Mayor’s City Builder Award - the staff of the Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to the staff of the Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant at Baseline Road and Fisher Avenue for a surprise party that they organized for a young cancer survivor.

With Ward Councillor Keith Egli, Mayor Watson presented a framed certificate of the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Darin Aughey, General Manager of Lone Star Texas Grill Restaurant Baseline and Chris Stearns, a server at the Lone Star.

Led by Mr. Stearns, and with the support of management, the Lone Star Restaurant organized a surprise birthday party last October for Jacob Randell, who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of five in November 2008.

Jacob had visited the restaurant a month earlier, in September 2010, with his mother, Liliane Hajjar, to celebrate her return to work after being off for two years during his treatment. Mr. Stearns took a shine to Jacob and his heroic battle and when Jacob expressed a wish to have his birthday party there, Mr. Stearns arranged a surprise celebration in October.


Mayor’s City Builder Award - Michaela Noffke

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michaela Noffke.

Mayor Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented Michaela Noffke with a framed certificate of the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

Michaela is a dedicated and accomplished dance instructor who was already winning awards for her leadership at age 16. She is currently nearing completion of her studies in Sociology and Art History at Carleton University where she volunteers as a note taker, providing detailed notes to classmates with disabilities. Michaela also gives her time to the Volunteers in Education program run by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation and spent time reading to grade one students at Stittsville Public School. She also volunteers at the Glee Club at Goulbourn Middle School, teaching over forty children to sing, dance and work together as a team, supporting everyone regardless of their skill level.


Mayor’s City Builder Award - Members of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Committee

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to members of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Committee.

Mayor Watson and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented Co-Chairs Barry Irvine and Lyne Proulx, and Events Co-ordinators Stan Kowala and Bob Presland with framed certificates of the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

The Navan for Kraft Hockeyville Committee undertook the challenge of promoting the Village of Navan in the Kraft Hockeyville 2011 competition as a valuable community-building process.

People of all ages worked together towards a common goal, met new people, made new friends, reacquainted with old friends and worked together in a positive, fun endeavour for the betterment of all. As a result, community spirit, pride and cohesiveness is greatly enhanced.

Local charities also benefited with donations going to the Cumberland Resource Centre Food Bank, CHEO and to a local special needs individual.


Mayor’s City Builder Award - CTV Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to CTV Ottawa and proclaimed Saturday, March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in recognition of the 50thanniversary of CTV in the Nation’s Capital.

Fifty years ago this Saturday, residents of Ottawa welcomed CJOH-TV into their homes and since then the station has played a vital role in Ottawa and the Valley’s growth and development. CJOH, now CTV Ottawa, has been a dedicated city-builder through countless telethons, advocacy work and sponsorship of many important community causes.

In recognition of this half-century of commitment to community service, Mayor Watson presented Max Keeping with the Mayor’s City Builder Award, who accepted on behalf of CTV Ottawa.

Mr. Keeping, longtime news anchor at CJOH-TV and CTV Ottawa, is now Community Ambassador for CTV Ottawa and for more than 30 years was the face and voice of the newscast. He has been dedicated to hundreds of community causes and fund-raising efforts and has served as a mentor to a generation of young journalists.

In recognizing CTV Ottawa, Mayor Watson noted the long list of TV programs produced in the Merivale Road studios over the years, among them Willy and Floyd, The Amazing Kreskin, Wok with Yan, You Can’t Do That On Television, Regional Contact, Family Brown and Home Grown Café.

The Mayor presented the proclamation declaring March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in the City of Ottawa to Louis Douville, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Ottawa and current anchors Carol Anne Meehan and Graham Richardson.


Mayor’s City Builder Award - Elizabeth Gravelle

Mayor Jim Watson today presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Elizabeth Gravelle, who has been a volunteer with the Crystal Beach-Lakeview Community Association for 31 years.

Last September, the City of Ottawa dedicated a room at Maki House on Leeming Drive in honour of Elizabeth Gravelle in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the community.


Mayor’s City Builder Award - Mrs. Betty Giffin

Mayor Jim Watson today presented the inaugural Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mrs. Betty Giffin, of Barrhaven, founder of Victoria’s Quilts Canada, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that makes and donates beautifully crafted handmade quilts to cancer patients.

Every year, Victoria’s Quilts Canada holds a quilt-a-thon with the goal of making one quilt per participant. The quilts help to brighten cancer patients’ days while also providing warmth. For more information, to find a chapter near you, to volunteer or to donate fabric and materials, visit