Category Archives: Community Groups

WE REMEMBER: Here’s what’s planned for Stittsville’s Nov. 11 ceremony

(Above: Veteran Lonnie Burse at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Stittsville Cenotaph. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Here’s what’s planned for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Stittsville on Friday, November 11.

  • The parade from the Stittsville Legion (1481 Main St) starts at 1:45 pm and travels to the Cenotaph located at the Johnny Leroux Arena.
  • Remembrance Day Service will commence at 2:00pm. The Sergeant at Arms and Parade Commander roles will be done this year by Mike Fenton.
  • Silver Cross Parents are Richard and Claire Leger.  Their son Sergeant Marc Leger died in Afghanistan in 2002.
  • Following the service the parade will return to the Stittsville Legion via Main St where everyone is welcome for refreshments and entertainment.



List of road closures for 9RUNRUN on Saturday, October 15

(Photo: Runners at the 2013 9 Run Run event.)

With less than two weeks until race day, spots are nearly sold out for 9RUNRUN. Now entering its seventh year, 9RUNRUN has raised thousands of dollars for causes such as Do It For Daron and project S.T.E.P.

The event was started as a way to show support for the region’s Emergency Services’ personnel, while encouraging health and fitness in the community. It includes a half-marathon, 10K as well as a “2Kish” race loved by families and kids. Continue reading


A big list of Stittsville community groups on Facebook

When it comes to lively neighbourhood conversations, Facebook is where it’s at. We’ve compiled a list of Stittsville community discussion groups, and this is the tip of the iceberg.  There are dozens more for schools, buy-and-sell, special interests and even specific streets.  If you have another to add to this list, please post a comment below or email with your suggestions. Continue reading


Bryanston Gate Community Association (BGCA) meets on October 4

BGCA Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 7:00 PM
Carolark Dog Training Centre, 5933 Hazeldean Road (Please use back entrance)
This important meeting will give us the opportunity to provide an overview of the community association structure & constitution by-laws, as well as learn more about what you want this organization to focus on over the next year. A large turnout will help us better represent you.
If you haven’t already, there will be plenty of opportunity to register your household as members of the association before the meeting is called to order.
As a reminder, we’re also planning a Pumpkin Social event for October 15th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, at Bryanston Gate Park. We’ve planned a free BBQ, activities for kids, and a raffle with many great prizes.
If at anytime you have any questions or comments for us, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Looking forward to seeing you!

(From the BGCA Interim Executive Committee)


BATTLE BUDDIES: How Stittsville fundraising is helping veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)

SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.

She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading


Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school.

Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental organization (NGO) SchoolBOX. Parker worked alongside SchoolBOX’s construction crew to build three classrooms in impoverished Nicaraguan communities, and to evaluate the sustainability of the organization’s programs. Continue reading


Nominations open for Stittsville Village Association’s new volunteer award

(Photo: Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray. )

Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community. They are the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Stittsville Village Association Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for their dedicated service to Stittsville.

Nominees must be residents living in Stittsville Ward, and can be of any age. We are looking for individuals who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community in 2016.

Nominations can be sent to Please include the name of the individual, and a short description of why they would be deserving of this award. If possible, please include contact info for the nominee such as email address and phone number. Deadline is September 30, 2016.

The award will be presented at the SVA’s annual general meeting in November.

(via Stittsville Village Association)


Four Stittsville residents set to receive volunteer medals from Governor General

(press release)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 46 exceptional volunteers from Canada’s Capital Region at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, September 7. Four of the recipients are from Stittsville. Continue reading


LETTER: Our trip to Poland for World Youth Day

(PHOTO: A massive crowd of people attend World Youth Day in Karkow, Poland.)

The end of July this year saw with it the ending of what is called “World Youth Day”, a chance for Catholic youth from across the world to make a pilgrimage with Pope Francis. This year, millions of young people came from over 185 different countries and from six continents to meet in Krakow, Poland. I had the opportunity to attend with my sister Maire. We both live here in Stittsville. Continue reading


Stittsville tween activist will marshal Ottawa’s Pride Parade

(PHOTO: Charlie Lowthian-Rickert on the Family Services of Ottawa/Gender Mosaic float at last year’s parade.)

Stittsville’s Charlie Lowthian-Rickert will be the Grand Marshal at this year’s Ottawa Pride Parade in downtown Ottawa.

Lowthian-Rickert, a ten-year-old student heading into Grade 5 this fall, is a passionate advocate for the rights of transgender, gender fluid, gender queer and intersex Canadians. Charlie was born in the body of a boy but has identified as a girl since she was a toddler. Continue reading