_ (press release) _ ** Ottawa – ** Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2016 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 17.
“The Order of Ottawa honours remarkable residents for their service in both professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “It is a privilege to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of these influential people who enrich our city and have made a difference in the lives of others in our community.”
Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2016 are: Adrian Burns, Brian Coburn, Sister Louise Dunn, Clarence (Gus) Este, Abraham Feinstein, Harley Finkelstein, Dr. Nishith Goel, George Hanna, Tae Eun Lee, Gibson Patterson, Jacqueline Pelletier, Chris and Erin Phillips, Jim Robinson, David Smart and Mark Sutcliffe.
Bill Malhotra was selected as a 2015 Order of Ottawa recipient however was unable to attend this ceremony. He will be honoured at the 2016 ceremony.
John Medeiros will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.
The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.
This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.
For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca .