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

A Sad Farewell to Our Community Newspaper

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At the end of November, our village received the sad news that a longstanding and valued member of our community would soon be leaving us: the Stittsville News. This paper has been an important part of our lives for over 60 years, publishing its first-ever four-page issue on December 12th, 1957.

Since 1975, the distribution of the weekly community-focused newspaper was overseen by the guidance and expertise of editor-in-chief, John Curry, with support and involvement of his mother, sister, and nephew who each helped to maintain the circulation lists and produce the addressed paper bags in which the paper was originally mailed to subscribers. Throughout the years, other notable local residents became involved with the paper such as the late Barb Fairbrother who handled office duties for almost 20 years.

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Rarely an event went by in Stittsville or Goulbourn that was not covered and photographed by John Brummell. Mr. Brummell, a good friend of Mr. Curry’s, came on the team originally as a volunteer back in 1993 to later retire from the paper just last year.

As a paper focusing on local news, these journalists always represented the community by highlighting the names of individuals in all photographs – helping to make even the most bashful of us, local celebrities – and creating a link for future residents to connect with their past.

It was through the support and dedication of this team and that of the community and its many groups and organizations that the Stittsville News became a household name.

The Stittsville News has been an integral part of our community’s history; from documenting community announcements to promoting and sharing the accomplishments of our individuals and our families, the paper has kept us informed and updated on matters that affect us from both the local and City perspective while always providing our morning rituals with an uplifting local story.

In a time of fast growing technology and social media advancement, let us not forget the wholesomeness and the grass roots of the local community paper; a paper that touched many of our lives; a paper whose clippings are tucked away in between the pages of parents’ scrapbooks celebrating their children’s accomplishments or special announcements. Although today’s electronic medium may provide the same information, it will never be able to match the intimate storytelling of a physical paper in hand. However, the memories our local paper has provided will always hold a special place in our hearts. For this, I thank John Curry and John Brummell along with all those both past and present who have been a part of the making of the Stittsville News a memorable part of our community history that will most certainly be missed and fondly treasured for many years to come.

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

Thank You for Being a Neighbour

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In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to thank each and every Stittsville resident who goes out of their way to help others not just in the winter season but throughout the year.

All of 2017, I had the pleasure of hearing just some of the wonderful stories of Stittsville people helping one another in times of need – whether it was coming together to grant a little girl’s wish to walk or raise support for a local boy born with severe disabilities, helping a “Woman of Worth” to raise an additional $10,000 to support affordable food programs in Canada’s North, watching the community organize itself to help searching for a missing person, seeing local youth raise money for a local family in need, Stittsville showed that we are a community who look out for one another!

It was uplifting to hear stories of our local Stittsville snow angels who stopped to help others during a snowstorm, or of the various ongoing local fundraisers for great causes like the Relay for Life at Sacred Heart School or Tysen’s Mission to a Million.

There were also those who donated and helped out in small ways wherever they could whether it be for great efforts such as the Stittsville Food Bank, the “Hopes Rising” campaign for mental health research, or other fantastic local initiatives (like Ottawa-Carleton Life Skills or last week’s Senator’s Foundation fundraiser at the Keg.

Though times may be difficult for some, there is a lot to be thankful for this 2017. I truly believe that Stittsville is a wonderful community to live in for these and so many other reasons and sincerely want to say thank you to everyone who helps to make the day shine a little brighter for those in a dark place, who lightens the load for those carrying their personal burdens, or who simply do what they can in small acts to help make the world a better place.

This holiday season as we do at all times of the year, let’s continue to make Stittsville the best place to live by helping out others around you. Of course, there are simply too many acts of kindness for me to be able to mention them all but if you feel I have missed something, I encourage you to please let me know! As your City Councillor, there is no greater gift than hearing your stories of community spirit. I welcome you to email any and all generous/considerate acts of kindness to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Merry Christmas, Stittsville, and thank you for being a neighbour.

Parade of Lights – Thank You

Stittsville was in a celebrating mood on December 2nd as another Stittsville Parade of Lights has come and gone with a glow of holiday cheer.

As always, I would like to thank the Stittsville Village Association for all of their hard work in organizing the parade. Every year, a great deal of work is required to assemble this large community event so I would also like to acknowledge all of the volunteers that helped to facilitate the parade. I would also like to commend the efforts of our friends at the Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Police Services, and Ottawa Paramedic Services for their support. Thank you as well to all who participated with decorating such amazing floats or marching for the pleasure of the community.

It was a warm and colourful night where the children looked on with wonder and joy, anxiously awaiting the arrival of dear ol’ Saint Nick right here in Stittsville.

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Along the parade route, it was quite evident to see the happy faces on children and families enjoying the evening!

 

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all residents for coming out to show their festive spirits on this incredible holiday tradition. The togetherness of families and friends I witness every year at this time is a gentle reminder of just how important this local tradition is for bringing the community together in celebration.

Thank you.

Youth of Fringewood Raises $900 for Local Family in Need

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I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the generous efforts of 5 young girls in the Fringewood community who last weekend raised over $900 for a family down the street that experienced a house fire.

The girls sold hot chocolate and cookies all afternoon on December 2nd just so that they could help out another family in need. Wow!

 

On behalf of my office, I would like to share a special thank you to this group of young girls for really showing what the community spirit looks like here in Stittsville at this time of year. It is about giving and helping those out when they need it most.

 

I want to encourage all residents to make the most of this holiday season by sharing kindness and positivity for all those around you. If you have a story of community spirit you would like mentioned in my newsletter this winter, please email me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. Thank you.

