National Seniors Day
October 1, 2015 is National Seniors Day. It is an
occasion for people in Ottawa and across Canada
to join together as a nation to honour and celebrate
this country's seniors.The City of Ottawa is proud
to pay tribute to seniors on this day, and thank
them for the valuable contributions they have made,
and continue to make, in our families, workplaces,
Ontario Senior of the Year
On September 9, 2015, the City of Ottawa presented the
Ontario Senior of the Year Award to Ernie Hughes,
recognizing his outstanding contributions after
age 65 to the social, cultural and civic life of his community.
Mr. Hughes served 27 years with Canadian Armed Forces
Primary Reserve and had a 35-year career with Correctional
Service Canada. He has been an active Legion member
for 45 years, and now serves as president of the
Barrhaven branch, which he was also a founding member.
His extensive military and public service experience has
been valuable with the many committees that he has
chaired over the years – including his tireless efforts
in the organizing the annual Remembrance Day
parade and cenotaph service.
In fall of 2013, Mr. Hughes was an instrumental force
in leading other veterans from Barrhaven and Manotick
in rallying both public and political support for renaming
the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, the Vimy Memorial
Bridge. Mr. Hughes experience and dedication made
his dream a reality, when the bridge was officially
named to commemorate the World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Mayor's City Builder Award
Long-time resident of Osgoode, Stuart Holmes,
recently received the Mayor's City Builder Award
in recognition of his 40 years of community
leadership and volunteer work. After retiring in
1986 from his 40 years career as a teacher and
principal, Mr. Stuart devoted even more time to
volunteering – coaching kids and adult sports and
working on volunteer committees for community
services, such as recreation, long-term care,
public education and non-profit housing.
Eighty-eight-year-old Marie McIntosh was
also a recent Mayor's City Builder Award
recipient. Over the past 15 years, Marie has
association, where she also lives. Her energy
and enthusiasm has helped lead to the
development of various social events and
activities, including bingo, exercise classes,
dinner-dances and fundraisers.