Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau Rockcliffe Ward Councillor Peter Clark today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Margaret (Peggy) Lister for her outstanding community service as President of Cornerstone Housing for Women, an important community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women in Ottawa.

Peggy has worked to make Ottawa a better place for more than 40 years and is known for her ability to bring people together to accomplish ambitious goals. As President of Cornerstone Housing for Women for almost ten years, she has worked tirelessly to increase affordable housing for homeless women and recently spearheaded the development of an innovative new facility that provides healthcare and support for 42 senior and younger women with complex needs.

Peggy is a compassionate and motivated leader who has developed the organizational capacity of Cornerstone and has increased its effectiveness in providing results that truly improve the lives of many women in need of assistance. Cornerstone has grown from two to four residences and has also transitioned from the provision of emergency shelter to a more effective and stronger focus on the provision of permanent, safe, affordable housing with individualized support and healthcare services.

Cornerstone continues to play a leading role in education about homelessness issues and solutions and has been very active in advocacy work and with local coalitions to increase affordable housing in Ottawa. Peggy and her colleagues are committed to a vision where every woman in Ottawa has access to safe, affordable housing in a community that supports and allows each woman to reach her best potential.