Remembering Clive Morris

This week, Stittsville lost another longtime and valued member of the community – a war veteran who contributed regularly to the wellbeing and happiness of his neighbours.

I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Clive Morris in this difficult time. Clive will be remembered at a service hosted by the Stittsville Legion this evening, Friday, June 8, at 7:00.

In memory of Mr. Morris, I thought I would share a poem he wrote shared in my weekly newsletter for Remembrance Day only two years ago.

 

The poppy is a symbol

We wear but once a year,

Reminding us forever

Of those we held so dear.

 

Sons and daughters died for us

Slaughtered in search of peace;

Defending all our freedoms,

That future wars may cease.

 

Poppies mark the place they fell,

Surviving churned-up mud,

In pock-marked fields of battle

Stained now with soldiers’ blood.

 

So long ago in Flanders Fields

They grew where nothing could,

On ravaged land, by bomb and shell,

A blood red sign for good.

 

Those fragile, tender poppies

Covered the unmarked graves

That hid the broken bodies;

Who once were bold and brave.

 

The soft warm winds of Springtime,

The gentle rain as well

Nurtured and fed those tiny seeds

For Summer’s heat to swell.

 

They spread a carpet ‘cross the land,

And wherever they appeared

Became a sign to all the world

‘A soldier’s buried here’.

 

That poppy’s now our symbol

We wear for all to see,

So no one will forget the ones

Who died for you and me.

 

John Curry Receives the Trustee Award of Merit

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Sincere congratulations to John Curry who received the 2018 Ontario Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) Trustee’s Association Trustee Award of Merit.

Local reporter for the Community Voice newspaper, Mr. Curry is Stittsville’s OSCB Trustee and has been for 17 years.

The provincial award is presented annually to recognize one Catholic school trustee who has contributed exceptional service to Catholic education.

Thank you, John, for your years of service to providing exceptional education to residents of West Ottawa!

Goulbourn Skating Club Awards

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I would like to take a moment to congratulate the Goulbourn Skating Club who celebrated another successful year with their awards ceremony May 16th.

Many excellent skaters were presented with awards to acknowledge all of the hard work, dedication, and growth that they exhibited across the year.

This year’s recipients include: Savannah Pinsent, Abbey Corsn, Emma Miranda, Hayleigh Pinsent, Eva Gonzalez, Rhiannon Marshall, Emily Howard, Taylor Billette, Dawson Cholette, Alex Gunther, Courtney Albert, Abbey Corson, Chloe Paterson, Alice Fan, and Luke Liu.

To all recipients and every member of the club who gave it their all this year and every year, congrats!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

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Today, I had the great pleasure of attending the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day celebrations at the Roch Carrier Public School.

Crossing guards play a very important role in ensuring our kids get to and from school safely each day while enjoying outdoor exercise.

I was also thrilled to give my congratulations to Dennis Bresee, a crossing guard around many of Stittsville’s schools, who was named Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard of the year!

Congratulations, Dennis, and thank you for keeping our communities safe!

Congratulations to Four Stittsville Piano Students

I would like to send my congratulations to four very talented Stittsville piano students who have recently won awards for their achievements!

At the Renfrew Rotary Festival on April 23 – 26, Catharina Lamb and Adelynn Neil each received  scholarships and were invited to play in the Gala concert which was held in Renfrew on the evening of May 2nd. In the first picture above, Catharina Lamb is holding her award for the best Overall Performance during the Festival. Adelynn Neil is holding her award for The Most Promising Student Grades 6 – 8 at the Festival.

In the second picture, two friends, Mayra Wang and Mihika Patro, both won scholarships for receiving the highest mark in the region on their Conservatory Canada piano exams taken during 2017. The scholarships were presented at the Eastern Ontario Friends of Conservatory Canada Gala concert on Saturday Evening at Glen Cairn United Church. Mayra (featured left) was awarded the grades 4 – 6 scholarship for receiving a mark of 91.7% on her grade 4 exam. Mihika (right) was awarded the grades 1 – 3 scholarship for receiving a mark of 90. Mayra and Mihika each played 2 solo piano pieces as well as a duet together at the gala.

Ottawa Teenagers Qualify for World Robotics Competition

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Photo Credit: Hallie Cotnam/CBC

This week, 47 Ottawa teenagers from 16 high schools and their volunteer mentors of Engineers, Scientists, and Computer Programmers, boarded a bus and embarked for the USA to compete in the World’s Robotics Competition!

After competing in Regionals, Provincials, and Nationals, this local team will be competing head to head on a special playing field with their winning robot ‘Mergio’ which they designed, built and programmed in Kanata.

This team, called “Merge Robotics 2706” has already won the coveted award of “Engineering Inspiration” by the governing body, “First”, which is a worldwide robotics organization that has been running competitions for 20 years.

The young engineers are supported by dedicated Merge Robotics Mentors who want to inspire teenagers to become leaders in science, technology, and engineering. Their slogan is we don’t just build robots, we build people”.

Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work and good luck in the competition! Already, after their first two matches, the team is undefeated and ranked 14th in their division! Follow their progress at https://twitter.com/frc2706

Mr. Paul Casagrande receives prestigious recognition for years of volunteer service

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On Wednesday April 11th, I had the honour of participating in the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Ceremony.

Stittsville resident Paul Casagrande was one of several Ottawa residents to be presented with this prestigious award for his over 50 years of dedication to the Ottawa firefighting community. Through his involvement in the Ottawa Fire Services Brass Band and its respective foundation, he led fundraising efforts to build a monument recognizing and honouring the service of fallen firefighters.

Congratulations, Paul. Your dedication to the wellbeing of others is very much appreciated.

GGHA Novice Competitive team get Bronze at Provincials

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Last weekend, the Goulbourn Rockets Novice competitive team qualified to represent the GGHA at the OWHA provincial championships.

The girls battled hard and came very close to getting to the gold medal round. After 6 games of tough competition, the girls came away with a bronze medal.

This group of girls has had a very successful season coming first in their league as well as winning the league championship.  They were also gold medalists at three of the four tournaments they attended (They got silver in the other).

Congratulations to all of the players who worked so hard to get to the championships and come home with the bronze! The GGHA, parents and coaches are very proud. Thank you as well to Nathalie for sharing this good news with my office.

Happy 2 Year Anniversary to the Grounds Café

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This week, I was pleased to join Grace and Robert and the team from the Grounds Café in Stittsville as they celebrated their 2 year anniversary in the community!

 

Since joining Stittsville, the Grounds Café has become a place for residents to enjoy great food, service, and of course, coffee! Last year, they were one of the many stages for the Ottawa 2017 Stittsville Eats tour where they were able to showcase their fine locale to the rest of Ottawa.

 

Best wishes for many more years to come!

Stittsville at the Pyeongchang Paralympics

GO! CANADA! GO!

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This weekend is the official start to the 2018 Winter Paralympics and I am thrilled that Stittsville is there to represent Canada in full force.

The opening ceremonies took place earlier this week with Stittsville resident, Scott Macdonald, was in attendance to relay the torch carrying the Olympic flame from Cheongdo to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Scott, along with three other individuals from Colorado Springs, Philadelphia, and Seoul, were awarded the great honour by the International Paralympic Committee for their years of dedication to Para Ice Hockey.

Scott has been involved with Para Ice Hockey since 2002, first as an on ice official working the 2006 Paralympics Winter Games in Torino, Italy, then as a supervisor of officials at numerous world championships around the globe including the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and as Referee-in-chief of the on-ice officials at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

 

Last month, I was happy to share that Stittsville’s own Tyrone Henry and Ottawa’s Ben Delaney would be representing Team Canada in Sledge Hockey.

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I would like to send my congratulations to Scott, Tyrone, and the rest of Team Canada for representing our country at these prestigious games and also wish Tyrone and Team Canada good luck as they officially begin their Olympic journey this weekend.

To learn more about the athletes and to review the Olympic schedule, be sure to visit http://games.paralympic.ca/road-to-the-games