San Jose’s Mexican fiesta was éxito

The June 30th Fitness Day Party to benefit the Destiny’s Way Foundation (specifically autism) at Stittsville’s Village Square Park was a colourful afternoon. The fiesta was hosted by San Jose Mexican Foods — owned by residents of Stittsville. The Cortes’ family have recently opened a successful café on Somerset Street in Ottawa.

(Brenda (right) is seen here with Konrad Quinn, Board member of Destiny’s Way and her good friend Karla. Photo: Stittsville Central)

Latin tunes drifted through the Park all afternoon as the crowd mingled among the local Mexican market community vendors. For a donation to Destiny’s Way, you could participate in the yoga and zumba classes led by Patricia Ramirez. Huge pretzels were available and, of course, the delicious homemade tamales from San Jose. Jo-Jo’s Creameria were also scooping up their special cones. All proceeds from the vendors, classes and food were donated to the Autism Society of Ottawa and the the Padernan family.


Destiny’s Way Foundation is charitable organization that relieves financial difficulties for families by aiding charities that provide support to people with developmental disabilities and exceptionalities. Destiny’s way offers a safe, supportive and enriching respite environment, where each individual experiences an enhanced sense of identity, belonging and self-worth. through fundraising and donating resources. They currently own four homes for respite and are in the works to purchase another. To donate or find out more, here is a link to the web site

Here is a head start on New Year’s Eve plans – Destiny’s Way is hosting their annual party on December 31st at the Ottawa Conference and Convention Centre at 200 Coventry Road. The evening promises to be a great way to ring in the New Year. Liam Maguire is the MC for the event so should be intertaining. All proceeds will be 100% donated to charities. See the Destiny’s Way web site for more information or to see updates.




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