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Civic Appreciation Awards (replaced in 2011 by the Mayor’s City Builder Award)

The Civic Appreciation Awards, created in 2002, and awarded until 2010, were established to recognize community volunteers and underscore their valued contributions to the city’s quality of life. Since 2011 our community volunteers are recognized by the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

Recipients by Year


Citizen of the Year

Heather Colls – Adult

Graham Ball – Senior

Distinguished Civic Award

Keith Brown – Athletics, Sports and Recreation

Roy Cooper – Health

Elizabeth Gross – Humanitarianism

Mark Inman – Athletics, Sports and Recreation

Lily Komenda – Humanitarianism

Michel Lamoureux – Education

Becky Marr Johnson – Arts and Culture

Giovanna Panico – Heritage

Robert Philips – Heritage

Robert Rodney – Environment

Barbara Vance – Rural / Agriculture

Community Activism Award

Eleanor Elliott – Adult

Ann Crain – Senior

Alf Gunter – Senior

Meghan Martin – Youth


Citizen of the Year

Denis St-Denis – Adult

Marian Chapman – Senior

Rahana Adam – Youth

Distinguished Civic Award

Mike Christie – Environment

Ron and Betty Eastman – Rural/Agriculture

Larry Ellis – Heritage

David Lowe – Athletics, Sports and Culture

Beryl McKale – Health

Bob Rainboth – Humanitarianism

Asoka Weerasinghe – Arts and Culture

Gary Whitten – Education

Community Activism Award

Chris Hughes – Adult

Marion Gullock – Senior

Céline Philippe – Youth


Citizen of the Year

Anne-Marie Philippe – Adult

Margaret Finley – Senior

Rebecca Dixon – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Darrell Campbell

Distinguished Civic Award

Lillian Cousen – Health

Richard Fraser – Rural/Agriculture

Diane George – Humanitarianism

Cathy Kerr – Health

Joan Klenavic – Arts and Culture

Robert Lockwood – Recreation and Leisure

Kathy Nihei – Environment

Linda Paolozzi – Education

Carolyn Quinn – Heritage

Community Activism Award

Bonnie Gray – Adult

Bertillia Christian – Adult

Pansy Waterman – Senior

Candice and Ryan Dekker – Youth

Ottawa Distress Centre “Elite Volunteer Group” – Group


Citizen of the Year

Margaret MacNeill – Adult

Christine Easton – Senior

Lliam Hayes – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Bill Heikkila

Distinguished Civic Award

Edith Carty – Humanitarianism

Greg Dumont - Arts and Culture

Brian Finch – Environment

Anthony Keith – Heritage

Dr. Emdad Khan – Education

Ken and Betty Kingsbury - Rural/Agriculture

Patrick Reid - Recreation and Sports

Donald Shultz – Health

Community Activism Award

Charlotte Alain – Adult

Betty Dowd – Senior

Bill Robinson – Senior

Katie Tam – Youth

HOPE Volleyball Planning Team 2004 – Holly Tarrison – Group


Citizen of the Year

Tanya Thompson – Adult

Don Lawlor – Senior

Jeremy Dias – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching  

Joseph Sandulo

Distinguished Civic Award

John Balint – Recreation and Sports

Gwen Bell – Humanitarianism

Karen Eck – Health

Anna Kyle – Health

Fiona Reid – Education

Archie Smith – Arts and Culture

Philip Sweetnam – Environment

Georgina Tupper – Heritage

Madeline Whalen – Rural/Agriculture

Community Activism Award

Joe Zadzora – Adult

Paul Greer – Senior

Natasha Rupani – Youth

MedVents Medical Venturers – Group


Citizen of the Year

Allan Hubley – Adult

Harold Moore – Senior

Jessica Weihrich – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Margaret Jones

Patrick Reid

Distinguished Civic Award

Bill Anderson – Recreation and Sports

Lenora Crowe – Arts and Culture

Nancy and David Hayley – Environment

Michele LeBoldus – Heritage

Karen Leskinen – Education

Mirwais Nahzat – Humanitarianism

Cecil Reaney – Rural/Agriculture

Nina Saab – Health

Community Activism

Rod Vanier – Adult

Nazira Tareen – Senior

Megan Ellwood – Youth

Birth and Parent Companion Program, Canadian Mothercraft – Group


Citizen of the Year

Paulette Dozois – Adult

Joy Bergeron – Senior

Julina Throop – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Jim Wagdin

Pat Messner

Distinguished Civic Award

Arlene Anderson – Arts and Culture

Monique and John Benfield – Recreation and Sport

Molly Bruce – Humanitarianism

Richard Fleming – Recreation and Sport

John J. Heney – Heritage

Michael Machargo – Health

Lynda McCuaig – Rural/Agriculture

Jennifer Mix – Environment

James Valitchka – Education

Community Activism Award

David Ellis and Matthew Ellis – Adult

Allen Holtz – Senior

Jasmine Renaud – Youth

Salvation Army Disaster Services Volunteers – Group


Citizen of the Year

Tanya Smith – Adult

Alice Campbell – Senior

Mélissa Brunet – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Charles Chamberlin

Distinguished Civic Award

Michael Ashman – Recreation and Sports

Bob Gowan – Health

Khadija Haffajee – Humanitarianism

Jenniferann Heward-Eastham – Education

Elaina Martin –Arts and Culture

Michael More – Heritage

Betty Prophet - Rural/Agriculture

Wayne Roddick – Environment

Alain Vachon – Heritage

Community Activism Award

Claudio Escobar – Adult

Joan Schrier – Adult

Gary Kyer –Senior

Melody Andrews – Youth

Board of Directors Volunteer Ottawa – Group


Citizen of the Year

Dr. Nalin Bhargava – Adult

Clarence Maheral – Senior

LaDorna Penteluk – Senior

Megan Ellwood – Youth

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching  

Bill Foster

Distinguished Civic Award

Kelvin Burnett – Rural/Agriculture

Robert Clarke – Arts and Culture

David B. Flemming – Heritage

Pat Lamanna – Education

John Leroux – Recreation and Sports

Gary Lum – Environment

Judy Madaire – Health

James McCracken – Humanitarianism

Tom O. Wright – Environment

Community Activism Award

Chris Tessier – Adult

Helen M. Sutherland – Senior

Jane Au – Youth

Stage Coordinators – Ottawa International Jazz Festival – Group

Commemorative Street Naming for Veterans


In 2005, as part of the celebrations for the Year of the Veteran, the City of Ottawa launched a street-naming initiative to honour our local veterans. The initiative is a partnership between the City of Ottawa, Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion and local private developers.

All applicants must proceed through the City of Ottawa’s commemorative street naming process. Once approved by the commemorative street naming process, the Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs liaises with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Poppy and Remembrance Committee of the Royal Canadian Legion who grant permission to utilise the Poppy on the approved street sign.

Local developers participate in this initiative by voluntarily naming streets within new housing developments. The permanent street sign that is installed during the final stages of construction of the subdivision bears the Poppy – the ultimate sign of remembrance.

The presentation of the street sign takes place during the Candlelight Tribute for Veterans every year during the month of November. The event is co-hosted by the City of Ottawa and the Department of Veterans Affairs with approximately 800 guests in attendance. As part of the ceremony, the Mayor presents the family with a replica of the actual street sign.


2021 – Squadron Leader Dr. Jean Davey
Mayor and guests holding street sign

Left to Right: Mr. Hugo Lalonde, Ms. Sharon Rudnitski, His Worship Jim Watson, Mr. Yasir Naqvi.

Born in 1909, in Hamilton, Ontario, Jean - Davey became one of the first two Canadian women to enter the Armed Forces, serving as the first Canadian female doctor from 1941 to 1945.Dr. Davey was the first woman to be granted the commission of Squadron Leader as head of a medical care unit, and she was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1943 in recognition of her service.

She served with the RCAF until her retirement from the military in 1945, then returned to Women’s College Hospital where she held the position of Associate Chief of the Department of Medicine. In 1950, Dr. Davey was appointed Chief of Medicine at the Women’s College Hospital, and from 1946 to 1973 she taught at the University of Toronto, where she became a Professor of the Faculty of Medicine.

She retired from Women’s College Hospital in 1973 and, in recognition of her legacy, the Dr. Jean Davey Honorary Fund was established to provide financial assistance to hospital employees to further their education and upgrade their skills.

In 1973, Dr. Davey was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of her outstanding medical and military careers, and for her services to medicine as an educator and administrator.

Dr. Davey died on March 13, 1980

CAIVAN have agreed to add “promenade Jean Davey Drive” in their Ridge development in Barrhaven.

2020 – Lieutenant-Colonel David Wiens
Mayor and guests holding street sign

Left to Right: Councillor Glen Gower, Mrs. Gail Wiens-Segal, His Worship Jim Watson, Mr. Yasir Naqvi, Mr. Colin McSweeney.

