• Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. John Therien

    Mayor Jim Watson, Ward Councillor Steve Desroches and Councillor Mathieu Fleury presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. John Therien for his many years of dedication to making Vanier a healthy, safe and prosperous community.

    Mr. Therien served as Chair of the Quartier Vanier BIA for eight years, where he led an engaged group of business owners through a period of unprecedented growth and change in their community. Under his leadership, the BIA helped many local charitable causes including a women’s shelter, several church projects, school projects, the Knights of Columbus and a Christmas toy drive.

    An enthusiastic promoter of Vanier as an increasingly diverse, safe and affordable community for families that is close to downtown, he told the Ottawa Business Journal in 2006 that Vanier would soon be “the next ‘in’ place to live and work.”

    He has been the owner and head instructor of Therien Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing for 42 years, which operates eight dojos including one on Selkirk Street in Vanier. He has introduced thousands of young people across Ottawa to the discipline and healthy physical activity of the martial arts.


  • Happy International Women’s Day 2014


    Saturday, March 8, 2014 is International Women’s Day. This is an occasion to pay tribute to women everywhere who have made a difference in the lives of others. It is a day to celebrate the women who have led – and continue to lead – the way forward towards a more just and equal society.

    One of the themes for this year’s celebration is “Inspiring Change”.

    Around the world, and in each of our daily lives, women bring positive change to every facet of life. Women are leaders of some of the most powerful countries in the world and each day in our City, our Province, and our country we see the outstanding accomplishments of women scientists, leaders of multinational organisations, writers, medical professionals, athletes, astronauts, artists, philanthropists and the list can go on and on.

    Women have achieved iconic status in all professions and walks of life and are vital to the economic prosperity and security of our communities and families.

    We have many remarkable women who are community leaders here in Ottawa. It was my honour to host some of these inspirational women at the Mayor’s International Women’s Day Breakfast this year on March 5th. It was great to be able to celebrate with so many extraordinary individuals, including our guest speaker, Sue O’Sullivan, the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime and former Ottawa Police Deputy Chief, as we commemorated the achievements of women worldwide.

    Wishing you all a Happy International Women’s Day!

    Jim Watson