I was honoured to congratulate David Gourlay and Gary Sealey (bio’s below) on being two of 15 outstanding residents inducted into the Order of Ottawa November 20th. More than 100 nominations were received and recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprised the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the CEO, Library Services.
I have had the pleasure of working closely with both David and Gary for many years. Each is a passionate, accomplished and community oriented individual. These awards are very well deserved.
“I am honoured to award the 2014 Order of Ottawa to these 15 remarkable people in recognition of their outstanding contributions to our city,” said Mayor Watson. “These individuals have helped make Ottawa better through their professional work and have demonstrated how one person’s actions can make a difference in the lives of others in our community.”
Those inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout, Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.
If you would like to email your congratulations to David and/or Gary you can send them to me at KanataNorth@Ottawa.ca, I will pass them along.
David Gourlay: For the past three years, David Gourlay led efforts for the return of a CAN-AM professional baseball team in Ottawa. As the founder of the “Champions for Ottawa Baseball,” he sold over 3,000 season-ticket deposits to business investors and fans. With his leadership the City of Ottawa will welcome the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club to the Ottawa Stadium in 2015 where Mr. Gourlay will act as President. He serves as a trustee on the Ottawa Public Library Board and is a former Director on the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation that supports vulnerable youth in their pursuit of higher education.
He is the President of the Miracle League of Ottawa, a not-for-profit group whose goal is to build the first ever in Canada purpose-built baseball field, playground and recreation hub for children with special needs in Ottawa. He has secured close to $1M in funding from the City of Ottawa, community organizations and corporate and foundation sponsors, with construction planned to begin in Orléans in the spring of 2015.
Gary Sealey: In 1984 Mr. Sealey established Ottawa’s Club Moustache, renamed Time Out, serving as first President of this bilingual, recreational and social club, building bridges of understanding between gay, lesbian and other populations through sports and recreation. He founded Lambda Foundation, a national charity endowing annual scholarships at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and other universities and high schools in human rights studies related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex conditions and achievements. From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Sealey created and produced Wilde About Sappho, a community-based gay and lesbian literature festival.
From his international work with the Global Network on Food Security, Servas President and International Peace representative to the UN, as well as serving four terms as President of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) up to 2014, and a total of seven years with the Board, Gary Sealey offers a strong local community voice with international insights on many municipally-based issues.
Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 20.
“Inductees into the Order of Ottawa are remarkable residents who are being honoured for their service to our city through a variety of professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “I am pleased to celebrate the contributions of these wonderful people who have made a real difference in the lives of others in our community.”
Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout, Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.
Mr. Greg Patacairk will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.
This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by the Mayor and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.
The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.