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Friday November 20th, 2015
Wow, it’s hard to believe Barrhaven’s Santa Claus parade is this Sunday. I hope to see many of you there. The parade route is always packed and I know it’s another tradition that Barrhaven has embraced and looks forward to. Schools are always excited to be in competition which each other as are all the businesses and service groups. Time to start Shopping in Barrhaven for all those gifts you need. Support our local businesses because they support us all year round.
Dr. Maria Rasouli wins Immigrant Entrepreneur Award
On October 30th, 2015 Dr. Maria Rasouli was presented the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for her hard work and dedication in founding Escape Bicycle Tours. Dr. Rasouli is an immigrant from Iran with a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Carleton University. After working in her field for several years, she decided to pursue her passion for cycling and outdoors by founding Escape Bicycle Tours. Escape Bicycle Tours leverages on Ottawa’s world class cycling infrastructure and promotes an environmentally friendly and a physically healthy way of travelling. Just in its first season of operation, it has already been rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top activities in Ottawa. Dr. Rasouli has mentored over 150 professional newcomers to Ottawa in the last six years for their career development and establishment in Canada either as a volunteer or employee at several organizations serving the immigrant community.
The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards are presented annually to celebrate and recognize local business people who have immigrated to Canada, achieved success in their entrepreneurial endeavours and contributed their time and support to make a difference in their community.
Congratulations Dr. Rosouli!!
Marion Rattray inducted into the Order of Ottawa
On Tuesday, November 10th I had the honour, along with the Mayor of inducting Marion into 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 of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.
Marion has been a registered nurse for 47 years, including 40 years at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She has provided leadership in pediatric palliative care at CHEO and Roger's House for 17 years. As the current Manager of Palliative Care at CHEO and Roger's House, the first pediatric hospice in Ontario, she has held numerous roles in the practice of nursing, hospital and health care administration. A strong advocate for pediatric palliative care, she has spoken at numerous conferences, media events, and to various groups and organizations about the need for pediatric palliative care services locally, provincially and nationally. She has travelled to other countries including England, Scotland and Wales to share the vision and practices of CHEO and Roger's House. She has been involved in fundraising for over 20 years for both CHEO and Roger's House, and was an active participant in many CHEO telethons, as well as supporting The Unforgettables Fund, the Order of St. George, and providing active support for the military and veterans.
Hope In the City Breakfast
Join the Salvation Army on November 19th from 7:30 to 9 am, for The Salvation Army Hope in The City Leadership Breakfast at the Shaw Centre. The guest speaker this year is Peggy Taillon, President of the Bruyere Foundation and founder of Hera Mission. The breakfast kicks off The Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising season to support individuals and families in our community. For more information visit: www.salvationarmy.ca/ontariocentraleast/ottawa-events-2015 or contact Tammy 613-233-8428 x 221.
Celtic Evening & Whiskey Tasting hosted by the Rotary Club of South Nepean
The Rotary Club of South Nepean is hosting the 1st Annual Celtic Evening & Whiskey Tasting on Friday, November 20th from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Ottawa Rotary Home and Rogers House. The event is by Heart and Crown Irish Pubs and welcoming the Irish and Scottish Stores as our contributing sponsor. A selection of 15 Malt Whiskies and buffet food are planned along with live Celtic entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to order your tickets please visit www.rotarynepean.ca/celtic/.
Minto Recreation Complex is Turning 1
The Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven is turning one year old this November and we are celebrating this milestone in conjunction with RBC Sports Day in Canada! Please join us and share in the love of good sport (www.truesportpur.ca). Please RSVP by November 12th, 2015 by emailing MRCB@ottawa.ca.
Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade
Grab your mittens, your Christmas spirit and some Food for the Barrhaven Food Bank and join us for the Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade on Sunday November 22nd at 5:30 pm. For the past six years, the Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade has lit its way down Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven. This year, the Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade will be bigger, bolder and brighter than ever! With funding from local sponsors, the parade has continued to grow in popularity and size, adding new and better floats with each year. This volunteer-run parade sees entries including elaborate floats, marching bands, entertainers and costumed characters, all lit up to the delight of our 30,000 spectators. For more information please visit www.santaclausbarrhaven.com/index.html.
Empower Girls and Women Around the World with your Holiday Shopping
On Saturday, November 21st from 1 - 5 pm at the Good Shepard Barrhaven Church three charitable organizations have combined their effort to help girls and women in the developing countries. Come shop for beautiful and unique items from Pearls4Girls and Tabitha and enjoy light refreshments while supporting Days for Girls.
The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus - "Christmas Around the World"
Enjoying Christmas music is a traditional way to start the season. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) will perform "Christmas Around the World" Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 pm and again on Sunday, December 6th at 2:30 pm at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata. This 40 plus ladies choir under the direction of Robert Dueck, will treat the audience to traditional Christmas songs from different countries. Now in its fourth year, the WOLC has attracted a loyal audience that looks to this performance to put them in the spirit of this joyous season. Advanced tickets -$15 are available from choir and Chorale members as well as at Gaia Java - 1300 Main Street Stittsville; Kanata Barbershop - 2 Beaverbrook Road Kanata; and Robin’s Nest - 98 Mill Street Almonte. Tickets at the door are $20.
Mayor's 15th Annual Christmas Celebration
On Saturday, December 5th come skate on the Sens Rink of Dreams, feast on hot chocolate and BeaverTails, roast marshmallows, and have horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza - all part of the fun of the Mayor's Christmas Party. Inside City Hall, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, make a craft in Santa's Workshop, enjoy live performances in Santa's Theatre and indulge in special treats from Farm Boy, Lindt, and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. To help those in need, and to share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall on the day of the event from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
The Greenbank Road Widening project is both slowing down and getting started.
Road and sewer work is slowing down. There will be fewer traffic disruptions after the next few weeks. This week paving was done from Strandherd to Berrigan along the east side of Greenbank. Next week, clean-up activities and preparation for winter conditions will allow construction pylons to be removed and more lanes will be available to traffic. This will make it easier to access the Village Square Mall. City crews will install traffic control signals likely during December, and that will allow the double left turn lanes to open.
While road work is finishing up for this year, we are excited to report work on the new underpass structure has started. Concrete and reinforcing steel are being placed in forms for the two abutments and the centre pier of the bridge on the north side of the railway. Construction of the storm water wet well is also underway south of the railway. Both of these structures are in the excavation and difficult to see as you drive by, but progress is being made and will continue. Along the west side of Greenbank, south of Wessex, the missing noise barrier panels have been installed and a temporary walkway has been built to allow pedestrians and cyclists to access Montavista from Greenbank. Rogers is still on site finishing their relocation work. As always -thank you for your patience as construction activities continue.
Jockvale Road Widening - Borehole work
The preliminary design for the Jockvale Road Widening (Cambrian Road to Prince of Wales Drive) is underway. The design team requires borehole data to aid in the design process. They are currently planning to complete the boreholes along Jockvale Road and Prince of Wales Drive over a span of three to four weeks commencing the end of November 2015 and completing towards the end of December 2015. This work will involve several lane closures while the bore holes are being completed.
Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Looking to connect with other older adults (55+) in Barrhaven? The Barrhaven Senior’s Centre has over 200 members from our community, and continues to grow. Everyone is welcome to join any or all events. For more information please visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/groups/barrhavenseniorscouncil or contact Don Winchester at email@example.com or call 613-440-3620.