COVID-19 Update

VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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Shelley Ann Morris

Shelley Ann Morris embodies volunteerism and has spent over 30 years giving her time to make life better for citizens in Ottawa. She has dedicated her life through volunteerism to provide opportunities for people living with disabilities to be included and have a voice in their lives and their community. She is the co-host of a well-respected weekly radio show on CKCU called welcome to My World, which is run by and for persons with disabilities. In addition, Shelley volunteers her time to teach youth and adults living with vision loss at a radio camp so they can learn new skills to become involved in hosting their own show in the future. Shelley is a long-time volunteer advocate with Citizen Advocacy, and has been matched with a woman with a disability for over 31 years, where they have developed a wonderful and deep friendship.

Shelley is best known for her two passions in life; music and triathlon. She is involved as a volunteer with all of the local musical festivals (Bluesfest, Jazz Fest, Folk Fest and other grassroots festivals) leading initiatives on providing accommodations for patrons with disabilities to fully enjoy these festivities.

Shelly is a whirlwind of energy, strength and dedication to the empowerment that comes from volunteers in our community!