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The Parent Resource Centre

Over the past 40 years, the Parent Resource Centre (PRC) has touched the lives of thousands of children and families in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

Parent Resource Centre logo
Parent Resource Centre logo

Over the past 40 years, the Parent Resource Centre (PRC) has touched the lives of thousands of children and families in Ottawa and surrounding areas. The PRC is a non-profit, registered charity and the only city-wide, family resource centre in Ottawa. As a leading voice in the child and youth sector, our multi-service programs bring families and communities together to address common issues, learn from life experiences, share best practices and recognize accomplishments. Our vision is for  communities where all children discover and develop the skills to live the best life possible, creating a legacy of support and caring for families in the Ottawa community. We invite organizations to work with us to make this important investment in our community. Our organizational foundation is solid, our culture is progressive and strong and our committed supporters, partners, volunteers and staff work to
support parents today in order to secure the future of our children tomorrow.

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue for last fiscal year


Geographic region of focus

Ottawa area

How you can help


One hundred percent of donations to the Parent Resource Centre are used to support children and
families directly through front line service delivery, strengthening and expanding our programs in order to positively influence as many lives as possible.

General donations to the PRC are very impactful, as we are able to match funding with urgent needs and utilize your support most effectively in frontline programs. Additionally, donations can be directed to the following services: Saturday Playgroups, In-home Parenting Support Program, Parent Support Phone Line, Child Minding during programming, Food for Families, our outdoor Play Space and the Toy Library.

We are also happy to accept other directed donations, and can work with you to identify additional services offered by PRC that are in-line with your values.

Donation wish list

  • Children’s Essentials (new clothing, baby formula, wipes, diapers, books etc.)
  • Home Essentials (cleaning supplies, first aid kits, child safety equipment, toiletries etc.)
  • Funding for: Saturday Playgroups, In-home Parenting Support, Toy Library, Parent Support Line


Volunteer opportunities and student placements regularly occur within our programs, events and

Events and fundraising

PRC Annual Summer StoryWalk®
Each summer the Early Literacy Specialists at the PRC host a Summer StoryWalk® that attracts approximately 175 attendees. Children, along with parents and caregivers spend the morning on book adventures that includes lots of activities, outdoor exploration, yoga and fun.

Intended to become one of the cornerstone fundraising events for the PRC, the Summer StoryWalk® has evolved significantly and will continue to do so with the support of our sponsors and community partners. If you are interested in helping families and children in Ottawa, then please consider working with the PRC as a Summer StoryWalk® sponsor.

PRC Spring Family Day
Over 250 people take advantage of the opportunity to become more familiar with our facility and programs in Strathcona Heights. This fun event includes haircuts, food, painting, crafts, sports, live music and other family oriented activities. We are excited to include community partners, neighbours and local initiatives in the area that help support vulnerable families.

Woman and child playing

How donations can be made

  1. You can donate on our website via Canada Helps
  2. You can call us directly at 613-565-2467 ext.222 and we would be happy to take your donation over the phone.
  3. You can send us a cheque made payable to the Parent Resource Centre.

Board members and executives

Headshot of Deborah LehmannHeadshot of Alycia Niles

Tracy Murray, Vice President
Paulo Batista, Treasurer
Louis Karangura, Secretary
Erin Junker, Board Member
Amy Venasse, Board Member
Stefania Maggi, Board Member
Miyoung Shin, Board Member
Gary Trundell, Board Member
Jeffrey H. McCully, Board Member

Get in touch

300 Goulburn Cresent
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 1C9

Instagram: @parentresource