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Local walks half-marathon for cancer centre

72-year-old Michael Baine walked a half-marathon on May 16, raising over $66,000 for the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre. We spoke with him about his own journey over the last year with stage 4 cancer and his determination to keep helping others.

Salguero wins mid-career artist award

This spring, Claudia Salguero was awarded the Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award from the Ottawa Arts Council. Salguero is a multidisciplinary, Columbian-born Canadian artist and she’s created over 35 murals in Ottawa.

New business vandalized after opening day

Wedel – Touch of Europe opened its second location in Westboro on May 21 and the new business was vandalized within a day. We caught up with owner Justyna Borowska about the incident and how the store is working to recover with support from the community.

CCA president steps down

Charity Bartlett stepped down as president of the Carlington Community Association after nearly a decade with the organization. We spoke with Bartlett to learn more about her time with the association. 

HOK: Meet Stephanie Hylarides!

Stephanie Hylarides spoke with us for this month’s Humans of Kitchissippi feature. The local mom of four started up a custom-made clothing business during the pandemic (While Babies Sleep).

What's happening in the 'hood 

COVID-19 note: This page has been updated to reflect the developments in Ottawa during the pandemic. 

Stay safe and healthy, Kitchissippi! 

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May 27-June 19 - Wall Space Gallery Exhibit - “River Variations”

“WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present River Variations, a collaborative exhibition from Vanessa McKernan and guest artist Julie Gladstone. Exploring ideas about the connected strengths and mysticisms of rivers and family mythology,” the Wall Space Gallery website states. 

The exhibit opens May 27 at 10 a.m. and closes June 19 at 3 p.m. To learn more, visit wallspacegallery.ca

June 24-July 17 - Wall Space Gallery Exhibit - “Richard Ahnert: Home Bound”

“Celebrating the work of Richard Ahnert as he [painted] intimate moments of what we, and our animal brethren, have been up to this last year,” the Wall Space Gallery website states. 

The exhibit opens June 24 at 10 a.m. and closes July 17 at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit wallspacegallery.ca

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes and celebrates the history, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most events have moved online. 

June 21 - Connecting to Nature: Backyards and Beyond

The Westboro Community Association is pleased to partner with the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre to present a Zoom presentation on June 21 at 7 p.m. for all ages.

We are very fortunate that in the nation’s capital, not only do we have an abundance of nature to explore at our fingertips, but we also have a significant range of species that live in and around our city. The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre will talk about some of the amazing species that we share our spaces with. This will include what actions we can take to help mitigate human/wildlife conflicts in our backyards and neighbourhoods. 

When we learn to coexist with other species, it allows us to connect and enjoy the natural world. There is growing evidence of the benefits nature has to offer people of all ages. It is far-reaching, encompassing mind, body and spirit. For 30 years, the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre has been educating people about wildlife and helping to foster an appreciation of the natural world.

To attend, please go to the westborocommunityassociation.ca website and join the Zoom presentation. We would love to have you join us.

MONDAYS - ABOVE AND BEYOND TOASTMASTERS

Every Monday at 6:45 p.m. (except holidays)

Have the jitters each time you need to present a speech? Visit us online. Learn how to communicate better in a relaxed atmosphere and hone your leadership skills. Impromptu speaking is one of our highlights. It’s fun, fun, fun! We would love to have you join us on Mondays. Contact our club at aandbtoastmasters@gmail.com to receive the link.

TUESDAYS - BYTOWN VOICES COMMUNITY CHOIR

Although the choir is not able to prepare for public performances, we will be meeting online each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. We will be learning some new music and maintaining our vocal cords in a relaxed environment, with plenty of musical and technological help. We will all be experiencing this new way of meeting and singing together and are happy to welcome new members, men and women, to join us. For more information, see our website at bytownvoices.com

WEDNESDAYS - SHOUT SISTER! CHOIR

There are 25 chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario, and we are constantly growing. Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. We learn from recorded tracks, so we require no reading of music. Our method is fresh and fun, and we are a warm and welcoming community. We use Zoom to meet virtually every Wednesday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) and Thursday evening (7-9 p.m.). Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you join us! 

For information on joining, please contact members@shoutsisterchoir.ca or visit shoutsisterchoir.ca

Got a Kitchissippi area virtual or COVID-19-safe event to share? We’d love to hear about it. Send your info to editor@kitchissippi.com 
Community Photos: Soak up the sun! KT photographer Ellen Bond took some bright photos across the ward.
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