United Way Ottawa Honours 12 Community Builders at Annual Celebration

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull Presented with Community Builder of the Year Award

United Way Ottawa presented 12 awards to extraordinary volunteers and organizations at the 12th annual Community Builder of the Year Awards held tonight at the Ottawa Convention Centre.  More than 900 guests were on hand to celebrate the people, organizations, partnerships, agencies and neighbourhood groups that work passionately toward building a strong, healthy and safe community for all. Among those honoured were Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, this year’s recipient of the prestigious Community Builder of the Year, and Councillor Allan Hubley who received the Speak Up Award.

“Tonight, we paid tribute to the incredible contributions of people and organizations helping to make change happen in our city,” said Michael Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way. “These people are at the heart of what makes this city special.  Their contributions take many forms, but everyone shares a common commitment — to make this community better for everyone. They are truly inspirational examples of the power of caring and taking action.”

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull was recognized for his work as co-founder of Ottawa Inner City Health. In the late 1990s, Dr. Turnbull noticed that his homeless patients kept returning to the hospital with no improvements in health. He went to the streets and saw first-hand that they faced a complexity of health issues, from mental illness, addictions to physical disabilities. He consulted with colleagues, health providers and other organizations serving the homeless and realized that better communication and cooperation among all these organizations was the solution. Together with all partners, Dr. Turnbull developed Ottawa’s Inner City Health program, which offers integrated services to the homeless and also saves millions of dollars for the public health system.  This program is now replicated in many sites around the world.

Today, as Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Turnbull still squeezes in rounds with nurses and medical students, providing hands-on care at area shelters.  He is a true leader, providing vision and inspiration to his profession, our local Hospital, and the community at large.

Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley was also honoured tonight with the Speak Up Award, for his courage in elevating awareness about the impact of bullying and the need for effective suicide prevention measures.  He helped to bring together hundreds of people from more than 40 organizations this past February to discuss real solutions at the first Suicide Prevention Summit held in Ottawa. Because of Councillor Hubley’s efforts, many local schools and organizations have also established clubs, committees and other supportive forums where young people can discuss bullying, discrimination and harassment and find ways to foster acceptance, compassion and understanding of others.

In addition to Dr. Turnbull and Councillor Hubley, 10 individuals and organizations were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community:

  • Community Builder Award – Growing Up Great
    Better Beginnings, Better Futures
  • Community Builder Award –  Turning Lives Around
    Maison Fraternité
  • Community Builder Award –  Belonging to the Community
    Helping With Furniture
  • Community Builder Award –  Give
    IBM
  • Community Builder Award –  Take Action
    Ottawa Senior Pride Network
  • Community Builder Award –  United Way Ambassador
    Ms. Barbara MacKinnon, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
  • Community Builder Award –  United Way Volunteer of the Year
    Mr. Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Government of Canada
  • Community Builder Award –  Best United Way Campaign
    Enterprise Holdings
  • Community Builder Award –  Best Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
    The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

For more information on the recipients listed please see the attached backgrounder.

A surprise Community Builder Award was also presented to Paul Benoit, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ottawa International Airport.  He was recognized for his work with Project Clear Skies, a grant program created in 2004 by the Ottawa International Airport Authority, that invests in capital improvement projects across the city. Under the leadership of Mr. Benoit, Project Clear Skies has contributed more than $800,000 in support of worthy projects in Ottawa-Gatineau, including a library upgrade for Alternative Learning Styles and renovations to the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.

Community Builder of the Year Awards:
The Community Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the impact of leadership in our community. At its annual Awards, United Way Ottawa honours those organizations, partnerships, agencies and neighbourhood groups that have made an outstanding contribution to our community.

About United Way:
United Way Ottawa's mission is to bring people and resources together to build a strong, healthy, safe community for all. We are best known for our work raising and distributing funds to community agencies that help people. But our true business is engagement, providing ways for contributors — be they donors, partners or others — to achieve their aspirations for our community through United Way. Our purpose is to improve people’s lives today and to create enduring, measurable and meaningful social change in our community.

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For more information, please contact:

Barry Keegan, Manager Media Relations and Communications
United Way Ottawa
Phone: 613-228-6709; Mobile: 613-294-8128
E-mail: bkeegan@unitedwayottawa.ca
Twitter: @barry_keegan