Column: November 19, 2018

Emily Glossop to receive the Order of Ottawa – The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa. Last week Mayor Jim Watson announced the 16 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year. I am very happy to announce that Ward 5's own Emily Glossop will be bestowed this recognition at this year's ceremony on November 22 at Ottawa City Hall.

Emily is a former member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, serving as a guide skier to one of Canada's top vision-impaired skiers, and winning many World Cup medals. Ms. Glossop is a Recreation Therapist with CHEO, providing therapeutic, educational and support services to children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Her passion, teamwork and advocacy help her clients develop independence, problem solving and life skills.

Emily has dedicated her life and career to working with children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs. She advocates for programs and services for people of all abilities to ensure equal opportunities and equal access. Since 2013, Emily and her husband Todd Nicholson have been planning Abilities Centre Ottawa, a major component of the proposed redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The Centre is planned to be a 125,000-square foot fully integrated, fully accessible, inclusive, multi-purpose recreation and community facility for people of all ages and all abilities. Abilities Centre Ottawa will offer four streams of service: sport and recreation, arts and culture, life skill development and research and innovation.

As a motivational speaker, Emily gives talks on the importance of physical activity and following your dreams. She is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “Service Above Self.” She also received the Growing Up Great Award for Stable and Nurturing Relationships from the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative. Most recently, Emily was one of 16 women acknowledged for their contributions at CHEO in celebration of International Women’s Day.

My sincere congratulations to Emily. She is a very worthy recipient of this recognition and I’m so proud that she’s a resident of West Carleton-March.

Huntley Township Historical Society AGM – The Huntley Township Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 20 starting at 7:30pm, at the Carp Memorial Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. There will be an election of 2019 slate of officers, constitution amendment, plans for 2019, displays and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Dinner of the Fitzroy Township Historical Society – The Fitzroy Harbour Township Historical Society is holding their annual dinner on Friday, November 23 starting at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 49 Daniel Street in Arnprior. The guest speaker this year is Dr. Norman Hillmer. Tickets are $25 and purchased by calling Pat Tait at 613-623-2002.

All That Glam Fundraiser – On Saturday, November 24 attend the Kanata Recreation Complex (100 Charlie Rogers Place) from 8am to 2pm for the All That Glam fundraising event. All The Glam is a fundraiser that sells gently used jewelry and handbags. This is a major fundraiser for DueNORTH, a not-for-profit organization that works to address issues of food insecurity in the far north. 100% of the profits from this event go to fund hot breakfast programs in Nunavut through the Breakfast Club of Canada.If you have any gently used handbags or jewelry you would like to donate to this very important cause, there is a collection box set up at my Ward Office at 5670 Carp Rd. Please drop off your donated items by end of day Thursday, November 22.