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This week, The Ottawa Mission will hold a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of a unique program that has touched a lot of lives.

Discovery University allows people who are homeless or living on low incomes the opportunity to participate in non-credit, university-level Humanities and Social Sciences courses at no cost.
This program is offered thanks to a community partnership between The Ottawa Mission, the University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, and First Baptist Church. It’s supported by generous donations from the community and the courses are taught on campus by university professors, with all textbooks and course materials provided at no cost.

This Wednesday evening, Discovery U professors, volunteers and most importantly students are invited to come by The Mission’s dining room and celebrate the decade of learning that has been facilitated by this wonderful program. It encourages men and women to embrace continuous learning and also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them in their everyday lives. A less-tangible, but equally important side-benefit of Discovery U is that it gives people a sense of pride, accomplishment… and hope.

This Fall, two more courses will start in late September and run for 10 weeks. Details of the upcoming courses will be announced soon, and applications will be accepted throughout August. If you are interested in attending a Discovery U course or know of someone who might be, please reach out to our Discovery University coordinator at 613-234-1144 or by email at

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