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About Us

The Footwear 4 Kids initiative is a charitable project and social movement that encourages and assists community members, shoe stores, and corporate businesses to donate for a child in need of a good pair of shoes.

Footwear 4 Kids was founded by William Foreste Bourgault in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He was cleaning out his closet and noticed that he had a few pairs of shoes that he had outgrown and wanted to donate. He then did some research but couldn't find an organization that focused on providing footwear at no cost for children and youth in need in the City of Ottawa. 


The program's vision ignited a community movement! Working closely with nonprofits and schools, the initiative distributes the donated shoes to children and youth who lack access to good shoes for daily living or sporting activities. For the last four years, with the support of our donors and volunteers, we've collected over 2,500 pairs of shoes and have been able to provide footwear to hundreds of children and youth in Ottawa. 

Whether you choose to donate, volunteer, or spread the word about our cause, your support is invaluable in helping us reach more children in need. Together, we can create a world where every child has the shoes they need to walk confidently towards their dreams.


Our vision is to lead the way when it comes to shoes for children in need, and that one day every child that needs a pair of shoes can get a good pair. 


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Our mission is to support, advocate for, and provide athletic shoes to nonprofits and schools that work with children and youth who lack access to good shoes for daily living or sporting activities.



William Foreste Bourgault

Founder & Executive Director 

Pascal Michaud

Senior Manager, Membership & Volunteer Onboarding 

Ronald Rivumbi 

Inventory & Packing Lead

Robyn O'Dell 

Manager, Research & Communications

Anass Belgaoudi 

Volunteer member 

Alyssa Seguin

Volunteer member 

Jennifer Maxwell 

Director, Advancements 

Nicolette Kaplan

Manager, Outreach

Maninder Singh

Assistant Manager, Outreach

Petrina Delay 

Volunteer member 

Taha Tariq

Volunteer member 

Luke Ffrench

Volunteer member 

Our Community Impact

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