Featured Volunteers

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Ausome Volunteers have a wide range of opportunities to develop new skills, form new friendships, and enjoy the team spirit of a tightly knit unit. They also reap a multitude of personal and professional benefits, including the sense of achievement and pride that comes from giving back to their community.

Meet some of our dedicated volunteers and discover why they find volunteering with Ausome so rewarding!


Allison, a full-time social work student at University of Ottawa and lifeguard/swimming instructor, loves pasta and ice cream — together.

She began volunteering as part of her social work program, and has decided to continue being an Ausome volunteer! Allison’s most memorable Ausome moment: “When I got to see one of the children improve in the second week that I was paired with them. He really improved on his teamwork and it was great to see him having fun playing a sport that he loves!”

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Zev, an NHL all-star on the X-Box, loves both playing and watching sports. He says sports provide kids the opportunity to achieve and a sense of accomplishment.

Zev was recently preparing for his bar mitzvah when he learned about Ausome. At his synagogue, they encourage each student to  give back to the wider community as part of a social action project. Since Zev is very passionate about sports, Ausome was his first choice. His favourite moment so far was “watching the kids celebrate after getting a basketball in the net!”

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A self-proclaimed history nerd, Sierra found us through a psychology class placement and “fell in love” with Ausome. 

Sierra’s most memorable Ausome volunteering moment? “…what continues to be my favourite experience with Ausome is forming a bond with the kids. It’s really amazing when the kids recognize you and look forward to coming every week!”

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Majd, a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Ottawa Biomedical Sciences Program believes the sky is the limit. When he’s not studying or volunteering, Majd can be found at the gym with his friends.

Majd’s plans for next year include starting med school, and getting more training in working with children that have special needs, including autism. His favourite Ausome memory is “In April I went to the weekly basketball program with Ausome although I had a final exam the next day. We spent an amazing time shooting hoops with the kids as usual, and then I was surprisingly named as the volunteer of the month, I was really proud for that.”  

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Jenny’s bio is coming soon!


Meggy, a country music–loving foodie, is an aspiring Occupational Therapist who is described as a smiling, approachable, helping and dedicated person by her friends.

Meggy learned about Ausome through CommuniCare Therapy. She loves volunteering with Ausome because it brings together two of her passions; sports and working with children. Her most memorable Ausome moment was “when one boy scored at Basketball for the first time and he had the brightest smile on his face and he was super excited.”

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Naomi, a happy-go-lucky, fun and motivated sports enthusiast has won National gold for sprint kayaking seven times.

When she’s not studying Health Sciences at uOttawa and conducting neurophysiological research, she loves to play intramural dodgeball and ultimate frisbee, go to the gym and spend time with friends. Naomi learned about Ausome through the uOttawa volunteer website. With her love of having fun with children and her passion for sports, she says Ausome was the ultimate combination for her. Her most memorable Ausome moment was ” watching my buddy jump on the trampoline when he turned to me with the biggest grin and reached for my hand so that we could jump together.”

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Alyssa’s profile is coming soon!


Hayley, an energetic sports enthusiast who loves travelling and spaghetti, can usually be found in her lab, on the slopes, or on a soccer field!

Hayley loves working with kids and says volunteering is an AUSOME way to enrich the lives of kids in the community. Having just recently started with Ausome, Hayley “loves seeing the excitement the kids have throughout the sessions! It’s what keeps me inspired and coming back each week!”

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Emma works as an Occupational Therapist that frequents coffee shops and loves photography!

 She heard from an Ausome staff how Ausome it is to volunteer! She wanted opportunities to engage in new activities and meet new people. She was hooked! She loves the Ausome is a welcoming space for children to come to play, as well as for volunteers and staff to have an enjoyable time! Emma’s enjoying her time so much she can’t just pick one one moment, she tell us: “I don’t think I could pick just one moment! Every week is memorable at Ausome seeing my buddy enjoy the sport and having fun!””

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Trevor’s bio is coming soon!



Ryan is passionate about fitness, health and advocating for autism. Having autism gives Ryan unique insight into our Ausome athletes.

Ryan found Ausome online, and decided to come and volunteer. He hasn’t looked back since, attending almost every program, including camp days. He is proud to be a role model for Ausome athletes, and has quickly become part of our Ausome family.  

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