The Community Builders column on Apartment 613 shares 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.
Ali Tejpar leads a double life.
By day, he’s a student at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. By night, and day, and morning, and evening… well, all the time: he volunteers all over Ottawa, making our city a more vibrant place to live.
Ali’s interest in civic issues came full circle at Youth Ottawa‘s November Youth Action Showcase—because it’s an event Ali participated in when he was in high school. It was here that Suzanne Pinel from the United Way Ottawa recognition team announced Ali’s Community Builder award in front of his family, young showcase participants, and the people of Youth Ottawa—all of his worlds in one place for the presentation.
Those who know him best say his deep love and respect for the city is apparent to everyone he works with, “Ali is professional, organized, and very responsible. He certainly makes my job easier,” said Youth Ottawa’s Youth Engagement Coordinator Emma Buchanan.
By Skye Walker
Officer, Community Relations and GenNext Outreach, United Way Ottawa