Eating & Drinking

THE GIVER: Something for the world traveller, the grocery store lover, and the people person

The Giver is written by Ottawa Mag’s Dee Campbell, who knows that people prefer to volunteer in ways that speak to their interests. Dee has volunteered for the Terry Fox Run since she was a little girl and is a Brownie Leader of 15 years.

Do you have a volun-gig needing filled? Email


These Cuso International volunteers look pretty happy to have completed the Safari International Marathon in Arusha, Tanzania


What would you say to spending a few months in Tanzania, Nicaragua or Nigeria?
Departure Date: next month.

Intrigued? A few of the positions available right now: Counsellor/Psychologist, Agricultural Development Advisor, Fundraising Advisor, and the Under 5 Birth Registration Initiative.

Cuso International covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad.



Grab a shopping cart, load it up with free food, and then walk around the Kanata Food Cupboard‘s small warehouse placing non-perishable foods in designated piles: baby food, beans, tomato sauce, etc. This is what I did with my Brownie unit last winter, as a community project (it would also make a great family event). They LOVED it. We’re already booked to do it again in January — but why not in December? Because I like the message it sends: adults and children are hungry every day — not just at Christmas.


C'mon. Even the cool kids are doing it.
C’mon. Even the cool kids are doing it.


Are you one of those people who defines him/herself as a ‘people person’? If so, have I got gigs for you — working in the café at The Ottawa Hospital; serving tea in the maternity ward at Riverside Hospital; providing companionship to patients at Queensway-Carleton Hospital. These hospitals need kind, friendly, team-oriented people, aged 16+. Commitment: 3-4 hours/week for a minimum eight-month period.