Category Archives: Community Groups

Tysen Lefebvre teams up with Adam Sandler for fundraising contest

(PHOTO: Tysen Lefebvre with Adam Sandler in 2012.)

Ever want to see your name in lights or your face on the big screen? Here is your big chance while helping out a worthy cause.

On November 11, Stittsville teen Tysen Lefebvre held a “Jeans, Jerseys and Jewels” gala at Brookstreet Hotel for Make a Wish Eastern Ontario. Continue reading


HIGH FIVE: The Keg raises more than $9,000 for Sens Foundation

(Press release & photo via Sens Foundation / The Keg)

The Keg’s new location at the corner of Huntmar Dr. and Hazeldean Rd. opened late last month, and they’re already having an impact in our community.

Supporting local charities has always been an important characteristic of Keg culture. Thus, following a longstanding Keg tradition, new staff prepared for opening day by fundraising for a local charity through The Keg Spirit Foundation. Guests were invited to enjoy a special menu the weekend prior to the official opening in exchange for a $10 donation to benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The event raised a total of $9,242.

“Our impact in the community is a result of our strong partnerships with local business. We’re proud and fortunate to be selected as the charity of choice for the opening of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar in Stittsville,” said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “Thanks to The Keg, their staff and customers, thousands of deserving children and youth in our community will have an opportunity to play and get involved in social activity, education, teamwork and leadership. The impact of The Keg’s contribution will allow the next generation of children in our community to become leaders and to reach their full potential.”

Kyle Braden, General Manager of The Kanata/Stittsville Keg echoed this sentiment stating, “We are a restaurant team that prides ourselves on mentoring youth, both personally and professionally. As a company, through The Keg Spirit Foundation, we recognize charities that do great work in our communities. We are particularly excited that the funds raised at our opening will support the Sens Sports & Leadership League; Ottawa’s only no-fee, year-round competitive athletic league. With the program’s focus on the mentoring of youth, it fits perfectly with our mandate”.

The Keg Spirit Foundation was established in 2001 to commemorate The Keg’s 30th anniversary and the charitable giving led by David Aisenstat, President and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar. To date, it has raised and donated over $9 million to over 300 charities across North America. The recipients of these funds range from large, national charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and WE, to neighborhood organizations, which mentor young people in equally important ways.

Visit to learn more about The Keg Spirit Foundation or visit to learn more about the Ottawa
Senators Foundation.

(Our “High Five” feature showcases people doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to


RICHMOND: Kid-designed winter banners proudly fly

A damp and rainy December day could not deter the GT Signs crew, (Andrew and Blair) from their annual assignment of hanging the Kids Winter Banners.

As 2018 marks Richmond’s bicentennial this edition of banners feature the 200th logo with the sponsor name on one side and the young artists creation and name on the opposite side.

A total of 27 banners were installed along McBean and Perth Streets. When added to the existing 17 anniversary banners the Village is now graced with a total of 44 bicentennial themed banners, the most ever displayed for any event. These banners represent just one of the many 200th Anniversary activities held to date with more events scheduled as we count down to the big 2018 weekend party on June 15-17.

The Richmond Village Association and the 200th Organizing Committee wish to thank all the participating children and families for their great artistic creations. We also thank all of the local businesses who make this event possible with their generous sponsorship.

For more information on Richmond’s 200th Anniversary please visit

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Knights of Columbus Christmas tree sales support local charities

(PHOTO: Knights of Columbus volunteer David Hatch, with one of the 8-foot balsam firs for sale.)

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the parish parking lot of Holy Spirit Parish at 1489 Shea Road (across from the Goulbourn Rec Centre) this weekend through to December 23.

The trees are freshly cut Balsam Firs and they range in height from 6 feet to 8 feet. The cost of the trees is $45 each, and all proceeds go to support local charities in the Stittsville community, such as the Stittsville Food Bank and burseries for Sacred Heart High School students.

Everyone who purchases a tree will also receive an entry for a pizza dinner night compliments of JoJos Pizza. The draw for the pizza night will be done after the trees have been sold.

Please come out and support your community by purchasing a fresh tree for Christmas! Hours are weekdays 5pm-9pm and weekends noon-9pm.


