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PHOTOS: Remembrance Day 2017 in Stittsville

(ABOVE: Wreaths at the cenotaph. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.

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A preview of Stittsville’s Remembrance Day parade and ceremony

(PHOTO: Remembrance Day parade in 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The Stittsville Legion’s annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony happens on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Everyone is welcome to join the parade.  Participants can line up at the Stittsville Legion Branch 618 (1481 Stittsville Main Street) starting at 1:30pm. It will leave the Legion at 1:45pm and head to the Stittsville Cenotaph in front of Johnny Leroux Arena on Warner Colpitts Lane.

The ceremony begins at 2:00pm at the cenotaph.

After the ceremony, everyone is welcome back at the Legion for live music, food and drinks.

Stittsville Main Street will be closed between the Legion and Warner-Colpitts Lane from approximately 1:45pm-2:45pm on Saturday.

For a listing of more local Remembrance Day events around Ottawa, visit OttawaStart.com.


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Remembrance Day display pays tribute to veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: A bagpiper plays in front of a backlt Remembrance Day display in front of Dennis Burton’s home on Flewellyn Road.)

Dennis Burton is a Navy veteran who served Canada for 21 years. For him, Remembrance Day is as much about fallen soldiers as it is about the veterans who came back, and continue to struggle with injuries and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) long after their career has ended.

“I want to remember the ones that actually stood up to the plate and did something.  Not that they were forced to, but they wanted to and volunteered to do better for their country, for their community,” he says. “It’s to remember them, and remember the ones who struggle with PTSD and don’t know how to deal with the situation.” Continue reading


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Nominations open for SVA volunteer of the year award

The SVA recognizes that our community wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without hundreds of volunteers lending their time and talent to a variety of programs each year. These unpaid heroes dedicate countless hours behind the scenes to create opportunities for fun, sport, culture, learning and more — and we all benefit from their generosity and giving spirit.

In appreciation for those who share themselves with the community, we are now accepting nominations for the second annual Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for his or her dedicated service to Stittsville. Continue reading


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CITIZEN: Former Stittsville volunteer Mary Durling honoured with park name

From the Ottawa Citizen:

On Friday, Stittsville’s Cypress Gardens Park, on Brae Crescent and just two blocks from the house where Mary lived for 48 years until her death in 2015, will be renamed Mary Durling Park, to honour her decades of community service.

“I think this is beautiful,” said her son Neil, one of four boys she raised, “because Mom did so much and never wanted acknowledgement or credit, or even anybody to know.

“She didn’t like the attention. She was pretty humble. She put everybody ahead of herself. But it’s wonderful that they’re remembering her and doing something for her.”

Named Stittsville’s Senior Citizen of the Year in 2009, Mamie, as she was known to her family, volunteered with and raised funds for numerous charities and community groups. An avid dart player and gardener, she was an active charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion 618 branch and longtime supporter of its Wednesday night bingo. She was also involved with Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, where she attended, and canvassed door-to-door for such charities as the Canadian Cancer Society, March of Dimes and the Kidney Foundation.

Cypress Gardens Park was, at most, a glint in a developer’s eye when Neil was a youngster, although he frequented its forested precursor and built forts and rafts there. But he recalls his mother visiting the park regularly after it was built in 1991, with the numerous neighbourhood children she babysat to help make ends meet.

“So, yes, it’s pretty special that it’s this park,” he said. “It wasn’t here when I was a kid, but when my daughter, Rachel, was growing up, there’s be a skating rink here in the winter and I’d bring her and her friends here, and they loved it.”

Read the full article…


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LETTER: Stittsville Lions launch this year’s fundraising campaign

At this time of year, the Stittsville District Lions Club conducts its Annual Fundraising Campaign, raising funds to help the less fortunate. The club supports various groups such as the Stittsville Food Bank, Salvation Army, Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, local hospitals, children’s camps for blind, diabetic, cancer and patients on dialysis as well as local sports teams. We also support individuals such as post-secondary students with scholarships, people in need of basic utilities and those in need of glasses, special foot wear, expensive drugs and much more.

This year we are supporting a young Stittsville man that has been diagnosed with a rare, serious and painful eye disease. We need $25,000 to help him get the needed medical help in the United Kingdom. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the causes we support. The money we seek for this cause will go directly towards the treatment, travel and accommodations abroad. This is a considerable increase over previous year’s donations. Please help spread the word, we rely on the community to help us, help others.

For a minimum donation of $125, received before November 15, 2017, we will recognize your support with a personalized sign displayed at the Village Square Park at Abbott and Stittsville Main Street. The Lions Club also takes care of lighting this park over the Christmas season.

