City Councillors to raise $500, 000 for mental health at the Queensway Carleton Hospital


September 27, 2017

Ottawa, ON – Ten Ottawa City Councillors have announced today that they have set a goal to raise $500,000 in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.




The 10 Ottawa City council Hopes Rising Ambassadors include:


  • Jan Harder – Ward 3 Barrhaven


  • Rick Chiarelli – Ward 8 College


  • Allan Hubley – Ward 23 Kanata South


  •  Marianne Wilkinson – Ward 4 Kanata North


  • Shad Qadri – Ward 6 Stittsville


  • Keith Egli – Ward 9 Knoxdale – Merivale


  • Eli El-Chantiry – Ward 5 West-Carleton-March


  • Mark Taylor – Ward 7 Bay


  • Michael Qaqish – Ward 22 Gloucester South Nepean


  • Scott Moffatt – Ward 21 Rideau Goulbourn


These councillors previously banded together as ACE Ambassadors to help raise much needed funds for the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit and will once again assume their roles as community champions to raise money for the Hopes Rising campaign by hosting various fundraisers in their individual wards throughout this year long campaign.


“This is our opportunity to help those that need our help when they need it the most,” said Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley.


The councillors were joined by campaign Honourary Chairs, Erin and Chris Phillips.
Today’s announcement will assist in getting the hospital one step closer towards the total funds needed for this extensive renovation of the mental health unit. This unit provides acute mental health services in west Ottawa serving a population of over 400,000 and has not had any renovations or major physical enhancements since it opened over 40 years ago.


Every single day we see many people in our hospital who struggle with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges,” said Tom Schonberg, President and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital. “It is critical we create the right physical environment that will allow our specialized staff to provide the best care for this population. The need is urgent, and we applaud this group of councillors for pledging their support.


The HOPES RISING campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at Queensway Carleton Hospital as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis and, help strengthen connections to community mental health support services.


Online donations can be made at


For more information on Hopes Rising please click here