From the CHS mailbox...

Good afternoon,

My name is Wendy Ripmeester - a volunteer with "Step into Christmas" Live Experience; a free interactive performance where guests take an outdoor tour of the town of Bethlehem as it was on the night of the very first Christmas, 2000 years ago. 

“Step into Christmas” is fast becoming an annual holiday tradition for many families in Orléans – and with good reason, too: there’s no other experience like it in the city! I thought that members of your community association would be interested in learning about – and might be interested in attending – this historically-based performance, now in its fourth year of production. Please consider this our invitation!

It’s quite the production – and a labour of love – by the volunteers who put it on. The performance includes over 40 actors, live sheep and a donkey, 3 costumers and a 15 person construction crew that takes 12 hours to set up wooden structures outdoors, including two Bethlehem markets, the Inn, the synagogue, and the stable. The costumes and script have been researched to provide visitors with glimpses of the daily life and customs back then.

Last year’s performance attracted over 500 people over two evenings, with many drawn from all over Orléans and beyond to the bright spotlight lighting up the night – our Bethlehem Star over the stable. And the seven-member hospitality crew served over 100 dozen cookies with hot chocolate and apple cider to warm guests up inside after their tour.

There is no cost for admission, however, non-perishable food and cash donations to the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre food bank are gratefully accepted. To see photos from past events and testimonials from "Step into Christmas" visitors, visit

This year, "Step into Christmas" will take place on the evenings of Friday, November 30 from 6:00-8:30 pm and Saturday, December 1 from 5:00-8:30 pm at Redeemer Alliance Church, 4825 Innes Road

You can find the event here: Watch our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @RedeemerOrleans for more details as we get closer to the event.

I hope many community members from greater Orléans will "Step into Christmas" with us!

Wendy Ripmeester, on behalf of "Step into Christmas"

2018 Annual General Meeting - April 30th

The Chapel Hill South Community Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday April 30th.

The meeting will be held at Chapel Hill Retirement Residence on Pagé Road and will start at 7pm.

You don't have to join the Board to take part in this informational meeting. We will be discussing the various project that are on-going in the community related to traffic, safety and recreation.  Staff from our City Councillor's office will be on hand to report on the status of programs in the ward and specifically Chapel Hill South. If you have questions, this is your opportunity to have them answered. 

Plans for the 2018 Summer Sizzler will also be discussed.

Further agenda items will be posted before the meeting.  



Chapel Hill South Community Association 10th Annual Summer Sizzler is this Friday

Hi all...

The 10th Annual Summer Sizzler "The Canadiana Edition" is THIS FRIDAY at Blue Willow Park! You will want to be early as events start at 5pm. Some of the highlights....

-Vintage Stock Theatre with perform a salute to Ottawa mayors
-Bouncy castle, tippy ladder game, velcro wall for the kids
-Zorb balls
-FREE hamburgers and hot dogs (we bought lots this year)
-snow cones, cotton candy
-Canada 150 cake
-Beer tent with live bands until midnight
-Orleans Brewing Company is our beer supplier this year
-Wine from Domaine Perrault and Vignoble Clos du Vully
-Outdoor movie

Please share this with your neighbours, we want all of Chapel Hill South out to celebrate!

Forest Valley Trails: Public Meeting Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Public Meeting on the Forest Valley Trails - presentation by Kevin Jones, City of Ottawa Recreation Planning and Facility Development.

Details: The Forest Valley Trails is a small network of informal multi-use trails (hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing etc.) located on City of Ottawa and National Capital Commission conservation land in the east branch of Voyager Creek Valley. The trails on City of Ottawa land have existed for many years and have been built and maintained on an ad hoc basis without the support of the City of Ottawa. The Ottawa Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) has recently approached the City with a proposal to enter into an agreement to undertake maintenance and improvements to the trail network. The relationship would be similar to an existing partnership between OMBA and the City of Ottawa for the maintenance of a much larger network of trails in the South March Highlands in Kanata. The City is interested in pursuing this opportunity but before doing so is seeking input from the community. 

