Discover Secret Eats, experience Early Nations food and entertainment, and take a Wine & Words Tour, all in rural Ottawa

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce four new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience, the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour, the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour, and the Wine & Words Tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

 

Early Nations Culinary Experience

Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

966 Cameron St. (along the Ottawa River in Cumberland)

This farm-to-table culinary event along the Ottawa River in the Village of Cumberland will invite guests, through food and entertainment, to reflect on the early nations who influenced Canada’s development.

A four-course meal will be prepared by:

 

  • Chef Noah John Para, a Northern Cree from Saskatchewan and one of the leaders of modern aboriginal cuisine in Canada, working in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health;

 

  • Executive Chef Ramsay Sillini of Ze Kitchen, Cumberland’s newest restaurant, which brings fusion design while embracing French flavours;

 

  • Chef Stephane Frelon of Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.

 

Christine Friday, a professional dancer of 25 years of Temagami First Nation, will choreograph performances that incorporate both traditional and contemporary movement, representing Indigenous, English and French dance.

 

Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience are $170*, or $200* with wine pairings (*plus tax and service charges).

 

Presented in collaboration with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Savour Ottawa.

 

Secret Eats Tour – Rideau-Goulbourn

Sunday, June 25

First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level.

Guests are invited to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward!

Hosted by Scott Moffatt, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa.

Tickets for the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

 

Wine & Words Tour

Saturday, July 15

First Tour: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Trim Road Park & Ride.

Calling lovers of wine, literature, and local foods! This tour will take participants to three different vineyards located within Ottawa: Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault and Jabulani.

At each winery visitors will learn about the different ways the harvest is grown, selected and blended. Participants will also learn about the fermentation process that turns your everyday grape into something truly divine.

Chosen authors will read from their works against the backdrop of these charming wineries as guests savour the local terroir. Wine tasting will be accompanied by local food products.

Santé! Cheers!

Tickets for the Wine & Words Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Trim Road Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

 

Secret Eats Tour - Cumberland

Sunday, August 6

First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Bilingual)

Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (English only)

Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Place d’Orleans Transitway Station, located across from Place D’Orleans on the north side of Hwy 174.

Hosted by Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, this Secret Eats tour will tantalize the taste buds and introduce a new world of agri-tourism destinations, just a short drive from downtown.

This culinary adventure will consist of four stops, where participants will tour a Secret Eats location, and sample a local delight from among the diverse and delicious offerings of Ottawa’s bountiful countryside.

Guests will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to making Cumberland what it is today.

Tickets for the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Place D’Orleans Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

 

To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.


Go Sens Go!

Congratulations to our Ottawa Senators, who have successfully defeated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Ottawa is “All In” with Sens flag raised at City Hall, the Sens Mile signs installed on Elgin Street, and excellent support shown throughout the city. In light of our team's victory over the Boston Bruins, Ms. Elizabeth Moore Aubin, Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy, held her end of our bet and delivered a homemade Boston Cream pie to my office.

We wish the Ottawa Senators continued success as they will be facing the New York Rangers in the second round this Thursday. Go Sens Go!

 


Patrick Lin receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – As the founder of RideauStone Arts Centre, a not-for-profit organization based in Ottawa, Patrick Lin was presented with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting by Mayor Jim Watson and Gloucester-South Nepean Ward Councillor Michael Qaqish for promoting cultural exchanges between Canada and China. Mr. Lin was also recognized for his work with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Invest Ottawa, and with many programs to attract Chinese investment to Ottawa.

Mr. Lin and his wife are active patrons of the NAC Foundation, and they are supporting partners of the NAC Orchestra Canada 150 Tour. Mr. Lin also organized a concert on February 12, 2017 for a musical celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary by the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra,

Mr. Lin was born in 1966 in the People’s Republic of China and graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Laws from Beijing University of International Relations in 1989. He worked in the Central Government of China, and Beijing Municipal Government for 10 years in senior and key positions and in 1999 received his diploma of Business Administration from Siemens Management Institute, specializing in human resources management and strategic investment.

Mr. Lin and his family moved to Ottawa in 2011 and set up his investment company RideauStone Investment Inc, which engages in material investment in Ottawa. He also set up a consulting company in China named Beijing Ottawa Summit in order to facilitate the exchanges between Beijing & Ottawa.


Lee Ann Napiorkowski receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s commitment to volunteer coaching goes beyond creating a winning attitude with her players - she instills the key values of loyalty, equity and respect for their teammates and their community. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington recognized her commitment and dedication by presenting her with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting.

The influence of respect, inclusion, and teamwork is derived from Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s work as an Inclusion Coordinator Teacher at St. Peter Catholic High School, which focuses the inclusion of high-needs students in every aspect of high-school life.

At St. Peter’s High School, Lee Ann Napiorkowski also lends her leadership skills as head coach of the senior boy’s rugby team. Instilling winning and core values has translated into the team reaching several city championships, as well as the players’ participation in fundraisers and community charity events.

