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Nominations open for SVA volunteer of the year award

The SVA recognizes that our community wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without hundreds of volunteers lending their time and talent to a variety of programs each year. These unpaid heroes dedicate countless hours behind the scenes to create opportunities for fun, sport, culture, learning and more — and we all benefit from their generosity and giving spirit.

In appreciation for those who share themselves with the community, we are now accepting nominations for the second annual Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for his or her dedicated service to Stittsville. Continue reading


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Silver Seven team helps harvest for the Food Bank

Our team, Silver Seven Major Atom AA, talks a lot about leadership, particularly leading by example, on and off the ice.  Every year we do a couple of things outside hockey and the rink for the community.

In the past our teams have done Terry Fox runs, food drives, Christmas carols and cookies for seniors, Christmas good deeds, etc.  We don’t do a lot, usually two or three small things over a season.  The point emphasized to the kids is, “What if everyone did a little bit? It would really add up, and as leaders we need to step forward to show an example.” Continue reading


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Kanata-Stittsville Kiwanis Club info session on August 29

Calling all local professionals, retirees and adults who are interested in building relationships while contributing to your community. This breakfast is a great way to network, meet your neighbors and other like-minded community and business members.

Continental Breakfast and Refreshments Served
Special Presentation from Kiwanis International Governor Phil Rossy
Speed Group Networking, Discussion and Planning Sessions

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
8:30 am-10:00am

Wellings of Stittsville Sales Centre
5709B Hazeldean Road (beside Shoppers Drug Mart at Hazeldean and Huntmar).

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Early bird registration is now open for GLAD Cleaning the Capital

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital fall campaign will take place from September 15 to October 15. Early bird registration is now available.

Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

 

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before September 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by October 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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LETTER: Why I moved from Stittsville to El Salvador

I’m 25 years old, and originally from Stittsville. Last year, I left my secure job as an officer in the Canadian Army to move to El Salvador as a missionary with Youth For Christ.

My entire family is military, and I joined part-time when I was only 16. I finished high school and transferred to full-time military, attending Royal Military College in Kingston. I thought that I would be in the military for my whole career, but in 2012 I had an opportunity to travel to El Salvador on a short-term missions trip with Youth For Christ Canada. Continue reading


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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


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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


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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


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AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

JACKSON TRAILS
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.

BRYANSTON GATE
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.)


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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


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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.)

STOCKING PROJECT LAUNCH
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!


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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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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)


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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


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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


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