We’re pleased to launch the Community Builders column on Apartment 613 to share the stories of every Community Builder recognized by United Way Ottawa.
In this column, you’ll see the stories of every day Ottawans who take the time to extend a helping hand, break down stereotypes and barriers, and those who push for a better city by showing us the true meaning of compassion for others.
Do you know someone who deserves a Community Builder award? You can nominate them.
Andy Waterman has coached hundreds of Ottawa high school students for more than 25 years, mentoring them in sports, school and on the importance of giving back. For this extraordinary volunteer work with youth in our city, he was presented with a Community Builder Award by Sarah Onyango, a member of United Way Ottawa’s recognition team on Saturday, April 14 as part of National Volunteer Week.
Coach Waterman founded and is head coach of the Ottawa Phoenix Basketball Club, which provides students with opportunities in competitive sports. It’s the most affordable opportunity for local student athletes and brings together youth from all different socio-economic backgrounds across the city. But it focuses on much more than basketball.
By Erica Howes
Officer, Community Relations & GenNext Outreach, United Way Ottawa