Michael Deyell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award
Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Deyell at City Council today in recognition of his commitment to showcasing Canadian artists and for his many contributions to the LGBTQ community in Ottawa. The honour comes as the city celebrates the annual Ottawa Capital Pride Festival.
Mr. Deyell returned to Ottawa in 2012 to purchase After Stonewall, Ottawa’s only LGBTQ bookstore, founded in 1990, in order to keep it open. He added further life to the store by, turning the business into Stonewall Gallery to showcase Canadian artists and their creations. In the last year, Mr. Deyell merged the gallery with his partner’s business, Wilde’s, creating Stonewall Wilde’s, a community shopping destination featuring the works of over 70 Canadian artists on two levels.
Mr. Deyell is an active community leader and supporter of LGBTQ initiatives and causes. He is an advocate and fundraiser for Bruce House, which cares for and supports people living with HIV and AIDS. He has also been extremely active and supportive of the Village, Ottawa’s Gay Village, helping nurture it into a thriving, inviting and inclusive neighbourhood with businesses and restaurants. In 2015 Mr. Deyell sat on the board of Swirl and Twirl, an annual Ottawa fundraiser for charities. With his expertise in social marketing and public relations, he currently sits on the board of TotoToo Theatre.