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Metcalfe Farmers’ Market Christmas Craft Sale
The annual Metcalfe Farmers Market Christmas Craft Sale was an extremely busy event at the Greely Community Centre. Regular vendors were there along with some new ones, all featuring their special products for Christmas. There were so many great gift ideas and baking goods for the holiday season. They have one more Christmas Craft sale coming up December 16th in Greely starting at 9am. Hope to see you there!
Pastor Phil Beals Induction
I was happy to be invited to say a few words for incoming Pastor Phil Beals of the Osgoode Baptist and Vernon United Church located in Vernon. He and his family will be a wonderful addition to the village as they become more involved with families and the community at large through events and friends. They hope to continue to attract new members and share in community events while also hosting their own. I look forward to a visit soon through my Open Door in the New Year. Welcome to Ward 20!
National Child Day
National Child Day is a day of awareness that is celebrated annually in Canada in recognition of our commitment to upholding the rights of children. Supporting children’s rights is key for improving their lives and helping them to achieve their potential through stability and a safe environment. Wearing a blue ribbon on National Child Day symbolizes your support to help protect and nurture children into becoming productive and approachable adults in their community. It was a pleasure to participate in the celebration held by the Live and Learn Resource Centre in Metcalfe.
Kayleigh Styles Performs the National Anthem for Council
Greely teenage resident Kayleigh Styles performed before City Council members, her parents, and the public with her beautiful voice singing the National Anthem at the start of the City Council Meeting this week. Kayleigh is currently a student at Canterbury High School, an arts magnet school. She has been singing, acting and performing since she was six years old. She has sung anthems at several sporting events including the Ottawa Fury and Ottawa 67s. Her recent work with music producers has resulted in four original songs to her name, two of whichhave been released on iTunes and Spotify. Most recently, Kayleigh competed on a Quebec based show called “La Voix Junior” which is similar to the American show The Voice. It was a pleasure to have Kayleigh perform and also a proud moment to showcase Greely.
Metcalfe & District Lions Farmers Night
Another great dinner with the Metcalfe & District Lions Club and Farmers. The room was packed with businesses and residents alike raising funds for the Metcalfe Lions. Some of the original farming residents, Anne and Bert Velthuis, were also in attendance with family and friends. I personally carry on the tradition of attending each year in memory of my very dear friend Wayne Swales, who brought me to the first Farmers Night dinner. I felt he was with me the whole night and miss attending this event with him.
Open Door was a mix of residents stopping by for blade signs, picking up Ottawa 2017 pins and many well wishers that made my birthday very special. I look forward, as always to spending time in the Ward office to greet residents and have a chance to talk over concerns. Stop by next week on Tuesday between 1-5pm at the Metcalfe Town Hall!
St. Mark Catholic High School Appreciation Breakfast
The Annual Appreciation breakfast for Staff and Teachers at St.Mark Catholic High School is a time to thank everyone that touches our children’s daily life while they attend school. They help shape our children for the future with guidance, knowledge and experience to make their way into the community as adults. It was a chance to drop in, say hello, and thank those for their continued support to our children. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the breakfast, it was very well done!
What’s Happening Around the Ward!
Metcalfe Curling Club: Adult Learn to Curl Program
Submitted by: Rob Kennedy
Curling is one of Canada's and the world's premier sports. Whether you're 18 or 80, there is no greater way to spend the long dark winter hours than throwing some rocks, meeting new friends and sharing some good memories and laughs. The Metcalfe Curling Club is offering an Adult Learn To Curl program that is a great way to get introduced to curling and gain entry to a club and its leagues. If you are interested, please either email MCC.AL2C@gmail.com or go to www.metcalfecurlingclub.com.
What’s Happening in the City!
Salvation Army Facility at 333 Montreal Road
I decided to support the new Salvation Army facility proposed for 333 Montreal Road. This issue was controversial for many, with many residents of Vanier firmly opposed. You can find a full statement from me on my vote on my website here.