6:30 p.m., Feb. 28)
Orléans pair to join United Way's Wall of Inspiration
By Fred Sherwin
Bertillia Christian (right) is presented with
the United Way Community Builder Award by
Sarah Onyango. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Orléans residents who exemplify the spirit of selfless
volunteerism will soon have their names added to the United
Way's "Wall of Inspiration" after receiving
the organization's Community Builder Award on the weekend.
Pratt and Bertillia Christian were presented with their
awards during the Global Community Alliance Black History
Month gala on Saturday night.
both of the recipients it was a total surprise.
my goodness, I am so shocked,"
exclaimed Christian who was busy helping stage the gala
when she was called to the podium to accept her reward
from United Way ambassador Sarah Onyango.
was honoured in recognition of her work with the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation, the Kidney Foundatiin, the Toastmasters
Club and the CHEO Telethon.
Christian exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism,"
Onyango noted during the presentation. "She works
tirelessly to build a stronger community, encourages others
to join in and contribute, and uses her exceptional public
speaking skills to promote community involvement."
was even more surprised than Christian when Onyango said
that she had a second award to present abd then announced
only thought she was here to give Bertillia her award,"
said Pratt, who is the founder and president of the Global
Community Alliance. "It was a good surprise."
was recognized for his working in promoting diversity
and organizing events like the gala, that are aimed at
bringing Ottawa's multi-ethnic community together.
his work with the Global Community Alliance which he founded
in 2010, Pratt is also teaches at Lester B. Pearson High
School and he's a founding member of the Nigerian Canadian
have my name placed on the wall with so many other amazing
people is a real honour for me. It really is. Especially
my to have my full name on the wall," said Pratt
whose full name is Moses Adayomi Pratt.
Community Builder Wall of Inspiration ceremony will be
held on Tuesday, April 5at City Hall.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
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