Mayor Watson announces 2014 Order of Ottawa inductees
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 20.
“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.”
Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout, Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Barrhaven resident Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.
Mr. Greg Patacairk will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.
This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by the Mayor 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.
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.
As mentioned above, Barrhaven has one recipient this year; my congratulations to Mr. Tom Schonberg!
Tom Schonberg is the President and CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Since moving to Ottawa in 1998 to accept this challenging position, Mr. Schonberg has led the hospital through many phases of expansion and redevelopment that have more than tripled the size of the hospital footprint. Development projects have included two MRI units, two CT scanners, state-of-the-art surgical suites with 10 operating rooms, a 12-bed ICU, a 15 bed dialysis unit, acute rehabilitation unit, and a new Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care complex. In addition, the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre was opened, as well as the James Beach Health Care Centre.Growth and development efforts continue, with the current construction of an Acute Care for the Elderly Unit, the second of its kind in Ontario.
Under Mr. Schonberg’s strong leadership, the Queensway Carleton Hospital now has a long track record of balanced budgets, and is recognized province-wide as a leading health care facility.
For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca.
Let's show everyone how strong Nepean/Barrhaven is! Donate Today!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
On October 30th, Councillor Rick Chiarelli and I initiated a grassroots campaign to raise funds for Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit.
Most of the funds needed for the ACE unit will be provided by the provincial government. In January 2014, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approved $8.9 million in funding for the ACE Unit, which will help meet an urgent need for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care. A specialized inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team will focus on treating the patient’s medical illnesses while striving to maintain their independence by preventing the loss of physical or cognitive abilities.
However, in order to meet an overall funding requirement of almost $12 million, the QCH foundation needs $3 million from our community to cover the 10% share of construction costs and 100% of equipment costs to outfit the unit.
The Nepean Strong campaign hopes to raise half of those funds, or $1.5 million, from the community--or $30 per (former) Nepean household-- and will run for a year, with the aim of completing the new unit in two years (2016).
For more information, please click here to read the ACE-Information Brochure.
New transit station and bus-only lanes to provide improved service for Barrhaven and Riverside South reside
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Barrhaven and Riverside South residents can now take advantage of more convenient transit options and rapid transit connections, with the newly-opened Beatrice Station and Chapman Mills bus-only lanes.
“The completion of this project represents a significant milestone for both the Barrhaven and Riverside South communities,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in these areas, and being able to provide high-quality rapid transit service will ensure current and future residents have efficient transit options for years to come.”
Located in the heart of Barrhaven Town Centre, the new Beatrice Station and Chapman Mills bus-only lanes will provide improved speed and service reliability, and will offer rapid transit connections between Barrhaven and Riverside South, as well as to the O-Train, Carleton University, Billings Bridge and Hurdman Station.
“This is another great example of the City of Ottawa working hard to make positive transit improvements in our city,” said Councillor Steve Desroches. “The new connections will make it much easier for residents to travel to and from destinations, and I’m so pleased that we were able to make this happen.”
The new Beatrice Station is located along Chapman Mills Drive at the intersection of Beatrice Drive, with one eastbound and one westbound stop. The station includes two platforms and two shelters that will be served by Route 99. In addition to the bus-only diamond pavement markings, the new bus-only lanes have a unique feature, as they are designated with highly visible red concrete roadways at intersections, and have prioritized signal lights for improved bus flow.
For schedule information and to plan your transit trips, please visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.