The RA and Ontario Trillium Foundation – in support of StrongWomen®

(Ottawa, ON) December 7, 2018 – The RA hosted a graduation ceremony today for the participants of the StrongWomen® Program celebrating their hard work and thanked the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its generous support. Representing the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Team, Andrea Porter celebrated with graduates, and program leaders, over storytelling and refreshments.  Ms. Porter was also on hand to congratulate the RA and hear more about how the $274,800 OTF Grow grant is making a difference in the community.
“Thanks to the Grow funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the RA’sStrongWomen® program will be able to create, evaluate and sustain community-based physical activity and active healthy lifestyle programs and conduct innovative research investigating large scale, sustainable behaviour change,” shares Mr. John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South.
Thanks to a three-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant, the RA will develop this program by, training 25-30 program leaders and moving 540 women to become active, fit, strong and healthy. In turn, these empowered women will become champions for their families and communities, resulting in more people participating in an active lifestyle.
The RA’s StrongWomen® Program is a welcoming, progressive program led by trained fitness professionals in an inclusive and social, small group setting. It is designed for women with little or no experience with strength training who are interested in improving health, getting stronger, gaining confidence, and enjoying social connectedness. Participants enjoy the benefits of exercising with a group of women, not only getting stronger physically, but also benefiting from improved self-esteem and self-efficacy. 
“We envision a diverse community of women who are fit, strong, and healthy driving social change. Empowering women to be agents of change in physical activity and active healthy lifestyles for themselves, their families and their communities will create positive and important change and make our community healthy and vibrant,” says Tosha Rhodenizer, RA Chief Executive Officer.  “Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has certainly help ignite this change by supporting low cost and accessible community-based programming.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.  OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
For more information contact:
Bryan R. Merrett
Director, Partnership and Engagement
Telephone: 613-897-6162