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LINKED: Stittsville girl’s parents hope to crowd-fund spinal-cord surgery

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Lamitta El-Roz loves sports, particularly basketball, but says there are two reasons she can’t play right now: First, there’s snow on the ground outside; and, second, she’s not allowed to play basketball indoors.

A six-year-old with a smile that could almost melt the snow around her Stittsville home, Lamitta neglects to mention that she was born with cerebral palsy after a pregnancy that lasted just 28 weeks. She weighed just over two pounds then, and spent the first 54 days of her life in an incubator. She can’t walk. In fact, she has almost no gross motor skills control, the thing that would let her crawl or throw a ball. Continue reading


Fill The Bus event collects nearly 10,000 items for Stittsville Food Bank

(via Stittsville Food Bank)

“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


NOTEBOOK: Stocking Project launch, Brummell’s retiring, more

(PHOTO: Volunteers Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) and Natasha Sidwell (aka Baby Elf) at the grand opening launch of The Stocking Project on Thursday night.)

I dropped by Hazeldean Mall earlier this evening for the official launch of The Stocking Project. Volunteers are aiming to deliver 1,000 stockings to deserving individuals in Stittsville, Kanata and Carp.

They’ve taken over a 2,000-square foot space at the mall across from The Source, where they’ll be accepting donations and then sorting and packing the stockings. Organizer Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) says the response so far has been incredible, with 200 volunteers helping out and enough gifts already to fill about 200 stockings — that’s all thanks to word of mouth, email and Facebook posts over the past couple of weeks.

You can drop off donations at the mall during regular business hours.  To get involved as a volunteer, or for more information visit their Facebook page.

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Elves from “The Stocking Project” seek community donations

The 3rd Annual Kanata/Stittsville/Carp Stocking Project has launched for 2016!

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: The target for this project are people who would normally not ask for help, those who would not attempt to solicit help from an agency of any kind, and those who likely tell very few people they need help.

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JULY 30: Towel drive and fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission

On July 30, grab a glass of lemonade at the old log barn on Abbott Street, and drop off you gently used towels and toiletries to help Ottawa’s homeless. The event takes place from 10am-noon  and proceeds will support the Ottawa Mission.

The event is being organized by local real estate agent Jasmine Hunter and Sarah Rozema-Seaton of digital marketing firm Big Red Bow. More info on Facebook…

July 30 - Mission Possible towel drive and fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission


Carp residents still trying to “Buy the Village Green”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks back we published an article about projects funded through a “Community Initiative Fund” for the Carp Road Landfill.  As part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa, Waste Management has contributed over $600,000 to projects in West Carleton, Stittsville, and Kanata. In 2007, $60,000 of that amount went to a project called Buy the Village Green in Carp.  We were curious about what the funds were used for, and sent reporter Victoria Klassen to look into it. Here’s what she found.) Continue reading


Warriors banquet auctions set a new record

(via Warriors Football Club)

The Bell Warriors Football Club has reached out to Warriors families, supporters and local businesses and the response was better than could have been expected Saturday (January 9/16) at their Team Banquets. Two Club banquets were held. One for the two youngest teams (Tyke ages 8-10 and Mosquito ages 11-12) and one for the Warriors two oldest teams (Pee Wee ages 13-14 and Bantam ages 15-16). In addition to the big day of banquets, the Warriors hosted their 4th Annual Silent Auctions, one with each banquet. In all, the Warriors Club raised over $5,000 which will go directly back towards purchasing new football equipment for our players and ensuring their sport is affordable for all.

“Football has never been bigger in Ottawa. This increased awareness of our great sport has led to a paralleled increase of support of our Warriors football programs. One of our primary goals as a club is to focus on player safety by upgrading our equipment and re-certifying our existing equipment annually. Unlike other sports, keeping our sport as affordable as possible is essential. What we offer our young players is far too important to have financial barriers limit enrolment. It’s a constant challenge to balance. We introduced Silent Auctions to our banquets three years ago and with this year’s proceeds, we have raised approximately $20,000. To put that into perspective, this could cover the purchase cost of over 60 new helmets or registration fees for over 60 player,” says Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President and Bantam Head Coach.

Stewart continues: “We rely heavily on community support to offer our football programs. Most people do not realize that less than 50% of our proceeds come as a result of player fees. So much of our Warrior volunteers’ time is dedicated to hosting winter conditioning sessions; fielding our tackle football teams and girl’s spring touch football teams. Over the last few years, more sponsors have recognized our financial challenges and have stepped up with financial and in-kind support. We truly thank our 2015 Bell Warrior sponsors:


Gold Sponsors                      Scotiabank (Richmond);   Primo Self Storage; Ontario Iron Works; The Glen (Stittsville); Ottawa Valley Kitchens (Richmond)

Silver Sponsors                    Yasmin Fues; RCMP Officer’s Mess; King’s Independent

Bronze Sponsors                 Jill Dulmage; Battle River Bison Co.; Bradley’s Commercial Insurance; Don Cherry’s Sports Grill; Danby’s Bar & Grill (Munster/Richmond); BMO Global Asset Management; Rona (Stittsville); Stittsville News

Friend of the Warriors    Mike Polito (Stittsville); Janet & Mike Keenan (Stittsville); Susan & Rick Rabb

Sponsors                                  (Richmond); Grant & Cathy England (Stittsville); David Rheaume (Toronto); 1951 West Kitchen & Bar (Nepean)

 The Warriors volunteer over 5,000 hours a year because we are committed to instill the importance learning the value of hard work, respect, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship and leadership in our local youth. Our motto, ‘Warriors For Life’, represents our dedication to be there for our youth on and off the field and long after their playing days are done.

Special Guest Speaker at this year’s Warriors Banquets was Justin Phillips of the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Mr. Phillips went to Laurier University where he won the Vanier Cup. He went on to play for 7 years for the Calgary Stampeders where he won a Grey Cup before becoming the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ first free agent signing. In his ninth year in the CFL this year, Justin started his playing career with the Bell Warriors Football Club. In 2013, he became the Bell Warriors inaugural inductee into the Bell Warriors Hall of Fame.