Here’s another interesting project in the works for Stittsville Main Street: The Kassis family, owners of Jo-Jo’s Pizza, are partnering with a group of local volunteers to help establish a community garden on Stittsville Main Street.
The family will maintain ownership of the property but allow volunteers to build and maintain the the large plot of land behind Jo-Jo’s as a “potager” or “kitchen” garden with clean, geometric lines, and will be known as “Jo-Jo’s Community Garden”.
“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 →
Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries. The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.
After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club. The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!
École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.
It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive. The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading →
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 46 exceptional volunteers from Canada’s Capital Region at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, September 7. Fourof the recipients are from Stittsville. Continue reading →
(ABOVE: Matthew Gee, Co-Founder of Gees Bees Honey Company, holding up part of a bee hive. Photo by Barry Gray.)
The Ottawa Food Bank unveiled a new beehive on Wednesday at their Community Harvest farming project on Mansfield Road near Stittsville.
Thanks to a grant from JustChange Ottawa, the Gees Bees Honey Company has teamed up with the food bank to install the beehive. The honeybees who call this new hive their home will help pollinate the crops and will also produce honey that Gees Bees will sell to benefit the food bank. Continue reading →
The Uniformed Youth of Stittsville’s Scout Sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers) and Guide Units (Sparks, Brownies, Guides, and Pathfinders) will be going door-to-door over four nights, April, 11th to 14th, collecting non-perishable food items and/or cash donations for the benefit of the Stittsville Food Bank. The generosity of Stittsville residents is once again being counted on to ensure the success of this food drive. Continue reading →
Above: Logan Primeau holds a handful of cherry tomatoes from his garden last year.
It has been a few months since I announced my intention to start a community garden in Stittsville and a lot has happened. Just before the holidays I started to collect bottles to raise money for the garden and received loads of donations from many people. All together $33 was raised during the first push, almost enough to build one raised bed. We will continue to collect bottles to fundraise for the project and welcome anyone who would like to donate empty containers to message us on Facebook or email us. 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.)
This Friday we have a treat for you! Three talented musicians who have been in the shop many times before, sometimes as audience, other times as performers.
Ed Taylor is a guitarist and singer/songwriter whose friends include Howie Hooper and Alan Sandeman – also gifted entertainers in their own right! They get together on a regular basis for the fun of ensemble playing and seeing where the creativity takes them. This Friday you can be party to one of their joint sessions as they share their substantial guitar skills and explore concepts of new songs as well as some covers of familiar hits.
They describe their repertoire as ‘Ballads, folk, a bit of country and more. Ditties to enjoy.’ Ed tells me he has also written a Christmas song, and with the snowfall today we are legitimately in the mood!
As those of you who are regulars at the Gaia Java Music nights will know, we typically put out a jug for any donations towards the musicians’ well-being and self-respect. Well these amiable fellows have decided that if they succeed in attracting any proceeds, they will pass them on to the Stittsville Food Bank (which is an organisation that often meets in the shop to discuss the wonderful work they are doing!). So that gives you yet another good reason to venture away from the mundanity of watching your TV or your cat, and step into Stittsville’s wonderland of live music. We look forward to seeing you there.
Roland Doucet is at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street on Friday, November 27 at 7:00pm. No charge, but donations for the musicians are appreciated!
(Photo: Stittsville Food Bank volunteers front row L-R: Kayla Robinson, Connor Meek, Caroline Frost, Shaheen Aziz, Gillian Smith, Back Row, L-R: Theresa Qadri (Chair), Adam McCaw, Quentin Pickett. Photo by Barry Gray.)
On a drizzly Sunday morning, when many teens are still asleep, there is a small group of volunteers already in full sort and organization mode at the Stittsville Food Bank. Every second weekend, a group of youth ranging from 13-20 years old come here to help—to make a difference in our community.
The Youth Volunteer Opportunity at the Stittsville Food Bank allows students to earn community hours through volunteering. The experience in the food bank provides hands-on education that can be put into action immediately. With various duties including sorting, organizing, planting vegetables and cleaning the youth can gain an invaluable, first-hand understanding of the realities of those in need and how they relate to our community.
Fill the Bus, which is the 30th Annual Christmas Food Drive will take place on Saturday, December 5, between 9am-5pm at Brown’s Your Independent Grocers (Stittsville Main Street).
Starting November 14, you can purchase an item such as a turkey, bag of potatoes, carrots, etc by choosing one or more food trees off of the holiday food tree located at Brown’s. This allows you to donate perishables and non-perishables for the Christmas Hampers in an easy and fun way.
Food donations will still be accepted through collection bins and by appointment as well. Think variety, think nutrition and please check the expiry date. Small donations can be donated through various local drop-off points in Stittsville at the following locations:
Stittsville Walmart, 5357 Fernbank Road;
Food Basics, 5703 Hazeldean Road;
Brown’s Independent Grocers, 1251 Stittsville Main Street;
Sobey’s Stittsville Grocery Store, 6315 Hazeldean Road, off Carp Road;
Giant Tiger, 6081 Hazeldean Road, Jackson Trails Mall;
Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road; and
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1489 Shea Road.
Larger Donations and perishable donations can be arranged through the food bank directly to ensure a volunteer is on site to receive your items. Appointments for donations can be made by either calling 613-831-0451 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. DONATE A GIFT
You can choose a child off one of the Angel Trees located at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and St. Thomas Anglican Church.
Monetary donations are always helpful at Christmas time and all year through. They help purchase any perishable items that are not donated. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, they can always be made by mail, or by appointment. The address for mailed donations is: Stittsville Food Bank, PO Box 878, Stittsville, ON K2S 1B1. Appointments for donations can be made by either calling 613-831-0451 or emailing email@example.com.
3. DONATE YOUR TIME!
Decorate an empty hamper box. Wrap/decorate an empty box and drop it off either Sunday, November 29 or Sunday, December 13 between 10am-noon to the Stittsville Food Bank.
For other ways to volunteer time, please contact the food bank by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the volunteers will be happy to get back to you.
Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever.
Santa’s parade, in the evening of Saturday, November 28, will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Along the route, there will be a special guest announcer welcoming this year’s participants.
After the parade, Santa will be at Village Square Park where the trees will be lit to welcome in the holiday season. To help the celebration, there will be Christmas music, hot chocolate, and cookies supplied by Farm Boy.
As in past years, the Stittsville District Lions Club will be collecting donations along the route of the parade for the Stittsville Food Bank. Spectators may make donations of cash or items of non-perishable food. The Lions will also be preparing the lighting on the trees in the park.
Those organizations who wish to join in with a float and haven’t yet registered should contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or at email@example.com.
The Stittsville Food Bank would appreciate the following donations as the stock on these items is low: Apple Juice 1.89 litre, mixed juices, boxed drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Habitant soup, crackers, ketchup, Kraft Dinner, rice side dishes, toilet paper, Hamburger Helper, chunky soups, toothpaste, shampoo, and school snacks.
You can drop off food at the following locations; Browns Your Independent Grocer on Stittsville Main Street, Food Basics on Hazeldean Road, Sobeys on Carp and Hazeldean Road, Goulbourn Recreation Complex 1500 Shea Road, Pottery Playhouse Stittsville Main Street, Stittsville Walmart Fernbank Road and Terry Fox and Giant Tiger on Hazeldean Road.
If you are able to make a large food donation please email Stittsvillefoodbank@gmail.com or call the food bank 613-831-0451. Your assistance is very much appreciated.