Congratulations to Kanata North’s Ben Babelowsky who was inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year.
“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.”
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.
This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson 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.
Mr. Babelowsky is a world renowned visual artist, generous community builder and philanthropist.
His art work is part of important collections all over the world. He has produced more than 2,000 watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings and 750,000 reproductions depicting local scenes. He has donated paintings to support many worthy causes. He also supports local youth, having been involved with Young At Art, a juried art exhibition that brings the work of young visual artists to local art galleries across the city of Ottawa, for close to 20 years.
He worked at the Ottawa Citizen in advertising, commercial art, marketing, promotion and public relations for 30 years. While he was Director of Community and Public Relations at the Citizen, he raised several million dollars in support of local charities by donating his art and spearheading many Ottawa Citizen promotions.
Since retiring in 1993, he continues to paint rural and urban scenery of Eastern Canada, the USA and the Maritimes, and to provide outstanding support of cultural and community life in Ottawa.