Stittsville 56’ers U16 Girls off to a great start!

Front, left to right: Jordyn Lindsay(Captain), Sarah Di-Cresce, Sydney Watts, Brianna Flowers (Captain) , Jayde Shouldice, Jordyn LeBoutillier Back, left to right: Dale Aiken (Coach), Avery Smith, Kate Parks, Alyssa Rollin, Matt Watts (Coach), Fiona Wheatley, Violet McEwen, Mackenzie Bresee, Jon LeBoutillier (Coach)

For the first time since 2015, the Stittsville 56ers are fielding a Tier II Bantam girl’s competitive softball team. Coming off an Ontario Provincial Championship in Squirt Selects in 2016, and fielding a strong team at the Tier II Novice level last year, the team is making waves in U16.

The 56’ers were selected in October, started practicing in January in the gym and have been going full steam with two practices a week since May with exhibition games or tournaments every weekend.

The team is part of the Provincial Women’s Softball Association of Ontario (PWSA) and is one of two teams from the Ottawa area.  The Bantam age group, also called U16 is termed the ‘draft’ year for competitive girl’s fast pitch.  The first tournament of the year (Brampton) was a showcase tournament where scouts from different Universities and Colleges were present to see the athlete’s in action.

The 56’ers are sitting at an impressive 8 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie despite a slow start this year.  The team is hitting well, led by Jordyn Lindsay who has been outstanding at the plate, boasting a .570 batting average in the clean up spot.  Sarah Di-Cresce has also been red hot for the 56’ers, with a .444 batting average.

The pitching staff is the jewel of the Stittsville 56’ers U16 club.  The three pitcher rotation of Sydney Watts, Jordyn LeBoutillier and Alyssa Rollin, leaves opponents baffled time and time again.

The girls continue to play a series of tournaments throughout Ontario in preparation for Qualifiers (Kingston) and then Provincials (Stratford). All of their tournaments are PWSA sanctioned.   If the team medals at Provincials in July they will qualify for The Eastern Canadian Championships in Cole Harbor Nova Scotia in August.

Congratulations on how far you’ve come so far, girls, and good luck at the Provincials!

Stittsville Childcare Centre Cancer Fundraiser and BBQ!


On Friday, June 22nd, the Stittsville Childcare Centre will be holding their 11th annual fundraiser in support of cancer research!

The Centre is a Not-for-Profit daycare licensed by the Ministry of Education located at 1488 Stittsville Main St.

The event runs from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and all funds collected during this fundraiser are donated to the Ottawa General Hospital to be used for cancer research.  This year’s events include a BBQ, raffle, fish pond, cupcake sale, and face painting!

All staff working during this event are doing so as volunteers to honour the families who have been affected by cancer and all in the community who have been touched by this disease.

I highly encourage all Stittsville residents to stop by for a great cause and fun times!

A Night of Funny Fundraising


Local resident, Alexis has qualified for Team Canada Karate and is hosting a fundraising event in partnership with Hurley’s Neighbourhood Grill and Absolute Comedy to help offset her travel costs to the WKU World Champion in Athens, Greece!


Stop by Hurleys Grill (1261 Stittsville Main St) on Saturday June 23 at 8:00 PM for a night of hilarity in support of Alexis! A silent auction and 50/50 draw will also be taking place. Tickets are $25.

Community Garage Sales


Summer is right around the corner which means neighbourhoods in Stittsville are preparing for their annual community garage sales!


This weekend, Buttonwood Trail will be hosting a street garage sale on Saturday, June 16th from 8:30-1:00 PM! Be sure to stop by and you might just find a gem or two.


Are you and your community planning a neighbourhood garage sale? Send me the details at and I would be happy to include it in my newsletter!


Want to know where to find Stittsville’s communities? Check out this useful map!

“Beauty and the Eats”


On Tuesday June 19th, the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is featuring a talk on ‘Beauty and the Eats’ hosted by Master Gardener, Judith Cox.

Stop by to learn more about an exploration of the idea of flowers growing with vegetables adding more colour interest and pollinators to the garden.

