Elmwood Forever


Great independent schools are not built by tuition fees alone. They are characterised by a culture of giving in the spirit of ‘paying it forward’ to future generations. That’s why we turn to our supportive community of alumnae, parents, staff, and friends to contribute to our fundraising campaigns—the generosity of our community makes our school stronger.

Donations go a long way in helping us fulfill our mission: inspiring each girl to reach her full potential. From recruiting new teachers to supporting Elmwood Theatre, from bursaries to athletic uniforms, from books to classroom technology, gifts to the school help us provide a vibrant educational atmosphere that fosters success.

Centennial Campaign

As we celebrate our past and present, and prepare for our future, the stage is set for this year to be a transformational one for Elmwood School.

From the very beginning, Elmwood School has benefited from the generosity of those who believe in its mission—donations have made a difference to generations of girls in green. At Elmwood, we encourage girls who want to change the world to become the women who do. Your gift to the Centennial Campaign will make an immediate and enduring impact on our girls and their school.

Elmwood School raises 95% of its operating budget from student fees and, in the proud philanthropic tradition of independent schools, we are grateful to our community of families, alumnae, faculty and friends for their assistance in helping us reach our full financial goal. Additional funds help us invest in the initiatives that allow us to continue to innovate and excel, and maintain our leadership position nationally and internationally.

We take our role as responsible stewards of the investment our families make in their daughters’ education very seriously. Thank you for your support.

Centennial Campaign Initiatives


1. Sundial Plaza


2. 21st-century Classroom


3. Early Years Playground


4. Fitness Trail

Sundial Plaza
: A beautifully landscaped plaza that will connect the Elmwood of today to its history, with the inclusion of a replica of the historic sundial that was a gathering point for girls for many years.

2. 21st-century Classroom Transformation: We’ll continue to create active, flexible 21st-century educational environments that enhance learning and teaching.

3. Early Years Playground Revitalization: A brand new playground will be developed, leveraging the latest research and best practices in early years education and providing girls with opportunities for exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and imaginary play.

4. Fitness Trail Development: This project will feature eco-friendly, open-air equipment that encourages outdoor physical activity and open-air training.

5. Centennial Bursary Program: We believe that diversity of all kinds—including economic—enriches our school and the educational experience of all our girls.

6. Centennial Master Plan: This plan will provide a tangible roadmap to support the priorities and outcomes outlined in the Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and will guide the School’s focus and investment in the coming years.

Give Now

There are many ways to make a gift to Elmwood School.

If you’d like to give by mail, please send your cheque made payable to Elmwood School to:

Elmwood School
Attention: Blanche Talbot
261 Buena Vista Road
Ottawa ON K1M 0V9.

To make a donation by phone, please call (613) 749-6761 x. 297 to speak with our Development Officer, Blanche Talbot.

Elmwood is a registered charity and donations are tax deductible.
Donations to Elmwood are eligible for the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC)

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Legacy Giving

As alumnae, parents, grandparents, faculty and friends, you have already made lasting contributions to Elmwood, and for that we are so thankful. In planning for your future and that of your loved ones, we hope that you will consider making another lasting investment in our school through Planned Giving – gifts through bequests, life insurance and gifts of stock.

Contributions may also be endowed in perpetuity and support the area of the donor’s choice – whether it be a family named endowment fund to support a financial needs student or to support a specific program.

Endowed funds of $25,000 and greater may be named in honour of a loved one or the donor’s family. Please contact the Advancement Office for more information about these unique giving opportunities.

Major Gifts

From time to time, Elmwood School may undertake major fundraising initiatives such as new facilities, major renovations, program development or building of our endowment fund.

A Corporate Partner Program is also available to a maximum of six, industry exclusive Partners, providing an opportunity to associate their corporate brand with Elmwood events as well as print and web presence.

Generally, contributions made to these initiatives are pledged over a 3-5 year period.

Alumnae Directory

Did you graduate from Elmwood and want to keep up with the latest from the school? Sign up for our Alumnae Directory so we can keep you in the know about your classmates’ achievements, upcoming alumnae events and news from the school.

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Yearbooks Online

We are excited to share a piece of your school’s history with you! To view any yearbook, simply find and click on the year below.

1923 1925 1927 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
1957 1958 1959 1960 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Find out what’s new at Elmwood and catch up on the lives of your classmates – read the latest issue of the School magazine, the Elmwood Emblem:

Elmwood Emblem past issues: Winter 2015


Elmwood Gala

Every year we hold a gala for the Elmwood community. It’s a very special night that’s only made possible with the help of corporate partners, event sponsors, donors, and our guests. Most importantly, it supports the programs that make Elmwood such a great place to learn and grow.

Save the Date for the Centennial Gala: Saturday, April 16, 2016

2015 Gala

Guests at the 2015 Gala stepped into a whimsically lush garden and experienced the heady rush of a spring-filled evening of elegant dining, superb auction items, and live entertainment by The Digs. Thank you to all who attended, bid on our exciting auction items, and volunteered to help make this event a real success! A special thanks to Gala Chair, Nancy Greenley, as well as the members of the Gala Committee!

Click here to read the Ottawa Citizen’s coverage of the event.

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association is a volunteer group that welcomes everyone associated with the School.

The Parents’ Association’s mission is to foster the relationship between parents, friends and the school and to form a partnership to benefit the School and its community. All Parents’ Association programs and events support Elmwood’s mission and values. The Parents’ Association is a committee of the Elmwood Board of Governors.

Parents’ Association Events and Activities:

  • Welcome Back Festival
  • Eagles’ Nest (Uniform Shop)
  • Elmwood Gala
  • Run for the Cure
  • Fall Harvest Festival
  • Holly Tea
  • Father Daughter Dinner-Dance
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • The Pound (Lost and Found)
  • Décor Team
  • Parent Ambassadors
  • Class Parents

Volunteering at Elmwood

Elmwood relies on parent volunteers to organize community building events and fundraising activities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute to the school’s life and to meet other parents and members of the Elmwood community. The Elmwood Parents’ Association offers many opportunities to get involved.

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