Sharen Armstrong and Sylvain de Margerie receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

Published on
July 6, 2022
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Mayor Jim Watson, with Councillors Catherine Kitts and Jean Cloutier, recognized Sharen Armstrong and Sylvain de Margerie’s dedication to the community at today’s City Council meeting by presenting them with the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

For more than 30 years, Sharen Armstrong has been a dedicated volunteer in her community. Ms. Armstrong has volunteered for organizations such as the Vintage Iron and Traditions of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa Carleton Plowman’s Association, Trinity Anglican Church, Top Generation Club and Canada Sews – Ontario East.

Her accomplishments include managing the distribution of food baskets to those in need in rural communities by contacting local food distributors, organizing the Canadian Plowing Match in Ottawa Carleton, which attracted competitors from all over Canada, and acting as a churchwarden for more than 10 years. In 2017, Ms. Armstrong received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her contribution in organizing a fundraiser for a local family impacted by a devastating fire.

Sylvain de Margerie is the founder and president of Food for Thought, an organization that offers free meals to food-insecure individuals. A self-taught chef and former entrepreneur and executive, Mr. de Margerie has been volunteering for more than five years to put food on the table for those who need it most, as well as sharing his love of food by offering free cooking classes at the Bellevue Community Centre.

Before the pandemic, Food for Thought was a local internet café open in the evenings, offering free services and food to patrons. At the onset of the pandemic, the café was forced to close but Mr. de Margerie, volunteer chefs and friends came together in the kitchen to cook and deliver hundreds of meals every day. In one year, Mr. de Margerie and the other Food for Thought volunteers served over 200,000 meals to people in need

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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