday season will bring a lot of cheer to our residents, past and present!

Ottawa Basketeers Need You!

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? The Ottawa Basketeers have been donating start-up baskets to Nelson House residents for many, many years! These baskets are full of all the things you would need to set up a new home…..from toasters to towels, dishes, glasses, pots and so much more! The Ottawa Basketeers are looking for men and women who would like to join the Basketeers and get involved in this worthy cause. Check out their website for more information.


Email: Ottawabasketeers@basketeers.org



Federal and Provincial Governments approve funding for a new shelter for Nelson House.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, April 7, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Ontario announced funding for Nelson House, a women’s shelter serving the Ottawa community since 1992. This funding will allow the agency to construct a new shelter that will include 20 beds to provide continued support and improved services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West – Nepean, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, made the announcement.

Quick facts:

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario contributed $5.3 million to Nelson House.
  • Nelson House serves approximately 120 women and children each year.
  • The existing 15-bed Nelson House shelter will be replaced with a new, 10,000 square foot, 20-bed facility that is accessible and provides a private, quiet and supportive space for women and their children.
  • The new facility will be more than twice the size of the existing facility and allow for activities, meetings, and improved and expanded on-site services.
  • These additional beds in the City of Ottawa will result in fewer women and children having to access less than ideal arrangements when shelters like Nelson House are at capacity.
  • Construction is expected to begin in June 2017 and completed in July 2018.

Thank you to Ottawa West Dental!

Thank you to the Dentists and Staff at Ottawa West Dental for their care and support for the residents at Nelson House. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated!


Dr. Viv Chander, Dr. Jennifer Charbonneau, Dr. Shawna Horrigan, Dr. Hannah Kashyap

All the rest of the team: Linda Dion (Practise Manager), Mariel Cerezo, Brenley Gillanders, Emily Lecuyer, Jackie Geneta-freeman, Kasia Kubik, Teresita Kelly, Corina Kolkowski, Stephanie Baker.