Introducing our 2014 CHEO Ambassador


My name is Jennifer and I just turned 19 years old. As a teenager you rarely think about hospitals or worry that you will ever need to use their services. Yet, I have recently come to appreciate CHEO and how it cares for its patients, from newborns to older youth like myself. CHEO gave me the tools I needed to fight for my life. And fight I did!

The past two years have been a roller coaster of emotions. A mixture of trials and triumphs. I got very ill because of an eating disorder I didn’t realize I had. It is a pernicious disease, one that permeates your life and can have dire consequences on your health. It can cause heart conditions and kidney failure.

An eating disorder takes over your life, and without realizing it, you withdraw from the ones you love and stop doing the things you previously enjoyed.

You just aren’t yourself.

But I am one of the lucky ones. Not only because my parents were advocates for me but because a spot opened up at CHEO on the mental health unit in their eating disorder program. That meant that I could start treatment and get the help I needed. I stayed at CHEO for three months as an inpatient, and then I took part in the day treatment program for another six months. I fought hard to get my health back and it was worth every effort. I had to give it my all. I had to face things head on and deal with my emotions.

In fact, the team at CHEO helped me understand what I was dealing with and battle it! They helped me develop a toolkit of new coping behaviours that are much healthier.

I also made really special friends at CHEO. I still visit some of the staff from time to time and I befriended some teenagers on the unit I was in. I also met younger kids on a pediatric ward like Brody and Emily. In fact, Emily cheered me on and I returned the favour. We still keep in touch today.

After my experience at CHEO I started to see life in a different way. Even though I would never want to relive those two years, I would not change them for the world as they have made me who I am now. I am strong. I am healthy and I am well.

I look forward to starting college in the fall in the Child Youth Worker program because I want to help kids in need. I now look to the future with anticipation and for that, I am grateful for my family and for the help I received at CHEO.

Please support CHEO and help more kids and youth like me get the help they need. ..when they need it. There is currently a waiting list to get treatment in the mental health unit at CHEO and that’s not right. If I would have had to wait six to nine months before I received treatment I probably would have died. I was that ill.

With your support, CHEO will help more kids see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please give them a fighting chance.

Everything you need to know for June 14, 2014

Here’s a sure-fire way to get the most out of the CHEO BBQ. Have a gander at this list before heading to Shefford Park on Saturday!

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Where: Shefford Park
Time: front gate opens at 7:30 a.m.

DonationsDonate now! This year our goal is to raise $75,000 in pledges and donations. Did you know that if each participant raised just $20 that we would surpass our pledging total of the last 4 years? It’s true! Every penny you raise goes directly to the donation total that helps the children of our community. Visit the pledging and donations page for your pledge form and some helpful tips on pledging.

First-aid – The Canadian Ski Patrol, Gatineau Division provides first-aid services and are available at the designated tent on the CHEO BBQ site. In case of emergency, please ask any one of our volunteers for help. Please be sure to wear sunscreen and to drink plenty of water.

Food & Drink – Bytown Catering BBQ pit and Kelsey’s beer tent opens at 11 a.m. The BBQ pit will be serving steak dinners starting from 3 p.m.  Be sure to get your food and beverage tickets.
If you drink…please drink responsibly.

Front Gate – opens at 7:30 a.m.

Go Green –

  • Bring a drink container that can be used throughout the day for water. And reuse your plastic cup (or bring your own) in the beer tent
  • Help us recycle – there are plenty of recycle bins onsite and make sure to sort your waste into the appropriate bins
  • Leave your car at home and take the free shuttle
  • Pledge online – raise money for the kids at CHEO with our easy to use online pledging system

Lost Child – Please notify a CHEO BBQ volunteer immediately if you have lost a child.

Money – Onsite ATM is available.

Music – Enjoy music all day courtesy of Quality Entertainment

Parking & Shuttle Service – Free shuttle service provided by Leduc Bus Lines from Gloucester Centre (Entrance #1 – entrance to the food court, located directly across from the OC Transpo station) is available and recommended. Pickup from Shefford Park will remain the same as 2013, at the front of Potvin Arena. The shuttle schedule is available here.
If you’d prefer to drive to Shefford Park, click here for a map (parking is very limited!).

