Community Voice Column – June 27, 2019

School’s out! I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the recent graduates and to wish everyone a fun, safe, and hopefully restful and sunny summer! I was able to thank some of you in person, on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, but I would like to thank all our amazing crossing guards once again for your dedication throughout the school year and for your help in keeping our community and children safe!

I had the opportunity to visit many Kanata North schools this past month. Thank you to the Kaptain Kanata team at St. Gabriel’s who showed me their innovative tech-projects, which got them to the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri. It was also great to see the Beaver Pond biodiversity projects from All Saints grade 7 students. Another visit included W. Erskin Johnston school to discuss ways to save our Kanata North greenspace. It was great to see such bright minds ask well-informed questions. Our community is certainly filled with future superstars!

I have heard many concerns surrounding traffic safety at Julie Payette Public School. I met with school representatives to discuss ways to improve and will continue to push this forward with city staff. Our community’s safety is a top priority.

Thank you to everyone who came out to run, cheer, or volunteer on Kanata Race Day. We had beautiful weather and over 500 runners! Special thanks to the committee who worked tirelessly to make the day such a great success. All proceeds will go towards a new outdoor volleyball court and the Junior Rangers program at the Richcraft Recreation Complex. Can’t wait for next year!

I also participated in the SHOPPERS LOVE.YOU. Run for Women, which raised over $400k for women’s programs at the Royal Ottawa. Despite the rain, it was fun to run alongside my sister, friends, colleagues, and the thousands of others that came out to support. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to the organizers!

My team and I were invited out to play Disc Golf at the Beaverbrook park. Did you know we have a Disc Golf Course available to us right here in our community? I encourage you all to test out your skills!

Thank you to everyone who attended – in person or via Facebook Live – my June Community Meeting. As mentioned, tick keys are available at my Kanata North ward office at the Mlacak Centre. If you missed the meeting, all slides are available on my website.

Upcoming Events:

  • Every Saturday, 9 a.m.: Kanata 5km parkrun at The Beaver Pond Trail
  • Every Wednesday, 12-7 p.m.: Youth Mental Health drop-ins at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
  • June 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Kanata North Pop-up Office at the Morning Owl Kanata
  • July 1, 8 a.m.: Canada Day Road Races, Earl of March Secondary School
  • July 1: Canada Day in Kanata, Walter Baker Park
  • July 30-31: Blood Donor Clinic, Holiday Inn & Suites Kanata
  • August 7, 4-8 p.m.: Kanata North Summerfest, Sandwell Green Park