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City seeking public input on three commemorative naming proposals

August 14, 2019
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The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultation on proposals to name:

  • the Blackburn Arena, located at 190 Glen Park Drive the Lois Kemp Arena
  • the rink inside the Blackburn Arena, located at 190 Glen Park Drive the Eldon Kemp Rink
  • the tennis courts at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre, located at 998 Valin Steet, the David Duffy Courts

Lois Kemp

In recognition of her exceptional service to Canadian ringette and the community of Blackburn, the City of Ottawa has received a proposal to name the Blackburn Arena, the Lois Kemp Arena. Lois was a trailblazer in the Ottawa sporting community. A resident of Blackburn Corners for 72 years, Lois spearheaded the formation of Gloucester Ringette and founded Blackburn Area News (BANAR). She invested her time and effort to enriching the Blackburn community, volunteering with the Blackburn Girl Guides and serving as Parade Marshall for the 40th Anniversary of the Fun Fair. She co-founded and served as President of the Gloucester Area Ladies Ringette Association, the largest adult ringette league in the world. She also co-founded the Silver Spoon Ladies Tournaments. A published author of the book Gloucester Roots, Lois has inspired girls and women in sports. She was the first woman inducted to the Gloucester Sports Club Wall of Fame, and she received the Ottawa Sports Lifetime Achievement Award. Her endless drive and passion for her community and her ringette legacy will live on for generations.

Eldon Kemp

In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Blackburn community, the City of Ottawa has received a proposal to name the rink within the Blackburn Arena, the Eldon Kemp Rink. Born and raised in Blackburn Corners, Eldon was the backbone of the community over the past 68 years. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy before becoming an active member on the National Research Council for more than three decades. Eldon contributed to community life in many important ways. He received the Governor General’s Long Service Award for 25 years in scouting, volunteered as a hockey coach and youth leader, was a member of the Gloucester Lions Club, was the Blackburn Public School Trustee and founded the Blackburn Community Association. Eldon was instrumental in establishing and maintaining all community outdoor rinks and puddle rinks every winter until 1990. Eldon always had a positive attitude and a comforting smile. He was seen as a mentor and role model by hundreds of Blackburn community youth.

David Duffy

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the City of Ottawa, in going above and beyond his duties as a City employee, the City of Ottawa has received a proposal to name the tennis courts at South Fallingbrook Community Centre, the David Duffy Courts. David was an avid supporter of pickleball in Ottawa. He was instrumental in organizing some of the first pickleball courts in Ottawa and helped the community re-paint tennis courts to repurpose them for pickleball. David understood the enthusiasm of the growing pickleball community and astutely arranged modifications to badminton nets, allowing the community to continue to enjoy pickleball indoors during the winter months. David was a sports enthusiast. He was the President of the Fortune Freestyle local ski club and was heavily involved in the skiing community. Sadly, in 2012, David and his son were killed in a tragic collision as they were travelling on their way to a ski competition. The proposed naming would be a fitting tribute to David’s commitment to promoting sports in the community.

Comments must be made in writing and received no later than September 14, 2019. View each proposal online at

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