I would like to remind all residents to participate in a very special year-long Ottawa 2017 event!
I am beginning to see more and more flags around the community and I would like to thank those of you who are already participating. Now, I am inviting all other residents to participate as a community project for 2017!
For the remainder of the year, residents are welcome to stop by my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Road) to pick up small Canadian flags (maximum of 5) while quantities last. Then, I invite you to email, Facebook, or tweet me photos of your flag proudly on display so that I can add it to our commemorative “Fly Our Flag” album available on my website and on Facebook here.
The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.
I encourage you to get creative to make this an event to remember within Stittsville. For instance, you could build a snowman dressed with the Canadian flag in hand or wearing a Canadian hockey jersey; you could use food colouring to paint the flag into your front lawn; you could place flags in your windows, affix them to your pets, photograph them around the community, or even incorporate them decoratively into your clothing. I want to see your imagination, Stittsville, to set the trend for the rest of Canada to catch on.
I would like to thank our MPs, Karen McCrimmon and Pierre Poilievre, for lending their support to this project by offering to donate flags to my office. If you have flags from previous years around the house, I also encourage you to bring them out for what is certain to be a phenomenal year to showcase your national pride.