Mayor Jim Watson, with Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley, today presented Mr. John Gooch with the Mayor’s City Builder Award at the City Council meeting.

Mr. Gooch, 86, who served in the British Army from 1942 to 1947 and emigrated to Canada in 1957, moved to Kanata in 1966 and has been deeply involved in volunteer activities for several decades. As an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 638 in Kanata, John was responsible for fundraising, construction and dedication of Kanata’s Cenotaph, completed in 1998. He subsequently arranged for the donation of 20 trees, each with a memorial plaque, a central stone, flagpole and commemorative plaque for the Cenotaph.

John has remained involved in the annual poppy campaign and in 2001 was instrumental in researching names for community parks in Kanata. His research assisted in the decision to name nine parks after Canadian veterans who served overseas, including five Victoria Cross recipients.

John has received the Kanata Volunteer award, a church volunteer award and the 1998 Mentor Award from the City of Kanata. He is also a Legionnaire, a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club, a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation and Insignia granted by the Governor General in 2006.