The Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association and its members are deeply involved in the betterment of our local community and support a number of charitable causes both through their own properties and by supporting OGHA lead activities. Working together as an association, members have created and help to manage a number of special OGHA community projects that include:
- Hoteliers Have Heart
- OGHA/Ottawa Tourism Annual Golf Tournament
- OGHA Scholarships
OGHA hoteliers also support the operation of Roger’s House at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario by providing materials such as bathroom supplies, bedding, towels, furniture, and staff support to shampoo carpets and conduct routine facility maintenance.
Individually, OGHA member hotels are active supporters of dozens of local causes and events in Ottawa and Gatineau. This support helps in the maintenance of strong communities, which in turn enriches our region as an outstanding place to live, work and visit.
Hoteliers Have Heart Campaign
Valentines Day is special for the hotel community. That is the day OGHA members undertake to provide sufficient food and supplies to fill the Shepherds of Good Hope freezers, coolers and storage areas.
On February 14th of each year OGHA members arrive with a transport trailer full of frozen foods, canned goods, dry goods, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Some 6 tons of food is delivered to the Shepherds of Good Hope to assist them in the great work they do in our community. After the shelves are stocked they serve lunch and clean up dishes, pots and pans.
Peter Wilson, Campaign Chair, reported the 2017 Hoteliers Have Heart Campaign in aid of Shepherds of Good Hope was the most successful yet. Here are some stats:
• McCain foods donated close to $6000.00 worth of product this year which was fantastic , it shows their commitment to our cause.
• Van Houtte Coffee came through with a $1200.00 donation
• Esslinger Foods with a $500.00 donation as well.
• Along with their donation of $750-$800 in product, GFS continues its many years of support with providing the truck and two staff members for the morning.
Hoteliers should be proud as the OGHA team gathered approximately 12 tons of food (give or take a few pounds). All those involved with unloading the truck were exhausted by the time the cab was empty. It was a very cold day. Can you imagine how much colder it is when you are hungry and homeless?
Special thanks to the following members who volunteered and/or supported the campaign financially or by providing product!
Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites
ByWard Blue Inn
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott East
Delta Ottawa City Centre
Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa
Embassy Hotel & Suites
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Hampton Inn Ottawa
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Holiday Inn & Suites Kanata
Hotel Indigo- Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
The Westin Ottawa
OGHA Supports Education In Hospitality
Educational programs in support of the hospitality industry at our local Community Colleges are important to our future. Both Algonquin College and La Cité Collègiale offer programs in hotel management as well as food and beverage that help in providing the highly skilled employees required to maintain our region’s reputation for outstanding hospitality.
Each year OGHA awards a $2,000 Scholarship to a student with financial needs at each college who:
- Is registered in the Hotel & Restaurant Management Program, or the Culinary Management Program.
- Has completed one year of study and achieved a grade point average of B or higher.
- Has expressed and demonstrated an orientation towards working in a hotel upon graduation.
In addition, OGHA members participate on Advisory Committees and the Board of Governors of Algonquin College and La Cité Collègiale.