Mayor's City Builder Award

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include life-long service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or any other exemplary achievements.
The award will be presented at the beginning of each Ottawa City Council meeting.

 

Nomination

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. To nominate a candidate, the nominator should complete the nomination form describing the efforts and achievements of the nominee.
Submissions should be sent to:

November 26, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Peter Clark presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Carol Burrows today for her five decades of advocacy for seniors’ rights and continuing volunteer work to improve the quality of life of Ottawa’s seniors and older adults.

Mrs. Burrows, at 78, is not spending her upper years in warmer climates and leisure pursuits. Rather, she continues to work with many Ottawa organizations that help and advocate for seniors. Her personal focus is on affordable supportive housing for seniors, particularly women and those who have the lowest incomes or are homeless.

She started working for a better quality of life for seniors in the 1970s, when she was in her 20s. She was managing a Lighthouse program at a local school, where she arranged an evening program to help teach people how to care for their elderly parents. She also developed a pilot project that encouraged grade six students to spend at least one afternoon a week with seniors at a nearby nursing home. The pilot was a huge success and became permanent.

The long list of organizations she has worked with, and helped steer as a director, includes: 

  • Cornerstone, an emergency shelter and supportive housing facility for homeless women
  • Community Care Access Centre
  • Council on Aging of Ottawa
  • Carefor Health and Community Services
  • Champlain Local Health Integration Network
  • United Way Ottawa Seniors Affordable Supportive Housing Task Force

Mrs. Burrows has received numerous awards and citations for her work, including the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s 2008 Margaret Griffiths Award.


August 27, 2014  - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bill Robinson today, recognising his devotion to improving the lives of at-risk children and youth, and new Canadians, over the past 30 years.

Mr. Robinson’s countless hours of volunteer work with the Michelle Heights Community House, the Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, the Dave Smith Treatment Facility, Volunteer Ottawa, Rotary District 7040 and the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata have made a difference in the lives of new immigrants and the most vulnerable young people in our community.

His focus in much of his volunteer work has been on promoting success in school and helping to provide the building blocks to secure job experience and build successful careers.

As a Rotarian, he has worked on many community-service initiatives that have had a direct positive impact on Ottawa residents. He is currently a board member of the Ottawa Rotary Home, a respite care home for children and adults with complex disabilities. For the Caring and Sharing Exchange, he organizes the delivery of more than 300 Christmas hampers every December. 

 


July 9, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Katherine Hobbs presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Catherine Burns today for her outstanding contribution to culture in Ottawa through her work as a founder and builder of the traditional-song and contra dance community over the past 25 years.

As a founder and tireless volunteer with the Old Sod Society and Ottawa Contra Dance, Catherine has been instrumental in building a vibrant community of musicians, singers, callers and dancers who enjoy affordable dances, concerts and workshops year-round.

Aided by other volunteers, she runs approximately 50 community song-and-dance events a year for the Old Sod Society. She has recently founded a family dance series for parents and children, as well as a monthly community dance series, and provides training for volunteer local callers through the Ottawa Callers’ Collective.

She has been a volunteer caller for contra dances at Winterlude, the Ottawa Folk Festival, the Grassroots Festival and Westfest, among other community events. She has recently expanded her calling to dances she has designed for local adults with disabilities.

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dances and has its origins in English, French and Irish country dance styles of the 17th century. The dance is designed and led by a caller. The music for contra dances includes Irish, Scottish and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is the key instrument, but guitar, mandolin and other acoustic instruments are also used.


June 25, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Allan Hubley presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Laura Dubois today for her outstanding contributions to the Kanata community through her support of dozens of schools, charities and other community organizations.

Laura is the owner of Laura’s Your Independent Grocer at Hazeldean Mall. She began her grocery career at 15 as a cashier. She worked her way up to service manager, to assistant manager, to manager, then bought her own Your Independent Grocer franchise over seven years ago. She and her husband sold their Orléans home and moved with their daughter, son and four cats to Bridlewood.

Owning a neighborhood grocery store has given her a great way to support her community. She volunteers her time and donates food to many causes including local schools, The Kanata Food Cupboard, the Scott Tokessy Memorial Ball Tournament, the Shepherds of Good Hope, the City’s annual Christmas food drive, and countless local events and fundraisers.

She donates food, prizes, funds and space inside the store for various organizations to run fundraisers that support the Kanata community.

She serves on the John Young School Council and will be donating the food for a new breakfast program for children in need at the school.

She also offers a free shopping service to local seniors and others whose special needs make it difficult for them to get out and shop for groceries.


June 11, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Doreen Lebano today for her outstanding contributions to public health as the event founder for the Barrhaven Lions Club’s annual Mother & Daughter Gala Dinner, which raises funds for cancer patient care at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH).

Doreen is a 24-year survivor of breast cancer and an 11-year survivor of a rare blood disorder called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP). 

During the long hours of her treatments for TTP, Doreen’s daughter, Angela, would keep her company. Doreen enjoyed the quiet one-on-one time with her daughter and found it aided in her recovery. When she was healthy again, she decided to organize a fundraising event for the QCH. Her daughter suggested a mother-and-daughter gala dinner, and Doreen, a long-time member of the Barrhaven Lions, decided the Lions Club would be an excellent organization to host the gala.

The Mother & Daughter Gala has been held every May for the past ten years. Doreen is the lead organizer and she has spent countless hours seeking sponsorships. To date, the gala event has raised over $100,000 for cancer patient care at the QCH. Recently, a patient counselling room in the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre was dedicated to the Barrhaven Lions Club Mother & Daughter Gala in recognition of their support.

Doreen also volunteers for many other community fundraising efforts by the Barrhaven Lions Club, as well as working at the Jerry Lewis Telethon for the past 12 years, and Barrhaven Fun Day on Labour Day weekend for the past 18 years. She has received two prestigious awards from Lions Club International: the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and the Helen Keller Award.


May 28, 2014 - 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.


 

May 14, 2014 - 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.


April 23, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Shelby Hayter today for her outstanding contributions to public health as a spokesperson, fundraiser and program founder for the Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa. 

A lifelong natural athlete, she was training for the Boston Marathon in early 2005 when she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. She was 40 and the mother of three children ages 11, 8 and 6. Determined not to let the disease to slow her down, she decided to continue to train and to run the Marathon with her sister Andrea. She saw a unique opportunity to become a spokesperson for people living with Parkinson’s, and to use her marathon run to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. 

