A Century of Charitable Work

In 1910, IODE Laurentian Chapter donated $17,000 to build and furnish a tuberculosis sanatorium (later the Royal Ottawa Hospital). Recently, when the hospital was rebuilt, the chapter was still there to help, this time with furnishings.

IODE Laurentian Chapter, founded in 1906, is a local wing of a national women's charitable organization - IODE - dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, through education, community service and citizenship programs. Please review the information contained on this website and consider donating to the work of Laurentian Chapter. You can make your contribution online at the flick of a finger. See the "Donate" button in the upper right corner of this page.

54th Annual IODE House and Garden Tour

The 54th annual IODE House and Garden Tour was a resounding success! Not only did we earn a record-breaking amount for a one-day tour ($24,000), we had a great crowd of visitors who enjoyed the 6 homes on the tour, including the spectacular home of Michael Potter.

A large portion of the money is on its way to the shelters for abused women and their children, and the rest  is directed to local scholarships, and to help provide needed articles to the 76 students we support at an aboriginal school in Cat Lake, in northern Ontario.

All of our homeowners will provide references to anyone who is considering having their home on our future tours. Here are two of them:

"Twice, our home has been part of the IODE charity home tour. In both instances we have found the wonderful women who pull these tours together, to be unfailingly polite, well organized, sensitive to our needs/wishes and most appreciative. On the actual day of the tour, they provide excellent pre-briefed volunteer guides in all locations of the home that are open to visiting. That is reassuring for us as home owners and a great benefit to visitors in terms of explaining the contents of the room as well as providing logistical guidance. Indeed, they are prepared for any eventuality including rain! With full confidence, we would certainly encourage other home owners to commit their homes to future IODE tours.
Sincerely, Margaret and Larry Dickenson"

"Joe and I were delighted to offer our home for such a great cause.  The IODE team was extremely well organized, communicated all the details very well and on the day of the tour – we were thrilled with their positive attitude and support.   Following the tour, our home was in exactly the same condition that we left it in.  Kudos to IODE for being so thorough and respectful!  
Susan Cook and Joe Hincke"

Grants Committee

The deadline for grant application is September 30th. Please go to "Grants" at the top of the page for rules and regulations. Local grants are made to organizations recognized by Canada Customs, and Revenue Canada as registered charities.

Organizations must be based in Ottawa or the projects must benefit residents of the local Ottawa community.

The Chapter will not consider requests for:

  1. Deficit reduction
  2. Fundraising events
  3. Individuals
  4. On-going operating expenses (e.g. rent, salaries, fees). Grants are for tangible things such as: equipment, appliances, wheelchairs, furniture, etc.

Laurentian Chapter News

Services Officer Barbara Potts presenting a cheque to Sui-Ling Leung and Cindy Smith of the Caring and Sharing Exchange which will help Ottawa families in need at the Holiday Season.

Laurentian Chapter cheque presentation

Linden House "Jack Straw"

IODE Laurentian Chapter enjoyed a very successful "benefit night" when the Linden House Theatre Company generously shared the income from the attendance on October 23rd. The Chapter members offered a finger food buffet prior to the presentation, which was enormously enjoyed by the attendees. The play was a delight with an excellent counterpoint between the cast members. There is no doubt that Linden House is developing a devoted fan base, and it is an evening greatly anticipated by Laurentian members and their friends and family.


Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 6:00pm
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