Kay Dubie and Liz Tucker receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson, with Councillors Marianne Wilkinson and Allan Hubley, recognized Kay Dubie and Liz Tucker’s dedication to the community at today’s City Council meeting by presenting them with the Mayor’s City Builder Award.

Kay Dubie began her volunteer work at the Kanata Seniors Centre in The Craft Group as a volunteer knitter and soon became and continues to be the Chair of the Kanata Seniors Craft Group. In this role she coordinates the operations of the group, which includes sponsorship of seniors’ services in the community, notably donating $10,000 to the local Hospice Care Ottawa facility.

In September 2010, Kay became the Vice-President of the Kanata Seniors Council Inc., a local community association that advocates for seniors’ needs in the community. Part of her role with the Council was to implement an annual seniors' games program.

Kay then became President of the Kanata Seniors Council, leading the board through its various operations, Council Cafe, Instructional Computer Training Program, Travel Trips and other services for seniors in the community. Kay is now Past President of the board.

Kay's unwavering commitment to the Kanata Seniors Council Inc. and the partnership between the Council and the City of Ottawa is reflected in the quality of services available to seniors in the community.

Liz Tucker has been a long-time resident of Kanata. She began her volunteer work at the Kanata Seniors Centre as a front desk receptionist where she greeted many friends and neighbours and introduced other seniors to the activities available at the Centre. She quickly expanded her volunteer role to join the Centre's Special Event Team where she helped to coordinate and implement special events for the members of the Centre. In January 2010, Liz became the Treasurer of the Kanata Seniors Council Inc.

In addition to her responsibilities as Treasurer, Liz also stepped forward to implement the annual seniors' games program. The launch of the Far West Fun Fest began in May 2011 and saw 200 seniors participate in over 20 activities in a two-week period. This program is still going strong. Outside of Liz's involvement with seniors, she is still an active volunteer with the Friends of the Library, Beaverbrook Branch, assisting with fundraising to augment the services available to the community.


Mayor's Annual Christmas Card Contest

It may not be snowing yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Once again this year students from elementary schools across the city will have the opportunity to participate in my annual Christmas Card Contest!  As part of this fun initiative, we feature our favourite holiday themed artwork from a local student as the cover of my 2017 Christmas Card!

Elementary school children from all Ottawa schools and school boards are eligible to participate. To enter the contest, students can submit their artwork on a ‎4 1/8" x 9 1/2" piece of paper, which is the size of a standard business envelope, no later than October 30, 2017.

On all submissions, please ensure that each piece of art has the student’s name, their teacher’s name, their grade and their school’s name clearly marked on the back of the artwork. The student whose artwork is selected will be presented with a congratulatory certificate at Ottawa City Hall to thank them for their participation.

Submissions can be mailed to:

Office of Mayor Jim Watson

City of Ottawa

110 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 1J1

I look forward to seeing your creative and festive Christmas Card artwork!

Jim Watson

Mayor, City of Ottawa


Raffaela Plastino receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington recognized Raffaela Plastino’s commitment and dedication to the community by presenting her with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting.

Plastino and her family emigrated from Cleta, Italy in 1949. After landing in Halifax, they journeyed to Ottawa where they were welcomed by friends and family. Over the years, Rafaela has worked tirelessly for the Canadian Italian community and has always been ready to lend her organizing skills to help out a good cause.

One of Raffaela’s major contributions has been the formation and promotion of Italian Week which started in 1974. She has dedicated over three decades in various capacities, having served as the president for 8 years and vice-president for 12 years. She has taken the lead, along with other committee members, to elevate this event from a local community celebration to a full-fledged popular extravaganza that is now advertised on tourist information sites throughout North America. Raffaela has also been involved in building the long-term care centre for seniors known as Villa Marconi. She also went door to door in the community to raise funds to help people in the Friuli region of Italy devastated by strong earthquakes in 1976.

Raffaela has never shied away from hard work and long hours because her dedication to the community has always come first. She became the go-to person for translation services, a driver for medical appointments, a referral service for legal and medical services, and a source of support for people in dire straits. She has become well known for her willingness to help others. Her efforts have increased revenues for many businesses in Little Italy and around Ottawa, but most importantly have brought people together to savour Italian heritage.


Michael Deyell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Deyell at City Council today in recognition of his commitment to showcasing Canadian artists and for his many contributions to the LGBTQ community in Ottawa. The honour comes as the city celebrates the annual Ottawa Capital Pride Festival.

Mr. Deyell returned to Ottawa in 2012 to purchase After Stonewall, Ottawa’s only LGBTQ bookstore, founded in 1990, in order to keep it open. He added further life to the store by, turning the business into Stonewall Gallery to showcase Canadian artists and their creations. In the last year, Mr. Deyell merged the gallery with his partner’s business, Wilde’s, creating Stonewall Wilde’s, a community shopping destination featuring the works of over 70 Canadian artists on two levels.

