Shelter Movers Ottawa

Shelter Movers Ottawa logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

Shelter Movers Ottawa is a volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.

At a glance:

Year founded: 2017

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $184,860

Twitter: @smottawa

Facebook: @sheltermoversottawa

Instagram: @sheltermoversottawa

Top funding sources:

  • Individual donations: 76%
  • Corporate: 2%
  • Government: 17%
  • Other: 5 %

Geographic region of focus: Within 100 kilometres of Ottawa

Two people carry bags and other items out of the back of a moving truck.
Volunteers hard at work.

How you can help


Your donation helps survivors get a fresh start at a new life. It's through your support that we are able to train volunteers to facilitate life-changing work. Your donation means children can fall asleep knowing they are in a safe home. A $200 donation covers the true cost of one move including vehicle rentals, fuel, insurance, packing supplies, storage and volunteer training. Since we began our services in Ottawa, we've moved more than 750 survivors to safety.


Create a lasting, positive change in your community. Join our incredible community of volunteers and start having an immediate, lasting impact on the lives of people living in your city. Give back, make friends, learn new skills and help shape the future of Shelter Movers Ottawa. Current opportunities include mover/driver, intake/move co-ordinator, marketing and communications support and fundraising.

A man wearing a face mask takes a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal out from the back of a car.
Volunteer unloading belongings of survivor and her children.

Events and fundraising

Our Mother's Day campaign each year focuses on celebrating and supporting the moms who are also survivors of gender-based violence. This fundraising campaign encourages donors to make a contribution in honour of their mother for other mothers. The campaign runs the first 2 weeks of May each year.

Board members and executives

Wendy Mitchell

Chapter Director (Ottawa)

Marc Hull Jacquin

Founder & CEO (National)

Vicky Sage

Co-Board Chair

Trish Yeung

Board Member

Kelsey Rutherford

Board Member

Danielle Muise


Gabrielle Peacock 

Board Member

Annita Lala

Board Member

Peter Obradovich 

Board Member

Natalie Stuart

Board Member

Amanda Liscio


Evan Risko

Board Member

Danielle Adler

Board Member

Aneta Filiciak

Board Member

Reema Chheda



Three women sit in the back of a moving truck, flexing their arm muscles.
Women helping women.

Fundraising priorities

  • Rural Outreach to serve communities from Brockville to Cornwall 
  • Deeper roots into the diverse populations experiencing gender-based violence (2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous)
  • Exploration of a 24hr response team


Get in touch

110 Didsbury Rd.

Kanata, Ont.

K2T 0C2

1-855-203-6252 ext. 2