Stittsville Canada Day Celebrations – Thank You to All Who Contributed

I would like to send my sincere thanks to the Stittsville Village Association and volunteers for all of their hard work in ensuring last weekend’s postponed Canada Day celebrations were a great success. Although some residents were no doubt disappointed that rain incurred the delay, I can safely say that the festivities were well worth the wait!

 

I would like to provide a special thank you to Tanya Hein, president of the SVA and to all of the community members who took the time to come out and support Stittsville and partake in our local celebration of being Canadian and togetherness.

Stittsville Creative Writing Group Anthology

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I would like to take a moment to recognize the Stittsville Library’s Creative Writing Group who recently published their first collective anthology.

 

“Creative Musings” features more than 39 stories written by members of this group.

 

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, R.J. Partington, facilitator for the group, presented three print copies to Jane Venus, Manager, South West Branches. These copies will be added to the holdings of the Ottawa Public Library.

 

Jane expressed her appreciation for the donated copies and extended her congratulations to the members in creating stories to read and to share with others.

 

I, as well, would like to congratulate the group for this fantastic endeavour! It truly goes to show what hard work and determination can achieve. I encourage all residents to take a moment to visit the Stittsville Library for an opportunity to review the anthology.

 

For more information on the Stittsville Creative Writing Group, please visit https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/stittsville-creative-writing-group

City Manager’s Award of Distinction

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The City Manager’s Award of Distinction ceremony was held at the Shaw Center on Friday June 16th.  This award recognizes and celebrates the exceptional contribution, dedication and exemplary service of our employees and is the highest distinction one can receive through the Employee Recognition Program.

 

Recognition is one of the most effective ways to reinforce an organization’s culture, support its objectives and retain its top performers. Employees who know they are appreciated create an energy that is invaluable to any organization. The result is an energized workforce and high performance teams.

 

It was my office’s pleasure to nominate Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer in the Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department, for an award recognizing her efforts when she took on the task of the street renaming project for Stittsville as a part of the street name review that was taking place across the City.

 

Despite being a very difficult project and encountering resistance from the community, Rebecca sought out innovative and creative solutions to address initial concerns and create support for the project.

 

Rebecca worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including community residents, businesses and City councillors to develop a process that encouraged people to provide their input into making decisions.

 

Her dedication to the project far surpassed the requirements of the City and the end result was overwhelming support from the community. Rebecca demonstrated care and compassion as well as a community-focused mindset in her approach. She successfully demonstrated the importance of community engagement.

 

Rebecca collaborated with staff in other departments to develop solutions for this project and undertook a significant leadership role during the project. She exemplifies how to work collectively for the benefit of our residents.

The City of Ottawa is committed to recognizing and honouring employees such as Rebecca who contribute to the success of the organization.

Congratulations to all employees who were nominated and awarded for their commitment and dedication.

Tysen Lefebvre Receives Spirit of the Capital Max Keeping Award

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I would like to send my sincere congratulations to Tysen Lefebvre, who received the Max Keeping Award for Courage on Monday June 5th at The Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards 2017 held at City Hall. In addition to Tysen, two other individuals from Stittsville, Emily Pierce and Serena Kam, were nominated and recognized for their contributions to help better the lives of others.

 

The Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage is awarded to an individual youth who has demonstrated a tremendous passion for life by overcoming personal obstacles. They demonstrate hope and determination in the face of personal challenges and is a vibrant and optimistic member of the community. In addition, the individual serves as an inspiration of persistence for all those around him/her.

 

Each year, the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards celebrates nominees from seven different categories; Academic Perseverance, Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Service & Caring, Strength Through Diversity, Take a Stand, and the Max Keeping Award for Courage.

 

Youth are not just our future, they are our present.

 

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated this year. Your contribution and commitment to others is admirable. Thank you.

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PlayOn Tournament

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I would like to send my congratulations to the SKM Software Stingers of Stittsville who participated in the PlayOn tournament last weekend on June 3 and 4th.

 

This year’s tournament was held out at the Rockcliffe Flying Club out on the runway. The team was coming off a second place finish in 2016 and wanted to see if they could better it this year. They competed in the U9 division and were undefeated, finishing second out of nine teams in the preliminary round.  They again made it all the way to the finals, this time there was a change in fortune winning 6-5 in a shootout win in the final.

 

Congratulations, Stingers! And congratulations to all of the great Stittsville teams who played hard this year! Keep up the good work!

First responders from Stittsville receive Public Hero Award

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Stittsville residents Brenda Tirrell and Rob Wilson were among six first responders who received the Public Hero Award at a ceremony held in Kanata on May 18th for their dedication, selfless acts of kindness, and community involvement at a ceremony on May 18 at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Kanata.

Volunteer firefighter Brenda Tirrell, acting lieutenant at Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street, is the organizer of the annual 9 Run Run event held in the community, which raises funds and awareness for mental health.

Ottawa Paramedic Robert Wilson has been an advanced-care paramedic for more than 23 years. Robert works as an educator with the Paramedic Program of Eastern Ontario, teaches advanced care paramedicine at Algonquin College as well as first aid and CPR classes, with a focus on the education of children and youth.

The Public Hero Awards are presented to recognize and honour the outstanding service provided by first responders in culturally diverse environments, as well as their volunteer efforts in their communities.

Recipients are nominated by colleagues, peers, and members of the community.

Top police, paramedic, and fire officials present the awards.

Community Comes Together to Search for Missing Person

This week, there was an air of tragedy as an elderly Stittsville resident was missing for multiple days.

 

Throughout the week, many residents shared this messaging and came together to look for her. On Thursday afternoon, however, Nelliya Karbisheva’s body was found with her loyal white poodle still beside her.