Born in 1920, David Wiens attend St. John’s College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before joining the Canadian Army, serving overseas in World War II. He served in the Canadian Intelligence Corps from 1942-1946 in Northwest Europe and the United Kingdom at which time he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

In 1945, with the conclusion of war he was discharged from the military. Upon returning to Canada, he obtained a Diploma of Education from the University of Manitoba and taught high school students at St. John’s College.

In 1951 David Wiens rejoined the Canadian military where he served in various intelligence appointments. He received multiple decorations for his World War II service including the Thunderbird Badge for his contributions to military intelligence as well as the Canadian Decoration and 1St Bar for his long service. His rank at discharge was that of Lieutenant-Colonel.

David Wiens spent his retirement years researching his genealogy which led him to write a book detailing his lineage with the historical stories of Mennonites and their travels across Europe as well as some stories of his childhood in Russia.

Lieutenant-Colonel Wiens died on November 16, 2017.

CTR Developments a consortium made up of Claridge Homes, Tamarack Homes and Richcraft have agreed to add “rue David Wiens Street” in their Westwood Subdivision in Stittsville.

2019 - Warrent Officer Second Class, Bertram "Bud" Hannam

Le maire Watson remet la plaque de rue commémorative à Rosy Hannam sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de la rue Bud-Hannam

Left to Right: Erin O’Connor, EQ Homes/Regional Group; Taylor Marquis, EQ Homes/Regional Group; Councillor Eli El-Chantiry; Rosy Hannam; Veteran Ken Sanford; His Worship Jim Watson; Rosita Smith and Brady Smith; William Hannam; and Jacquie Sanford.

Bertram “Bud” Hannam was a decorated World War II veteran. He was a 23rd Field Ambulance Reservist and landed in France on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and served on the continent for the duration of the war.

He was officially discharged as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class in 1968. Bertram “Bud” Hannam was laid to rest in the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at Beechwood Cemetery Ottawa on July 25, 2019 at the age of 94.

2018 - Private Michael Joseph Stoqua and Private Moses Tennisco

Le maire Watson remet les plaques de rue commémoratives au chef Kirby Whiteduck sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation des rues Michael Stoqua et Moses Tennisco

Left to Right; Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations, Private Fraser Cunningham, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), Corporal Kenton Lynds, Governor General’s Foot Guards, His Worship Jim Watson

Private Michael Joseph Stoqua:

Private Michael Joseph Stoqua was a First Nations (Golden Lake Band, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Ontario) soldier who was born on August 3, 1893.  At the age of 22, he enlisted as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War.  As a Private, he registered with the 42nd Regiment Guard Detachment, and then served for two years with the 130th Overseas Battalion.  On April 15, 1917, Private Stoqua succumbed to his wounds at the General Hospital in Boulogne, France, as a part of the 75th Overseas Battalion.

Private Moses Tennisco:

Private Moses Tennisco was a First Nations (Golden Lake Band, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Ontario) soldier who served his country as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.  He was born on August 18, 1884, and served with the 107th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment).  Private Tennisco gave up his life for the Commonwealth in action on June 27, 1917, and was laid to rest at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Canada Lands Company and Mattamy Homes have agreed to add Michael Stoqua Street and Moses Tennisco Street in Wateridge Village, formerly CFB Rockcliffe.

2017 - Leading Writer Stuart Kettles

Le maire Watson remet la plaque de rue commémorative à Margo Smith sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de la rue Stuart Kettles

Left to Right: Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Jody Saurette, Mr. Bruce Kettles, Mr. Al Smith, Ms. Margo Smith, His Worship Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Mr. Scott Saurette and Mr. Devon Saurette.

Leading Writer Stuart Kettles was born in Ottawa on September 1, 1917 and attended the High School of Commerce and the Ottawa Technical School. Prior to enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy, he was employed as a clerk-stenographer with J.R. Booth from 1937-1941.

Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves in 1941, he was drafted to His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMSC) Athabaskan in 1942. He survived the sinking of the Athabaskan on April 30, 1944 and was taken as a prisoner of war (POW) and detained at Marlag und Milag, Germany. He was discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy in November 1945.

After he was discharged from the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves, he joined the Ottawa Police Services and served from 1946 to 1966 and attained the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Police Service Medal.

Stuart Kettles was also awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp and the War Medal 1939-45. He was given the discharge badge in 1945. A classroom of the Cossette Building at Canadian Forces Base Halifax is dedicated to Stuart Kettles.

Stuart Kettles married Muriel Barkley on October 7, 1947 and had two children Greg and Margo.  Stuart Kettles died in Ottawa on May 20, 1966.

Rue Stuart Kettles Street will replace rue Henley Street in Bay Ward as part of the Improved Process for Resolving Municipal Addressing Anomalies initiative.

2016 - Corporal Eric Maloney

Le maire Watson remet la plaque de rue commémorative à Cynthia Maloney sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de la voie Eric Maloney

Left to Right: Ward Councillor Michael Qaqish, Ms. Melissa Côté, Tartan Land Consultants Inc., Ms. Cynthia Maloney, His Worship Jim Watson, Mr. Andy Adams

Corporal Eric Maloney at 18 years of age from Douglastown, Quebec proved his courage and service to Canada by joining the Canadian army during the call to arms at the onset of World War II.  As a member of the Royal Rifles of Canada, he along with his comrades in “C” Force sailed to defend the colony of Hong Kong.  Cut off from any reinforcements and supplies, they held off the far in numbers of the Japanese invasion force for eighteen days. 

“C” Force was the first Canadian unit to see battle in World War II and earned many commendations, including the first Victoria Cross awarded to Canadians.

Following their surrender on Christmas day 1941, Eric and his comrades endured four years and eight months as Prisoners of War, which under the Japanese who did not sign the Geneva Convention, was essentially four years and eight months of slavery.  He, and his comrades, did everything in their power to disrupt the Japanese war effort including risking their lives in acts of sabotage.

Upon his return home Eric was united with his girlfriend Elizabeth (Betty) Ebsary who had waited for him in Newfoundland.  Eric and Elizabeth were married for 58 years until Elizabeth’s death in April of 2005. 

Eric pursued his dream of becoming a chef.  Probably reinforced by the starvation diet experienced as a Prisoner of War, Eric gained basic knowledge of his chosen profession working in various locations as he saved money so he could take formal training.

Eric graduated from McGill University with a certification as a professional chef.  He then continued to serve his country by applying his talents on NORAD’s Distant Early Warning sites (DEW Line) in Canada’s Artic from 1954 – 1955 and again in 1959-1963.  Eric wanted to remove the limitations that this location had on his family, so they relocated to Toronto where he became managing chef of several establishments there, and later throughout Ontario as he sought to increase his repertoire.

In 1987 Eric brought his talents to Ottawa as the chef for the faculty dining room at Carleton University until his retirement in 1991 at the age of 70.  While in Ottawa Eric found “home”.  He adopted Ottawa as his own and become a financial supporter of many of its charitable organizations, primarily the Nepean Museum.

Eric liked people, especially the youth.  Each year he would elaborate on the Second World war the allies fought in the Far East, bringing personal anecdotes to the history of our nation during the period making it more relevant to the listener.

Eric Maloney died on March 11, 2015.

Tartan Homes and Tamarack Homes have agreed to add “voie Eric Maloney Way” in their Findlay Creek development in Ottawa’s south end.  

2015 - Vice Admiral Ralph Hennessy

Le maire Watson remet la plaque de rue commémorative à Diana Hennessy sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de l’avenue Ralph Hennessy
Left to Right: Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, The Reverend Cannon David Clunie, Colonel Dorothy Cooper, Councillor Jody Mitic, Councillor Riley Brockington, His Worship Jim Watson, Mrs. Diana Hennessy, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Mrs. Leslie Lahey, Mr. Michael Hennessy, Mrs. Carol Matson, Mr. Angus Gray, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Councillor George Darouze, Lieutenant Gordon Gray, The Honourable Kent Hehr, Councillor Jean Cloutier, Councillor Michael Qaqish, Ms. Chantal Schryer and General Walter Natynczyk.

Vice-Admiral Ralph Hennessy, CD (September 5, 1918 - June 13, 2014) was the eldest son of Colonel Patrick Hennessy and Ellen Robb and grandson, great-grandson and great-great-grandson of soldiers.

In August 1936 when he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy as and Officer Cadet, he became the first Hennessy in four generations not to serve in the British Army in time of war.

Between 1936 and 1939 he underwent training with the Royal Navy which included service on Non-Intervention Patrol during the Spanish Civil War and on the Africa Station. The former was his first experience facing enemy fire.

At the outbreak of World War II he was a newly commissioned Sub-Lieutenant and part of the commissioning crew of HMCS Assiniboine where he spent nearly four years of the war.

In August 1942 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross following Assiniboine’s successful surface battle against the German U-boat, U-210. The Cross was presented to him by His Majesty King George VI on May 11, 1943.

Ralph Hennessy served in many positions and vessels at sea and held many position at shore including; Comptroller-General of the Canadian Forces, Chief of Personnel. He retired from the Canadian Forces after 35 years of service in 1971.

