February 03, 2020

NAV CANADA Walks in Coldest Night of the Year

NAV Canada is a company that works quietly behind the scenes to ensure the safe movement of aircraft at airports and in Canadian skies. It manages 3.3 million flights a year for 40,000 customers!

That quiet dedication and concern for safety makes NAV Canada a natural ally in our community’s efforts to get the homeless off the streets of Ottawa.

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a family-friendly walking event that raises money for Ottawa’s homeless community, and NAV CANADA has been a devoted partner for several years.

Andrew Norgaard is a VP at NAV CANADA, and began volunteering with his family in The Mission’s kitchen about 6 years ago.

“My motivation to volunteer was my son,” Andrew shares. “My spouse, who works in social services, and I wanted our son to appreciate his lot in life and have a comprehension of what the full picture of society looks like.”

NAV CANADA Cares is a program that tailors charitable support to grassroots initiatives with which employees are involved. Andrew was able to tap into a matching fund and rally colleagues to the aid of The Mission.

“The effort here in Ottawa is based on employees getting together, really recognizing the value The Mission brings to the community. We’ve banded together to raise some funds, and our awesome company steps in and matches what we raise!”

Last year, Andrew rallied a team of 20 CNOY walkers whose donations, matched by NAV CANADA, totalled more than $16,000. The Mission’s guests were deeply appreciative! Individuals, teams, and companies can help raise funds by participating in this year’s CNOY.

You may also experience a bit of what it feels like to wander the icy winter streets wondering if and where warmth and shelter can be found. And remember, your generous support and participation makes all the difference in the world.