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As parent, educator and community coach, being aware of the mental health of my children, my students and the athletes I coach,  is a key component in assisting them to be successful. In all three scenarios I try to lead by example with positive reinforcement and listen more then I speak.

I have been proud client of RBC since the 1980’s, I opened my first account in our petite local branch on the main street in my hometown. When I found out about the RBC Run for Kids, I knew I had to be involved.



A little about where the financial support of the race will go:

As many as two million young people in Canada are struggling with mental health issues such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or addiction, and yet only one in five will get specialized treatment. This is largely because families don’t know where to turn to find the services their children need.

“The Family Navigation Project helps families who have a young person suffering from a mental health issue or addiction,” says Dr. Anthony Levitt, medical director of the Family Navigation Project. “We find the help and find it now.”

There are plenty of mental health services available for young people, he says, but the system is confusing. It can be extremely difficult for families to find their way to the right program, especially during a crisis. Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project partners families with professional navigators. These navigators are knowledgeable about what services exist, and become allies in guiding families toward the right care at the right time.

Thanks to generous support from the RBC Run for the Kids™, the Family Navigation Project has launched ahead of schedule and is already servicing vulnerable youth in the GTA.


There are 3 different race lengths for racers to enjoy; 5km, 15km, 25 km. Which one is right for you?

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, this is the event for you. You choose the distance that works for you and we’ll help you every step of the way. Tips from Sunnybrook experts will help you train and get you to the finish line. Best of all, you’ll be helping youth with mental health issues to find the specialized care they need.

Last year, in its very first year, RBC Run for the Kids™ attracted 4,500 participants and raised an astounding $1.2 million for youth mental health. With your support, this year we can go even further to help young people get back on track to a brighter future.

All routes start and finish at Mel Lastman Square.

There are several training blogs that showcase individuals at different stages of training, on the RBC site as well as training tips, how to train schedules and training clinics.


The race is September 20th, 2014. Will be you be there? For more information on volunteering, participating and donating to this amazing race please check out the RBC Run for Kids site. Did I mention there are prizes from the fabulous sponsors? You never know I might see you at the finish line.





Secret Agents and Femme Fatales! Are you ready to party?

On Saturday, April 26, secret agents and femme fatales will gather incognito at the Canadian War Museum. Their mission: to put an end to child hunger in Ottawa… while having a great time, of course!

Gala Guests Walker


The Ottawa Gala, presented for a tenth year by TELUS, and featuring HOT 89.9, is the city’s premiere event for young professionals and has raised over $700,000 for local youth initiatives since its inception in 1993.

Gala 2013 Glasses

This year’s event will be held at the Canadian War Museum, and a stellar entertainment lineup will feature Ottawa Gala favourites HOT 89.9 and DJ ACRO, and newcomers The Hornettes. For more information please check out


Gala 2013 Dance


Date: April 26th, 2014

Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each

Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each

The 36th Edition of Winterlude

January 31 to February 17, 2014

Get set for the 36th Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration! This family-friendly festival transforms Canada’s Capital Region into the ideal destination to celebrate Canadian traditions in wintertime.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is busy planning an exciting line-up of events with something for everyone. Winterlude 2014 activities will take place at Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, at Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, on the Rideau Canal Skateway, and at various partner sites.

Family Fun!

Family Fun!

Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, Ottawa

“Memories” carved in ice!

Witness a fusion of art and ice at Crystal Garden and discover a world of memories. Located in Confederation Park, this spectacular display of crystalline ice sculptures will take your breath away. Come admire this icy world of wonder at night, and discover an outdoor urban dance scene like no other. Some of the highlights include:

  • Opening Ceremony: Winterlude’s Great Winter Ball;
  • 27th International Ice-Carving Competition;
  • Winter Memories: Wooden Cabin Village public art exhibition;
  • Stand-Up to Bullying Comedy Hour with Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh and Patrick McKenna; and
  • Sub-Zero DJ Nights, including an East Coast kitchen party!

Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau

Winter sports and games — with the Ice Hog Family!

Presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ville de Gatineau, Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau is the site of North America’s biggest snow playground, and the home-away-from-home of the Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s furry mascots. Outfitted with larger-than-life snow slides, Snowflake Kingdom provides enjoyment for the young and the young at heart. Here are a few highlights:

  • Super Slides: snow and tube slides
  • voices of Yukon performers and Team Yukon-Canada snow carvers
  • Aboriginal Village interactive exhibit
  • XTREME Zone: zip line, pedal go-carts, bungee trampoline and giant maze

The Rideau Canal Skateway

Celebrating 44 seasons of skating!

