Divine Connection is a gospel choir open to youth from age 16 and up from all around Ottawa.

Practice is every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. at the
Ottawa Seventh-day Adventist Church
, 2200 Benjamin Avenue, Ottawa

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Jacqueline White
Community Services and Humanitarian Award

Jacquie White was so many beautiful things to so many people: she was a cherished daughter, a beloved sister, a loving wife, a passionate mother, an aunt, a friend, a confident, a counselor, a colleague, a leader, an ordained Elder, a committed minister of the gospel. Sadly, Jacquie passed away before she could thrust herself deeply and happily into her role as grandmother to precious Ondraya and Jonathan. Perhaps the identity that Jacquie cherished most was that she was a child of God, and she daily sought to deepen and strengthen her faith in God.

Jacquie's love and passion for God shone through her community work. She took an active and loving interest in working with youth. She was the Director of the Ottawa Pathfinder club and also the youth Sabbath school teacher for many years. Both Jacquie and her husband Grafton often welcomed the youth for fun, food and fellowship. Jacquie’s passion and greatest ministry was working with the youth choir/group Divine Connection, which she did tireless for close to 16 years. She rarely missed choir practice and she never missed a trip with her beloved choir. She loved and prayed for each one of those young people like they were her own. She also would stand by and protect these youth like a Mama bear! To all DC members, past and present, she will always be remembered as "moms" or lovingly as "Aunty Jacquie".

In October 2006, Jacquie was diagnosed with stage four Ovarian cancer. It would prove to be one of her greatest tests of faith. Despite the terrible toll that the disease took on her body, Jacquie never wavered in her faith, love and trust in God, rather she saw her experience as an opportunity to praise God. During this tough time, Jacquie wrote about her experiences in her journal. In one entry she noted:

        "This is the storm that I must go through. I looked at cancer as a test of my faith and trust in the Living God. He told me that it would be rough. Things will look hopeless, but my sickness IS to bring honor and glory to Him and it WILL draw me and others closer to Him. My desire has always been to have an intimate relationship with God. If this is the only way I can have that intimate relationship with Him, then I will have it no other way."

Jacquie White passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 17, 2008 after her two year battle with ovarian cancer. In 2009, the Divine Connection choir created the Jacquie White Community Service and Humanitarian Award in order to honor Jacquie's selfless commitment to community outreach and wonderful ministry of caring that touched the lives of so many people.

On September 26, 2009, Sheila Burnett, founder of the Shepherds of Good Hope became the first recipient of the Jacquie White Community Service and Humanitarian Award. Read more about her here.