Here you can find information on the events I will personally be attending and lending my support to across Ottawa.
Public Installation Opportunity for Area Artists, June 2012
On June 21st, I announced that Kitchissippi artists would have the chance to compete for a commission to create a public art installation at 100 Champagne Avenue. My office and I negotiated with the developer of the land, Domicile, to fund the competition. Public art is essential in creating a vibrant community, and I hope more opportunities for Kitchissippi artists arise as a result.
A New Place for People: Veterans Plaza Memorial Park, January 2012
Winston/Richmond, site of the future Veterans Plaza Memorial Park
Earlier this year, David Lewis, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Westboro Brach 480 wrote to me with his suggestion to add more beauty and green space to Westboro Village by converting a park space out of the alley between the Legion building and the DQ/Piggy Market building. Mr. Lewis suggested more trees, seating areas, and flag poles, as well as generously offering the west wall of the Legion building for a Remembrance mural. Ideas like Mr. Lewis’s are essential to evolving our community, so I submitted an application on his behalf to the 8-80 Cities’ Make a Place for People project. Thanks to David Lewis’s suggestions and help, the Veterans Memorial Square on Winston at Richmond will come to life in 2012.
New Year’s Resolution: Traffic, December 2011
Miriam Thompson was the first person to use the crosswalk at Island Park and Iona (Photo by Kristy Strauss)
For 2012, the biggest goal I am striving to work towards is resolving traffic issues in the ward. Recently, a new traffic light was installed at Island Park and Iona, which is a great start. Additionally, I plan on installing traffic calming measures in Champlain Park and McKellar Park, and looking into available options for Roosevelt Avenue. We’re planning on looking at more possibilities than just speed bumps- there are myriad ways to slow traffic, and my office is exploring all options to achieve slower and safer driving, especially in residential neighbourhoods.
Ride the Rideau, September 10th 2011
Ride the Rideau is a 100km road bike tour from Ottawa to Merrickville-Wolford to raise money for cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. My team the OCA Rideau Riders raised $117,000 of the $1.8 million that was raised in total. Our team was pleased to contribute to such a meaningful cause and it was a beautiful day for a ride.
The Candlelighters National InsideRide Tour, September 15th 2011
Thank-you so much for your support, this was a great event which raised over $500, way to go Team Kitchissippi Kickers.
Candlelighters is a volunteer organization helping to enrich the lives of children suffering from cancer. The National InsideRide Tour is an indoor stationary bike challenge, and a hundred percent of all funds raised will go towards helping children- a cause I believe in and am proud to support.
Biking for Bubbies, September 18th 2011
Biking for Bubbies is a Bike-a-Thon fundraiser for the Hillel Lodge in honour of those who originally paved the way for the Jewish home at Hillel Lodge. I will be participating as part of a team and look forward to this great opportunity to help out the Jewish community!