After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Mr. Hennessy was appointed founding Executive Director of the Standards Council of Canada. He also served as Vice-President of the International Organization of Standardization, the first Canadian to do so.

Vice Admiral Hennessy was actively involved in the Corps of Commissionaires Ottawa Branch. He is a former President and long time member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Always learning, he received his BA in history from the University of Waterloo in May 1995.

Urbandale Corporation and Richcraft Homes have agreed to add “avenue Ralph Hennessy Avenue” in their Riverside South development in Ottawa’s south end.

2014 - Section Sergeant Helen Rapp

Les membres de la famille Rapp et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque de la voie Helen Rapp
Left to Right: Greg Bowen, Michelle Taggart, Kathleen (Rapp) Murdie, Melissa Côté, Patsy (Rapp) St. Denis, Amy Cheff, Sharon (Rapp) Halayko, Gerry Bowen, John Rapp, His Worship Jim Watson, Councillor Steve Desroches.

Helen Rapp (July 25, 1925 – August 22, 2013) was a veteran of the Second World War and of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps.

Helen Rapp served at the Directorate of Signals in Ottawa from 1942 to 1946. She was a Bomb Girl and a member of the Armed Forces Pensioners Association.

Mrs. Rapp was married to Frank Rapp and they had five children. After Mr. Rapp’s passing, in her mid seventies, Mrs. Rapp married Mr. Gerry Bowen, and became stepmother to three boys.

Helen Rapp was a champion of veterans’ rights, particularly military widows. She was a volunteer and supporter of the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

Mrs. Rapp is the first female veteran to be honoured with the City of Ottawa’s Veterans Commemorative Street Naming.

Tartan Land Consultants Inc. and Tamarack Homes have agreed to add “voie Helen Rapp Way” in their Findlay Creek development in Ottawa’s south end.

2013 - Major W. Barry Helman

Les membres de la famille Helman et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque du croissant Barry Helman
Left to Right: Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Lieutenant General Guy Thibault, Councillor Keith Egli, The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Mr. Bruce Nicol, Ms. Melissa Côté, Mr. Scott Helman, Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Helman, His Worship Jim Watson, Mrs. Katherine Kenny, Mr. Thomas Schweiger, Ms. Ann Kenny, Mrs. Kimberley Helman, Mr. Patrick Mason, Mrs. Linda Thompson and the Honourable Julian Fantino.

Major W. Barry Helman (December 1, 1929 – January 30, 2013) was a Veteran of the Korean War and a retired Canadian Forces Veteran.

Since retiring from active service, Major Helman had been a dedicated volunteer on behalf of Veterans. He was an active member of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) and the immediate past president of the Ottawa Chapter of this association, a position he held for six years.

Until his death, Major Helman continued to represent CAVUNP at a wide variety of military, civil and governmental functions and made presentations when called upon.

Major Helman took personal responsibility for raising funds for his Chapter's commitment to the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre in Ottawa and to date, thousands of dollars have been raised to assist the Veterans who reside there.

In addition to his volunteer work within CAVUNP, Major Helman was also a member of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Tartan Land Consultants Inc. has agreed to add "Croissant Barry Helman Crescent" in their Havencrest development in Ottawa's South end.

2012 - Able Seaman Jerome (Jerry) Jodoin

Le maire Watson présente la plaque de rue commémorative à Gary Jodoin sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de la promenade Jerome-Jodoin
Left to Right: Vice-Admiral P.A. Maddison, Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Mr. Gus Este, His Worship Jim Watson, Mr. Gary Jodoin, Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Mrs. Fran Jodoin, Councillor Diane Holmes, Councillor Keith Egli, Councillor Katherine Hobbs and The Honourable Stephen Blaney.

Able Seaman Jerome (Jerry) Jodoin (1924-2011) was one of Canada’s last surviving World War II Navy Veterans.

Born in Ottawa on September 30, 1923, Mr. Jodoin attended Maxwell Public School and the Ottawa Technical School.

Mr. Jodoin joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served during World War II in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The Arctic convoys of World War II were oceangoing convoys which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union – primarily Arkhangelsk (Archangel) and Murmansk both in modern-day Russia.

Mr. Jodoin was decorated with the following medals:

  • 1939-45 Star
  • The Atlantic Star
  • The Pacific Star
  • The Canadian Voluntary Service Medal
  • The War Medal 1939-45
  • He also received a medal from the Government of Russia for his role in supporting convoy duties to supply their war effort.

Mr. Jodoin left the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945 and worked for Canada Post and the Ottawa Printing Bureau for many years before starting his own company Jeroniga of Canada, a property management company.

The Minto Group Inc. has agreed to add “Promenade Jerome Jodoin Drive” in their Avalon development in Ottawa’s East end. 

2011 - Private Ferdinand Riendeau and Guardsman Ferdinand Paul-Emile Riendeau

Les membres de la famille Riendeau et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque de la rue des Soldats-Riendeau
Left to Right : Ian MacPherson (Mattamy Homes), Deputy Fire Chief Al Karkkainen, Grandmother Rose Martin,
Mr. Marc Anthony Riendeau, Mrs. Jacqueline Verville-Riendeau, Mr. James Richard Riendeau,
Mr. Jean-Pierre Riendeau, Mr. Richard Marshall, Mrs. Helene Riendeau-Marshall, His Worship Jim Watson,
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Mrs. Helga Alwine Heidenreich-Riendeau, General Walter Natynczyk 

Private Ferdinand Riendeau (1883-1950) was a World War I combat veteran from the 227th Battalion who fought with the 58th Overseas Battalion in France during the Battle of the Last 100 Days.

He enlisted on March 28, 1916 and was demobilized on April 25th, 1919. Upon returning to Canada, he settled in Ottawa and was affiliated with the Governor General’s Foot Guards Association. Private Ferdinand Riendeau married Mederise Sorel and had eight children - one son and seven daughters. His only son Ferdinand Paul-Emile followed in his father's footsteps and served in the military in World War II. Six of his seven daughters married military veterans.

Guardsman Ferdinand Paul-Emile Riendeau (1920-1975) was a World War II veteran from Ottawa (1942-46). He attended the Guigues School and the Ottawa Technical High School. He enlisted with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa where he became a Sergeant Instructor in Cornwall. He then joined the Armoured Corps and served with the Governor General’s Foot Guards as a Gunner Operator in England and Northwest Europe.

Guardsman Riendeau was bestowed by King George an award of Mentions in Dispatches in recognition of his distinguished service. These mentions were authorized in the London Gazette No. 37138 on June 21, 1945 and in the Canada Gazette Number 13 on March 31, 1945. He also received the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal.

Upon returning to Canada, he married Jacqueline Verville and had one daughter and one son. He spent the remainder of his career working with the Ottawa Fire Department and retired as a Sergeant. Both his son and grandson later served with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.

Rue des Soldats-Riendeau Street will be situated in Phase 3 of Mattamy Homes’ Half Moon Bay South community.

2010 - Able Seaman Jean Frederick Andre Audet

Les membres de la famille Audet et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque de la rue André Audet
Back row: Mr. Cory Matthews, Mrs. Tanya Matthews, Mrs. Caroline Audet,  Mr. Peter Audet,
Ms. Amanda McIntyre, Mr. Chris McIntyre, Mrs. Ashley McIntyre, Mrs. Kathy Audet, Mr. Rob Audet,
Mayor Larry O’Brien, Mr. Phil Matthews, Mrs. Gram Audet, Mrs. Sue Matthews, Mrs. Andrea McIntyre,
Mrs. Jean Audet, Mr. Jim McIntyre, Ms. Michelle Audet, Rear-Admiral Andrew Smith, Mr. Dan Audet
Front row: Ms. Emily Audet, Ms. Baylie McIntyre, Ms. Callia McIntyre 

Jean Frederick Andre Audet enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy on May 4, 1942 as an Ordinary Seaman.

Mr. Audet served on many ships including the H.M.C.S. Athabasca, spending 26 months at sea during World War II as an Able Seaman. Wounded as the Athabaskan sunk in the English Channel on April 29, 1944, Mr. Audet was very lucky to have survived as 128 of his fellow crew members lost their lives.

Mr. Audet received the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp as well as the War Medal (1939-45) for his service.

Mr. Audet married Gram Tergie in 1952 and is survived by his six children: Cathy, Jean, Susan, Andrea, Rob and Peter, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mattamy Homes was honoured to include “Andre Audet Street” within Phase 1 of their Half Moon Bay South community in Barrhaven.

2009 - Trooper Brian Richard Good

Les membres de la famille Good et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque de l’avenue Brian Good, en l’honneur du cavalier Brian Richard Good.
Back row: Mr. Steve Good, Mr. James Good, Mr. Mark Pusztai, Ms. Linda Good, Mayor Larry O'Brien
Front row: Ms. Jessica Good, Ms. Sandra Good, Ms. Kayla Good , Ms. Jeanne Pusztai,
Ms. Geraldine Legault

Trooper Good enlisted in the Canadian Forces on October 21st, 2005 at the age of 39. He served as a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based out of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa and was assigned to Joint Task Force (JTF) Afghanistan - Infantry Brigade at Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Gunner on September 29, 2008.

