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NOTEBOOK: More honours for Tysen, Poole Creek blasting, coyote meeting, more

This week at the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards, Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Strength and Courage. It’s awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated a tremendous passion for life by overcoming personal obstacles. Tysen’s goal is to raise one million dollars for Make-A-Wish. He’s over $600,000 so far. Continue reading


MAY 27: Giant Tiger Charity BBQ

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.


LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading


COMMENT: New street names should honour community leaders

(PHOTO: Warner-Colpitts Lane is named after Sterling Warner and Ian Colpitts, two Stittsville volunteers who were instrumental in building the Johnny Leroux Arena. We should recognize more of our community leaders – past and present – with commemorative street names.)

You have just under two weeks to submit your street name ideas to the City of Ottawa. Back in June, city staff gave residents an extended deadline of August 12 to send in their suggestions for five local streets. That was after staff received a lot of negative input about the original suggestions.

The city was right to re-open the suggestion process. Stittsville ended up with un-inspiring names like “Foilage”, “Plaintain” and “Boxty” (the Irish Pancake) in the first round. Continue reading


Tysen Lefebvre receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(via City of Ottawa)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Tysen Lefebvre at today’s City Council meeting. The 15-year-old youth was recognized for his tireless and enthusiastic work to raise funds for Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario to make big wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Continue reading


Tysen Lefebvre wins Ontario Junior Citizen Award

EDITOR’S NOTE: Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre (above, middle row, far right) travelled to Toronto this week to accept a 2015 Ontario Junior Citizen Award.  The 15-year-old was one of twelve Ontario youth to receive the honour, presented by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Here’s what Tysen’s mom Linda told us about the award. Continue reading


Third year’s a charm for Aperitivo

(Photos by Barry Gray)

The owner of Aperitivo restaurant at the Kanata Centrum didn’t want to jinx his business with a first or second birthday party, but he’s going all out for birthday number three.

Sean McCoy quit a job in software sales three years ago, and took over a restaurant space where none of the three previous restaurants managed to survive more than two years.

“For us it was, let’s get by the two-year mark that nobody else has,” says McCoy. “Now it’s: what can we do to give back to the community? Instead of it being a celebration about us, we wanted to get members of our community — our regulars — to come out and give back.”

The third birthday, presented in collaboration with Kichesippi Beer, takes place on Sunday, September 13 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. There’s a $20 cover charge that includes food, and all proceeds to go to Roger’s House and Tysen’s Mission to a Million.

Sean McCoy, owner of Aperitivo restaurant. Photo by Barry Gray.
Sean McCoy, owner of Aperitivo restaurant. Photo by Barry Gray.


McCoy wasn’t completely new to the restaurant industry when he switched careers.  He was part of the teams that opened the Kelsey’s on Merivale, and the Chophouse in Kanata.

“I saw one success, one failure. I’d worked as a doorman in the market while doing software sales to save up money for an engagement ring,” he says.

“The biggest challlenge is trying to stay relevant and ahead of the game. Our team and our chefs strive to be different. they put out a menu almost every two months and it’s alays different, always evolving. We work with a lot of local producers. The menus reflect what’s in season. Changing a menu is terrifying every time we do it – how will people react to the change?”

McCoy stays out of the kitchen for the most part and manages the front-of house operation.  He credits his staff and the support of his family for the restaurant’s success.  (It’s ranked #4 of over 2,200 Ottawa restaurants on TripAdvisor.)

“I have an excellent set of chefs. The core has been there since day one: my head chef, my sous chef. They manage the food and the menus and I rarely question what they do – I question to learn, not to debate what they’re doing,” he says.



Pointe of Grace Dance Company celebrates another successful season

(Above: Pointe of Grace Directors Carly Sherwin (left) and Amanda Leroux (right) present Tysen Lefebvre with a cheque for $13,000. Pointe of Grace Dance Company’s competitive team raised the funds for Tysen’s Mission to a Million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario at their third annual Spring Dance 4 Wishes Showcase, which was held at Sacred Heart High School in March. The donation is enough to grant at least one wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition or illness. Dancers from the studio’s Junior competitive team were honoured to be asked to dance at the Make-A-Wish gala this year.)

Pointe of Grace Dance Company recently celebrated its successful season with an end-of-year banquet for the studio’s competitive team. The banquet was held on Saturday, June 13 at Saunders Farm in Munster. The evening kicked off with a cheque presentation to Tysen Lefebvre’s Mission to a Million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.  A number of special awards were presented to dancers. Continue reading


Pointe of Grace Dance Company’s Dance 4 Wishes Spring showcase supports Tysen’s Mission

(Press release from Pointe of Grace Dance Company.)

On Sunday, March 29 many young dancers will be on stage helping to make other children’s dreams come true.

That afternoon and evening, Stittsville’s Pointe of Grace Dance Company will be holding its third annual Dance 4 Wishes Spring Showcase at Sacred Heart High School. Proceeds from the event will support Tysen’s Mission to a Million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.

Tysen Lefebvre, a young Stittsville resident, is the driving force behind the “Mission to a Million.” He set his goal to raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario after his own wish was granted in 2012 when he travelled to California to meet his favourite actor, Adam Sandler. He wanted to help other children have the same positive experience and set out to raise enough money to grant 100 kids their wishes. So far he has raised more than $210,000 and helped grant 22 wishes.

Amanda Leroux and Carly Sherwin, Directors of the Pointe of Grace Dance Company, say they are proud their dancers are helping to raise funds for such an inspirational cause.

“We have been so thrilled to be able to help Tysen meet his goal,” said Leroux. “It means a lot that our dancers are able to do something that has a positive impact on other kids in our community.”

Last year’s Dance 4 Wishes Spring Showcase raised $10,000 for Tysen’s Mission to a Million, which was enough to grant one wish. Last November, members of Pointe of Grace’s Junior Competitive Team were invited to perform at the annual Make-A-Wish gala. Following a heartfelt lyrical performance, they helped present a surprise wish to 10-year-old Emma, who dreamt of going to Disney World.

“It was so special to be a part of presenting Emma’s wish,” said Sherwin. “We were able to meet Emma and be there to see her reaction. It was such a moving experience for all of us.”

Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario is a non-profit charitable organization that grants wishes to ill children with life-threatening medical conditions. The wishes are one-of-a-kind experiences for the children and their families, and they come at a time when the children need them the most. There are four types of wishes granted by the organization: “I wish to be, I wish to have, I wish to go, and I wish to meet.” The wish experiences help lift the spirits of everyone involved.

Leroux says all of the dancers are looking forward to showcasing their dances for the community on March 29.

“It means so much to our dancers to get up on stage and perform for their families and friends,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for our dancers to get some more experience on stage and at the same time support a really great cause.”Both Tysen and Emma will be there to watch some of the performances and cheer the dancers on.

There are more than 80 dancers from Stittsville, Kanata and other local communities on the Pointe of Grace Competitive Dance Team – boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17-years-old. They perform a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, step dancing, lyrical and musical theatre. The dancers have been practicing for months, spending hundreds of hours in the Pointe of Grace dance studios on Iber Road learning and improving their routines.

The Dance 4 Wishes Spring Showcase features two performances on Sunday, March 29 at Sacred Heart High School, which is located at 5870 Abbott Road in Stittsville. The Junior showcase is at 1:00 p.m. and the Senior showcase is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per show or $15 for both performances. Pointe of Grace recreational class dancers can come see a show for $5.

Tickets can be purchased at Pointe of Grace studios at 69 Iber Rd, Unit 103 in Stittsville, or by calling 613-836-0557. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on March 29.

To read more about Tysen’s Mission to A Million, click here.