Mayor Jim Watson, with Councillor Jean Cloutier, recognized Ken Craig and Danilo Velasquez’s dedication to the community at today’s City Council meeting by presenting them with the Mayor’s City Builder Award.
A proud Ottawan and member of the live music community, Ken Craig has never turned down an opportunity to help his community. In his many years of volunteering, Mr. Craig has donated, fundraised and served on the parent councils and committees for both St. Leonard and St. Mark Catholic schools, volunteered in numerous capacities with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, produced a fundraiser show with radio station Y105 and has assisted with numerous other local organizations and events, like the Nortel Power Aid Live Concert and “After the Storm” Tornado Relief Benefit Concert.
Mr. Craig has served on countless volunteer committees, including the organizing committees for three different Grey Cup Games, the Juno Awards organizing committees and various development and design committees, lending his expertise to Wesley Clover Parks, the Rideau Carleton Casino, TD Place Building Committee and many others to ensure design elements meet the needs of event producers and promoters.
Danilo Velasquez’s volunteer efforts span more than 20 years. He has worked as a photojournalist for various community newspapers and magazines, covering events hosted by Latin-American and other ethnic communities. Mr. Velasquez founded the local Quienes Somos?, a social media program focused on connecting its communities with individuals who are making a difference in Canada.
Mr. Velasquez has also made many charitable contributions to the community, including donating photographs to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, The Ottawa Hospital and numerous charitable events. He has also volunteered his time with various organizations such as Ride for Dad and Blood Canada and covered countless community and cultural events in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, lending his photography and videography skills.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour, created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has 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 Council or the public.
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