Trooper Good’s assignment abruptly came to an end on January 7, 2009 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in the Shah Wali District of Afghanistan. Trooper Good was only 43 years old when he was killed.

Trooper Good is survived by his wife Sandra and their two teenage daughters, Jessica and Kayla. The Good’s have been life long residents of the Barrhaven community.

Riverside South Development Corporation, a partnership between Urbandale Incorporated and Richcraft Homes, has agreed to include “Brian Good Avenue” within Phase 9 of their Riverside South development.

2008 - Gunner Frederick Richard Paine

Les membres de la famille Paine et les dignitaires tiennent la plaque de l’avenue Paine
Back row:
Mr. Jack Stirling, Minto Group Incorporated, Ms. Paula Paine, Ms. Christine Lavergne,
Mayor Larry O'Brien, Ms. Catherine Maddigan, Mr. Scott Paine.
Front row: Mrs. Mary Eileen Paine

Gunner Frederick Richard Paine served in the 4th Canadian Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

Soon after returning from the war, Mr. Paine began his career in real estate. One of his earliest achievements was brokering the sales of the Hopewell Farm, which is now referred to as Crystal Beach. He later worked for Rhodes Real Estate, a prestigious downtown firm and was involved in the sale of key properties in the city. In the 1950’s real estate boom, he worked for as the Director of Sales for Minto Construction where he was a central figure in the development of key communities such as Parkwood Hills, Meadowlands, Glen Cairn and Hawthorne Meadows. He later worked for A.B. Taylor Construction Incorporated and sold homes in the Copeland Park area – a place where he would eventually settle with his family.

In the 1970’s, Mr. Paine went to work for the Public Service and eventually worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Rideau Veterans Home. Despite the fact that he worked in commissary stores, he paid personal attention to the veterans, particularly those who fought in the First World War.

Gunner Frederick Paine received the following medals: 1939 -1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the Clasp and War Medal 1939 to1945.

Minto Communities Incorporated has agreed to name a street “Paine Avenue” within their new Arcadia Development in Kanata. The development, located just north of Scotia Bank Place will consist of 1400 residential units.

2007 - Private Francisco (Frank) Mancuso

Le maire Larry O’Brien remet la plaque de rue commémorative à la famille Mancuso sur scène lors de la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de la cour Mancuso
Mayor Larry O'Brien, Mr. Bob Mancuso and Ms. Mary Jarvis, Urbandale Corporation

Private Francisco (Frank) Mancuso served in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. Private Mancuso enlisted in Ottawa on April 29, 1941 and served in the United Kingdom, Central Mediterranean and Continental Europe from October 6, 1941 until September 14, 1945.

Private Mancuso received the following medals: 1939 -1945 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp War Medal 1939 -1945.

KNL Developments Incorporated, a partnership of Urbandale Corporation and Richcraft Homes, have identified a street within their Kanata Lakes development as the site of “Mancuso Court”. Phase five of this development will be registered in 2008.

2006 - Captain William LeBoutillier

Le maire Bob Chiarelli remet la plaque de rue commémorative à Eric Maloney sur scène à la cérémonie à la chandelle pour la désignation de l’avenue W. LeBoutillier
Mr. Eric Maloney and Mayor Bob Chiarelli

Captain LeBoutillier was in "D" Company of the Royal Rifles of Canada and saw action at the infamous battle at Stanley Village, Hong Kong, in 1941. Canadian soldiers successfully counter attacked the enemy by crossing the open terrain of the cemetery and driving the enemy from their positions. Unfortunately, the Japanese returned with greater numbers and with concentrated mortar fire, drove the Canadians back to their original positions.

Captain LeBoutillier received a battlefield promotion to Adjutant of the Royal Rifles of Canada for his leadership and courage in the 17day battle for Hong Kong. Captain LeBoutillier was also awarded the Member of the British Empire.

Valecraft Homes Incorporated, with the cooperation of Canada Lands Company who owns adjoining lands, agreed to include LeBoutillier Avenue as part of their Aviation Private development.

2005 - Gunner Paul Antonio Métivier

Mayor Bob Chiarelli presenting the commemorative street sign to Madame Justice Monique Métivier on stage at the Candlelight Tribute ceremony for the naming of P.A. Metivier Drive
Madame Justice Monique Métivier and Mayor Bob Chiarelli

Mr. Paul Métivier was one of the last surviving veterans from the First World War in all of Canada. Mr. Métivier was a long time Ottawa area resident (former City of Nepean) who passed away in December 2004. Mr. Métivier was the first recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2002. He also had received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal (1921) and the Class A Badge (1918) and more recently, the French Legion d'Honneur for his service in France. Mr. Métivier always accepted invitations to represent World War One veterans and was often seen at the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Canada's War Museum and National War Memorial.

Minto Developments Incorporated agreed to participate in the first ever initiative and identified a street in one of their new subdivisions in South Nepean. P. A. Métivier Drive is located in the Chapman Mills area of South Nepean. The first phase of the development was completed during the summer of 2006. P. A. Métivier Drive runs for approximately two kilometres, east to west, between Woodroffe Avenue and Longfields.

Granting Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City is the highest honour a municipality can bestow upon a military unit. The fi­rst granting of Freedom of the City by the City of Ottawa dates back to 1894.

Members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry await inspection from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mayor Watson granted the regiment the right to exercise its Freedom of the City for its 100th anniversary.

The granting of the Freedom of the City by a municipality is one of the most esteemed honours to bestow on a military unit. This military tradition began in England during the 15th century at the time of the War of the Roses when marauding military units endangered cities. Before a city would admit a military unit inside its walls, the chief constable would demand to know the reason the soldiers wished to enter the city. The chief constable would then proceed to escort the unit commander to the chambers of the city council to determine whether the city leaders could trust the unit. If proven trustworthy, the unit was granted the privilege known as, “The Freedom of the City.”

This designation entitled the unit to, “march through the street with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.” Once bestowed, this honour was retained forever. By the 17th century it became more popular to bestow the honour of Freedom of the City to military units that had protected towns from invaders in times of war.

In Canada, this traditional ceremony is symbolic and has been bestowed on Canadian military units whose origins stem from local militia formed in a particular city or town or Canadian military units who have won battle honours overseas. The City of Ottawa has been honoured to bestow Freedom of the City upon the following units:


Year Granted Canadian Military Units
1894  14th Battalion of Kingston – Granted by His Worship George Cox
1953 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment – Granted by Her Worship Charlotte Whitton
1964 2nd Battalion Canadian Guards – Granted by Her Worship Charlotte Whitton
1965 - 1968 30th Field Regiment / Bytown Gunners – 30th Field Artillery Regiment - Granted by His Worship Don Reid
1968 1st Battalion Canadian Guards – Granted by His Worship Don Reid
1969 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa – Granted by His Worship Don Reid
1972 The Governor General’s Foot Guards – Granted by His Worship Pierre Benoit
1977 3rd Field Engineer Squadron – Granted by His Worship Lorrie Greenberg
1978 763 (Ottawa) Communications Regiment – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1979 Canadian Grenadier Guards – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1980 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship “Carleton” – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1981 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1981 28th Service Battalion – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1985 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry – Granted by Her Worship Marion Dewar
1995 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps “Falkland” – Granted by Her Worship Jacqueline Holzman
1996 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship “Ottawa” – Granted by Her Worship Jacqueline Holzman
1999 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment – Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2013 33 Canadian Brigade Group – Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2016 51 Canada Aviation and Space Museum Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron – Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2016 2784 Governor General's Foot Guards - Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps – Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2016 7 Intelligence Company (Ottawa) – Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2016 51 Canada Aviation and Space Museum Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron - Granted by His Worship Jim Watson
2016 2784 Governor General's Foot Guards-Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps - Granted by His Worship Jim Watson

Military Units and Cadet Corps emblems

In 2017, to mark the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation, His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, on behalf of City Council and the citizens of Ottawa, granted permission of a Joint Exercising of Freedom of the City by the 18 military units and the three cadet corps who, since 1894, have been granted Freedom of the City. In appreciated of the long and honourable association between these military units/cadet corps and the city of Ottawa, and in gratitude for the services borne with dignity and skill by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, permission was granted to march through Ottawa with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.

Key to the City

The Key to the City is the City’s highest and most prestigious honour. 

The Key to the City is bestowed upon distinguished persons and honoured guests of the City of Ottawa. The practice of presenting a key to an individual may be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. The key symbolized free entry. By the middle 1800s, it became customary to give a Key to the City as a symbol of the City's intention that the recipient was free to come and go at will.

