About The Order Of Ottawa Recipients

- November 15th, 2012

The first Order of Ottawa recipients, just announced by the city…

Moe Atallah
Mr. Moe Atallah is a successful business person and a well-known philanthropist, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. He is also co-founder, along with the late Canadian journalist Earl McRae, of the Elvis Sighting Society, a philanthropic organization that donates generously to many fine, local institutions. Mention the name Moe Atallah almost anywhere in this city and everyone will know that you are talking about this iconic and generous restaurant owner.

Dr. John Bell
Dr. John Bell’s research first brought him to Ottawa in the early 1980’s. Today he heads the prestigious Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium in addition to his many responsibilities at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center and Research Institute. Dr. Bell has attracted and trained countless young scientists and physicians during his time in Ottawa. His commitment to our community, scientists, physicians and especially patients is inspiring

Paul Benoit
Mr. Paul Benoit became the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority in 1996 and has been instrumental in putting Ottawa on the map of the international aviation industry. For members of the Canadian Forces, he has personally ensured appropriate recognition for their service, spearheading the initiative to make the airport’s VIP lounge available for families to reunite with their injured loved ones who had just been airlifted home from Afghanistan.

Hélène Campbell
Ms. Hélène Campbell is an outstanding young Canadian, a great humanitarian and an exceptional citizen of Ottawa. She has accomplished much in a very short period of time while exemplifying courage, even at the very real cost of her own life. Her remarkable story has helped shine the light on organ and tissue donations as she looked beyond her own difficult situation to help and inspire others.

Jim Durrell
Mr. Jim Durrell has served his community with distinction in many unique capacities – public office, private business, community builder, volunteer, visionary and fundraiser. He is well known for his significant contribution as Mayor of the City of Ottawa from 1985 until retiring from public office in 1991. During his tenure he was very involved in the promotion of professional sports in Ottawa, securing an NHL franchise, a triple-A baseball team and the 1988 Grey Cup.

Allison Fisher
Ms. Allison Fisher is a community builder and social justice advocate dedicated to creating a safe space where First Peoples can live and celebrate their cultures. As the Executive Director of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, serving more than 10,000 Aboriginal people through its culturally-based health programs and services every year, Ms. Fisher brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to build healthy and inclusive communities.

Robert Gillett
Mr. Robert Gillett is a visionary leader with an outstanding record of service as an educator, administrator and volunteer. During his 16-year tenure as President of Algonquin College, the third largest college in Ontario, Mr. Gillett championed the interests of a student population. A fervent believer in empowering people for success through education, he guided the college through a period of exceptional grow and demand for relevant programming.

Marc Jolicoeur
Mr. Marc Jolicoeur, Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, is a well- known and respected community advocate who has distinguished himself by virtue of both the quality and quantity of his contributions and his passion for community service. As the second longest serving Chairman in the University of Ottawa’s history, his service was extraordinary in both its length and enduring value, providing exceptional leadership for almost two decades.

Terry Kelly
Mr. Terry Kelly, retired from Defence Construction Canada, is a consummate professional engineer. He approaches people and situations with an unparalleled degree of humility and professionalism. Mr. Kelly has served the citizens of West Carleton and the City of Ottawa for the past 40 years as a volunteer firefighter. During this time he has served his community at parades, schools, fundraisers, fairs and provided education and support to a generation of community-oriented volunteers.

Russell Mills
Mr. Russell Mills’ passion for the city of Ottawa and the National Capital Region is undeniable. In his current role as Chair of the National Capital Commission, his steadfast belief in the national mandate to serve Canadians, and his desire to improve the region for residents and visitors alike is always at the forefront. As the former Editor and Publisher of the Ottawa Citizen and subsequently President of the Southam Newspaper Group, his emphasis on editorial excellence is legendary.

Diane Morrison
As the Executive Director of The Ottawa Mission, Diane Morrison is an unwavering advocate for homeless men and women across the city. Under her leadership, the Ottawa Mission has been transformed from a men’s shelter to a multi-service organization. Mrs. Morrison is a strong believer in community building and partnerships and many of the programs that have been developed under her leadership are the direct result of relationships and partnerships that she has nurtured.

Gisèle Richer
For more than 40 years, Gisèle Richer has been contributing to the well-being of the community through her involvement in various areas of activity, particularly Francophone and women’s rights, health, and education. A well-known personality in the Frano-Ontarian community, she has fought hard for the French presence, with the greatest respect for both cultures.

Nazira Naz Tareen
Mrs. Nazira Naz Tareen immigrated to Canada from India and embodies the values that define us as Canadians. She values diversity, builds bridges of understanding and contributes in her many roles to making ours a better community. She is the founder and former long-time President of The Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization, an organization established in 2001 dedicated to fostering and maintaining relationships amongst the diverse elements of Ottawa.

Christine Tremblay
Mrs. Christine Tremblay is the founder and Executive Director of the AOE Arts Council. For more than 20 years, she has been working to enhance the cultural life of Ottawa through her experience in organizational and community development, strategic planning, lobbying, fundraising and partnership development. Her aim has always been to promote the arts, improve the lives of artists, and make arts more visible and accessible.

Sara Vered
Mrs. Sara Vered is an accomplished community builder. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa, she is a great friend to institutions of higher learning in the National Capital Region, as well as the National Arts Centre. In addition, Sara’s steadfast commitment to the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute has had an extraordinary impact on the evolution of the Heart Institute, embracing the vision of defeating heart disease in this century.

Don Campbell – Brian Kilrea Award
Mr. Don Campbell is this year’s worthy recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for excellence in amateur coaching. Mr. Campbell began his coaching career with the McKellar Park Phillies with the sole purpose of enriching the lives of amateur baseball players. With over 37 years of volunteering, he has successfully assisted countless players in securing athletic scholarships, and by extension, some major league careers. He is also a sports reporter with the Ottawa Citizen.

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