Merrick Palmer dribbles his way to a better Ottawa


The Community Builders column on Apartment 613 shares the stories of every Community Builder recognized by United Way East Ontario.

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From being one of the top basketball trainers in Canada to becoming president of an organization working to support those affected by sickle cell disease, Merrick Palmer does it all.

Alongside his success in founding Capital Courts Training Centre in Ottawa, Merrick also knows the importance of community and exemplifies the true meaning of local love. Merrick is changing the lives of people in Ottawa through tireless hours of volunteering, educating, advocating and inspiring.

That’s why United Way East Ontario presented Coach Palmer with a Community Builder Award, an awards program that celebrates the contributions of incredible local volunteers. During a fundraiser dinner honouring community leaders for work surrounding sickle cell disease, Merrick was also recognized for his dedication to the community.




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