In recognition of the exceptional community service by Owen Prince, Ottawa City Council on September 10, 2014, approved renaming the program room in the Kanata Seniors’ Centre the Owen Prince Room. A commemoration plaque was unveiled by myself and Owen Prince during the Christmas Luncheon at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre on Thursday December 11th.
In the 1990’s, Owen Prince assisted in lobbying Kanata City Council to construct a Kanata Seniors’ Centre. In 1999 Kanata Council gave the go-ahead on the condition that seniors raise a minimum of $150,000 towards the cost. Under Owen’s leadership, the fundraising team exceeded its goal and raised $240,000. Owen headed the design committee and then helped to initiate the incorporation of the Kanata Seniors’ Council and became its first Vice President.
After the Centre was built, Owen was instrumental in the layout, outfitting and construction of the kitchen facility. He was also involved in acquiring the Centre’s initial computers through a federal program and made arrangements for the initial Council website. Once the Centre opened, Owen continued to be a leader and was actively involved in its programming. He served as a Director for the Kanata Seniors’ Council and advised on its new constitution and by-laws. He also established a choral group, the Mellow Tones, and for many years served as its musical director.
Without Owen’s contributions the Kanata Seniors’ Centre might not have happened. His dedication, hard work and perseverance was instrumental in the successful building of the Centre. He is a fixture at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre and still participates in many of its activities. I am happy to see that he is being recognized for all he’s done for the community.