Working to make the world a better place
Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville members actively work to make our community a better place. Check out below a selection of the things we have done to make a difference.
Mental Health Webinars
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought more and new stress to many people, affecting their mental well-being. In 2021, the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville sponsored a series of free mental health webinars by experts in their areas designed to give participants tools and strategies to address these stresses and improve their well-being.
To view a webinar, click on the title:
Spreading Friendship Amidst COVID-19
In April 2020, Family and Child Service (FCS) organizations across the Nation’s Capital received over 1300 gift-filled Friendship Boxes for Indigenous children living in high-risk situations. I Love First Peoples, the Quebec-based national charity who led the effort to pack Friendship Box gifts, took the opportunity to serve children in the FCS system whose circumstances may be exacerbated due to COVID-19 confinement. A moving company brought the shipment of Friendship Boxes to the Rotary Club Ottawa-Stittsville, who had partnered in this effort and then the members delivered the boxes to the various FCS locations in local areas. From there, social workers will give the Friendship Boxes to the children.

Two International Partners Fight COVID-19
The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville and Rotary Club of North Guatemala are international partners in an important undertaking to buy specific protective equipment, e.g. face shields, gowns, gloves, alcohol and disinfectant, for the doctors, nurses and medical staff in charge of patients in hospitals that the Guatemalan Government has built especially for treatment of infected patients.

Rotary Club of West Ottawa is the lead for this literacy and basic education focused project for Grade 3 students involving 15 clubs in the district and supported by a District grant. Stittsville Rotary donated & presented 118 dictionaries to Grade 3 students in 2 local schools, St Rosa de Lima and St Elizabeth Schools.

Clean Up the Capital
Clean Up the Capital campaign is a city-wide clean-up campaign that occurs in the spring and fall of every year where residents come together as a community to make our city clean and green. Club members and Friends of Rotary clean along a designated section of Hazeldean Road twice a year and enjoy the fellowship and fun of working together to achieve a common goal.
Click here for photos of our Spring 2019 Clean Up campaign.

Vimy Oak Sapling Commemorative Project
To commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge and support the Vimy Foundation and ongoing educational programs, the Rotary Clubs in Ottawa planted oak saplings at 24 Ottawa high schools. Stittsville Rotary Club worked with the staff and students at high schools in Stittsville to plant the trees on the school grounds and added bricks with relevant information at the base of the trees.

Laying of Memorial Wreath
The Rotary Club lays a memorial wreath at cenotaph in the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Stittsville on Nov 11th every year.

Christmas at the Villa and Hazeldean Gardens
Stittsville Rotarians join with seniors at The Villa and Hazeldean Gardens in Stittsville singing traditional Christmas carols. It's a fantastic way to spread some cheer - see the photos here.

Supporting the Stittsville Food Bank
A community service project where Stittsville Rotarians make a financial donation and sort donated food items at the local food bank.

RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award
The club sponsors a local high school student to participate in leadership building activities with other students at Kingston ON in May every year. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the experience will be a new virtual one. The weekend features guest leaders, small group problem-solving to enhance leadership skills. Based on their personal experience, some participants may change career objectives or educational plans.

High School Student Bursaries
Stittsville Rotary presents bursaries to graduating students at 4 local high schools to recognize their volunteer work in the community.

Stittsville Rotary International Film Series
Operating every year since 2014, club members promote and present eight international and independent films in the community from September to May under the auspices of the Toronto International Film Festival. Three show times for each film are offered at a local cinema.
For more information on SRIFS 2020, click here.

Mums for Thanksgiving
Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville joins with other Rotary clubs in Ottawa in this city-wide campaign organized by the Rotary Club of West Ottawa to sell and deliver pots of chrysanthemums in time for Thanksgiving.

Rotary Cash Calendars
This is a fund-raiser organized by the Rotary Club of West Ottawa to fund various community projects in the Ottawa area. Many Rotary clubs in the area including Stittsville Rotary participate in this project where the club is reimbursed based on the number of calendars they have sold. Stittsville Rotary sold 100 calendars in the community.

Spaghetti Festival
The club organized a spaghetti dinner in collaboration with the chefs of Culinary Federation of Canada, Ottawa and with Paul Desmarais High School in Stittsville.  The dinner was held in November 2019 in the Paul Desmarais High School cafeteria were by. Stittsville Rotary donated free tickets to several organizations for distribution to needy families.

Trivia Night
Stittsville Club members and Friends of Rotary organize and carry out a trivia night for team competition in the community. Members work in partnership with community sponsors to raise funds for community service projects.
Click here for more information.

Running on Empties
Stittsville Rotary participates in a fundraiser for Sharing & Caring Christmas Hamper Exchange, an Ottawa charity which supports needy individuals in the community at Christmas time, by collecting donated empty bottles to be redeemed at the Beer Store.