Community Engagement / Engagement Communautaire
Two grant proposals from Navan get approval to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce the awarding of two grants to celebrate Canada150 in rural Cumberland.
“The 2017 Civic Events Funding Program is a great way to ensure that villages such as Navan are able to celebrate the Canada’s biggest anniversary in the same spectacular fashion that other Ottawans do on Parliament Hill,” says Blais. “It is great to see that rural areas are getting the support they deserve to organize an unforgettable Canada Day.”
Capital Xelles get huge boost
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur sports champion Stephen Blais is donating $2,000 to the Capital Xelles Basketball club, a competitive basketball team based in Orléans, to pay for operating costs such as new uniforms, basketballs, and gymnasium rentals.
“I am proud to contribute to programs like the Capital Xelles, which help athletes reach their full potential in academics and athletics,” says Councillor Stephen Blais. “Building strong fundamentals in the community and in school are key in creating tomorrow’s top athletes.”
Jackson Bender recognized for good deeds
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Mayor Jim Watson presented Jackson Bender with a letter of recognition for his outstanding contributions to the Heritage Public School Breakfast Program.
“Jackson’s selfless actions and attitude make him a model Navan resident,” says Blais. “Our community is fortunate to have Jackson, he is like other Navanites who have contributed so much to the Village.”
Local Community Association receives major funding boost
Cumberland City Councillor and community champion Stephen Blais visited the Carlsbad Springs Carnival last weekend after helping them attain $4,000 in funding for the weekend festivities
“I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to support the Carlsbad Springs Community Association with this initiative,” says Blais. “Having exciting events like this in the middle of winter is a great way to raise peoples’ spirits.”
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais visited Maple Ridge Elementary School to speak to students in grades 4-8 about the importance of municipal government.
“It’s always great when I get to interact with students,” says Blais. “Their optimism and passion is really infectious.”
Canada Topflight Academy receives support to fund local athletes
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur sports champion Stephen Blais is donating $1,000 to the Canada Topflight Academy, an elite basketball academy pilot program, to help fund tuition and travel expenses for students.
Friday Night Lights Draws Capacity Crowd
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur sports champion Stephen Blais kicked off a new tradition in Orléans with a Friday Night Lights football game between the St. Peter Knights and their cross town rivals the St. Matthew Tigers in the inaugural All Saints Bowl.
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur sports champion Stephen Blais has donated $2,000 to St. Matthew’s High School football program to help replace aging equipment and uniforms.
Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle program gets a major boost
Cumberland City Councillor and recreation champion Stephen Blais has donated $5000 Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) to help support ongoing programs that promote active, healthier lifestyles for youth.
Councillor Blais with members of the Cumberland Township Historical Society, today unveiled a plaque to honour the founding of Vars.
Centre Street in Vars is renamed after two important and early pioneer families
Councillor Stephen Blais along with Jean Seguin and members of the Allard and Suprenant families officially commemorated the renaming of Centre Street in Vars to cours Suprenant Walk and cours Lionel-Allard Walk.
As part of the Improve Process for Resolving Municipal Addressing Anomalies, Centre Street was identified as requiring a name change. Centre Street was divided into two parts, north and south of the Via railway line.
School able to purchase a Vibraphone
Cumberland City Councillor and amateur arts champion Stephen Blais has donated $4000 to Gisèle-Lalonde High School to advance their arts and musical talent class. This donation has enabled the school to purchase a vibraphone for its students.
Growing food for those who need it most
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Captain Victoria Ryan of Soldiers Helping Soldiers (SHS) accepted the first donation of homegrown potatoes and children’s’ art work today to help homeless and troubled youth in Ottawa.
Support for Orléans’ sports programs extends to rurals’ best
Cumberland Ward City Councillor and amateur sports’ champion Stephen Blais was pleased to donate to Carter Sullivan, a high school senior student and one of Ottawa’s finest equestrians. Councillor Blais’ support will help offset costs for Carter to compete in the Ontario Silver Dressage Championships and the Canadian Interprovincial Championships this summer.
Stephen is very pleased to continue this annual tradition on Saturday, May 2nd from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Cumberland Lions Club Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Road.
Prescott-Russell Trail rest area in named after Harold H.
Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to have City Council support the Cumberland Township Historical Society’s efforts to name a Prescott - Russell Trail rest stop after OPP Constable Harold H. Dent.
Constable Dent was murdered by a foreign national while on official duty June 20,1940 at the Navan Train Station after he confronted a reportedly suspicious stranger. World War II had been underway for ten months at the time and all citizens were required to carry a national identity card.
Each year has a theme that recognizes women of stature while giving thanks to the women of our community. This year we bring back our Royal High Tea theme to celebrate the coming of another Royal baby.
Bring your long gloves, and fancy hats!
Join Councillor Blais, guest server Judge Brian Coburn and other special guests for tea, coffee and a light lunch.
Hope to see you all there!
Councillor Stephen Blais and Deputy Mayor Bob Monette presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Jean Séguin today in recognition of his many years of leadership and volunteer contributions in the Vars community.
Donation will help students perform at Disney
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais has donated $2,000 to the St. Peter’s High School Show Choir “Treble Threat” that will help 29 students travel to Orlando, Florida to sing as part of the Candlelight Processional at Disney World.
Competitive dancers receive costume funding
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to present a cheque for $500 to the students of Studio 360’s dance class programs.
“The level these dancers compete at is incredible,” says Blais. “Investing in their program allows them more time to train and practice for their dance recitals and competitions.”
Studio 360, a dance studio located in Orléans, is raising money to help keep costume costs down for parents.
Donation will pay school sports football fees of less affluent students
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais presented a cheque for $2,000 to help cover the costs of less affluent student-athletes attending Franco-Cité High School.