Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

PHOTOS: Stittsville Junior Rams fall to Arnprior Packers 3-1

(Above: Arnprior Packers defenseman #7 Corey Drisdelle and Stittsville Junior Rams  #19 Shane Hiley mix it up in the first period during Sunday afternoon Junior Hockey at Goublourn Recrecation Center.  Packers went on to win the game 3-1. Photo by Barry Gray.)

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West Ottawa Soccer Club bolsters its coaching ranks in light of continued Club growth

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has added two top caliber coaches to its technical leadership team. Mr. Traian Mateas and Mr. Kwame Telemaque will strengthen the WOSC technical staff team starting this Winter season.

In light of continued Club growth from its grassroots and recreational programming all the way to its Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) stream, adding additional technical capacity had been an important priority to the organization.

With Traian Mateas, who will assume the role of Club Head Coach for the Mini age groups from U8-U12 and Kwame Telemaque, who will take on the role as Club Technical Coach including the head coaching role for both the WOSC U13 and U14 Girls’ OPDL teams in 2015, the Club has been able to add two highly acclaimed experts to its coaching ranks led by former Canadian International Kristina Kiss as Technical Director.

Traian Mateas, who for 15 years had been a driving force behind the ascent of Capital United as one of Ottawa’s most successful Clubs at the OYSL level, will apply his coaching excellence to reinforce the creation of a complete player development pathway covering the critical golden years of learning from U8-U12 before players transition into the U13+ OPDL age groups.

Mr. Mateas played at the professional club level in Timisoara in Romania in the 70s, before embarking on his Canadian football journey in 1982. During the last 30 years, he has been coaching successfully at the Club, District, Provincial, and collegiate level, as well as running the “Soccer by Mateas School of Excellence”, while also assisting the Ontario Soccer Association as an instructor.

“It is a joy to work with innovative football minds like Kristina Kiss and her team to give the talented players under our care vastly enhanced development opportunities,” stated Mateas. “The football landscape is changing rapidly and creating development platforms that are putting the player first, this will be the recipe for our sustainable long-term success,” he added.

Kwame Telemaque, who holds a National B License, as well as a Youth Development Coaching License from the Scottish FA, most recently coached the Ottawa Fury FC’s OPDL Girls’ U13 team and acted as Ottawa Fury FC Girls’ Prospects Academy Director. He also earned coaching accolades as both past OSU Club Head Technical Coach and as the St. Anthony’s Men’s Premier Head Coach, leading that team to Provincial and National Championships.

Mr. Telemaque played at the professional level in the Belgian, Portuguese, and Irish first divisions, as well as in Canada and was a NCAA All America whilst at Felician College in 2000. Like his new colleague Traian, he also continues to be active as an OSA learning facilitator educating Coaches across the Province on Long Term Player Development.

“I am elated to join the team at WOSC to assist in the development of our promising talents and am very much looking forward to help all our athletes to take their game to the next level,” stated Telemaque. “I have built my soccer brand around focus on excellence and innovative development practices and feel  that WOSC embraces the same values in the name of football development,” he added.

Just as importantly as their work with the vast player base at WOSC, Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque will also pass on their extensive football knowledge in a mentoring capacity to coaches. In that way, they will support WOSC Technical Director Kristina Kiss, herself an OSA Learning Facilitator, in pooling and passing on their expertise for the benefit of all involved.

“The excellence and leadership quality of our coaches are an absolutely critical success factor for challenging our players to be the best that they can be,” added WOSC President Brian Mason. “In Traian and Kwame, WOSC has found two top caliber experts that will help us to once again raise the bar for the benefit of all our WOSC Warriors,” he added.

Both Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque have begun their work within the WOSC Winter Training Program.


West Ottawa Soccer Club announces exciting new changes to its technical leadership team

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (“WOSC) announced today that Mr. Chris Roth will join the Club as of December 1st, 2014 as its new Club Head Coach. Mr. Roth takes over for former Club Head Coach David Hannah, who has recently decided to leave the Club at the end of November to return home to Scotland.


