The First Annual Sketchs Ink Block Party takes place Saturday, August 18

A Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Drop by this Saturday, check out their custom car and motorcycle show with a portion of the proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.   


They’ll have airbrush and hydrographic demonstrations, outdoor games, vendors, food and drinks and some of the hottest cars and motorcycles around.


The Sketchs Ink is also revealing the winning bike of their First Annual Backyard Biker Build-off.  The show runs from 10:00am to 8:00pm,  with the after party from 8:00pm to 11:00pm where their lastest craft beer will be revealed.


It all takes place this Saturday at The Sketchs Ink, 7A Cleopatra Drive.   For more information visit




Innovative Community Support Services’


Saturday, August 25


The Music Program at Innovative Community Support Services is putting on a fundraiser concert for The Ottawa Mission and they want you, your friends and family to come join in on the fun!


Live music acts such as Josh Robin, Basil Park, Honest Rocket and more!  While you’re there, you can also enjoy a BBQ, check out their great spread The Joy Stand and visit with therapy animals too!


Admission is FREE but will be accepting food donation at the gate for the Orleans Cumberland Food Bank.  


Takes place Saturday, August 25 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, 9478 Russell Road and if you have any questions feel free to contact Josh Robin 613-897-0555 or Nicole Chirwa 613-323-4323.






Saturday, August 25 at the Lieutenant’s Pump



Jack is an 9 year old boy who was born with CHARGE Syndrome: a rare and life limiting disorder that arises during early fetal development and affects multiple organ systems.  Jack is Trach dependent, has a feeding tube insertion, and is deaf.  He has endured 19 surgeries to date, has had 2+ years admissions at CHEO, and he requires around-the-clock care.  Jack also suffers from severe autism and epilepsy.


Come out for a fun-filled evening in an intimate setting for the ROCK FOR JACK 3.0 Fundraiser, surrounded by awesome friends on Saturday August 25th in the Gallery Room at the Lieutenant’s Pump.


Happy Hour starts @ 6pm, with the Rock Out For Jack Fundraiser and Silent Auction to follow from 7pm until 10pm. Then be ready as the tables and chairs are cleared, the dance floor is ready, and The Pump’s DJ will get you in the groove to break out your dancin’ shoes.  PARTY AT THE PUMP!

Whether you are a friend of Jack, or you just want to support an inspiring young boy, or you and your friends want to get out for an evening of care-free socializing & laughter, dancing, and fun memories before the back-to-school craziness hits, we would love to have you. Everyone is welcome!

There is absolutely no charge for admission to Jack’s fundraiser, however donations will be gratefully accepted.

We are also in search of gift-in-kind donations for our Rock Out For Jack Silent Auction.

There is plenty of on street parking nearby, as well as parking lots and garages within walking distance.


A letter composed by Elizabeth (Jack’s big sister):

Rock Out For Jack 3.0 Fundraising Endeavour
Dear Friends,

I am writing to you on behalf of my 8 year old brother and my Dad. I would love to share our storied journey with you.

Jack was born in June of 2009 with many severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions. He is medically fragile and requires 24 hour nursing care. Jack was born with an uncommon syndrome named CHARGE. This syndrome is the leading cause of blind-deafness in children. Jack is deaf, with some vision impairment. He has a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. And he is mostly confined to a wheelchair (although he took his first unassisted steps last year at school. We never knew if Jack would ever be able to walk). Jack was also recently diagnosed with severe autism; less than the first percentile. We have never heard Jack’s voice. I cannot wait for the day I hear his first words. We’ve never been able to snuggle with Jack at night. He is hooked up to 4 machines periodically throughout the night. Jack’s mom has not been employable since Jack’s birth as she is not only his mom, but his nurse who has been trained by the staff at CHEO to care for Jack and to use life-saving measures if necessary.

Jack was admitted to CHEO on November 8th for his 19th surgery. He has unfortunately spent over 2 years at CHEO altogether. CHEO has been like a 2nd home for our family.

Exactly 3 months after Jack was born my dad was diagnosed with guarded, high risk Melanoma, with a 6 month prognosis. Jack was in the midst of a 3 month hospital stay when Dad was diagnosed. Since both his mom and dad were trained to care for Jack they split 24 hour rotating shifts at his bedside. That was the toughest, most emotional few months that we have ever endured. My dad tried not to break down as he held Jack, but knowing he would grow up without a father was too much to grasp. The CHEO team saw our emotional struggles, and set us up with a social worker at the hospital. We’ve been met with love and compassion throughout our entire experience with CHEO.

My dad remained in hospital for 3 weeks after his first surgery. The good thing was that the 2 hospitals were connected by a tunnel. Jack’s mom spent her days running back and forth between the two hospitals.

In December 2015 my dad was hit with a major depression disorder (Doctors expected it to happen much sooner). Walking on eggshells with his health and his son’s fragilities, the recent passing of his father, added pressure at work, and a marital breakdown with Jack’s mom resulted in a significant decline in his mental health. On a positive note, the duration Dad has remained at home helped him develop a bond with Jack that is much stronger than we could ever pray for. He has truly enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad for this exact reason. Unfortunately Dad has had to resign from work as a result of the physical and emotional scars left behind by cancer, which left him broken, beat, and scarred. Unfortunately he will never be in remission, but he made a promise to us that he will continue to fight!