In addition to the high school sport scene, Lee Ann has extended her volunteer head coaching to the Ottawa Beavers-Banshees Rugby Football Club and other provincial and regional teams, including the Carleton University men’s team.

Her passion and commitment for inclusion and respect continued with her establishing an ambassador program that better connects the parent Beavers and Banshee Rugby clubs with junior players. Ensuring no player is ever left behind. Lee Ann has raised money for financially challenged players who could not afford registration and equipment. She even helped raised money for a player who qualified for the Eastern Ontario Championship, but could not afford the registration, equipment and travelling costs.

Always ready to lend a helping hand, Lee Ann was asked by a family of a St. Peter’s student, who tragically passed away, to help establish a memorial award in their son’s name. With her dedicated efforts, the John Kelly Memorial Award and a rugby tournament in his name remain a living tribute to their son’s life, and help other students pursue their rugby dreams after graduation.

 


Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bob Easy at today’s City Council meeting.

Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counseling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.

In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009/10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.

Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. In 2003 Bob, assisted by Sharon Shouldice of Stittsville, organized a tournament in support of Tori Carswell, a child cancer victim in the area. Bob also volunteers as a Santa and last year he played Santa at Munster’s first Santa Claus Parade.


Sharon Roper receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and West Carleton-March Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Sharon Roper at today’s City Council meeting.

Sharon is a dedicated contributor to the leadership and operation of the West Carleton Food Access Centre. As a long-standing volunteer and community member, she has dedicated countless hours and years to ensuring that no resident of Carp and the surrounding West Carleton area goes without.

In addition to the direct work that she herself does, Sharon also plays a role in the training and encouragement of others who volunteer in the community. The food bank serves the needs of 66 families in West Carleton and Sharon keeps the shelves full. She is a wonderful role model working with local students and Pathfinders.

For years Sharon has been the coordinator of the Angel Tree Program in West Carleton. Working with local businesses, she starts well before Christmas to distribute angel trees to collect age appropriate toys for families in West Carleton. The toys are collected, sorted and distributed with food hampers just before Christmas.

Last February, there was a water pipe problem at the local senior’s residence and the water had to be shut off. Sharon saw a need and took action, doing laundry for several of the seniors. This is the Sharon who is greatly respected and admired.

 


John Brummell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Brummell today's City Council meeting.

 

John Brummell has been an outstanding resident of the Stittsville community for over 30 years. His journalistic integrity, unwavering initiative and joyful spirit as a reporter and photographer with the Stittsville News has heightened interest in local news stories and made them more meaningful to residents. His presence in the community with his trusty camera has become legendary, and his reporting and photographs have played a role in building community spirit and pride.

 

John has helped with many community efforts such as the annual “Stittsville Appreciation Awards”, and the 4H livestock shows at the Carp and Richmond fairs. Recently, he helped with the homecoming ceremony for Stittsville-born Olympic gold medalist, Erica Wiebe, and also helped with plans to rename the gymnasium the “Erica Wiebe Gymnasium”.

 

Many grandparents and parents are proud to have had their young ones featured in a Stittsville newspaper, and when people in the community see their neighbours and fellow residents featured in the paper, it brings the community closer together. John also has a bigger role in the community. He is a great supporter of the Goulbourn Skating Club, and was recognized for his community work when he received the Kanata Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award for Goulbourn several years ago. In 2013 he received the Senior Citizen of the Year Award recognizing his contributions to the community of Stittsville. John was an active member and president of the Stittsville District Lions Club, and he also played a role in the early days of the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville, where he remains an honorary member.

 

John was also given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the 2016 Richmond Fair where he received the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies service diploma. He continues to be an enthusiastic participant and supporter of community life in Stittsville, and always brings a jovial smile and cooperative attitude to all that he does. He is passionate about the retention of the Stittsville village identity and will point out to developers and businesses in the community that their location is Stittsville, as opposed to Kanata.

 


Dr. Safaa Fouda receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa –Mayor Jim Watson and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Councillor Tim Tierney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award today to Dr. Safaa Fouda for her volunteer work in bringing together Canadians and new immigrants, as well as all kinds of faith groups, with the goal of promoting mutual understanding and compassion.

Dr. Fouda is a pioneering female engineer who moved to Canada from Egypt in 1969 and holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. She retired in 2005 as Deputy General for the CANMET Energy Technology Centre, Natural Resources Canada.

During her career, she volunteered in a broad range of advisory committee roles with various federal government departments, the Police and RCMP, as a consultant on the tenets of the Muslim faith, and as a presenter in the interfaith community, consistently with respect to helping immigrants to integrate into and serve their new community, and to promoting shared respect and common values.

After she retired, she became more involved in philanthropic and community work with an interest in helping vulnerable communities and in cross-cultural bridge building, peace-building, Muslim/non-Muslim relations, supporting human relief, education and advocacy for justice and human rights. She contributes finances and volunteers with numerous NGOs that focus on these causes. She has received several recognitions including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Ontario’s “Leading Women Building Communities” award.