OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will attend a special event marking the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will deliver the keynote address on the important role philanthropy and community foundations play in building smart and caring communities. He will also acknowledge the positive impact CFO has had on improving the quality of life for thousands of citizens in the Ottawa area. Following his remarks, the Governor General will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to six recipients from the National Capital Region who have contributed to the well-being of their community. The list of recipients and their citations are included below.
About the Community Foundation of Ottawa
Since 1987, the Community Foundation of Ottawa has been enabling generous citizens to enhance the quality of life for people in their community and to achieve their own charitable objectives through permanent endowments. It nurtures philanthropy and works with partners to have an enduring impact on communities. For more information, visit www.cfo-fco.ca.
About the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information about this award, visit www.gg.ca/caring.
Caring Canadian Award Recipients' Citations
A strong hospital requires strong support from its community, and this is what Peter Cleveland has helped to create. As co-president of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, he is credited with inspiring a team of volunteers and providing leadership to the foundation's Legacy Campaign, to secure funds for health care and research. He has also been engaged more broadly within the Ottawa community, notably with United Way/Centraide Ottawa-Carleton and the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital Foundation.
Sylvia Cuhaci is a staunch advocate for those suffering from mental illness. Through her long involvement with Project Upstream, she has done everything from answering the after-hours crisis line to serving as president of its board of directors. Thanks to her support, young people have had help through the difficult transition to adulthood, and families have been given hope for the future.
From the time she was nine years old, Roxanne Desmarais has shown extraordinary compassion for her classmates. Seeing that some of them were going to school hungry, she decided to take action and began buying them food with her own money. Roxanne's efforts inspired her school, the school board and local businesses to take part in the project. Roxanne's foundation now helps 24 schools and provides more than 350 meals each month.
Dovat Batotele Mutimbutimbu
From the moment he arrived in Canada, Dovat Batotele Mutimbutimbu has been devoted to his community. At the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec), he established a local branch of the World University Service of Canada, a Canadian network of individuals and post-secondary educational institutions that is dedicated to promoting human development and global understanding through education. Through this organization, he has coordinated numerous awareness campaigns on poverty, refugees and social development. He is also involved in the sub-Saharan African community, notably acting as an interpreter for new Canadians.
David Wallace has shown tireless commitment to improving the quality of life of Ottawa's youth. He is a strong supporter of the Snowsuit Fund, the CHEO Teddy Bear Picnic and the Children's Aid Society's Champions for Children Foundation, to name but a few. But he is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Viennese Winter Ball, one of our city's most important charity galas, the organizing committee of which he chaired for 10 years. In this role and in many others, he has given generous and tireless service to the Ottawa community.
Good governance and effective financial management lie at the heart of responsible giving. Since 2003, Scott Wilson has given his time and talent in support of the governance of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. The results have been widely felt within the community by the many organizations that have received sustained and predictable support for their work. Mr. Wilson is also active in other spheres; he is one of the founders of Joe's Team, a triathlon fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and he has served on the national board of the Canadian Cancer Society.
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