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.
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 hosts 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 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 more than 40 years and also taught 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 is an owner of Johnson & Redman Wealth Management, a branch office of iA Private Wealth. Having attained the CPA, CMA, CFP, and CIM professional designations, he has been advising clients in all areas of personal finance for more than 30 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, graduates, 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.
John Wright is an associate with Vaive & Associates Professional Corporation, a full-service tax and public accounting firm in Ottawa. John achieved his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1992. He has over 30 years of experience working at national and regional tax and accounting firms in Canada. John’s reputation stems from providing high quality assurance engagements and business advisory services to owner-managed entities. Over his career, John has been actively involved with CPA Ontario and other charitable organizations. He joined the Finding Hope Foundation in 2022 as Treasurer and is also currently the Treasurer of the Bruyere Hospital Foundation, one of the largest sub-acute care hospitals in Canada.
Nadine Imbleau-Redman 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).