Mayor Jim Watson, with Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Hannah Hempinstall for her dedicated volunteer service in the community.

Hannah’s best friend was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008, which required multiple daily injections and blood tests for survival. Hannah learned all she could about the disease and when she realized there is no cure, she started a fundraiser called Dance 4 Diabetes, or D4D. Her first event held at Richmond Public School raised more than $2,800. All the funds were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help to find a cure.

Hannah promised to continue D4D until a cure is found. She has kept her promise and so far has raised more than $28,000 at events at her schools and dance studio. Hannah, who is now 13, is a strong role model for her peers and has inspired other youth to reach out and try to help others. She demonstrates daily that one person can make a difference, regardless of age.

Through her four years of fundraising, Hannah has maintained Honour Roll standing, has been elected to student council for three years running, danced competitively, has been an assistant teacher at her dance studio, is working on her black belt in kung fu, and most recently has been chosen as the youngest member of the Ottawa Police Youth Advisory Committee.

While accomplishing all this, she remains grounded, humble and sincere. She has been a source of inspiration to many, not only because of her fundraising but also because she is kind, compassionate and never afraid to stand up for what she believes.