Any size donation is most appreciated.  An Income Tax Receipt will be provided upon request. For more information please contact me at darryl.metzger@edwardjones.com or 613-831-8028

Lion Darryl Metzger
Annual Fundraiser Committee Chair


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Stittsville’s link to a religious procession celebrating Our Lady of Fatima

The statue on a visit with Monsignor Muldoon, Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville May 2017.
The statue on a visit with Monsignor Muldoon, Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville May 2017.

(This article was submitted by Jacinta Cillis-Asquith. As you’ll read below, her family has an important connection to this Friday’s procession. Readers may also remember Cillis-Asquith’s nature photography that we’ve featured several times on this site.)

A Marian procession will be held on Friday, October 13 in downtown Ottawa to  mark the 100th year since the miracle of Fatima (miracle of the sun) occurred in Fatima, Portugal.

The festivities will begin with an outdoor, rosary and candle procession with a life-like statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the title given to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three little shepherd children, once a month for six months, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Continue reading


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OCT 11: Bryanston Gate Community Association AGM

The Bryanston Gate Community Association will be holding its’ Annual General Meeting this week.

BGCA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:00 PM
Carolark Canine Training Centre, corner of Hartin St. and Hazeldean Rd.
Guest Speaker: Councillor Shad Qadri
Everyone Welcome!

Come out and join us to see what your community association has accomplished this year. How are your funds being used? What issues can we address moving forward? What matters to YOU?

We are looking for new voices and new ideas to help us represent Bryanston Gate in the year ahead.

Councillor Qadri will be speaking to the issues concerning our neighbourhood and the city in general. If you have questions or concerns, this is your opportunity to get the facts and share your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Executive of the Bryanston Gate Community Association.


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Richmond Village Association meets on October 18

(via Richmond Village Association)

OnWednesday Oct. 18th at 8:00pm, the RVA will be holding their monthly board meeting at the Richmond Community Centre (upstairs at the Arena) in which the public are welcome to attend.

Cydney Green, Chair of the 2018 Organizing Committee, will be presenting an update on Richmond’s 2018 Anniversary.

So, mark your calendars and drop by to learn more about the status of this memorable celebration being planned for next year.


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Library to name a room in honour of Grace Thompson

(press release)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be honouring Grace Thompson with a commemorative naming of the meeting room in the Stittsville branch in recognition of her historical significance to the community.

What: Commemorative naming of a room in honour of Grace Thompson
When: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Stittsville branch of OPL, 1637 Stittsville Main

Committed to her community, Grace was a local historian, author, philanthropist, and an impassioned individual who embraced the beauty of both history and the written word. She was a significantly involved resident in the Stittsville community. She was the first secretary-treasurer of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society, founding member of the Stittsville Women’s Institute, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, and member of the original steering committee for the formation of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.

Grace was a chief researcher and writer of the Tweedsmuir History of Stittsville and published several books, which account for much of Stittsville’s history. Grace was one of the first volunteers of the Stittsville Public Library when it opened in 1973.


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A. Lorne Cassidy community plans musical fundraiser to support teacher

(PHOTO: A scene from A. Lorne Cassidy’s recent production of the musical Annie.)>

This time, the production will be for Mrs. Cooney.

Students, staff, and families from A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School will be honouring and raising funds for Kathleen ‘Kate’ Kelly-Cooney with a Kids on Broadway evening October 5th.

Over the summer, the Registered Early Childhood Educator at ALC was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour that has left her gravely ill in hospital and unable to return to school. Continue reading


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Silver Seven team helps harvest for the Food Bank

Our team, Silver Seven Major Atom AA, talks a lot about leadership, particularly leading by example, on and off the ice.  Every year we do a couple of things outside hockey and the rink for the community.

In the past our teams have done Terry Fox runs, food drives, Christmas carols and cookies for seniors, Christmas good deeds, etc.  We don’t do a lot, usually two or three small things over a season.  The point emphasized to the kids is, “What if everyone did a little bit? It would really add up, and as leaders we need to step forward to show an example.” Continue reading


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Fundraising event for Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice (Oct 12)

Six west-end Ottawa United churches are coordinating efforts to raise money for Hospice Care Ottawa, specifically to support the construction of the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice – Kanata.  The participating churches are Bells Corner United, Glen Cairn United, Kanata United, Stittsville United, St. Paul’s United (Carp), and St. Paul’s United (Richmond).

