On Saturday December 2nd I invite you and your family to join me at my annual cookie decorating and photo with Santa event at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex’s from 9a.m. to 11a.m. This event is being held in conjunction with the GRC’s holiday celebration, Jingle Your way through the GRC.
From 9:00-11:00 AM, residents are invited to bring their young ones and their Christmas cheer as a slew of stations including gingerbread cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and art stations will all be set up to get you in the Christmas Spirit!
New this year, children will be invited to contribute their art and sign a jumbo-sized community Christmas card which will be prominently displayed in my office at the GRC for the month of December!
Winners of my annual Christmas Card Contest will be announced at 9:45 and Santa should be making his arrival around 10:00 so be sure to show up early!
This is one of my favourite events each year as Christmas and the holiday season is a great time to bring families together for celebration, cheer, and overall merriment.
As the event is free, every year in the past, we have asked for a donation to the Stittsville Food bank. This year we are helping to raise funds in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health. A suggested donation of $5 per family or whatever you can give would be appreciated.
Hopes Rising is a $5 million campaign to enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families. It is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance acute mental health services for adults of all ages.
Myself along with nine of my Councillor Colleagues have stepped forward to take on the role of Ambassadors Raising Hope to help raise $500,000 in critical funds over the year for one of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s highest priorities.
I highly encourage all residents to stop by and join in the fun for this once a year event while helping a great cause!
To learn more about the Hope Rising campaign and to see what other events are happening you can visit here.
Queensway Carleton Hospital has been providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency mental health services through its Mental Health Program since 1976. The Mental Health Program is the sole provider of emergency and acute mental health services in West Ottawa serving a population of over 400,000. Over 90% of admissions to the mental health unit come through the QCH emergency department – and patients facing emergency mental health crises.
Currently QCH operate a 24-bed inpatient unit as well as day treatment programs, assessments, emergency consultations, inpatient liaison and mental health outreach clinics in the Ottawa Valley.
Due to an unrelenting increase in the number of adults of all ages requiring acute mental health care services, their Mental Health Program urgently needs to transform its space and the care it delivers to meet the needs of the communities it serves.
QCH is meeting the needs of our community as the go-to hospital in our region for Emergency mental health crises and physician outpatient referrals. With your support of the Hopes Rising Campaign, QCH can enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families. It is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance acute mental health services for adults of all ages.