Last night, I was thrilled to once again present the 10th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
This is the one night a year where Stittsville residents can show their appreciation by nominating any individual or business for their outstanding service and positive attitude toward bettering the Stittsville community.
It is a great opportunity to help shed some light on the Stittsville neighbours who have helped to make a difference in our lives. Residents can be nominated in any of the following categories:
- Business of the Year;
- Senior Citizen of the Year;
- Youth Citizen of the Year;
- Educator of the Year; or
- Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year
The Business of the Year award is presented in recognition of a business that has contributed significantly to our community’s quality of life through charitable efforts and the promotion of community spirit.
The Senior Citizen of the Year is awarded to the individual who has over the years continually demonstrated a selfless giving of themselves with the utmost interest in bettering the community.
The Youth Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual who demonstrates qualities that are examples to all other youths while developing the skills to be leaders throughout their lives.
The Educator of the Year is a new award, conceived in celebration of the 10th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards 2018. This inaugural award recognizes an instructor that has created a lasting impact on the lives of their students and inspires youth to achieve the very best of their abilities whilst giving back to their community.
The final award to be given out each year is the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year Award. It was conceived in loving memory of Roger Griffiths and presented each year to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation by a member of the Griffiths family.
This year, an exceptional group of 23 residents/businesses were nominated for the prestigious accolades. These nominees and recipients of each category were as follows:
- Business of the Year – Pathway Jiu Jitsu, Stittsville Central / Ottawa Start, Stittsville District Lions Club, U-Rock Music School, Värdera Café, Warmstone Family Dentistry (recipient)
- Senior Citizen of the Year – Ron Hauck, Carole Herbert (recipient)
- Youth Citizen of the Year – Rohan Abraham (recipient), Lexis Berkin, Robyn Davy, Elisabeth Pilon, Shannon Wallace
- Educator of the Year – Nicole Charest, Maura Cuffari, Noelle Georganas (recipient), Jonathan Hare, Curtis MacNeil, Sheryl Stonehouse
- Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year – Kim Bonin (recipient), Melanie & Marek Driver, Tanya Hein, Wesley Smith, Karla & Murilo Torres
As we wrap up another great year of appreciation, I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor for taking the time to join us at the Awards and Dylan Black for taking part as our special guest MC for the evening. A special thank you goes to John Brummell for celebrating 10 years of Appreciation by being the official photographer of the Awards ceremony for the past decade. I would also like to thank the nominators for taking the time to recognize the recipients, Mia Gosham-Hamer – our National Anthem singer, Jordan McConnell – our bagpiper, the guests who came by to show their support, and, of course, my office team for their hard work in ensuring that the event was successful and enjoyable for all.
Lastly, I would like to take one final moment to once again publicly acknowledge all of the nominees and recipients from last night’s awards for their tremendous contributions toward bettering life in Stittsville. You are a shining example of just what it is that makes Stittsville a wonderful place to live. Though Stittsville has changed a lot in the 10 years since the awards were re-launched in their current incarnation, it is and always will be the people who bring our community to life. As long as we care for our neighbours in the way that we do, that will never change.