August 28, 2013 – Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to retired Major Bill Berry for his outstanding commitment serving with the Canadian Army and for his tireless community service and public advocacy.

Major Berry began his military career at the age of 16, and served as a gunner in the 181st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (Canadian Army Reserve) while attending Kemptville Agricultural College.

His extensive military accomplishments include, but not limited to; serving 13 months in combat in Korea with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry for which he was awarded the US Presidential Citation, a Communication Technician (RCAF), Operations Officer (St. Hubert), Base Telecommunications Officer (CFB Montreal) and Commanding Officer 702 Communications Squadron (Petawawa).

Actively involved in his community, Major Berry is a founding member of the March Historical Society and the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, served nine years as Chairman on the Kanata Committee of Adjustment, and two years as an Alderman for the City of Kanata where he negotiated the establishment of the Kanata Legion where he served as Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, Parade Commander, and Chairman for the Poppy and Remembrance Committee.

At age 83, Major Berry continues to ride his motorcycle with the Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit, operates two vehicles as a subcontractor for special needs transportation, and has developed a solar-electric establishment that feeds into the power grid under the Micro-Fit Program.