Welcome to the Pathways to Education community page for Ottawa!

About the Ottawa Community

In the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre catchment area, located in the west end of Ottawa, there are six social housing neighbourhoods. These communities include over 4,000 individuals, most of whom live in single-parent households. These neighbourhoods have larger than average child and youth populations (about two-thirds of residents are children and youth). Close to 30% of residents are newcomers to Canada, with a high percentage from Somalia and Arabic-speaking countries. Almost all of the residents are living below the average income level and many are living below the poverty line.

In 2007, the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) completed a community engagement process to determine the viability of implementing the Pathways program in the west-end of Ottawa. The research, which included consultations with parents, youth and service providers, confirmed that there was both a need and a desire for this program in the west-end community. Based on this research, Pathways Ottawa was launched in the fall of 2007 in partnership with PQCHC.


Catchment Area

The catchement area for Pathways Ottawa is Foster Farm, Pinecrest Terrace, Morrison Gardens, Christie Place, Winthrop Court, Regina Lane, Eva Taylor Court, Michele Heights, Britannia Woods, New Orchard or the CCOC Community at Richmond Road, and Hartleigh Avenue.

The Ottawa Pathways to Education Program is located at:

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

2nd floor, 1365 Richmond Road

Ottawa, ON K2B 6R7

Tel: 613-820-4922

Ottawa Catchment Map

How to Join

All students in the geographic catchment area are eligible to enroll in the Pathways program, regardless of their academic performance or economic circumstance. Initial enrollment begins in grade 9 and students remain in the program until the end of grade 12, however students may join the program in any high school grade where applicable. The Pathways program is at no cost to the participants. If you would like to join the Pathways program and are currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12, you or your parent/guardian can contact Leslie Elliott, Administrative Assistant, 613-820-4922 ext. 450 or email l.elliott@pqchc.com

How to Volunteer

The Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative program, which can make a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families. Both one-on-one and group tutoring positions are available and training is provided. Recruitment is ongoing. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Ottawa’s youth.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or group mentor in the Ottawa Pathways program, please fill out the Pathways Ottawa volunteer application form and email it to volunteering@pqchc.com. For further information, please call Kristy Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers at 613-820-4922 x 3452. They are in particular need of bilingual volunteers.

For complete program information, please contact:

Dawn Lyons
Program Manager

Tel: 613-820-4922, ext. 3310

Email: d.lyons@pqchc.com

Or visit the website:



Pathways to Education Ottawa is administered by host agency Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, an innovative community based, multi-service center that works in partnership with individuals, families and communities to achieve their full potential, paying particular attention to those who are most vulnerable and at risk. To visit the Health Centre’s website, please click here.

Pathways Communities

  • The Pathways program is delivered through local community organizations
  • All high school aged youth living within the program’s catchment area are eligible to participate
  • With average sign-up rates over 81%, Pathways is a collective movement of the community for education