Mr. Roth, who holds an UEFA A Coaching license from the Irish Football Association, has previously worked as Club Head Coach of the Gatineau Soccer Club, where he was responsible for the implementation of all player and coaching development programs. In that capacity he among other things developed a winter development program for the Club’s academy teams, conducted coaching clinics, and assisted in the evaluation and selection of competitive teams.

Before his time at the helm of the Gatineau Soccer Club, Mr. Roth worked as the General Manager of the Ottawa Fury FC, where he oversaw the Club’s growth to a full Youth Academy set-up. While with the Fury, Mr. Roth also acted as Head Coach for the U14, U15, and U16 Boys’ teams, coaching them successfully in the Super Y-League, as well as for the Men’s PDL, and the W1 League teams over a number of seasons. As a course instructor for the Ontario and Quebec Soccer Associations over the last decade or so, Mr. Roth has also honed and proven his extensive skill in coaching coaches.

One of his key responsibilities with WOSC will be the head coaching role of both the Club’s U13 and U14 Ontario Player Development League Boys’ teams for the 2015 season and beyond. Based on his rich coaching experience in the community club, regional, and provincial environments and his track record of nurturing talents to the next level, Mr. Roth is excellently suited for the task at hand.

“WOSC is pleased to have been able to recruit a soccer expert like Chris, who brings a breadth and depth of soccer development experience to the Club,” stated TD Kristina Kiss. “Based on his global soccer knowledge and thorough local appreciation of the opportunities and challenges within our Ontario soccer community, he will be able to help us continue to move the Club forward.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build something special at WOSC and help the Club attain its vision of becoming the foremost development Club in Ontario and across Canada in the coming years,” stated Chris Roth. “The Club has a tremendous team in place including TD Kristina Kiss and Traian Mateas. I am looking forward to working with them very closely and taking the Club to the next level,” he added.

Notwithstanding the excitement about being able to add another high quality coach to the WOSC technical leadership team, WOSC is also very grateful for what outgoing Club Head Coach David Hannah has brought to the organization.

“We very much appreciate David’s efforts during his tenure with the Club, especially his leadership of our U13 Boys’ OPDL program and the initiative he brought to our coach mentorship programs,” stated WOSC CEO Bjorn Osieck. “It is unfortunate to see him go and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours in soccer.”

“I would like to thank all members of the WOSC family for their support over the last year and wish the Club all the best going forward,” added David Hannah.


Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre host recruitment fair

Monday, Nov. 3 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life! We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre, Dodge VIP Entrance (Gate 2), Emperor Rooms

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.



  • Custodial


  • Security
  • Ushers/ Ticket Takers


  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers


  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers


  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)


  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host/ Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant/ Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line/ Prep Cooks


UPDATE: GRC pool repairs begin, completion scheduled for June 2015

City councillor Shad Qadri provided the following update on the Goulbourn Rec Centre pool repairs in his weekly newsletter this week.

The pool was shut down in October 2013 after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure.  At the end of August, the completion date was targeted for late May 2015, but that date has now been pushed back another month.

Funding was approved and in an effort to ensure obtaining qualified and experienced contractors, a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for General Contractors was issued on the week on July 22nd. Evaluation of the proposals occurred in early August. Any proposal that achieved a minimum 70% score was invited to submit a bid.   Four Firms were selected to be invited to submit tenders.

Tender Schedule: Contract documents were completed by mid August 2014. The Project was tendered to the four pre-qualified bidders on Thursday August 28th 2014 with the close of tender on September 24th. The lowest responsive bidder was Ruiter Construction. The construction costs, together with project soft costs, was over budget, leading to value engineering reductions with the low bidder during the 2 week period following tender close. The construction contract was awarded in early October on budget.

