If you are an Ottawa resident who requires assistance removing snow this winter due to physical limitations, I am happy to let you know about the Snow Go program by the City of Ottawa.
There are two departments to the program: Snow Go or Snow Go Assist. The Snow Go program links matching service for seniors and people suffering from disability who are looking to hire and pay contractors for snow removal from private driveways and walkways.
Alternatively, the Snow Go Assist program works to provide financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities, reimbursing up to 50% for snow clearing events to a maximum of $250 seasonally.
This is an outstanding program which helps to service our residents who need it most at what can, for some, be a very depressing time of year. The program is supported by different departments across the City. To inquire about application within Stittsville, please contact the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre at telephone by 613-591-3686 (extension: 313) or by emailing Dee Machum at email@example.com.
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.
For more information about the Snow Go program or the Ottawa Snow Angel program, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/seniors/get-help-clearing-snow