Valentine Skate - lots of fun!

Many community families came out on Friday, February 9 for the Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG) annual Valentine Skate at Brantwood Park. The park was covered in a fresh blanket of snow and the weather was mild enough for everyone to enjoy time comfortably outside. Outdoor activities included skating on the candle lit rink, sledding down the hills, and roasting marshmallows on the open fire – bliss!

Inside Brantwood fieldhouse was decorated with hearts and other Valentine’s themed crafts, - a contribution from the creative children in the Brantwood after-school program. Guests enjoyed tasting three kinds of chili, and voted on their favorite as part of the Annual Chili Cook-Off. Children and adults also enjoyed hot dogs, cookies, cupcakes, and hot chocolate. With the opportunity to refuel, many families stayed at the event for the whole evening!

Thank you to all who contributed to the event, through volunteering, donating baked goods, entering the Chili Cook-off, and donating to CAG at the free event.

Congratulations to all our chili cook-off participants and winners:
1st Place – Selena Fraser
2nd Place – Ben Hebb
3rd Place – Todd Dunnett
A big thank you to GustoTV, who generously donated prizes for the Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Congratulations to Jay for winning the Candy Jar contest by guessing the closest number of candies. Jay guessed 93 candies; there were 98.

Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible. They are:
Marie Eve Noel, Nicole Varshney, Ben Hebb, Beth Cooper, Todd Dunnett, Jim and Marina Lamont, Melanie Gilbert, Catherine Riddle, Alex Ouellet, Heather Jarrett, Dave Macki, Ramine Shaw, Jim Fraser and Tera Winter.

CAG would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Community Partners for year round support of CAG activities: City of Ottawa, The Regional Group - Greystone Village, Domicile - Corners on Main, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, BMO - Lansdowne, Watsons Health and Wellness, The Green Door Restaurant, and Diane & Jen Realty.

You can find more information about upcoming activities in the community and how you can get involved at

Photos: JIm Lamont