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!
It is with great sadness that The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa acknowledges the death of Alison Mackenzie Dewar. Read more
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is the grateful recipient of funding from:
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
A special Thank you to:
“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)
Every year, The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa holds a holiday celebration in order to ensure that those who are homeless, who live in poverty, who struggle with mental illness, isolation and addiction – that all of the most marginalized participate in the celebration of the holiday spirit!
This year the celebration takes place Friday, December 13, 2013 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm.
Our goal every year is to ensure that every woman and child who comes receives a gift and a hearty celebratory meal and we hope that you will be able to make a contribution.
Monetary donations above $25.00 in value will receive a charitable tax receipt. Please see our wish list to see how else you can help:
Holiday Wish List
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
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: Chantal Surgeson
Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
in the News:
The Somerset West Community Health Centre is promoting safety tips for women selling sex
Emily Chan, Centretown News
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Christina Jahn reached a settlemnt with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Andrew Seymore, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Comics raise funds for the Elizabeth Fry Society's transition house
Noreen Fagan, Capital XTRA
Published: Monday, October 18, 2010
Cops execute two blitzes in two weeks
Noreen Fagan, Capital XTRA
Published: Friday, November 20, 2009
Police/No movement on hooker sweeps in wake of poor conditions
Marcus McCann, Capital XTRA
Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Advocacy group says overcrowding is blocking programs that would keep women from re-offending
Neco Cockburn, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, November 14, 2008