Category Archives: Community Groups

High school student’s photo chosen for Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card

(PHOTO: Jordyn Simpson, with the winning Christmas card design in the background.)

(press release)

For the second year in a row, a photograph taken by Stittsville’s Jordyn Simpson will grace the cover of the Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card. The Grade 11 student at South Carleton High School captured the winning image while volunteering as an event photographer during the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 20th. Continue reading


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LETTERS: Todd and Sandra Brown make Stittsville a caring community

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, Todd and Sandra Brown (pictured above) from Brown’s Independent won a Celebration of People award, recognizing their work to promote accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities. They’ve hired individuals with disabilities to work at the grocery store and provided co-op placements to high school students with physical and development disabilities. We’ve received several congratulatory letters from the community. Here’s a sample.

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Jaimie Klachan receives Celebration of People Award

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brown’s Independent wasn’t the only Stittsville recipient at the Celebration of People awards.  They’re joined by Jaimie Klachan among this year’s winners.

Jaimie Klachan
Jaimie Klachan

Jaimie Klachan moved to Ottawa in 2009 to attend university.  In 2013 she got involved in the Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League (OPWHL) and is currently their Board Secretary and Fundraising Director. As Fundraising Director, Jaimie is not just securing funds she is also bringing the community closer together by advocating for inclusion and educating people about para-sports. At university she was an assistant for the only para swimmer on the Carleton University swim team, and implemented a specialized swimming sponsorship program. In addition, Jaimie was employed for six years as a personal attendant at Carleton University and has continued this work off-campus for the last three years. Continue reading


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Fill The Bus event collects nearly 10,000 items for Stittsville Food Bank

(via Stittsville Food Bank)

“Wow! What an amazing community we have! 9,987 pieces of food raised today alone! A big thank you to Carlos and Family and Harry from OC Transpo! Thank you to Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, the City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, Ottawa Food Bank! And what an wonderful group of volunteers!!! We couldn’t have done it without everyone coming together! Just look at the photos of the bus and mountain of food! Thank you all!” Continue reading


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Stocking Project launch event on December 1

(press release)

Many families in the Kanata, Carp and Stittsville area struggle financially to get through the holiday season – too proud to ask for help. They are our families, neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

Community members with a passion for giving have joined together to mount a volunteer campaign to collect enough stocking stuffers to surprise more than 1,000 people with gifts and a little helping hand this holiday season.

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Brown’s Independent recognized for supporting citizens with disabilities

UPDATE: They won!

Brown’s Independent has been nominated for this year’s Celebration of People awards, recognizing the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities.

“Owners, Todd and Sandra Brown, have a long history of providing individuals with disabilities opportunities to work in their store, learn various skills and be contributing members of their community. They have brought awareness to the business and local community of the benefits of training and hiring people with disabilities, the positive impacts this has on the person and their families, the store staff and customers. The Browns have been true advocates and role models as business owners making their store an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In addition, they were the first grocery store to develop and run baking classes for individuals with disabilities and they offer numerous co-op placements to students with physical and developmental disabilities from the local high school. A number of these students have gone on to be permanent employees at the store. The Browns have also supported Special Olympic athletes, events to raise funds for numerous causes, such as the Annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism and were willing participants on the employers’ panel at Citizen Advocacy’s 2015 Caregiver Retreat.”

This years winners will be announced at a dinner on December 1. More info: https://celebrationofpeople.com/


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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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Hip hop pioneer to receive Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General

UPDATE: Here’s a photo of Leafloor receiving the award on Friday.

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor receives the Meritorious Service Cross at Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston.
Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor receives the Meritorious Service Cross at Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Stittsville’s Steve “Buddha” Leafloor was one of the first people we profiled on StittsvilleCentral.ca when we launched the site in 2014.  This week, he’ll receive a Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General David Johnson at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Here’s more about his achievements from a press release from his organization, BlueprintForLife.ca: Continue reading


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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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Hélène Rivest receives inaugural SVA Volunteer Award

(PHOTO: Hélène Rivest with the SVA award committee, Jennifer de Sa, Murilo Torres and Glen Gower. Photo courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri’s office.)

(via Stittsville Village Association)

On Thursday night at the Stittsville Village Association’s AGM, the group said “thank you” to an incredibly deserving Stittsville volunteer, Hélène Rivest.

This year, the SVA launched a new volunteer award to recognize individuals who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community and they are often the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

Rivest is the inaugural recipient. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for include: The Goulbourn Museum, the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

One cause that may be the closest to her heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the annual Kidney Walk here in Stittsville.

As part of her award, the SVA will be making a donation in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Congratulations and thank you Hélène!


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Elves from “The Stocking Project” seek community donations

The 3rd Annual Kanata/Stittsville/Carp Stocking Project has launched for 2016!

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: 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.

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Students hear a message of hope and social justice at WE Day

(Sophie Gower is a Grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School.)

On Wednesday, Stittsville Public School had an amazing opportunity to go to WE Day Ottawa, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. WE Day is an event where inspirational people of all abilities talk about what path they took on life. Continue reading


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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.

 


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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


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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 feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca with your suggestions. Continue reading


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