A big community high five goes out to everyone who was involved in this year’s Fill the Bus event for the food bank
Here’s a note from Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri:
“What an amazing team we have! Caring, charitable and always looking after one another. You all came together to get one of our largest food drives, OC Transpo Fill the Bus, to the food bank. Well over 14,000 items of food collected and over $2400.00 collected. You make me so proud and honoured to know you all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart to donors, volunteers, Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, OC Transpo (Carlos & Family and Harry), and our Board.”
Organizers also send out a thank you to all the volunteers, including the Pathfinders and their organizer Leila, for help at the event.
City-wide, the 33rd Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive was a success. A record-breaking total of 139,322 food and non-perishable items and $38,176 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to local food banks. These donations will be used to restock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.
The City of Ottawa, with Loblaw Companies Limited, will be collecting food and cash donations for the annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank on Saturday, December 2.
OC Transpo buses will be parked outside participating Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and No Frills stores across Ottawa. (In Stittsville, the location is at Brown’s Independent on Stittsville Main Street from 9am-4:45pm.) Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations. If you can’t make it out on December 2, you can donate online at ottawafoodbank.ca/octranspo. For every dollar you give, the Ottawa Food Bank can purchase about $5 worth of food because of their wholesale purchasing power. Continue reading →
What a rewarding experience for Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills participants! A big thank you to Todd and Sandra Brown from Brown’s Your Independent Grocer for allowing Impact Cards to set up a table on Saturday, July 29 to sell custom button art greeting cards. Thank you to the Stittsville community for all your support and encouragement! We are truly grateful. Continue reading →
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, Todd and Sandra Brown (pictured above) from Brown’s Independentwon 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.
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 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 →
“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 →
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.”
There’s a new site site plan control posted to the City’s web site with a proposal to “construct a one storey fast food restaurant with associated drive through”.
“The requested application would allow for the development of a one (1) storey fast food restaurant with approximately 2,950 ft² (274 m²) of gross floor area and a drive-through,” according to the documents. Continue reading →
Every week we get lots of comments from our readers on our web site, via email, and social media. Here’s a sample of what we heard this week. Add your thoughts to the comments at the bottom of this article or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading →
For the 30th year, OC Transpo parked buses outside of local Loblaws, Superstores and Your Independent Grocers locations across Ottawa on Saturday, asking shoppers to pack them full of food donations for local food banks.
In Stittsville, the bus stopped in front of Brown’s Independent and our community donated generously for the Stittsville Food Bank.
“With the great generosity of Stittsville friends and neighbours the Stittsville Food Bank collected over 9,000 items,” said Theresa Qadri, the Food Bank’s chair. “We enjoyed a quick visit from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Shad Qadri. Our fantastic volunteers worked very hard all day. Thank you to all the volunteers, you were great.”
BRADLEY-CRAIG FARM UPDATE I was part of a small group of residents from Stittsville and beyond who met with Councillor Qadri this week about the Bradley-Craig Farm.
We’ve also started a working group called “Friends of the Bradley-Craig Farm”, including representatives from Heritage Ottawa, the Stittsville Village Association, and the Federation of Community Associations and the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.
The group is developing ideas for how the farm can be repurposed for business or community use, as well as pushing for the City to enforce the property standards bylaw in relation to heritage properties. (The owner is required to maintain the exterior and the structure of the barn and house under the bylaw.)