Beyond my duties as Innes Ward Councillor, I am proud to be Ottawa’s Sports Commissioner. I believe in the importance of physical activity and the positive impacts that it can have on our physical and mental health, as well as our overall well-being. Ottawa is well-known for its vast outdoor spaces for a variety of sports and activities, and I am happy to be a part of the active living community.
Congratulations to all 2018 Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame Inductees!
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, which documents, curates and celebrates outstanding achievement in local sport heritage.This year the inductees are Jim Durrell, Jeff Avery, Jim Kyte, Betty Shields and Steve Gray. They were celebrated at an Induction Ceremony today, June 1st.
Jim Durrell served as Mayor of Ottawa from 1985 to 1991, and was instrumental in making the city an attractive and viable destination for professional sports. Among the many achievements attributed to him are the revival of the Ottawa Senators in 1990, landing the CFL’s Grey Cup in 1988, and championing the return of professional baseball. Most recently Durrell was the Chair of the very successful 2017 Grey Cup in Ottawa.
Jeff Avery is a Grey Cup champion with the Ottawa Rough Riders, a CFL East All-Star, and a Vanier Cup winner with the University of Ottawa Gees-Gees in 1975. Since retiring as a player, Avery has covered CFL football on radio for 30years and has been president of the CFL Ottawa Alumni Association for 16 years.
Betty Shields is a trailblazer for the sport of ringette in Canada and abroad. She began as a local volunteer and rose through the ranks to become the first president of the International Ringette Association. She was instrumental in ringette’s entry to the Canada Winter Games.
Jim Kyte is widely regarded as one of the toughest hockey players of his time, enjoying a 13-year, 598 game career as an NHL defenceman. He was twice nominated for the prestigious Bill Masterton trophy, and founded the Canadian Hockey Association for the Hearing Impaired.
Steve Gray was a fixture on the national rugby team, notching 47 international caps as a centre, and representing Canada in three Rugby World Cups and the inaugural Rugby 7’s World Cup.
Comprehensive biographical information for each of the inductees along with photos can be found at: ottawasporthalloffame.ca
The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is located at City Hall. It contains artifacts, photographs and memorabilia honouring our sporting heritage, as well as commemorative plaques honouring its more than 270 inductees.
NHL in Ottawa
On March 17th I was excited to start off the day with Mayor Jim Watson’s Breakfast with colleagues from City Council to welcome the National Hockey League’s Commissioner, Gary Bettman as guest speaker to Ottawa. Following the breakfast we made our way to Chateau Laurier for a special announcement. Ottawa was named the city of choice for the NHL’s 100th Anniversary of the first league game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadians.
Canada Summer Games 2021 Bid Celebrations
On March 2nd I was happy to be a part of the action taking place at City Hall and throughout the city to welcome and celebrate the Bid Evaluation Committee for the Canada Summer Games 2021 Bid for Ottawa. The morning started off welcoming the committee with a grand entrance and presentation, showing off Ottawa’s enthusiasm before heading out for the day to tour the city and view a number of different sporting locations that would be used for competition if Ottawa wins the bid.
Blackburn Hamlet Arena Reopening & Hockey Season Kickoff
This morning, November 12th, we kicked off the 2016/17 minor hockey season with the East End’s finest at the Blackburn Hamlet Arena. Special thanks to the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association, MP Andrew Leslie, MPP Marie-France Lalonde, Blackburn Hamlet Community Association and the many families who came out this morning.
Group photos done by Dana Clarke Photography.
Ride to end PTSD
The Heroes are Human Capital-to-Capital ride is a 15-day cycling adventure and mental health campaign that started in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 7, 2016 and finished in Washington, DC, on May 20, 2016. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other occupational stress injuries faced by first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and communication officers) in both countries. I was very proud to help recognize the dynamic Ottawa Paramedic service members who took part in this ride.
Little League Ontario Junior Provincial Baseball Championship 2015
I was very excited to be a part of this baseball event for the youth of Ottawa. As Sports Commissioner, but also as an individual who is committed to well-being and athleticism, I was happy to see this event come to Orleans. Physical activity is an important part of growing up and has a positive impact on youth’s development and learning. I am an advocate for physical activity for all citizens of Ottawa, no matter the level of proficiency and ability. Get outside and get active!