Our mission is to raise funds that provide financial support to health-related charities in the Ottawa area. Our ultimate goal is to assist people living with life-threatening and or debilitating diseases, to lessen their burden and improve their quality of life.
Through events like the 100 Holes of Hope Golf Marathon, we raise money for and awareness of local health-related charities that advance physical and mental wellness for those in need within our community. Over the last five years, 100 Holes of Hope has raised over $275,000 which has been given to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation - Cystic Fibrosis Clinic Patient Care and Treatment Programs and The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health Research and Care. In 2017, we also included The Ottawa Senators Foundation – Game Changers for Youth Health & Well Being, as a third benefitting charity.
The Health Charities we are Benefitting
The Ottawa Hospital – Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a progressive and life-shortening disease that primarily impacts the respiratory and digestive systems. There is no cure. Affected persons require life-long specialized treatment and care from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and must follow a strict daily regimen of therapy and treatment. Approximately, one in 25 Canadians carry an abnormal version of the gene responsible for causing cystic fibrosis. Over 4,000 Canadians with cystic fibrosis attend specialized Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Clinics.
For more information about The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, please visit ohfoundation.ca.
For more information about cystic fibrosis, please visit cysticfibrosis.ca.
The Royal Ottawa Foundation
It is estimated that one in five people in our community are affected by mental health issues. Funds raised through 100 Holes of Hope go to the The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health to provide financial support for diagnostic equipment and treatment programs.
For more information, please visit theroyal.ca.
How We Started
The Finding Hope Foundation – the charitable organization that hosts the 100 Holes of Hope Golf Marathon – was created in 2012 from the desire to help those in the Ottawa area living with the life-threatening and debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis (CF) and mental health issues.
It was inspired by the noble and heroic efforts of Emilie Joinette, who battled with CF throughout her too-short life, and died in 2009 at the age of 23. A survivor of two double-lung transplants, her relentless fight and never-give-up attitude inspired everyone who was graced by knowing her. She was an advocate for the needs of those living with CF, thus it is in her name that the Emilie Joinette Inspiration Fund was created to supplement and develop new patient-focused healthcare and support programs at The Ottawa Hospital Adult CF Clinic.
As our event grew in popularity, we cast our eye to supporting other local causes, and became intimately acquainted with the needs of those afflicted with mental health challenges. For this reason, in 2014 our Foundation expanded its causes to include the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, to provide financial support for diagnostic equipment and treatment programs.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation was added to our group of charities in 2017. They have a laudable record of investing in community programs and organizations that empower children and youth to reach their full potential through physical and mental wellness.
Most importantly, the Finding Hope Foundation is about hope. It is about providing an opportunity for like-minded, giving people to come together to help those in need in our community. Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” And while we might not be changing the entire world, we have been able to help improve the worlds of many in our community thanks to the generous support of our many Warriors, sponsors, pledgers and volunteers.
The Finding Hope Foundation, which presents the 100 Holes of Hope golf marathon, is run by volunteers. The only costs we incur are those directly related to running this event.
Phil Jones, President and Co-Founder of Finding Hope Foundation
Phil is the owner and creative director of Ozgood Creative & Design, a graphic design and advertising agency in Ottawa. A graduate of Mohawk College with a diploma in Graphic Design, Phil has worked in the communications industry for 40 years and is currently teaching graphic design at Algonquin College. Phil has been an active volunteer in the community, serving as a hockey coach for a number of seasons. He was a tireless contributor to the Ottawa Senators 65 Roses Gala from 2003 to 2012, where he provided marketing communications services on a pro bono basis.
Rob Redman, Secretary and Co-Founder of Finding Hope Foundation
Rob is an owner of P.B. Fraser and Associates, a branch office of Holliswealth (a division of Scotia Capital Inc.). Having attained the CPA, CMA, CFP, and CIM professional designations, he has been advising clients in all areas of personal finance for close to 25 years. Rob and his wife Nadine have two sons who both fight cystic fibrosis and diabetes. The family has always maintained that their sons would not be defined by their health challenges; indeed, they are disciplined athletes, accomplished musicians, dedicated students, and most of all, stalwart ambassadors for all who battle chronic illness. Rob’s involvement in philanthropy is extensive. He served as President of the Ottawa Senators/65 Roses Sports Club from 2000 to 2012, a charitable organization that raises funds in support of research through Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Nadine Imbleau-Redman, Community Investment & Relations
Nadine is the lead volunteer at Finding Hope Foundation, providing a wealth of experience in charitable fundraising and event organization. She is a graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing & Management. From 1990 to 1998, she served as a Director, Consulting Services for an IT consulting firm in Ottawa, with a specialty in strategic marketing and client relations management. Shortly after her sons were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, she became actively involved with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, volunteering, chairing and organizing several fundraisers and awareness campaigns on behalf of the charity. She was the Co-founder and Chair of the annual Ottawa Senators 65 Roses Gala from 1999 to 2012, and co-organized the annual Great Strides Walk. While serving at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, she also held several board and volunteer leadership roles, including: Regional Director, Eastern Ontario (2005-2012); Chair, National Awards Committee (2009 -2011); President, Ottawa Chapter (2000-2005); and Vice-President, Publicity and Promotions (1999-2012).