*Celebrating 65 Incredible Years Supporting Women*

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Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is a United Way member agency devoted to helping women and female youth who are, or may be, at risk of coming into conflict with the law. We offer a variety of different programs and services to provide women with confidential and supportive living and learning environments.

Women of all ages are referred to Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa by the officials working in the criminal justice system, by lawyers, medical professionals, social workers, social assistance workers, and by staff of community-based organizations and agencies. Women also seek out our services through word-of-mouth referrals and self-referrals.

Through our programs and services, we help women and their families make... changes... one step at a time.  And we have been successful in doing so for over 60 years!




The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is the grateful recipient of funding from:

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The support of the Government of Ontario is acknowledged

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa/Elizabeth Fry Society d'Ottawa remercie sincerement la Ville d'Ottawa de son soutien financier

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We believe in Positive Space


“Want to create a criminal? Change everything in a child’s life and keep changing it. Undermine their sense of belonging and security from their family connections and their cultural heritage. Add racism , poverty, social isolation, to further develop feelings of insecurity and social deprivation .Given a child’s growth stage , they are unable to articulate their feelings so we watch this child start to "act out" their anger, frustrations and deep hurt .We then label the child "bad," unmanageable," "challenging," etc. to further perpetuate their feelings of unworthiness and victimization. Keep this up until one day the child turns to alcohol, drugs , prostitution and eventually, if there is no intervention or turnaround , the child is labelled " criminal" and becomes a part of the system”

( Theijsmeifer, 2002: 2).

Prison Walls are so cold -

Locked up and left on hold,

Guards always strict and bold.

People going for visits,

‘Cause someone cares.

Knowing I won’t have one,

As they have all been there.

Waiting for a letter

Hoping for someone to write.

But knowing in your heart it won’t happen

As if you’re out of sight.

(by Dakota – a client of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa)



Hello Efry Ottawa supporters:

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has benefitted from your support in the past.  We have signed on to a new fundraising program called Fund Scrip.  I am writing this letter to appeal to you to Help us raise money and join our gift card fundraiser! 

What is the FundScrip fundraising program?


Fundscrip is an innovative program that lets you earn cash rebates for our group based on things you buy everyday like groceries, gas and other household items.  Every month you spend hundreds of dollars for things like food, gas, clothing, pharmacy, restaurants, electronics, home renovations, department stores, and so on.

All you have to do is pay for some or all of your purchases using GIFT CARDS bought at face value from FundScrip participating retailers and a percentage of every gift card purchased is contributed to our group’s fundraising efforts. So instead of paying with cash or a debit card, you use a gift card that you purchased through our group. It costs you nothing extra but you just earned money for our organization.

How to Order Your Gift Card & Support our Group

Visit the FundScrip website at www.fundscrip.com and click on the “Support Your Group” button located on the top right.

Here’s our group’s Invitation Code  2N5BMC

Once you have completed the sign up process, you will be sent an email to complete your registration.

Now you are ready to login, place orders and start supporting our group! Have your gift card order mailed to you directly.

You can order your gift cards online any time and have them shipped to your home address for $0.87 (includes taxes).

You pay this $0.87 when you checkout your order. There is a four (4) gift card limit in each order and a $500 maximum value of the cards.  You can order multiple times a month.

Orders are processed four (4) days a week (Monday through Thursday) at 9:15 am ET once payment has been confirmed.

Payment methods available to you


- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – FREE

- Requires completed application form and void cheque sent to FundScrip to be activated.

- Interac Online - earnings reduced by $0.85 per transaction for those with accounts at the following financial institutions:  RBC Royal Bank, BMO Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, and TD Toronto Dominion.

- Credit Card (earnings are reduced by 1.99%)

- Online Banking Bill Payment - FREE

- Pay for your orders as you would pay any other bill.

- There are no fees or deductions to earnings for using this payment. Please note that it can take at least three

- (3) business days for FundScrip to receive payment.

Ask family & friends to support our group too!


We encourage everyone to invite their family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors to participate in our FundScrip gift card fundraiser as well.

Do you have any questions? Please contact: claudinethompson@hotmail.com

Learn more at www.fundscrip.com

Please help us by buying gift cards to cover your everyday purchases.  Thank you for all of your support for our agency and the women and youth we serve.