GLOBE & MAIL: Kanata newspaper founded by 14-year-old is casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal

Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports in the Globe and Mail:

It felt like a death in the family, of an elderly relative he’d spent time with in childhood.

That’s how Alex Munter describes hearing that the newspaper he founded in his parents’ basement 35 years ago will print its final pages next month.

Last week’s deal between Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. to swap 41 papers, and their decision to close most of them, means that many communities are saying goodbye to their own publications – some more than a century old. The Kanata Kourier-Standard is one of them, and while not as aged, the paper serving the Ottawa suburb has a unique history.

Far from the whisky-soaked stereotype of the newspaperman, Mr. Munter started the Kanata Kourier before he could legally drink.

In 1982, 14-year-old Alex Munter secured startup money from his parents and printed his first, eight-page issue of the Kanata Kourier.

It was 1982, he was 14 years old and he commandeered the family Ping-Pong table to lay out the pages.

Marianne Wilkinson, now an Ottawa city councillor representing Kanata North – and the first mayor of the former City of Kanata – says she has fielded calls from citizens in tears over the paper’s closure. Ms. Wilkinson wrote for the Standard, the paper that later merged with the Kourier, beginning in 1969, just before her political career started.

Read the full article…


CFRA: Clothing donation bin stolen from Legion on Wednesday night

As reported by CFRA:

Half a dozen very heavy clothing donation bins were stolen from spots around town overnight on Wednesday. All six, belonged to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa.

The steel bins weigh in at about one thousand pounds apiece and would require more than one person and a truck to move them…

Reports have been filed and anyone who may have spotted something suspicious on Wednesday night or Thursday morning should contact police.

The bins were taken from:

  • Stittsville Legion
  • All Saints Catholic High School x2
  • George Vanier Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Jerome School



LETTERS: Lamenting the loss of the Stittsville News

We’ve been deluged with comments and letters from our readers about the demise of the Stittsville News.  Here is a sample of what you’ve been saying.  The last edition will be published January 12, 2018.

I have fond memories of the paper as a young resident and personally. My first memories of the paper was having my picture taken by John Curry performing in baton, figure skating and tap dance, starting in pre-K era. Also, I can remember being in Kindergarten and Grade 1, seeing John C. come onto Stittsville Public grounds, wearing his typical, dress pants, dress shirt, tie and Mr. Dressup cardigan. I’d run up … “Hello Mr. Curry!” Continue reading


HIGH FIVE: Over 14,000 items collected for the food bank

A big community high five goes out to everyone who was involved in this year’s Fill the Bus event for the food bank

Here’s a note from Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri:

“What an amazing team we have! Caring, charitable and always looking after one another. You all came together to get one of our largest food drives, OC Transpo Fill the Bus, to the food bank. Well over 14,000 items of food collected and over $2400.00 collected. You make me so proud and honoured to know you all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart to donors, volunteers, Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, OC Transpo (Carlos & Family and Harry), and our Board.”

Organizers also send out a thank you to all the volunteers, including the Pathfinders and their organizer Leila, for help at the event.

City-wide, the 33rd Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive was a success. A record-breaking total of 139,322 food and non-perishable items and $38,176 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to local food banks. These donations will be used to restock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

The Fill the Bus event at Brown's, in support of the Stittsville Food Bank

(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to


PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

A donkey, a water tank, a hot air balloon, marching bands, back flips, firefighters, disco balls, dogs, angels, snowmen, a beaver, politicians, bicyclists, candy canes, toothbrushes, and of course, Santa Claus himself.  Nearly sixty local businesses and community groups had entries in this year’s parade, organized by the Stittsville Village Association. All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

HIGH FIVE: Neighbourhood kids raise over $900 for Peever family

Congrats to Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah who spent the day outside today in Fringewood. They were selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Hagget

Five kids in Fringewood - Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah - spent the day outside today selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Haggett.

