Recognition for a Local Cycling Advocate

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).

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Hans Moor (centre) with Councillor Egli & MPP Lisa McLeod  (photo By Paul Clarke)

Meet Peter Loveless, the Angel Among Us

pete lovelessFor neighbourhood resident Peter Loveless, helping his neighbours is as much an afterthought as is getting dressed in the morning. And for his warm heart and helping hand, Peter has been awarded the Snow Angel Award by the City of Ottawa.

A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. – Ottawa.ca

I had a chance to sit down with Pete this week to get his reaction about the award, and to find out a little more about who this angel among us is.

I arrived at the door late Thursday morning to be greeted by a warm smile and a bellowing laugh. I was instantly overcome with a feeling of friendship and welcoming from a man I had never met. The man I was about to meet was Peter Loveless.

LovelessPeteGreensboroGenerals196667Pete grew up in London, Ontario, and in typical Canadian fashion, he grew up playing hockey. Pete played his junior hockey for the Hamilton Red Wings, and later went on to play two years of pro hockey in the Eastern Hockey League. Little did he know, but that experience would serve him well years later as he oversaw the maintenance of our neighbourhood rink for a couple of seasons.

But the real story started about four years ago when Pete simply decided to march up and down the street with his Hummer-sized snowblower and help clear the lane ways for a few of his more elderly neighbours. When I asked him why, a genuine smile fell across his face and he simply said “I felt like doing it, and besides, it helps keep me in shape“. And, in the fall, you’ll find him helping those same neighbours rake their leaves.

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Pete speaks highly of his neighbours and his street. He is a member of the neighbourhood Bridge Club, regularly plays Euchre and board games with some other neighbours, and golfs with his mail man. He is a truly active member of the community, and he credits fellow community residents Ken Harten and Bob McCaw for getting him involved in the first place. And, when I spoke with Bob McCaw, he had this to say. ““I met Pete in the early days of the local Fisher Heights Bridge ClubHe quickly demonstrated that he was an accomplished player who loved to help others learn and improve their game. His approach was the same when he jumped in to help with the community skating rink, teaching our new young icemaker how best to create a smooth ice surface. That’s just what Pete does – makes things a little smoother for the whole community.”

Pete is the real deal, and a true asset to our neighbourhood. His involvement and commitment to helping keep our little pocket in the city clean and safe is felt throughout the community. He is an inspirational figure for sure, and someone that those of us with young families in the neighbourhood can look up to.

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If you know another unsung hero in our neighbourhood, we want to hear about that person. Please contact me, Shane, at sfrancescut@gmail.com

Two Fisher Heights / Skyline residents Honoured by City Councillor

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.

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Don Flynn (centre) with Ward 9 Councillor Keith Egli (left)and Dennis Saikaley (Chair of the Awards Selection Committee)

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!

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Ward 9’s 2013 Senior Volunteer award-winner Margaret McPherson with Ward 9 Councillor Keith Egli (left) and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

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!