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.

Column: February 11, 2016

Citizens come together to support refugees

A group of caring citizens from Kanata, Stittsville and West Carleton have come together to sponsor a refugee family from Syria. They have organized to form Refugee Aid Canada and are ready to accept donations of money as well as in kind goods and services. To find out more about the work they are doing to sponsor a refugee family visit or follow the group on Facebook at

Ottawa Public Health seeking feedback on local impacts of alcohol use

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is seeking feedback from the public about the local effect of excessive alcohol use in Ottawa. Every year in Ottawa, about 1,000 adults are hospitalized and 110 people die from factors attributed to alcohol consumption.

The online survey is part of OPH’s Strategic Direction, which aims to start a community dialogue among the public and stakeholders about community concerns related to alcohol use and to explore options to better address the current situation in Ottawa. You can share your views:

•    Online at and available for completion until February 29.
•    Call the OPH Information Line to speak with a public health nurse at 613-580-6744.
•    Email

For additional information visit

West Carleton Food Access Centre

As a reminder, the West Carleton Food Access Centre has as new home at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. Their new phone number is 613-832-5685.  Feel free to connect with them anytime to make food and/or monetary donations.

Family Day schedule changes

As a reminder, there will be schedule changes to some city services for Family Day on Monday, February 15. Of note, there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 16. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the entire week. Visit for a complete listing of all schedule changes to city services including recreation programming facility operations.

Monday, February 15, 11am to1pm
Cavanagh Sensplex, 5670 Carp Rd.
Sponsored by Councillor Eli El-Chantiry

Column: February 4, 2016

Free skating on Family Day at the West Carleton Community Complex

I have sponsored two hours of ice time at the West Carleton Community Complex (Cavanagh Sensplex, 5670 Carp Rd) on Family Day, Monday, February 15. All residents are invited to take part in free staking between 11am and 1pm. Helmets are required. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. The canteen will be open for business. I look forward to a great turn out and hope to see you there!

Hockey Day in Ottawa

On Saturday, February 6, from 1-3pm, lace up your skates and take to one of the City’s outdoor rinks for a afternoon of fun. Enjoy a game of pick-up hockey, skating, and physical fitness while showing support for your community volunteers who work hard all winter to maintain your local rinks. Remember to dress appropriately and wear a helmet and applicable safety equipment. Visit for mapping of all outdoor rinks throughout the city, including the 8 rinks in West Carleton-March.

Nominate someone as an Outstanding Young Farmer

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. They are now seeking nominations for their 2016 Outstanding Younger Farmer recognition.

Nominees may be an individual, couple or managing partner/shareholder of a farm group. Nominees may also be two partners in a farming operation. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between the ages of 18 and 39 who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from their farm operations.

For more information including nomination forms, eligibility criteria and deadlines for submission, please check the following link:

Spring/Summer registration starting soon

Mark your calendars! Registration will begin soon for the following City of Ottawa’s Spring/Summer recreation programs:

  • Swimming and Aquafitness Programs:  Online and touch tone telephone registration (613-580-2588) starting on Monday, March 7 at 9pm or in-person on Tuesday, March 8 during regular business hours.
  • All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps:  Online and touch tone telephone registration (613-580-2588) starting Wednesday, March 9 at 9pm or in-person on Thursday, March 10 during regular business hours.

The Recreation eGuide for Spring/Summer 2016 will be available on starting Monday, February 17.