Column: July 7, 2016

Fundraising for Walker family
On June 24 the Walker family from Constance Bay lost their home and possessions in a house fire. Unfortunately, they did not have insurance. They are hoping to rebuild their home and return to Constance Bay. The family has let me know that they are very grateful for the incredible support of the local community and for the generosity of the donations they’ve received thus far.
The Walkers’ extended family and friends are hoping to host a fundraising BBQ in the coming weeks. Andrew, Tammie and their teenage daughter will attend the BBQ to personally thank all of those who have been so generous.
In the interim, there are many immediate and longer-term items the family needs in order to start rebuilding and they are listed below. (At the time of the publishing deadline for this column, a donation drop off location wasn’t confirmed. Check my social media and website - information will be posted there.)

  • Immediate items: boxes, suit cases, duffle bags, Rubbermaid bins, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, towels, face cloths, hand soap, dish soap, Mac 3 blades (due to allergies), Sensitive Skin Venus blades (due to allergies), men's body wash/shampoo, men's hair gel, hair brushes, hair elastics, bobby pins, tweezers, Q-tips.
  • Long-term items: pots/pans, dishes, microwave, utensils/knives, coffee cups, coffee maker, glasses, Tupperware, blender, toaster, mixing bowls, curtains, pillows/pillow cases, blankets, sheets, dish rack, dish towels, dish soap, mop/bucket, broom/dust pan, vacuum, hangers. 

There is also a Go Fund Me page set up where financial donations can be made:
Free dental services
On Saturday, July 9 Carp Family Dentistry (3771 Carp Rd.) is hosting their annual CFD Cares Day in which free dental services are provided to anyone who cannot afford dental care. It runs from 8am-4pm with registration at 7:30am. Patients can choose an extraction, cleaning or basic filling. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Patients may be asked to wait outside – bring a chair, snacks and water.
Temporary road closure
Woodkilton Road from Thomas Dolan Parkway to Vances Side Road will be closed from July 11 to July 21 to replace a culvert. There will be a signed detour and local emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Column: July 16, 2015

Fundraiser for Liam McKnight

Come out and join me, along with Paul and Kara from Sammy’s Bay Burgers, for a fun-filled fundraiser for young Constance Bay resident Liam McKnight who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy.

Friday, July 17
4pm to 8pm
Sammy’s Bay Burgers
131 Constance Bay Road

300 free Liam Burgers and french fries will be handed out in exchange for donations for the McKnight family. I will be assisting the chefs of Sammy’s with flipping burgers at the BBQ. Live entertainment will be provided. I hope to see you there!

Carp Family Dentistry Cares Day

Carp Family Dentistry has organized their CFD Cares Day, at which they will provide basic dentistry services to those in need at no cost to the clients. The services that will be provided are extraction, cleaning and basic fillings. The event is being held at their dental office at 3771 Carp Rd., on Saturday, July 18, from 8am to 4pm with registration starting at 7:30am. Please visit for more details.

My sincere thank you to Carp Family Dentistry for giving back to our community in such a positive way!

Pinhey’s Point Foundation Celebrating 35 Years

Congratulations to the Pinhey’s Point Foundation as they celebrate their 35th anniversary on July 20!

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site is located in Dunrobin and features a nearly 200-year-old manor house and surrounding ruins and is an Ontario Heritage Trust site. With its scenic views, historic buildings, stone ruins and rolling green hills, Pinhey’s Point is one of the most spectacular places in Ottawa. If you haven’t checked out this gem of Ward 5 yet, I suggest you do!

Outdoor film screening benefiting the Diefenbunker

In partnership with the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival, the Diefenbunker is presenting a special screening of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” on Friday July 31 at 9pm. Admission is by donation and all funds raised will benefit the Diefenbunker.

Centretown Movies’ screenings take place in Dundonald Park, 512 Somerset St. W. The theatre floor is a grass field so make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.