Mayor’s City Builder Award – Susan MacLatchy
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Susan MacLatchy today in recognition of her outstanding contributions to public health through the founding of the Carleton Heights Curling Club’s Annual Bonspiel for Breast Cancer.
Susan MacLatchy launched this event in 2000, raising $6,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in its first year. Along with her organizing committee, she has worked tirelessly to grow this event every year since.
The 15th Annual Bonspiel for Breast Cancer was held on March 29, with approximately 100 women curlers from across Ottawa participating. This year’s bonspiel raised more than $40,000. In total, the Carleton Heights Curling Club Annual Bonspiel for Breast Cancer has raised approximately $400,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation while helping to build awareness of breast cancer prevention and treatment in our community.
Mayor’s City Builder Award – Citizens for Safe Cycling
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Citizens for Safe Cycling (CfSC) today in recognition of the volunteer organization’s outstanding contributions to public safety over the past 30 years. CfSC president Mr. Hans Moor accepted the honour on behalf of the organization.
Founded in 1984, CfSC is a voluntary association of cyclists who work with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa and other organizations concerned with road safety, advocating for better, safer, environmentally friendly cycling in the Ottawa area. CfSC is directed by a volunteer board whose members are experienced and committed cyclists, and run by a broad base of active volunteers.
CfSC has always participated in, and contributed to, road safety initiatives in Ottawa. For example, in November 2012 and 2013, CfSC volunteers helped distribute a total of more than 350 sets of bike lights free of charge to cyclists on pathways in the city core. Its volunteers contribute many hours every year to the education of cyclists and other road users in how to safely share the road.
Mayor Watson noted it was appropriate that CfSC received the City Builder Award during Bike to Work Month, a time when the City and its cycling partners offer many activities that emphasize cycling safety and education.