Helping With Furniture / Aidons avec des meubles is pleased to announce that Nathalie Maione, HWF President received the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) presented by the Governor General of Canada. This medal aims to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community.
For more than 13 years now, Nathalie and her team has served economically disadvantaged populations in Ottawa to ensure they have a comfortable home and the tools necessary to succeed. Each week, Nathalie, at the wheel of a Penske truck, picks up gently used furniture, household goods, including toys, books, bikes, tools and computers, drops them to our warehouse then goes back on the road to deliver not only furniture but the tools needed for a fighting chance against poverty and hope for a better future.
HWF is about moments like this: While helping to set up a home, two of our Follow Up team volunteers heard a little boy of nine whisper into his father's ear, "Dad, we have a home now". To which the mother added, beaming: "And we can invite people over!"
Nathalie will be celebrating this recognition at the HWF annual fund-raising event on Friday, April 20th at the St-Elias Banquet Centre in Ottawa. Everyone is welcome to join in this fun and unique event. Furniture transformed and beautified by 10 Ottawa designers will be sold at a live auction!