Please come to this important meeting to hear what is being proposed and provide your feedback. Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

  • Forest Valley Elementary School (gym)

Important upcoming dates..

Some important upcoming dates:

May 16 - public meeting on the Golfland Development, Le Prelude School 7pm - this development impacts every resident of CHS, please plan on attending

May 27 - Greater Orleans Garage Sale - advertising and signage will be provided, residents are invited to plan their garage sales for this date and take advantage of the increased awareness

June 16 - CHSCA Summer Sizzler "Canadiana Edition" - our annual event, currently in need of volunteers to plan and fundraise, PM me or email if interested

Sept 9 - Blackburn Community Association summer event

Minutes of AGM

Please review the Minutes of our Annual General Meeting. They contain important information regarding the Brian Coburn extension and the Golfland development.


Chapel Hill South Community Association

Annual General Meeting – February 21, 2017


Attendees from the Board of Directors:

President – Donna Leith-Gudbranson

Treasurer – Dan Batista (Absent)

Director of Community Events – James Ikkers

Director of Community Safety – Michael Francis

Director of Communication – Paul Bolt

Director of Community Engagement – Rylee Batista

Directors of Parks – Luc Pedneault and Geoff Lloyd (Absent)

Director at Large – Michel Carrière



Welcome and Introduction of Board Members:

  • President welcomed all attendees and did a round table


  • 10th Anniversary of CHSCA

  • As an association we usually hold two annual events: Summer Sizzler and the Winter Classic (now Hockey Day in Canada)

  • We manage Blue Willow Outdoor Rink

  • We share a great relationship with our Municipal Councillor, Jody Mitic



Review and Approval of Minutes of last AGM



President’s Report including input from Councillor Mitic’s office:

President’s Report:

Accomplishments in the last year include the creation of the CHSCA website and increased communication via our Facebook Page; ongoing funding has been secured from Friends of Mer Bleue; and we actively participate in Councillor Mitic’s Community Council Meetings. 

Our big event in 2017, The CHSCA Summer Sizzler “Canadiana Edition” - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and Canada’s 150th, will be held at Blue Willow Park on Friday, June 16th. A proposal for funding was accepted by the City of Ottawa for Canada’s 150th celebrations. Special programming will include the National Anthem and other music played by the band and choir from L’École élémentaire publique Le Prélude, period costumes and vignettes by Vintage Stock Theatre, gymnastics and martial arts demonstrations, bands, BBQ and a movie.   As always, we are looking for volunteers for this event. 

Municipal Update:

Golfland on Innes has been sold to Calvin Developments and a new residential subdivision has been proposed (backing onto Pagé Rd and Nature Trail).  The proposed development includes commercial space fronting onto Innes with a mix of 564 town and single dwelling houses, condos and apartments south of the current Golfland course. This subdivision would open onto the north end of Nature Trail via the two open lots (Note: several attending members are concerned about the ensuing increased traffic on Pagé Rd and Creek Crossing).  In response to much discussion around this issue, Councillor Mitic stated that nothing has been officially approved to date.  Of particular note:

  • Public consultations will be held in mid-April. Those in close proximity to Golfland (legally 120 m) will be contacted directly.  CHSCA will post this meeting on our website and Facebook page.

  • Richcraft owns the lands around BMR and BMR has not sold their land yet.

  • Councillor Mitic is very interested in the yet to be proposed commercial space fronting onto Innes (currently Golfland) and would like to see a proposal which markets the area as a ‘destination’ in Orleans.

Brian Coburn Extension:

  • Brian Coburn (BC) will connect to Navan Rd as of December 2017 via a traffic circle.

