Hair Donation Ottawa

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Hair Donation Ottawa 2016

This year on April 30th, I will be continuing my annual tradition of shaving my hair in support of cancer research with Hair Donation Ottawa.

 

Cancer is a disease which affects all of us; whether directly or indirectly, we all know someone whose life has been permanently altered by this tragic condition.

 

I am proud that this is my sixth year participating in a hair donation campaign in support of various cancer research organizations and my fourth with Hair Donation Ottawa.

 

My goal for this year is to raise $500 in support of cancer research; however, as with any charitable institution, I would welcome the idea of surpassing that goal!

 

I would like to invite residents to share their generosity with this excellent campaign by sponsoring my hair donation at this link. I would also like to encourage residents to take this opportunity to start their own campaigns. Every little bit of funding helps to bring Canadians one step closer to preventing cancer from taking another life.
The event takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 9:00-5:00 PM at the Algonquin College Salon and Spa “A” building, Room #A112 and Mayor Watson has graciously offered his barbering talents for my head shaving at 1:00 PM.

 

I would like to thank Helene Hutchings and Perry Pavlovic with Hair Donation Ottawa for all of her hard work in creating this campaign which has now raised over $370,000 for cancer research since launching in 2011. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for offering his time as well as the entire community of Stittsville for all of their donations of support over the years in benefit of this charity.

 

Donations can be made by clicking here. Thank you for your support.

Cleaning the Capital

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The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is taking place from April 15 to May 15.
Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go toca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

    GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.

    This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

  • On April 30th, volunteers from the Stittsville Food Bank will be cleaning up Stittsville Main St with a Canadian theme, celebrating 150 years of Canada. Residents are also welcome to join their project by meeting at the Food Bank (1631 Stittsville Main) at 9:45. By 10:00, they will be moving from the Food Bank on Stittsville Main toward Hazeldean Road and they will have big red bins available to accept donations. If you see them, feel free to stop by and bring some non-perishable food donations.

 

  • The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society’s annual clean-up day is taking place Saturday, April 29th at 10:00. Residents are invited to meet at Village Square Park to pick up gloves and bags to clean up a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. High School students can earn volunteer hours doing this task. Bring along forms so that someone can sign off on the hours. Many hands make light work and they look forward to seeing as many volunteers as possible!

 

  • The Jackson Trails annual spring clean-up will also be held on April 29th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Pioneer Plains Park. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided!

 

  • As well, the Bryanston Gate Community Association has organized their cleanup on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 10:00 AM. Volunteers are welcomed and advised to “bring a rake and a smile!”

Each year, I am thrilled to see so many Stittsville residents showing pride in their communities as they help to keep things clean. I encourage all residents to organize a team for participation and share your project with me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Spring Plant Swap at the Stittsville Library

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The Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (1637 Stittsville Main Street) is hosting a plant swap on Saturday, May 13th from 10am-5pm.

 

This is a great opportunity for residents to get together with other gardening lovers and exchange plants, seedlings, seeds or cuttings!

 

If you have planted too many seedlings or are dividing up your perennials, bring some to the library to trade for others.

 

I hope that any residents with a flair for gardening and a missing touch to their garden take the opportunity to stop by.

Walk for Alzheimer’s

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Residents are invited by the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa to attend the annual “Walk For Alzheimer’s” on the morning of Saturday, May 13. This year, the event takes place at Tunney’s Pasture.

 

At the present time, approximately 20,000 people in our community live with dementia and this number is expected to double in 10 years. More than 40,000 caregivers are providing thousands of hours of help each year with the journey of dementia being one of the hardest roads a family will ever walk.

 

Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a group warm up at 9 a.m. and the Walk starts immediately afterwards. Thanks to community participation, over 1,000 participants raised over $400,000 at last year’s event and this year, the Alzheimer’s Society is hoping to see the same tremendous show of support.

 

Residents can register now at www.alzheimerottawa.ca to join or form a team or sponsor someone who is participating www.walkforalzheimers.ca (our local Alzheimer Society’s team – comprised of staff and volunteers is called The Brainy Bunch.)

 

I hope that all interested residents are available to participate in this extremely worthwhile event.

Stittsville United Church Musical – “Moses – Are We There Yet?”

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From May 6-7, the Stittsville United Church is excited to present “Moses – Are We there Yet?” – a musical drama.  The story of Moses is interfaith as it is linked with narratives from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.

 

The play will be performed at the Stittsville United Church (6255 Fernbank Rd) on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, May 7th at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

 

I hope that residents enjoy the show!

Canadian-themed Choir Concert Events

I would like to let residents know about two great musical events with very Canadian themes taking place this May from some of our local choirs.

 

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers

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The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and the GJS Teens and Junior Jubilees in collaboration with Picton’s Command Performance Choir are proud to present “Made in Canada”. On May 6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2:00 PM, the singers will take the stage at the Trinity Presbyterian Church (1817 Richardson Side Rd) for the world premiere of 3 original compositions by Ottawa composers: Stephen Eisenhauer, Laura Hawley and James Wright.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $10 for youth.

