2018 Newcomers Welcome Fair was a Great Success


On May 6, (Sun), 2018, OCCSC organized the Annual Newcomers Welcome Fair at All Saints Catholic High School. The event was attended by VIPs from 3 levels of government, 34 service providers, community partners, sponsors and over 1,100 participants. The activities included photo opportunities with VIPs, information booths, children activities, performances, a family fashion show, a bake sale, door prizes and a lucky draw. It was a resounding success!
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The event started with an opening drum and the national anthem, followed by a warm welcome message from Executive Director Sharon Kan, and Board President Robert Parangao. MP, Karen.McCrimmon, MPP Jack MacLaren, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillors Allan Hubley & Marianne Wilkinsong all went on the stage to welcome newcomers and provide a gift basket for the lucky draw.

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Opening Drum
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(left to right) ED Sharon Kan, MPP Jack MacLaren, MP Karen.McCrimmon, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Allan Hubley & Marianne Wilkinson, President Robert Parangao

Pictures with the five VIPs were taken with over 60 enthusiastic families. One of the families has taken a photo with the Mayor every year. This has become the most popular activity for participants.

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Immigrant family (back) with VIPs (front)
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Participants enjoyed the performances and activities

There were 34 information booths, including OCCSC’s Settlement Services, Language Training, Employment Support, Pre-Arrival Services and from the SSRP Program. Others focused on education, parenting, employment, health, banking, housing, insurance, after school programs and many more.

Also there were pharmacists on site to measure blood pressure and blood glucose levels for guests and provide consultation. A registered nurse also consulted on the diet for chronic diseases such as diabetes. Ottawa Fire Services invited families to experience laser fire extinguishing.

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OCCSC Booth
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Laser Fire Extinguishing

We were very excited to invite Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion to join us this year, they are a volunteer organization; they provided Star Wars characters and an exciting Blast-A-Trooper game for the participants. Almost all the kids participated and enjoyed the game. The characters also walked around the venue to greet the children. The 501st Legion is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteering. It welcomes donations made to a charitable organization in the name of the 501st Legion, such as Make a Wish of Eastern Ontario, CHEO, and Children’s Wish Ontario.

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Blast a Trooper game
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Star Wars characters greeted children

Popular recreation activities for kids included a bouncy castle, face painting, various balloon animals, and parent and kid’s games in the OCCSC Kids Zone. There were over 50 families who participated in the parent and kid’s games in the Kids Zone. They really enjoyed their time together with our staff and volunteers.

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Balloon Animals
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bouncy castle

Over 100 children from Ottawa performed for the talent show, including Hip-hop, Tap, Hulusi instruments, the piano, singing and rhythmic gymnastics. All parents and children appreciated the performances, giving the opportunity to showcase the talent of the young generation and develop their self-confidence. The Hai Yan Dance Group, the Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada and the Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club presented their professional performances. All performers were very excited to receive souvenirs and appreciation certificates from OCCSC.

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Hai Yan Dance Group
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Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
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Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
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Kanata North Chinese School Rising Star Choir
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Hulusi instrument
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Friends of Music Art Group

The first performance of the family fashion show was by a professional group, Age of beauty- Qi Pao Show. It embodied the elegant, noble and unique temperament of the oriental women. Afterwards, several young families walked on the stage. The Star Wars characters also participated in the family fashion show. Finally, the Qi Pao Show was brought to a close by the elders of the Happy Park Dance Team. The eldest lady is 79 years old. The team members are still energetic, elegant and beautiful. On-site, professional photographer volunteers provided photo services to capture the joyful images.

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Age of beauty- Qi Pao Show
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Star Wars Fashion show
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Family Fashion Show
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Happy Park dance Group elderly Qi Pao Show

The “Happy Kitchen, Healthy Life” program organized by OCCSC every Friday at the Nepean Community Center, is a program for new immigrants to learn about cooking, making friends, getting information, volunteering, and participating in the community.

The students showed the results that day with foods such as Sichuan cold noodles, northeast cold noodles, Shaanxi Liangpi, crispy desserts, Hanamaki, caterpillar bread, bean paste, etc. The bake sales received $901, which will be used
as the future operating expenses for this program.

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Happy Kitchen program students
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Handmade crispy Chinese dessert

The first 200 families received a welcome bag, including either a Piggy Bank or Coin Purse: quantity was limited, first come, first served. The first 100 participants also received a gift certificate worth $99 and a free uniform when enrolled with Winning Circle Martial Arts. Every family also received a 2018-2019 Newcomer Services Directory.