The project kick off meeting was held October 8th, 2014. Ruiter Construction has mobilized on site and are currently preparing shop drawings, schedule, ordering materials, issuing sub-contractor purchase orders, etc. Construction work on site started Monday October 20th, 2014.

After the kick off meeting, the pool basin was filled and pool systems were started up to confirm that all systems were operating properly. The onus is now on the contractor to return these systems in good working order at the completion of the project.

The revised contractual Substantial Completion date is June 26th, 2015. The critical path of the work is the new exterior curtain wall system – shop drawings, ordering, demolition (of old), installation (of new). The City is working with the contractor to advance that completion date without compromising quality or cost of the project.

(An earlier version of this article stated that the pool originally closed in December 2013 for repairs. It in fact closed in October 2013.)


Stittsville couple opens pool supply shop on Stittsville Main

Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa
Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa


Bucket of cholorine with your double-double?

Scott and Angie Jessiman opened a pool supply and services company at the end of swimming season in a retail plaza on Stittsville Main Street.  They’re confident the business will take off, thanks to a large concentration of backyard pools and hot tubs in the area — and a prime location next to some high-traffic stores. Continue reading


Good luck to 9 Run Run participants (and good luck to Stittsville drivers too!)

Around 1,750 people are participating in today’s 9 Run Run event. It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and includes a half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.  (You can read more about the event here.)

A heads up to Stittsville drivers: there several road closures on Saturday around Abbott, Stittsville Main, West Ridge, Fernbank and more. A full list of closures is here… Continue reading


Ottawa Sport Council announces charitable endowment fund

(Press release from the Ottawa Sport Council.)

The Ottawa Sport Council today announced their Charitable Endowment Fund – the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation – established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and True Sport. The Ottawa Sport Council (OSC) is passionate about sport and its new endowment fund will enhance sport excellence in the City of Ottawa.

Sports organizations in communities like Stittsville will have a new source of grant funding available to them with the creation of the endowment fund, which will allow more Stittsville residents to get involved in sport. That’s important for families and athletes who face barriers to entry due to limited funding.

The Endowment Fund will support local community sporting organizations through grants.  Grants will be available on a yearly basis and will adopt key focus areas each year. In this first year, grants will work to empower organizations to establish new programs in underserviced neighbourhoods in Ottawa. All donations to the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation quality for a tax receipt.

Marcia Morris, Executive Director of the Ottawa Sport Council, said “Sport has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone. No one should be excluded. In all our work, we will promote inclusiveness and integration in the development and practice of sport.”

Granting opportunities for 2015 will be announced at the inaugural Ottawa Sport Summit on November 1, 2014 at Ben Franklin Place. Ian Mendes from TSN Radio Ottawa will kick off the event with a panel discussion of sport experts including Valerie Hughes, Ottawa General Manger, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and John Brooman, CEO/President, Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat.


Ottawa community sport organizations are invited to this signature event to learn, connect and engage in discussion. The Summit will touch on a mixture of management and athlete-oriented organizational and developmental topics. Engaging speakers will lead discussion, offering insight and best practices in sponsorship, fundraising, and social media.


The mandate of the Ottawa Sport Council is to provide support to the citizens of Ottawa and its sport sector through improved facilitation of knowledge, skill transfer, increased program and investment focus, organizational sustainability and integration of planning, funding and service delivery.


About Ottawa Sport Council Foundation

The Ottawa Sport Council acts as the united voice for sport for all.  Its mission is to increase access to active, healthy living and celebrate sports excellence in Ottawa in an environment that is rich in accessibility, excellence and sustainability.



Road closures for this weekend’s 9 Run Run event

(Information provided by 9 RUN RUN organizers.)

Here’s a list of road closures for the 9 RUN RUN on Saturday, October 18.   All times are approximate.

