When physical distancing measures were put in place by local health authorities there was—and continues to be—a growing need to support those who are most vulnerable and whose circumstances might be more difficult under COVID-19. Many folks have stepped up and are generously putting their time and talents into making a difference during this time of need. While COVID-19 has made things more challenging for many, we have also seen people across our communities band together.
In May, we put out this call for nominations in partnership with Apt613 asking for the names of COVID-19 Heroes: outstanding volunteers in our community. We asked you to nominate someone you know who has stepped up to support and help others in this time of crisis.
On June 13th, for Ottawa’s 613 Day, we started celebrating five remarkable Ottawans whose volunteering has had a great local impact. They will receive Community Builder Awards and have their names inscribed permanently on the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall, so people will know of their contributions for years to come.
Award recipients were chosen for their exceptional and early contributions to vulnerable communities. They have demonstrated a strong ability to mobilize their communities, going above and beyond their regular volunteerism. They also represent the kind of quiet determination and heroism that inspires others to act, leading by example. We thank all who took the time to nominate their heroes, and look forward to other opportunities to celebrate them.