Ottawa – The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Cumberland Ward presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Russ Thomas at City Council today in recognition of his contributions to his Cumberland community.


Mr. Thomas has graciously volunteered his time at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market, serving as a board member over the past three years. During this time, Mr. Thomas has helped incorporate the Market’s governing body and has been one of its biggest supporters. There is no small job he is not willing to take on, from cook to heavy equipment operator to greeter, all to ensure the market’s success.


Mr. Thomas has also been a volunteer at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for the past several years, initially serving on its advisory board. When the board was dissolved, he served on the Museum’s Departmental Consultative Group, first as a member and then as chair. In these roles, Mr. Thomas has helped develop the strategic direction for the museum.  Like his other volunteer roles, Mr. Thomas is always willing to help with any task. Amongst the projects he has worked on are the construction and installation of the  Haunted Village each fall, designed flower presses, and planted the museum’s gardens.


Mr. Thomas has also volunteered for the Cumberland Community Association for several years, and has spent the last five as president or co-president.


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.


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