Totally different from all other galas in the city!
An Amazing Night Recognizing Ottawa's Amazing People!
Wasn't that a party! It was a disco inferno all night long at the Amazing People Gala on October 21, 2017 at the Westin Hotel, celebrating some of Ottawa's most amazing people. We want to congratulate Stu Schwartz and Consuelo Bernardi for winning the Amazing Person (or persons) of the year award. Their work in the Ottawa community is inspiring to all of us and deserved a night in the spotlight!
In addition to the Amazing Person award, we switched things up a bit and introduced the first ever Inspiration Award. Another big congratulations goes out to Ibrahim Musa for being a leader in our community!
The Amazing People Gala was a massive success and couldn't have come to fruition without the support of our amazing sponsors, everyone who nominated an amazing person and each of our amazing nominees. The Ottawa community wouldn't be the same without you!
Be sure to check out the photographs of our amazing night! 100% of the proceeds from each photograph purchased will go towards our chosen charities. And if you missed the gala, don't worry. Rogers TV was there and captured the entire night! Watch the video here.
Amazing Person of the Year
Find our who won the "2017 Amazing Person" award and the first ever "Inspiration Award" at this year's Amazing People Gala.
Amazing People Gala Photo Gallery
Flip through our Amazing People Gala photo gallery to see our night filled with awesome disco fun. All photo purchases will be donated to our chosen charities!
Our Amazing Sponsors
We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, and invite you to support these community-minded organizations.
Be a Part of the Movement
Amazing People is a fundraising movement dedicated to celebrating Ottawa’s amazing people in well-organized events.
Be Part of the Amazing People Movement
Amazing People is a fundraising movement dedicated to celebrating Ottawa’s amazing people in well-organized events while raising money to support our threemain charities, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Hera Mission and SchoolBOX, while sometimes supporting guest charities like the Ottawa Aboriginal.
We raise money to make education and inspired change possible in Canada, Nicaragua and Kenya by giving disadvantaged young people the tools to be educated and build collaborative networks. To promote leadership in Canada, we offer scholarships to older students to travel to our communities to help with school and community centre enhancement.
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Ottawa Media Group’s (OMG) philanthropic arm, Amazing People, is pleased to announce that to mark Canada 150, it is joining with the foundation co-founded by former Governor General Michaëlle Jean and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond to raise money to empower Canadian youth to use arts to improve their lives and revitalize their communities. A series of Canada 150 celebratory events will be organized over the course of the year, culminating in this year’s Amazing People Gala, which the couple will attend on October 21st in Ottawa.
To kick-off their collaboration, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond will be featured contributors in the new commemorative book “OH CANADA! A Celebration of 150 Years,” to which OMG is contributing, in partnership with Joan Weinman and Great River Media (Ottawa Business Journal). It will include feature essays and photographs from the mayors of Canada’s provincial and territorial capitals, among other Canadian luminaries.
“I am delighted that Canada’s 150th is providing us with this wonderful opportunity to unite the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and OMG (Amazing People) around a common cause: giving a boost to the great creativity and ingenuity of Canadian youth defying tremendous odds to make a difference in their communities”, says Madame Jean.
“Our OH CANADA! contribution will allow us to share an intimate glimpse into the lives of Canadians, as we shared it over the course of the last ten years, crisscrossing the country, to discover its rich diversity and to participate in numerous forums organized alongside our fellow citizens in cities, small towns and Arctic territories, in our immense nation,” added Jean-Daniel Lafond.
Amazing People (AP) started as a TV series on CTV Ottawa and grew to become a fundraising movement, co-founded by Kimothy Walker and OMG Managing Partner Eric Collard. AP now is known for producing quality,
unique and entertaining events that focus on amazing community members.
Kimothy Walker says, “When we met, Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond immediately understood our desire to grow our fundraising to a national level after 5 years of local success, and with their support I am confident that we can do that.”
This year, the Amazing People Gala, sponsored by Accora Village, will take place October 21st at the Westin Hotel. Ottawa Life Magazine is featuring the nominees in each of its publications between now and October. The theme of this year’s gala is “Disco Inferno”.
Forty people will be honoured that evening at a black tie affair. Other fundraisers will be announced at a later date.
Amazing People also raises money for SchoolBOX, Hera Mission, Project North and the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition. To date, Amazing People has contributed more than $250,000 dollars to help educate children in Canada, Nicaragua and Kenya.
The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is a national charitable organization that uses its unique arts for collective impact model to enable underserved youth to use creativity to change their lives and their communities. To that end, they work with arts organizations, the business sector, local organizations, government and other sectors of society to make a lasting difference in the lives of Canadians across the country. Through their programs, thousands of young people have been empowered to use the arts to build new solutions to pressing issues affecting them.
For more information:
Kimothy Walker OMG Managing Partner and Amazing People Chair, 613.859.3753
Peter Flegel, Director of Programs, Development and Communications, Michaëlle Jean Foundation, 613.562.5468
Learn more about SchoolBOX
Learn more about SchoolBOX, one of our supported charities, by watching this video and see the great work they're doing! Amazing People awards Ottawa youth with scholarships to help the work of SchoolBOX.
Learn more about Hera Mission
Hera Mission, one of the three charities supported by Amazing People, works to support Asembo Bay Women for Development. Both groups are committed to working towards building greater prosperity and opportunities for the community members of Asembo Bay, after their village was transformed by the damaging effects of HIV, TB, AIDs and Malaria.