• Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mrs. Kathy Yach and Mr. Hi Carswell

    Mayor Jim Watson and College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Kathy Yach and Mr. Hi Carswell for their extensive volunteer work, community service, and their many contributions to the Copeland Park Community.

    Kathy and Hi have worked closely together as President and Vice-president of the Copeland Park Community Association (CPCA), and have built on many successes over the years to preserve the safe and tranquil integrity of their community while ensuring there are readily available and well-maintained recreational facilities in the area.

    Both Kathy and Hi are well-known for their leadership abilities, volunteerism and their dedication to the community. They are recognized for many accomplishments resulting from their can-do attitude and solutions-focused approach. Together, this dynamic duo has successfully addressed traffic and safety concerns in the area of Merivale Road and Clyde Avenue through the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). They succeeded in maintaining Maitland Avenue as a truck-free route and have worked diligently to improve the safety of other high-volume intersections in the area.

    In addition to addressing many concerns and issues in their community, they made submissions to the Government of Ontario and to the Planning Committee of the City of Ottawa regarding the Official Plan. They blocked the development of a water park on Carlington Ski Hill to preserve important community amenities and they also worked to mitigate the impact that the SmartCentres development on the former Laurentian High School site at Baseline Road and Clyde Avenue would have on the Copeland Park Community.

    Their accomplishments include raising more than $50,000 to hire lawyers and other professionals to assist them in various initiatives. They take enormous pride in their community and their greatest legacy is the quality of life in the neighbourhood enjoyed by long-time residents and, in many cases, their children and extended families that have chosen to reside in the area.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Frank Licari

    Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward Councillor Maria McRae today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Frank Licari for his many years of volunteering with a variety of organizations and for his exceptional service to the Ridgemont Community and the citizens of Ottawa.

    Frank is recognized for his 30-year commitment to the Ridgemont Community Association in various capacities, culminating as president. He was honoured by the City of Ottawa in 2010 when Ridgemont Park was renamed the Frank J. Licari Park in recognition of his achievements in community building, preserving green spaces, and improving local recreation facilities and programs, including wonderful upgrades to the play structure at the park.

    Frank is known for his enthusiasm, commitment and also his modesty. He has inspired many with his volunteer work and dedication to many causes and organizations: Villa Marconi, Little Italy, Ottawa’s Dragon Boat Festival, St. Anthony’s Soccer Club, the Bank Street Redevelopment Plan, the Winter Park Skating Program, Saro’s Softball Team, Clifford Bowey Public School, the United Way, Ridgemont’s hockey and skating programs and much more.

    He also worked with his colleagues and neighbours to initiate the Neighbourhood Watch Program and has organized numerous social functions for area residents, including street dances, community garage sales, and winter carnivals to name a few.

    The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson 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.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Margaret (Peggy) Lister

    Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau Rockcliffe Ward Councillor Peter Clark today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Margaret (Peggy) Lister for her outstanding community service as President of Cornerstone Housing for Women, an important community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women in Ottawa.

    Peggy has worked to make Ottawa a better place for more than 40 years and is known for her ability to bring people together to accomplish ambitious goals. As President of Cornerstone Housing for Women for almost ten years, she has worked tirelessly to increase affordable housing for homeless women and recently spearheaded the development of an innovative new facility that provides healthcare and support for 42 senior and younger women with complex needs.

    Peggy is a compassionate and motivated leader who has developed the organizational capacity of Cornerstone and has increased its effectiveness in providing results that truly improve the lives of many women in need of assistance. Cornerstone has grown from two to four residences and has also transitioned from the provision of emergency shelter to a more effective and stronger focus on the provision of permanent, safe, affordable housing with individualized support and healthcare services.

    Cornerstone continues to play a leading role in education about homelessness issues and solutions and has been very active in advocacy work and with local coalitions to increase affordable housing in Ottawa. Peggy and her colleagues are committed to a vision where every woman in Ottawa has access to safe, affordable housing in a community that supports and allows each woman to reach her best potential.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Chris Henderson

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Henderson for his community service and outstanding contributions to environmental sustainability.

