The May Court Club of Ottawa was founded in 1898 by Lady Ishbel Aberdeen, the wife of the Governor General. In a time when there were no social safety nets, she wanted to provide young socialite women with the ability to help other women and their children who were in need. Early activities of the club included establishing clinics, educational services, and knitting for the war effort. As the needs of the community changed so did the projects undertaken by the Club.
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I am very pleased to share that The May Court Club of Ottawa was chosen as one of the recipients of the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism (group) for 2019. The award was presented virtually by the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod on January 27, 2021. The May Court Club of Ottawa has a long history of service, often caring for the vulnerable members of our community. We were founded in 1898 by Lady Aberdeen, the wife of the Governor General of the time. She wanted to find a way for young women of leisure to return service to the community. We’ve come a long way from those days but our commitment to service remains the same. Lady Aberdeen would be proud.
Currently our major contribution is to provide, free of charge, the property of Hospice Care Ottawa’s May Court Hospice. Along with providing all the physical property maintenance costs, many of our volunteers also work with the staff as they provide outstanding end-of-life care to individuals as well as supporting their families. We also provide financial assistance through scholarships to two qualified nurses entering the first or second year of study at an approved Ontario University and to a qualified student entering the first or second year of the Master’s Program in Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. Pre-pandemic we also awarded grants to small community organizations, provided a nutrition program at six community houses, and operated the lending library at the Civic Hospital.
Our volunteers spend thousands of hours in working to bring these projects to fruition including operating the May Court Bargain Box on Laurier Street which is our largest source of funds. We also normally hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year. We look forward to reintroducing these activities again after the restrictions to combat COVID transmission have passed. If you would like to support the May Court Club of Ottawa, please go to our website. www.maycourt.org
The May Court Club of Ottawa
A recording was made of the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism (Group) presentation on January 27, 2021.
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