Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Tim Tierney, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. Harley Bloom for his outstanding community service, philanthropy, and for his enthusiasm and dedication in organizing numerous events that have benefited our city.

Mr. Bloom has given back to his community for over 25 years in various capacities. As an avid business man, he has been a consummate supporter of local high school cooperative education programs, and has supported many community organizations including the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society and the Ottawa Food Bank.

As a community leader, he has served as a long-standing director of the Gloucester Agricultural Society and Gloucester Fair where he has been on the Board for over 30 years including treasurer, executive director and past president. He has also been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Orléans for over 20 years including past president.

Mr. Bloom undertook the prominent role as project manager for the Kiwanis Adventure Playground, with his goal of bringing both children and adults together to build the largest accessible playground in Ottawa at Millennium Park in Cumberland Ward. The main fundraiser developed for this park, which has become one of his biggest accomplishments to date, is the creation of “Skreamers” a haunted experience for kids of all ages. Organized through the Kiwanis club of Orléans, it has now become a year-long commitment employing more than 175 youth volunteers and dozens of Kiwanis Club members and their families. In 2011, Harley led the club in expanding the play village at the park by adding a new accessible play structure.