_ (press release) _ ** Ottawa ** – Mayor Jim Watson, Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt and Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Klaus Beltzner at today’s City Council meeting.
Mr. Beltzner is a community activist and leader in the Village of Manotick and the surrounding area. As the president of the Manotick Village and Community Association (MVCA) since 2012, he collaborates closely with City staff and Councilllors Moffatt and Darouze on important current and emerging issues that affect Manotick residents.
He reaches out weekly to thousands of residents through his Village Voice column in the Manotick Messenger and his blog on the MVCA website. He keeps residents informed of issues, and works with positive energy to increase residents’ involvement in celebrating and preserving the treasured aspects of life in their community.
Since he was voted president of the MVCA four years ago, membership has grown to 550 residents — more than 10 per cent of the area population. Whether it’s expanding the “Keep it to 40” anti-speeding campaign, flagging issues with truck traffic on Bridge Street, or providing informed input to City plans, Mr. Beltzner’s goal is that all stakeholders come together to work proactively and collaboratively and to avoid misunderstandings by enhancing communication.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, 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.