  • The extension of BC at the bottom of the ridge running parallel to Navan Rd towards the Blackburn Bypass is cancelled due to unaffordability and soil instability.  On February 1, 2017, the City’s Transportation Committee approved a motion to do an environmental assessment study of an alternate corridor for the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension and Cumberland Transitway.  The preferred option would be to realign Renaud Road linking the existing BC to the northern portion of the S turn on Renaud Rd (running parallel to the hydro corridor).  This is currently National Capital Commission (NCC) Greenbelt land. The new environmental assessment is expected to be completed 24 months from contract award.

  • In the interim, Navan Rd will be repaved and a second turning lane will be added at the intersection to turn westbound onto the Blackburn Bypass.

  • Traffic lights will be installed at Orleans and Navan in the spring of 2017.

  • The Park and Ride is scheduled to be completed Q4 of 2018.

  • A new bus route will serve the community starting December 2017.  The new route 225 will mimic the 34 route through the community but will take Innes to Blair for the LRT.  Two members of the current board were consulted on the route and suggested either the 34 or the new 225 travel down Orleans instead of Longleaf since the buses will run around the same times. This would provide improved service to riders from Pagé Rd, Nature Trail and Noblewood.

  • Lighting on pathways in ALL parks in CHS will be reviewed in the spring.

Emerging Discussions:

With the increased traffic on Orleans Blvd due to the closure of Pagé Rd, the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Orleans was discussed (currently 50 km/h between Innes and Silverbirch; 60 km/h between Silverbirch and Navan Rd).  All agreed that reducing the speed to 50 km/h from Innes to Navan Rd would be ideal. This led to further discussion around the possibility of adding a pedestrian crossing between Blue Willow Park and Blue Willow Drive.  Councillor Mitic confirmed that the City has ordered more flashing speed signs.  As well, Councillor Mitic has indicated that he will ask for a crosswalk at the point of concern and asked for input on the type of crosswalk.  A member indicated there are several ‘fun’ and ‘unique’ ideas for crosswalks globally (he later emailed examples to the board).

DECISION by members:

1.       Make the speed limit on Orleans Blvd 50 km/h the entire length through Chapel Hill (from Innes to Navan Rd.)

2.       As crosswalks are mandated by the Province, there are only three options available.  Decided to request the ‘2nd Option’ which would include lines and signs, but no electrical required.


Treasurer’s Report: Given by James Ikkers for Dan Batista

CHSCA operates two bank accounts: Event Account and the Blue Willow Rink Account

Event account is usually around zero to a few hundred dollars because all money generated comes from the Sizzler and is spent on the Sizzler. The Sizzler typically runs with a budget of close to $9000. 

This year, CHSCA was successful in securing a $5000 grant from the City to go towards “The CHSCA Summer Sizzler “Canadiana Edition” - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and Canada’s 150th” to take place on Friday, June 16th.  The proposed budget for this event is set at $20,000.

Blue Willow Rink account: CHSCA enters into an annual contract with the City for approximately $4500 to run the Blue Willow Outdoor Rink.  We employ community youth to maintain the rink throughout the season.  Currently, this account has approximately $3000 – higher than the norm in part due to the poor weather conditions this winter.

Discussion: The snow blower that is currently owned by CHSCA is in need of repair and might be beyond reasonable repair.  It was discussed that these monies could go toward the purchase of a new snow blower for next season.

Further discussion on possible ways to ‘grow’ the accounts of CHSCA.  Ideas were given and members were asked to further think of ways, if possible, to raise money. 

  • New initiatives in the community

  • Membership dues to the association

  • Ad space on the website



Election of Board Members:

The CHSCA Constitution states that all Officers and Directors are nominated and elected at the Annual General Meeting.  President, Donna Leith-Gudbranson, proposed three possible scenarios: Vote all positions before end of AGM; delay all elections to a future meeting; adopt a hybrid approach and only nominate and vote for Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer).  After all Officers and Directors shared descriptions of their own roles and responsibilities, a motion was made.

