Column: February 2, 2017

Diefenbunker Museum exhibit launch – “From Hand to Hand”

The Diefenbunker Museum is beginning its year of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday with the launch of the “From Hand to Hand” photo exhibition by Canadian artist Valerie Noftle.

For the first six months of 2016, Noftle worked with 13 veterans whose hands and stories form the “From Hand to Hand” photo series, resulting in an intimate and moving exhibition honouring those who serve. The photo exhibition continues to July 30th, 2017. Go to for further details.

The “From Hand to Hand” photo series has also been made into a 2017 calendar which is now available through the Diefenbunker’s Cold War Store. For every calendar sold, a $10 donation will be made to Support Our Troops, the official charity of the Canadian Forces community. These funds will be designated to help combat homelessness among our veterans. Soldiers Helping Soldiers, a volunteer group of soldiers helping their own, has identified over 350 homeless veterans in Ottawa alone. The 2017 calendar is one way of helping bring that number down to zero.

West Carleton Country Knitters

West Carleton Country Knitters are a group of dedicated volunteers who generously give their time to knit and crochet items for local charities. The group meets every second Monday from 1-3pm in members' homes. The next 2 meetings are January 30 and February 13.

The Country Knitters depend on donated yarn in order to do their work. I would like to ask residents to consider donating yarn to this very worthy cause. For questions and to make donations, contact Eleanor (613-839-5403, or Paula (613-832-2611,

Free skating on Family Day at the West Carleton Community Complex

To help kick off celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday, I have sponsored two hours of ice time at the West Carleton Community Complex (Cavanagh Sensplex, 5670 Carp Rd) on Family Day, Monday, February 20. Residents are invited to take part in free staking between 11am and 1pm. Helmets are required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. The canteen will be open for business. A table will be set up with lots of Ottawa 2017 celebration information as well as some complimentary 2017 souvenirs. I look forward to seeing you there!