Working at Tim Hortons

In February of this year, the City of Ottawa facilitated a public meeting for Caivan Developments’ application for 1000 homes in the Western Development Lands. For that meeting, I gave two months notice and committed to doing the same for Mattamy Homes’ application for 1100 homes. The public meeting for this application will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Richmond Arena in the upstairs hall. 

Councillor for Hire: Tim Hortons 

On December 1, 2012, I had the opportunity to take part in the grand opening ceremony of Rideau-Goulbourn’s first ever Tim Hortons! At that time, owner Susan Dennison invited me to come and work for a day after we were chatting about my Councillor for Hire initiative. On June 27, I had the pleasure of working a morning shift at Richmond’s Tim Hortons from 6:00am until 10:00pm. I discovered quite quickly that a lot of people are on their way to work much earlier than I am. Between 6:00am and 7:30am, the drive thru line up was easily filled the entire time. Wanting to assure that everything went smoothly, I worked the inside counter! 

It was fun to work alongside a long time Richmond resident, as her trainee, and help serve a lot of familiar faces. Tim Hortons has quickly become a part of our community with many Richmond regulars and also many local employees.  Between the Tim Hortons and the new Independent Grocer, we now have more job opportunities in the village for people of all ages and that is evident when you look at the good people serving your morning coffee.

The morning went by incredibly fast and I was only heckled once (Larry Shouldice).  The only mistake I really made was minor in that every now and then, I’d put the cup under the milk dispenser and press the cream button.  When this happens, I'm essentially watching cream pour out on to the counter all the while holding my empty cup.  All in all though, I don’t believe I lost Tim Hortons any customers and at the end of the day, what more can you ask for?

I’d like to thank Susan for inviting me to work for the morning; the staff for letting me get in your way for four hours, and my wife for happily accepting her Iced Capp even though she clearly ordered an Iced Capp Mocha Supreme.

Next week, I’ll talk about my July Councillor for Hire experience, Rideau Pines Farm.

Jammies in July Family Craft Day

Make dreamy crafts in your jammies at the Goulbourn Museum’s next Family Craft Day.  Simply roll out of bed, head over to the Museum from 1:00-4:00pm on July 21 and make dream catchers, decorate outfits for teddy bear paper dolls, and write and design your very own bedtime story. This family event is geared to children ages 4-11 and parent accompaniment is required. Cost is $3.00 per child. Space is limited so please call 613-831-2393 or email to register and guarantee a spot. Don’t forget to come dressed in your PJs and bring your favourite sleep toy!

The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit or call 613-831-2393. Join the Museum’s Facebook page and get regular updates.

What’s On at your local Library?

Visit your local library with the kids this summer! Drop by and register for the Weekly TD Summer Reading Club at one of the Munster or Richmond branches. The program starts every Tuesday at 10:30- 11:30am for ages 5 to 7, and 1:30- 2:30pm for ages 6-12 at the Munster Branch, and ages 8-12 at the Richmond branch. Happy summer reading!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.