Champlain Park Winter Trail Donation

The Champlain Park Community Association has donated $500 to support the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail. It fits several of our community goals, from being a welcoming neighbourhood to civic engagement. It’s nice to see the trail being used to such a great extent by our neighbours and the larger community of Ottawa.

The recent path extension to Scott street gives easier access. Some houses on Northwestern have garden gates that lead directly to the trail, possibly something real estate agents would like to mention. 🙂 For the rest of us, the trail conveniently threads through the rinks in our park and has a turn-around loop at the Champlain Park fieldhouse, though that would be more useful after COVID has abated when we can open the fieldhouse changing room.

[Presentation of the Champlain Park Community Association donation cheque to Dave Adams of the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail]
Presentation of the Champlain Park Community Association donation cheque to Dave Adams of the Kichi Sibi Winter Trail. Left to right: Kris Phillips (our local shovel elf), Dave Adams (trail founder) and Adrian Bradley (our local trail maintainer). Note the Trail Heads team t-shirts they’re wearing. Some of our Champlain Park rinks are in the background.
[Big cheque leaning on business end of the grooming equipment]
The $500 donation cheque leaning on the business end of the grooming equipment. In person that bright LED light is quite blinding, but then it’s needed for night grooming. You just have to go and flatten the snow when conditions demand it.
[Grooming equipment, new skidoo #3 made possible by donations]
Some serious grooming equipment, new skidoo #3, and the somewhat expensive gasoline supply are made possible by donations. Champlain Park Puddle Rink is in the background.

Champlain Park Super Mom climbs Kilimanjaro climb for life

Today’s the last day to donate at Joscelyn’s Personal Fundraising Page

A Champlain Park Super Mom Joscelyn Coolican, joins WaterCan’s National Ambassador, Ben Mulroney on KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR LIFE.

Raising Awareness About Global Water Crisis  

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Life—scheduled for October 12 to 26, 2012—will challenge brave Canadians to scale Africa’s renowned mountain, which towers 19,341 feet above sea level.

Joining eTalk’s Ben Mulroney in the climb is Ottawa-based Joscelyn Coolican who will celebrate a milestone “40th birthday” while scaling the highest peak in Africa. Joscelyn, an avid hockey player, triathlete and mother of two, hopes to set a positive example for her young children so that they grow up understanding the challenges that people around the globe face on a daily basis.

“Not everyone is as fortunate as we are here in Canada to have access to clean, safe drinking water at the turn of a tap,” says Joscelyn, “As a mother of young children, it is heartbreaking to think of what families have to endure in order to get access to clean water. I want to instill within my kids a sense of responsibility and awareness.” With this climb, Joscelyn returns to her roots in international development, which she developed a passion for during her university days. Since then, she has also gained great insights into water issues here in Canada and abroad through her work with the federal government and community associations working toward the protection of lakes and rivers in Ottawa and the Valley. Joscelyn is reaching out to her community for support in raising $10,000 towards WaterCan’s fundraising goals. Funds raised will help to support WaterCan’s work to provide communities in eastern Africa with access to clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. With baby Polly on her back, and her husband, son and poodle at her side during training hikes, Joscelyn will be ready to conquer Kilimanjaro this fall, making it a birthday to remember and life lesson for her children. Joscelyn Coolican and Ben Mulroney join a team of 24 Canadians on this extraordinary journey up Kilimanjaro. Says WaterCan Executive Director, George Yap, “This team—comprising industry leaders, TV personalities and adventurous concerned citizens—will serve as an inspiring example of Canada’s global reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking nation.”

Donation last day

Through WaterCan’s mobile fundraising initiative, people can text H20 to 45678 to make a onetime donation toward the campaign. WaterCan’s Kilimanjaro Climb for Life campaign.

Joscelyn’s Personal Fundraising Page:

ABOUT WaterCan

Since, 1987, WaterCan—a Canadian charity—has been working hard to remedy the frequently overlooked water and sanitation crisis. More than 780 million people worldwide lack access to clean water, and a further 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation. With the help of generous Canadians, WaterCan introduces sustainable, long-term water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to communities in need. In the 25 years since WaterCan was founded, more than 1.2 million children, women, and men in the world’s most impoverished regions have gained access to clean water through WaterCan’s programs-a key step in the process of building healthy and efficient communities.