After her run in Boston raised $33,000 for the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the University of Ottawa, she approached the Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa with a plan to create a program for elementary and junior high students, called Pass the Baton. The organization enthusiastically supported her plan. 

This unique educational program teaches schoolchildren what it means to live with Parkinson’s and inspires them to create fundraising events for Parkinson’s research. To date, through Pass the Baton, Shelby has made more than 65 school visits; she has become a role model to more than 34,000 students and hundreds of staff; and she has raised over $80,000 for the Parkinson’s Research Consortium. 

She says her goal is to help find the cure so her children, now teenagers, and other children of their generation will never have to deal with Parkinson’s.


March 26, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson, Ward Councillor Steve Desroches and Councillor Mathieu Fleury presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. John Therien for his many years of dedication to making Vanier a healthy, safe and prosperous community.

Mr. Therien served as Chair of the Quartier Vanier BIA for eight years, where he led an engaged group of business owners through a period of unprecedented growth and change in their community. Under his leadership, the BIA helped many local charitable causes including a women's shelter, several church projects, school projects, the Knights of Columbus and a Christmas toy drive.

An enthusiastic promoter of Vanier as an increasingly diverse, safe and affordable community for families that is close to downtown, he told the Ottawa Business Journal in 2006 that Vanier would soon be “the next 'in' place to live and work."

He has been the owner and head instructor of Therien Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing for 42 years, which operates eight dojos including one on Selkirk Street in Vanier. He has introduced thousands of young people across Ottawa to the discipline and healthy physical activity of the martial arts.


February 26, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. David Vesey today for his outstanding volunteer service as a coach, trainer and mentor of children in the Barrhaven community who play league softball or hockey.

David is a retired teacher who taught science to local high-school students for 35 years.

He has been the president of the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League for the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the league has grown to the largest of its kind in Ontario.

He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Nepean Minor Hockey Association. Over the past two years, he has completely revamped the league’s Initiation Program for its youngest players, ages 4 to 6, and is the head instructor for the program. He has brought fun, interactive activities and unique teaching aids to the Initiation Program to help engage and motivate young hockey players.
 

He has also been the children’s activity coordinator for Barrhaven’s Canada Day celebrations for the past two years.


February 12, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Doug Thompson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Wendy Daniels for her outstanding volunteer service as a promoter, event host and emcee for many local charities and cultural events, as well as a proud supporter of the men and women who serve Canada in our Armed Forces.

Wendy Daniels is the afternoon drive show on-air personality for radio station BOOM 99.7. She was previously heard on Ottawa’s airwaves as a deejay for The Bear and CFRA.

Ms. Daniels uses her public voice for good, helping many charities and events to raise funds and perform all kinds of public services. She consistently encourages philanthropy and promotes her adopted home city of Ottawa.

She volunteers annually to host or co-host events such as the CHEO Telethon, the Max Keeping Bowl-a-Thon for CHEO, the Dickinson Days Parade in Manotick, the Run for Miracles and the Army Run. She hosts various Red Friday events for military families, and made two trips to Afghanistan.

She is the media spokesperson for Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue and a former member of the board of directors of the Ottawa Humane Society.

She played a central role in the rescue of a dog from a village on Hudson’s Bay. After a radio listener alerted her to the dog’s plight, she secured a flight for the dog on Air Inuit from the north to Montréal (she drove to Montréal and brought the dog back to Ottawa), she secured a travel crate from Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue, and she helped raise over $3,000 for the dog’s care.


January 22, 2014 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Nicole Fortier for her outstanding service to Ottawa’s francophone community in  helping to found the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans.(MIFO) and serving as president of la Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO).

Nicole Fortier is tirelessly committed to her community and the French language. Originally a French teacher with the federal government, Nicole took her love for French and Orléans to help establish MIFO in 1979 to promote French culture and art in Orléans and served as the organization’s first president. As a French language advocate since then, she has served on numerous committees at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and has contributed to books and publications promoting Orléans.

Nicole continues to promote the French language. She founded la Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO) in 2011 to promote Orléans’ French culture and history and was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her contributions to her community.


December 11, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Karen Secord for her outstanding community service to families and individuals who are assisted by the Parkdale Food Centre food bank.

As coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre, which is located in Mechanicsville, Ms. Secord has donated hundreds of hours of her time to enthusiastically transforming the facility into a multi-purpose food centre and neighbourhood food-education and gathering space.

In September, she told Ottawa Magazine that “We need sustainable solutions, not just poverty relief.”

To that end, she established the Parkdale Food Centre’s Nutrition Fund to help provide healthier, fresh foods to food bank clients. She tirelessly raises funds and awareness, and solicits donations from local food vendors. She reaches out to local chefs to provide cooking classes, and sends cooking students home at the end of their classes with the ingredients, utensils and even slow cookers to make it possible for them to cook nutritious and delicious fresh food from scratch.

This holiday season, she started a special fund to supply eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese to local people in need.

After noticing some of the food centre’s clients coming in wearing sandals in winter, she reached out to the local community for donations of warm clothing and footwear.

Ms. Secord has almost singlehandedly changed the conversation in Kitchissippi about what a food centre can, and should, be.   


November 13, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Guy Robitaille for a lifetime of community service and service to his country, which began with his valorous leadership in battle while very seriously wounded, in Sicily in July 1943.

Guy Robitaille, 93, was born in Lévis-Lauzon, Québec, in 1920. He and his seven siblings were orphaned in 1936, and soon after, at age 16, he joined the army and was transferred into Québec’s Royal 22e Régiment, the Van Doos.

He became an officer in 1941 and was sent to the battlefields of WWII in July 1942, just after marrying his childhood sweetheart Annie Fox.

In July 1943, as he led three platoons up Santa Maria hill in central Sicily, he was hit three times with bullets and shrapnel, but continued to command his troops as they over-ran four German defensive positions near the summit. He was awarded the Military Cross for Bravery. The citation that accompanied the medal reads: “for bravery, courage and leadership in battle”.

