Community spirit was evident across Carleton last weekend, June 3-4. Whether it was people celebrating Dickinson Days in Manotick or participating in Doors Open Ottawa, the enthusiasm was high and the pride in our community measurable.
Dickinson Days kicked off with the parade and fireworks on Friday evening, followed on Saturday by a number of events around the mill square including the pancake breakfast, barbeque, variety show, street fair, horse drawn wagon rides, demonstrations at Watson’s Mill, and tours of Dickinson House.
Doors Open Ottawa showcased more than a dozen community organizations and venues in the Carleton Electoral District. In addition to Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House that were open for Dickinson Days, others included Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Archives, Goodwood Masonic Lodge, Goulbourn Museum, Osgoode Township Museum, the Fire Stations in Metcalfe and Stittsville, St. James the Apostle Anglican Church, Suntech Greenhouses, Waupoos Family Farm, and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Carleton Conservative Association joined forces with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Association for Carleton to host a booth at the Dickinson Day Street Fair. It was great to have our Member of Parliament, Pierre Poilievre, and our Carleton candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Goldie Ghamari, speaking with constituents about the issues that matter most to them. The collaboration was welcome as many of the concerns that people raised require both level of governments to pull together – after all, there is only one taxpayer!
Whether it was Dickinson Days or Doors Open Ottawa, many of the organizations that participated were only able to do so because of the dedication of volunteers. The Hon. Marjorie LeBreton volunteered with the Carleton Conservative Association and engaged in a discussion with Margery Toner-Haan, who was volunteering for the Royal Canadian Legion, South Carleton Branch #314. Both of these women are well-known in the community for their volunteer efforts.
Giving back to your community not only benefits others, it gives you the opportunity to get to know your neighbours and to help build the kind of community you want to live in. We would like to thank all of those members of our community who volunteer their time and talents to make Carleton a great place to live.
If you would like to volunteer in the Carleton Conservative Association, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to help us build a better community.