Column: February 16, 2017

Sharon Roper receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting on February 8, Mayor Jim Watson and I presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to West Carleton-March resident Sharon Roper. The City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action.

Sharon is a dedicated contributor to the operation of the West Carleton Food Access Centre. As a long-standing volunteer and community member, she has dedicated countless hours to ensuring that no resident in the West Carleton-March area goes without. Sharon also plays a role in the training and encouragement of others who volunteer in the community. She is a wonderful role model working with local students and Pathfinders. For years, Sharon has also been the coordinator of the Angel Tree Program in Ward 5, which collects toys for families and which are distributed with food hampers during the Christmas season. Last February, Sharon even assisted when the water had to be shut off at the local senior’s residence. She saw a need and took action by doing laundry for several of the seniors.

Congratulations to Sharon. This is a well deserved honour!

Jerseys & Jewels 2017 Women’s Gala

West Carleton Minor Hockey Association (WCMHA) is holding a fundraising event in support of WCMHA and Roger Neilson House. Women are invited to attend Jerseys & Jewels 2017 Women’s Gala on Saturday, February 25 at 7pm at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $45/person. The evening includes: a signature cocktail drink, one door prize ballot, canapés throughout the evening, a treat table, a DJ playing dance music, and special guest illusionist Kevin Smith.

Tickets are available at Alice’s Village Café (3773 Carp Rd.) and With Love Bridal Boutique (2-66 Hearst Way, Kanata). For the further information email or go to

WCMHA has players from Dunrobin, Constance Bay, Kinburn, Fitzroy Harbour, Corkery and Carp and I encourage ladies to attend, enjoy a great evening out with friends while supporting a worthy fundraising initiative.

Free Skating on Family Day

I’d like to remind residents of the free skating I’ve sponsored from 11am to 1pm on Family Day, February 20, at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. The canteen will be open for business, and there will be Ottawa 2017 celebration information and complimentary 150th birthday souvenirs available.