After five operations and a year of recovery in various hospitals, he returned to service in the army. After duty in France, Belgium, Kansas, Washington D.C. and Montréal, he was posted to Ottawa, He and Annie bought a house on Bonnie Crescent in Ottawa’s west end, where they raised two daughters and a son. He retired from the Forces in 1960 and joined the federal civil service, working for the Official Languages Commissioner.

After retiring from the civil service in 1971 at age 65, he became a much-loved volunteer at a daycare for pre-schoolers in Copeland Park.

He moved to the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Care Centre in 2010, where he is President of the Veterans’ Council. He delivers newspapers to fellow residents and helps wherever he can. The children from the Copeland Park daycare still visit him at the Perley and Rideau Centre. His wife of almost 70 years, Annie, passed away in March 2012.  


October 23, 2013Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Tim Tierney, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. Harley Bloom for his outstanding community service, philanthropy, and for his enthusiasm and dedication in organizing numerous events that have benefited our city.

Mr. Bloom has given back to his community for over 25 years in various capacities. As an avid business man, he has been a consummate supporter of local high school cooperative education programs, and has supported many community organizations including the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society and the Ottawa Food Bank.

As a community leader, he has served as a long-standing director of the Gloucester Agricultural Society and Gloucester Fair where he has been on the Board for over 30 years including treasurer, executive director and past president. He has also been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Orléans for over 20 years including past president.

Mr. Bloom undertook the prominent role as project manager for the Kiwanis Adventure Playground, with his goal of bringing both children and adults together to build the largest accessible playground in Ottawa at Millennium Park in Cumberland Ward. The main fundraiser developed for this park, which has become one of his biggest accomplishments to date, is the creation of “Skreamers” a haunted experience for kids of all ages. Organized through the Kiwanis club of Orléans, it has now become a year-long commitment employing more than 175 youth volunteers and dozens of Kiwanis Club members and their families.  In 2011, Harley led the club in expanding the play village at the park by adding a new accessible play structure.


October 9, 2013 – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Peter Clark, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Laura Bouchard for her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to providing residents of Ottawa with local, organic, and secure food sources.

Laura Bouchard is described by those who know her as a visionary. She believed that people within cities could live differently by taking unused land and making it productive and sustainable by growing vegetables and selling them to the people who lived here.

Over the past two-years, Laura has overseen a two acre farm consisting of land sprinkled throughout front and back yards around the city providing young and old alike with knowledge and experience about farming, growing and preparing healthy organic food. Her produce has made it on to numerous dinner plates throughout Ottawa, which includes donations to the Ottawa Food Bank, the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, and to other residents in need.

Laura has become a valuable resource for new entrepreneurs by teaching them how to start a business on a shoe-string including small business marketing. She also shares her skills with volunteers and those who want to learn more about organic gardening. She truly is an inspiration and has become the voice for urban agriculture.


September 11, 2013Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor David Chernushenko, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Allison Dingle for her outstanding community service, aptitude for fundraising, and for her numerous contributions to the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO).

Allison Dingle is described by those who know her as the “heart and soul” of the OSO working tirelessly behind the scenes. A member of the OSO Board of Directors since 1978 and Chair of the Fund Raising Committee since 1986, Allison has played an integral part in securing corporate sector sponsors, as well as public donors, ensuring that the orchestra continues to play a vital cultural role in our city promoting Canadian talent through employment of local and regional musicians, the engagement of Canadian soloists and regular inclusion of Canadian works.

Allison also actively volunteers for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, and has canvassed for over 20 years as an area captain for the Canadian Cancer Society. She also gives back to her Glebe community and is involved with the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee.


August 28, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to retired Major Bill Berry for his outstanding commitment serving with the Canadian Army and for his tireless community service and public advocacy.

Major Berry began his military career at the age of 16, and served as a gunner in the 181st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (Canadian Army Reserve) while attending Kemptville Agricultural College.

His extensive military accomplishments include, but not limited to; serving 13 months in combat in Korea with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry for which he was awarded the US Presidential Citation, a Communication Technician (RCAF), Operations Officer (St. Hubert), Base Telecommunications Officer (CFB Montreal) and Commanding Officer 702 Communications Squadron (Petawawa).

Actively involved in his community, Major Berry is a founding member of the March Historical Society and the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, served nine years as Chairman on the Kanata Committee of Adjustment, and two years as an Alderman for the City of Kanata where he negotiated the establishment of the Kanata Legion where he served as Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, Parade Commander, and Chairman for the Poppy and Remembrance Committee.

At age 83, Major Berry continues to ride his motorcycle with the Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit, operates two vehicles as a subcontractor for special needs transportation, and has developed a solar-electric establishment that feeds into the power grid under the Micro-Fit Program.

July 17, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Hughes for his many years of outstanding community service and volunteerism.

Mayor Watson highlighted Mr. Hughes’ service to Christie Lake Kids, a local charitable organization founded in 1922 that supports, challenges, nurtures, develops skills and creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged children and youth in Ottawa.

For more than 38 years, Mr. Hughes has fostered the well-being of Ottawa’s youth and the community as a whole by donating his business and governance expertise to many community organizations, including the YM-YWCA, Youth Services Bureau, United Way Ottawa, Children’s Aid Society, Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and Christie Lake Kids.

Mr. Hughes is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Christie Lake Kids. He was a long-serving Board member and chair of the Youth Services Bureau. He also volunteered extensively with United Way Ottawa as a member of the Impact Council for Children and chaired the Critical Hours Task Group.

Mr. Hughes has also found time to forge a distinguished career in senior management. He is Senior Vice-President at ITNet, a subsidiary of KPMG. Previously, he served as a senior management consultant to many federal government departments including the Privy Council Office and the Office of the Prime Minister, Transport Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Department of National Defence.


June 26, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Rainer Bloess today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to the Brothers Dubé (Quinn, Jan and Liam) for their success in the music industry, philanthropy, and inspiring young people to change the world through their creativity and passion.

Quinn, Jan, and Liam began their musical journey in 2006 at the early ages of six, eight, and 10 years old when their mother developed cancer. As a way to lift her spirits, they began covering her favourite songs and sharing them on YouTube. After succumbing to her illness in 2008, the boys began busking on the streets of their hometown of Ottawa with the goal of inspiring people with their story and exceptional talent. The brothers were quickly labelled as “Canada’s Youngest Rock Band” and have become committed philanthropists and social activists. Through their phenomenal performances they have raised over $150,000 for causes that relate closely to their own story including their most noticed work of helping orphans in Haiti.