Mr. Deyell is an active community leader and supporter of LGBTQ initiatives and causes. He is an advocate and fundraiser for Bruce House, which cares for and supports people living with HIV and AIDS. He has also been extremely active and supportive of the Village, Ottawa’s Gay Village, helping nurture it into a thriving, inviting and inclusive neighbourhood with businesses and restaurants. In 2015 Mr. Deyell sat on the board of Swirl and Twirl, an annual Ottawa fundraiser for charities. With his expertise in social marketing and public relations, he currently sits on the board of TotoToo Theatre.

 


Memo To Councillors Regarding Long-Term Care

Like many, we were deeply concerned to hear about the recent incidents involving the City’s Long Term Care Homes. We have been assured that safeguards are in place to prevent future occurrences. As you may know, the City was recently issued a “Director Referral Order” from the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Since the incidents were first reported on June 29th, 2017, the City has worked on a plan to respond to these serious incidents. Consultation with stakeholders, including residents and families within each of the City's four long-term care homes, is planned for this fall.

That being said, the purpose of this memorandum is to let you know that we have asked staff to bring forward a formal presentation at Community and Protective Services Committee no later than September 21st on the ongoing work that is underway to address recent concerns in the City’s Long Term Care facilities.

Specifically, we have requested that the City Manager outline:

 

  • A detailed accounting of what is involved in a “Director’s Referral Order” from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
  • The plan in place to ensure adequate and appropriate supervision of non-regulated staff by registered nursing staff per the College of Nurses best practice guidance document;
  • The strategy to ensure all staff who provide direct care to residents do so in accordance with the resident’s plan of care;
  • An outline of the specific strategies underway to appropriately care for residents with dementia of various cultural backgrounds;
  • Details of the plan to provide in person training for staff on the prevention of abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting and the licensee’s policy to promote zero tolerance of abuse and neglect of residents;
  • An update on the plan to be submitted following the meetings and town halls that the City of Ottawa has scheduled to identify opportunities to improve care and services to residents and prevent abuse and neglect of residents.  Please detail how the plan will identify the specific strategies that will be implemented by the City of Ottawa in our municipal homes.
  • The policies and procedures in place for all long-term care homes in the Province of Ontario through the regulations required by the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007 (LTCHA) including the regular and random compliance inspections conducted by the Ministry;
  • The protections outlined in the City Long-Term Care Residents' Bill of Rights;
  • The role of Accreditation Canada, which conducts peer reviews to assess the quality of programs with a team of assessors completing on-site visits every four years to review operations from several aspects to validate that required operational practices and standards are being met. Provide the record of the City of Ottawa’s Long-Term Care homes in terms of these reviews and compliance records;
  • A detailed review of the requirements for proof of education for all staff hired in LTC to meet the legislative qualifications for the appropriate positions and outline how staff must submit a police records check in order to work with the vulnerable sector before they start working in the Home;
  • Detail the comprehensive orientation required of staff before they assume their duties within the Home. Ensure that the review covers all vital safety and security processes to effectively and respectfully provide direct and indirect care to residents;
  • Detail the annual training for staff including Abuse-Prevention training;
  • Outline the processes and procedures that are in place to ensure employees understand how to recognize abuse, how it can be prevented, and what to do if abuse is witnessed.
  • A full accounting of how staff are required to review the Home’s practice annually and acknowledge that they have read and understood the LTCHA’s requirements and how this is enforced.

After the consultations this fall are completed, we have asked that Members of Council be briefed on the extent of the planning, outcomes of these meetings and next steps towards implementation.

We have asked the City Manager to personally oversee this review and report back to Members of Council through the standing committee process. We continue to be deeply concernd about the issues that have been raised about the treatment of some of our most vulnerable citizens. We would like to remind Members of Council that the “Director’s Referral Order” is in relation to the incidents originally reported in June and are not a result of new or recent incidents.

Please contact the City Manager directly if you have specific concerns regarding this request for review.

 

 


Christo Bilukidi receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Gloucester-South Nepean Ward Councillor Michael Qaqish and Alta Vista Ward Councillor Jean Cloutier  presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at City Council today to Christo Bilukidi.

Christo Bilukidi was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil before his family settled in Ottawa. He attended and played football for Georgia State University on a scholarship, and later played in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. When the six foot five, 300-plus-pound, defensive lineman left the NFL last August, after four seasons in the League, he just wanted to come back home, where he knew he could find happiness both in his heart and in his head.

A few months ago, Bilukidi became an ambassador for Ottawa Community Housing and is excited about the role. Getting involved in the community is important to him. In his work with Community Housing, he is having an impact on youth — something that makes his mom, Juliana, proud, but is also important to him. He now runs a summer camp for OCH youth with the help of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks.

He also has a love for fashion, which has not only translated into a business, with his men’s clothing line, Idlewood Bespoke, but a great way to give back to the community, by participating in OCH Arts Camps where he has the chance to discuss fashion and entrepreneurship with kids of all ages.

He shares with the youth that coming from a low-income area shouldn’t discourage them from succeeding in life. Bilukidi’s conversations with kids go much deeper than just football; he is there to talk about anything that may be on their minds. For these reasons, Christo is glad to be back in the place he calls home.


Ottawa Police Chorus receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, West Carleton-March Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at City Council today to the Ottawa Police Chorus for their contributions to the community since 1972 and for enhancing the image of the Ottawa Police Service through song.