Rules –

  • Volleyball and ultimate players: please click here to review the rules
  • Walkers: please click here to review the walk details.

Safety – Please respect all security signs and fencing in and around the CHEO BBQ site.

Schedule of events –
7:30-8 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – Volleyball and ultimate Frisbee tournaments begin
9-10:30 a.m. – 5km family walk presented by RBC (begins at main gate)
9 a.m. – Event kick off and thank with Mayor Jim Watson (main gate)
10 a.m. – Wireless AMBER Alerts Family Fun Zone opens
10 a.m. – Silent auction opens
10:45-11 a.m. – Meet and Greet with VIPs including sponsors, city officials, etc.
10:45 a.m. – CHEO Telethon 2012 cheque presentation on CTV
11 a.m. – Bytown Catering barbecue pit opens
11:30 a.m. – Kelsey’s Beer tent opens
5-6 p.m. – Team awards
7 p.m. – Event concludes

Silent Auction – Onsite silent auction begins at 10 a.m. where you can bid on such items as: hotel stays, gift certificates, art, memorabilia, etc. Checkout the complete list and get ready to bid (cash and/or credit accepted).

Smoking – The City of Ottawa smoke-free regulations will be in effect, therefore, the entire CHEO BBQ site will be non-smoking. To review the City of Ottawa regulations, please click here.

Social Media – Be sure to follow CHEO BBQ on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and updates. Please use the event hashtag #CHEOBBQ22. Let’s get #CHEOBBQ22 trending!

Sponsors – Please support the many CHEO BBQ sponsors that make this event possible and successful.

Tents – You can bring a tent to CHEO BBQ, however, please do not peg into the ground.

Tickets – Only $5 at the door. Registered sports and walk participants’ admission is included you’re your registration (be sure to wear the bracelet provided). Kids under the age of 12 are free.

Volunteers – There are over 200 volunteers (wearing bright CHEO BBQ t-shirts) at CHEO BBQ, feel free to ask them for help, etc.

Washrooms – Fully accessible washrooms are available throughout the CHEO BBQ site.

Water – All CHEO BBQ participants get a ticket for a free bottle of water, which is redeemed at the BBQ zone.  Additional water can be purchased on site.

Weather – Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Event (volleyball, ultimate and walk) takes place rain or shine. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Wireless AMBER Alerts Family Fun Zone – Organized games, bouncy castle, crafts, Radical Science, Little Rays Reptiles and more begin at 10 a.m. Click here for the entire schedule.

How the smoke-free regulations affect CHEO BBQ

As you know – Ottawa has new smoke-free regulations in place since April 2012. Below is some information that has been provided to us by the city. Do note that smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the site and that we kindly ask you to respect these new regulations. Failure to do so could result in CHEO BBQ’s license being revoked and that would be very unfortunate!

lnformation for users of municipal property, such as parks, beaches and sports fields

Starting April2, 2012, changes to Ottawa’s smoke-free regulations take effect. All municipal properties, owned and leased by the City of Oftawa, including parks, playgrounds, beaches, sports fields, ByWard and Parkdale Market stands, outdoor areas around City facilities as well as outdoor restaurant and bar patios and tenaces, will be smoke-free. These regulatory changes are part of a strategy to protect children and non-srnokers from second-hand smoke,
while reducing smoking rates.

Ottawa Public Health’s consultations and public opinion research indicates strong support from residents for smoks’free parks, beaches and sports fields. The City of Ottawa joins a growing number of municipalities that have expanded smoke-free spaces.


The City of Ottawa has launched a campaign to inform the public of the new smoke-free regulations. To assist you in notifoing your contacts and association members, Ottawa Public Health can provide you with resources, such as signage and printed information.

It is the responsibility of your group to ensure compliance with the smoke-free regulations amongst your participants and spectators. Failure to do so could mean that your park permit is revoked.

Starting July 2, 2012, contraventions of the new regulations may result in the issuance of Provincial Offence Notice tickets that will carry a fine.

For more information about your responsibilities and how we can help, please review the below information, visit or call 3-1-1.