The Brothers Dubé now produce and perform full-scale rock shows drawing thousands of people to their performances at some of the largest and more popular music festivals including Bluesfest, Osheaga, and the Montreal Pop Festival. Their music has also been featured on award-winning Canadian television shows including Degrassi.

These three young and extremely talented musicians have been the recipients of several accolades for their community and charitable service. These include the 2011 United Way Community Builder of the Year Award, the Heart of Gold Award, a commendation from the Prime Minister of Canada, and a nomination for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Governor General’s Award. 


le 12 juin, 2013Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Doug Thompson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mark O’Neill for his outstanding community service and public advocacy leading to the implementation of the 911 universal emergency phone number, the advanced-care paramedic system and the adoption of mandatory CPR training in local schools.

June 22, 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of 911 service in Ottawa and the National Capital Region. Before that date, residents had to navigate a total of 27 emergency numbers.

In 1984, as a 21-year-old political science student at Carleton University and community activist, Mark O’Neill joined Ottawa General Hospital doctor Justin Maloney, his brother Mark, and Geri Migicovsky to form Action 911, a grassroots organization with one goal: to convince local leaders to establish a 911 system for the capital region.

The group rallied public support over the next four years and, on June 22, 1988, the 911 system took its first call. In 2012, the 911 call centre answered 290, 976 emergency requests for service.

In 1993, Mr. O’Neill again helped found a public advocacy campaign called Action Paramedic, aimed at lobbying the Ontario Ministry of Health to upgrade the skills of all ambulance attendants to advanced-care paramedics, which would bring hospital-level care to the site of emergencies and save more lives.

One of the members of Action Paramedic was then-Ottawa South MPP Dalton McGuinty. Five years ago, as premier of Ontario, he spoke about the success of Action Paramedic:

"It just speaks to the power of a community," he said, adding that his experience with Action Paramedic informed the province's decision to put CPR training into high schools in 1994 and the new pilot program in Ottawa to put defibrillators into schools. "All of that started because of our community-based experience in Ottawa."

Paramedics were made the norm in Ottawa in 1994 following a study, which led to paramedics being approved not only for Ottawa, but 12 other municipalities in Ontario.

A CPR project inspired the Ontario government in 1999 to make CPR part of the province-wide curriculum.

Mr. O’Neill has said he never forgot the lessons he learned from his work with Action 911 and Action Paramedic: “If you have the right issue, a small group of concerned citizens really can have a huge impact."

Today, Mr. O’Neill is President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which includes the Canadian War Museum.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. O’Neill has been an enthusiastic and dedicated community volunteer. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, and has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the Club since 2011. He has been actively engaged in his parish, St. John the Evangelist in Osgoode, since 1998.

In 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.


May 22, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Steve Desroches and Councillor Allan Hubley, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to the Majic 100 Morning Show hosts, Stu Schwartz, whom everyone knows as Stuntman Stu, Angie Poirier and Trisha Owens for their outstanding community service and public advocacy in raising awareness about bullying.

Being a victim of bullying himself in high school, Stu knew only too well the effects that bullying can have on a young person. In September 2011 after hearing so many stories in the media about bullying, Stu and his Majic Morning Show co-hosts Angie and Trisha decided to take action to generate public awareness about bullying and to help youth deal with its effects.

With the creation of the #NoMoreBullies hashtag, Stu, Angie and Trish now spend most Tuesday mornings visiting schools in the Ottawa area reaching out to youth about the reality of bullying. They, and their guest speakers, share their own stories of personal struggles with bullying and how they got help. Their presentations also provide youth with valuable community resources where help is available including violence and abuse prevention programs, the Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line and the Kids Help Line.

The #NoMoreBullies campaign includes a strong social media presence with its own Facebook page with close to 2000 fans and up to 100 people talking about the topic at any given time. The program has also generated local media interest and celebrity participation bringing the message to an even wider audience.

The Majic Morning Show team is already in their second year of #NoMoreBullies with no plans of slowing down. Not only are they helping those being bullied, but are also encouraging others to be part of the solution by being an active participant in bullying prevention. 


May 8, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Diane Holmes, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Floralove Katz for her outstanding community service, philanthropy, public advocacy, and her numerous contributions within the field of arts and culture.

As a resident of Ottawa for forty-five years, Ms. Katz has contributed thousands of volunteer hours promoting arts and culture within our city and its surrounding regions. She has performed as a cellist in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, sang soprano for 20 years in the Chorus of Opera Lyra Ottawa, and founded her own Ottawa Klezmer Band in 1978, which had the honour of performing their 35th anniversary concert at the National Arts Centre this past March.

Her volunteering has also encompassed teaching summer camp and Sunday school children, being a Big Sister, performing for seniors, mentoring aspiring musicians, and providing music therapy sessions with a young brain damaged woman.

In 2011-12 Floralove Katz produced, edited, directed, and hosted to an audience of 300, a two-hour film-interview she prepared with a local Holocaust survivor. She also developed a Teaching Kit with the DVD that has been used in high schools and community groups to generate discussion about bullying, social responsibility, ethics, genocide and the Holocaust.

Ms. Katz is the deserving recipient of many awards of distinction including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Richard Zubrycki Humanitarian Award, and the YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards for Arts and Culture.

 

April 24, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today honoured Mr. Gilles LeVasseur with the Mayor’s City Builder Award recognizing his many philanthropic contributions to the City of Ottawa including the work he has done for Ontario’s Francophone community through his writings and volunteer work.

Gilles LeVasseur grew up in Ottawa’s Alta Vista area, a community with a significant number of Francophone residents. As a Francophone himself, he recognized the importance of defending, maintaining, and ensuring the quality of French language within our city.

Through his various professional and volunteer endeavours, Gilles LeVasseur has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments.

As a lawyer and university professor of law, management and economics, Mr. LeVasseur is actively involved in files related to constitutional language rights in Canada. He is a member of both the Ontario and Quebec Bar Associations and has numerous university degrees. Mr. LeVasseur is President of the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario and of the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien. He has published eight books of which three directly address the situation of Francophones in Ontario and Canada. For over 25 years, he has been an active member of key organizations working to promote the French language in Ontario and Canada. He received the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for his contributions to the preservation of Franco-Ontarian heritage and the Queen's Jubilee medal for his contributions to the Canadian Francophonie. He was also awarded the Séraphin Marion award for his outstanding contribution to the development of Francophones outside Quebec.

