Ottawa – The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on four separate naming proposals to:
- Name a future park located at the corner intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street “Kavanagh Green”
- Name a gymnasium in the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre “Robert and Linda Poulsen Gymnasium”
- Name the Sawmill Creek Settling Pond the “Wendy Stewart Pond”
- Name a cemetery in Claudette Cain Park the “Moodie Family Cemetery”
Kavanagh Green – (Ward 6 –Stittsville)
In recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean road and Stittsville Main Street has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice.
Robert and Linda Poulsen Gymnasium (Ward 16- River)
In recognition of the extensive community service and extraordinary community service record of Robert and Linda Poulsen, a proposal to name the gymnasium at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. Long-time residents of River Ward, Robert and Linda served on the HCRPCC board for several years and engaged in volunteer opportunities in the area. Prior to his passing in December of 2006, Robert coached local sports teams and Linda continues to volunteer in the community; she recently worked to bring three refugee families to the neighbourhood.
Wendy Stewart Pond (Ward 16- River)
In recognition of the extensive community service and extraordinary community service record of Wendy Stewart, a proposal to name the Sawmill Creek Settling Pond the “Wendy Stewart Pond” has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. Wendy Stewart is a former Regional and City Councillor for River Ward who was actively engaged with her community in many ways. In addition to other initiatives, Wendy sat on the Board of Directors for Carleton Heights Community Centre, led the Parents Advisory Committee at McGregor Easson Public School, contributed to the community newspaper and held the District Commissioner position with the Girl Guides of Canada for five years.
Moodie Family Cemetery (Ward 22 – Gloucester South Nepean)
In recognition of the Moodie family’s historical significance to the community of Gloucester South Nepean, a proposal to name the cemetery located in Claudette Cain Park has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. James Moodie immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the 18th century and purchased 200 acres of land in the Gloucester South Nepean region. On this land, a farm, houses and a cemetery were built where Moodie family members have been laid to rest. Although it has informally been referred to as the Moodie Family Cemetery for years, this proposal serves to make this name official.