    Mr. Henderson is recognized for his inspirational leadership on a number of significant initiatives including his work as the Co-convenor of the celebrated 3i Summit on Environmental Sustainability, as Convenor of the Ottawa Strategic Circle Dinner, and Lead Organizer of 1000 Solar Rooftops.

    Chris Henderson is President of Lumos Energy and Founder of the Delphi Group, a Canadian strategic consultancy and solution provider specializing in the areas of climate change and corporate sustainability. He is also recognized as a City Builder for organizing a number of successful fundraisers including a luncheon to combat homelessness in Ottawa and a cocktail evening for a school in Kenya. He also finds time to volunteer in youth sports coaching, an activity that involves his two sons.

    Chris brings his many talents to a broad range of volunteer activities and contributes on many boards including the Community Foundation of Ottawa and Ottawa Sustainability Fund. His passion centres on environmental sustainability and many social issues and his accomplishments include increases in tree planting and renewable energy in Ottawa. Chris is most recognized for his range of skills and experiences and his incredible ability to inspire, mobilize and effectively deploy an incredible amount of volunteerism from others.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Michael Hanna

    Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Hanna for his outstanding generosity and community service.

    Mr. Hanna is a successful entrepreneur who immigrated to Ottawa from Lebanon in 1968 with little money and no English. He started work as a busboy and then waiter at the Skyline Hotel, learned English and set aside enough money to bring his family to Canada.

    In 1974, he was joined in Ottawa by two brothers and, in the next few years, by his parents and three remaining brothers. In 1977, the Hanna family founded the now-famous Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd. in Orleans. They remain a proud, locally owned and family-operated business and show their thanks by giving back to the community.

    Teaming up with CHEZ 106, $13,500 was raised for operating rooms at CHEO over the past two years, with a goal this year of $10,000. Similarly, Gabriel’s under Mr. Hanna’s leadership, has partnered with A&W and Metroland Media Group to support the Ottawa Food Bank. Gabriel’s Pizza locations across Ottawa and Gatineau have raised more than $3,000 for the Food Bank.

    Through Mr. Hanna’s direction, Gabriel’s Pizza has provided valuable support to many local sports and charities, fundraising events and education programs either by donating pizza or by donating to fundraising campaigns. This has amounted to more than $40,000 per year over the past 5 years.

    September 26, 2012 – Mayor Jim Watson, with Knoxdale-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Egli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Gord Jenkins for his dedicated volunteer service in the community.

    Gord is Past President of the General Burns Community Association, which currently consists of 20 volunteers, each working to bring the community together. He is regarded as decisive, a great problem-solver and responsible for positively impacting the community by motivating the executive members of the General Burns Community Association to develop community-driven events.

    The General Burns Community Centre and its programs and services would not be so well-known and respected in the community without Gord’s efforts and energy. He has attracted volunteers with a diverse background in communications, finance, information technology, real estate and education and was responsible for a rededication ceremony by having a “General Burns Day” and for the creation of the {C} www.generalburns.ca website.

    Perhaps Gord’s most important accomplishment is the creation of the Knoxdale-Merivale Council, which brings together all the presidents of community associations in Ward 9 to share their ideas and discuss any concerns in the ward.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Tom Flood

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Kanata South Ward Councillor Allan Hubley, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Tom Flood for his dedicated volunteer service in the community.

    Mr. Flood has had a positive impact on the community through his extensive service over many years in a variety of community groups in Kanata. He has held executive roles at the Glen Cairn and Katimavik Hazeldean Community Associations, Glen Cairn men’s softball, the Holy Redeemer Church foundation committee, the Hazeldean Lions Club, the Goulbourn, Kanata and West Carleton Community Resource Centre, and the Kanata Sports Club.

    He has served as President of the Ontario Funeral Service Association, is the two-time recipient of the Kanata Volunteer Award, he was a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 1999 and received the Kanata Good Corporate Citizen award in 2004.