Through his passion and dedication, Gilles LeVasseur has been instrumental, not only for the recognition of French language rights locally, but for his role provincially in safeguarding our Franco-Ontarian heritage.
April 10, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs today honoured local luminary sisters Gay (Grace) Cook and Grete (Marguerite) Hale with the Mayor’s City Builder Award for their endeavours in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, and for their many contributions to the City of Ottawa.

Mrs. Cook is a culinary expert and “matriarch of the kitchen” who is well known for her work as a former food editor at the Ottawa Sun and as a weekly food columnist with the Ottawa Citizen. She received the Sandy Sanderson Award recognizing outstanding food journalists and is also known for her freelance writing for a number of other publications including Fifty-Five Plus and Food & Leisure Magazine.

Mrs. Cook is on the Board of Governors of the National Capital Sommelier Guild and is also a member of Cuisine Canada. She is an honorary member of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks and is the well-known author of Mrs. Cook's Kitchen, Basics and Beyond.

Mrs. Cook graduated in 1953 from the first class of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Administration Program at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto and parlayed her talents into work throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. She also received an Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award from the United Way.

Mrs. Hale, a prominent philanthropist and businesswoman in Ottawa, was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 in recognition of her lifetime of volunteerism. She became Chairman Emeritus of the family business, Morrison Lamothe Inc., a national frozen food company headquartered in Toronto in 2005, and has served on numerous national, corporate, and provincial boards.

Mrs. Hale is well known for her work as a volunteer with dozens of Ottawa organizations, including as President of Beechwood Cemetery and as a founding member on the board of the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

Mrs. Hale has been described as one of Ottawa’s most active citizens. Her numerous awards and recognition include: Senator in the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Woman of Distinction – Mayor of Ottawa’s Award for Community Service, the Ottawa-Carleton Philanthropy Award, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Lifetime Achievement Category, the YM-YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, Community Builder of the Year Award, Scouts Canada Foundation National Salute Award and honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In 2012 she was presented with the inaugural CUAA Alumni Humanitarian Award for her significant contributions to society and outstanding volunteer community service.
 

March 27, 2013 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Knoxdale-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Egli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Brian Mulligan for his outstanding volunteer work and contributions to the community as a volunteer, particularly to organizations in the area of children’s mental health.

Mr. Mulligan, an accountant by profession, has contributed his skills and talents to assist community organizations and has worked passionately, tirelessly – and humbly – to help organizations achieve financial stability.

He is the current Treasurer of the Roberts/Smart Centre and has served on the boards of many other organizations, such as the Crossroads Children’s Centre and the Youth Services Bureau.


February 13, 2013Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Sarah Dehler for her years of dedication to environmental protection and for her ability to educate and inspire residents, both young and old, about recycling, sustainability and many other environmental issues in the community.

Ms. Dehler is the Vice-President of the Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA) and is involved in many community projects to raise awareness of non-native species, and to help remove invasive plants in the area. She inspires volunteers and regularly participates in the City’s Cleaning the Capital campaigns and helps inform people about recycling and litter management. She often attends community picnics and events to raise money and awareness for environmental causes and organized teams of volunteers to plant trees along Shirley’s Brook, spearheaded new community signs and organized plantings with funds from Trinity Developments Centre.
 

Ms. Dehler is known for her volunteer work and has been instrumental over the last five years in creating and maintaining the wonderful gardens at École élémentaire publique Kanata. She has motivated many local volunteers, raised money, produced grant applications, and found sponsors for many of the needed supplies and items for the school gardens. Ms. Dehler has demonstrated how to recycle newspapers to make compost baskets and is involved in projects that make science interesting for children. She has also been a volunteer with Canada Day in Kanata since 2009 where she has promoted and encouraged event greening with the goal of zero waste and zero carbon.


January 23, 2013 -  Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau Rockcliffe Ward Councillor Peter Clark today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Joseph Cull for his work as a volunteer group fitness instructor for the Older Adult Program with the YMCA/YWCA and for his volunteer work and fundraising efforts for the Maycourt Hospice and a number of other charities in Ottawa.

Joseph is well-known for his wonderful, self-deprecating humour and for his ability to engage and inspire people as an entertaining and dedicated fitness instructor. He has been a volunteer instructor with the YMCA/YWCA since 2003 and is a fitness instructor at Abbottsford House in the Glebe and the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Joseph is a long-time volunteer and fundraiser for Maycourt Hospice and also a volunteer at the Crighton Cultural Community Centre. He supports and promotes a number of charities in Ottawa and is known for his exceptional ability to inspire others to get involved, volunteer and donate to various causes.

 


December 19, 2012 - 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. 


November 28, 2012 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.


November 14, 2012 - 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. 


October 24, 2012 - 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. 


October 10, 2012 - 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}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{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.


September 12, 2012 - 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.


August 29, 2012 - 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.


June 27, 2012 - 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.


June 13, 2012 - 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.


May 23, 2012 - 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.


May 9, 2012 – 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.


April 25, 2012 – 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.


April 11, 2012 - 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.


March 28, 2012 - 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.


February 22, 2012 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Madat Kara for his tireless volunteer work and outstanding contributions to the community as a Meals on Wheels volunteer and fundraiser.

In January 1998, during the Eastern Ontario ice storm, when Madat heard that some elderly and convalescing people would not be receiving their daily meals due to the weather, he contacted Meals on Wheels and offered to help and he has a regular route delivering meals every Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ever since.

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization, serving meals at minimal cost to the elderly or those who are disabled or convalescing. Each meal is nutritionally complete and the service helps them to remain independent and healthy in their own homes. The Meals on Wheels delivery also provides a daily visit by a volunteer to each client giving them an opportunity for social interaction with a caring visitor.

Madat soon realized that there weren’t enough government subsidies to fund Meals on Wheels so he took on a fundraising role, organizing several large-scale functions which have contributed greatly to the program. His first event was a silent auction and a dinner dance, raising $13,000.