This winter kicks off the 44th skating season on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Set in a UNESCO world heritage site, the world’s largest skating rink will host a variety of activities, so sharpen your blades for a unique Canadian outdoor winter experience. During Winterlude, the Rideau Canal Skateway will be centre stage for several events, including:

  • 31st Annual Winterlude Triathlon;
  • 34th Annual Accora Village Bed Race;
  • Giant Tiger Interactive Hockey Zone.

Programming Partners

More partners, more diversity, more fun!

For the 36th Winterlude, more than 90 programming partners have come together to offer visitors a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities aimed at animating the Capital like never before. Here is just a sampling:

  • Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival;
  • Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival;
  • Northern Lights 2014: Business and Cultural Showcase;
  • Ottawa Fashion Week;
  • Gatineau Winter BeerFest
  • Winterman Marathon and Marathon Relays;
  • Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam Competition;
  • Snow’Art – Snow Sculptures in the ByWard Market;
  • German-Canadian Graffiti Jam;
  • Downtown Rideau BIA’s CHILL FACTOR;
  • Cool Science Saturday;
  • and much, much more including a series of culinary experiences!

The Department of Canadian Heritage is proud to present Winterlude with the support of the following official site sponsors and partners: Ville de Gatineau, City of Ottawa, National Capital Commission, Government of Yukon, Veterans Affairs Canada, Parks Canada, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Mexico in Canada, National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Canadian Museum of Nature, Société de transport de l’Outaouais, OC Transpo, OLG – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Giant Tiger, and many others, including support of the Region’s hospitality industry. Special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and energy during the Capital’s winter celebration.

Follow Winterlude on Twitter @Winterlude (#Winterlude) and Facebook.

There is so much to see and do during Winterlude in the nation’s capital, but I think Rick Mercer gives an insiders view!

See you there!

Sherrie-Mae 🙂



Ottawa's Fury KidsTwitter is an amazing place. You can find people buying, selling and propagating their opinions and views. Once in a while, I come across a tweet that makes me stop and think. This was exactly what happened when I came across a tweet from @PropertyStaged. To be clear, I don’t know Micheline the owner, nor have I used her services but I know a good karma tweet when I see one. I just had a good feeling about the intent behind tweet and the person behind this event. Here is the little bit more about the history of Help Ottawa Fur Kids from the organizer Micheline:


“Well first off, I have to admit, it is pretty amazing what you can do with a little idea and some great people who support you. My name is Micheline and I am the owner of Property Staged – a Home Staging and Redesign company here in Ottawa. I am also the proud owner of 3 “Fur Kids” – Riley, Jake and Baxter (dogs) and a 21-year-old leopard gecko named Leo. 

It is very rewarding to be able to help animal rescue shelters/fosters find homes for some amazing animals who never really got a fair chance in the first place or seeing families getting their family pet back. I am doing this because I know together we can make a difference. There are a lot of great rescued animals out there that need our help. I cannot believe how many go missing, or need help, so it’s time to work together to get this problem solved.

First of all 100% of the money raised will be going to Ottawa animal shelters/fosters in need. Once the amount is totalled – it will be shared with the places and animals that need it most. I am a very honest business person who runs her own successful company – people trust me in their homes alone and with their valuables every day. I set up a separate bank account, and all the funds raised sit there until needed. Last year I donated Pet Smart gift cards to various Ottawa rescues, helped 2 dogs Scotch and Louis get emergency surgery and various other smaller donations to people asking for help to fund searches for their lost dogs (Rosie, Zoey & Monty) who are all happily are back with their families. I simply do this for the animals. If my dogs ever needed help or went missing, I would hope someone would help. The more money we raise, the more places and animals we can help out!”

This year’s fundraising format will be an online auction, instead of an online auction. The auction will take place from February 1st – February 6 th at noon. Micheline, is still looking for prize donations to add to her auction. This is an excellent opportunity for a business to be promoted & help the furry kids in Ottawa.

PRMomOttawa will be donating a prize and help promote this worthwhile event. Are you interested in donating? Please contact Micheline at or the find out more information at

Sherrie-Mae 🙂 

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