Silent Auction


ITEM #109



to see the Toronto BLUE JAYS play the Tampa RAYS

July 19th and 20th



Nights stay at Renaissance by Marriott Toronto

$200 dollars in Gift Certificates to HARD ROCK CAFE

$100 to VERTICAL Restaurant for Friday Night Dinner

Market Value: $900


ITEM #107:



Pass for four courtesy of



Market Value: $460


ITEM #126


Enjoy the fun and games at FunHaven with $100’s worth of gift certificates and after working up an appetite, go for eats at The Works on Wellington!

Market Value: $170


ITEM #64


Enjoy Brunch around the city!

Brunch for 2 at Prime 360

10fourteen gift certificate $40

Market Value: $90


ITEM #96


Two tickets to the June 11th performance presented by the Magnetic North Theatre Festival- “The God that Comes

and enjoy dinner with a $100 gift certificate to Stella, Luxe or Blue Cactus

Market Value: $200


ITEM #25


Get your hair did at Kanata salon, Portfolio and enjoy dinner at Papa Sam’s! (His pizza is amazing!)

Market Value: $95


ITEM #83


Raining? Come out to Merivale Bowling Lanes, and play a few frames, then enjoy lunch at Broadway’s –Central!

Market Value: over $50


ITEM #50


Stay for one night in Ottawa’s Lord Elgin Hotel, take in some sights and enjoy dinner at Fat Tuesdays with a $100 gift certificate.

Finish your evening off with drinks at the Clocktower Brew Pub on Clarence St ($30 gift certificate),

Market Value: $280


ITEM #21


Get four friends together for a day of golf at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club and

enjoy lunch at Boston Pizza Barrhaven ($25 gift certificate)

Market value: $315


ITEM #29


Check out some of Ottawa’s greatest Patios!

Royal Oak- Kent Street $25 gift certificate

Clocktower Brew Pub- Clarence $30 gift certificate

East Side Mario’s – Bells Corners $25 gift certificate

Market Value: $80


ITEM #33


Royal Oak- Kent Street $25 gift certificate

Clocktower Brew Pub- Clarence $30 gift certificate

Market Value: $55


ITEM #18


Enjoy 2 one hour RMT massages at Eagleson Place Physiotherapy and then head to lunch at Wellington Gastropub for two.

Market Value: $240


ITEM #16


Take a night off, and stay at the Country Inn and Suites hotel!

Enjoy dinner at Baton Rouge ($50 Gift Certificate),

wake up for breakfast at Kanata’s newest breakfast joint-

Eggstyles (20$ gift certificate)

Market Value: $270


Auberge de Mont Petit Chum (Item# 97)

Courtyard Marriot Ottawa East (Item# 128)

Albert at Bay (Item# 110)

Victoria Park Suites-

Best Western (Item# 111)



Jones Digital Solutions (Item# 10)

Phillipa Maitland

Photography (Item# 17)

Alex Sarna Business

Photography (Item# 116)



Big Rig Brewery (Item# 2)

Hair Junkie by FADS (Item# 112)

Body Shop (Item# 24)

Arbonne (Item# 66)



SHAW DIRECT– Free Receiver and installation  (Item# 15)

Adventures in Organizing- 2 hours (Item# 123)

Campbell Ford – Car Detailing (Item# 40)

Tony Graham Scion Toyota– Car Detailing (Item# 62)

SkyLine Ottawa- Retractable Standup Banner  (Item# 45)

Wine Station– Gift Certificate (Item# 52)

Bijoux Bakery– Gift Certificate (Item# 7)

CAA Membership –1 year (Item# 69)

CAA Membership- 1 year (Item# 85)


Ottawa High Performance Center – One hour massage (Item# 94)

Back in Balance– One hour massage and back massage (Item# 32)

Rinaldo’s Carlingwood– Manicure (Item# 81)

Oxygen Medispa- Ultrasonic Lyposuction (Item# 41)

Oxygen Medispa- Non-surgical Face Tightening Sessions (Item# 42)



Great Canadian Theatre Company- Two tickets to this season (Item# 115)

Orpheus Theatre- Two tickets to Legally Blonde (Item# 34)

Absolute Comedy (Item# 51)



SENATORS: Two 100 level tickets to a game next season (game TBD) (Item# 129)

