Our Community is Blessed with Wonderful VolunteersPublished on May 17, 2019
The May MPP column in Our Community Voice
Our Community Voice, May 16, 2019 -- The health of a community can be diagnosed by its spirit of volunteerism. As residents in Kanata-Carleton have experienced on numerous occasions in the last few years, our volunteers provide Kanata and West Carleton a tremendous degree of support and, in times of crisis, a necessary lifeline. As friends and neighbours in West Carleton will attest, we are blessed in this community with the commitment and determination of our volunteers.
On this point, recently I was pleased to acknowledge the good work of the Kanata Food Cupboard volunteers. It is remarkable that, at the Cupboard, there is a monthly average of 220 volunteers, who in 2018 donated over 10,000 hours. I commend all the volunteers at the Kanata Food Cupboard who are making our community a better place to live and raise a family.
I also want to express my appreciation to the Canadian Turkish Heritage Foundation. I thoroughly enjoyed attending its Spring Food and Shopping Festival in Kanata. This cultural celebration was well attended -- and there was such delicious food! Our community is much richer with volunteer groups like this Foundation that introduces Turkish culture to Ottawans.
And then there is the tireless volunteer effort in the flood zone. I had the chance to visit the neighbourhoods in Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, and MacLaren’s Landing, and I would like to thank first responders and volunteers for their hard work. It is such a relief to have the support of our Ottawa firefighters, police, hydro and first responders – and reassuring to have our Canadian Forces. It is even more heartening to see how friends and neighbours came to together. This combined effort speaks to our community resilience and to our heart.
For residents affected by the flood, I was pleased to announced provincial government support with two initiatives.
- The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program was activated in affected flood areas. The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance.
- The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will be waiving its reconnection fees effective immediately in regard to the restoration of electrical services to houses in flood damaged areas of West Carleton. There will be no ESA fees.
If you need assistance or have any questions about either the DRAO or ESA, call my staff at the Community Office at 613-599-3000. If I can be of any help, please call the office or connect with me at [email protected]