Barrhaven Talk

A local entrepreneur's thoughts on Barrhaven life, news and happenings.

The Hélène Campbell story – Update

There’s been a lot of coverage in the media lately about Hélène Campbell, a former Barrhaven resident who is currently living in Toronto awaiting a lung transplant.  (See for the full, heartwarming tale.)

Not only has she gotten the support of celebs Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Beiber, but according to the Ottawa Citizen’s latest on the story, donations for organ transplants are pouring in:

“According to the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which oversees organ donations and transplants in Ontario, online donor registration at skyrocketed following Hélène’s Feb. 16 appearance on Ellen.

Seven-hundred and twenty Ontarians registered that day, while, aided by the media storm that followed, a further 1,086 signed up online the next day.”

Hélène said her goal is to get one million Ontarians to register by June. What an effort from someone not only waiting for a transplant herself, but trying to raise awareness so all transplant patients can benefit.

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More schools needed?

I found an interesting article in the Ottawa Citizen about Barrhaven’s growing student population. (See – with local MPP Lisa McLeod front and centre) This is no doubt due to the fact that Barrhaven is the fastest-growing community in Ottawa (and possibly the world?), according to the 2011 census.

Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School (LDHSS) opened in 2009. Student population has grown at a staggering rate. The article states: “There are 10 portables, but that number will increase to 24 by the time classes resume next September if nothing is done about the space shortage…”

A few of my students attend LDHSS; frequently they complain of the tight squeeze they encounter every time they attempt to maneuver down a hallway. Can’t say I miss high school one bit.


Hello! This is my first ever blog post, so I thought I would start out by introducing myself: My name is Ashley, and I’ll be the one updating this page, hopefully more often that not.

My aim is to capture the comings-and-going of a little (well not so little anymore) community in the south end of Ottawa, called Barrhaven. I was born, raised, and so far, have settled here, among many friends and family. It’s a great place to be, live, dine and relax; I’ll try to show all the good stuff (and some of the bad!) in this blog, along with my other passions in life: music, teaching and business.

That’s all for now!

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