(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.)
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 →
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!
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.
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 →
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.
(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.)
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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 →
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.
St. Paul’s United Church in Carp is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Music Director to provide music for Sunday worship services and lead the choir. Applications may be submitted electronically to RustyBark9@gmail.com until May 25, 2017. For a more detailed job description, please see our web site.
Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri gets his hair cut on Sunday by Hair Donation Ottawa CEO Helene Hutchings at the annual event held at Algonquin College. The CHEO Bear and CHEO Community Engagement Officer Bob Ghosh look on. This year’s donations totalled over $100,000. Photo by Barry Gray.
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 →
Come out to a traditional Kentucky Derby Party in support of DueNORTH Canada on May 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 8:00pm. Cheer on the fastest two minutes in sports and experience some southern charm, while raising funds for school breakfast programs in Nunavut. No child should go to school hungry! Continue reading →
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.
(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 →
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 →
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 →
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
Every day this week StittsvilleCentral.ca will look back at some of the most interesting stories from 2016. We’ll kick it off with our favourite profiles and stories about the incredible people who make Stittsville such a dynamic place to live.