Shop & Share at Ten Thousand Villages

December 12, 2012 (5:00-9:00pm) at Ten Thousand Villages (Westboro & Bank locations)

We hope you will join us for a night of good taste, good music, and good company! FTOÉ will be at Ten Thousand Villages (Westboro & Bank locations) on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will include samples of delicious Fair Trade products, great music and more. Also, a percentage of store sales during the evening will be donated to FTOÉ to help keep our initiatives going strong!

Come out and talk to our FTOÉ volunteers about our initiatives, and don’t forget to invite your friends as well!

You can also join our event on Facebook!

Help us promote the event:
Ten Thousand Villages Fundraiser (poster)

Ten Thousand Villages festival sale

November 24, 2012 from 10am-4pm at the Ottawa Mennonite Church (1830 Kilborn Ave.)

It’s time to break out the banana suits again! In celebration of the Ten Thousand Villages festival sale, the FTOÉ team is taking the opportunity to spread the word about their Fair Trade Town campaign. They’ll be at the Ottawa Mennonite Church from 10am to 4pm.  Come explore ethically traded, handcrafted goods before grabbing some warm drinks and dessert at the festival tearoom.  There’s even homemade borscht, for those really looking to kick back after all that excitement. We can’t wait to see you there!

EWB uOttawa Coffee House

November 20, 2012 from 7pm-9pm at T.A.N. Coffee (317 Wilbrod St.)

FTOÉ has partnered up with the uOttawa chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) for a night of Fair Trade coffee and Fair Trade treats.  What could make the time any sweeter? Why, some seriously awesome music, of course! Come say hello to the friendly FTOÉ team from 7-9pm. Admission is by donation, and the theme of the evening is what the world might look like after one generation of positive change. Listening to some talented and inspiring musicians with a cup of Fair Trade coffee will be a lovely, meaningful way to spend a chilly November evening.  See you there!

EMC Ottawa West – “Westboro gets wicked with zombie walk”

 Yes, even inaminate fruits and vegetables can turn into the walking undead. Representitives from Fair Trade Ottawa donned zombie banana livery during the Wickedly Westboro Family Zombie Walk held Saturday morning. From left, Jason Chalmers, Adrienne Harding, Janice Ashworth and Alex Graham.OTTAWA, November 1, 2012 – The downtown core wasn’t the only part of Ottawa getting in on the zombie action on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Westboro claimed ownership of its own legion of ambling “undead” with its second annual Family Zombie Walk, part of the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area’s Wickedly Westboro event.

The zombie walk got underway at the Real Canadian Superstore, shuffling and groaning its way down Richmond Road towards All Saints Church.

The family-friendly event brought out skillfully costumed adults and children alike.

A community-wide scavenger hunt organized by 15 BIA merchants added to the day’s fun, with prizes donated by local merchants.

If dressing like the walking undead wasn’t your kind of fun, the last weekend of the community’s farmers market was open in the park at Richmond Road and Golden Avenue, offering a variety of fresh, late-season produce.

What tempts people to join a zombie walk? The reasons are many, but all who participate will agree it’s just a “bloody” good time.

“I think in a way it is socially subversive,” said Jason Chalmers of [Fair] Trade Ottawa, who, along with a group of his colleagues, was dressed as a zombie banana.

Together, the individual bananas formed a bunch, adding some much-needed colour to a dark, drizzly morning.

“It’s also fun,” said Adrienne Harding, also of [Fair] Trade Ottawa.

The Family Zombie Walk was sponsored by the CIBC Banking Centre at 103 Richmond Rd., where staff happily decked themselves out in true Halloween fashion.

“It’s our first time doing this, so it’s pretty exciting,” said branch manager Jennifer Holmes.

Later that day a collection of nearly 2,000 zombies – possible containing some from the Westboro walk – slowly made their way through the streets of downtown Ottawa for the increasingly popular annual Ottawa Zombie Walk.



Read the full article on the EMC Ottawa West website here.