9:30 p.m., Oct. 28)
Monette offers community's appreciation to dedicated group
By Fred Sherwin
dedicated community volunteers were honoured by Orléans
Ward Coun. Bob Monette last night during the councillor's
third annual Volunteer Recognition Evening at the Orléans
Ward Coun. Bob Monette presents Tahawar Rana
with a Volunteer Appreciation Certificate
for his work as president of the Masjid Bilal
Mosque. Photo supplied
the recipients were Claude Bertand and Gerry Carisse from
the Orleans Lions Club who help organize the councillors
annual Canada Day Seniors Bingo; Orléans Community
Garden president Marco Vallee; and long-time Orleans Legion
volunteer Barbara Shier.
Romey was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation
for the many volunteer hours she's contributed over the
years as a board member of the Orléans Chamber
of Commerce, Arts Ottawa East and the Orléans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre.
Orléans Chamber of Commerce board member, Debbie
Orth, was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation
for the contributions she's made to the organization over
the past seven years.
Goddard was recognized for his work in taking the lead
in helping to fund the construction of the Miracle League
of Ottawa baseball diamond in Notre-Dame-des-Champs. Mr.
Goddard is a board member and past president of the Rotary
Club of Orléans.
Rana is the president of the Masjid Bilal Mosque on Innes
Road. Under his guidance, the Mosque has thrived in Orléans
and has become a pillar of the community.
Anne Duval was recognized for the leading role she played
in revitalizing the Queenswood Heights Community Association,
which had been dormant for several years.
the other community association volunteers who were recognized
during the evening were Fallingbrook Community Association
president Zybina Richards; Convent Glen Orleans Wood Community
Association president Miranda Gray; and Cardinal Creek
Community Association vice-president Sandra Stefanik.
Smith was recognized by Coun. Monette for his work as
Scouts Canada's Deputy Council Commissioner of Special
Events, and community advocate and restaurateur Doug Feltmate
was honoured for his many years of service to the community.
the Volunteer Appreciation Awards were handed out, local
business leader and community advocate Lionel Laurin of
Ace Body Shop handed out his own awards.
first went to Ramsey Mulbah, a young entrepreneur who
was going to drop out of university to devout his full
time to his fledgling landscaping business before Laurin
talked him into doing both.
other three awards went to Monette's office staff for
all the work they've done in supporting the community
behind the scenes, with little recognition.
Morgan, Henri Gravelle and Lechelle Landry have been with
Monette for years. Not surprisingly, he considers them
the best staff in the city.
"I'm very proud of them and the work they do, and
it was a wonderful gesture on Lionel's part to recognize
them for all the work they do," said Monette.
for the volunteer recipients, Monette said the evening
was just a small way to say "thank you" for
their selfless efforts in supporting their community.
are the true community builders, and they do it without
any expectation of reward. They're the ones who help make
the community what it is," said Monette.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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