Recipients of the Key to the City

Key to the City awarded by His Worship Fred Cook
Date Awarded Recipient
December 20, 1902 Lady Minto
Key to the City awarded by His Worship Frank H. Plante
Date Awarded Recipient
January 28, 1922 Lord and Lady Byng
Key to the City awarded by His Worship Patrick Nolan
Date Awarded Recipient
April 25, 1935 Thomas Patrick Gorman
April 25, 1935 Allan Shields
April 25, 1935 Alex Connell
April 25, 1935 Stewart "Stew" Evans
April 25, 1935 Basil O'Meara
April 25, 1935 Frank Boucher
April 25, 1935 Frank Nighbor
September 25, 1935 Lady Roberte, Countess of Bessborough
November 4, 1935 Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Stanley Lewis Date Awarded Recipient

March 10, 1937

Cecilia Colledge

June 19, 1937

South African Lawn Bowling Team

January 23, 1938

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Freiman

April 15, 1939 Megan Taylor

May 6, 1940

Walter D. Head

December 1941 The Right Honourable Winston Churchill August 28, 1946 Field Marshal Montgomery

March 9, 1948

Barbara Ann Scott

December 21, 1948 His Worship Stanley Lewis

Keys to the City awarded by Her Worship Charlotte Whitton
Date Awarded Recipient

September 10, 1951

Sir Denys Lowson

October 10, 1951

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth

February 13, 1952

Field Marshall Lord Alexander

November 16, 1954

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

September 14, 1955

His Excellency Hubert Guérin

October 5, 1955

Dominion-Provincial Conference

October 11, 1955

Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood

June 27, 1956

His Excellency Sir Archibald Nye

December 12, 1956

The Honourable George Drew

Key to the City awarded by His Worship George Nelms
Date Awarded Recipient

March 10, 1960

Anne Heggtveit

Keys to the City awarded by Her Worship Charlotte Whitton
Date Awarded Recipient

April 10, 1961

The Right Honourable Harold MacMillan

April 3, 1962

His Excellency the Honourable Francis Lacoste

October 10, 1963

His Excellency The Right Honourable Viscount Amory

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Donald Reid
Date Awarded Recipient
May 23, 1967 The Right Honourable Daniel Roland Michener and Mrs. Norah Michener

February 22, 1968

Nancy Greene

October 17, 1968 The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau

November 22, 1969

Russell (Russ) Jackson

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Pierre Benoit
Date Awarded Recipient

August 25, 1972

Paul Anka

October 24, 1973

William George Westwick

November 6, 1973

National Arts Centre Orchestra

August 7, 1974

Rich Little

October 20, 1974

Moe Racine

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Lorry Greenberg
Date Awarded Recipient

October 9, 1976

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship “Carleton”

November 4, 1977

Frank Radford "Budge" Crawley

Keys to the City awarded by Her Worship Marion Dewar
Date Awarded Recipient

August 26, 1980

Ken Taylor

October 15, 1983

Lorne Green

September 5, 1984

Sue Holloway

September 5, 1984

Linda Thom

November 11, 1984

William Hutt

December 10, 1984

Marc Garneau


Gaétan Boucher

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship James Durrell
Date Awarded Recipient

August 28, 1986

Richard Beecroft

October 27, 1986

Rick Hansen

March 2, 1988

Elizabeth Manley

January 13, 1989

Brian Kilrea

May 4, 1989

Frank Clair

November 6, 1989

President Corazon Aquino

October 24, 1990

Brian Law and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Marc Laviolette
Date Awarded Recipient

May 10, 1991

Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem Grand Priory of Canada

June 21, 1991

Commodore Ken Summers

Keys to the City awarded by Her Worship Jacqueline Holzman
Date Awarded Recipient

October 13, 1994

Dan Aykroyd

March 3, 1996

Alanis Morissette

July 7, 1997

Angela Hewitt

August 22, 1997

Bruce Cockburn

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Jim Watson
Date Awarded Recipient

February 12, 1998

Bryan Adams

February 20, 1998

Peter Jennings

September 25, 1998

The University of Ottawa

February 19, 1999

Peter Mansbridge

November 12, 1999

Dave Smith

May 17, 2000

Yousuf and Malak Karsh

Key to the City awarded by Richard Cannings
Date Awarded Recipient

August 2, 2000

Jim Watson

Keys to the City awarded by Allan Higdon
Date Awarded Recipient

September 20, 2000

Margaret Atwood

December 6, 2000

Max Keeping

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Bob Chiarelli
Date Awarded Recipient

April 11, 2001

Ben Franklin

November 14, 2001

Bradley Family of Navan

May 9, 2002

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

December 18, 2002

Willard and Wyatt McWilliams

June 25, 2003

Mike Nemesvary

May 19, 2004

Jean Pigott

February 23, 2005

Shukri D'Jama, Sahra Habbene, Saadia Nuh, Shoon Omar

March 9, 2005

Dr. Roland Armitage

June 6, 2005

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan

October 11, 2005

Gisèle Lalonde

March 23, 2006

Dashan (Marc Rowswell)

May 16, 2006

Dominic D’Arcy

June 21, 2006

Elder William Commanda

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Larry O'Brien
Date Awarded Recipient

May 29, 2007

The Commanding Officer of HMCS Ottawa

November 26, 2008

Pierre G. Pagé

February 18, 2010

Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka

Keys to the City awarded by His Worship Jim Watson
Date Awarded Recipient

January 23, 2012

Maestro David Currie

November 19, 2012

Community Foundation of Ottawa

July 8, 2013

Sandra Oh

March 3, 2015

Daniel Alfredsson

March 22, 2016

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada

May 5, 2016

Alex Trebek

March 20, 2017 Michel Picard
May 11, 2017 Algonquin College
June 18, 2017 Carleton University
June 19, 2017 Sheila Fraser
September 7, 2017 Henry Burris
December 4, 2017 The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Senator 
April 18, 2018 The Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston
April 28, 2018 Moe Atallah
May 17, 2018                        Peter A. Herrndorf
June 14, 2018                       Hélène Campbell
November 1, 2018 Paul W. Dewar
April 29, 2019 Patrick Chan
May 1, 2019 Maureen McTeer
May 15, 2019 Dalton McGuinty
June 18, 2019 Ronald F. Caza
September 12, 2019 Sue Garvey

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.


Members of City Council or the public may nominate individuals, groups or organizations. Any youth, adult, senior or group in the City of Ottawa who willingly volunteers their time and efforts to benefit others is eligible provided they live in, operate a business in, or volunteer within the City of Ottawa. Employees of the City of Ottawa and individuals serving on City of Ottawa committees, boards or agencies are eligible for nomination provided their volunteer activity is not an extension of their role as an employee, committee, board or agency representative. To nominate a candidate, the nominator should complete the nomination form describing the efforts and achievements of the nominee.

Selection process

Nominations for the Mayor’s City Builder Award may be completed online. The award recipient will be presented with a certificate from the Mayor and the Ward Councillor at the beginning of each Ottawa City Council meeting. The Mayor's Office will coordinate with the recipient's attendance at council. Recipients will be selected by the Mayor and notified by the Mayor's Office.

There is no deadline to apply and nominations shall be valid for one year after submissions, during which time the nominee may be selected to be recognized.

For more information:

Office of Mayor Jim Watson
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1J1
Phone 613-580-2424 extension 25426

Mayor's City Builder Award - Past Recipients

2022 Recipients

  • Zexi Li

2020 Recipients

  • Big Brothers Big Sister of Ottawa
  • Jennifer Cook Baniczky
  • Gurbachan Singh Bedi
  • Tom Marcantonio
  • Paul O'Kane

2019 Recipients

  • Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region
  • Dylan Black
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Richard and Brian Cooper (Cooper Brothers)
  • Sanchit and Riya Gupta (MealCare)
  • Janet Mason
  • Betty Hope-Gittens
  • Sister Lorena Morris
  • Avery & Rowan Parkinson
  • Moses Abayomi Pratt & Kelly Dikeledi Pratt
  • Rohit Saxena
  • Lynn Stacey
  • Kim Steele
  • StopGap Ottawa
  • Greg Thurlow
  • Trend-Arlington Community Association
  • Al Tweedle
  • Rasha Yacob

2018 Recipients

  • Jacob Baylin
  • Billings Bridge Pacesetters Walking Club
  • June Girvin
  • Dallas Greeley
  • Samia Hirani
  • Catherine Kelly
  • Graham Macmillan
  • Elio Marcantonio
  • Tony Mariani
  • Osman Naqvi
  • Chris Nihmey
  • Proud To Be Me
  • Albert Tang
  • Karen Taylor
  • Ali Tejpar
  • Russ Thomas
  • Mary Ann Varley
  • Agnes Warda
  • Mark Wigmore
  • Catherine Wilcox

2017 Recipients

  • Rabbi Cantor / Cantor rabbin Daniel Benlolo
  • Christo Bilukidi
  • John Blatherwick
  • John Brummell
  • Michael Deyell
  • Kay Dubie & Liz Tucker Bob Easy
  • Judy & Al Graham
  • Very Reverend Father 
  • Patrick Lin
  • Qamar Masood
  • Glenn Mooney
  • Heather Murphy
  • Ibrahim Musa
  • Lee Ann Napiorkowski
  • Ottawa 2017 Volunteers 
  • Ottawa Police Chorus 
  • Sharon Roper
  • Don Winchester

