Runway for HOPE is a Not-For-Profit organization that made its debut in 2012. Having previously worked in the entertainment industry, the Runway for HOPE team has always had a craving for bringing together the people of the community. Luckily, their background in business endowed the team with the knowledge required to kick start Runway for HOPE’s own initiative. They decided that partnering with a local charity was the best way to make their vision come to life. At an early stage, they developed a sustainable relationship with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation (CHEO Foundation) and continues to successfully deliver above and beyond their expectations. Over time, the team worked hard to levitate Runway for HOPE on the Ottawa scene which allowed Runway for HOPE to donate more than $15,000 to CHEO. To this day, Runway for HOPE, continues to grow and strive for success.
Runway for Hope Ottawa started a new movement by connecting those working in the fashion industry, with their supporters, to hold fashion-based events and to engage Ottawa citizens in local fashion. Runway for Hope Ottawa also promotes local musicians by providing them with an opportunity to perform on stage. Currently, Runway for Hope Ottawa hosts an annual charity fashion event. In the future, the organization plans to increase the number of events held throughout the year.
Our main goal is to promote local talent in Ottawa’s fashion industry while raising money for local charities.
Runway for Hope Ottawa aims to increase the amount of public awareness for local fashion designers and local clothing. A future goal is to eventually have Ottawa recognized for its local fashion talent and to increase tourism to the nation’s capital for this very reason. Furthermore, the organization would like to see Ottawa’s fashion designers gain nation-wide recognition by eventually broadening the scope and providing them with exposure in fashion events outside of Ottawa. With increasing support for Runway for Hope Ottawa, Canada’s capital has the potential to gain as much recognition as Montreal and Toronto’s fashion industry.
Brittany Houston Leo
Lead Backstage Coordinator
Brittany is now taking on the role of Backstage Manager after participating in several seasons as Lead hairstylist for Runway for Hope. Currently employed at Pierino Scarfo Salon as a Master Stylist. Specializing in creating custom hairstyles for clients using appropriate cutting and colouring techniques to best suit their needs. Program Coordinator/Creator and Hairstylist for Free Haircutting at St. Luke’s Table since April 2016. St. Luke’s Table is a drop in center for those in need of a supportive environment within the community. Previously a part of the Educational/Artistic Team for KMS California. A professional hair care product line owned by KAO Canada. Future goals are to focus on volunteer work to support the community and to collaborate creative projects with other artists.
Gabrielle Peterka is a local hairstylist from Ottawa, ON. With over a decade of supporting local charities, Gabrielle has always felt a strong passion for using her skills to benefit the community. After 5 seasons of being part of the backstage hair team, she is very excited to co-lead the team this spring’s edition of Runway for Hope.