 

As well as Canada’s 150th, the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! For more information, please visit http://gjsingers.com

West Ottawa Ladies’ Chorus

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On May 13th, the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus’ will celebrate Canada’s waterways, its diverse peoples, looming mountains and vast plains in their spring concert – “Sea to Sea to Sea – Celebrating Canadian Music”.

 

In three and four part harmony the chorus will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through song.

The concert will be held on May 13th at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (children under 12 get in free). Ticket and contact information is also available at www.westottawaladieschorus.ca

I encourage residents to stop by for both of these great and very Canadian musical showings of local talent.

OWAA Exhibition and Sale

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The Ottawa West Arts Association (OWAA) will be hosting an exhibition and art sale on May 13th in tribute of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

 

The event will take place from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) and will feature  100 – 150 paintings and photographs depicting Canadian landscapes, people, flora, fauna, and architecture.

 

I encourage all residents with an interest in beautiful Canadian art to stop by and see what OWAA has to offer!

Tulip Festival Special Events and Volunteer Request

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With the Month of May around the corner, the 65th annual Ottawa Tulip Festival is on its way and with Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in full swing, there are many special events to enjoy.

 

The festival runs from May 12-22 at Lansdowne Park. In memory of Canada’s provision of safe haven for the Dutch Royal Family during World War II, it is celebrated each year in Ottawa as a gesture of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

 

This year, keep your eyes peeled for the special commemorative Canada 150 Tulip! If you have planted some of these special tulips, please provide us with some photos by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca to be featured in a future column.

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Tickets are on sale now for the following experiences:

 

The Tulip Festival is also looking for volunteers to assist in making the 65th Anniversary Festival memorable and special. Thousands of visitors are expected, and your help is requested in the following areas: Hospitality Teams, Information Ambassadors, Festival Film Crew, Catering Team, Logistics Assistants and The Gleam Team. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.tulipfestival.ca/get-involved/volunteers/

 

I would like to invite all residents to find a chance to enjoy the warmer weather and fresh air before the tulip festival closes May 22. As an annual tradition unique to Ottawa, this is a wonderful opportunity to be proud of the city that we are fortunate enough to live in and the rich history it represents.

For more festival information, visit the Canadian Tulip Festival website.

Stittsville Appreciation Award Nominations Due April 16th

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Time is quickly running out as the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards closes April 16th.

 

Community contributions deserve recognition. I highly encourage all residents who would like to acknowledge one of our standout citizens, youth, senior or business to fill out an application form and bring their special contributions forward. It could be anyone – a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member – take the time to show someone that their contributions are appreciated!

 

Nominations must be received by Sunday April 16th!

The Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation. The Senior of the Year is awarded in recognition of a senior citizen who has made a significant and long-standing contribution to our community. The Youth of the Year is presented to an individual who contributes leadership, volunteer service, serves as a peer example, and has overcome personal challenges or responds in an emergency situation.   The Business of the Year is awarded to a Stittsville business that has contributed significantly to our quality of life.

 

Last year’s winners include Jo-Anne Ilkiw, Phil Sweetnam, Ella Sultan, and Jo-Jo’s Pizza. This year, it could be someone you nominate! For further qualifications on these awards, I encourage you to visit my website.

Winners will be announced at the Appreciation Awards celebrations, which will be held on Tuesday May 16th commencing at 7:00pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

I encourage you to fill out the attached nomination form and email it to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or print the form for either drop off at my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex or mailed to 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1. Please include a detailed, written submission outlining why you are nominating a particular individual or business.

Hair Donation Ottawa

This year on April 30th, I will be continuing my annual tradition of shaving my hair in support of cancer research with Hair Donation Ottawa.

 

Cancer is a disease which affects all of us; whether directly or indirectly, we all know someone whose life has been permanently altered by this tragic condition.

 

I am proud that this is my sixth year participating in a hair donation campaign in support of various cancer research organizations and my fourth with Hair Donation Ottawa.

 

My goal for this year is to raise $500 in support of cancer research; however, as with any charitable institution, I would welcome the idea of surpassing that goal!

 

I would like to invite residents to share their generosity with this excellent campaign by sponsoring my hair donation at this link. I would also like to encourage residents to take this opportunity to start their own campaigns. Every little bit of funding helps to bring Canadians one step closer to preventing cancer from taking another life.
The event takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 9:00-5:00 PM at the Algonquin College Salon and Spa “A” building, Room #A112 and Mayor Watson has graciously offered his barbering talents for my head shaving at 1:00 PM.

 

I would like to thank Helene Hutchings and Perry Pavlovic with Hair Donation Ottawa for all of her hard work in creating this campaign which has now raised over $370,000 for cancer research since launching in 2011. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for offering his time as well as the entire community of Stittsville for all of their donations of support over the years in benefit of this charity.

 

Donations can be made by clicking here. Thank you for your support.