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Giving Back is Good Fun

Dave and Wendy Smythe and the entire team at DS Plumbing are passionate about being involved in the Ottawa community. While there are dozens of worthy causes in our area alone, there are several charities that are very close to our hearts:

You can keep up with the latest charity activities in the DS Plumbing Blog and on our Facebook page, but we’ve added some photos from some of the most memorable occasions to this page.

OHS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

We participate in the Ottawa Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon almost every year. In the past, we’ve even been on site in our event tent showing our ongoing support to the less fortunate animals of Ottawa. This gallery captures some of the fun we’ve had attending in past years:

Ryan’s Well

World Plumbing Day Share-a-Thon donation resultsAs plumbers, we know how important clean drinking water and proper sanitation are to our health. That’s why we help out Ryan’s Well Foundation whenever we can. They raise money for wells and latrines in developing countries. You can find out some of the things we’ve been doing to help fundraise for them in our blog.

World Plumbing Day on March 11th

World Plumbing Day Logo

DS Plumbing loved to celebrate this important day.

World Plumbing Day was founded by the World Plumbing Council many years ago to highlight the essential role plumbers and plumbing systems play in world-wide health, and to bring awareness to the significant contributions the plumbing industry has made to water and energy conservation efforts.

Please take the time to appreciate your plumbing system! It may be a nuisance occasionally, but if we didn’t have plumbing we would still be living in the dark ages!

The Ottawa Pride Parade

Pride Parade

We’ve had a great time at the Ottawa Pride Parade over the years, attending either with a float or cheering in the crowd almost every year. The floats require a lot of time and creativity, so we don’t manage to do one every year.

Here is a shot of Craig, one of our plumbers, from our 2013 float. Check out this blog post to see the float we had in 2014.

Ottawa Pride Parade volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers!

Left-right: Sarah, Wendy, Nancy, Craig, Audrey and Dave. Wendy and Dave’s daughter Holly took the picture.

The Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue Chili Cook-Off

Ottawa-Stray-Cat-Rescue-charity-eventThis is an event we’ve been involved in for a few years now. All proceeds go towards the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, which finds homes for stray cats in the Ottawa area. You can learn more by following the links below.


Ten Oaks Bowl-A-Thon

Dressed-up-for-bowlingIn 2018 we participated in the Ten Oaks Project Bowl-A-Thon, which raised $45,000 in support of the Ten Oaks camp. This camp is for LGBTQ+ youth, and provides a space of acceptance and celebration through camp activities and play. Learn more >



The Ottawa Humane Society’s Furball

In this picture: Dave Smythe, Wendy Smythe and Sandy Sharkey from 939 BOB FMAnother Humane Society benefit, this is another way we try to support this very worthy cause.

This picture shows Dave and Wendy Smythe and Sandy Sharkey from 939 BOB FM at the Bollywood themed Furball in 2012.



The DS Plumbing Scholarship and Award

DS-Plumbing-Algonquin-College-scholarship-awardIn 2018, we created a scholarship and an award for plumbing students at Algonquin College Learn more >

The 2018 recipients >

The Northern Nomad Net-Zero Tiny Home

plumber-installing-water-storage-tanksWe were proud to be a sponsor and builder on the Carleton University Northern Nomad project, aimed at creating a home that used as much energy as it generated. Learn more >


November is Movember, Month of the Moustache!

Every November, the menfolk on our team grows their moustaches in honour of Movember! This month has been designated as mens health awareness month. We also donate a portion of all of our calls to Prostate Cancer Canada in this month.

As an Essential Service, We Are Open during the mandatory Ontario workplace shutdown. We assure you that our team continues to adhere to the highest safety standards to keep our employees and customers safe and healthyLearn More