Kim Steele receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and West Carleton-March Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Kim Steele at the start of the City Council meeting today, in honour of her outstanding volunteerism.

Ms. Steele has been offering free fitness classes at the Corkery Community Centre since 2006. Her three weekly classes have expanded access to fitness programming in rural Ottawa. Her classes have also become an avenue for collecting food for new mothers and cards for residents who are sick or in need.

Ms. Steele’s warmth and generosity model the best of community leadership. Participants in her classes are mostly women, but entire families, including teenagers and seniors, and people of all fitness levels also attend. In addition to promoting health and fitness, Ms. Steele brings people together, offering an opportunity for participants to forge special bonds that would not otherwise exist.

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 City Council or the public.


Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif received Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and Gloucester-South Nepean Ward Councillor Carol Anne Meehan presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif at the start of the City Council meeting today.

Dr. Alsharif was honoured for his outstanding volunteerism, for his work with refugees in Ottawa and for his service to the community. His longstanding commitment to volunteerism is emblematic of the achievements the Mayor’s City Builder Award was designed to celebrate.

Dr. Alsharif is the founder and president of the local non-profit Humans for Peace Institution, an organization that seeks an end to wars around the globe. He is widely recognized for embracing Canada’s multiculturalism, and supporting Ottawa’s multicultural communities.

As an immigrant to Canada, he has helped fellow newcomers establish themselves and feel welcome, and he has dedicated himself to helping children from war-torn countries with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Alsharif has been very active, working with a group of mostly Syrian refugees in Ottawa. His Children for Peace initiative with Syrian refugee children, for example, has created and sold paintings to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

His other contributions include volunteering yearly for the Terry Fox Run, the Army Run, Zombie Run for Humanity, the Ottawa Run for Palestine, the Community Soccer Cup and the Shepherds of Good Hope, as well as several other community events and activities.

For his outstanding record of community service, Dr. Alsharif was recently recognized as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners of 2019.

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 City Council or the public.

The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.


Moses Abayomi Pratt and Kelly Dikeledi Pratt receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson, Orléans Ward Councillor Matthew Luloff and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Moses Abayomi Pratt and Kelly Dikeledi Pratt for their years of service to Ottawa’s black community.

Ten years ago, Moses and Kelly established Ottawa’s Global Community Alliance’s annual Black History Month gala. The gala celebrates diversity in Ottawa by honouring leaders and trailblazers in Ottawa’s black community. By donating its proceeds to other causes such as the Ottawa School Breakfast Program or Ottawa Black History, the gala provides key additional support in Ottawa’s multicultural communities.

Moses Pratt is a founding member of the Nigerian Canadian Association and Isokan Yoruba, a Nigerian cultural and heritage group. He has also been a school teacher for nearly thirty years.

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 City Council or the public.

The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.


StopGap Ottawa receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Chris Binkowski, Christina Johnson and Kenzie McCurdy from StopGap Ottawa at City Council today, in recognition of their efforts to make Ottawa more accessible.

Started in 2015, StopGap Ottawa helps make businesses more accessible by building ramps for their entrances. Members Chris Binkowski, Christina Johnson and Kenzie McCurdy and others, frustrated by the inaccessibility of many local businesses, found the perfect solution to bridge the gap between the sidewalk and the step to enter an establishment: they would build custom colourful wooden ramps and make businesses more accessible and open.

Their first community building project was at Somerset Square. With the help of volunteers, StopGap Ottawa built eight ramps in one night. In partnership with the Ottawa Tool Library, they have built many more ramps over the past several years. They receive regular requests for ramps from local businesses and they are committed to creating a city where every person can access every space.

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 City Council or the public.