 

This is no doubt a difficult time for Mrs. Karbisheva’s family and loved ones and I would like to send my sincere condolences to all those who knew her.

 

I would also like to thank Ottawa Police, Paramedics, and Emergency Services staff involved with the search as well as all residents who shared their evenings to help look for her, particularly Chelsea Dale and her family who helped to organize a search party of approximately 60 people who concentrated their efforts in the Fairwinds, Fringewood North and Bryanston Gate communities on Wednesday Night.

 

I was humbled to see our community once again come together as a unit to help out.

 

May our thoughts be with Nelliya and her family at this time.

Councillor’s View – Stittsville Appreciation Awards Recap

Dear Residents,

 

This week, the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards were held at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

 

Each year, I am thrilled to recognize our outstanding community volunteers for all that they do to make Stittsville what we are.

 

For those of you who do not know, the Stittsville Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to shine some light on an individual or group within Stittsville that has helped to make a difference in our lives.

 

Nominations are opened to the public in mid-late February and on the night of the Awards presentation, four recipients are recognized as: Business of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year in honour of an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation.

 

I would like to thank all of this year’s nominees and recipients for taking the time to participate in this annual tradition and for sharing their stories of community building to inspire others.

 

I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for taking the time to join us at the Awards, the nominators for taking the time to recognize these achievements, those in attendance, John Brummell for being our official photographer, Mia Hamer – our National Anthem singer, and my office team for their hard work in ensuring that the event was successful and enjoyable for all.

 

This year’s nominees and recipients were:

  • Youth Citizen of the Year – Caitlin Bauer (winner), Shayna Douglas, Matt Smart, Sam Spriggs, Katie Xu, and Jack Fan
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Patricia Warford (winner), and the Knotty Knitters
  • Business of the Year – The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera (winner), Quitters Coffee, Rona, and U-Rock Music School
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year – Barbara Bottriel (winner), Janice Leblanc, and Heather Strachan

 

I am incredibly proud to bear witness to and honour our incredible community volunteers each year.

 

Having events such as these is important to recognizing the small acts of kindness that truly make Stittsville a community. Although there are only four award recipients, we are all winners for benefitting from such loving and caring neighbours.

 

Stittsville truly is the home of Champions. Thank you.

 

-Shad

 

Stittsville Appreciation Award Nominees

Congratulations again to all those who helped to make this year’s Stittsville Appreciation Awards a success! All nominees and recipients were very well deserving. This year’s recipients included:

 

Youth Citizen of the Year: Caitlin Bauer

  • This nominee emulates the perseverance, courage and compassion that not only make her a great leader but an extraordinary citizen of Stittsville.
  • Chosen by her school’s Guidance counselors as an ideal Peer Mentor and Sources of Strength student leader, she actively models to both staff and fellow students the value of giving back to improve the lives of others through her participation and leadership in local and global initiatives such as “SleepOUT for Youth” and “Relay for Life” and even travelling as far as Nicaragua to lend her hand in building a school.
  • She is a role model for youth and adults alike and her efforts and positive impact are felt throughout Stittsville, Ottawa and beyond.

 

Senior Citizen of the Year: Patricia Warford

  • Every Tuesday for the past 15 years, this nominee has volunteered at the Stittsville Legion, setting up and cleaning tables and chairs in preparation for those who play cards
  • President of the Stittsville Legion Board of Directors for the past 15 years, an active volunteer with the Food Bank for 6 years, volunteer tenant representative with the Goulbourn Non Profit Housing Corp for 18 years, and zone commander for the Stittsville Legion Ladies auxiliary for 12 years, this nominee makes volunteering a part of her life, constantly giving back to the Stittsville community.
  • She leads by example and makes the greatest effort in ensuring that things are done right and kept in order. She is honest and ethical and inspires her fellow residents to create a better sense of well-being and health within our communities.

Business of the Year: The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera

  • This nominated business is comprised of an excellent staff of caring, thoughtful and respectful persons who are dedicated to helping their senior residents to enjoy healthy senior years while still contributing to the community.
  • Raffles and activities held throughout the year help to raise funds for local charities while giving the senior residents an interesting activity to participate in, truly making residents feel at home
  • From supporting local sports teams, catering free lunches in the Community and continuing to hire local students’ year after year, they are a responsible business that helps to give Stittsville a total, balanced society by caring for and keeping senior residents in the community. Staff foster a positive environment to give Stittsville the full spectrum of a community.

Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year: Barbara Bottriel

  • This nominee is long time contributor to the Stittsville community, serving on the Parent Council at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in its early years and writing two books focused on Stittsville: including one about Mowoo, the deer that became a village pet and the other telling the history of Stittsville.
  • In her role as president of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, she was involved in the Main Street Community Design Plan and she also was a leader in the battle to try to preserve the Bradley’s General Store building after its disastrous fire.
  • She is an active member of the St. Thomas Anglican Church and her love of singing has also led her to become a promising member of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus.
  • Known as the heart and soul of the Historical Society for years, she is an acknowledged leader and inspires those around her to do more.

 

These biographies were presented to my office by the nominators. For the list of all nominees and their biographies, please click here.

 

Thank you to all nominees and nominators for participating in this community recognition event.

Stittsville Students Win Music Awards

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In my ongoing effort to recognize community members and their accomplishments, this week I would like to acknowledge three Stittsville Students who were presented awards at the Renfrew Rotary Music Festival Gala Concert held on Wednesday May 10th.

 

These students of a local music teacher were awarded for their outstanding performances in a recent piano competition. Chris Wu was named Most Promising Junior Piano Student. Catharina Lamb was honoured for achieving the Highest mark in the Sonatina Classes. And Aidan Cullen was awarded for attaining the Highest Mark in the Baroque classes.

 

Congratulations to all of you for your hard work!