Column: April 30, 2015

Arctic Char Dinner & Dance

On Friday, May 1 the Carleton Masonic Lodge No. 465 is hosting their annual arctic char dinner and dance, at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Road. Doors open at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. There will be a cash bar and dancing. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased from Peter Pregel, 613-223-1239.

CHEO Fundraiser

Pong’s Poutine at 2079 Carp Road is holding a fundraising event on May 2, 2015, from 11am to 3pm to raise funds for CHEO. The event will offer an afternoon of fun for the family, and will give the community the opportunity to help give back to CHEO. Pong's Poutine will be making a specialty poutine in which all proceeds from its purchase that day will go to the hospital.  There will also be donation boxes set up for those who are not in the cheese and chip mood. As an incentive for all those who make a purchase or donation; their name will be entered into a draw for a gift basket.

Fundraising for QCH’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

I have joined forces with my fellow Ottawa-West Councillors in the “I’m an ACE Ambassador” community fundraising campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). We are asking that each household in our respective wards donate $30. The money, which would amount to a total $1.5 million contribution by Christmas 2015, will fulfill the remaining “community raised” component of the funds required to build a 34-bed Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH.

The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in Ottawa and only the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care. It will be an in-patient unit that will help meet an urgent and growing need in Ottawa for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care.

QCH serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. The province entrusted QCH with this strategic investment by contributing close to $9 million towards the unit. QCH Foundation still needs the remaining $3 million to fund the ACE Unit.

The ACE Unit will benefit all of us in the future!  Visit for more information and to make a donation.