Because of dad’s illness, and mom being Jack’s full time nurse, they are without private insurance. Although there is some support from government affiliated agencies, the out-of-pocket expenses for Jack’s care are astronomical. Life sustaining supplies and equipment (tracheostomy & enternal feeding supplies) are roughly $20,000/year. Meds are $10,000 and incontinence supplies are $4,000 which is a portion of the cost of raising a medically fragile child. Although Jack still faces a morbidity/mortality rate he continues to enjoy life with enthusiasm.

To our friends, we are graciously hoping for your support for this upcoming benefit fundraiser for Jack, and we are gratefully accepting gifts in-kind to benefit a silent auction leading up to the event
Please join us for a fun-filled evening of laughter, love, music, and a silent & live auction:
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thank you for reading.

Elizabeth Brown and family (Greg, Susan, and Jack)



Charity event for Cystic Fibrosis


Drive for Daxton 3.0,  the Annual Charity Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, returns August 26th, 2018 at the Chrysler Community Centre, 16 3rd Street, Crysler, ON at 1:00pm.


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.


At present there is no cure, so join us to help fight a debilitating genetic disease in honour of Daxton. Daxton, 4 was diagnosed with CF from an early age and has shown to be a true fighter.  He is growing up to be a fellow gear head and loves all things car related.


This event will include:

  • Entry Donation, minimum of $5
  • A collection of cars including classics and modern vehicles
  • Door prizes, category trophies and Best in Show trophy
  • Music, entertainment, food, and drinks


Want to show off a little extra? Send us images of your ride to and they will select eight (8) to show off inside the arena!


Modified Ottawa is a collection of local car enthusiast and like-minded individuals, who enjoy coming together as a community.  For more information please visit the Drive for Daxton 3.0 Facebook page HERE



3rd annual Benefit for “I Love to Play Hockey” in Memory of Eric Leighton



Canadian Tire Jumpstart



On Sept 22, 2018,  the 3rd annual Benefit for “I Love to Play Hockey” in Memory of Eric Leighton with Canadian Tire Jumpstart takes place at Greenfields Pub & Eatery in Nepean.

The event is in honor of Eric Leighton, a young athlete who tragically lost his life in a high school accident in 2011. Eric’s love of sports has inspired his family to create this event in order to help and support the program to benefit those in need to play a sport their son loved.

Over the last few years they have raised just over $18K, with this money they were able to help 40 extra kids get involved in the “I Love to Play Hockey” program (this increased numbers from just 60 kids to 100 kids). This is of course all thanks to all the local companies that have graciously donated auction/raffle items to the benefit.

Jumpstart is a national charity with commitment to local communities. For more the 90 years our Canadian Tire stores have been an integral part of the community life in Canada, specifically in Ottawa. In 2005, that legacy was continued and launched through a signature program that we know today as Jumpstart. National in scope, but in its focus, Jumpstart delivers support to children 4-18 throughout a Canada-wide network of chapters and community partners.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart “I Love to Play Hockey” in memory of Eric Leighton program, provides children with the chance to play hockey. This program is offered to participants who meet the target population of low-income families, new Canadians, and aboriginals. Low-income families have been chosen because of the high costs associated with hockey lessons and equipment (which is all provided within the program). Hockey is a Canadian past time and an important part of our culture.

Eric’s family and friends are putting together another exciting event including dinner (Menu TBA), 3 live bands (Ruckus, Rain-Man & Where’s Mike), raffle prizes/door prizes, silent auction items, 50/50 and wine/booze pull!     Dinner and the show will be $40, $10 for advance tickets (show only) and $15 at the door (show only). All proceeds from ticket sales, etc. will be donated to the Jumpstart organization under the “I love to Play Hockey” program. The last few years with just raffles and auction prizes we raised over $8,000 and another $10,000 with online donations. They are expecting this to be another unforgettable night.

Eric’s Family, along with Canadian Tire Jumpstart have set up an online donation site that you can make on behalf of yourself or your company by clicking HERE







Main Street Community Services is hosting a Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser and would love your support. 

Time for you, your friends and family to get your Little Ceasars Pizza Kits.  Have them on hand for quick dinners, parties or entertaining.  Buy several kits and stock your freezers.

Main Street Community Services currently service ten group homes in the area and one semi independent home. We have a beautiful new center located in Kanata that services 50 plus kids a day with a variety of programs specialized to each individuals needs. We strive ourselves on the family environment that we provide for these kids 

To order your pizza kits and for more information visit their website here








Impaired is Impaired.  What is Drugged Driving?

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), defines the terms “drugged driving”, and “drug-impaired driving” as driving a motor vehicle while impaired by any type of drug or medication or combination of drugs, medication and alcohol. These include illegal substances, mind-altering prescription medications, and over-the-counter remedies and medications that affect an individual’s ability to drive safely.

Studies show that driving high nearly doubles the risk of an accident, and a recent study commissioned by DFK Canada found that nearly one third (32%) of teens feel driving high (after marijuana use) is not as risky as drunk driving, while one in four high school seniors say they have ridden in a car with a high driver.

Our latest campaign, “The Call That Comes After,” aims to drive home the dangers of high driving and being a passenger in a car with a driver who has used marijuana to parents and teens.



DFK has developed a modern tool of communications allowing parents an easy way to begin an important conversation with their kids about the dangers of driving high – even when it’s not easy.  We urge parents to try it out.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two is very dangerous.  The use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and is illegal—just like driving after drinking alcohol.

High driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road. 


What can you do?  CLICK HERE for more information