Mayor's City Builder Award and Ontario Senior of the Year Award handed out at council

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** Ottawa ** – Mayor Jim Watson and Innes Ward Councillor Jody Mitic presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Marcel Gibeault at today’s City Council meeting.

M. Gilbeault, who has lived in the Orléans area for close to 40 years, is a committed supporter of Franco-Ontarian culture and generous volunteer. He has given generously of his time, skills and leadership in establishing and supporting La Societé franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans; Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa (RAFO); Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO); the Orléans Recreation Complex (today the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans; and other community projects.

Since his retirement from the accounting field in 2005, he has served RAFO in many roles including president, treasurer, administrator, and as a volunteer managing financial administration as well as fundraising. He also volunteers as an accountant for the Societé franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans and the Institut de santé positive. His enthusiasm, perseverance and leadership skills inspire many others to volunteer and support the same organizations. _ _ _ _

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.

Also at today’s Council meeting, Mayor Watson presented the Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award, Ottawa municipality certificate, to Marjorie Shaver-Jones in recognition of outstanding contributions to her community after age 65. Ms. Shaver-Jones serves as president of the Copeland Park Community Alliance and volunteers actively with the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa and with the Kanata Theatre.

The Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who, after the age of 65, has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.