Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Diane Holmes, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Floralove Katz for her outstanding community service, philanthropy, public advocacy, and her numerous contributions within the field of arts and culture.
As a resident of Ottawa for forty-five years, Ms. Katz has contributed thousands of volunteer hours promoting arts and culture within our city and its surrounding regions. She has performed as a cellist in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, sang soprano for 20 years in the Chorus of Opera Lyra Ottawa, and founded her own Ottawa Klezmer Band in 1978, which had the honour of performing their 35th anniversary concert at the National Arts Centre this past March.

Her volunteering has also encompassed teaching summer camp and Sunday school children, being a Big Sister, performing for seniors, mentoring aspiring musicians, and providing music therapy sessions with a young brain damaged woman.

In 2011-12 Floralove Katz produced, edited, directed, and hosted to an audience of 300, a two-hour film-interview she prepared with a local Holocaust survivor. She also developed a Teaching Kit with the DVD that has been used in high schools and community groups to generate discussion about bullying, social responsibility, ethics, genocide and the Holocaust.

Ms. Katz is the deserving recipient of many awards of distinction including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Richard Zubrycki Humanitarian Award, and the YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards for Arts and Culture.