There were 38 raffle prizes, including gift baskets from the MP, MPP, Mayor, City Councillors, restaurants, health and wellness gift certificates, free passes and tickets for local attractions and museums, free classes for 3 months from Winning Circle Martial Arts, worth $400.The most valuable prize worth $450.

In addition, CIBC’s extra lucky gift basket and the Samsung Tablet provided by iDeal Properties Realty exhibitor allowed everyone a chance to win extra prizes in addition to the OCCSC Lucky Draw.

The event ending by having the last lucky draw prizes, and the family who won the Mayor’s gift basket was excited to take a photo with the gift after receiving the prize.

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Welcome Bag
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Mayor’s basket winner

Thanks to a total of sixty-five volunteers who assisted us, from the careful planning of the first few months to the execution of the event from morning to night. The volunteer team included an event coordinator, professional emcee, photographers, a graphic designer, a communication editor, a balloon animal artist, face painting artists, bake sale volunteers and venue set up workers and many more. OCCSC deeply appreciates their support.

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Part of OCCSC staff and event volunteers

OCCSC would like to particularly thank Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, for attending our Newcomers Welcome Fair every year. He also brought gifts and took photos with new immigrant families. We also appreciate the other politicians for their support, Karen McCrimmon MP, member of the KANATA district, Jack MacLaren MPP, the provincial legislator, and Councillors Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinsong.

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and people of Chinese descent in the City of Ottawa since 1975. OCCSC provides one stop services including settlement services, employment support, language training and pre-arrival services, and SSRP program.

Since 2010, OCCSC has welcomed new immigrants to Ottawa by organizing this kind of newcomer’s welcome event. The funding and gifts for the event are provided by sponsors, exhibitors, businesses and community partners. We are sincerely grateful for their support. We also thank the groups that obliged to perform to make the event more exciting.

Thanks again to the VIPs and the following sponsors, exhibitors and gift diners.

Sponsors:

  • CIBC
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Marks Motors – Audi & Porsche
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction

Media Sponsors:

  • ComeFromChina.com
  • CFC News
  • OTTAWAZINE
  • Ottawa Chinese Radio

Exhibitors:

  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Algonquin College
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion—Live Star Wars Characters
  • Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
  • CIA International
  • CIBC – Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa
  • EC Education Group
  • eSmartLive. Ltd
  • Freedom Mobile
  • iDeal Properties Realty
  • I Shall Travel
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Lichen Home Improvement Ltd
  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • Motion Pay
  • National Bank of Canada – Penny Yan
  • OCCSC Happy Kitchen
  • OCCSC Settlement, Employment Services, Language training, Pre- Arrival Services
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Public Health, Dental Health Promotion
  • Ottawa Talent Color Art School
  • OttawaZine
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • RBC Royal Bank—Campeau Branch
  • Rogers
  • Scouts Canada
  • Star Motors of Ottawa – Mercedes-Benz
  • Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction
  • YMCA Employment Services

Gift Donors:

  • A GYM TALE
  • Altitude Gym
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
  • CIBC- Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Councillor Allan Hubley
  • Councillor Marianne Wilkinson
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Delta Force Paintball
  • Denis Office Supplies
  • Escape Manor
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Haunted Walks Inc.
  • Kanata Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
  • Mayor Jim Watson
  • Monkey Around Play & Learn Centre
  • Mortgageking
  • MP Karen.McCrimmon
  • MPP Jack MacLaren
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Holistic Wellness
  • PI-RHO GRILL
  • Purple Urchin Soap
  • Ski Vorlage
  • Success in Steps Parent Consultant
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Winning Circle Martial Arts & Wellness Centre


5月6日,渥太华华人社区服务中心(OCCSC)在渥太华市长、 Kanata地区的政要及三十多个社区伙伴和赞助商的大力支持下, 于 All Saints Catholic High School 举办的“2018社区欢迎日”圆满结束。活动内容包括政要合影、 实用信息、 趣味活动、 精彩表演、手工美食、丰富礼物, 成功地欢迎了上千位移民。
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今年的” 社区欢迎日”吸引了1,100多人参加, 首先由OCCSC行政总监耿静惠及理事会主席Robert Parangao欢迎新移民, 之后由KANATA区的国会议员Karen.McCrimmon, 省议员Jack MacLaren, 渥太华市长Jim Watson, 还有市议员Allan Hubley 及Marianne Wilkinsong上台欢迎新移民。每位嘉宾还带来一份殊荣礼物, 提供现场参与的移民抽奖。

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Opening Drum
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(left to right) ED Sharon Kan, MPP Jack MacLaren, MP Karen.McCrimmon, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Allan Hubley & Marianne Wilkinson, President Robert Parangao

政要嘉宾、 移民合影、 备受欢迎!

