Ottawa’s annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism kicks off on July 8 at 9:00am at Brown’s Independent. Mayor Jim Watson will be on hand to see the riders off on a route that will take them through Merrickville, Smith Falls, Perth, Westport Carleton Place, and back to Stittsville.
The event has raised over $60,000 in the last four years to help kids with autism through Quickstart, charitable organization whose mission is to assist children with autism in reaching their full potential by helping the children obtain early intervention, at the first signs of autism. QuickStart raises awareness and initiates programs to cut wait-times, build capacity, and promote improvements in early identification and intervention.
More information: www.motorcyclerideforautismottawa.com
Westwind Public School was filled with the sounds of excited grade six students and the smell of delicious baked goods on Thursday, June 22 as the school held its ‘Who is Nobody?’ social justice fair. The annual fair is designed to get grade six students to “be the change they wish to see in the world”, as Ghandi so aptly stated. Continue reading
This Saturday, May 27, from 11am-2pm, Giant Tiger on Hazeldean Road (Jackson Trails Plaza) will host a charity BBQ, raising money for Tysen’s Mission to A Million, supporting Make a Wish of Eastern Ontario. The event includes face painting for kids.
A fundraising event for DueNORTH Canada with a Kentucky Derby theme raised nearly $2,793 on Saturday afternoon.
“It was great success, everyone seemed to have a great time and got into the spirit with their Derby fashion,” says organizer Cheryl Donnelly.
DueNORTH is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization which aims to nurture possibilities amongst children and youth in Canada’s Far North by providing and promoting access to nutritious, affordable and culturally-appropriate food.
A fire last week in a portable at the Kanata Montessori School destroyed many of the school’s musical instruments.
David and Marie Haynes, who have kids who attend the school, are organizing a donation drive to collect instruments to replace what was lost. The instruments that are needed the most are smaller instruments that are used for the younger grades.
Instruments they are hoping to collect include:
- Electric or Acoustic guitars – preferably child sized, but either is good.
- any other wind instruments
- hand drums
The school does not need violins or recorders!
Click here for more info on how to make a donation…
Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri gets his hair cut on Sunday by Hair Donation Ottawa CEO Helene Hutchings at the annual event held at Algonquin College. The CHEO Bear and CHEO Community Engagement Officer Bob Ghosh look on. This year’s donations totalled over $100,000. Photo by Barry Gray.
Come out to a traditional Kentucky Derby Party in support of DueNORTH Canada on May 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 8:00pm. Cheer on the fastest two minutes in sports and experience some southern charm, while raising funds for school breakfast programs in Nunavut. No child should go to school hungry! Continue reading
From CTV Ottawa:
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
(Above: Photo by Barry Gray.)
The 4th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets event is a go for May 13, 2017.
In 2016, 300 riders and $11,000 for Wounded Warrior Canada (PTSD Recovery Program). The group has raised over $30,000 from the last 3 years.
In 2017, organizers hope to attract 400 riders and raise $12,000 for Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (PTSD Recovery).
For more information contact Adwin Gallant, Ride For Disabled Vets Cofounder/Coordinator, via www.ridefordisabledvets.ca
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.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is urging Ontarians to lace up their sneakers and help move research forward for Canadians living with kidney disease.
The annual Kidney Walk event brings thousands of participants out in support of people living with kidney disease and their families. Continue reading
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
(Above: Eva von Jagow pictured above at the Youth Spirit of the Capital Awards earlier this year.)
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!”