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Barbara Bottriell recognized with Roger Griffiths Memorial award

Great to see Barbara Bottriell recognized as the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year last night at the annual Stittsville Volunteer Appreciation Awards.  Other recipients included the Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera for Business of the Year, Caitlin Bauer for Youth Citizen of the Year, and Patricia Warford for Senior Citizen of the Year. A full list of nominees is included below.  We’re lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who give back to their community in a big way. -GG. Continue reading


Stittsville residents recognized with Sovereign’s Medals for Volunteers

(via City of Ottawa)

Today, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston was joined by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. These residents were recognized for their exceptional volunteer achievements.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is awarded to individuals who have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad. The honour, first presented by Governor General David Johnston in April 2016, is the highest volunteer honour in Canada. Continue reading


Nominations open for Stittsville volunteer appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. Continue reading


AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

The Jackson Trails Community Association is looking for volunteers to help set up and run a community skating rink.  The City of Ottawa has given the go-ahead for an ice puddle rink in Pioneer Plains Park.  The City provides a hose and the water, but maintenance is up to residents. If you’d like to help out, you can contact the group via Facebook or at jtcastittsville@gmail.com.

Meanwhile next door in Bryanston Gate, the community association has launched a petition asking the City to re-open their their community warming hut. According to the petition: “The City of Ottawa has decided that the Bryanston Gate community warming hut needs to be locked unless supervised. Every other ODR in Kanata/ Stittsville is unsupervised. Our ODR used to be open from 9am-10pm unsupervised and we would like that back.” Bryanston Gate residents and rink users can sign the petition here…

(UPDATE JAN 5: Councillor Shad Qadri says that a supervisor has been found for the outdoor changeroom, and it will be open from Monday-Friday 3-8pm and weekends from 2-7pm starting Saturday, January 6.)


Gerry Gray receives Snow Angel award

(via Shad Qadri)

Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri's office.
Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri’s office.


On Wednesday December 7th I had the pleasure of seeing one of our residents Gerry Gray and nine other individual residents of Ottawa receive certificates in recognition for their volunteer service as Snow Angels during the winter of 2015-16. 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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Hélène Rivest receives inaugural SVA Volunteer Award

(PHOTO: Hélène Rivest with the SVA award committee, Jennifer de Sa, Murilo Torres and Glen Gower. Photo courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri’s office.)

(via Stittsville Village Association)

On Thursday night at the Stittsville Village Association’s AGM, the group said “thank you” to an incredibly deserving Stittsville volunteer, Hélène Rivest.

This year, the SVA launched a new volunteer award to recognize individuals who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community and they are often the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

Rivest is the inaugural recipient. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for include: The Goulbourn Museum, the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

One cause that may be the closest to her heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the annual Kidney Walk here in Stittsville.

As part of her award, the SVA will be making a donation in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Congratulations and thank you Hélène!


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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Nominations open for Stittsville Village Association’s new volunteer award

(Photo: Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray. )

Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community. They are the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Stittsville Village Association Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for their dedicated service to Stittsville.

Nominees must be residents living in Stittsville Ward, and can be of any age. We are looking for individuals who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community in 2016.

Nominations can be sent to stittsvillevillage@gmail.com. Please include the name of the individual, and a short description of why they would be deserving of this award. If possible, please include contact info for the nominee such as email address and phone number. Deadline is September 30, 2016.

The award will be presented at the SVA’s annual general meeting in November.

(via Stittsville Village Association)


Four Stittsville residents set to receive volunteer medals from Governor General

(press release)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 46 exceptional volunteers from Canada’s Capital Region at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, September 7. Four of the recipients are from Stittsville. Continue reading


Call for Canada Day volunteers!

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is in urgent need of volunteers to assist with the running of this year’s Canada Day celebrations for the residents of Stittsville.

The day’s festivities will take place again this year on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School and assistance is needed for morning set-up, helping to run the afternoon programs, and take down in the evening and after the fireworks display. Hands are also required to help clean up the area on the following morning, Saturday July 2.

Anyone who feels they can spare a few hours to help make this happy annual event a success for our community should please contact Marilyn Jenkins, Volunteer co-ordinator,  jenkinsdm1@rogers.com  or 613-836- 5075.

You can also signup for a volunteer shift using VolunteerSpot. There are more than a hundred volunteers slots available July 1st, and more on July 2nd — perfect for teens and adults! Visit http://vols.pt/pEX4qg to sign up with your email address; review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

Additionally, anyone who may wish to become a Canada Day sponsor should contact Tanya Hein at tanya.hein76@gmail.com or 613-686-1842


Cupcake Fairies deliver pick-me-ups to deserving families

(PHOTO: Jordan McNichols (left) and Jan Campbell, the Cupcake Fairies. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Jordan McNichols and her mother, Jan Campbell, the force behind the magical Cupcake Fairies, have delivered hundreds of cupcakes to scores of houses over the past few months.

The idea for the Cupcake Fairies started with a Secret Santa group that originated from the Buy Nothing Stittsville Facebook group. At a reveal party in January to find out who your Secret Santa was, Campbell brought some cupcakes. Campbell is a pastry chef who runs a home-based businesses called Sweet Amelia Bake Shop. McNichols said the cupcakes were a hit at the party, and when people began asking how to get some, she said: “you never know, they might just show up on your doorstep.” Continue reading


Meet the nominees and winners of this year’s Stittsville appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

The eight annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards were announced on Tuesday evening.  The awards highlight remarkable community builders and the spirit of volunteerism. Councillor Qadri’s office received 35 nominations among the four categories.

“It is a privilege to have so many dedicated members of our community serve as examples for us all, along with residents who have taken the time to express their appreciation by nominating a deserving individual,” he said.

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Dental hygienist helps patients in the Dominican Republic

Stittsville’s Shannon Helleman (pictured above with a patient) spent a week in the Dominican Republic, but she didn’t go for a vacation. A dental hygienist by profession, Helleman joined Health Teams International, a Christian organization that provides individuals living in poor countries with free healthcare clinics. Last month, she was a part of an 11-person team that worked in the outskirts of Cabarete, Dominican Republic.  Christine Vezarov spoke with her recently about the experience. Continue reading


Nominations open for Stittsville Appreciation Awards

(via Shad Qadri)

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member.  This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward.  My office is now seeking nominations for the annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards!  Nominations must be received by Saturday April 16th!

The Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation.

The Senior of the Year is awarded in recognition of a senior citizen who has made a significant and long-standing contribution to our community.

The Youth of the Year is presented to an individual who contributes leadership, volunteer service, serves as a peer example, and has overcome personal challenges or responds in an emergency situation.

The Business of the Year is awarded to a Stittsville business that has contributed significantly to our quality of life. For further qualifications on these awards, I encourage you to visit my website.

Winners will be announced at the Appreciation Awards celebrations, which will be held on Tuesday May 10th commencing at 7:00pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

I encourage you to either download the PDF and use Adobe to submit or print the form and mail or drop it off at my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex or 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1. Please include a detailed, written submission outlining why you are nominating a particular individual or business.


PHOTOS: Kanata Stocking Project 2015

Volunteers stuffed over 440 stockings and gift bags for families in Kanata, Stittsville and Carp today, filling a 28-foot truck.

It was all part of the Kanata Stocking Project 2015, and the stuffing took place at the old Target space at the Hazeldean Mall. Thanks to Tanya Hein for sending along the photos. Continue reading