Column: April 16, 2018

$10,000 raised for the Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health

On Friday, April 13 I held my Trivia Night in Carp event to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health. I am very pleased to report that the event sold out and we managed to raise $10,000! I would like to extend my sincere thank you to everyone that bought tickets and contributed to helping make the event a big success for the QCH Foundation.

My appreciation goes out to Palladium Insurance who generously agreed to be the prime event sponsor. As well, thanks to the businesses that provided additional sponsorships for the event: Duntech Automotive, John Roberts Realty, Andy Oswald Realty, Maple Leaf Custom Homes, Constance Bay Pharma Choice, Shouldice Mechanical and Newport Restaurant. We also received 31 items for the silent auction portion of the event and two door prizes donated by the rural firefighters of Station 66. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity and thank everyone for helping make a difference in our community.

The Hopes Rising Campaign is a $5 million campaign to enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families in need of mental healthcare in our community. If you want to contribute to this campaign you can do so by going to:

WOCRC Board of Directors Recruitment

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is currently recruiting new members to their Board of Directors 2018-2019 and they have extended the deadline to receive applications to April 18, 2018. If interested, send your application to For full details on the posting and application submission requirements go to

Pong’s Poutine – 4th annual fundraiser for CHEO

Pong’s Poutine (2079 Carp Rd.) is hosting their 4th Annual Chips & Cheese for CHEO fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, from 11am to 3pm. All proceeds from their specialty CHEO poutines will be donated to the CHEO Foundation. Please spread the word and support this important cause.

Karson Aggregates – Public Open House

Karson Aggregates will be hosting a Public Open House to discuss noise and vibration issues related to Huntley Quarry blasting operations. The quarry is located at 2300 Carp Rd. The Open House will take place Thursday, April 19 at 7pm at Karson’s offices located at 3232 Carp Rd. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Rural Root Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for Rural Root Theatre’s spring production of “Steel Magnolias.” To purchase tickets go to

Diefenbooker Classic

The 22nd edition of the Diefenbooker Classic is happening Saturday, May 5. There are events for all ages including 5 and 10km running races, a 5km walk, and 5, 18 and 33km cycle tours. For more details and to register go to