• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Emily Tieu

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Kanata South Ward Councillor Allan Hubley, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Emily Tieu for her outstanding charity fundraising and dedicated volunteer work in the community.

    At 14 years old, Emily has raised more than $74,000 for research for sialidosis a rare enzyme disorder affecting children. There is no treatment and it so rare that only one known child in Canada, Tyler Huneault, is battling it.

    In April 2005, when Emily was seven years old, she became aware of Tyler’s illness and that he is the only child in Canada suffering with the disease and began the first of a series of garage sales and fundraisers. In that first year, Emily raised $91. In 2006, she held her second annual garage sale and raised $150. In 2007 she raised $2,600 and in 2008 Emily held her fourth sale and raised $4,060. In subsequent years, donations and fundraising proceeds have flowed in and so far Emily has raised more than $74,000.

    The only research being conducted on this disorder is at McMaster University by biology professor Dr. Suleiman Igdoura. All proceeds raised at Emily’s garage sales go to McMaster University to fund sialidosis research. Dr. Igdoura’s research team is working on a gene therapy that will replace the defective gene in sialidosis sufferers.

    Emily impresses all those around her positive energy and highly developed social conscience. Her desire to help others, her caring, positive attitude, and her generosity with her free time serves as an example to her peers and an inspiration in her Bridlewood community. She also volunteers with Valerie’s Flutter Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for all types of cancers, especially rare types that lack funds.

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  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Diana Majury

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Diana Majury for her selfless contributions and dedication to the community.

    Diana has been on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa volunteering her time, energy, experience and commitment to this charitable organization for the past six years. She is currently serving as Vice-President and is also the organization’s representative on the Board of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies as well as the representative on the Board of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ottawa.

    The Elizabeth Fry Society is devoted to helping women and female youth involved in the criminal justice system or who may be at risk of coming into conflict with the law. It provides support services for women incarcerated in provincial and federal institutions and offers a variety of programs and services to provide women with confidential and supportive living and learning environments.

    Diana spends more than 500 hours a year in her volunteer activities with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, helping to reintegrate women, which helps to keep Ottawa safer and to educate the public about pathways to criminalization – poverty, homelessness, addiction, lack of access to social services and victimization of women and children.

    Over the past six years, this means Diana has contributed approximately 79 weeks to the betterment of the agency, its client women and the City of Ottawa.

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  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Jeanine and Dean Otto

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Jeanine and Dean Otto for their selfless contributions to the community.

    The Ottos never expected or wanted to be in the spotlight but tragically, and with no warning, their five-year-old daughter Maddy went from being perfectly healthy on Sunday, July 15, 2007 to passing away two days later after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Maddy spent only one night at Roger’s House and died peacefully on July 17, 2007.

    As a tribute to Maddy, and in appreciation of Roger’s House, the Otto family have raised more than $125,000 for the eight-bed palliative care facility on the grounds of CHEO that enriches the lives of children, youth and their families facing progressive life-limiting illnesses. Roger’s House was built in memory of Roger Neilson, Hockey Hall of Fame Coach and Member of the Order of Canada.

    Maddy had briefly attended Jockvale Public School in Barrhaven and the Ottos dedicated a beautiful garden in front of the school as “Maddy’s Garden.”

    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.

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  • Mayor’s City Builder Award – Mrs. Suzanne Doerge

    Mayor Jim Watson, with Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Suzanne Doerge on behalf of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) for her leadership and commitment as director and the organization’s outstanding work towards promoting gender equality and creating a more inclusive city.

    CAWI is a collaborative group of women from diverse communities, organizations and academia working with municipal decision-makers to create a more inclusive city and promote gender equality. Women in the CAWI network develop their knowledge of how the city works while putting into practice skills such as facilitation, presentation, and communications. In turn, participants turn to their own unique communities to share what they have learned and engage others.

    The City of Ottawa and CAWI collaborated on creation and implementation of the City’s Equity and Inclusion Lens, a systematic way of considering the concerns of the full diversity of residents in all the work of the city. It enables the City to operate in a manner that embraces the spirit of equity and inclusion in the development and implementation of policies, programs and services.

    The Lens focuses on 11 groups who experience systemic barriers – aboriginal persons, women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and GLBT individuals, as well as six additional groups who are at risk of exclusion – recent immigrants, francophones, youth, seniors, people living in poverty, low-income residents and rural residents.

    Women in CAWI wear peach-coloured scarves when engaging with City Council as a way of saying that across their diversity, they share common concerns. They seek to open doors and leave them open so that others can walk through. For more information, please visit www.cawi-ivtf.org/

    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.

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