River Run– Two adult passes  (Item# 108)

GreyHawk Golf and Country Club (Item# 5)

Manderley on the Green (Item# 46)

Manderley on the Green (Item# 49)

Executive Golf -2013 membership (Item# 47)

Executive Golf- 2013 membership (Item# 48)

The Meadows Golf and Country Club (Item# 54)

Greco Lean & Fit (Upper Hunt Club Location) – Three month membership (Item# 63)



At Home Yogi– One hour private session (Item# 9)

Karen Braund- One hour private session (Item# 4)

Pure Yoga- One month unlimited membership with t-shirt  (Item# 71)

CITY ATTRACTIONS:Putting Edge– Two summer passes (Item# 101)

Calypso Waterpark– Two day passes (Item# 98)

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo (Item# 65)

Museum of Science and Technology, Aviation, Agriculture – Passes for two adults and three kids (Item# 7,78, 79, & 80)

Midway Family Funpark- Gift Certificate (Item #86)



Hy’s Steakhouse (Item# 37)

Morning Owl Coffeehouse (Item# 11)

Whalesbone Oysterhouse (Item# 118)

Fat Tuesdays (Item# 56)

Allium (Item# 20)

10Fourteen (Item #60)

Royal Oak Wellington (Item #58)

Steak Modern Steak and Seafood (Item #6)



Eric McMully (Item# 43)

Brendan Armstrong (Item# 55)

Kelly Banks (Item #13)



Callaway Women’s Fairway duffle  (Item# 35)

Callaway Women’s Fairway duffle    (Item# 36)

Hampton Beach Panini Press  (Item# 100)

Mahogany Wine Set (Item# 92)

GAP Gift Certificate (Item# 14)

Manusmade Decorative Pillows (Item# 127)

Pay It Forward- Shaving kit (Item# 87)



Be sure to try your luck and buy a key to unlock a mystery silent auction prize. It’s $5 for one key and 5 keys for $20. Come by the tent at 2pm to try your key! Market Value: over $100

Special thank you to: The CHEO Foundation, Hummingbird Medispa, Milk and Cookie Mamas, Canam Interiors, The Studio: Boutique, Peller Estates Winery, Anita Baker, Murat Demirel for your generous donations to our silent auction!

Story from Aaron & Jodee McCaffrey

Why was it important for us to donate and how has CHEO helped our family? Aside from the usual stuff (ear tubes, specialist appointments, countless bouts of croup, glue for cuts, x-rays, a broken bone or two) we have also been there for a couple of more serious issues like pneumonia for my oldest son, Curtis, which required 2 surgeries and 3 weeks in hospital as well as a very bad concussion and a separate case of shingles which caused a rare facial paralysis for my daughter, Kierra, …it goes much deeper than that for us. Our 12 year old would not be here today without the people at CHEO.

When Camden was 3 weeks old, he turned blue and stopped breathing in my arms. Thankfully I knew basic first aid and CPR and even though in that moment, when everything I had been taught flew out of my head, I was able to get him breathing again before paramedics came.

We were admitted to CHEO and after a scary first night involving a code blue for my baby, we were assigned a one-to-one nurse dedicated to him, who never left his side. Over the next 8 weeks, 4 spent in ICU, he had every test imaginable and through countless frightening episodes where he stopped breathing and his heart rate slowed to dangerous levels, they finally found that he suffered from Infant Reflux and a rare Sandifer Syndrome. Treatment began and we were able to go home, our medications, oxygen tank and apnea monitor in tow.

Through this nightmare, I was fortunate to have had wonderful doctors and nurses who were ever supportive. I was there every minute night and day, never left and was never asked to. They even made a bed for me in his room in the ICU even though it was against the rules. Not only were they there for my son, but they always made sure that I was okay both emotionally and physically even though I was not their patient.

I think I can safely say that with one child or another, we have visited and been treated in every single department at the hospital and no matter where you need to be, the people who work there are the absolute best. The compassion and caring given at CHEO is second to none. Camden knows how lucky he is. We have always told him how CHEO helped save him and how fortunate we are to have this hospital near our home. It was his choice to donate to CHEO.

Camden, Kierra and Curtis’ Mom.

