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Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa Unfortunately, we are no longer looking for applications for the November 2016 recruitment period, but please feel free to fill out an application from and send it to our Volunteer Coordinator, Marie-Josée Marion,marie-josee.marion@efryottawa.com . We will keep your application on file and contact you when we begin out new recruitment!


Merci beaucoup pour votre intérêt à faire du bénévolat avec la Société Elizabeth Fry d’Ottawa. Malheureusement, nous ne recherchons plus de bénévoles pour cette période de recrutement, mais vous pouvez toujours nous envoyer votre demande de bénévolat dûment rempli à notre Coordinatrice des bénévoles, Marie-Josée Marion,marie-josee.marion@efryottawa.com . Nous allons conserver votre demande et nous vous contacterons lors de notre prochaine période de recrutement!


Since the beginning, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has benefited from the hard work and support of dedicated volunteers.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa currently has three main Volunteer Programs: the Courthouse Program, the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre Program and the JF Norwood House Program. Volunteers are also encouraged to get involved by assisting with special events, fundraising and office administration.  

How to become a volunteer:

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa please complete our volunteer application form Volunteer%20application%20for%20EFry%20. Please send the completed form to Marie-Josée Marion, the Coordinator of volunteers by email at marie-josee.marion@efryottawa.com

Si vous êtes intéressé à faire du bénévolat auprès de la Société Elizabeth Fry d’Ottawa veuillez compléter le formulaire de demande de bénévolat French%20Volunteer%20application%20for%20%20EFry. Prière d’envoyer le formulaire dûment rempli à Marie-Josée Marion, la Coordinatrice des bénévoles, par courriel à marie-josee.marion@efryottawa.com


Volunteer programs:


The Courthouse Program

Volunteers will assist women who are awaiting court proceedings and offer non-judgmental support together with information about the court system and community resources. Office hours are 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

JF Norwood House

Volunteers assist in supporting women living at the residence, offering social interaction, life skills, advocacy, accompaniment, and supervision. They are welcome to bring their special talents and interests to share with the residents.

Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa offers support to local women who are provincially and federally sentenced in the province of Ontario. Through our program at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, volunteers provide social activities for women in custody at OCDC through weekly visits.

*There is no prerequisite experience or skill required to become a volunteer, only the willingness to learn (a criminal record check is necessary). All necessary training will be provided.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact the Coordinator of volunteers, Marie-Josée Marion.


Board of Directors - Volunteer Opportunity


The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa (EFSO) is searching for dynamic, savvy and engaged community members to serve on our Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position.

Ideal candidates will help support the Agency’s business development requirements for growth and transformation and therefore have experience and expertise in one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Human resources and/or organizational development
  • Business administration and/or entrepreneurship
  • Partnership building between non-profit and business sectors
  • Metrics, performance monitoring and benchmarking
  • Fundraising, marketing and communication with social media and avenues suited to small non-profit organizations
  • Formulating and implementing IM/IT solutions that assist in thedelivery of programoutcomes and are suitable to non-profits


Who we are: EFSO supports women involved in the criminal justice system and those at risk of coming into conflict with the law. We offer counselling programs, court support, and we operate a 15-bed shelter located at 211 Bronson Avenue in downtown Ottawa.  Our Board is comprised of highly engaged volunteers with diverse expertise including; lawyers, consultants, executives the the federal government, academics, and chartered accountants. Self-starters and team players are required in this role.

Commitment: This volunteer position requires a minimum time commitment of 10+ hours per month.  Preference will be given to those able to commit to a 2-year term.  Board Directors are also required to participate in key initiatives, and to represent the Board at EFSO functions and community activities.


To apply for a position, please send your resume to: boardofdirector@efryottawa.com


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