Mayor Jim Watson, Orléans Ward Councillor Matthew Luloff and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Moses Abayomi Pratt and Kelly Dikeledi Pratt for their years of service to Ottawa’s black community.

Ten years ago, Moses and Kelly established Ottawa’s Global Community Alliance’s annual Black History Month gala. The gala celebrates diversity in Ottawa by honouring leaders and trailblazers in Ottawa’s black community. By donating its proceeds to other causes such as the Ottawa School Breakfast Program or Ottawa Black History, the gala provides key additional support in Ottawa’s multicultural communities.

Moses Pratt is a founding member of the Nigerian Canadian Association and Isokan Yoruba, a Nigerian cultural and heritage group. He has also been a school teacher for nearly thirty years.

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.