Low-income youth shine at charity golf tournament

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 — The OCH Foundation held its annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday, June 27th. Although things got off to a shaky start, not even thunder, rain and a little hail could keep us of the course!

140 golfers made their way to the Gatineau Golf and Country Club for what was the Foundation’s first ever sold out tournament. When the clouds parted and the dust settled, over $63,000 was raised. The funds will be used to break the cycle of poverty in OCH communities and help our families lead healthier lives.

“The Youth Futures component to this year’s tournament was a refreshing change from the typical corporate style tournament”, explained Howard Whittaker, the OCH Foundation’s Executive Director. “We had 20 youth participants from the program join us at the event. 16 of them were paired with golfers from local businesses and the other four volunteered at different stations throughout the tournament. It gave the youth an opportunity to gain valuable networking experience while trying their hand at golf – many of them had never stepped foot on a golf course before.”

Youth Futures supports post-secondary participation among low income youth in Ottawa through leadership development, employment experience, and post-secondary orientation, in order to create successful futures and build strong communities. It is a  is a 7 month program that provides skills, information, support and practical experience to succeed in college, university and the work force.

In accordance to the steady increase of support the private sector has provided since the inception of the tournament, a record 44 local businesses sponsored, donated prizes, played, and sponsored youth at the tournament.

OCH Foundation

With a focus on education, employment and community engagement, the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Foundation brings together community leaders to help families, seniors, and individuals achieve personal success.