Join us for a wide open, unscripted conversation with Nathalie Maione, President of Helping With Furniture (HWF). HWF is an award-winning registered charity that provides gently-used furniture and household goods, refurbished bicycles and laptops to families and individuals in distress, to help them start new lives in Ottawa.

For more than 15 years, HWF has been helping newcomers to Canada, mainly refugee claimants who seek refuge from conflicts, natural disasters and other difficult circumstances. Reflecting shifts in the Ottawa community, HWF now also assists people fleeing domestic violence, relocating after house fires, struggling with mental illness or at risk of homelessness.

The kids will get to ask Nathalie any and all questions that they have. We can talk about being the President of a charity that is 100% volunteer run. We can talk about how re-purposing this donated furniture is helping to keep it out of our landfills, thereby helping to save our planet. We can talk about changing the world by helping one family at a time. So many great ideas will be planted in the kids’ minds from this conversation. I can’t wait!

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We have listed the age range of 9 – 15 as a guide. We are happy to have younger children join … especially with parental involvement. You know your child best – if you think you have a 7 or 8 year old who could handle attending this on their own, feel free to sign them up. If you have even younger children, but want to attend with them, feel free to sign up as a family. We do love when we have parents joining us for the workshop! You are always able to mute yourself, you can even have your video off – and the kids are not expected to sit still and listen perfectly – we have had kids participate in past events while jumping on a trampoline! We want everyone to participate in whatever way they feel comfortable and learn best! And we don’t believe that kids are ever too young to discuss a topic – especially with their parents there to help field additional questions.


The workshop will take place through Zoom. The meeting link will be emailed to participants the day of the workshop.


You will notice that we have listed two ticket prices for this event – $15 or $25 per family. I use this two ticket format when I am running a workshop with a guest. When I invite a guest to a workshop, I want to make sure that they are fairly compensated, so I split the revenue from a shared workshop 50/50. But I also want to be sensitive to our participants’ needs right now.

With this two ticket format, families can self-select the ticket price that works best for them in this current time. We know that a lot of people are experiencing financial hardship right now, and we want to be empathetic, compassionate and accommodating to that. But we also know that there are others who are less affected financially right now and are looking for ways to help our local artists, organizations, community builders and businesses. We thought that this two ticket price system was a fair way to balance all this. Please select either price, without any guilt or fear of judgement. And, if $15 is not possible at this time, but you really want to attend, please email us at worldchangingkids@gmail.com and we can work something out!