Over the past few years, Madat and his team have hosted many events, including a golf tournament, boat cruises, hockey games, Elvis Gala night dinners and dances and other fundraising activities. In 2010, the team raised $5,000 and Madat contributed more than 500 volunteer hours, completing a lifetime total of 4,000 volunteer hours. The team was recognized by Meals on Wheels for being the first to organize large-scale events contributing to the success of the program.

Madat is a model to others and inspires many with his perseverance, creativity and graciousness. He has received many awards and recognitions and, as a result of his fundraising, Meals on Wheels has been able to maintain its fees at a reasonable level and keep the meals highly accessible to all. This is important because a large percentage of clients are living on a fixed income.

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.


February 8, 2012 – Mayor Jim Watson, with Somerset Ward Councillor Diane Holmes, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Jeremy Dias for his tireless volunteer work and outstanding contributions to the community.

As a youth, Jeremy was motivated by social and political inequality to take action, volunteering with numerous organizations and charities. In high school in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he started and led various clubs, including Stop Racism and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving. He also founded and coordinated Sault Ste. Marie’s first regional LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning) youth group.

After coming out in high school, Jeremy faced discrimination by students and school officials. He experienced daily bullying, violence and other forms of assault by students and teachers. At 17, he began a legal case against his school and school board and at 21 won Canada’s second largest human rights settlement.

Now at the University of Ottawa, Jeremy used the settlement proceeds to found Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative and its annual event, the International Day of Pink, where students come to school wearing pink to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic bullying. The event was so successful in 2010 that more than 7.2 million people wore pink.

Jeremy worked as board chair of Jer’s Vision and now as a volunteer director manages finances and is actively engaged in programming, workshops and day-to-day operations. Under his direction, Jer’s Vision began as a small youth charity managing a scholarship and speaker’s bureau. Their work in Canada was unique as they were one of a few organizations whose anti-homophobic and transphobic bullying work focused on straight people and working to turn bullies and bystanders into allies.

Within five years, the small organization became Canada’s third largest LGBT organization working across the country and internationally doing workshops and presentations. Volunteers pick up where presenters leave off and continue to mentor youth, teachers and schools to create safer and more respectful spaces.

The workshops and presentations reach more than 75,000 people and the organization has a budget of $92,000. Jeremy’s ability to turn a negative school experience into something that helps thousands of people every day and to mobilize volunteers, engage politicians and celebrities is remarkable.

In addition to his work at Jer’s Vision, Jeremy continues to volunteer with a number of organizations including, Housing Help, the Canadian Human Rights Monument and the International Imperial Court.

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.


January 25, 2012 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Osgoode Ward Councillor Doug Thompson, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Kay Johnston for her selfless volunteer work and many contributions to the community.

Ms. Johnston, who turned 80 in October, has been a resident advocate for more than 30 years volunteering at the Township of Osgoode Care Centre and involved in all aspects of fundraising at the Centre. She also volunteers with the Osgoode Home Support Program, making appointments, answering phones and driving patients to appointments.

Among other activities Ms. Johnston brings her energy and devotion to, she is Treasurer of the Catholic Women’s League and sits on the Parish Church Council Board. She is President of the Gloucester South Seniors Club and a member of Councillor Thompson’s Osgoode Ward Advisory Committee.

Kay Johnston has been a member of the Women’s Institute in Vernon for more than 60 years, she is a member of the Winchester Hospital Fundraising Board, a member of the Greely Friendship Club, volunteers at soup kitchens over the holidays and makes Christmas boxes to send to needy children. In her very little spare time, she enjoys a good game of cribbage.

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.


December 14, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Gloucester-Southgate Ward Councillor Diane Deans, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Fran Squire for her outstanding volunteer work, fundraising and contributions to the community.

Ms. Squire has worked with the Parkinson Society Ottawa for seven years on the Board of Directors as Chair and as Vice-Chair of Parkinson Society Canada for six years. She has also served as editor of the Parkinson’s newsletter, which is distributed across Canada and published quarterly. The Parkinson Society Ottawa helps those afflicted with the disease learn about their condition and manage how to live with it.

Over the past 10 years, Ms. Squire has personally raised $26,200 in the Ottawa Parkinson’s SuperWalk. These funds help more than 100,000 Canadians with Parkinson’s disease through education, support services, advocacy and research funding.

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.

 


November 23, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Somerset Ward Councillor Diane Holmes, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Higgins for his outstanding volunteer work and contributions to the community.

Over the past 10 years, Mr. Higgins has been an active member of the Elgin Street Public School. Parent Council as Treasurer, Council Co-Chair and is currently Fundraising Chair. He is Assistant Coach of the girl’s soccer team and also the Elgin Street P.S. Accommodation Review Committee Representative for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Treasurer of the Ottawa Carleton Assembly of School Councils.

Every student in the school benefits from the tireless energy that Mr. Higgins exerts in collecting books and item donations from all over the city, making the annual fundraiser a tremendous success. As a result of his efforts, students are able to attend and host many special events.


November 9, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with West Carleton-March Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Phil Nguyen for his outstanding volunteer work and contributions to the community.

With his wife Amelia, Mr. Nguyen co-created and has taught the award-winning Bully Bustersprogram to more than 1,000 school children and raised $4,000 for non-profit organizations such as the Western Ottawa Community Resources Centre and Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa.Bully Busters teaches children and youth skills in assertiveness, communication and martial arts to respond to bullying and other schoolyard conflicts in a confident, non-physical and peaceful manner.

Mr. Ngyuen is also active in supporting youth education in entrepreneurship and was the keynote speaker for the 2006 Canadian Junior Achievement Conference held in Ottawa which attracted more than 175 students from around the world who are destined to be future entrepreneurial success stories. He was also the keynote speaker at the Young Entrepreneurs Business Awards in 2007 where he motivated more than 300 high school student entrepreneurs to conquer their fears and follow their dreams.

Among other community and motivational activities, Mr. Nguyen has been a member, president, area governor, club mentor and contest champion for the non-profit Toastmasters International, leading, motivating, coaching and mentoring hundreds of individuals to help them improve their communication and leadership skills.

He and his wife Amelia have also delivered the ABCs of Self-Defence, teaching students in local schools as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Guides safety tips, self-empowerment strategies and self-defence techniques. In 2006 he also served as MC for World Religion Day in Ottawa, an event that attracts adherents of various faiths to promote oneness of the world’s religions.