The goal of this campaign is to jointly raise at least $50,000 for Hospice Care Ottawa with fundraising events wrapping up by the end of March 2018.  All money raised will be directed to fund a room in Hein House which will help to highlight the importance of community involvement in hospice programs and operations.

Stittsville United will be hosting a Bridge / Euchre / Lunch Fundraising Event on Thursday, October 12.  The event will start at 11:00 a.m. with coffee and muffins.  Cost for the day is $20 per person.  If you would like more information, or would like to play cards please phone the church office at 613-836-4962 to reserve a space.  All are welcome to enjoy a day of lunch, cards, and fellowship.

There will also be another event later in October.  Mark your calendar for a Fashion Show/Sale by Swirlicious on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. – $10.00 person.  More information will be provided as the date comes closer.

 


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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers offer free try-out sessions in September

(Photo by Kelly Terkuc)

(article via the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers)

Do you like to sing? Would you like to become a better singer? Would you like to learn to read music? Would you like to do all of this, AND make new friends in the community at the same time? Then the GJS invites you to try out the GJS choir, risk-free during the month of September!

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (GJS) is a non-auditioned community choir organization, offering a wide variety of musical and social experiences.  There are ensembles for Adults (SATB), Teens (SATB), and Children (SSA). All three groups rehearse on Wednesday evenings, in Stittsville. Each choir performs on its own in the community, and we also perform together. This inter-generational focus is unique in the community! Continue reading


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Richmond Village Association invites you to their monthly board meeting (Sept 11)

On Monday Sept. 11th at 7:30 pm, Arena, the Richmond Village Association (RVA) will be holding their monthly Board meeting in which the public are welcome to attend.

In addition to the Board’s planned agenda, Frank Cairo from Caivan Developments has been invited as a guest speaker to provide updates & answer questions about the new subdivision development on the west side of Richmond. Continue reading


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Rotary Club hosts Canada 150 Community Picnic on September 9

Stittsville’s Rotary Club will host a Canada 150 Community Picnic on September 9 at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.

The event runs from 1:00pm-5:00pm and includes an official renaming ceremony for the park, 1930s games for kids, musical guests, historical re-enactors from the Goulbourn Historical Society, the Goulbourn Museum photo booth and more.

Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase BBQ items from the 1930s including moon dogs, kettle chips and lemonade.

Admission is free.


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Kanata-Stittsville Kiwanis Club info session on August 29

Calling all local professionals, retirees and adults who are interested in building relationships while contributing to your community. This breakfast is a great way to network, meet your neighbors and other like-minded community and business members.

Continental Breakfast and Refreshments Served
Special Presentation from Kiwanis International Governor Phil Rossy
Speed Group Networking, Discussion and Planning Sessions

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
8:30 am-10:00am

Wellings of Stittsville Sales Centre
5709B Hazeldean Road (beside Shoppers Drug Mart at Hazeldean and Huntmar).

Continue reading


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Fairwinds Community hosts outdoor movie night (August 25)

(via Fairwinds Community Association)

The Fairwinds Community Association presents our annual outdoor movie night on Friday, August 25.  This free family event takes place at Rosehill Park (Rosehill Ave @ Helm Circle) starting at approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish.

(If the weather isn’t co-operating, we’ll move the event indoors to the gymnasium at Kanata Academy at 180 Huntmar.)

Special thanks to our event sponsors Geoff & Bobbie McGowan. And thanks to Councillor Shad Qadri and the Kanata Academy for their support.

Volunteers needed!  Email info@fairwindscommunity.com if you’d like to help!

Fairwinds Movie Night poster


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PHOTOS: Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament winners

The Stittsville Legion’s golf tournament fundraiser was held on August 12 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Funds raised will go toward’s the group’s building fund.

iane Doran (Closest to the Pin).  Tracy Boss (Ladies Longest Drive). Mike Enos ( Men's Longest Drive).  Chris Carnochan (Organizer of the Tournament and Sports Officer)  Missing is Bob Trudel (Men's Closest to the Pin). Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
iane Doran (Closest to the Pin). Tracy Boss (Ladies Longest Drive). Mike Enos ( Men’s Longest Drive). Chris Carnochan (Organizer of the Tournament and Sports Officer) Missing is Bob Trudel (Men’s Closest to the Pin). Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
Mike Enid presenting trophy to Diane Doran, Sue Doran, Rick Doran and Brian Doran  - Tournament winners with 9 under par. Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.
Mike Enid presenting trophy to Diane Doran, Sue Doran, Rick Doran and Brian Doran – Tournament winners with 9 under par. Stittsville Legion Golf Tournament / August 2017.

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