Kaleidoscope of Hope Soirée

"Start a Fire"

Please join us on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Infinity Convention Centre to make a difference in the lives of our youth. Come to learn more about the problems facing our youth today, and work with us to ensure our youth realize their worth and their potential. The evening will be an amazing experience. You will be moved by the presence of our youth, and the power you feel coming together as a community.

Funds raised by this event will go directly to supporting the Youth Services Bureau, United Way Ottawa, and Say No For Nick. Youth Services Bureau channels these funds to their Walk-In Clinic; the United Way Ottawa will channel their funds toward project step; and Say No For Nick will channel their funds to further their mission of education, advocacy and navigation for youth and families struggling with Opioid and/or Substance Use Disorder.

Event Details

Date:   Friday, February 8, 2019
Time:   7:00pm - 1:00am
Location:   Infinity Convention Centre
Attire:   Cocktail Chic
Adult Early-Bird Ticket:   $ 175*
* before December 25th, 2018

Adult Ticket:   $ 200
Youth Ticket (ages 13-25):   $ 100

Décor by Avant-Garde Designs – Ottawa’s Premier Event Specialist
Hosted by Henry Burris and Annette Goerner from CTV Morning Live
Lavish Food Bars crafted by Executive Chef Tim Wasylko
Ultrachic New York style sponsor lounges perfect for networking and entertaining by firelight
Powerful and moving short program featuring Ottawa youth
Interactive Games and Fabulous Prizes
One-of-a-kind experience

Cameron Odam (Guest Speaker)

Cameron Odam

Cameron Odam will be speaking about the mental health struggles that existed beneath the surface of his accomplishments. Cameron, a 28-year-old Stittsville native, grew up playing hockey. He spent four years in the OHL before playing varsity hockey for University of Guelph, where he completed his engineering degree at age 26.

After graduating in 2016, he was in a life-changing car accident. The permanent damage to his hand left him unemployed, making his drug and alcohol abuse hard to ignore. New coping strategies were needed. After getting help, Cameron realized his issues were much deeper than the substance abuse that was apparent to the eye. Clean and sober for over a year and a half, he’s now taking on life with a new, positive perspective.

Prabhjot Sumra (Guest Speaker)

Prabhjot Sumra

In 2013, Prabhjot was over 220 pounds and had no goals or ambitions. She would often spend her time cooped up in her room being depressed.

After a near death experience that left her in a coma, Prabhjot lost 70 pounds and began public speaking, teaching anxiety workshops, and Bhangra (Indian Folk Dance) to help other youth struggling with mental heath and substance abuse.

Prabhjot will be sharing her journey from struggles to positivity which lead her to start a successful Instagram feed called My Ottawa Life to help empower others.

Her mission in life is to spread awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse, especially fentanyl and help others overcome cultural barriers to end mental health stigma.


Beverley Mahood is a successful singer-songwriter, actress, model, and television host. Beverley Mahood is a dynamic entertainer, highly recognized musically for several solo albums and also for the award-winning trio “Lace” produced by David Foster. As an artist, Beverley’s history includes several CCMA Awards, 5 Juno Nominations, 5 albums and a couple of Christmas Albums. TV shows (Pick A Puppy), movie roles (Changing Seasons), songwriting credits (Celine Dion), exclusive performances (G8 World Leaders, CDN/USA Troops, Royals), time as a celebrity model for Bootlegger and a commitment to community (Slaight Music Humanitarian Award) are a few other highlights of her career to date. Born in Belfast, Beverley is a proud Canadian ~ "I can’t wink, I can’t whistle... but I love my hockey!"

Kenny Munshaw is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Musician who was born in Toronto, Ontario. He performs about 200 plus shows a year and has produced and worked on numerous musical projects over the years. His performances include playing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama with Beverley Mahood at the G8 Summit in Huntsville, and also writing for groups like "The Tenors" to garner attention for organizations like "Big Brothers and Big Sisters". He has written and played on many of the top commercials on Toronto’s 680 radio and coined the first original song (with Jake Leiske of Farmers Daughter) for Justin Bieber that helped garner the attention that projected him into the global spotlight. He also wrote the Terry fox them "Run Terry Run" at 17 years of age. Currently, Kenny lives in Savannah, Georgia where he writes and performs and tries to spend his summers in Muskoka, Canada.

Paul Wilson & The Academy Choir

Meet Our Generous 2019 Sponsors

Accomplishing our mission would not be possible without the generous support of our incredible donors who come out year after year to support these events. We would like to thank all of our sponsors big and small who have pledged much-needed funds that go directly to supporting youth programs combatting today's mental health crises.

Fire Within Me Lounge Sponsor

Flame of Confidence

Flame of Confidence

Spark Acceptance

Spark Acceptance

Spark Acceptance

Bytown Travel Ltd.
Jennifer McGahan Interiors Inc.
PCL Construction

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