2016 Recipients

  • Al and Betty Arseneault
  • Klaus Beltzner
  • Bon Appetit Ottawa
  • Bruce Brayman
  • Elizabeth Dessureault
  • Friends of the Greenboro Library
  • Marcel Gibeault
  • Girls+ Skate 613
  • Zachary Graves
  • Donna Gray
  • Debbie Heuchert
  • Louise Staranczak and Frances Kane
  • Reverend Joseph Kiirya
  • Gina LaPointe
  • Tysen Lefebvre
  • Frances and Ronald MacDonell
  • Divya Massilamani
  • Giuseppe (Joe) Nicastro
  • Pamela Tourigny

2015 Recipients

  • Aldege Bellefeuille
  • Randy Born
  • Marie-Eve Chainey
  • Jonathan Chow
  • Dr. Safaa Fouda
  • Stuart Holmes
  • Margaret Knight
  • Mitchell Kurylowicz
  • Kerry MacLean
  • Daniel McCarthy
  • Marie McIntosh
  • Mes P'tits Copains
  • Joseph Oombash
  • Louis Patry
  • Peter Ryan
  • Jean Séguin
  • Omar Sultan
  • Helen Synek
  • Chris Taylor

2014 Recipients

  • Rabbi Menachem Mendel Blum
  • Catherine Burns
  • Carol Burrows
  • Citizens for Safe Cycling
  • Wendy Daniels
  • Laura Dubois
  • Nicole Fortier
  • Shelby Hayter
  • Amyn Keshavjee
  • Doreen Lebano
  • Susan MacLatchy
  • Captain Tim McKee
  • Bill Robinson
  • Patricia Tait
  • John Therien
  • David Vesey

2013 Recipients

  • Major William Berry
  • Harley Bloom
  • Laura Bouchard
  • Brothers Dubé
  • Jatiner Chadha
  • Gay Cook
  • Joseph Cull
  • Sarah Dehler
  • Allison Dingle
  • Grete Hale
  • Chris Hughes
  • Floralove Katz
  • Gilles LeVasseur
  • MAJIC Morning (Stuntman Stu, Angie Poirier & Trisha Owens)
  • Brian Mulligan
  • Mark O’Neill
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Retd/à la retraite) Guy Robitaille
  • Karen Secord

2012 Recipients

  • Hi Carswell
  • Patricia (Pat) Clark
  • Jeremy Dias
  • CAWI (Suzanne Doerge)
  • Tom Flood
  • Michael Hanna
  • Hannah Hempinstall
  • Chris Henderson
  • Gord Jenkins
  • Kay Johnston
  • Madat Kara
  • Frank Licari
  • Margaret (Peggy) Lister
  • Diana Majury
  • Jeanine & Dean Otto
  • Peter Runia
  • Emily Tieu
  • David Truemner
  • Kathy Yach

2011 Recipients

  • Maurice Bilodeau
  • CTV Ottawa
  • Pierre Gauthier
  • Betty Giffin
  • Linda Graupner
  • Elizabeth Gravelle
  • John Gooch
  • John Higgins
  • Coralie Lalonde
  • Lionel Laurin
  • Lone Star Texas Grill (Baseline)
  • Navan for Kraft Hockeyville Committee / Comité de promotion de Navan au titre de Kraft Hockeyville
  • Phil Nguyen
  • Michaela Noffke
  • Daniel Richer
  • Ruweida Shire
  • Mohamed Sofa
  • Fran Squire

Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Order of Ottawa medal

The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.


Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community is eligible for nomination.

Submissions consisting exclusively of volunteer work will not be considered. Such submissions, however, could be considered for the Mayor's City Builder Award, a civic honour created to recognize outstanding volunteerism.

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.

Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.

Nomination Process

Please submit your nomination using the online form at the link below.

Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Nomination Form (link is external)

You can also download and print a copy of the nomination form (for print purposes only)

Mail to:

City of Ottawa
Order of Ottawa Selection Committee
c/o Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Deadline for nominations

Please note that nominations are now closed for 2022. Nominations received after September 9, 2022 will be considered in 2023. 


All nominations are considered by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services. 


The Mayor of the City of Ottawa invests the recipients at an annual civic ceremony. Recipients and their nominators are notified in advance of the investiture.

Past recipients

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

In 2003, in recognition of Brian Kilrea's 1,000th career victory, the City of Ottawa created the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony.

An outstanding citizen may be nominated for either the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. 


Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching 2021

2021 Recipients

Michael Allen

Michael Allen has led United Way East Ontario for more than 20 years, growing the organization’s influence and impact as a champion of social justice, with the City of Ottawa as a key benefactor of this work.

Under Mr. Allen’s guidance, United Way has organized and advocated for local seniors’ wellbeing, early childhood development, employment equity, ending youth homelessness, and supporting youth struggling with addiction – for which he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the late Mauril Bélanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier.

Mr. Allen has also personally committed to countless community endeavours such as taking a lead on the Council of Partners for Success By 6; being a community champion for the provincial government’s investment in Early Years Centres; as a member of the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa; a member of the Council of the Mayor’s Integrated Drug and Addiction Strategy; and Chair of Ontario’s AffordAbility Fund Trust addressing energy affordability.

Mr. Allen has also been a community leader as the city faced some of our toughest challenges: the Syrian refugee crisis, the opioid crisis, the tornadoes in 2018, and the floods of 2019.

Most recently, as the President and CEO of United Way East Ontario, Mr. Allen led the Community Response Table (CRT), a coalition of 100+ participants and 80 subject matter experts who worked together to deliver more than 60 rapid response solutions to support people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRT has met more than 20 times since 2020, and its impact was recognized throughout our city, including being publicly acknowledged by the Prime Minister of Canada.

Sadaf Ebrahim

Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Pakistani-Canadian and currently serving the community as President of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region).

Ms. Ebrahim has been working hard in organizing social events, managing various awareness programs and volunteering her time to engage with people of all backgrounds to improve the socio-economic dimension of the community.

Sadaf Ebrahim started a movement called GREEN HELP to address climate change and empower newly immigrant women by providing them part-time jobs making cloth shopping bags.

Sadaf Ebrahim has also been appointed as a Pakistan Girls Education Ambassador. Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) acts as a platform for stakeholders, donors, policymakers, and practitioners to come together and address the gender gap in education in Pakistan and devise solutions to overcome the broader socio-economic challenges faced by the girls.

Sadaf Ebrahim uses every available platform to raise awareness about various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns. She has successfully raised funds for organizations like the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Multi Faith Housing Initiative Ottawa, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh who are in dire need of medical treatment, and CHEO Foundation.

Ms. Ebrahim also serves as an active member of the community and has been recognized for her efforts, receiving the Appreciation Award for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017 and Canada 150 Award in 2017.

Ian Faris

Serving as the President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade for over six years, Ian Faris has worked to strengthen the City’s business community, in particular its role as a stakeholder in City, Provincial and Federal decision-making.

Mr. Faris oversaw the amalgamation of three Chambers of Commerce into one cohesive organization. Throughout the pandemic, the benefits of having a unified Ottawa Board of Trade involved in the City’s economic recovery, working for the benefit of its members and the broader business community, has been experienced firsthand.

As President and CEO, the Ottawa Board of Trade launched the Capital Build Task Force aimed at building momentum for City-building infrastructure projects, including the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, a new Civic Hospital campus, equitable distribution of jobs across all areas of the City, and the revitalization of the ByWard Market.

Ian Faris has taken on a national advocacy role as the Senior Vice President, Chamber Network Relations and Advocacy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. His expertise continues to serve the needs of the national and local business community.

Ian Faris continually demonstrated a commitment to serve his community through youth athletics. He has held several senior executive volunteer roles on basketball, soccer and community-based youth organizations, leading, organizing and fundraising to ensure that their seasons are successful and the youth are supported in their athletic goals. Ian is one of the founding members of The Hill Charity Golf Classic, whose mission is to fundraise for resources, and to provide financial support for youth athletics.

Barclay Frost

A fine sportsman, a first-class athlete, official, builder and volunteer, Barclay Frost has been recognized by the Ottawa Sports Awards, winning its Technical Official Award. In 2021, the National Officials’ Committee of Athletics honoured him for his 50 plus years of dedication to athletics, inducting him onto the Athletics Canada Wall of Honour.

A former teacher, Mr. Frost sparked enthusiasm and encouraged many of his students to pursue their interest in sport. He made it fun, coaching in a positive, kind manner that motivated many to strive to do their very best. His love of sport is contagious.

Barclay grew up on the playgrounds of Ottawa playing sports and learning life skills. He worked as a young adult for Parks and Recreation as a playground supervisor where he developed leadership and organizational skills that have continued all his life.