Chorus Manager Barbara Duggan accepted the award on behalf of the 43 members who sing in four-part harmony, and Musical Director Geoffrey Linklater addressed the audience before the chorus performed “Go Now in Peace”.

The Ottawa Police Chorus was the brainchild of former Police Chief Leo Seguin and began in 1972 as an all-male group of active, on-duty police officers under the direction of Craig Davidson an Ottawa school music teacher. The chorus was set up to encourage the men of the Police Force to become better acquainted with each other on a less formal level and to enhance the image of the police through song. In 1991, membership was extended to women, civilian staff and members of the community.

This year the chorus celebrates 45 years of singing for the community in support of the Ottawa Police Service. Three of the original tenors, Wayne Barry, Paul Rochon and Jean Roger remain singing with the chorus which has performed annually since 1978 at the Canadian National Police Memorial Service.

The chorus is privileged to stand with other police choruses from across Canada on the steps of Parliament Hill every September to honour the sacrifice of fallen officers at the National Police Memorial and also performs at the annual memorials for fallen police and peace officers held in May at Queens Park in Toronto.

Significant events for the chorus include memorial services, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and civic events like the Mayor's Canada Day Breakfast, that speak to the variety of repertoire needed and the scope as the chorus continues to address the objectives of its mandate. Over the years the chorus has performed abroad in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Germany and the United States. It has also welcomed police choruses from the UK and Germany as well as locations across Canada.


The Very Reverend Father Ghattas Hajal receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington, and Gloucester-South Nepean Ward Councillor Michael Qaqish presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at City Council today to the Very Reverend Father Ghattas Hajal, the Dean and Pastor of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Father Ghattas has served at the Holy Altar for 40 years and is recognized as a City Builder for enriching the life of the Cathedral and its faithful with his pastoral experience and leadership.

Father Ghattas was born in Lebanon and ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the Great Feast of Pentecost, May 27, 1977. In 1990, he and his family departed Lebanon to build a new life in Canada. He established Saint Mary’s Church in Montreal where he was their first priest in charge. In 1992, Father Ghattas assumed the pastorate of Saint Elias Cathedral in Ottawa. Under his leadership, the membership increased significantly to 1,800, the new church was completed, and the mortgage paid off. In addition to his pastorship, Father Ghattas holds other leadership positions in the Orthodox Church, namely: Dean of Canadian Deanery of the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York, President of the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Association of Ottawa, Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Ignatius of Antioch for the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York, Chaplain of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Carleton University, and Member of the Interfaith Steering Committee of Ottawa.

Father Ghattas is an active and outspoken pillar in the Ottawa Lebanese community. His passion for his Orthodox faith and Lebanese heritage are a beacon that guide the entire Lebanese community in Ottawa, not just his parishioners. Under his guidance, the Ottawa Lebanese Festival, chaired by George Hanna, has provided thousands of attendees with an opportunity to experience a glimpse into Lebanese culture and the Orthodox Cathedral. Father Ghattas always found joy in dancing, and every July at the opening ceremony of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival, he proudly and patriotically dances carrying the Lebanese flag. His impact on the Lebanese community, and all that encounter him has been extremely positive.

 


Mayor's Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ

June is fast approaching, and the annual Food Aid BBQ and Mayor’s Rural Expo is right around the corner, taking place on Friday June 2 at City Hall. This year’s event will be special, as it is included as one of the FCM conference tour stops. We anticipate up to 100 municipal leaders from across the country to attend. I look forward to this unique day, which provides an opportunity to showcase all that rural Ottawa has to offer in a downtown setting.

The event is sponsored by Bell Media (CTV, 580 CFRA and Ottawa’s New Country 94). Vendors selling and promoting rural goods and services will be on site starting at 10 a.m. The Ottawa Food Bank’s BBQ lunch, serving THE WORKS burgers will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a cost of $10. The celebrity milking contest will begin at 12:15 p.m. and Southbound Boots, a local Ottawa band, will be performing live over the lunch hour.

All lunch proceeds are donated to the Ottawa Food Bank for the purchase of local beef for those in need in our community. I hope to see you all there!


Glenn Mooney receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award at City Council today to Glenn Mooney for his many years of service with Camp Quality, a national charitable organization devoted to providing free camp experiences and year-round programming for children with cancer.

Glenn Mooney is Director of Camp Quality of Eastern Ontario and he and his wife Pam have been involved with the organization for over 18 years. Camp Quality Canada is part of an international family of organizations originally founded in Australia in 1983 and brought to Canada in 1988. Its mission is to provide programs to support children with cancer and their families, an area not being addressed by any other organization. The aim of Camp Quality is to provide uplifting experiences for kids with cancer, and the primary focus is the incredible opportunity to create a program of empowerment, encouragement and, most importantly, fun for these amazing children.

Glenn projects a warm, cheerful attitude to campers, parents, volunteers, and everyone he interacts with. He resolves conflicts and handles other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. He loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him. His willingness to take on difficult projects, such as raising the tens of thousands of dollars required to run the camps, and coordinating with teams of volunteers to see them to succeed, is impressive.