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Memberships are $15, $25 for families and there is no guest fee.

Welcoming Ottawa Week


June 18-30 is Welcoming Ottawa Week and residents are encouraged to come out and show their support for the many immigrants and refugees that we can our neighbours to celebrate the contributions of all residents (old and new) to make our City such a diverse place to live!


The event kicks off this weekend with a breakfast reception taking place at Ottawa City Hall and a full calendar of public events can be found online at


I encourage everyone to stop by some of the events and #ShowYourWelcome to the people who have chosen to call Canada their home!

25th Annual Dragon Boat Festival


The 25th Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner at Mooney’s Bay Park.


Taking place from June 21-24, this is an annual four day event filled with exciting races on the water, as well as numerous exhibitors, food concessions, a family fun zone, and free evening concerts!


Each year, hundreds of volunteers are needed to help run the show during the festival.


Interested residents are encouraged to visit or email for more information. You can also call 613-238-7711 ext:222.


Paddles Up!


The Oasis in Kanata Presents: “The Mental Health Caregiver Guide”

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On Monday, June 18, at 7 pm, The Oasis in Kanata, a place for caregivers of people with mental illness, presents “the Mental Health Caregiver Guide” – a free public information session.

Julie Turcotte, RN BScN, a Public Health Nurse with Ottawa Public Health’s Mental Health Team, will take participants through the Mental Health Caregiver Guide, a free national resource developed by Ottawa Public Health and its partners.  Participants will learn about the mental health resources and strategies available for caregivers and the individuals they care for.

The event will be held at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive.

I highly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to learn more about mental health and how to care for our loved ones. For more information, please visit


Fringewood Drive Road Modifications Approval

I would like to take a moment to thank all residents from Fringewood Drive who have recently reached out to my office and attended the public meeting with recommendations on road improvements. I have shared your comments with City staff and this week, I am pleased to share that I received word back from the City.


Staff will be posting information about the Road Modifications Approval project on the City’s website on Monday, June 11th, for approximately 4 weeks for public consultation. This report provides the background, rationale and description of the improvements proposed for Fringewood Drive based on feedback provided by my office on behalf of the community. As discussed at the public meeting on May 1st, the proposed project consists of:

  • A new concrete sidewalk on the west side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to Harry Douglas Drive; and
  • A new asphalt paved shoulder:
    • On the east side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to approximately 180m south of Hazeldean; and
    • On the west side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to approximately 65m south of Hazeldean Road.


The new sidewalk will be located along the alignment of the existing curb. The paved shoulders will be constructed by paving the existing gravel shoulders and striping an edge line along the road.


The proposed changes to Fringewood Drive will:

  • Improve conditions for cycling;
  • Improve bus stop access; and
  • Improve pedestrian safety and comfort by providing a better space for walking.


The project is currently in the planning stage. This will be followed by the design phase starting later in 2018. The schedule for construction will be determined as part of the design phase.

The drawing below shows the location of the proposed paved shoulders and sidewalk.


When the link for consultation goes online on Monday, I will be certain to share it with the community through my social media channels as well as my electronic newsletter next week.

5969 Fernbank Road Public Information Meeting

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On Monday June 11th, City Planning staff in coordination with my office will be holding a public information session for a zoning by-law amendment (D02-02-18-0042) and subdivision application (D07-16-18-00009) that has been filed for 5969 Fernbank Road. The session is taking place in the Board Room on the second floor of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex located at 1500 Shea Road at 7:00 PM.

The purpose of the application is to develop a subdivision containing 357 units: 119 single detached dwellings, 2 semi-detached units and 236 townhouse units. Included is a 2.45 hectare school site and 1.36 hectare park.


The zoning by-law amendment requests to bring the site into conformity with the General Urban Area designation of the Official Plan and to implement the approved Fernbank Community Design Plan.


The target date for draft approval of the subdivision is July 19, 2018.  The zoning by-law amendment cannot proceed until the subdivision has received draft approval.
For full application details, please click here and here.


Should you have any questions in relation to this file you may contact the lead planner Laurel McCreight at or my office at