Category Archives: Community Groups

Group puts plan in place to sponsor Syrian refugees

(Photo by Shannon Lough.)

The momentum sweeping across the country to help Syrian refugees has drawn the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group to consider how it can sponsor the resettlement of one or more refugees from Syria.

On Wednesday night, the non-profit organization held a meeting to address the Syrian refugee issue along with updates on the sponsorship process to resettle three families from Afghanistan. Continue reading


PHOTOS: Grassroot Grannies raise $55k in fundraising ride

Last Wednesday morning, the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.

They rode over 200km and ended up at the Bushtakah in Westboro on Friday afternoon, and managed to raise $55,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, providing support for and showing solidarity with African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.

the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.

the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.



Goulbourn Museum seeks vendors for Outdoor Christmas Market

Calling all artisans! Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications for its Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market. The Market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2064 Huntley Road. The deadline for applications is September 27, 2015.

The Museum is seeking talented vendors selling original handcrafted items to fill 15+ positions in a variety of specialties such as: clothing & accessories (for kids, adults & pets!), bath & body, jewelry, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, textiles, treats, and baked goods.

Currently in its third year, the event attracts over 400 local visitors annually and also offers festive old-fashioned Christmas activities and photos with Santa. As the name suggests, the Outdoor Artisan Market is held outdoors under a large tent that has some heating, but vendors must still dress for the weather.

To apply, send an email to with: your name, your business name, contact information and business sites (web/blog/facebook/etsy), and three quality photographs (Jpeg only, please) of your product(s) including one photo of your booth setup.

Space rental is $45 and includes one 6’ table and two chairs. Vendors will be required to provide one item valued at a minimum of $10 for a fundraising raffle and each vendor must provide their own table covering to fit the table provided.

This is a juried event and vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category. For further details about the Museum or how to become a vendor please visit: or follow them on Facebook:


WOCRC helps low-income women get engaged in election

(Above: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, along with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa and the City for All Women Initiative, recently launched the Making Votes Count Where We Live initiative at City Hall.)

Voter turnout has a dismal record. Ottawa’s 2014 municipal election had fewer than 40 per cent votes cast. Ontario’s 2014 provincial election had a 51 per cent voter turnout rate, while voter turnout was only 61 per cent in the 2011 federal election.

The impact of low voter turnout is especially felt among low-income residents, who are less likely to vote than higher-income voters. City for All Women Initiative Volunteer Jacqueline Nyiramukwende said, “It is the experience of poverty itself that will discourage one from voting; how do you find time juggling so many concerns? Besides, people living on low income have come to the conclusion that, who will listen to a poor person anyway.”

We can do better. It’s time for people living on low income to be heard in the 2015 federal election. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, along with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa and the City for All Women Initiative, has embarked on a three-year project, Making Votes Count Where We Live. Working alongside women living on low incomes to engage residents to vote, over 200 people were interviewed, including Aboriginal people, francophones, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, rural residents, seniors, and youth about their voting experience. It was found that the majority of participants felt positive about voting.

”People who have more money have more ability to do things but with voting, it’s equal… every person, regardless of money, has one vote. One person, one vote,“ said one West Carleton resident.

WOCRC is building on this momentum in the far west-end and rural communities. Community Developers Maria Friis and Julie McKercher are recruiting women living on low income to join women from across the city in sharing insights and developing the skills to encourage others to get involved in the federal election.

Involved in the project is Marta Restrepo. “I have a right to vote. I am happy to vote, eligible to vote and proud. I can’t complain if I don’t vote,” said Restrepo, Civic Engagement Ambassador and recent Canadian citizen.

On Sept. 16 and 18, women selected to participate will learn the skills necessary to facilitate a community café on voting. WOCRC will support transportation and child and family care costs, while an honorarium will be provided in recognition of women using their new skills and insights in the community. Watch for a Making Votes Count Café in your community!

For more information and to apply, please contact Maria Friis ( or Julie McKercher (, 613-591-3686.

(Maria Friis is a Community Developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.)


Mayor Watson wants 20 more community gardens in next four years

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s a press release from the City of Ottawa today with some great news for supporters of community gardens.  In Stittsville, Kelsey Boggis-da Silva has been pushing for a new community garden in Stittsville since last spring. One possible location is the park between 67 and 77 West Ridge Drive. For more information about her community garden project, check out the Stittsville Community Garden Initiative page on Facebook.


Mayor Jim Watson today announced a proposal to allow for the creation of up to 20 new community gardens over the next four years. Continue reading


Hair Donation Ottawa gives over $126,000 to local hospitals

(Press release via CHEO Foundation and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.)

Hair Donation Ottawa, an annual, non-profit cancer research fundraiser held in April, raised $126,000 for cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO and organizers present a cheque to the researchers it supports earlier today.

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John Curry wins Goulbourn Museum’s Heritage Advocacy Award

(via the Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum’s Board of Directors had to work behind the scenes to surprise one of its own directors with this year’s Heritage Advocacy Award. John Curry has been instrumental in the Goulbourn Museum’s success and Kathryn Jamieson, Curator Manager, and the Museum’s Chairperson, Keith Hobbs, presented him with the award at last night’s Evening of Appreciation.

John became a founding member of the Museum when the Museum became an independent body in 2010. He began by serving as Treasurer with the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s Board of Directors in 1991. After nine years as Treasurer, he joined the Museum Committee for another nine years before becoming a Director with the Goulbourn Museum.