October 26, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Coralie Lalonde for her outstanding volunteer work in the community.

Passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, Ms.Lalonde is co-founder, board member, former chair and volunteer organizer of the Tech Venture Challenge, sparking entrepreneurial spirit among post-secondary students in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario by encouraging them to act on ideas, providing mentorship with successful CEOs and providing networking opportunities with the business community.

Ms. Lalonde has also been a volunteer for various young entrepreneur programs including Junior Achievement of Ottawa-Carleton where she served as board chair, SHAD Valley, the Entrepreneurship Centre, OCRI, the Carleton Biz Camp, the Lemonade Stand Competition, Lead to Win, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, TIE, Venture Creations Group, the Ottawa Network and Adventures in High Tech.

Apart from the entrepreneurship sector, Ms. Lalonde was a volunteer with Volunteer Ottawa for 11 years, including as board chair, co-founder of ENGAGE, a program to encourage business leaders to become engaged in their community, a volunteer with the Community Foundation of Ottawa, serving on the board for five years, and a co-founder of the Social Venture Challenge, which encourages students to use their talents to find solutions to community problems.

Passionate about animal welfare, Ms. Lalonde has been a volunteer for the Ottawa Humane Society and a campaigner for the new facility, and a volunteer for The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre, Paws for Life, Trinity of Hope, the West Quebec SPCA and Navan Animal Rescue.

Also dedicated to quality health care in the community, Ms. Lalonde has been a volunteer and board member for both the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation and a volunteer advisor for FM-CFS Canada.


October 12, 2011 -  Mayor Jim Watson, with Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Pierre Gauthier for his community-minded dedication in managing, maintaining and operating the Brewer Park Speed Skating Oval and Skating Park for the past seven years.

Mr. Gauthier has maintained the Brewer Park Speed Skating Oval and two hockey rinks from October to March for the past seven years, investing a considerable amount of his own time. He involves the local hockey association, the Ottawa Pacers, the Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating clubs, the City of Ottawa and volunteers.

The Brewer Park Speed Skating Oval is the only long track speed skating oval serving Eastern and Southern Ontario and adheres to Speed Skating Canada specifications, enabling Ottawa to host the Ontario Provincial Speed Skating Championships every two years. All the area’s nationally ranked speed skaters, including recently retired four-time Olympic medalist Kristina Groves and Leo Landry from Chelsea, Que. have skated at the oval. In the winter of 2010-11 alone, 75 per cent of the speed skaters representing Ontario at the Halifax Canada Winter Games were from Ottawa and all practised at the oval.


September 28, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ruweida Shire for her volunteer activities and selfless contributions in Ottawa.

Ms. Shire founded the Strathcona Heights Homework Club with only two participants and through the years has achieved major success with the number of students increasing to more than 150.

Operating at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, the Strathcona Heights Homework Club provides students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 with an educational after-school program throughout the year and a day program during the summer. It provides an essential service to youths in the community by providing participants with free educational assistance, tutoring and mentoring.

The majority of participants live in Strathcona Heights, home to one of the largest Ottawa Community Housing developments. The program strives to educate and provide safe and fun activities to combat negative societal influences by creating a safe haven for youths to interact with peers and role models. The program is completely volunteer-led and the students rely on the generous support of volunteers like Ms. Shire.


September 14, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Alta Vista Ward Councillor Peter Hume, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Maurice Bilodeau for his volunteer activities and selfless contributions in Ottawa.

Now 85, and a veteran of Second World War combat duty in Europe, Maurice returned to Holland in 1995 to commemorate the thousands of young Canadian soldiers who never returned home. He was surprised by the avid interest that many young Dutch students expressed in the Second World War and after speaking of life in 1944, they provided him with a big “Thank You” poster.

This planted the seed of an idea and once back in Ottawa, Maurice contacted a few teachers at area schools and offered to visit classrooms to help students understand the hardships of a soldier and the horrors of war. He has since visited many schools and informed students with his honest, first-person account of life at the front.

Maurice also spends two days a week volunteering at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre on Russell Road in Alta Vista Ward where he spends time with and assists residents and patiently shares experiences with them. He received the 2006 Caring Canadian Award presented by then Governor General Michaëlle Jean.


August 25, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Lionel Laurin of Orléans for his dedication and contribution to many volunteer activities in the city over the years.

Since the 1960s, Lionel Laurin has dedicated himself to volunteer efforts in support of many causes within the community. He worked in conjunction with CFRA and local schools to raise literacy awareness and support the establishment of libraries in the north.

He has assisted in raising funds for colon cancer research and in support of the local Boy Scouts. He has made donations in support of the Navan International Ploughing Match and he co-organized a Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraising event with the local Legion that raised some $10,000. Mr. Laurin has also been active in helping the Divine Infant Church in raising funds to assist single mothers. Finally, Mr. Laurin has been integral to the development and continued growth of the Orléans Community Garden.

Mr. Laurin is the owner of the very successful Orléans Ace Body Shop. His community involvement and dedication truly defines the term philanthropist and is a testament to his desire to help improve his community for everyone.


July 13, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Daniel Richer, Town Crier, for his dedication and support of many notable causes in the city over the years.

Since 1981, Mr. Richer has proudly represented both sides of the National Capital Region. He was Ontario's Provincial Herald from 1984 to 1993. He has refined his art into a science and given workshops on the techniques of proper breathing and projection, formed new town criers for other communities and attained an international reputation.

Mr. Richer has worked across Canada, the U.S. and around the world and has won several Town Crier Championships at the North American and International level. He has proclaimed in more than 20 languages at a variety of events ranging from ambassador's evenings to rock concerts.


June 22, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Councillor Tim Tierney today presented Mohamed Sofa with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at the City Council meeting.

Mr. Sofa is a respected community activist and community builder who has had a significant positive impact through engagement in his neighbourhood by identifying needs and seeking positive solutions. He is a strong role model for youth in the west end of Ottawa and started volunteering and helping neighbourhood youth at an early age. He helped to initiate and implement homework clubs, soccer teams, basketball leagues, sports nights, and celebrations for youth and other community members.

He is one of the founders of Young Somali Professionals of North America-Ottawa Branch (YSPNA-OB) whose mission is to provide professional development and networking opportunities for Somali professionals and to create social and business community enhancement projects and advocacy for Somali professionals in the Ottawa area.

