Fisher Heights resident Karen Gordon received a Ward 9 volunteer award from councillor Egli.
This week, Fisher Heights resident Karen Gordon received a Ward 9 volunteer award from councillor Egli. The award ceremony took place at the Free Methodist Church in Arlington Woods, which was hit by a tornado 2 years ago. Their brand new multi functional room, which can even be used as a basketball court, was partly built with wood from trees that were felled by the storm, according to councillor Egli, who remembered the community spirit after the Tornado hit.
Ms. Gordon received her award after Fisher Heights resident Mary-Martha Hale suggested the Fisher Heights resident to the ward councillor for organising Monday evening yoga for many years, delivering the Fisher Heights & Area Community Association’s newsletter and helping in cleaning up the park.
At the award ceremony, Ms. Gordon told us that she has recently become a birder too, and feeds her bird sightings into an app called e-bird. Just last week she spotted a Red Eyed Verio in Fisher Heights, which had never been spotted in Ottawa so late in the year. (Ms. Gordon fears it maybe too weak to leave the Nation’s Capital in time for warmer spots).
In other years, there are snacks and drinks for everyone, but the councillor’s office decided this year to forgo the catering. Instead, Frank’s catering made lovely baskets full of goodies, including his world-famous-in-Ward-9 buttertarts.
The volunteers also received a piece of handmade pottery from local artist Feat in Clay Carol Badenoch. All her creations are lead-free and safe for oven, microwave and dishwasher.
Fun fact: did you know that the church in Arlington Woods in our ward on McCLellan Rd is just as far from our community centre in Fisher Heights as the Canadian Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa or the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau? It is a biiiiiiig ward.
At a ceremony last Thursday evening, Fisher Heights resident Hans Moor received a Ward 9 Volunteer Recognition Award for his work promoting cycling and advocating for cycling safety in Ottawa. For the past 5 years, Hans has served as president of Citizens for Safe Cycling. Congratulations, Hans!
We are very pleased to note that Hans is also actively involved as a volunteer in FHACA activities, including our annual Bike Rodeo. Currently, Hans is co-chair, with Stephane Audet, of our newly-established Committee on Road Safety (see recent article).
As your Community Association Board, we work hard to bring you the latest news and events from our community, but we don’t know everything that does on in our neighbourhood. That’s where you come in!
We would love to hear from you, and we’re looking for stories related to our community! Are there municipal issues that need to be shared? Do you have a remarkable neighbour or child? Did your grandfather play for the Stanley Cup winning Senators in 1927? Well, we definitely want to hear from you.
If you’ve got a story that you would like to share with the community, either through our website or our newsletter, we invite you to contact either Bob McCaw at Bob.FHACA@bell.net, or Shane Francescut at email@example.com.
Your participation in community matters is highly valued and greatly appreciated, and it helps to make our ever growing neighbourhood a stronger one.
Both Receive Awards for Volunteer Work in our Community
At the annual Ward 9 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on November 28, Councillor Keith Egli honoured local residents Don Flynn & Margaret McPherson.
Don Flynn received the 2013 ‘Heart of the Community’ award. Over the past 38 years, Don has been a central figure with the St. Mark’s 72nd Scouting group, taking on a variety of key roles, from section Leader to committee Chair to Jamboree delegate. His quiet manner, determination, and leadership have had a positive influence on countless youth in our community. Don also contributes his efforts to FHACA, delivering newsletters and working on park clean-ups. His dedication to a cause is demonstrated again in his remarkable status as a 150+ blood donor. Congratulations, Don, and thank you!
Margaret McPherson received the 2013 ‘Senior Volunteer’ award for her steadfast dedication to betterment of the Fisher Heights and Skyline community. Over the past 30+ years, Margaret has provided dedicated volunteer service to Girl Guides of Canada, the Long Park Tennis Club, various health charities, and not least of all, the FHACA. Her innovative ideas, sage advice, and positive attitude have contributed greatly to the success of our Community Association. Whether though her active participation on the Board of Directors, or organizing a new activity for the Association, or beautifying the gardens that surround the community building, we have come to depend greatly on Margaret. A well-deserved honour!