Mayor Jim Watson, with College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Peter Runia for his outstanding contributions and dedication in his Nepean community and the City of Ottawa.

Mr. Runia is a member of the City View Community Association where he served as president for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Federation of Community Associations and at the City View Community Association he was a driving force behind notable projects in the area, including the new sewer system in City View, the new sidewalk installation plan, and the Centrepointe expansion plan. He was also a member of the transition team at municipal amalgamation.

A man of deep faith, Mr. Runia has been very active in the Calvin Christian Reform Church and was a key player in helping them set up their Bible Mission Thrift Store on Merivale Road.

His long history of community concern, involvement and leadership is an admirable example of the energy, generosity and devotion that individuals can bring to making their communities a better place for all.