District 9 Christmas Dinner
The firefighters of District 9 are a very close knit group in both the best of times and worst of times. They were able to appreciate one another and celebrate with family and co-workers at their annual Christmas dinner this week! The laughs, the camaraderie and solidarity helped them remember lost members, and acknowledging present members with awards. It was a privilege and honour to stand in the receiving line with Chief Paul Hutt, Chief Adrian Dearman, and other invited guests to hand out awards and shake hands with recipients. District 9 covers a vast area in the rural end, and Greely Station #93 is one of the busiest areas in calls and responses. This great group of men and women put their lives on the line with every emergency call, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all they do. Congratulations to all the award recipients and retirees for your dedication to your jobs. I would also like to give some special congratulations to Nicholas Wyman for receiving the most valued Firefighter award for Station #93 Greely!
Allan Johnston Sales and Repairs Open House
Allan Johnston Sales and Repairs held their annual Christmas Open House in Metcalfe. Although the weather did not cooperate, there was a large crowd to check out the deals! Folks were busy looking at the new snowmobiles, ATVs, clothing, tools and other supplies and equipment- it was tempting to hop on a new sled and wish that it was under my Christmas tree! Chainsaws were on sale too, just my luck! The rest of the Johnston clan was busy serving hot homemade chili, baked goodies and hot chocolate in appreciation of the customers. What a great turnout!
OLV Christmas Craft and Bazaar
The baked goodies at the Our Lady of the Visitation Christmas Craft Sale and Bazaar were sold out early on, but customers were able to wander around the rest of the Bazaar to check out and find other great specials. There were specialty soaps, knitted clothing and kitchen towels, tablecloths, jewelry; paintings and so much more to choose from. It was hard to walk out with nothing! I found some great items for some lucky people!
Holy Trinity Anglican Lunch and Bazaar
The volunteers of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Metcalfe were busy baking up a storm and serving a hot lunch for their annual Christmas Bazaar. It was wonderful to see so many people come to support them with their fundraising event. It gave me a chance to sit down, connect with many residents and share a few laughs!
Vernon Annual Christmas Bazaar
The Vernon Community Association opened up the Vernon Community Centre for their annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft sales that attracted quite a crowd! The Lions club was selling their fruit cakes while other stands had homemade jams and jellies, jewelry, knitted clothing, teas, soaps, paintings and so much more. The variety was such that anyone could find something before they left whether it was for themselves or a gift for someone special. Community supporting community, in action!
OTFGCC Wild Game Dinner
The Osgoode Township Fish & Game Conservation Club (OTFGCC) holds a Wild Game Dinner once a year that has a special appeal to hunters. At this dinner, you can bring your own dish already prepared from hunting or have it cooked there by chefs that know how to prepare different wild game. Once all is cooked, everyone has an opportunity to taste all the prepared dishes. It is a real delicacy and something pretty unique. The dinner was also followed by an auction. Can’t wait for next year!
GRAN Light It Up Orange
GRAN Light It Up Orange was a very special street march down Elgin which ended at City Hall in recognition of the grandmothers that support the “Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” 16 day national campaign. The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) were out to educate, engage and empower people to support action to end violence against women and girls everywhere. Two of my residents, Bev McKibbon & Myrtle Blinn, Co-Chairs of the Ottawa GRAN Orange Campaign, approached me for support in the community and at City Hall for their campaign and I was happy to donate to their organization and participate in the event. The Mayor, myself, and council colleagues signed and presented a proclamation to the group at a reception after the Walk. The Lighting of City Hall showed the support of the city and the community for their event to commemorate the 16 days of activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls by changing the lights to Purple and Orange.
Carleton East 4-H Club
Carleton East 4-H club presented awards and plaques to youth members from several divisions within the 4-H. Recognizing their new members and present members for Vernon Dairy, Metcalfe Beef, Carleton East Sheep and Dairy Judging were the leaders/mentors for each group. It was great to see so many farming families present and supporting their respective groups.
What’s Going on in the Ward
2nd Annual Osgoode Parade of Lights
Submitted by George Darouze
The parade will begin at 7 pm at the corner of Nixon Street and Osgoode Main Street, ending at the Foodland parking lot. Come see me on my float!
OWCN Breakfast With Santa
Submitted by George Darouze
Join the Greely Lions and myself for a Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Osgoode Ward Charitable Programs (OWCP). There will be pictures with Santa, music, balloon twisting, vocals and instrumentals by St. Mark Catholic High School and more! All of these fun activities will be at the Greely Community Center from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 2nd. I'm excited to see you all there!
OTHS Canned Food Drive & Winter Clothing Drive
Osgoode Township High School's Free the Children humanitarian club will be running the annual canned food drive from November 27th to December 8th. On Saturday December 2nd, they will be going door to door around the community collecting cans and monetary donations. All proceeds will go to the Eniskerry Emergency Food Cupboard. They are looking for as much support from the community as possible as we are the main supporter of the Eniskerry Food Bank and they rely on us for our donations. Preferred items are gloves, socks, hats, jackets, scarves, sweaters, snowpants, and boots, items can be dropped off in the OTHS cafeteria.
Better Strength, Better Balance Exercise Program
Submitted by Janet McGuire
Greely Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm. New participants can register for the winter session at 613-580-6744. Returning participants can register starting November 28th. Free for Seniors 65 and over.