(via Shad Qadri)
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.
Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, along with members of the Transportation Committee and City staff were on hand to celebrate these individuals as neighbours helping neighbours.
A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help someone they know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.
On behalf of the Stittsville community I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gray for his support and dedication helping those in need of assistance during our snow falls.
Each winter, I watch with pride as Stittsville residents come together to support one another – not for payment or recognition but out of the kindness of their hearts. This winter, if you see someone helping out someone in need (either elderly or with disability), nominate them as a Snow Angel by sending their story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Snow Angels receive a signed certificate from the mayor in honour of their kindness along with a commemorative Ottawa keychain.
I encourage all residents to take notice of kindness this Christmas and also share their stories with my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. Throughout the holiday season, I will be happy to thank our neighbours in my electronic newsletter to keep the holiday spirit in motion.