(Our “High Five” feature showcases volunteers doing great things in our community. Send your stories & photos to


This weekend’s Parade of Lights shaping up to be a festive spectacle

(PHOTO: Getting set for last year’s parade. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Nearly sixty businesses, clubs, and other organizations have registered to enter a float in this year’s Parade of Lights, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association. The event takes place on Saturday, December 2, starting at 6:00pm along Stittsville Main Street. Continue reading


Richmond Curling Club is Richmond’s 200th Anniversary newest community sponsor

(via Richmond Village Association)

The 2018 Organizing Committee wishes to thank the Richmond Curling Club for their generous in-kind use of their facilities for the June 15-17, 2018 weekend festivities of Richmond’s 2018 celebration. All other local clubs and businesses are encouraged to show their support. Pictured is Club President Brenda Lawton. Continue reading


LEGION: New Year’s Eve Party, January 1 Open House, more

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Legion in the coming weeks…

EUCHRE: On Tuesday, November 28th, Euchre was played at the Stittsville Legion. John Pentol had the most Lone Hands. Theresa Giolway had the Ladies High Score with Doris O’Conner placing second.The Men’s High Score was won by Gary Doe with Davis Faubert as the runner-up. Charlotte Jermyn won the Low Score with Doris O’Conner winning the Hidden Score. Continue reading


DEC 2: Fill the Bus for the food bank at Brown’s

(press release)

The City of Ottawa, with Loblaw Companies Limited, will be collecting food and cash donations for the annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank on Saturday, December 2.

OC Transpo buses will be parked outside participating Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and No Frills stores across Ottawa. (In Stittsville, the location is at Brown’s Independent on Stittsville Main Street from 9am-4:45pm.) Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations. If you can’t make it out on December 2, you can donate online at For every dollar you give, the Ottawa Food Bank can purchase about $5 worth of food because of their wholesale purchasing power. Continue reading


Sabrina Kemp receives SVA Volunteer of the Year award

(PHOTO: Sabrina Kemp, Joanne Tibbles, and Tanya Hein.)

Sabrina Kemp was named as the Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year for outstanding work in the community at the SVA Annual General Meeting November 23. Joined by her family, Kemp was presented with an award, flowers, and a donation to the organization of her choice — Stittsville Public School’s outdoor classroom.

“The SVA is very pleased to recognize Sabrina’s contribution to the community,” SVA President Tanya Hein said. “Her efforts in saving a portion of the Shea Road Woods and in creating an outdoor classroom will have a lasting impact in Stittsville.”

Kemp was nominated by her neighbour, local realtor Joanne Tibbles.

“Sabrina is a mom to 3 children – Benjamin 11, Braeden 9, and Madeline 7 years old,” Tibbles wrote in her nomination submission. “She has been an integral part in the organization to conserve the Shea Woods with Shad Qadri as well as bringing the first outdoor classroom to Stittsville Public School.”

“Recently she organized a ball hockey tournament to help raise money for the Stittsville Rams hockey team and she is always ready and willing to help a friend or neighbour in their time of need Sabrina is passionate about family, community and the environment and I am humbled to call her a friend. I cannot think of anyone more fitting for this award and I thank you for your consideration of her.”

This is the second time the SVA has given the award, which recognizes Ward 6 residents of any age, who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community. Last year’s winner was Hélène Rivest.

(Story via Stittsville Village Association)


Stocking Project launches 2017 season with new workshop on Hazeldean

The Stocking Project has a new home this year in big red Deschenes-Poitras barn on Hazeldean Road. They’re now accepting donations and volunteers to make this season another success.

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: Ask friends, neighbours, colleagues and family for referrals to people who may need a little helping hand. The target for this project are people who would normally not ask for help, those who would not attempt to solicit help from an agency of any kind, and those who likely tell very few people they need help. The Stocking Project depends on community members to refer their friends, neighbours and colleagues as project recipients. All referrals remain confidential. Continue reading


Volunteers needed for this year’s Stittsville Parade of Lights

(ABOVE: Faces all aglow at last year’s Parade of Lights. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever. Stittsville’s Parade of Lights in the evening of Saturday, December 2 will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Continue reading


COMMENT: The “creative activism” behind the Rosehill Expressway launch

(PHOTO: Unveiling the Rosehill Expressway sign. Photo by C.W.)

A huge thank you to my neighbours in Bryanston Gate, Fairwinds and Poole Creek Village for helping to open the Rosehill Expressway on Sunday afternoon.

The event was a tongue-in-cheek “celebration” to bring attention to traffic safety issues in our community.  You could call it a piece of “creative activism”.   Continue reading