Now, at 80 years old, Mr. Frost continues to work tirelessly as an official in Athletics events that range from the Olympics, to international, national, provincial and local levels. As a member of the Ottawa Sports Awards (OSA) Committee for the last 18 years, Barclay Frosts’ leadership as Chair is inspirational to the team that organizes the Ottawa’s Sports Award Banquet which hosts over 600 athletes, officials, coaches, and their family members. He is very hands-on, charting the path to ensure that this event is successful and remains the most comprehensive and inclusive amateur sports recognition awards event in Canada.

He has been an active basketball official for over 30 years, officiating all levels. As a resident of Munster Hamlet, Barclay Frost regularly puts on his goaltender equipment to play old-timers' hockey, participates in curling and golf and loves to go camping with his wife Janet.

Jeff Hunt

Jeff Hunt left his family home in Newfoundland for Ottawa in 1983 to pursue his entrepreneurial vision. In his first year in Ottawa, Mr. Hunt started a carpet cleaning firm, Canway, and over the next 15 years, franchised it, expanded into the US and sold the thriving business to Sears. That sale, in 1998, enabled Mr. Hunt to pursue his dream of owning and managing a hockey team, the Ottawa 67’s.

Mr. Hunt’s success with the 67’s was sighted by the Canadian Football League as an important factor in its decision to award an expansion franchise to Ottawa. Mr. Hunt, along with other community partners, set out in 2006 to bid for the expansion of the CFL franchise as well as the redevelopment of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. The partners banded together to form the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, to which Jeff Hunt was President. That franchise, the Ottawa Redblacks, and Jeff Hunt’s vision brought the CFL back to Ottawa and saw the team rise to win a championship in only three years, winning the Grey Cup in 2016.

In recent months, Jeff Hunt has partnered with European soccer franchise Atletico Madrid on the ownership of an Ottawa franchise, Atletico Ottawa, in the Canadian Premier League.

During his career, Jeff Hunt’s accomplishments have been recognized with multiple awards, including five Profit Magazine Fast-100 and two Fast-50 awards. He has also been named OHL and Canadian Hockey League Executive of the Year and in 2015 he was named to the Yahoo Canada Sports list of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” who have the most influence over sport in Canada. In January 2017, Jeff was named Ottawa’s Favorite Entrepreneur by Faces Magazine.

Amanda Jetté Knox

Amanda Jetté Knox is an award-winning author, journalist, public speaker, and human rights advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Amanda is a nonbinary person, the mother of a nonbinary child, and the spouse of a transgender woman. Amanda has shared her experiences with the world, advocating on behalf of loving, inclusive families everywhere. Amanda’s work, both in activism and in writing, teaches the perspective “lead with love”. Amanda dedicates her time to improving healthcare access, school environments, and overall acceptance not only for her child, but for all of the trans and nonbinary children who follow.

Mx. Jetté Knox’s 2019 book, "Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family", was a national bestseller, an Indigo Staff Pick of the Month, and finalist for the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards. Her writing and her family's journey have been profiled on CBC, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, O Magazine, The Today Show, and various other national and international publications, podcasts and media outlets.

Amanda expanded her advocacy to become a visible spokesperson for families. Over the years, Amanda has strived towards reaching as many parents as possible, with the goal of ensuring every single child in our local community (and beyond) has the opportunity to thrive.

Amanda is a 2019 Chatelaine Woman of the Year, one of 2020’s Top 25 Women of Influence, was on Today’s Parents’ Most Influential Parents list, and was recognized for her community service at the 2021 Redblacks season opener game.

Mark Kaluski

Mark Kaluski is the President of the local consulting firm Hashmark Strategies. With an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry Mr. Kaluski worked in public service before founding Hashmark in 2008, which operates four local businesses.

Mark Kaluski has made significant contributions to Ottawa’s business community through his volunteer work with many municipal panels in areas of economic development, public health, planning, and francophone issues. He serves as the chair of the Vanier Business Improvement Area (BIA) since 2010, and co-founder and chair of the Ottawa Coalition of BIAs (OCOBIA) since 2016. He has spent countless hours bringing businesses together city-wide to help amplify their voices and advocate on their behalf to all levels of government.

Mr. Kaluski’s steadfast leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has helped the city’s 19 BIAs navigate the ever-changing challenges businesses have faced. He spearheaded lobbying efforts that led to local support initiatives, rent and wage subsidies, and other provincial and federal programs. After seeing the pandemic’s impact on small business owners, he organized the Small Business Mental Health Forum to connect people in need with health professionals. He has selflessly supported many small business owners, all while endeavouring to save his own businesses.

Mark Kaluski is a proud Ottawan and a staunch defender of the Vanier community through its ongoing challenges, while remaining a keen champion for its potential. Be it navigating development files, community issues, or a philanthropy project for one of Vanier’s community organizations, Mr. Kaluski is a gracious and generous leader.

Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly began his long career in hospitality and tourism with the Westin Hotels and Resorts chain. After 14 years with Westin, including 5 years as General Manager of the Westin Ottawa, Mr. Kelly was recruited by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to be the General Manager of the legendary Chateau Laurier. He later became Vice-President of Fairmont for the Pacific Northwest Region, and was responsible for many hotels in BC and Seattle Washington before returning to Ottawa in 2005 to become the Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism for Algonquin College.

In 2007, Mr. Kelly became President of the Ottawa Congress Centre and was instrumental in his leadership in the design, development, and opening of the Ottawa Convention Centre (now The Shaw Centre), recently recognized by Canadian and international convention planners as the finest convention centre in the world. As President and CEO of the Shaw Centre, Mr. Kelly was instrumental in attracting the international One Young World Summit to Ottawa in 2016.

Pat Kelly has served the local tourism industry with distinction on Ottawa Tourism’s Board of Directors and as a former Chair. He was also a Board member and Vice Chair of the Ottawa International Airport, and a past Board member of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Operation Come Home and the Ottawa Board of Trade.

Pat Kelly is currently a successful tourism consultant, leading his own firm, Pat Kelly Consulting, which provides consulting services and expertise to hospitality and tourism organizations. He is also a partner in FLOOR 13, a boutique tourism consulting firm providing diverse insight and fresh approaches to traditional problem-solving.

In all of these activities, Mr. Kelly has been a remarkable champion of tourism for the City of Ottawa, not only promoting Ottawa across Canada, but around the world.

Dr. Isra Levy

After graduating as a physician in South Africa, Isra Levy immigrated to Canada and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, specializing in epidemiology and Public Health.

Dr. Levy was the founding director of the Office for Public Health at the Canadian Medical Association, where he helped launch a Mental Health Support Network and advocated for enhancement of mental health services, before joining the City of Ottawa’s Public Health Department and becoming the City’s Medical Officer of Health. During his 11 years with Ottawa Public Health he expanded programming in mental health and addictions, and guided innovative public health initiatives including the response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and expansion of the City of Ottawa’s smoke-free spaces legislation. He worked in partnership with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) on many initiatives for vulnerable tenants including declaring OCH homes and communities smoke free.

Dr. Levy is currently a member of the executive management team at Canadian Blood Services, where he oversees research and medical programs. He is the recent past vice-chair of the Board for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, has participated in the governance of local health and social service agencies, and is a current member of the Board of Public Health Ontario.

Isra is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, and was named the Physician of the Year by the Ottawa Academy of Medicine in 2010. In 2018 he was bestowed an honorary life membership by the Canadian Public Health Association in recognition of his work as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the field of public health.

Dr. Danielle Lussier

Dr. Lussier is Red River Métis and mother of three, born and raised in the homeland of the Métis Nation on Treaty 1 Territory. She relocated to Ottawa to pursue her post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa in 2002.

Dr. Lussier is a legal scholar, the Director of Community and Indigenous Relations, and Professor of Indigenous Legal Orders at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She has previously served as advocate for legislation and law reform on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, as a legal analyst for the Parliamentary Research and Information Service at the Library of Parliament, and as legal counsel to a federal administrative tribunal.

Her work to centre Indigenous Legal Pedagogies and ways of knowing in legal education is revolutionizing the teaching of law in Ottawa and across Ontario. Dr. Lussier’s approaches to teaching and learning support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in engaging both heart knowledge and mind knowledge; as she often says, if you are only learning with your head, you are only understanding half the story.

Dr. Lussier is co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the Law Society of Ontario, Trustee of the Ontario Bar Association Foundation, and a Director of the Ottawa Community Foundation, and as member of the Indigenous Education Committee of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, supporting reconciliation efforts in elementary and secondary schools in Eastern Ontario. In these roles, she amplifies Indigenous community members’ voices within the legal profession and the community at large.

Dr. Lussier’s efforts advance the critical work of reconciliation through community building, while also supporting Métis intellectual self-determination and decolonization of education systems.