Since this is a timed event, roads will be closed while the participants are on course

Abbott Street West will close at 07:00 am to allow the race organizers time to set up the structure for the start/finish line

The remaining road closures will commence just prior to the start of the event at 08:45 and will re-open once the last runner has passed each location

07:00 to 13:00 Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main Street to Westridge Dr

08:45 to 09:30 Stittsville Main Street – both direction from Abbott St to Fernbank Rd will be closed for the start of the 10K and Half Marathon races.  The roadway will re-open once the last Half Marathon runner has passed by Fernbank Rd.

08:45 – 09:30 Closure of 10 K route (Stittsville Main, Elm, Cypress Gardens, Elm, Bell, Westridge from Bell to Abbott)

08:45 to 09:45 Stittsville Main to Flewellyn – southbound lane closed till last half marathoner passes Flewellyn

08:55 hrs to 09:30 Westridge Rd – northbound will be closed from Bell Stto Abbott St The road will reopen once the last 10k runner has passed and is on the trail

09:15 to 11:15 Flewellyn Rd – westbound only, will be closed from Main Street to Munster Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Munster Rd.

09:30 to 11:15 Munster Rd – northbound lane only, will be closed from Flewellyn Rd to Fernbank Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Fernbank Rd

09:30 to 11:30 Fernbank Rd -eastbound will be closed from Munster Rd to Jinkinson Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Jinkinson Rd

09:30 to 12:00 Jinkinson Rd -both directions will be closed from Fernbank Rd to a location north of the Trans Canada Trail (passed the turn around point)  It will re-open once the last runner is on the Trans Canada Trail.

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Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa Senators announce upgrades to post-game traffic flow

(Press release from the Ottawa Senators)

Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today, that in partnership with the City of Ottawa, there will be a number of upgrades to the traffic flow following Ottawa Senators games this season. These upgrades, which include traffic flow changes both northbound and southbound on Huntmar Drive, are expected to make a significant improvement in the time it takes for patrons attending Senators games in the time it takes to exit the venue.

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Less than a month until annual 9 Run Run fundraiser

This year’s 9 Run Run event is on Saturday, October 18.  It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Over 1,800 people are expected to participate in the events, including half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.

The race director is Brenda Tirrell, a long-time Stittsville resident and volunteer firefighter in the community.  She sent along a preview of this year’s event.

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City of Ottawa facilities offer free “Try It!” passes until September 28

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The City of Ottawa is offering free passes for City fitness facilities and various classes during the Try It! campaign from September 22 to 28. The free passes can be used for aquafitness, cycling and group fitness classes or access to City fitness centres.

This is the perfect opportunity to check out participating fitness facilities or try a Bootcamp, Zumba or Yoga class. Our affordable prices and convenient locations throughout the city make it easy to adopt a healthy lifestyle, stay active and get fit.

Participating facilities near Stittsville include:

  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata

For more information, visit


Cycling from Stittsville to the Ashton Brew Pub

My neighbour Bill and I recently cycled to the Ashton Brew Pub.  Ashton is just west of Stittsville and the pub is located inside the town’s old mill.

It’s easy to get to from Stittsville, just head west down the Trans Canada Trail.  Before the trail passes under Highway 7, you turn off onto West End Way, then left on Ashton Station Road.  The mill is on the corner roughly where Flewellyn Road intersects. Continue reading


New exhibit celebrates 50 years of Lions in Stittsville and Richmond

(Photo courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum launched a new exhibit this week commemorating the Richmond and Stittsville Lions’ 50th anniversary. Both clubs received their charters in 1964 beginning their years of service and involvement in the community. Continue reading


Stittsville sisters’ swimming school celebrates success

Two Stittsville students are wrapping up a second succesful season for their swimming lesson business.

Caitlin (above left) and Kylie Negus taught about 150 students this summer at Stittsville Swim, a business they run in the backyard of their parents’ home in Granite Ridge.  Caitlin, 19 and Kylie, 17, started the business in 2013 after hearing about a similar program in Oshawa.

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