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: www.celebritysportsdinner.com

September 6, 2013

Share the Warmth and Honour Our Firefighters

By: Heather @ 10:40 pm

At Westmount Moving and Warehousing, we believe in giving back to the community and value the action as something that is extremely important, especially in this day and age. We are proud to sponsor the Children’s Wish Foundation, Partageons L’Espoir (Share the warmth), West Island Community Shares, the Ottawa Soccer Club and Clarky’s kids. We also give our support to the Montreal Children’s hospital and other organizations. Aside from our efforts, we like to promote the efforts of others to better their community and raise awareness.

Today, Friday, September 6th, Ottawa firefighters gathered to honour and remember their friends who have died in the line of duty. They started at 11:30 am and marched from the Canadian Museum of Nature all the way to the Ottawa City Hall. At noon, the memorial was held at the Ottawa Fire Fighters Monument. Memorial events will continue into the weekend as firefights and their families from across Canada gather for separate memorials. The gathering will lead to the National Firefighters Monument at LeBreton Flats. Even if you do not personally know a firefighter, we believe that we should all stop and recognize the enormous sacrifice that these men and women make every day and honour them the best way we can.

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August 30, 2013

The joys of Labour Day weekend!

By: Heather @ 6:31 pm

Happy Labour DayOh the joys of Labour Day weekend! The classic, ‘last weekend before summer ends’ trip with the family and/or friends! The family get-togethers and feasts, the parties and the memories! What would we do without it?

Well, people did survive without it for quite some time. The day only was made official in 1894 to celebrate various labour associations’ strengths and contributions and to give a much needed day of rest. However, we, in modern times view this day a little different. Sure, it could still be a ‘day of rest’ but for most, it is exactly the opposite!

For many, Labour Day is viewed as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events! For teens and university students it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighbourhoods (maybe yours), there are fireworks, BBQ’s and other public events. Let’s not forget football season starts and many teams play their first game of the year during Labour Day weekend.

If moving/relocating is in your Labour Day weekend plans we have a few tips that will make the move as easy as can be! These tips could make your move quicker and more efficient, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your Labour Day weekend! Jump in a pool, go biking, see the sights, catch up on your gossip and most of all, rest up and take full advantage of the time off.

Tips and Moving Checklist

Before you move:

  • Determine what you’re going to keep, discard or donate
  • Gather your valuable documents in a safe location
  • Dismantle furniture and/or disconnect electronics-this service may be offered to you

When planning the move

Change of address

Cable/Internet/Telephone/Mobile

Also think about advising your:

  • Financial institution
  • Life insurance company
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Family doctor/Pharmacy

The day of the move

  • Is the elevator available (arrange with concierge or building manager)
  • Has parking been arranged?
  • Did you make sure to provide an easy access for the movers
  • Have your considered your kids being baby sat?
  • Did you provide your cell phone number to the moving company
  • Have arrangements been made for your pets?
  • Have you emptied your fridges and freezers?
  • Make sure you have cleaning products available for the final round
  • Advise the new occupants of your new address

Don’t forget to take a final look outside!

(Shed, under the balcony, etc)

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August 19, 2013

Hub Ottawa hosts Launch Some Good entrepreneurial competition…with a Twist

By: Heather @ 6:07 pm

Who knew that smoking would ever be considered in a six-minute pitch for an entrepreneurial competition based on improving life on Earth?

Over the weekend, Hub Ottawa, a for-profit company that provides working space and a collaborative atmosphere for entrepreneurs hosted Launch Some Good, an entrepreneurial competition that has been said to share the same qualities as that of Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. On Friday night, 25 entrepreneur hopefuls were given just 48 hours to divide themselves into five groups and plan a six minute pitch for a business venture that would help clean up the Earth, improve life on Earth and yet still earn revenue. What emerged in those 48 hours was spectacular and incredibly diverse.

From ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ (a concept to address youth unemployment by helping to teach teenagers and young adults to execute activities for children) to phone apps that would provide real-time information on how long one would have to wait in Ottawa Hospitals, one group stood out among the rest. Coined ‘butt barons’ by the Ottawa Citizen, four young adults (ages ranging from 20-22) the group explained to the judges that discarded cigarette butts make a city ugly to look at and are also not environmentally friendly. Their plan? Create collection bins and sell them.

Who would want to buy such things? The group explained that the butts could be used for insulation or be given to a company in New Jersey that would turn them into furniture and other household items. Being operated on solar power, these containers would count the number of butts that were dropped inside, to stimulate public interest. As one of the team members pointed out “butts are still the world’s most common type of litter.” This venture is still at the idea stage, but with a little help and a bit more planning, Ottawa and other cities may soon see those butt containers alongside their city corners.

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June 27, 2013

Get ready to sing the blues!

By: Heather @ 12:18 pm

The Ottawa Bluesfest is kicking off July 4-14th. With an impressive line-up showcasing local, national and international musicians, Ottawa Bluesfest is one of Canada’s foremost music festivals.

To plan your visit, be sure to check out RBC Bluesfest Executive Director Mark Monahan’s “Best Bets” series on the Bluesfest website – a day-by-day summary of his sure-fire picks for the festival.  Get out and get moving in Ottawa!

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May 24, 2013

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

By: Heather @ 11:59 am
Joe qualified for the Boston marathon with a final time of 3:08

UPDATE: Joe qualified for the Boston marathon with a final time of 3:08

Ottawa is gearing up for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

With over 42,000 participants, this is Canada’s premium running event, with something for every level of runner. There is a 2k, 5k and 10k run in addition to the half and full marathon.

Westmount Moving will be well represented at the race, with President Joe Gagnon running the full marathon and Sheri Doyle, Vice President, running the half. This will be Joe’s third year participating in the event, and he has an ambitious goal of finishing with a Boston qualifying time.

Good luck Joe and congratulations to the beautiful city of Ottawa for putting on such a world class event.

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May 11, 2013

Are you a fan of the hockey playoffs? We are too!

By: Heather @ 12:39 am

Being the official mover of The Montreal Canadians & The Ottawa Senators, we’ve decided to run an advertising campaign on all 30 NHL sites.

Whichever team you’re cheering for, you might see one of these ads on your favourite team’s website!

Westmount Moving is proud to start building a long-term relationship with one of the biggest sports organizations – and are even looking forward to becoming the official mover of the NHL one day!

We hope your team makes it through the first round!

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April 4, 2013

2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship

By: Heather @ 4:55 pm

Westmount Moving is proud to support the 2013 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship

GO Team Canada GO!!!

October 15, 2012

Congratulations Andrew!

By: Heather @ 4:09 pm

Best wishes to Andrew Gorman and his bride, Nicole, on their wedding on Saturday October 13th.

Andrew is a valued member of the Ottawa moving company operations team.

What a beautiful couple!

Andrew and Nicole

Andrew and Nicole

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September 23, 2012

Tour de Force – Finished

By: Heather @ 8:11 pm

In the early morning hours before it was even light out we scrambled (after a great night out in Ottawa in celebration of our completion of the tour!)

We needed to eat breakfast, get on our bikes and get downtown before 7am to lead the 5th annual Army Run out of the gates! A tremendous honor that we were all present for and proud to be part of.

Even though it was quite cold out and many of us shivered and huddled for warmth as we waited for the starting gun to lead the over 10,000 participants of the 5k run off the starting line; the energy of the organizers was quite obvious and infectious as they greeted us all and thanked us for our part in the fund raising effort for Canada Company. They also thanked us for being there to start the race and gave us our instructions. The starting gun went off and we sprinted away with the runners not far behind. At the 5k marker we left the course and headed back to the hotel to start the pack up and good bye process.

Another great Tour de Force completed! We formed memories and relationships that will likely last a life time and not even twenty-four hours later as I write this; I’m confident that I’m probably not alone in saying that I miss the gang already!

Great job team; until next year when we meet again!

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