On October 5th, I had the honour of participating in the commemorative naming ceremony for the Grace Thompson Room at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public library.
Grace Thompson was a significantly involved resident in the Stittsville community. A local historian, author, and philanthropist, she was the first secretary-treasurer of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society, a founding member of both the Stittsville Women’s Institute and the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, and member of the original steering committee for the formation of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society. Grace was one of the first volunteers of the Stittsville Public Library when it opened in 1973 and continued to volunteer well into the 1980s.
At the naming ceremony it was inspirational to hear all the work that Grace undertook in her lifetime. Both Barbara Bottriell and Lesley McKay spoke of how Grace touched their lives and her dedication to the community. I would like to thank Barbara and Lesley for submitting the naming application to honor Grace.