MOTION by Rylee Batista: For the members to adopt a hybrid approach at the AGM and nominate and vote for Officers for the CHSCA which will consist of the Executive: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  All other positions on the board to be filled at a future meeting.

  • Seconded by Paul Bolt

  • All in Favour

ACTION President to amend the Constitution to reflect this.




President: Donna Leith-Gudbranson - Nominated by Paul Bolt, Seconded by Rylee Batista – Accepted – All in Favour – Passed

Vice President: Paul Bolt – Nominated by Donna Leith-Gudbranson, Seconded by Michel Carrière –Accepted – All in Favour – Passed

Treasurer: As current Treasurer Dan Batista is stepping down and no one present was nominated, this was deferred to a future meeting.  Dan Batista will remain as Treasurer till such time.  A potential new committee member, who was not present at the AGM, expressed interest in the position of Treasurer.  The Executive will follow up. Motioned by James Ikkers and seconded by Paul Bolt.

Secretary: Michel Carrière and Rylee Batista – Nominated as Co-Secretaries by Donna Leith-Gudbranson and seconded by Paul Bolt – Accepted – Passed.


Floor Open to Members:

Laura Dudas, President of Blackburn Community Association: Party in the Quarry at LaFarge on Bearbrook on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (all invited)

Frequency of Annual meetings?  Suggestions included quarterly or twice a year.  Discussion.

DECISION: Twice a year.


Next Board meeting:  April 25th, 2017, which will include the election of Directors and preparation of the Summer Sizzler ‘Canadiana’ Edition.



Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Annual General Meeting


The current board of directors of the Chapel Hill South Community Association would like to invite all residents of Chapel Hill South to attend our Annual General Meeting.  Please join us to find out more about your community association, a group of volunteers who, like you, want the best for our community.  Many topics of interest to all of our residents will be on the agenda, including the future Brian Coburn Extension.  Come share your ideas!  And perhaps you would like to join the board of directors or one of our committees.  At this AGM, we will hold elections of our executive (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer).  If you would like to submit your name for any of these positions, please contact our current president, Donna Leith-Gudbranson at (613) 301-8465.

WHEN:     Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:     L’École élémentaire publique Le Prélude, 6025 Longleaf Drive
For further information, please contact us at:


Les membres du conseil d’administration de l’Association communautaire‎ de Chapel Hill Sud vous invitent à notre Assemblée générale annuelle où nous discuterons des enjeux de l'Association communautaire‎ de Chapel Hill Sud‎, un regroupement de bénévoles qui, comme vous, veulent le meilleur pour notre communauté. Venez en apprendre plus long au sujet des dossiers qui nous tiennent à cœur, y compris l’extension du boul. Brian Coburn. Profitez de l'occasion pour découvrir comment l'Association fonctionne et comment vous pourriez vous impliquer. Venez partager vos idées! L’élection des membres exécutifs (présidence, vice-présidence, secrétaire, trésorier(ère)) aura lieu lors de cette rencontre.  Si vous voulez vous présenter dans l’un de ces rôles, veuillez communiquer avec Donna Leith-Gudbranson, présidente, au (613) 301-8465.

QUAND:     Le mardi 21 février à 19h
OÙ:      L'École élémentaire publique Le Prélude au 6025, promenade Longleaf
    Pour de plus amples renseignements:

Trail Network Status Update

From Laura Dudas, President of the Blackburn Community Association...

Hello everyone, 

I have received an update from the NCC regarding the status of the new trail construction connecting our communities. 