A challenge for our participants!

On June 8, 2013 Ultimate Frisbee teams will own the fields of Shefford Park, volleyball players will fill the courts and side lines, the beer tent will be rocking, the barbeque will be smoking, and the family zone will be bouncing with children.    Amidst all of this activity will be the sound of dollars being raised for CHEO.  As event participants we rely upon you to help us raise this money for CHEO through the pledges and donations you collect.  Every dollar raised by you goes directly to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).  For CHEO BBQ 2013 we are challenging you to help us reach our goal of $75,000 by asking each person to raise $25.

Are you pledge-shy?  Don’t worry, there are many different creative ways you can help us help CHEO!  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sell your own services for CHEO BBQ pledges!  Consider offering car washes, dog walking, babysitting, or photo shop fun pictures of friends, families, and coworkers.
  • Organize 50-50 raffles at work or at house parties.
  • Make the most of “in lieu of” opportunities such as accepting donations to CHEO BBQ in lieu of a birthday or wedding gift.
  • Sell household items that you no longer need on online classifieds.
  • Organize a house party, wine tasting, movie night or hockey play-off night and ask for a $5.00 entrance fee as a donation to CHEO BBQ.
  • Create your own logo shirt to wear for a day, or to a particular event or challenge.  For the price of a donation, offer spots on the t-shirt for sale to friends, coworkers, family, and businesses.
  • Organize a bake sale.  Consider including frozen crock-pot meals or soup.  Alternatively, sell home baked cookies at your desk at work and watch the donations roll in.
  • Ask your employer if they would consider matching the donations you collected.

Every year our pledge desk is overwhelmed by the generosity, heart, and dedication of our event participants and supporters. We are so grateful to have such dedicated volunteers, sports participants, and event attendees.  Because of your efforts, CHEO BBQ is successful in raising thousands of dollars to support CHEO.  Thank you for your time and commitment to making this year’s CHEO BBQ 2013 the most successful one yet!

See you on June 8,

Rhea Sciba

– Associate Director – Pledging and Donations


CHEO BBQ Pledge Forms

Click here to donate online for yourself or on behalf of a team or individual

Social medial call out: What creative pledge-raising tactics have you used?  Help us spread the CHEO BBQ pledging fever by using the #CHEOBBQ21 hashtag on Twitter or Facebook with your CHEO BBQ pledging activity!


Letter from the pledging desk

Letter from the CHEO BBQ Pledging Desk

In 2006, we were looking for a way to boost our total donation to CHEO. The idea was to start a pledging program and ask our sports participants to help raise money. At the time we did not know what to expect from our volleyball and ultimate players as these sports are not typically associated with pledging. We certainly did not expect to collect over $3000 in pledges that year. We were humbled by the generosity of our community.

With success like that we vowed to continue in our pledging program. The following year we asked not only our sports participants, but our volunteers as well. Now we were seeing some of our young volunteers bringing in jars of loose change, or the proceeds of a skipping rope competition or lemonade stand. The look of pride in their eyes when they handed in the money that they had raised themselves motivated by a simple request to help us raise money for our Children’s Hospital.

Our pledging program evolved into our Play, Pledge and Win program that to date has contributed over $72,000 of our lifetime donation of $425,000 for the kids who use CHEO. That total would not have been possible without the people who simply asked a friend, neighbour, or family member to help them raise money on behalf of the CHEO BBQ.

For this year, we are encouraging all of our volunteers and volleyball, ultimate and family walk participants to raise a minimum of $25 each, in an effort to reach our 2013 goal of 20,000 in pledges. With your help, we can do it.

To donate:

You can donate for yourself or on behalf of a team or individual online at


You can download a pledge form at to keep track of your individual contributions and bring your pledges with you on June 8, 2013 and report to the pledging tent once you have entered the grounds.

It’s easy, just ask!

From our heart to yours, thank you so much for supporting the CHEO BBQ.


Eric Constantineau

CHEO BBQ – Director of Pledging & Donations


Official 2013 Press Release


OTTAWA – CHEO BBQ is happy to announce a new title sponsor for the 21st annual CHEO BBQ, “SUBWAY® is thrilled that we are partnering with the CHEO BBQ! It’s an amazing event that brings Ottawa together for a great cause and we are proud to be a part of it”says SUBWAY® Community Marketing Liaison, Kristin Dodd.

