Welcome to our community!

Fairwinds is a growing neighbourhood located in West Ottawa, bordering the two communities of Kanata and Stittsville near Canadian Tire Centre.

The mission of the Fairwinds Community Association (FCA) is to be an advocate for residents on significant issues that affect the quality of life in Fairwinds. The association is made up of residents who volunteer their time and work together to build a better community.

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Brigatine Park update (April 8)

If you have been wondering about the status of Brigatine Park now that the bridge has been installed, Mattamy advises:

“Park construction should begin in May. When in May is weather dependent. We don’t have a construction schedule as of yet.  Once we have that info from our contractor we will let the community know.”

We will be in contact with the City Parks Planner to try to get more information. More to come…

Next FCA executive meeting is on Wednesday, April 2

The next FCA executive meeting is on Wednesday, April 2 at Sobey’s (upstairs Community Kitchen) at 7:30pm.

The agenda includes:

  • 7:35pm – Membership Report
  • 7:40pm – Membership Drive
  • 7:50pm – Banking Update and Procedure
  • 7:55pm – Energy East Pipeline – North Gower Open House: April 3, 2014
  • 8:05pm – Neighbourhood Watch
  • 8:15pm – Cleaning the Capital – May 3
  • 8:25pm – Fairwinds Spring Garage Sale – June 7
  • 8:35pm – Bandmaster Rink issues
  • 8:40pm – Summer BBQ – dates and coordinating with Shad

You can download the full agenda here: Agenda – April 2, 2014

Community members are welcome to attend.

New Poole Creek pedestrian bridge arrives

On March 5, construction crews delivered the new Poole Creek pedestrian bridge.  The bridge links the pathways behind Brigatine Street and Rosehill Avenue, just east of Huntmar. The bridge should open later this spring once construction and landscaping is complete.

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No funding this year for Stittsville public high school

Ontario’s Ministry of Education approved funding to build or renovate seven schools in the Ottawa area, but a public high school for Stittsville was not included.

From Stittsville OCDSB High School Facebook page:

The funding announcement by the Minister yesterday in Ottawa came as a surprise to many, including councillors and trustees, as it was much earlier than expected, perhaps politically-driven. There were many other worthy projects, but we are nevertheless very disappointed in the process and the result. Our “business case” for a new school is weakened in the eyes of the Province because so many students are choosing Sacred Heart over South Carleton, skewing the numbers as to the true need for a non-denominational high school within our booming community.

Thank you to all of you who wrote in to share your stories and to help us lobby the Board and the Province. We did make progress because of it, and it is our hope and intention to make even more progress next year, with full funding being the goal! The OCDSB will be coming up with a new system for prioritizing capital projects for the next round, so we will be participating all we can in that consultation process – we hope that you will all again step up to the plate as you already have to assist in the cause! We continue to need all the support we can get! We will of course keep everyone posted as the next steps reveal themselves…

Looking for volunteers to maintain the Bandmaster Park rink next winter

Skating rink at Bandmaster Park

Longtime rinkmaster Ricky Stretch has decided to hang up his skates and hand over maintenance of the rink at Bandmaster Park to a new set of volunteers next winter.

Ricky would like to identify a new group of volunteers as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition of equipment (boards, shovels, hoses, etc.) at the end of this skating season. Interested individuals or groups in the area should contact Peter Spiess with the City of Ottawa at peter.spiess@ottawa.ca.  Peter is with the City’s recreation department and is the program manager for our area.

In the meantime, if you do see Ricky at the rink, please say a “thank you” for all of his efforts to maintain the rink in our community over the past 3+ years.