    In his business and volunteer activity, Mr. Flood has served Kanata with outstanding distinction. He has been committed to fostering a positive image of Kanata and dedicated to maintaining a superior quality of life for Kanata residents.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Hannah Hempinstall

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Hannah Hempinstall for her dedicated volunteer service in the community.

    Hannah’s best friend was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008, which required multiple daily injections and blood tests for survival. Hannah learned all she could about the disease and when she realized there is no cure, she started a fundraiser called Dance 4 Diabetes, or D4D. Her first event held at Richmond Public School raised more than $2,800. All the funds were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help to find a cure.

    Hannah promised to continue D4D until a cure is found. She has kept her promise and so far has raised more than $28,000 at events at her schools and dance studio. Hannah, who is now 13, is a strong role model for her peers and has inspired other youth to reach out and try to help others. She demonstrates daily that one person can make a difference, regardless of age.

    Through her four years of fundraising, Hannah has maintained Honour Roll standing, has been elected to student council for three years running, danced competitively, has been an assistant teacher at her dance studio, is working on her black belt in kung fu, and most recently has been chosen as the youngest member of the Ottawa Police Youth Advisory Committee.

    While accomplishing all this, she remains grounded, humble and sincere. She has been a source of inspiration to many, not only because of her fundraising but also because she is kind, compassionate and never afraid to stand up for what she believes.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – David Truemner

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to David Truemner for his outstanding volunteerism and community service.

    Over the years, Mr. Truemner has given his time and energy and made significant contributions to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, the Billings Estate National Historic Site, the Antique Automobile Club of Ottawa and Scouts Canada.

    He has been a mainstay at the Cumberland Museum, enhancing the educational benefit of Watson’s Garage and the profile of the Watson family, and has also participated in the procurement and preservation of historical artifacts and antique vehicles to support the depiction of the 1920s-1930s era.

    Mr. Truemner was a founding and board member the Antique Automobile Club of Ottawa and was key in acquiring funds to purchase a 1934 Ford for the museum and has enlisted the help of fellow antique car owners for exhibitions at both museums.

    He was a leader for more than 10 years with Scouts Canada, contributing to weekly meetings and weekend camps. Even after retiring from the troop, he continues with volunteer activities. His passion, commitment engagement, reliability and willingness to do what needs to be done provides a role model to inspire children and adults.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Patricia “Pat” Clark

    Mayor Jim Watson today announced that the Mayor’s City Builder Award has been presented to Patricia “Pat” Clark for her outstanding contributions and devotion to her community.

    Mayor Watson and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Councillor Tim Tierney presented Pat with the award at the Ottawa General Hospital Tuesday where she is undergoing treatment.

    A softball organizer in Pineview, Cyrville and Carson Grove, a member of the Gloucester Recreation Development Organization, and a board member of the Community Centres Board for the development of facilities, Pat also served as the Councillor for Cyrville on Gloucester Council from 1992-2000. She served as Executive Director of the Gloucester Fair and was devoted to it for decades.

    Pat has always been willing to do unrecognized behind-the-scenes work and she has been a tireless advocate for those she believes have been treated unfairly. Her determination, perseverance and commitment have made her community a better place to live.


  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Peter Runia

    Mayor Jim Watson, with College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Peter Runia for his outstanding contributions and dedication in his Nepean community and the City of Ottawa.

    Mr. Runia is a member of the City View Community Association where he served as president for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Federation of Community Associations and at the City View Community Association he was a driving force behind notable projects in the area, including the new sewer system in City View, the new sidewalk installation plan, and the Centrepointe expansion plan. He was also a member of the transition team at municipal amalgamation.

    A man of deep faith, Mr. Runia has been very active in the Calvin Christian Reform Church and was a key player in helping them set up their Bible Mission Thrift Store on Merivale Road.

    His long history of community concern, involvement and leadership is an admirable example of the energy, generosity and devotion that individuals can bring to making their communities a better place for all.


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