HCol Daniel Mackay

For more than four decades, Honorary Colonel Daniel Mackay has served in the Canadian Army Reserve with The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), the City of Ottawa’s Official Regiment. HCol Mackay served as Commanding Officer of the Regiment on two occasions. Following his retirement from the Regiment he was subsequently recognized for his service by being appointed first Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and then Honorary Colonel. In addition, he has served for over twenty-five years as a voluntary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

HCol Mackay founded the Regimental Museum of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) in 1977. He was successful in obtaining Canadian Forces accreditation for the museum which showcases a large collection of uniforms, photographs, medals and other memorabilia dating back to the regiment’s inception in Ottawa in 1862.

HCol Mackay has served over twenty-five years with Federal District Council of St. John Ambulance. During this time, he served as President, and continues to serve as a member on their Board of Directors. His efforts have allowed St. John Ambulance to continue serving the public and businesses in Ottawa during very difficult times such as the Ice Storm of 1998, and more recently with local floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commitment of HCol Mackay is also outstanding when dealing with the veteran community in the City of Ottawa. He has been involved in a major fundraising effort with the Perley Health Community of Care, aiming to raise $10 million of capital funds in order to achieve their goals and objectives.

From advancing the social and economic development interests of Canada’s capital while serving in the Canadian Army Reserve and with various volunteer organizations, HCol Mackay exemplifies dedication and commitment to the City of Ottawa.

Daljit S. Nirman

Since immigrating to Canada in 2000, Daljit S. Nirman has dedicated his life to repaying his adopted homeland by serving and supporting those in need. Mr. Nirman has contributed tens of thousands of hours for nearly two decades in support of dozens of local causes.

Mr. Nirman is alumnus of the University of Ottawa and in 2004, he established a law practice that focused on human rights and immigration matters, but often chose to offer his services pro-bono to members of marginalized communities of South-Asian diaspora. He recognized that many of these individuals did not have access to professional legal representation, through a combination of limited means, a poor understanding of the legal system as well as language, cultural barriers, and prejudice.

Beyond his profession, Mr. Nirman has been a devoted and passionate community builder and advocate. He has taken on a variety of causes ranging from mental health, addictions treatment, community safety and youth poverty.

Daljit S. Nirman has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and community-based organizations to lead various philanthropic endeavours including The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa, The United Way East Ontario, Montfort Hospital, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He saw the opportunity to further inspire and engage members of the Indo-Canadian community to become more directly involved in solving our community’s toughest challenges, alongside United Way.

Mr. Nirman was appointed as Member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, where his legal mind, courage, humanity, and profound sense of social justice have helped to guide an organization that is central to the well-being of Ottawa’s citizenry and measure for justice in our community.

Barry Padolsky

Barry Padolsky is an Ottawa-based architect, urban designer and heritage consultant with over 50 years of experience. As the principal of his firm, Barry Padolsky & Associates Inc. Architects, he has led close to two hundred significant architectural, urban design and heritage conservation projects and numerous smaller projects in the National Capital Region.

Perhaps best known for his long and extensive involvement with heritage conservation, starting with co-chairing of the Citizens’ Committee to save the Rideau Convent in 1972, his energetic involvements, often pro bono, have led to numerous and significant achievements in heritage conservation in our City. Mr. Padolsky has been instrumental in the design, restoration, renovation and adaption of buildings throughout Ottawa including the Ottawa Art Gallery/Arts Court, Global Centre for Pluralism, Government Conference Centre, Museum of Nature, Fleet Street Pumping Station, Ottawa Teacher’s College, and the By Ward Market Building. Barry Padolsky’s service to his community is further reflected in the public boards and committees on which he has served including, the City of Ottawa Design Committee, the Rideau Centre Public Advisory Committee, Heritage Ottawa, Action Sandy Hill, the City of Ottawa Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee and the City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub Committee. Through his commitment to enhancing Ottawa’s built environment, Barry Padolsky has helped to make our nation’s capital a more visually and culturally engaging city that is enjoyed by its residents and the thousands of Canadians and international visitors who come here to experience its pleasures.

Ian Sherman

Ian Sherman is a recently retired Partner in the EY Ottawa Office with over 35 years of public accounting experience. He managed the Ottawa Tax Practice of approximately 90 professionals.

Mr. Sherman is continuing as a Contractor at EY in addition to assuming corporate director and family business advisory roles through his new company, Relationship Capital Inc.Ian Sherman was an Instructor for the CPA Canada In-Depth Income Tax Course for over 10 years. From 2007 to 2011, Ian was Chair of the Tax Courses Committee and subsequently became Chair of CPA Canada’s Income Tax Education Committee.

He was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2006 in recognition of his professional achievements and contributions. In 2013, Ian received the CPA Canada Award for Excellence in Income Tax in recognition of outstanding service to the profession and the Canadian tax community.

Ian Sherman is currently Chair of the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation. He also has deep roots in the Ottawa Jewish community as the current Chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and a Past Chair of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre and Congregation Beth Shalom.

Mr. Sherman has been recognized many times for his community service, most recently receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ottawa Philanthropy Award as 2021 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and the 2021 Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka Award from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. In 2009, Ian was recognized as the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

Grace Xue Xin

Grace Xin came to Ottawa in 1999 as an international student attending the University of Ottawa. Since then, she has found home in the capital region of Canada and her adopted country and hometown have given her a lot of opportunities to contribute to society and the neighbourhoods where she works and lives. During Grace’s 13-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA), she worked tirelessly to promote and support the main street businesses in the area through organizing artistic and cultural events and implementing key initiatives.

In 2010, she was selected by the Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the Top Fifty People in the capital city of Canada for her role in leading an international project team to fundraise for and build the stunning Ottawa-Beijing twin-city project – the Chinatown Gateway. This project has won a prestigious “Project of the Year” award given by the American Public Works Association in 2011.

Locally and nationally, Grace was an active contributor to the Canada-China Tourism development through her professional and volunteer work with Ottawa Tourism and the Tourism Industry of Canada. In 2015, Grace was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by Ottawa Tourism. She frequently organized familiarization tours, delivered speeches, workshops and training sessions on destination development and how to serve the Chinese inbound market—one of the major inbound markets for Canada. This work has taken Grace to every province and every territory in Canada.

Currently, Grace is the Vice President, Philanthropic Services & Community Building at the Ottawa Community Foundation. She continues her journey in helping Ottawa fulfill its potential as a healthy, inclusive, environmentally balanced, and culturally and economically vibrant city.

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Recipients

Manock Lual

Manock Lual is a former pro-basketball player who came to Canada as a refugee from South Sudan and grew up in Overbrook.

Coach Manock is Founder and Head Coach of Prezdential, a non-profit that is dedicated to bridging the gap faced by disadvantaged youth in Ottawa, and particularly racialized youth living in low-income communities. Mr. Lual offers free basketball and life skills programming strengthened by partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, Ottawa Community Foundation and local community associations and resource centres.

Coach Manock’s ability to coach young athletes goes beyond the game of basketball. His individualistic style of coaching and charisma throughout training sessions applies to all ages, and practice sessions are more than about building better players but becoming better people through sport.

Coach Manock fosters an environment of acceptance and positivity that follows participants into their communities. During a year plagued by limitations for physical closeness, Coach Manock showed how his leadership translates into community development. Coach Manock and his team at Prezdential Basketball supported the youth of Ottawa through initiatives that aided their general mental health and wellbeing. Prezdential Basketball now includes financial literacy programming, cooking classes, a youth media program, an annual backpack drive, after school programming, and the Overbrook Show.

While his basketball prowess is renowned, it is his work to mentor youth, using basketball as a tool, which makes Coach Manock remarkable.

Julie Richards

Coach Julie Richards of the West Ottawa Basketball Association (WOBA) and Holy Trinity Catholic High School, coaches players with unwavering leadership, commitment and dedication. Coach Julie has been Head Coach of a WOBA competitive basketball team for 5 years, but her basketball coaching experience includes house league, club competitive basketball, high school basketball and spans many age groups (from ages 10 to 18).

A few weeks into the first COVID-19 lockdown, Coach Julie enthusiastically embraced technology and organized hour-long weekly Zoom meetings/workouts to keep the boys focused, physically active, and engaged. Through these weekly Zoom calls, the boys would practice drills in front of the camera, engaged in conversations on health – mental and physical – as well as nutrition, drill challenges and many other topics the boys wanted to discuss. These workouts provided these youth with stability, stimulation and motivation during an unprecedented time. Her leadership and support kept the boys engaged and involved during a time where most kids slipped into isolation.

Beyond the court, Coach Julie has also had a monumental impact in developing the character of these teenage boys. An example of her creating a culture of giving back occurred during the month of December 2020, when Coach Julie introduced a Calendar of Gratitude that challenged the boys to come up with and demonstrate an act of kindness every day of the month, including anything from simple gestures such as helping a family member wash dishes or help a sibling with homework, to leading food and toy drives for less fortunate families.

Coach Julie has always led by example by demonstrating the very best that a coach can offer, a passion for excellence, hard work, respect for your teammates and your opposition, and an unbelievable sense of sportsmanship.