Yours truly,

Bryonie Baxter

Executive Director















News & Events

CAEFS Conference

For registering the CAEFS program, please download and completed the Conference Registration Form and send the form to The Elizabeth Fry Ottawa.


Probation and parole officers in Ottawa warn of strike's potential risks

Probation and parole officers in Ottawa warn that the safety of both offenders and the public could be at risk if correctional workers go on strike Sunday. Please click here and read full story in CBC website.

Bryonie Baxter, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, said she is"very concerned" about the situation. She doesn't want the potential job action to take away the relationship clients who are offenders have with their probation or parole officers.


Plese click on the picture to read the full story!!!

Overcrowded, Understaffed, detention centre failing inmates and guards, - Published on November 8, 2015



Kindness Week Donation 2015

Ontario Minister Yasir Naqvi presents Executive Director Bryonie Baxter with the box of items donated during Kindness Week 2015.

The box contained feminine hygiene products and toiletries to assist women in need.


Dee Dee's Story - CBC Feb 10, 2015

Please click here to watch vedio clip......

United Way Minute Week 15 - Feb 10, 2015

Please click here to watch episode......


News - The Pioneer - Feb 5, 2015

Changes made for transgender prisoners -

By Michele Weisz

The transgender community in Ontario has won another small battle for equality and human rights...... Please click here to read more information.


NEWS- Ottawa Sun

Policy boost for transgender inmates to bring 'clarity' -

By Corey Larocque, Ottawa Sun

Letting transgender inmates decide what part of a jail they want to be housed in will bring "clarity" to part of the justice system that lacked it for years, says Bryonie Baxter, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry society. Please click here to read more information.


AGM speech October 2014 – Bryonie Baxter, Executive Director,

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa , please click here to read details.


Seeking Accountability by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for its treatment of Women

Coroner's Jury releases its verdict in the Ashley Smith Inquest. Click here

Non-Conviction Records FAQ

Please see the following link for information on non-convction records, how to find out if you have one, and whether you can remove the information.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association Non-Conviction Records FAQ

Rona Fundraiser

Every supporter of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa will receive a Rona discount card, which entitles the card holder to receive a 5% discount at two Rona Home and Garden locations in Ottawa. Also, a matching donation of 5% will be made to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa for every purchase that you make. For more information, please click the following link: http://efryottawa.com/news/?p=142

United Way Campaign Donations

Please consider designating your United Way campaign donation to our agency. It's easy to do - when filling in your donation form - include our organization name – The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and our charitable number which is 107294456 RR0001.

Julie Bilotta: The woman who gave birth in a jail cell in the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre

For more information on this matter, please click here.

Applying for a Record Suspension?
Formally known as a "pardon"

From the Parole Board of Canada website:
“Applying for a Record Suspension? Know the Facts..."

Information from unofficial sources on the record suspension application process can be incorrect, out-of-date, and sometimes misleading.

Individuals are encouraged to deal directly with the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) when seeking information on the record suspension application process to ensure they have the most factual and up-to-date information available. This can help avoid potential delays in the processing of an application.”

Please visit the Parole Board of Canada website for the application form and details on applying for a record suspension. http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/prdons/fcts-eng.shtml

Students Looking to interview staff:

If you are a student looking to interview staff for an assignment, please follow this link for our response. Thank you.

Student Placement Opportunities:

If you are a college or university student who is interested in completing your placement with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, please download the following attachment and return it by email or fax to: Wendy Stewart

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

in the News:

Murder Highlights Importance of Sex-Worker Safety

The Somerset West Community Health Centre is promoting safety tips for women selling sex 

Emily Chan, Centretown News

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013

Ottawa woman’s human rights settlement sparkssweeping changes for Ontario jails

Christina Jahn reached a settlemnt with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Andrew Seymore, Ottawa Citizen

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Helping Criminalized Women Reintegrate Into Society

Comics raise funds for the Elizabeth Fry Society's transition house

Noreen Fagan, Capital XTRA

Published: Monday, October 18, 2010

Police Step Up Prostitution Sweeps

Cops execute two blitzes in two weeks

Noreen Fagan, Capital XTRA

Published: Friday, November 20, 2009

Overcrowding at Ottawa Women's Jail

Police/No movement on hooker sweeps in wake of poor conditions

Marcus McCann, Capital XTRA

Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Detention centre bursting after sweep

Advocacy group says overcrowding is blocking programs that would keep women from re-offending

Neco Cockburn, Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, November 14, 2008