Manotick Village Voice
By Irene Staron, Manotick Village Community Association President
Mid summer is here and we return after a short break to share more community updates with you. Make sure to mark you calendar for July 31 to attend the public consultation for the Hawkins Properties development project. With the new provincial legislation in place, opportunities for communities to have their say are not a given. We advocate on your behalf to make them happen!
MVCA Board Appointment – Director of Membership
The Board of the MVCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Peggy St. John as our new Director of Membership, stepping in for Bonnie Gray who retired from the Board end of May. Peggy has been our Director-at-Large for the past year as well as an active volunteer with the Watson’s Mill Used Book Store and a member of the Manotick Horticultural Society. We thank Bonnie for her many years of contribution, helping to build our membership to a robust 430+ members, working on our events committees and for chairing our ONCA Committee working to align our association by-laws to be in compliance with the Ontario Not for Profit Act by 2024. You are wished all the best!
MVCA Newsletter Update
The Board also expresses our deepest gratitude to Rod Brazier, our newsletter editor, publisher and volunteer extraordinaire who for years has helped bring interest and vibrancy to the messages we bring to you. Rod’s dedication goes above and beyond the call of duty, managing to finesse last minute revisions to the 26 issues that arrive in your inbox each year. Rod, we wish you well in your continued work with the Rideau Township Historical Society and all the community groups who benefit from your extensive experience and creativity. You will be missed.
MVCA presents Student Award – St. Mark High School
Congratulations to Hope Hansen, 2023 MVCA award recipient and graduating student of St. Mark High School! Each year the MVCA donates $500 to a deserving student at St. Mark High School and South Carleton High School. This award was presented during the June 28 graduation ceremony. Students are selected by their teachers on the basis of achievements in scholastics and volunteerism. Well done Hope – we wish you continued success!
Hawkins Properties – 5646 / 5650 Manotick Main – Public Consultation – July 31, 6:30 pm Manotick Arena
A number of you have expressed concerns regarding the planned carwash expansion/Starbucks development project. On July 31st the City is hosting a public consultation at 6:30 pm at the Manotick Arena to provide you the opportunity to voice your concerns in person, ask questions and obtain more information. Although registration is not necessary, Councillor Brown’s office encourages residents who plan to attend to email email@example.com. For comprehensive details on the Site Plan Control Application and Zoning By-law amendment with full copy of all plans and studies go to https://www.manotickvca.org/planning-development.
MCPRA Centennial Park Enhancement – July Construction Start
The tender for the Centennial Park Skateboard Park and Pump Track closed on March 23, 2023 and the successful bidder is Prestige and Design, Ottawa. Construction will commence mid-July, 2023 and Prestige has committed to a late fall, 2023 completion. The area will be completely fenced during the construction period and recreation activities in the vicinity will need to work around the construction site. While some may be disappointed that the park area will be ‘out-of-use’ for much of this summer, the community and beyond will enjoy a state-of-the-art facility for many years to come. The MCPRA are grateful to the federal, provincial, and municipal governments and to the generous donors who have made this project possible. A donor plaque is being finalized to recognize all major contributors. For final preliminary design drawings and photos of work in progress go to https://www.mcpra.org/ or contact Anne Robinson, Co-President MCPRA at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Russett, City of Ottawa, email@example.com
Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) – Celebrating 10 years
YOMA offers social programs and activities for youth in the area in Grades 4-12. We also have volunteer opportunities, special events and outings. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, visit the website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. https://www.yoma.ca/
Mark your calendars! Sunday Aug.27 – the return of the Allan Haan Manotick Soap Box Derby and Picnic in the Park. Planning is underway! Check our website in the weeks ahead for details. Info for last year’s event will remain until closer to the date. Go to https://www.manotickvca.org/
Manotick Farmers Market – This ‘producer-only’ Market is open Saturdays 9am – 2pm, June 3 until October 14 at the Carriage Shed. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/ManotickFarmersMarket/
Watson’s Mill Used Book Store – Now open for the season! Proceeds are used for operations of the Store, Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House. https://watsonsmill.com/bookstore/
Get your Summer Read On! Summer is here, it’s time to celebrate: The Ottawa Public Library has a variety of programs planned to keep kids to keep kids reading and learning while having fun all summer long! Check out the awesome programs being offered this summer at the Manotick branch.
Expressive Body and Social Body- Senior movement and dance class with Lola Ryan: Aug 23, 11:00 am-12 pm, in-person and virtual program held at MACAW, Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main Street. Registration required.