Column: Showing appreciation for dedicated volunteers and our heritage

It was a great pleasure to serve breakfast to the extremely dedicated volunteers who keep our outdoor rinks flooded and in great shape at the Jim Durrell Arena on Saturday, February 26th. Along with my colleagues, Mark Taylor, Mathieu Fleury, Katherine Hobbs, Allan Hubley, Steve Desroches, Rainer Bloess, and Jim Watson. We honoured their hard work with pancakes, bacon, eggs, and sausages. In attendance were the crews from Fallowfield Village and Munster. It was a great event that gives us a chance to say thank you to the people we often take for granted as children growing up and spending endless hours on the outdoor rinks. To the many volunteers at the many outdoor rinks in Rideau-Goulbourn, thanks for all of your hard work and making sure our kids have a place to play.

Heritage Day
Tuesday, February 22 was declared Heritage Day at Ottawa City Hall. The day was a lot of fun with performances, period costumes, and booths - all to commemorate our wonderful heritage in the City of Ottawa and surrounding area. I prefer to think that the greatest heritage comes from right here in Rideau-Goulbourn. To further my belief, Watson’s Mill, the Rideau Township Historical Society, and the Goulbourn Historical Society were all downtown for the event. The turnout from our area just shows how passionate we are about where we came from and those that lived here for the past two centuries. Heritage Day is a lot of fun because it brings to light all things historic in our vast c ity. It’s a chance to see what goes on in Navan, Westboro, Constance Bay, and elsewhere. In my opinion, it gives us a chance to show just how great Rideau-Goulbourn is. I’d truly like to thank the Watson’s Mill and Rideau Township Historical Society for taking part and making me feel at home for day while at City Hall. A special mention to Coral Lindsay, who during the presentation in Andrew Haydon Hall, was actually sitting in my Council seat. Normally, this wouldn’t mean a thing but seeing as when I was 5 years old, I used to sit in Coral’s library while attending Kars Public School, it just seems quite funny how things come full circle.

Income Tax Clinics
The Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre will be hosting various income tax clinics for those who need assistance. They will be hosting local clinics in Manotick on March 26 from 10-3pm, and in North Gower on April 9 from 10-3pm in North Gower. For more information about NROCRC and the tax clinics, please visit

Barn Dance & Silent AuctionBarn Dance & Silent Auction
On Saturday, March 5th, the North Gower Co-operative Nursery School is hosting a Barn Dance and Silent Auction at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower. This is always a fun event with great prizes and silent auction items. The whole event is a fundraiser for the Nursery School. In the silent auction, there will be plenty of great items to bid on, including Ottawa 67’s tickets, a full year family membership to Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, a Birthday Party at Tiny Hoppers valued at $150, and plenty of gift certicates to many great restaurants! For tickets at only $15, feel free to contact me at I’m very proud to say that this Nursery School is home to my two and a half year old daughter, Peyton. In Rideau-Goulbourn, we are blessed with four great nursery schools in Manotick, North Gower, Richmond, and Munster.

Manotick/Riverside South Cooperative Nursery School
Register for the 2011/2012 school year. Tuesday, March 29th is the General Registration Night (Manotick Arena location). Visit our websites for more information and program offerings. This is a great way to prepare your child for kindergarten!

Pancake Supper for Shrove Tuesday
In case you need another reason to eat pancakes, be sure to mark this event on your calendar! March 8, 2011 from 4:00-7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Call 613-838-3723 for details and tickets.


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