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Golfers raise $30,000 to provide essential mental health services

September 11, 2023

Upstream Ottawa supporters had a great day of golfing on a beautiful August 31 at The Marshes, raising $30,000 for essential mental health and substance-use health services.

The tournament saw 128 golfers come out to raise funds for Upstream’s mission of providing community supports to youth and adults living with mental health and substance-use health challenges, to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives.


There were many returning sponsors, golfers, and prize donors at the tournament, plus 18 volunteers to run the day. Claridge Homes and The Ferguson Family Foundation were the lead silver sponsors.

Barre Construction, Richcraft, Oegema-Nicholson Insurance, Arnon Corporation and Ron Eastern Construction, Good Lookin’ Cleaning, Monolith Finishing, and Flash Photo Booth Ottawa were bronze sponsors.

Returning supporters, such as Teslica Ebike Ottawa and Camp Otterdale, provided generous prizes for live and silent auctions.

During the evening program, golfers heard from an eloquent speaker, Serena Lynch, about the important role Upstream services have played in her life.


“We had lots of fun on the golf course but we also heard a meaningful message about how important these services are, and we raised a lot of money."

“We are grateful to our sponsors, golfers and donors for standing up for mental health services in Ottawa. I'm already excited to make next year bigger and better.”

- Jenni Condon
Tournament Chair


Upstream provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing options to people living with mental health and/or substance-use health concerns. Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication management, and life-skills coaching.


For more information go to, call the Upstream Ottawa office at 248-3330 ext. 401, or send an email to

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Upstream Ottawa hosts BGC at Sens game

Upstream Ottawa hosts BGC at Sens game

February 3, 2023

Ottawa, Ontario – Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support was thrilled to host a group of youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) at the Ottawa Senators-New York Islanders game at the Canadian Tire Centre on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Jan. 25. Joining the group were two Algonquin College public relations students involved in a class fundraising campaign for Upstream that starts in March.

The whole excursion was made possible by Bell Let’s Talk who kindly provided premium seats for the group. A private donor enabled us to provide food and transportation.

Upstream Ottawa’s new Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth, called SAPPACY, has been supporting the Boys and Girls Club for some time now. As Kim Prescod, a Youth Development & Program Specialist at the Ron Kolbus Clubhouse, said, “Upstream has been very supportive. They’ve been able to counsel some of our kids, so it’s been a good connection. We’ve done some things within the short period we’ve known Upstream, so it’s been fun.” 

Attending the game – which was not only exciting but in which the Sens won 2-1 – “was a privilege,” Prescod added. “We’ve never had seats like this, ever. We’ll usually have boxes, but today, it was a treat to see the hockey game so close. They had food too, and [the kids] love that, so that’s just a gift. We really do appreciate that.” 

The Algonquin College public relations students’ have elected to support the work of Upstream Ottawa via their 'Conquering the Current' fundraising campaign which launches on March 21, 2023.

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