United Way Ottawa honours Ottawa’s outstanding volunteers through its Community Builder Award program — those organizations, partnerships, agencies, neighbourhood groups and individuals who work tirelessly, passionately and collaboratively to make Ottawa a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.
Every year, approximately 50 Community Builders — along with Community Builders of the Year — are honoured with individual awards by Michael O’Byrne from CTV Ottawa, local entertainer Suzanne Pinel, Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, host of CBC News Ottawa at 5, 5:30 and 6, and radio and television host, Sarah Onyango. Community Builders are also honoured at an annual awards ceremony.
Wall of Inspiration
In addition, their names are inscribed on the Wall of Inspiration. Located in Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall, the Wall of Inspiration is a visible reminder to residents and visitors of the enduring commitment that these individuals and organizations have made to Ottawa. “The Wall of Inspiration is about bringing together outstanding volunteers and celebrating the positive imprint their work has left on our community. Beyond our wishes to recognize their valuable work, we also want to inspire the rest of the community to become involved and play their own role in making Ottawa a stronger community,” says Michael Allen, President and CEO, United Way Ottawa.