Mr. Sofa is also chairperson of and helped to establish in 2003 the Somali Youth Basketball League (SYBL), a non-profit organization which aims to provide an affordable venue to help youth and young adults, especially those considered to be at risk, develop leadership, social and basketball skills and become more confident. The league serves more than 200 youth from across the city.

He is a member of the board of directors at the Britannia Community House and the Catholic Immigration Centre and as a community youth worker at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, he supported the development of the Somali Youth Support Project in the west end. He has been instrumental in engaging youth and parents by developing positive relationships and building trust.


June 8, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson, with Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley, today presented Mr. John Gooch with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at the City Council meeting.

Mr. Gooch, 86, who served in the British Army from 1942 to 1947 and emigrated to Canada in 1957, moved to Kanata in 1966 and has been deeply involved in volunteer activities for several decades. As an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 638 in Kanata, John was responsible for fundraising, construction and dedication of Kanata’s Cenotaph, completed in 1998. He subsequently arranged for the donation of 20 trees, each with a memorial plaque, a central stone, flagpole and commemorative plaque for the Cenotaph.

John has remained involved in the annual poppy campaign and in 2001 was instrumental in researching names for community parks in Kanata. His research assisted in the decision to name nine parks after Canadian veterans who served overseas, including five Victoria Cross recipients.

John has received the Kanata Volunteer award, a church volunteer award and the 1998 Mentor Award from the City of Kanata. He is also a Legionnaire, a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club, a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation and Insignia granted by the Governor General in 2006.


May 25, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Linda Graupner who is a dedicated volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa.

Over the past decade, Mrs. Graupner has been matched with two Little Sisters.

Her association extends to past involvement on the program committee and more recently as a participant with the Holiday Hamper Program and Council for Advancement, the organization’s fundraising arm. In addition, she is currently working on a program that would provide bicycles and helmets to Littles who are unable to afford one.

The presentation to a volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa coincides with the Bring a Little to Council program. This initiative pairs each member of Council with a “Little” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.


May 11, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to the staff of the Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant at Baseline Road and Fisher Avenue for a surprise party that they organized for a young cancer survivor.

With Ward Councillor Keith Egli, Mayor Watson presented a framed certificate of the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Darin Aughey, General Manager of Lone Star Texas Grill Restaurant Baseline and Chris Stearns, a server at the Lone Star.

Led by Mr. Stearns, and with the support of management, the Lone Star Restaurant organized a surprise birthday party last October for Jacob Randell, who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of five in November 2008.

Jacob had visited the restaurant a month earlier, in September 2010, with his mother, Liliane Hajjar, to celebrate her return to work after being off for two years during his treatment. Mr. Stearns took a shine to Jacob and his heroic battle and when Jacob expressed a wish to have his birthday party there, Mr. Stearns arranged a surprise celebration in October.


April 27, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michaela Noffke.

Mayor Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented Michaela Noffke with a framed certificate of the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

Michaela is a dedicated and accomplished dance instructor who was already winning awards for her leadership at age 16. She is currently nearing completion of her studies in Sociology and Art History at Carleton University where she volunteers as a note taker, providing detailed notes to classmates with disabilities. Michaela also gives her time to the Volunteers in Education program run by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation and spent time reading to grade one students at Stittsville Public School. She also volunteers at the Glee Club at Goulbourn Middle School, teaching over forty children to sing, dance and work together as a team, supporting everyone regardless of their skill level.


April 13, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to members of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Committee.

Mayor Watson and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented Co-Chairs Barry Irvine and Lyne Proulx, and Events Co-ordinators Stan Kowala and Bob Presland with framed certificates of the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

The Navan for Kraft Hockeyville Committee undertook the challenge of promoting the Village of Navan in the Kraft Hockeyville 2011 competition as a valuable community-building process.

People of all ages worked together towards a common goal, met new people, made new friends, reacquainted with old friends and worked together in a positive, fun endeavour for the betterment of all. As a result, community spirit, pride and cohesiveness is greatly enhanced.

Local charities also benefited with donations going to the Cumberland Resource Centre Food Bank, CHEO and to a local special needs individual.


March 10, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to CTV Ottawa and proclaimed Saturday, March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in recognition of the 50thanniversary of CTV in the Nation’s Capital.

Fifty years ago this Saturday, residents of Ottawa welcomed CJOH-TV into their homes and since then the station has played a vital role in Ottawa and the Valley’s growth and development. CJOH, now CTV Ottawa, has been a dedicated city-builder through countless telethons, advocacy work and sponsorship of many important community causes.

In recognition of this half-century of commitment to community service, Mayor Watson presented Max Keeping with the Mayor’s City Builder Award, who accepted on behalf of CTV Ottawa.

Mr. Keeping, longtime news anchor at CJOH-TV and CTV Ottawa, is now Community Ambassador for CTV Ottawa and for more than 30 years was the face and voice of the newscast. He has been dedicated to hundreds of community causes and fund-raising efforts and has served as a mentor to a generation of young journalists.

In recognizing CTV Ottawa, Mayor Watson noted the long list of TV programs produced in the Merivale Road studios over the years, among them Willy and Floyd, The Amazing Kreskin, Wok with Yan, You Can’t Do That On Television, Regional Contact, Family Brown and Home Grown Café.

The Mayor presented the proclamation declaring March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in the City of Ottawa to Louis Douville, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Ottawa and current anchors Carol Anne Meehan and Graham Richardson.


February 23, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Elizabeth Gravelle, who has been a volunteer with the Crystal Beach-Lakeview Community Association for 31 years.

Last September, the City of Ottawa dedicated a room at Maki House on Leeming Drive in honour of Elizabeth Gravelle in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the community.


February 9, 2011 - Mayor Jim Watson today presented the inaugural Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Betty Giffin, of Barrhaven, founder of Victoria’s Quilts Canada, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that makes and donates beautifully crafted handmade quilts to cancer patients.

Every year, Victoria’s Quilts Canada holds a quilt-a-thon with the goal of making one quilt per participant. The quilts help to brighten cancer patients’ days while also providing warmth. For more information, to find a chapter near you, to volunteer or to donate fabric and materials, visit www.victoriasquiltscanada.com