Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa

The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFO), a fundraising arm of The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO), funds programs that provide Ottawa children, youth and families with opportunities to create lifelong memories and reach their full potential
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CAFO’s goal is to provide all children and youth an equal chance at growing into healthy and successful adults.

The most tangible influence the Foundation makes is with the Dare to Dream Bursary Program. Youth in care do not have any financial assistance, and obtaining support from other resources proves to be difficult. These funds assist youth in pursuing their educational dreams and becoming contributing citizens, not only for themselves, but for the future of our community. Over the last 20 years, over $1M has been raised providing over 800 youth with bursaries.

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue for last fiscal year


Geographic region of focus

City of Ottawa

Annual funding priorities

• Dare to Dream Bursary Program (40-50 youth supported annually)
• CASO Camp for Kids (250-300 children annually)
• Cookie Jar Fund (300 kids annually)

How you can help


The Foundation’s goal is to provide support to children, youth and families to increase their chances for the best possible outcome. The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa supports children and families through a variety of programs and funding models:

  • Children, youth and families supported by CASO
  • Cookie Jar Fund (for extra-curricular activities and essential needs)
  • Scotia Capital Leap to Learn Fund
  • Fair Shot Program
  • CASO Camp for Kids
  • Current and former Crown wards (youth in care or formerly in care)
  • Dare to Dream Bursary Program
  • Ted and Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program
  • Foster Care Diversity Fund – ensuring that all children and youth in care are supported based on their cultural and religious needs


Volunteers at The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa play an important role in the care and development of our communities most vulnerable. Individuals over the age of 18 can contribute to a wide range of services:

  • Assist at Foundation Fundraising events
  • Tutor or mentor for children and youth in care
  • Child and youth counsellors assistance during family visits
  • Preschool staff assistant with children in the Headstart Program
  • Drivers ensure children arrive safely and on time for appointments
  • Clerical and administrative help

Programming and community outreach


May 2018, a wine-paired gourmet dinner at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International. Space available for 100 attendees.

Image from Salut

CAFO Chairty Golf Tournament

September 2018, Canadian Golf and Country Club. Space available for 144 golfers.

World Trivia Night

November 2018, EY Centre. Space available for 1,500 participants.

Image from World Trivia Night

Board members and executives

Headshot of Walter Noble
Walter Noble, Executive Director
Headshot of Marion Bailey-Canham
Marion Bailey-Canham, Chair of Board of Directors

Robert De Toni. Partner, Merovitz Potechin LLP
John Haralovich, Partner/Senior Vice President, MNP
Jonathan Westeinde, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Windmill Development Group
Luigi Bastianelli, Vice President & Market Lead, Commercial Banking – Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) & West Quebec, Scotiabank 
Jacqueline Bushell, Residential Mortgage Specialist, Oriana Financial
Alan Kearns. Head Coach & Founder, Career Joy
Ryan Kelahear, Business Development Manager, Colliers Project Leaders
Anna Lynch, Vice President, Engineering, TITUS
Al Mackey, Project Director - Major Projects, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
Barbara MacKinnon, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa) (Ex Officio)
Mairi Miller, Senior Manager, Corporate Marketing, Nanometrics Inc.
Susan Rohac, Vice President, Growth and Transition Capital, Business Development Bank of Canada

Get in touch

Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa
1602 Telesat Court
Ottawa ON
K1B 1B1

Twitter: @CAFOttawa
Facebook: @CAFOttawa