(PHOTO: A scene from A. Lorne Cassidy’s recent production of the musical Annie.)>
This time, the production will be for Mrs. Cooney.
Students, staff, and families from A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School will be honouring and raising funds for Kathleen ‘Kate’ Kelly-Cooney with a Kids on Broadway evening October 5th.
Over the summer, the Registered Early Childhood Educator at ALC was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour that has left her gravely ill in hospital and unable to return to school. Continue reading →
Six west-end Ottawa United churches are coordinating efforts to raise money for Hospice Care Ottawa, specifically to support the construction of the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice – Kanata. The participating churches are Bells Corner United, Glen Cairn United, Kanata United, Stittsville United, St. Paul’s United (Carp), and St. Paul’s United (Richmond).
The goal of this campaign is to jointly raise at least $50,000 for Hospice Care Ottawa with fundraising events wrapping up by the end of March 2018. All money raised will be directed to fund a room in Hein House which will help to highlight the importance of community involvement in hospice programs and operations.
Stittsville United will be hosting a Bridge / Euchre / Lunch Fundraising Event on Thursday, October 12. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. with coffee and muffins. Cost for the day is $20 per person. If you would like more information, or would like to play cards please phone the church office at 613-836-4962 to reserve a space. All are welcome to enjoy a day of lunch, cards, and fellowship.
There will also be another event later in October. Mark your calendar for a Fashion Show/Sale by Swirlicious on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. – $10.00 person. More information will be provided as the date comes closer.
Lamitta El-Roz’s parents went to sleep last Friday night with a huge worry — how to pay for the $140,000 surgery that could help their six-year-old daughter take her first steps.
When Canadian doctors didn’t consider Lamitta a good candidate for surgery, the family turned to the United States.
The Stittsville girl was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents her from walking, crawling or rolling over on her own due to damaged nerves in her lower spine. She is travelling to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri at the end of this month for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.
Now, that worry that kept them up at night is gone. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave the family $60,000 to help pay the bills.
Lamitta’s mother, Maya Taleb, won’t reveal any details about the donor but said she’s overwhelmed.
“We went crazy and we said there are angels on earth and we are so grateful to them forever. It’s amazing news,” she said.
“The good news is now her surgery is covered and the five or six months of physiotherapy after the surgery.”
CBC Ottawa did a story about a Stittsville family raising money to pay for surgery in the United States. Lamitta El-Roz is six years old and has been denied funding for dorsal rhizotomy surgery that’s only available in the United States.
The family has launched a fundraising campaign called Lamitta’s Wish to Walk to cover the surgery and follow-up treatment.
Lamitta El-Roz loves comic book super heroes — especially Spiderman.
When asked what super powers she’d like to possess, she doesn’t hesitate. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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 →