Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Knoxdale-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Egli presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Susan Ingram, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa at the start of the City Council meeting today, in recognition of the organization’s commitment to making our city a better place through volunteerism and exemplary action.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020 and the organization has had a positive impact on the lives of many Ottawa children and their big brothers and sisters. Annually, more than 1,000 big brothers and big sisters help 1,100 children who need a special friend.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa offers safe, quality programs that help children realize their potential, gain confidence and become future leaders. The organization brings people together through strong one-on-one relationships and uses mentoring to enrich the lives of everyone involved.

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.