当天共与六十多个热情的移民家庭排队, 与五位政要嘉宾合影留念。有个家庭每年都前来与市长合影全家福, 以纪录移民生活每年家庭成员的变化, 这个活动已经成为历年来参与者最期待的活动之一。

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Immigrant family (back) with VIPs (front)
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Participants enjoyed the performances and activities

多样展位、讯息丰富、了解社区!

当天共有三十多个实用的信息展位提供咨询, 除了OCCSC展位介绍安顿咨询、语言培训、求职辅导、 登陆前服务等各项服务以外, 还有赞助商及社区伙伴们针对亲子教育、医疗保健、体育健身、才艺兴趣、金融理财、购房买车、贷款保险、衣食住行等内容提供有用的信息, 力助新移民安家乐业。

现场还有注册药剂师给来宾测量血压和血糖,并提供咨询。注册营养师也针糖尿病等慢性病的饮食进行咨询。渥太华消防队带来了雷射灭火器示范, 让大人和小孩都透过此练习, 模拟了使用灭火器的技巧。

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OCCSC Booth
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Laser Fire Extinguishing

趣味游戏、 亲子活动、 欢笑不断!

OCCSC 今年很高兴邀请 Capital City Garrison,501 st Legion志愿者组织带来的星际大战人物, 还有刺激有趣的帝国风暴兵仿真射击游戏 (Blast A Trooper) 。几乎在场的每一位小朋友, 都参与了射击游戏, 并且和星际大战人物合影。他们游走全场欢迎小朋友。此组织将星际大战角色扮演的爱好者聚集在一起,以志愿者的身分出席各种活动, 帮助慈善机构筹款。欢迎大家以Capital City Garrison的名义捐赠给儿童医院(CHEO)或Children Wish Foundation等慈善机构。

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Blast a Trooper game
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Star Wars characters greeted children

趣味的儿童活动还有充气蹦床、动物气球、面部彩绘, 并有数十个家庭来到OCCSC的亲子游乐区参与游戏, 最受欢迎的为驴贴尾巴, 其次为过杆比低 (LIBO) 和还有抓尾巴等, 许多年轻的父母推着娃娃车来参与, 热闹非凡,其乐融融。

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Balloon Animals
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bouncy castle

才艺表演、家庭服装秀、 好评如潮 !

今年有超过百位儿童/青少年参与了才艺表演,首先由海燕舞蹈团带来活泼的开场表演, 之后由C5加中少儿合唱团带来优美的儿童合唱。Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club 带来了专业的艺术体操, 其它的节目包括合唱、朗诵、踢踏舞、HITPOT、乐器演奏如打鼓、琵琶、葫芦丝、萨克斯、大提琴等。音乐之友艺术团的长者们也热情的参与合唱, 每位上台的表演者都得到了服务中心送出的签名感谢奖状和纪念礼品。

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Hai Yan Dance Group
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Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
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Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
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Kanata North Chinese School Rising Star Choir
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Hulusi instrument
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Friends of Music Art Group

家庭服装秀由专业的花样年华旗袍队率先表演,体现出东方女性的优雅,典雅,高贵和独一无二的气质。之后有几个年轻家庭上台展现, 星际大战人物也参加了服装秀, 最后由快乐公园舞蹈队的长者们带来了旗袍秀, 其中最年纪最大的长者的已经79岁了, 依然活力充沛, 优雅美丽, 令人赞佩。精彩的表演让大家看得目不转睛。现场有专业摄影师义工提供拍照服务, 为捕捉欢乐画面。

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Age of beauty- Qi Pao Show
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Star Wars Fashion show
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Family Fashion Show
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Happy Park dance Group elderly Qi Pao Show

手工美食、爱心义卖、大饱口福!

OCCSC每周五于Nepean社康中心举办的 “开心厨房,健康生活”学习班是一个提供新移民学习厨艺﹑结交朋友﹑获取信息﹑担任义工﹑参与社会的项目。当天学员们展现成果, 进行特色手工食品义卖,如四川凉面,东北凉面,陕西凉皮,酥式点心,花卷,毛毛虫面包,豆沙面包等等,多样化的美食, 让来宾大饱口福!最后义卖获得了901元,将用作学习班今后的运作经费。

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Happy Kitchen program students
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Handmade crispy Chinese dessert

欢迎礼袋、幸运抽奖、满载而归 !

