• Mark Wigmore receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    September 26, 2018 – The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Capital Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mark Wigmore at City Council today in recognition of his contributions to Camp Misquah and the Ottawa Race Weekend.

     

    Mr. Wigmore has been incredibly active in fundraising for Camp Misquah, a summer camp for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. He joined the board of directors several years ago and has focussed his efforts on raising money for the camp.

     

    Mr. Wigmore has helped raise more than $200,000 over the years, which has led to the construction of an accessible bathroom and shower cabin and a brand new sports pad. He has also worked hard to secure grants to make the camp more accessible for its users.

     

    Mr. Wigmore also volunteers for the Ottawa Race Weekend. This past May, he was responsible for organizing the pace bunnies for all races, pacing the half marathon himself. Mr. Wigmore used the weekend as another opportunity to fundraise for Camp Misquah, personally raising more than $5,000.

     

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

     

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

     

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

  • Mark Wigmore reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Le 26 septembre 2018 – À la réunion du Conseil aujourd’hui, le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier Capitale ont présenté à Mark Wigmore le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire en reconnaissance de sa contribution au Camp Misquah et à la Fin de semaine des courses d’Ottawa.

    Wigmore déploie des efforts incroyables afin d’amasser des fonds pour le Camp Misquah, un camp d’été accueillant des enfants, des jeunes et des adultes ayant une déficience intellectuelle. Il est devenu membre du conseil d’administration du camp il y a quelques années et concentre ses efforts sur la collecte de fonds pour le camp.

     

    Au fil des années, M. Wigmore a aidé à recueillir plus de 200 000 dollars, ce qui a permis l’installation d’une toilette et d’une douche accessibles et la construction d’une nouvelle aire sportive. Et il travaille très fort pour obtenir des subventions afin d’améliorer l’accessibilité du camp pour ses usagers.

    Wigmore fait également du bénévolat pour la Fin de semaine des courses d’Ottawa. En mai dernier, il a été responsable de l’organisation des lapins de cadence de toutes les cours, se chargeant lui-même de la cadence du demi-marathon. M. Wigmore a profité du weekend pour amasser des fonds pour le Camp Misquah, recueillant personnellement plus de 5 000 dollars.

     

    Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile qui vise à reconnaître un particulier, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond envers notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le Prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, un acte de bonté remarquable, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes ou de développement d’une conscience communautaire ou encore toute autre réalisation exemplaire.

     

    Des particuliers, des groupes et des organismes peuvent être mis en nomination par des membres du Conseil municipal ou par le public.

     

    Le Prix est remis au début de chaque réunion du Conseil municipal.

  • Russ Thomas reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Ottawa – Le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier de Cumberland ont remis le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire à Russ Thomas lors de la réunion du Conseil aujourd’hui afin de souligner ses contributions à sa communauté de Cumberland.

    Thomas a généreusement donné de son temps au Marché frais de Cumberland, à titre de membre du conseil d’administration au cours des trois dernières années. Pendant cette période, M. Thomas a aidé à constituer en personne morale le corps administratif du Marché et a été l’un de ses plus fervents intervenants. Il ne refuse aucune tâche, la plus petite soit-elle, de cuisinier à conducteur d’équipement lourd ou responsable de l’accueil, pourvu que le succès du Marché soit assuré.

    Thomas a également été bénévole au Musée-village du patrimoine de Cumberland depuis plusieurs années, siégeant initialement à son conseil consultatif. Lorsque le conseil a été dissous, il a œuvré au sein du groupe consultatif du service du Musée, tout d’abord à titre de membre, puis en tant que président. Dans ces fonctions, M. Thomas a permis d’élaborer l’orientation stratégique du Musée. À l’instar de ses autres rôles de bénévole, M. Thomas est toujours volontaire pour apporter son aide à toute tâche. Parmi les projets sur lesquels il a travaillé, on compte la construction et l’installation du village hanté du Musée chaque automne, la conception de presses à fleurs et la plantation des jardins du Musée.

    Thomas a également été bénévole au sein de l’Association communautaire du village de Cumberland pendant plusieurs années, et a passé les cinq dernières années à titre de président et coprésident.

    Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile qui vise à reconnaître un particulier, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond envers notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le Prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, un acte de bonté remarquable, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes ou de développement d’une conscience communautaire ou encore toute autre réalisation exemplaire.

    Des particuliers, des groupes et des organismes peuvent être mis en nomination par des membres du Conseil municipal ou par le public.

    Le Prix est remis au début de chaque réunion du Conseil municipal.

    Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les programmes et services de la Ville, rendez-vous au ottawa.ca ou composez le 3-1-1 (ATS : 613-580-2401). Vous pouvez également nous suivre sur Facebook, Twitter et Instagram.

  • Russ Thomas receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Cumberland Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Russ Thomas at City Council today in recognition of his contributions to his Cumberland community.

     

    Mr. Thomas has graciously volunteered his time at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market, serving as a board member over the past three years. During this time, Mr. Thomas has helped incorporate the Market’s governing body and has been one of its biggest supporters. There is no small job he is not willing to take on, from cook to heavy equipment operator to greeter, all to ensure the market’s success.

     

    Mr. Thomas has also been a volunteer at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for the past several years, initially serving on its advisory board. When the board was dissolved, he served on the Museum’s Departmental Consultative Group, first as a member and then as chair. In these roles, Mr. Thomas has helped develop the strategic direction for the museum.  Like his other volunteer roles, Mr. Thomas is always willing to help with any task. Amongst the projects he has worked on are the construction and installation of the  Haunted Village each fall, designed flower presses, and planted the museum’s gardens.

     

    Mr. Thomas has also volunteered for the Cumberland Community Association for several years, and has spent the last five as president or co-president.

     

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

     

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

     

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

     

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

     

  • Chris Nihmey receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa  ̶  The Mayor of Ottawa and Ward Councillor Gloucester-South Nepean Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Nihmey at City Council today in recognition of his mental health advocacy.

    For two decades, Chris Nihmey has battled serious mental health disorders. Through therapy, medication and behaviour strategies, Mr. Nihmey has recovered from his illnesses and dedicated his life to mental health advocacy.

    Mr. Nihmey has authored five books, three of which deal specifically with mental illness. He speaks regularly, sharing his story with schools, parent groups, community organizations and businesses, to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In the last three years, he has spoken at more than 100 events.

    In 2017, Mr. Nihmey was chosen as one of five Faces of Mental Illness and Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and acts as an ambassador for mental health across Canada.

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

  • Future site of new central library to be local and national destination

    Ottawa – At a ceremony held today, Mayor Jim Watson and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicated the future home of a joint facility shared by the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. Dignitaries unveiled a sign designating the site at the corner of Albert Street and Commissioner Street.

    In 2017, City Council and the Ottawa Public Library Board approved partnering with Library and Archives Canada to build a new joint facility, which will serve as a national institution, a city-wide resource, and a community gathering space.

    Located at the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats, the new facility will be located near homes and businesses, as well as green spaces, including the Garden of the Provinces. In addition, light rail will figure prominently into access to this new facility, as Pimisi Station is less than 300 metres away.

    Pedestrian access will be improved with planned road and intersection modifications along the Albert and Slater corridor. These will facilitate movement and support integration with the Central Business District and residential neighbourhoods to the east and south.

    This unique partnership will provide the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada with a unique, state-of-the-art facility that brings together the creative services of a public library and the public services of a national library and archives for a richer customer experience.

    Expected to open in 2024, this new facility will be a modern, iconic building and destination that will be designed by a renowned architectural team working with the City and the public on the look, feel and user experience of the building.

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    “The new central library will benefit residents of Ottawa and visitors for generations to come. It will be an important hub in our city and an anchor for the whole community. Our collaboration with Library and Archives Canada will create a civic and national institution where residents can gather, learn, be inspired, and connect with the world and each other.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa 

    “Canada’s history and heritage are irreplaceable treasures that we must preserve with the utmost respect. This new joint facility will be a building of which all Canadians can be proud. It will be an invaluable resource for those seeking knowledge—or those just looking to curl up with a good book.”
    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    “This new facility in the heart of Ottawa is an excellent example of the partnership and co-operation between federal and municipal institutions that is a priority for our government. This collaboration will allow us to showcase artifacts highlighting Canada’s history and will make visiting the new central library a richer experience for local residents and visitors to the nation’s capital alike.”
    The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre)

    “This new facility will be a community gathering space here in Ottawa, bringing people together to learn and exchange ideas. We’re excited to collaborate with Library and Archives Canada to provide innovative services and a rich customer experience in a modern space.”
    Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board

     

    Websites:
    Ottawa Central Library
    Library and Archives Canada
    Developing LeBreton Flats

  • Ottawa 2017 Volunteers receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, with Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Jean Cloutier, recognized the Ottawa 2017 Volunteers at today’s City Council meeting by presenting them with the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

    Ottawa 2017’s volunteer force is over 2,500 strong and the presentation was to recognize everyone who has volunteered their time over the last 12 months. Over the course of 2017, volunteers have donated in excess of 25,000 hours, spanning over 100 events, including Red Bull Crashed Ice, JUNO Awards, Inspiration Village, Kontinuum, La Machine, Canada’s Table, Ottawa Welcomes the World and Miwàte.

