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Supporting refugee women at Carty House

Tobi Cohen

Carty House is gearing up for a busy spring, raising money to support refugee women right here in Sandy Hill.

Garden party

On May 6, the transitional home for refugee women is inviting ladies across Ottawa to dust off their spring bonnets and fascinators to join the Irish Women’s Network of Ontario for their 5th annual Ladies’ Spring Garden Party at the residence of the Irish Ambassador, 291 Park Road, Rockcliffe.

The event will include refreshments, entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. Money raised will go towards Carty House, which provides a safe home and support services to female refugee claimants and convention refugees as they move through the refugee system and build the resources necessary to live integrated and independent lives in Canadian society.

Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased through Event Brite. (eventbrite.ca/d/canada–ottawa/events/, and search for ladies spring garden party.)

Online auction

Also coming up this spring is our first ever online auction where you can bid on fabulous prizes. We’re in the process of gathering items and invite businesses, big and small, in Ottawa and beyond, to donate products, services, gift cards and tickets that may be auctioned off to raise money for the residents of Carty House. In exchange, we will share news of your kind gesture on social media. Businesses can contact us at donor-relations@cartyhouse.org.


Lastly, we will cap off the spring with a gala on June 14 at Biagio’s Italian Kitchen that will feature a delectable meal, live entertainment and other surprises. Check our website, cartyhouse.org/ for details coming soon.

If you’d like to get even more involved in Carty House, we’re looking to expand our board of directors. If you have board experience and an interest in helping refugee women in Ottawa thrive, we want to hear from you.

Happy spring!

Tobi Cohen is a Carty House board member