前两百个参加的家庭, 都获得了一份欢迎礼袋, 内含”小猪储蓄罐”或是”零钱包。 前100名来宾还可以Winning Circle Martial Arts & Wellness Center提供价值$99元的两周免费武术课程礼券。每个家庭还送一本新出版的2018-2019新移民服务手册。

今年政界及商家热心捐献了38件幸运抽奖礼物, 总价值为$4,800, 包括荣誉的市长礼篮、国会议员礼袋, 省议员礼篮, 两个市议员礼篮、水上乐园、各类游乐园、博物馆、爬行动物园等入场券、旅游券等, 单件礼物最高价值达$450元。还有三份由Winning Circle Martial Arts提供价值$400元,免费三个月的武术课程礼券。
此外, CIBC额外提供的幸运礼篮及iDeal Properties Realty展商提供的Samsung Tablet , 让大家除了OCCSC的幸运抽奖外, 还有机会赢得额外的奖品。社区欢迎会在最后一轮幸运抽奖后, 划上完美的句点, 抽中市长礼篮的家庭在领到奖品后, 兴奋的拿着礼物拍照留念。

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Welcome Bag
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Mayor’s basket winner

感谢今年的社区欢迎日共有六十五名义工大力协助,从活动前期数个月的的精心策划,到活动当天由早到晚的执行,义工团队包括专业的摄影、主持人、活动企划、平面设计、文案宣传、动物气球、面部彩绘、美食制作及场地布置等, 让此活动划下完美的句点, OCCSC深深感激。

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Part of OCCSC staff and event volunteers

OCCSC特别感谢渥太华市长Jim Watson, 他每年都来参加OCCSC欢迎新移民的活动, 还带来礼物, 并与移民家庭合影。还有其它政要贵宾, 如KANATA区的国会议员Karen.McCrimmon, 省议员Jack MacLaren, 还有市议员Allan Hubley 及Marianne Wilkinsong等的支持。

渥太华华人社区服务中心(OCCSC)是一个非盈利,无宗教和政治党派的社会服务机构。我们创始于1975年, 致力于协助新移民,难民在经济和社会生活上融入加拿大社会,在渥太华地区安居乐业。提供登陆前服务,安顿服务,语言培训及求职服务的一站式服务。

OCCSC 从2010年起, 为更好的欢迎新移民来渥太华安居乐业,每年都举办此类的社区欢迎日, 活动经费和礼物都是由赞助商、政要、参展商、商家及社区伙伴提供。我们衷心的感激他们的支持, 也感谢义务表演的团体让活动更加精采。

再次感谢以下的赞助商, 展商及礼物捐赠者及社区伙伴的支持:

赞助商:

  • CIBC 加拿大帝国银行
  • Kanata 南区Kumon 英数补习班
  • Marks Motors – 奥迪 & 保时捷
  • Otto’s – BMW & Subaru
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction 建筑公司

媒体赞助:

  • CFC 中文网
  • 新华侨网
  • OTTAWAZINE
  • 渥太华中文电台 FM97.9

参展商:

  • 阿冈昆学院
  • BMO满地可银行
  • 加中少儿合唱团
  • Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion -星球大战人物
  • C.I.A.加拿大首都国际学校
  • CIBC 加拿大帝国银行
  • 渥太华社区糖尿病教育中心
  • 易诚教育
  • eSmartLive. Ltd渥太华家庭设备维修
  • Freedom Mobile
  • iDeal Properties Realty 地产经纪
  • I Shall Travel爱上旅游
  • Kanata 南区Kumon 英数补习班
  • 骊晨装饰
  • Marks Motors-奥迪 保时捷
  • 美信药房
  • Motion Pay
  • 加拿大国家银行-Penny Yan
  • OCCSC 快乐厨房
  • OCCSC 安顿咨询,英语培训, 求职辅导,登陆前服务等
  • 渥太华天主教教育局
  • 渥太华消防局
  • 渥太华卫生部, 牙齿保健
  • 渥太华天彩美术学校
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • OttawaZine
  • RBC 加拿大皇家银行
  • Rogers
  • 加拿大童子军
  • Star Motors of Ottawa – 奔驰
  • Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
  • Tiny Hoppers 幼儿园
  • YMCA 求职服务

礼物捐赠者:

  • A GYM TALE
  • Altitude Gym
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
  • CIBC- Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Councillor Allan Hubley
  • Councillor Marianne Wilkinson
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Delta Force Paintball
  • Denis Office Supplies
  • Escape Manor
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Haunted Walks Inc.
  • Kanata Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
  • Mayor Jim Watson
  • Monkey Around Play & Learn Centre
  • Mortgageking
  • MP Karen.McCrimmon
  • MPP Jack MacLaren
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Holistic Wellness
  • PI-RHO GRILL
  • Purple Urchin Soap
  • Success in Steps Parent Consultant
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Vorlage Ski
  • Winning Circle Martial Arts & Wellness Centre