In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to thank each and every Stittsville resident who goes out of their way to help others not just in the winter season but throughout the year.
All of 2017, I had the pleasure of hearing just some of the wonderful stories of Stittsville people helping one another in times of need – whether it was coming together to grant a little girl’s wish to walk or raise support for a local boy born with severe disabilities, helping a “Woman of Worth” to raise an additional $10,000 to support affordable food programs in Canada’s North, watching the community organize itself to help searching for a missing person, seeing local youth raise money for a local family in need, Stittsville showed that we are a community who look out for one another!
It was uplifting to hear stories of our local Stittsville snow angels who stopped to help others during a snowstorm, or of the various ongoing local fundraisers for great causes like the Relay for Life at Sacred Heart School or Tysen’s Mission to a Million.
There were also those who donated and helped out in small ways wherever they could whether it be for great efforts such as the Stittsville Food Bank, the “Hopes Rising” campaign for mental health research, or other fantastic local initiatives (like Ottawa-Carleton Life Skills or last week’s Senator’s Foundation fundraiser at the Keg.
Though times may be difficult for some, there is a lot to be thankful for this 2017. I truly believe that Stittsville is a wonderful community to live in for these and so many other reasons and sincerely want to say thank you to everyone who helps to make the day shine a little brighter for those in a dark place, who lightens the load for those carrying their personal burdens, or who simply do what they can in small acts to help make the world a better place.
This holiday season as we do at all times of the year, let’s continue to make Stittsville the best place to live by helping out others around you. Of course, there are simply too many acts of kindness for me to be able to mention them all but if you feel I have missed something, I encourage you to please let me know! As your City Councillor, there is no greater gift than hearing your stories of community spirit. I welcome you to email any and all generous/considerate acts of kindness to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.
Merry Christmas, Stittsville, and thank you for being a neighbour.