    On a daily basis, Ottawa 2017 volunteers have demonstrated exemplary qualities including strength, initiative, kindness, hospitality, leadership and team spirit. Ottawa 2017 would not have been possible without their support. From working outside for long stretches in minus 30-degree weather during Red Bull Crashed Ice, to plus 30 degrees during 14-hour days with La Machine, they remained dedicated and smiling throughout.

    The volunteers set an example that has inspired everyone who interacted with them, from the Ottawa 2017 team to the millions of people who visited Ottawa during the year. They have set a new standard in volunteerism and their contributions will be remembered for years to come.

  • John Blatherwick receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Blatherwick at City Council today in recognition of his many years of service as President and Chair of the Zoning and Development Committee for the Woodpark Community Association (WCA), and for his extensive volunteer work and expertise on boards for numerous community, zoning and land-use organizations.

    Mr. Blatherwick’s knowledge, skills and experience in zoning and his willingness to advise associations and constituents has been an invaluable asset to Woodpark and to other community associations in west Ottawa.

    He is a member of the City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment, and a former member of the City of Ottawa Business Advisory Committee. His extensive experience includes being the Past Chair of the Transportation Working Group for the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa, and Past President, and Past Director of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa-Carleton.

    Mr. Blatherwick is also recognized as a City Builder for his contributions as a presenter at many Planning, Economic Development, Budget, Community Service, Operations and Committee of Adjustment meetings. He also contributed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Public/Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing in 2001, and has Ontario Municipal Board experience as an expert witness, appellant, presenter and community consultant (1989 to present).

  • Qamar Masood receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – As a committed volunteer within the Pakistani community for over 20 years, Qamar Masood was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting by Mayor Jim Watson and Orléans Ward Councilor Bob Monette.

    Mr. Masood is President of the Multicultural Association of Orléans, an organization that facilitates the participation of the community in socio-cultural, education and intercommunity programs. He is a former Ambassador of Peace within the Universal Peace Federation and was the longest serving President for the Canada-Pakistan Association of the National Capital Region. He also sits on the RCMP Outreach Multi-ethnic Committee of Ottawa and is involved in fundraising efforts for the Masjid Bilal Mosque. Mr. Masood donated his catering services to the fundrasiser roast of Deputy Mayor and Councillor Bob Monette where all proceeds were donated to the preservation of St. Joseph Church.

    Mr. Masood advocates on behalf of the multicultural community of Orléans on matters affecting rights, interests and values that are consistent with the mainstream community. He has developed and promoted programs that focus on advancing education as well as social and culturally relevant attributes of the families that make up the community of Orléans. He has also raised awareness of the importance of giving back to our communities which is the continuation of the work he has been doing since 1993 on his Rogers Television show called Projection Pakistan.

     

  • Girls+ Skate 613 receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    July 13, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to skateboarding organization Girls+ Skate 613 at today’s City Council meeting.

    Girls+ Skate 613 builds community, diversity and inclusion by providing a safe space for individuals of all ages, abilities and genders to skateboard in a comfortable, encouraging environment.

    The organization began as Girls Only Sessions at the McNabb Community Centre in 2006. Girls+ Skate 613 is now a permanent initiative supported by the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association (OSCA), and membership has doubled each year since 2013.

    Recognizing that girls, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups do not have the same opportunities in sports, OSCA and Girls+ Skate 613 are dedicated to empowering individuals who might not have other opportunities to participate in this sport. Girls+ Skate 613 and OSCA work together to support barrier-free skateboarding by providing equipment, facilitating spaces for skating, hosting events, providing resources and education, and fundraising.

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

    Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public.

    The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.

    For additional information, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


     

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    Three men receive Commendations for Bravery for their role in fire rescue

    July 13, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented City of Ottawa Commendations for Bravery to realtor Geoff Walker and asphalting workers Owen Cole and Alex Deschamps at today’s City Council meeting. The three honorees helped to rescue two men from a house fire on Melette Crescent in the Avalon community of Orléans on June 18.

    Mr. Walker, Mr. Cole and Mr. Deschamps happened to be driving by when they heard a dog barking and saw smoke coming from a townhouse. Mr. Walker broke a window and they entered to look for people inside who might be incapacitated. They found and evacuated two men, one of whom was unconscious.

    The fire destroyed four of the six homes in a row of townhouses and significantly damaged the other two, as well as another house behind the row. At least 20 people were displaced because of the fire.

     

     

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