News & Events from Gatineau & Ottawa Movers

October 17, 2013

Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner

By: Heather @ 2:31 pm

We might be a moving and warehousing company, but we also LOVE our sports. Whether it is moving teams (Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and the Kitchener Rangers), sponsoring them (Ottawa Soccer Club, Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship) or even participating in major sporting events ourselves (Westmount Moving Hockey Team VS the Mighty Yuks, benefiting the Montreal Children’s hospital, Tour de Force, Tinman Triathlon, as well as various golf tournaments) we love sports and everything surrounding them. While Westmount Moving and Warehousing has three main offices; Montreal, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, the company first grew out of Montreal.

As Joe Gagnon, our president said in an interview last spring, “Montreal is a sport town.” This love for sports has carried itself throughout all three offices during our companies growth and with that, our love for sharing sport related news! How about the 16th Annual Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner? If you haven’t heard of this event before, on Monday, October 21st 2013 at the Ottawa Conference and Event center, the MLB’s all-time hits leader, the former player for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and the former manager of the Montreal Expos and Reds: Pete Rose, will be the guest of honour at this fabulous event:

“Rose has won three World Series Rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award and made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequalled five different positions.”

The Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner is organized each year to bring together elite members of Ottawa’s business community to raise money for local charities. This year, the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner fundraiser is supporting the Soloway Jewish Community Centre as well as The Ottawa Food Bank. For more information about this event, visit their website:

October 8, 2013

‘Swabbing Parties’: New-age trend to find a match

By: Heather @ 7:45 pm

Normally when one visits a bar, they last thing they expect is to be cotton swabbed upon entrance. However, if it can help save someone’s life, swab away! Welcome to a Swabbing Party or ‘Swab-a-thon’. Confused? Read below.

Welcome to a Swabbing Party or 'Swab-a-thon'. Chris Taylor is the general manager at Grace O’Malley’s bar in Ottawa. Chris was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was told he needed bone marrow transplant. Un-able to find a match that could give him a chance to be cured, his boss who owns other bars in the Ottawa and Toronto area organized something called a ‘Swab-a-thon’ for Chris.

Basically, every person who visits the indicated bars during the swab-a-thon dates with have their mouths swab in order to potentially track down a stem cell match that could be donated. With a large turn-out and a simple cheek swab, Chris has an 80% chance of finding a match and 50% chance of being cured. Chris is taking it day by day and is hopeful, although he does suffer intense muscle pain and nausea because of the illness.

He is currently going through the chemo process and thinking positively. He is thankful for the support he has behind him and encourages others to the same for their friends or family that are suffering from an illness where a simple swab and can be the cure.

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October 1, 2013

Home Safety Tips

By: Heather @ 2:21 pm

We help you move into a home. We go through the process with you from the beginning to the end. Therefore, the last thing we want is for your new space that we helped you move into, get burglarized or destroyed in some way. With Ottawa police issuing a warning to keep doors and windows locked after two women were woken up by a strange man in their bedrooms in Sandy Hill early Sunday morning, we think it’s time to re-think some safety measures. Coming straight from the Toronto police, are some valuable tips to keep your castle safe from invaders:

  1. Keep your doors and windows closed
  2. Leave some lights on at night and keep noise on when you’re away
  3. It doesn’t pay to advertise: Answering machines that tell strangers you’re going to be away for a week will not help you.
  4. Stow the usual suspects: Hide your valuables
  5. Stow your car
  6. Keep an eye out: If you see something suspicious, trust your gut
  7. If your house has been broken into: Don’t go in, call the police and don’t touch anything. Once police have arrived, take lots of photos.
  8. Ask to see company I.D. or a badge if someone knocks at your door
  9. Have more than one phone line
  10. Install an alarm
  11. Check your locks often
  12. Take a walk around your house to spot any weakness or area a burglar might use
  13. Change your routine: Burglar’s often stalk homeowners to learn their routine, change yours up to keep them off their game.
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