Flooding in West Carleton
We are currently in the midst of a heavier-than-normal spring run-off along the Ottawa River, and as a result numerous communities along the river are experiencing flooding. We should all take precautions and make sure we stay safe during this time. Talk to your children about the dangers of playing around the high waters. Reach out to your neighbours to see if they need any assistance. Sand and sandbags are being made available at: the Constance Bay Community Centre, at Moorhead and Willola, the Morris Island Conservation parking lot in Fitzroy Harbour; and Greenland at Armitage in Dunrobin. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call 311 or contact our office at 613-592-3469. I’ve included more pictures from the Constance Bay Community Centre below.
Mental Health Week
Every year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week, an annual national event to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. Mental Health Week reminds us all that it is important to continue the discussions on the subject, in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We should all encourage one another to rally together and provide support to all members of our community.
Ottawa Muslim Women’s Dinner
I was honoured to join MP Anita Vandenbeld and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson at the 16th annual Festival of Friendship Dinner, hosted by the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization at the St. Elias Centre. The dinner was tremendous and the company was even better. The evening’s event benefitted the Shano Bejkosalaj Memorial Research Bursary for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. This is truly an excellent cause, and funding will be of tremendous benefit to children in our riding. Thank you again for a wonderful evening.
This past Sunday I spent the afternoon with an incredible team of volunteers knocking on constituents’ doors. It was a great opportunity to hear their concerns and recommendations, and the feedback and discussions were great! As the community’s representative on Parliament Hill, it is so important to hear first-hand the many, differing views of residents. Thank you to those who shared their opinions and I look forward to continuing the door knocking throughout the spring and summer.