I would like to extend a wholehearted and sincere “thanks” for everyone who contributed into making this year’s Stittsville Appreciation Awards such a success.
Every year, the awards hold a special place in my heart, celebrating what it is that helps to make our community so unique and that is the community itself. Stittsville is a place where people help one another out of no self-interest – a place where community building is just another part of everyday life.
It is important that we celebrate these heroes of our community for their achievements and I hope that this longstanding tradition carries on so that residents may continue to receive recognition for the community in which they have helped to shape.
This year, there were almost 30 nominees amongst the four categories: Business of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year. My gratitude is extended to each nominee for their extensive community involvement and to Mayor Jim Watson and Lynn Griffiths for joining me in the distribution of the awards.
The nominees were:
Business of the Year: Jo-Jo’s Pizzeria (winner), Creative Edge Dance Academy, The Grounds Café, Kumon, The Open Door Educational Services, Quitter’s Coffee, and U-Rock Music School.
Youth Citizen of the Year: Ella Sultan (winner), Jessica Dassanayake, Danika Gareau, Joey Holroyd, Michael Meehan, and Emily Mount.
Senior Citizen of the Year: Phil Sweetnam (winner), Monetta Ayotte, Ross Connor, and Beth Lewis.
Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year: Jo-Anne Ilkiw (winner), Joel Barrette, Jan Campbell and Jordan McNichols, Sean Convey, Cindy Fiorenza, Glen Gower, Tanya Hein, James McConnell, Theresa Qadri, and Tim Sheehan.
Congratulations to all of you and for all nominees as well. It is through the kindness and time we share for one another that Stittsville remains such a wonderful community for all. From the bottom of my heart,