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