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(Posted 10:30 p.m., June 6)
Cumberland Town Hall building named in honour of former mayor Peter Clark

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The house that Peter Clark built now has his name on it. During an official ceremony on Saturday, the former Cumberland Town Hall at 255 Centrum Blvd. was renamed Peter D. Clark Place in hounor of the former Cumberland mayor and regional chair.

Clark was mayor of Cumberland from 1980 to 1989 when he stepped down mid-term to take a position with the Perez Corporation. After a brief hiatus from public life he became chair of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1991. He served as chair until 1997 when he was defeated by Bob Chiarelli. More recently, he came out of retirement to win a seat on Ottawa city council representing Rideau-Rockcliffe.

One of Clark's greatest accomplishments as mayor was to create the town centre concept with a new city hall at its centre. The building opened in 1989 and served as the town hall until the region's 11 municipalities were amalgamated in 2000.

After amalgamation, the building's central theatre was used by the local performing arts community and other organizartions until the Shenkman Arts Centre opened in 2009.

255 Centrum is still a municipal building housing the Orleans Client Service Centre, the consituency office for the three local councillors and the East Ottawa parks and recreation offices. MP Royal Galipeau's consituency office is also located in the building.

Galipeau was among a number of current and former local politicians who roasted Clark during Saturday's naming ceremony. Among those in attendance were fellow former Cumberland mayors Brian Coburn and Gerry Lalonde; current Cumberland Ward Coun. Bob Monette; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Belanger and former Cumberland town councillor Linda Dunn.

A number of prominent Cumberland residents were also in attendance including Lionel Laurin, Lynn Stacey and Gerry Poulin.

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