Giving Back is Good Fun
Dave and Wendy Smythe and the entire team at DS Plumbing are passionate about being involved in the Ottawa community. While there are dozens of worthy causes in our area alone, there are several charities that are very close to our hearts:
- The Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue
- Sit With Me Dog Rescue
- The Ottawa Pride Parade
- Ryan’s Well
- The Air Cadets
- The Ottawa Humane Society
OHS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon
We participate in the Ottawa Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon almost every year. In the past, we’ve even been on site in our event tent showing our ongoing support to the less fortunate animals of Ottawa. This gallery captures some of the fun we’ve had attending in past years:
As plumbers, we know how important clean drinking water and proper sanitation are to our health. That’s why we help out Ryan’s Well Foundation whenever we can. They raise money for wells and latrines in developing countries. You can find out some of the things we’ve been doing to help fundraise for them in our blog.
World Plumbing Day on March 11th
DS Plumbing loved to celebrate this important day.
World Plumbing Day was founded by the World Plumbing Council many years ago to highlight the essential role plumbers and plumbing systems play in world-wide health, and to bring awareness to the significant contributions the plumbing industry has made to water and energy conservation efforts.
Please take the time to appreciate your plumbing system! It may be a nuisance occasionally, but if we didn’t have plumbing we would still be living in the dark ages!
The Ottawa Pride Parade
We’ve had a great time at the Ottawa Pride Parade over the years, attending either with a float or cheering in the crowd almost every year. The floats require a lot of time and creativity, so we don’t manage to do one every year.
Here is a shot of Craig, one of our plumbers, from our 2013 float. Check out this blog post to see the float we had in 2014.
Our wonderful volunteers!
Left-right: Sarah, Wendy, Nancy, Craig, Audrey and Dave. Wendy and Dave’s daughter Holly took the picture.
The Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue Chili Cook-Off
This is an event we’ve been involved in for a few years now. All proceeds go towards the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, which finds homes for stray cats in the Ottawa area. You can learn more by following the links below.
Ten Oaks Bowl-A-Thon
In 2018 we participated in the Ten Oaks Project Bowl-A-Thon, which raised $45,000 in support of the Ten Oaks camp. This camp is for LGBTQ+ youth, and provides a space of acceptance and celebration through camp activities and play. Learn more >
The Ottawa Humane Society’s Furball
Another Humane Society benefit, this is another way we try to support this very worthy cause.
This picture shows Dave and Wendy Smythe and Sandy Sharkey from 939 BOB FM at the Bollywood themed Furball in 2012.
The DS Plumbing Scholarship and Award
In 2018, we created a scholarship and an award for plumbing students at Algonquin College Learn more >
The Northern Nomad Net-Zero Tiny Home
We were proud to be a sponsor and builder on the Carleton University Northern Nomad project, aimed at creating a home that used as much energy as it generated. Learn more >
November is Movember, Month of the Moustache!
Every November, the menfolk on our team grows their moustaches in honour of Movember! This month has been designated as mens health awareness month. We also donate a portion of all of our calls to Prostate Cancer Canada in this month.