Category Archives: Community Groups

Cinema Under the Stars at Village Square Park (July 22)

Bring a blanket and join the Stittsville Village Association on Saturday July 22 for CINEMA UNDER THE STARS at Village Square Park featuring the movie SING.

All Stittsville residents welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be available by donation with all funds raised donated to the Stittsville Food Bank. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Stittsville’s Canada Day fireworks

Thanks to Adam Frank for sending along these pics of the fireworks last night in Stittsville, part of the Stittsville Village Association’s Canada Day event.   (Click on any photo for full size.)

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank.


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PHOTOS: A belated Canada Day celebration in Stittsville

Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday.  Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.


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Motorcycle Ride for Autism on July 8

Ottawa’s annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism kicks off on July 8 at 9:00am at Brown’s Independent.  Mayor Jim Watson will be on hand to see the riders off on a route that will take them through Merrickville, Smith Falls, Perth, Westport Carleton Place, and back to Stittsville.

The event has raised over $60,000 in the last four years to help kids with autism through Quickstart, charitable organization whose mission is to assist children with autism in reaching their full potential by helping the children obtain early intervention, at the first signs of autism. QuickStart raises awareness and initiates programs to cut wait-times, build capacity, and promote improvements in early identification and intervention.

More information: www.motorcyclerideforautismottawa.com


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Kanata Muslim Association visits Stittsville United with message of thanks

On Sunday, June 25 Stittsville United Church received an unexpected visit from members of the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA).   They came to deliver a gift of sweets and a letter of appreciation to Stittsville United Church for their support following the tragic shooting at the Quebec City Mosque in January 2017. Continue reading


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Skip the trash and donate your used furniture to Matthew House

(PHOTO: Volunteers move and sort donated furniture in the Matthew House warehouse.)

KEY FACTS:

  • Matthew House collects usable furniture for re-distribution to the marginalized Ottawa community, helping over 600 local families each year.
  • Items currently in demand include tables, chairs, couches, pantries, bed frames, mattresses, bed linens, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, and any other object that is considered a basic household necessity.

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As you drive along the beautiful roads of Stittsville each morning, one can’t help but notice how lucky we are. Homes with perfectly manicured lawns, neighbours waving to you as they complete a morning stroll, coffee shops welcoming you with delicious smells that pass by your nose at the perfect time, and (on the occasional day this year) a picture perfect sunrise that excites you for the following weekend. Continue reading


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Westwind raises almost $12,000 for charity at social justice fair

(press release)

Westwind Public School was filled with the sounds of excited grade six students and the smell of delicious baked goods on Thursday, June 22 as the school held its ‘Who is Nobody?’ social justice fair. The annual fair is designed to get grade six students to “be the change they wish to see in the world”, as Ghandi so aptly stated. Continue reading


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Murilo Torres receives Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador recognition

(PHOTO: Mayor Jim Watson with Murilo and Karla Torres and their family.)

(Editor’s note: Congratulations to Stittsville resident Murilo Torres, who this morning received a 2017 Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador Award.  I met him two years ago and was blown away by his energy, kindness, and drive to help his fellow citizens. You’ve probably read about Murilo and his wife Karla before on StittsvilleCentral.ca — most recently in stories about turtles and the blessing of a motorcycle. I’m honoured to count them as a friends and we are very lucky to have their family in Stittsville. -GG.)

LISTEN: CBC Ottawa interview with Murilo Torres and Sam Safari

Welcoming Ottawa Week is an annual festival that celebrates the contributions of all residents (old and new) in making our city a diverse and welcoming community. The WOW Ambassador award, now in its fourth year, recognizes Ottawa residents who go the extra mile to help newcomers feel at home in our city. Each Ambassador is nominated by an immigrant for his or her ability to exemplify important welcoming qualities, including respect, intercultural bridging and generosity of spirit. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Arts in the Park at Village Square

The sky was overcast but spirits were bright on Sunday for the annual Arts in the Park event, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. Over 90 vendors participated this year in a vibrant display of art, music, food, books, gardening, theatre, history and lots more!

All photos by Barry Gray.


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MAY 27: Giant Tiger Charity BBQ

This Saturday, May 27, from 11am-2pm, Giant Tiger on Hazeldean Road (Jackson Trails Plaza) will host a charity BBQ, raising money for Tysen’s Mission to A Million, supporting Make a Wish of Eastern Ontario. The event includes face painting for kids.


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Barbara Bottriell recognized with Roger Griffiths Memorial award

Great to see Barbara Bottriell recognized as the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year last night at the annual Stittsville Volunteer Appreciation Awards.  Other recipients included the Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera for Business of the Year, Caitlin Bauer for Youth Citizen of the Year, and Patricia Warford for Senior Citizen of the Year. A full list of nominees is included below.  We’re lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who give back to their community in a big way. -GG. Continue reading


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MAY 15: First meeting of the Blackstone Fernbank Crossing Community Association

The Blackstone Fernbank Crossing Community Association (BFCCA) is holding their first Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 15 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Goulbourn Rec Centre, Meeting Room A.

For more email, contact BlackstoneFernbankCrossing@gmail.com or join the Blackstone / Fernbank Crossing Facebook Group.


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LOCAL HEROES: Father and son honoured for lifesaving rescue

(PHOTO: Terrance Davidson, and his son Geoffrey received a Certificate of Valour for their actions to save a man’s life in January 2016. Photo via Ottawa Police Service – Imaging.)

(via Ottawa Police)

On Monday, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry hosted the 2017 Community Police Awards Ceremony at Ben Franklin Place.

Two Stittsville residents were among the recipients of a Certificate of Valour, awarded to people  who, in an act of personal bravery or highly-meritorious service, provided assistance to another individual. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a very rainy Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street aka UmbrellaFest 2017.  Lots of optimism and potential about the future of the neighbourhood! Jane Jacobs wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” over half a century ago, and it is incredible how relevant her ideas are today when we’re talking about how to create healthy, sustainable, people-centred neighbourhoods. -GG.

Photos by Sophie Gower

Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower


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Stittsville residents recognized with Sovereign’s Medals for Volunteers

(via City of Ottawa)

Today, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston was joined by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. These residents were recognized for their exceptional volunteer achievements.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is awarded to individuals who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad. The honour, first presented by Governor General David Johnston in April 2016, is the highest volunteer honour in Canada. Continue reading


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa host Big Spring Clean Up this Saturday

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) would like to invite you to attend the Big Spring Clean Up in Stittsville located at the Stittsville Legion (1481 Stittsville Main Street) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th.

Stop by for a coffee, and drop off your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and textiles in support of at-risk youth across Ottawa. For a complete list of bins across the city, please visit: www.donatetobbbso.ca.


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HELP WANTED: Summer jobs at Goulbourn Museum

(via Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:

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