• Catherine Wilcox reçoit le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire

    Le maire d’Ottawa et le conseiller du quartier Knoxdale-Merivale ont remis à Catherine Wilcox le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire lors de la réunion du Conseil d’aujourd’hui en reconnaissance de sa contribution à Ottawa au moyen de la musique et de la sensibilisation.

     

    En 2008, Catherine Wilcox lançait le Ottawa New Horizons Band. Initialement un programme de sensibilisation de l’Église unie Dominion-Chalmers, l’orchestre a accueilli des adultes ayant peu ou pas de talent musical et leur a offert l’occasion d’apprendre à jouer d’un instrument de musique. Après des débuts modestes, le programme qui comprenait 35 adultes a pris de l’ampleur. Maintenant après 10 ans d’existence, le Ottawa New Horizons Band s’est développé et compte plus de 200 membres et huit orchestres. La société sans but lucratif fonctionne maintenant avec un budget annuel de près de 100 000 $, grâce au dévouement et au leadership de Mme Wilcox.

     

    Chaque année, au moyen de concerts, Mme Wilcox et le Ottawa New Horizons Band recueillent de l’argent pour des organismes comme OrKidtsra et Chiens-guides canadiens pour aveugles. Mme Wilcox a pour responsabilité de découvrir et recruter des chefs d’orchestre et de leur offrir de l’encadrement, d’organiser des concerts, d’acheter des instruments, de trouver des salles de répétition et d’organiser des rencontres.

     

    Mme Wilcox se soucie profondément de tous les membres du groupe. Durant les 10 dernières années, plus de 700 adultes ont participé à l’un ou l’autre des orchestres. Lorsque l’un des membres est malade ou stressé, Mme Wilcox leur rend souvent visite, leur apporte un repas, de la compagnie et de l’écoute. Nombre de participants sont des aînés et remarquent que les répétitions et les prestations de l’orchestre leur procurent une activité plaisante tout en amoindrissant leur isolement et leur sentiment de solitude.

     

    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.

  • Catherine Wilcox receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Knoxdale-Merivale Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Catherine Wilcox at City Council today in recognition of her contribution to Ottawa through music and outreach.

     

    In 2008, Catherine Wilcox started the Ottawa New Horizons Band. Initially an outreach program of Dominion-Chalmers United Church, the band welcomed adults with little or no musical ability and provided them with an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Since those humble beginnings, which featured 35 adults, the program has grown. Now in its tenth year, the Ottawa New Horizons Band has grown to include more than 200 members and eight bands. The non-profit corporation now operates with an annual budget approaching $100,000, thanks to Mrs. Wilcox’s dedication and leadership.

     

    Each year, through band concerts, Mrs. Wilcox and the Ottawa New Horizons Band raise money for organizations such as OrKidtsra and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mrs. Wilcox is responsible for identifying, recruiting and mentoring bandleaders, organizing concerts, purchasing instruments, securing rehearsal space and organizing get-togethers.

     

    Mrs. Wilcox cares deeply for all band members. In the past 10 years, more than 700 adults have participated in one of the bands. If someone is ill or stressed, Mrs. Wilcox often visits them and brings food, companionship and a good ear. Many participants are seniors and note that band rehearsals and performances provide them with a fun activity while reducing their isolation and sense of loneliness.

     

    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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Samia Hirani receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Jean Cloutier presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Samia Hirani at City Council today in recognition of her dedication to volunteering and fundraising.

    Shortly after joining the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) as a volunteer guide, Samia Hirani expanded her volunteerism role to act as the local marketing lead for the AKFC’s World Partnership Walk starting in 2010. The Walk is Canada’s largest annual fundraising movement dedicated to fighting global poverty. Funds raised support development initiatives that allow women and men around the world to lift their communities out of poverty and build a brighter future.

    Ms. Hirani also helped establish a Corporate Engagement Team for the Walk, volunteering over 100 hours to organize the team and help it achieve its fundraising targets. At the same time, Ms. Hirani was always available to assist and encourage other team leads in organizing their Walk efforts.

    In this year’s Walk, Ms. Hirani raised funds by engaging her own workplace through their youth network and by creating the ‘Public Servants Shattering Poverty’ team, raising over $2,000. Samia Hirani also volunteered with the AKFC’s World Partnership Golf tournament and organized numerous fundraising efforts on behalf of the Walk throughout the year.

  • Agnes Warda and June Girvan receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson, Knoxville-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Elgi and Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Agnes Warda and June Girvan at City Council today. Ms. Warda was recognized for her dedication to her community and community association while Ms. Girvan was recognized for her service to children, youth and immigrant families.

    Agnes Warda has been influential in transforming the Glens neighbourhood. She moved to the area in 1998, started working with the Glens Community Association in 2002 and has been president since 2004. Her commitment to the community has helped make the Glens a vibrant, green, family-friendly neighbourhood. Ms. Warda was also instrumental in establishing the Knoxdale-Merivale Council of Community Associations, which she chairs.

    In her roles, Ms. Warda had contributed to City plans such as the Greenbelt Master plan and the City’s Official Plan and has provided leadership on issues ranging from transportation and infill development to community policing and environmental issues. She has also worked with both the Quality Care Alliance, Ottawa Chapter and the Canadian Polish Congress to advocate for better home care for seniors.

    June Girvan was born to teach and as a teacher and an Education Officer, she was always committed to nurturing, protecting and affirming children and youth. When Ms. Girvan retired, she opened the J’Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre for children, youth and immigrant families, offering programming that fosters understanding, racial harmony and social justice.

    Ms. Girvan has been recognized many times for her tireless efforts. She was awarded a Community Champion Special Award by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and is a past recipient of the Martin Luther King DreamKeepers’ award for her distinguished community leadership and engagement. Ms. Girvan is also Acting President of Black History Ottawa, an organization that celebrates the history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent.

     

  • Graham Macmillan receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward Councillor Tobi Nussbaum presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Graham Macmillan at City Council today in recognition of his dedication to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) and the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

    In 2017, Mr. Macmillan stepped down as board chair of the BGCO after a decade at the helm. The club grew dramatically under his leadership from an average of 10,000 visits and just over 2,600 members in 2009 to 114,000 visits and 4,500 members in 2016.

    While at the organization’s helm, Mr. Macmillan oversaw numerous capital campaigns to improve services, modernize program space and make the clubhouses more accessible for all residents. The BGCO is a key resource for children and youth in Ottawa. It offers after school, weekend and summer programs for kids aged 6 to 18 and provides them with opportunities for new experiences, confidence-building and social interaction in a safe and caring space.

    Mr. Macmillan also served as the Chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, aligning the organization with the BGCO. Mr. Macmillan continues to serve as a BGCO and Ottawa Senators Foundation board member today.

  • Mary Ann Varley receives the City Builder Award

    Mary Ann Varley was recognized for her community leadership in visual arts and cultural development. The City Builder Award was presented to her by Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Councillor Tim Tierney on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson at yesterday’s Council meeting.

    Ms. Varley has volunteered with Arteast, a not-for-profit organization that helps its members develop their abilities and interests in the visual arts, in a variety of leadership positions. She has served as the President and Vice President of the organization, and now helps guide Arteast’s board and mentor other members.

    Arteast fosters the growth of visual arts in Ottawa and the surrounding regions. In support of the organization’s community outreach, Ms. Varley has led the Grow With Art speaker series since 2009, and supported other outreach activities and art exhibitions. A life-long artist that generously and selflessly gives her time, Ms. Varley is also an active member of the Ottawa Art Association.

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