A Sad Farewell to Our Friends and Family at the Stittsville News

On Monday November 27th, the community was given the very sad update that the Stittsville News along with many other local community newspapers across Ontario will be shutting their doors. The media companies, Post Media and Torstar, announced in a press release Monday morning that Postmedia would get two dozen community newspapers and two free commuter dailies from Torstar, and at the same time give 17 newspapers (15 community papers and two big-city free commuter dailies) to Torstar.

The Stittsville News has been a part of our community for just under 60 years, publishing its first-ever four-page issue on December 12, 1957. Since 1975, the paper has been under the guidance of editor-in-chief, John Curry, with the support and involvement of his mother, sister, and nephew who helped maintain the circulation lists and produce the addressed paper bags in which the paper was mailed to subscribers each week. Other local residents became involved with the paper over the years such as the late Barb Fairbrother who handled office duties for almost 20 years.

Rarely an event went by in Stittsville or Goulbourn that was not covered and photographed by John Brummell. Mr. Brummell, a good friend of Mr. Curry’s, came on originally as a volunteer back in 1993, to then retire from the paper less than one year ago.

As a local paper, these journalists always represented the community by highlighting the names of individuals in all photographs – helping to make even the most bashful of us local celebrities – and creating a link for future residents to connect with their past.

It was through the support and dedication of this team and that of the community and its many groups and organizations that The Stittsville News became a household name.

The Stittsville News has been an integral part of our community’s history; from documenting community announcements to promoting and sharing the accomplishments of our individuals and our families, the paper has kept us informed and updated on matters that affect us from both the local and City perspective.

Unfortunately, with growth of the internet and the rise of social media, news sources have evolved. But let us not forget the wholesomeness and the grass roots of the local community paper; a paper that touched many of our lives; a paper whose clippings are tucked away in between the pages of parents’ scrap books celebrating their children’s accomplishments or special announcements. For this, I thank all those both past and present who have been a part of the making of The Stittsville Newspaper what is today.

For a more detailed history of the Stittsville Newspaper I invite you to read an article published in the paper in March of 2013  History of the Stittsville Newspaper

A Sad Farewell to Our Friends and Family at the Stittsville News

On Monday November 27th, the community was given the very sad update that the Stittsville News along with many other local community newspapers across Ontario will be shutting their doors. The media companies, Post Media and Torstar, announced in a press release Monday morning that Postmedia would get two dozen community newspapers and two free commuter dailies from Torstar, and at the same time give 17 newspapers (15 community papers and two big-city free commuter dailies) to Torstar.

The Stittsville News has been a part of our community for just under 60 years, publishing its first-ever four-page issue on December 12, 1957. Since 1975, the paper has been under the guidance of editor-in-chief, John Curry, with the support and involvement of his mother, sister, and nephew who helped maintain the circulation lists and produce the addressed paper bags in which the paper was mailed to subscribers each week. Other local residents became involved with the paper over the years such as the late Barb Fairbrother who handled office duties for almost 20 years.

Rarely an event went by in Stittsville or Goulbourn that was not covered and photographed by John Brummell. Mr. Brummell, a good friend of Mr. Curry’s, came on originally as a volunteer back in 1993, to then retire from the paper less than one year ago.

As a local paper, these journalists always represented the community by highlighting the names of individuals in all photographs – helping to make even the most bashful of us local celebrities – and creating a link for future residents to connect with their past.

It was through the support and dedication of this team and that of the community and its many groups and organizations that The Stittsville News became a household name.

The Stittsville News has been an integral part of our community’s history; from documenting community announcements to promoting and sharing the accomplishments of our individuals and our families, the paper has kept us informed and updated on matters that affect us from both the local and City perspective.

Unfortunately, with growth of the internet and the rise of social media, news sources have evolved. But let us not forget the wholesomeness and the grass roots of the local community paper; a paper that touched many of our lives; a paper whose clippings are tucked away in between the pages of parents’ scrap books celebrating their children’s accomplishments or special announcements. For this, I thank all those both past and present who have been a part of the making of The Stittsville Newspaper what is today.

For a more detailed history of the Stittsville Newspaper I invite you to read an article published in the paper in March of 2013  History of the Stittsville Newspaper

City Hall Art Gallery Features Stittsville Artist

2017 Collection Exhibition Invite

Stop by Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W) before January 7th, 2018 to enjoy the artistic stylings of Stittsville resident, Lynda Cronin, in the City’s newest exhibition: Longevity: 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection.

The art collection contains over 2,700 artworks by artists associated with the Ottawa area. Currently artworks are on display in over 150 City facilities, including administration buildings, branches of the public library and community centres as well as parks, roadways and transit stations. This local collection is comprised of works of art that allow for an appreciation, an understanding and a future interpretation of the City’s visual arts history. Developed in 1985, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program manages and exhibits the City of Ottawa Art Collection.

Lynda describes her art as “concept driven and […] integral to site and place influenced by the lived environment, the written word or aspects of history and culture that connect to a specific time and experience. The intention is to articulate public space in an interesting and meaningful way by considering multiple avenues for public engagement and consideration.”

Lynda’s work, Tempus 2017, prominently displays the beauty of the Innovation Drive Park and Ride (1321-3043 Innovation Drive).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNQCO2RhBC8

 

The art collection contains over 2,700 artworks by artists associated with the Ottawa area. Currently artworks are on display in over 150 City facilities, including administration buildings, branches of the public library and community centres as well as parks, roadways and transit stations. This local collection is comprised of works of art that allow for an appreciation, an understanding and a future interpretation of the City’s visual arts history. Developed in 1985, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program manages and exhibits the City of Ottawa Art Collection.

For more information on Lynda and to review her projects, please visit lyndacronin.ca.