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Telus Friendly Future Foundation Grants IWSO $20,000

Mercy Lawluvi,
Executive Director
(613) 729-3145 

Melissa Day
Community Board Region Ottawa
Telus Friendly Future Foundation

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation supports Children Who Witness Violence with a donation of $20,000

Ottawa, ON – December 10, 2021… Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) announces the receipt of a donation of $20,000 from the Telus Friendly Future Foundation™ to support the IWSO Children Who Witness Violence Program.

Melissa Day, Community Board Member for the Ottawa Region of the Telus Friendly Future Foundation said, “The work IWSO has been doing in the community for over 30 years is outstanding and to be commended.  The Foundation believes that it is important to reach out to children to provide them with the tools and skills to handle life’s future challenges in healthy ways.  The children who witness violence program led by IWSO, will teach children these essential skills and the Foundation is proud to lend its support to IWSO for this program”.


 In a statement thanking Telus Friendly Future Foundation for this generous donation, the IWSO Executive Director Mercy Lawluvi said, “We are excited to have been chosen by the Telus Friendly Future Foundation as a grant recipient for 2021. This grant will go a long way to increase our capacity and commitment to a successful implementation of the Children Who Witness Violence Program.  Knowing the Foundation supports IWSO as we strive to make Ottawa a better home for the women and children we serve is the encouragement that keeps our staff and Board committed to our mission” 

Commenting on the grant, Josephine Basudde, manager of Crisis & Counselling services at IWSO also said “As the number of callers to our centre has increased due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, so has the number of children who have witnessed violence in the home. Thanks to today’s Grant of $20,000 from the Telus Friendly Futures Foundation, we will be able to support these vulnerable children adequately.”

About Immigrant Women Services Ottawa:

The mandate of (IWSO) is to empower immigrant and racialized women in the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas to participate in the elimination of all forms of abuse against women; to provide culturally responsive services which will facilitate their access to community and mainstream services and provide other services/programs which will assist immigrant women in their journey to attain their full potential.  We create opportunities for women as they integrate into a new society, rebuild their lives free of violence, and achieve their personal goals.

About Telus Friendly Future Foundation:

At TELUS, we believe that the synergies between doing well in business and doing good in our communities have never been more evident. That’s why we created TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, an independent charitable organization dedicated to funding health and education programs that help youth and communities thrive in a digital world. Our Foundation builds on TELUS’ legacy of giving, ensuring support where it is needed the most is provided to local charities like yours.

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa
219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-729-3145
Fax: 613-729-9308