On Saturday, June 8 over 1,500 people will gather at Ottawa’s east-end Shefford Park for the 21st annual CHEO BBQ. Ottawa-Gatineau’s only volleyball and ultimate Frisbee event, the CHEO BBQ will see athletes and families play, pledge and win with the hopes of this year raising $75,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

This year’s BBQ will once again feature an ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball tournament, as well as a 5km family walk around the streets surrounding the park presented by RBC. Other event festivities include the Wireless Amber Alerts Family Zone, and of course the infamous Bytown Catering barbecue pit, including chicken, sausages, veggie kabobs, hamburgers, hot-dogs and a steak dinner!

The CHEO BBQ is also thrilled to have Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live host, Lianne Laing returning as honourary chair. “I am thrilled to be back again this year as honourary chair of the CHEO BBQ. As a mother of two I know how important CHEO is here in our community and what it offers to parents, patients and our future.  I am blessed to have two healthy daughters, but understand this is also something that can’t be taken for granted. When they have been sick and when I have been scared the staff, nurses and doctors have been incredible. I can only imagine how crucial this is for families who rely on these services day in and day out. I look forward to seeing everyone out at the BBQ knowing we are helping to make a difference.

In 1993, the CHEO BBQ began as a 15-person backyard gathering organized by Mike Machargo and co-founder Johnny Hunt when a fishbowl was passed around to collect donations for the hospital during the CHEO Telethon. Since then, the CHEO BBQ has grown bigger every year with over 1,000 participants, 40 sponsors and 200 volunteers, and a grand total of $425,000 raised for CHEO over 20 years.

Registration for this year’s CHEO BBQ is already open, early-bird pricing is available until May 17. For information on the CHEO BBQ including how to register, volunteer or make a donation, please visit the CHEO BBQ website  For the latest event updates please follow CHEO BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Kelly MacNaull, CHEO BBQ,
Kristin Dodd, Subway, SUBWAY®,

Can you remember what you were doing at 19 years old?

By Samantha Hartley

For Johnny Hunt, the most vivid memory is barbecuing in his backyard with his friends and collecting money in a fishbowl for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Collecting money for charity isn’t the average activity for a 19-year old, but for Johhny, this sporadic activity on a weekend afternoon was the beginning of one of the most successful fundraisers in Ottawa, the CHEO BBQ.

Johnny Hunt & Tim Tierney

Johnny Hunt & Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill/Cyrville Councillor) at last year's CHEO BBQ

After 20 years, Johnny’s small fundraiser with a handful of friends has grown into a 1,000-person volleyball and frisbee tournament with over 200 volunteers and more than $365,000 raised for CHEO.

Not bad for a backyard bash.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CHEO BBQ and if that couldn’t be a big enough accomplishment, Johnny’s fishbowl traveled from his BBQ roots to create five sister events raising another $55,000 for CHEO.

Eight years ago Johnny started a curling tournament called the CHEO Speil, then two years later started a golf tournament called the CHEO Open, and then in recent years started a go-kart tournament called the CHEO 100, a fishing tournament called the CHEO Derby and a Monopoly board game tournament called the Monopoloff.

From the curling rink to the race track, there’s no limit to what Johnny will do for CHEO and there’s nothing that can stop him.

With every outdoor event comes a risk, especially when Mother Nature is involved. Johnny has faced tornadoes, drastic temperatures, mud fests and heat strokes, but what helps him conquer is by telling himself “it’s for CHEO.”

If Mother Nature wasn’t a big enough challenge, imagine what it was like to promote, market and recruit players and volunteers through word-of-mouth, with a landline phone and a fax machine. Johnny walked the streets, knocked on doors and became friends with everyone in his path. He was determined to succeed.

Now, with his co-founder Mike Machargo in-tow, over 200 volunteers, mobile technology and social media at his grasp, Johnny Hunt is a fundraising success.

On behalf of his co-founder Mike Machargo and his friends, family and volunteers, we’d like to thank Johnny for his leadership, motivation and his continuing support for the Ottawa community.