Column: August 4, 2016

West Carleton Health Access Foundation

The West Carleton Health Access Foundation (WCHAF) is a non-profit charity in Carp with a mandate of keeping healthcare access local. As they look toward future initiatives, they need your help! WCHAF is inviting anyone who may be interested to apply to join their Board. To apply, please contact WCHAF at For more information on WCHAF, visit their Facebook page at

Constance Bay Community Market

If you haven’t shopped at the Constance Bay Community Market yet this season, I highly recommend you do! It’s a convenient way for residents to obtain fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, fresh roasted coffee beans, arts and crafts and a lot more. Located at St. Garbriel’s Parish, 205 Bayview Drive, it runs 9am to noon on August 6 and 20, September 3 and 17 and October 1. The Market also collects donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. For more information visit

Free exercise program for adults 65+

Better Strength, Better Balance is a free fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+. It is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Participants attend class twice a week for 12 weeks. Classes are progressive, becoming increasingly difficult over the 12 weeks and participants practice exercises at home and review the provided health information related to preventing falls.

The program is offered from September 19 to December 9, 2016 and from January 9 to March 31, 2017. Fall 2016 registration for returning participants begins August 15, 2016 and Winter 2017 registration for returning participants begins November 14, 2016. First time participants can register for the next available session at any time. To register or for more information, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit

Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellent in Coaching

The deadline is fast approaching to get nominations in for the Mayor’s Order of Ottawa recognition and for the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. The deadline is September 9, 2016. Please go to and view the eligibility criteria for both awards. If you know someone that should be recognized for their work and commitment to helping make our city a great place to live, please nominate them.