Category Archives: Community Groups

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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Von Jagow wins additional $10k as “Women of Worth” national honouree

(PHOTO: Actress Blake Lively poses with National Honouree Eva von Jagow of DUENorth prior to the Women of Worth Awards Gala in Toronto.)

Congrats to Stittsvile’s Eva von Jagow, who was named the national honouree at last night’s L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth gala in Toronto. As national honouree, Eva receives an additional $10,000 for DueNORTH, an organization that she founded to provide healthy meals and nutrition to kids in Canada’s north. Here’s a press release about the awards from L’Oreal. Continue reading


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Eva von Jagow named a “2017 L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth”

(press release)

Stittsville’s Eva von Jagow has been selected as one of the 10 inaugural members of the L’Oréal Women of Worth family in Canada.

Chosen from over 300 nominations, von Jagow is being recognized by L’Oréal for her work with DueNORTH and the extraordinary difference she is making in Canada. DueNORTH’s mission is to provide and promote access to nutritional and affordable food to children and youth in Canada’s North. Continue reading


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Nominations open for Stittsville volunteer appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. Continue reading


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Annual Ride for Disabled Vets set for May 13

(Above: Photo by Barry Gray.)

The 4th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets event is a go for May 13, 2017.

In 2016, 300 riders and $11,000 for Wounded Warrior Canada (PTSD Recovery Program).  The group has raised over $30,000 from the last 3 years.

In 2017, organizers hope to attract 400 riders and raise $12,000 for Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (PTSD Recovery).

For more information contact Adwin Gallant, Ride For Disabled Vets Cofounder/Coordinator, via  www.ridefordisabledvets.ca

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral) STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)


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AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

JACKSON TRAILS
The Jackson Trails Community Association is looking for volunteers to help set up and run a community skating rink.  The City of Ottawa has given the go-ahead for an ice puddle rink in Pioneer Plains Park.  The City provides a hose and the water, but maintenance is up to residents. If you’d like to help out, you can contact the group via Facebook or at jtcastittsville@gmail.com.

BRYANSTON GATE
Meanwhile next door in Bryanston Gate, the community association has launched a petition asking the City to re-open their their community warming hut. According to the petition: “The City of Ottawa has decided that the Bryanston Gate community warming hut needs to be locked unless supervised. Every other ODR in Kanata/ Stittsville is unsupervised. Our ODR used to be open from 9am-10pm unsupervised and we would like that back.” Bryanston Gate residents and rink users can sign the petition here…

(UPDATE JAN 5: Councillor Shad Qadri says that a supervisor has been found for the outdoor changeroom, and it will be open from Monday-Friday 3-8pm and weekends from 2-7pm starting Saturday, January 6.)


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