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.

WATCH: John Brummell (Stittsville News) directs the photo shoot at the official ribbon cutting for the opening of The Stocking Project at Hazeldean Mall. Left to right: Shad Qadri, Crystal Smalldon (volunteer), Marianne Wilkinson, Natasha Sidwell, and Allan Hubley.

The Stocking Project at Hazeldean Mall


That video above is classic John Brummell: “Just look at me, or you’re all in trouble!” The Stittsville News photographer has likely attended more local events than anyone in the last twenty years. He’ll be taking a well-deserved retirement in January, but I bet will still see lots of him around the community. Congrats John!
He photographs dozens of photos like this one each month for the Stittsville News, and after two decades in the newspaper business he’ll be retiring in January. I bet we’ll still see him often around the community.

Councillor Shad Qadri is hosting his annual Christmas party at the GRC this Saturday, December 3 from 9am-11am. The event features cookie decorating, face painting and photos with Santa.


The Goulbourn Museum is searching for photos taken inside of the old train station at the corner of Abbott Street and Stittsville Main. There are a lot of archival photos of the exterior, but I haven’t seen any of the interior. Email if you have any in your collection.

Trains passed through Stittsville from about 1870 until 1990. The train station was located roughly where the train-themed playground is now, and the train tracks have been replaced by the Trans Canada Trail.


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