We all know life can change in the blink of an eye. Troy Kraus is living that reality. The 46-year-old Ottawa resident was the healthiest and strongest he had ever been until a simple fall on the ice. Troy Kraus made a huge change in his life a couple of years ago; he lost more than 200 pounds and got into better shape than he had been in his life. Then, sadly, life changed for him. That fall broke his neck, paralyzed him, but he’s determined to move forward. Continue reading →
Many families in the Kanata, Carp and Stittsville area struggle financially to get through the holiday season – too proud to ask for help. They are our families, neighbours, friends, and colleagues.
Community members with a passion for giving have joined together to mount a volunteer campaign to collect enough stocking stuffers to surprise more than 1,000 people with gifts and a little helping hand this holiday season.
École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais hosted the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on Saturday morning. Over 400 students and residents registered for the 2km, 5km, and 10km races. 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. Continue reading →
There are over a thousand homeless youth in Canada’s capital every day of the year, even when our winter weather drops below 30 degrees celsius.
This is why Youth Services Bureau started “SleepOUT For Youth” every year, people gather outside City Hall, pitch tents and prepare for a long, cold night. After the opening ceremonies, the night takes off with a hot meal, music, activities and socializing. Continue reading →
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 →
(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)
SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.
She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading →
While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school.
Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental organization (NGO) SchoolBOX. Parker worked alongside SchoolBOX’s construction crew to build three classrooms in impoverished Nicaraguan communities, and to evaluate the sustainability of the organization’s programs. Continue reading →
Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Hazeldean Road) will be donating $1 for each burger sold on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3pm – 10pm at all of their five locations in Ottawa. The money raised will be going towards the CIBC Run for the Cure.
Nic Ferland (17) and Abby Moffitt (13) of the Goulbourn Seahawks competitive swim team will be travelling to Calgary in late July to attend the national championships. This is the highest possible achievement for these young athletes, besides Olympic trials. Continue reading →
Stittsville’s Eva von Jagow has been chosen to represent Canada at the One Young World Summit, to be held in Ottawa this fall. It’s a global forum for young leaders aged 18-30. Last year’s summit in Bangkok welcomed 1,400 delegates present from over 196 countries
Jagow is currently attending McGill University, majoring in environmental sustainability and minoring in indigenous studies. She founded the All That Glam Fundraiser that’s raised more than $80,000 to fund a sustainable hot breakfast program for a school in Nunvaut.
“I’m very excited to have the chance to meet and discuss global issues with world leaders including famous politicians, Olympians, CEOs, authors and activists. However, what I’m most excited about is meeting individuals my age from around the world who are doing amazing things. Not only will I get to meet people from places like Nigeria, Cambodia and Pakistan, but I will be given the opportunity to learn with them, discuss ideas and hopefully collaborate in the future,” she wrote today in the Ottawa Citizen.
“At the moment, I’m trying to gather the funds for the required delegate fee at the summit. Born and raised in Ottawa, it’s a huge thrill to represent not only my country, but also my city. I’ve set up a GoFundMe page at www.GoFundMe.com/EvaSummit where people can donate — every little bit helps. On this world stage, I know I can do Ottawa proud!”
Mark Yakabuski, 42, suffered a freak accident while golfing, resulting in a serious spinal injury. The father of three is an active member of the Stittsville community and for the past ten years has tirelessly offered his time and energy to the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association.
Norah Kinny and Jack William present their donation to Andy Parent from Big Sky Ranch. Photos via Marriam Kinny
Grade 6 students at Westwind Public School are doing some great things in their final year at the school.
Students were asked to pick a charity as part of “The Nobody Project” and help raise awareness for the charity in the form of donations, volunteer time or whatever the charity needed. Continue reading →
Global Pet Foods in Stittsville is supporting homeless pets in the community with a donation to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS).
Franchisee Richard Higgs and the staff at his store raised $1,770.29 for LAWS through the national Show Us Your Heart fundraiser. Being a no-kill shelter LAWS will use the funds to provide shelter and care to each animal until their forever home is found.
Customers at Global Pet Foods stores across Canada donated a total of $1,250,000 in February as part of the national campaign.
FAIRWINDS MERCHANTS PLAN BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY On Thursday, May 26 at noon, Food Basics, Dollar Tree and The Grounds Café will be hosting a free BBQ. Food Basics will provide the burgers and hot dogs, Dollar Tree will provide condiments, plates, cutlery and cups and The Grounds will serve coffee. Continue reading →
All those motorcycles on Stittsville Main Street today were part of the Ride for Disabled Vets, annual event to raise community awareness of suffering and ill soldiers and veterans. Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km charity ride, starting and finishing at Brown’s Independent. Their goal was to raise $10,000 for the PTSD program run by Wounded Warriors Canada. Photos by Barry Gray.