Column: April 14, 2016

Health priorities for West Carleton seniors and caregivers

Please join the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) for their remaining planned conversations to discuss health priorities for West Carleton seniors and caregivers. Facilitators are Dr. Barry Bruce from the West Carleton Family Health Team and Julie McKercher from the WOCRC. The sessions are free to attend. Subsequent sessions are planned as noted below. (For individual interviews or small group presentations call call Julie 613-591-3686 x 498 or

The remaining sessions are:

  • April 16, 2016:   10am-noon, St. James Parish Hall, 3774 Carp Rd.
  • May 6/7, 2016:  Community wrap up, West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. (Timing to be determined. Contact WOCRC for details).

 2016 Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2016, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online at or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 9.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls to the office regarding excessive speeding on our roads.  As in previous columns, let me reiterate that residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. Police will only be aware of a problem area by the number of calls received. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.