Stittsville Krown aims for world record to support Children’s Wish

(via Krown Rust Control)

On Saturday between 9:00am and 2:00pm,  Stittsville’s Krown Rust Control centre will attempt to break the world record for the most vehicles washed by an organization in one day, along with other Krown centres across the country.

As part of the Krown Wash for a Wish Car Wash, for $10, Canadians will receive a hand car wash at any participating Krown Rust Control location across the country and 100 per cent of money raised will be donated to regional chapters of Children’s Wish. Funds raised at the car wash will help make the wishes of local children with life-threatening illnesses come true.


Krown is on Cedarow Court just off Hazeldean, across from Cabotto’s.



Community groups write open letter about Carp Road landfill concerns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Seven Stittsville and West Carleton community associations have written an open letter to City of Ottawa officials about the development of the Carp Road landfill near their communities.  The entire letter is republished here.

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A call for new voices for the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus

(Press release from the WOLC.)

Singing repertoire that includes a wide variety of music arranged for a traditional ladies choir sung in three and four part harmony can be fulfilling and rewarding. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) is a friendly, welcoming group of 40 women who love to sing and spend time together. Membership draws singers from Fitzroy Harbour to Kanata, Old Ottawa East to Barrhaven, Stittsville to Munster, and North Gower to Carleton Place. Under the leadership of talented director, Robert Dueck, they blend their voices to deliver a solid performance. With a new season starting in September, there are a few openings available.

Rehearsals are offered twice a week—many members attend both but are asked to commit to one. Rehearsals are blocked in 10-12 weeks periods leading up to each performance—one at Christmas and one in the spring. Learning MP3’s and music are provided with the expectation that rehearsals are just that, a time to fine tune the musical numbers.

WOLC was formed in 2012 and grew rapidly from 12 to 40. A few places are available for women with choral experience singing a designated vocal part (1st Soprano and/or 2nd Soprano, 1st Alto and/or 2nd Alto). Each member must have a basic understanding of music theory; basic to intermediate sight reading skills; straight tone singing or minimized vibrato; ability to match pitch and blend with other singers. WOLC strives for excellence—this is your opportunity to get involved. Check out the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus on Facebook and on Youtube. Interested? Email the music director at to arrange an audition.

We welcome new voices.


Volunteer firefighters continue 70-year tradition in Stittsville

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

Stittsville’s main fire station is still staffed by volunteers, who are part of a community tradition that dates back to the 1940s.

Brian Bedard, a volunteer since 1977 and now captain of Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street, was the guest speaker at a talk hosted by the Goulbourn Historical Society on May 16. Continue reading


Bus trip to Kingston to visit Sir John A’s house

(From the Goulbourn Historical Society.)

There are a few spaces still left on a bus trip to Kingston planned for  Saturday June 27 to celebrate the 200thanniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth year.  The highlight will be a visit to Sir John A’s home, Bellevue House,  a National Historic Site run by Parks Canada.  Costumed interpreters give the tour.

The trip is being organized by the Goulbourn Historical Society but is open to the general public.  Cost of the trip is $40 and the bus will leave Stittsville at 8:30 a.m. and return between 5:30 and 6 p.m.  Tour organizer is Marion Gullock and reservations and arrangements for payment can be made by emailing her at

The trip will also include a short walking tour of a few of Kingston’s historic buildings plus the beautiful City Hall, built in 1840.  Later there’ll be a visit to the Kingston Penitentiary museum.  Lunch will be at The Bistro near Lake Ontario and participants can choose and pay for their lunches individually.  Bellevue House also has lovely gardens and there will be time to visit those too.  This will be a great way to start the summer tourist season off!


PHOTOS: Sacred Heart relay raises nearly $17k

Sacred Heart High School students hosted their first-ever Relay for Life fundraising event on Friday and it was a big success, raising at least $16,800 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Despite cold and windy weather, participants walked laps draped in blankets and huddled together to stay warm.

The day started off with an opening ceremony where a few survivors from the community shared their cancer stories and led the first lap around the track.

A luminary ceremony started once it got dark that had almost everyone in tears. Students shared what it was like to watch their loved ones battle cancer and in some cases die from the disease.

“It was very emotional and touching to see how many students are affected by cancer and it just goes to show how all the participants were there for the right reason: they were there to fight back, to honour the survivors and remember those who lost their battle,” wrote Grade 12 student Anna Ploeg in an email to

“By the end of the evening all participants felt close as if we were all a little family. Students approached me and thanked me for the amazing day and told me that they were for sure going to participate again next year and recruit more of their friends to join too,” wrote Ploeg.

“The relay committee and myself owe a big thank you to our corporate sponsors. To OzDome for their fantastic facility and being so incredibly accommodating, they have already promised to host Sacred’s Relay event next year! To Giant Tiger who were so willing and excited to help the cause, Giant Tiger donated a generous amount and Friendly the tiger stopped by to say hello to all the students. And finally Combat Networks who also gave a generous donation and helped sort the cans for the food banks that students brought with to the sign in tent, staff from the company stopped by several times throughout the evening and offered to help with anything that needed to get done,” wrote Ploeg.

Although the event is over, students are still collecting donations. people can still donate online.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.
Anna Ploeg speaks to Relay for Life participants.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life. Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.



Stittsville Appreciation Award winners announced

Namitha Abraham, Robin Derrick, Cathy Skinner, Brown’s Your Independent Grocer were all announced as winners at the Stittsville Appreciation Awards tonight.

Jim Watson and Shad Qadri were on hand to congratulate 25 nominees in four categories.  Nominees and winners are listed below.  (Biographies of the nominees are included below.) Continue reading