Lee Ann Napiorkowski receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s commitment to volunteer coaching goes beyond creating a winning attitude with her players - she instills the key values of loyalty, equity and respect for their teammates and their community. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington recognized her commitment and dedication by presenting her with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at today’s City Council meeting.

The influence of respect, inclusion, and teamwork is derived from Lee Ann Napiorkowski’s work as an Inclusion Coordinator Teacher at St. Peter Catholic High School, which focuses the inclusion of high-needs students in every aspect of high-school life.

At St. Peter’s High School, Lee Ann Napiorkowski also lends her leadership skills as head coach of the senior boy’s rugby team. Instilling winning and core values has translated into the team reaching several city championships, as well as the players’ participation in fundraisers and community charity events.

In addition to the high school sport scene, Lee Ann has extended her volunteer head coaching to the Ottawa Beavers-Banshees Rugby Football Club and other provincial and regional teams, including the Carleton University men’s team.

Her passion and commitment for inclusion and respect continued with her establishing an ambassador program that better connects the parent Beavers and Banshee Rugby clubs with junior players. Ensuring no player is ever left behind. Lee Ann has raised money for financially challenged players who could not afford registration and equipment. She even helped raised money for a player who qualified for the Eastern Ontario Championship, but could not afford the registration, equipment and travelling costs.

Always ready to lend a helping hand, Lee Ann was asked by a family of a St. Peter’s student, who tragically passed away, to help establish a memorial award in their son’s name. With her dedicated efforts, the John Kelly Memorial Award and a rugby tournament in his name remain a living tribute to their son’s life, and help other students pursue their rugby dreams after graduation.

 


Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Bob Easy at today’s City Council meeting.

Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counseling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.

In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009/10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.

Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. In 2003 Bob, assisted by Sharon Shouldice of Stittsville, organized a tournament in support of Tori Carswell, a child cancer victim in the area. Bob also volunteers as a Santa and last year he played Santa at Munster’s first Santa Claus Parade.


Sharon Roper 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 Sharon Roper at today’s City Council meeting.

Sharon is a dedicated contributor to the leadership and operation of the West Carleton Food Access Centre. As a long-standing volunteer and community member, she has dedicated countless hours and years to ensuring that no resident of Carp and the surrounding West Carleton area goes without.

In addition to the direct work that she herself does, Sharon also plays a role in the training and encouragement of others who volunteer in the community. The food bank serves the needs of 66 families in West Carleton and Sharon keeps the shelves full. She is a wonderful role model working with local students and Pathfinders.

For years Sharon has been the coordinator of the Angel Tree Program in West Carleton. Working with local businesses, she starts well before Christmas to distribute angel trees to collect age appropriate toys for families in West Carleton. The toys are collected, sorted and distributed with food hampers just before Christmas.

Last February, there was a water pipe problem at the local senior’s residence and the water had to be shut off. Sharon saw a need and took action, doing laundry for several of the seniors. This is the Sharon who is greatly respected and admired.

 


John Brummell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Brummell today's City Council meeting.

 

John Brummell has been an outstanding resident of the Stittsville community for over 30 years. His journalistic integrity, unwavering initiative and joyful spirit as a reporter and photographer with the Stittsville News has heightened interest in local news stories and made them more meaningful to residents. His presence in the community with his trusty camera has become legendary, and his reporting and photographs have played a role in building community spirit and pride.

 

John has helped with many community efforts such as the annual “Stittsville Appreciation Awards”, and the 4H livestock shows at the Carp and Richmond fairs. Recently, he helped with the homecoming ceremony for Stittsville-born Olympic gold medalist, Erica Wiebe, and also helped with plans to rename the gymnasium the “Erica Wiebe Gymnasium”.

 

Many grandparents and parents are proud to have had their young ones featured in a Stittsville newspaper, and when people in the community see their neighbours and fellow residents featured in the paper, it brings the community closer together. John also has a bigger role in the community. He is a great supporter of the Goulbourn Skating Club, and was recognized for his community work when he received the Kanata Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award for Goulbourn several years ago. In 2013 he received the Senior Citizen of the Year Award recognizing his contributions to the community of Stittsville. John was an active member and president of the Stittsville District Lions Club, and he also played a role in the early days of the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville, where he remains an honorary member.

 

John was also given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the 2016 Richmond Fair where he received the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies service diploma. He continues to be an enthusiastic participant and supporter of community life in Stittsville, and always brings a jovial smile and cooperative attitude to all that he does. He is passionate about the retention of the Stittsville village identity and will point out to developers and businesses in the community that their location is Stittsville, as opposed to Kanata.

 


Dr. Safaa Fouda receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

Ottawa –Mayor Jim Watson and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward Councillor Tim Tierney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award today to Dr. Safaa Fouda for her volunteer work in bringing together Canadians and new immigrants, as well as all kinds of faith groups, with the goal of promoting mutual understanding and compassion.

Dr. Fouda is a pioneering female engineer who moved to Canada from Egypt in 1969 and holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. She retired in 2005 as Deputy General for the CANMET Energy Technology Centre, Natural Resources Canada.

During her career, she volunteered in a broad range of advisory committee roles with various federal government departments, the Police and RCMP, as a consultant on the tenets of the Muslim faith, and as a presenter in the interfaith community, consistently with respect to helping immigrants to integrate into and serve their new community, and to promoting shared respect and common values.

After she retired, she became more involved in philanthropic and community work with an interest in helping vulnerable communities and in cross-cultural bridge building, peace-building, Muslim/non-Muslim relations, supporting human relief, education and advocacy for justice and human rights. She contributes finances and volunteers with numerous NGOs that focus on these causes. She has received several recognitions including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Ontario’s “Leading Women Building Communities” award.