Ottawa Valley - Parliament Hill - Fleur de Lys
Hey there ECD! My name is Ashiq-Arib Gazi and I am your Lieutenant Governor for Division 8/9/10. I joined Key Club in grade 10 and could not believe the level of altruism that the club embodies. Before Key Club, my biggest project was a school-wide awareness and fundraiser campaign called Fight4TheFlow. Period. From there I helped with Diversity/Identity events, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns, and began my studies in Arabic, Japanese, French, and Bengali to further my global citizenship. Besides the IDEA club, I was a part of my school’s Science Club, Math Club, International Certificate Program, Specialist High Skills Major Program, and many sports teams. I have made it a lifelong goal to learn, grow, and create and I know the LG position will do just that. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any ideas, questions, or concerns, and don’t forget to have a great day and keep being awesome!
Division 8/9/10 geographically consists of the Ottawa, Pembroke and Gatineau area. divisions 8, 9 and 10 were combined in 2015 with the first LG being William Zhang. Within the division there are 6 Kiwanis Clubs and 12 Key Clubs with a total of just under 400 registered members. Nepean High School Key Club was chartered in 1952, making it the oldest club in the division. What sets division 8/9/10 apart is the fun divisional events such as Fall Rally and the KCO Bed Race. Key Club is very important as it gives students in division 8/9/10 the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community.
The Acora Bed Race for Kiwanis
The Acora Bed Race for Kiwanis organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the highlights of Winterlude. Teams of 5 people which includes 4 runners and one rider compete with modified and decorated beds in downtown Ottawa. This event is a lot of fun for participants, and the funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Aktion Club and other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. In 2020 the Bed Race was able to raise over $41,000. Participants can win for best decorations, best Team Spirit, fastest bed and so much more.
Fall Rally is an annual event that division 8/9/10 hosts alongside another division. In previous years the event was hosted with division 24 from the New York Districts but in 2021 the event will be hosted with division 4, which consists of the Niagara region. Fall Rally is a day filled with super informative workshops, amazing guest speakers, fun games and so much more. Most importantly Fall Rally gives Key Clubbers the chance to meet new people and participate in service projects together. Any registered member can attend Fall Rally and get the chance to learn something valuable, form new connections all while having lots of fun!
“Key Club is a great place to meet others who share the same passion of serving their community. Everyone is welcomed to not only speak their minds, but to truly set their beliefs to work!” – Laura Trinh, Co-president of Glebe Collegiate Institute Key Club
“Key Club has truly taught me that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much!” – Heather Liu, Co-president of Colonel By Key Club
“Key club is to me as honey is to bees: a part of our identity without which we could not thrive.” – Alice Yang, Co-president of Colonel By Key Club