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(Updated 6:30 p.m., Feb. 28)
Orléans pair to join United Way's Wall of Inspiration

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Bertillia Christian (right) is presented with the United Way Community Builder Award by Sarah Onyango. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Two 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.

Moses Pratt and Bertillia Christian were presented with their awards during the Global Community Alliance Black History Month gala on Saturday night.

For both of the recipients it was a total surprise.

"Oh 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.

Christian was honoured in recognition of her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Kidney Foundatiin, the Toastmasters Club and the CHEO Telethon.

"Bertillia 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."

Pratt was even more surprised than Christian when Onyango said that she had a second award to present abd then announced his name.

"I 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."

Pratt 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.

Besides 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 Association.

"To 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.

The Community Builder Wall of Inspiration ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 5at City Hall.

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