  • Design of the trail network is complete. 
  • Environmental Assessment is 96% complete. It will be on hold until June when they will do a final study to determine if brown bats will be impacted by the construction. If the answer is yes, they will be required to determine mitigation messages before they proceed. 
  • The project is broken into 3 phases:
    • Phase 1 - North end of Tauvette to ball diamonds on Innes Road
    • Phase 2 - Continuing from the ball diamonds on Innes Road (Glen Park Drive) through the woods to the lights crossing the Blackburn bypass. 
    • Phase 3 - Continuing from the south side of the crossing light at the Bypass all the way to the Prescott-Russell Trail
  • Progress on the phases will be determined based on funding. 
  • The NCC 2017 budget in January will determine how quickly the phases will begin or be completed. 
  • If there is funding for the project in January, engagement of the community associations, elected representatives, will occur by the NCC. 
  • The trail is approximately $1 million for all three phases. 

Hope this helps. 

Notre-Dame-des-Champs Parish fundraising event


Il serait grandement apprécié si vous pourriez faire circuler l’invitation dans votre réseau.


Vous êtes invités à un souper bénéfice organisé par la paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Champs.

Le samedi 19 novembre 2017 au RAFO, 3349, chemin Navan, à partir de 17h, souper 18h

Pour information ou achat des billets,  coût 60$ ou 450$ / 8
 téléphonez Marcel Denis au 613-850-1428 ou bureau de laparoisse 613-824-2486


 Good morning,

Please share the invitation with your contact.

You are invited to Notre-Dame-des-Champs Parish fundraising event, Saturday November 19th, 2017 at RAFO, 3349 Navan Rd. starting at 5pm, diner at 6pm.
For more information or to buy tickets, $60 each or $450 /8
Call Marcel Denis at 613-850-1428, of parish office at 613-824-2486



Nathalie Montpetit

comité de construction NDC

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A message from MPP Marie-France Lalonde

Good afternoon/ Bonjour,


Please feel free to circulate this invitation!


MPP Marie-France Lalonde invites you to her Meet your neighbours” event;

an opportunity to celebrate multiculturalism, and the diversity of Orléans.


When: Saturday, October 8th 2016, from 2 to 4  pm


Where: Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa (RAFO) – 3349 Navan Rd, Ottawa K4B 1H9

For information: 613-834-8679 |

Please RSVP before October 3rd


N'hésitez pas à distribuer cette invitation!


La députée provinciale Marie-France Lalonde vous invite à son événement «Rencontrez vos voisins»;

une occasion de célébrer la diversité et la culture à Orléans


Quand : Le samedi 8 octobre 2016, de 14h à 16h


O ù : Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa (RAFO) – 3349 chemin Navan, Ottawa K4B 1H9


Pour renseignements : 613-834-8679 |

RSVP avant le 3 octobre



From the CHS mailbox

You are invited to a BBQ
Sunday, September 18 from 1pm to 3pm
For the construction project of Notre-Dame-des-Champs Parish
Come and share with your parish community.
Location: Chapel Hill Residence, 2305 Pagé Road.
To purchase tickets please contact Nicole at 613-824-5067, or at the parish office, Thursdays at 613-824-2486 and Sundays before and after Mass
Tickets $ 20 person, $ 50 family

Merci Thank you

Nathalie Montpetit

comité du projet construction de la paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Champs

Maintenance in Longleaf Park

From the Innes Ward Facebook page...


For residents in Chapel Hill South

Parks, Building and Grounds (PBGS) will be replacing the hydro kiosk in Longleaf park commencing September 6th. 
The hydro kiosk heaved over the years and is pulling on the underground main feed. There will not be any power in this park for about two weeks from Sept. 6th. The pathway lights and tennis courts will not be lit during this time.

PBGS are looking to install signage at the tennis court to advise of the interruption of lights which will result in a shortened play day for the term of the work.

Remember to protect your vehicle from theft!

Remember to protect your vehicle from theft!

Dear neighbours,

It’s official … summer has finally arrived! Unfortunately, the warm weather also attracts the petty car thieves.  The thieves are looking for unlocked car doors and will take cash and valuables, any available electronics, sunglasses, etc. They’ve even been known to take vehicles in which they found the keys for a short joy ride!

Here are a few safety tips of which we would like to remind you: