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

30 Years of the Glen

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Congratulations to Kathleen, Luciana, John, and James; owners of the Glen Scottish Restaurant & Pub for celebrating their 30th year of business!

 

I was pleased to welcome the Glen to its Stittsville home on Hazeldean Road 8 years ago. It has played a unique role in providing a place to bring together members of the Stittsville community – whether it be celebrating sporting events, birthdays, or simply good times spent together as friends. The Glen is also regularly giving back to the community either through its charitable fundraising efforts or by hosting community meetings.

 

On Monday, March 5th, Mayor Jim Watson and myself will be providing a certificate of recognition for this milestone. Congratulations to all of the staff, patrons, and management team for making the Glen a great place to be.

 

In celebration of the anniversary, the Glen will be hosting fun and exciting events and promotions all year long. For more information, visit their website at theglen.ca

Thank You to Stittsville’s Outdoor Rink Operators

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As the warmer weather draws the City’s Outdoor Rink program to its close for another year, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the individuals who work hard each year to volunteer their time in ensuring the outdoor rinks in Stittsville are operational every winter season.

It’s not always easy to get up in -30 degree weather to flood the ice at 2:00 AM or to be the first to shovel the morning after a heavy snowfall; and it takes a great deal of effort to maintain the quality of ice and cleanliness of the changing huts for everyone in the community.

These committed volunteers work hard to bring the community together and often do so for the sheer love of what they do without expecting any particular thanks.

So for all that you do and on behalf of the community, I would like to provide a special thanks to:

  • Marc Servant ~ Bandmaster Park
  • Robert Lemoine and Greg Joy ~ Bryanston Gate Park
  • Andre Godin ~ Coyote Park
  • Scott MacLeod ~ Crossing Bridge Park
  • Susan Bolla ~ Mary Durling Park
  • The Jackson Trails Community Association ~ Pioneer Plains Park
  • Josh Fudge ~ Ralph Street Park
  • Jasmin Breton ~ Trustee M. Curry Park
  • Tom Rivett ~ Upcountry Park

As way of saying thanks, the City will be hosting a special outdoor rink volunteer appreciation breakfast this Saturday, February 24th; I hope that all of Stittsville’s operators and their families are able to attend.

The outdoor rink program would not be possible without your continued dedication. Thank you.

Tyrone Henry Represents Team Canada in Sledge Hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang!

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Team Canada’s Sledge Hockey roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Games is now finalized and a little bit of Stittsville will be representing our country on its quest for gold!

 

I am thrilled to extend my sincerest congratulations to 23-year-old Tyrone Henry for this incredible achievement. Tyrone along with his father, Andrew Henry, and other Ottawa-local and Pyeongchang-bound, Ben Delaney, have worked hard as they practised their sledge hockey skills within Stittsville’s very own Goulbourn Rec Complex, training and focusing to reach this pinnacle moment. I have had the great pleasure of supporting Sledge Hockey and the Delaney and Henry Families for the past 4 years. Now, after much perseverance, I am beyond proud to see the landmark they have achieved by joining Team Canada’s Sledge Hockey team!tyrone_henry_feature

Sledge hockey is a Paralympic sport in which players are fastened to a two-bladed sledge. Much like the classic version of the sport, it involves players propelling themselves forward to attempt a goal on net.

 

Tyrone and Ben are two of 17 players selected with the honour of representing Canada in South Korea at the Pyeongchang games.

 

I want to wish Tyrone, Ben, and the whole team the best of luck as they move forward in the tournament and encourage Stittsville and all of Ottawa to root on these home-grown heroes as they compete. Win or lose Tyrone proves once again that Stittsville is the home of champions! Good luck!

Stittsville Piano Students Perform at First Class Honours Recital

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On Sunday February 4th, three Stittsville students performed at the First Class Honours Recital at City View United Church in Nepean.

I am happy to extend my congratulations to Anisha Jain, Mihika Patro and Abhinav Jain.

38 students from all over Ottawa performed in the concert. To be eligible to perform, each student had to receive a first class honours mark in their Conservatory exam in 2017 and pass an audition.

Congratulations for representing our community and for all of the hard work you have each put in to your craft!

The VOscars are coming! – Volunteer Ottawa Awards

4Volunteer Ottawa (VO) will be holding its 8th Annual VOscars on the evening of April 19, 2018 at Ottawa City Hall.

The VOscars celebrates Ottawa’s vibrant volunteer community and gives special recognition to those individuals, organizations and corporations that have made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Volunteers play a significant role in our community whether it be helping those less fortunate than ourselves or bringing people together for a good cause! Now, it’s your chance to nominate a deserving volunteer for recognition.

Do you know of someone who exemplifies the spirit of volunteering? Do you know a young person or senior who has made a significant contribution to our community through their volunteering efforts? Do you know a corporation, business or organization that supports volunteering among its employees or that has built a successful volunteer program?

The 2018 VOscars Award categories include: the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Spirit; Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award; Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award; Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism; and, Outstanding Volunteer Program Award.

To submit a nomination or to review the nomination criteria, please click here. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the VO event page here.

The deadline for volunteer nominations is February 26, 2018.

I highly encourage everyone to consider nominating someone they know for recognition of their efforts in volunteering!

For more information on the VOscars nomination process please contact Suzanne Seebach at sseebach@volunteerottawa.ca.

West Ottawa Business Excellence Awards

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The West Ottawa Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards are once again right around the corner and nominations are now open!

 

The Business Excellence Awards Gala is a celebration of businesses and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in achievements and contributions in our community. This sell-out gala event attracts over 300 business leaders and community members each year!

 

Residents can nominate local businesses and community leaders in the following categories:

  • Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees)
  • Medium Business of the Year (11-50)
  • Large Business of the Year (51+)
  • New Business of the Year
  • Community Impact Award
  • Professional Services Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Tech Award
  • Manufacturing Award
  • Company to Watch
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year

 

I highly encourage residents to take a moment to submit a nomination to show appreciation to some of the great businesses who make our community a great place to live!

For more information, please visit http://westottawabot.com/nomination-form