Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Every year ASH members are invited to nominate candidates for the Volunteer of the Year Award. The objective is to recognize people within Sandy Hill that have contributed significantly as a volunteer over the preceding year.

This award was initiated in 2003 and is announced at the Annual General Meeting.

Jane Waterston

2003 – Jane Waterston

Jane Waterston has been a pillar of Sandy Hill for many years. She has been chair of the Betty Hyde play school, a parent run pre-school program for community children, and active in a variety of roles at All Saints Anglican Church, at the corner of Chapel and Laurier. First, a Sunday School teacher, Jane has been Rector’s Warden for two terms, helping to administer the affairs of the parish.

Readers of Image, Sandy Hill’s bilingual community newspaper, will be familiar with Jane’s contribution as advertising manager and, for the last decade, editor.

Jane shows no sign of tiring in her efforts, and we are much the richer for these! Thank you, Jane

Judy Rinfret2004 – Judith Ann Rinfret

Since moving to Sandy Hill in 1990, Judy has been a committed community activist on many fronts. Judy has worked in the municipal political arena where she has acquired a background in politics, planning, environmental issues, by-laws, community relations, and skepticism (which she hopes is still healthy). Although she is neither a lawyer nor architect, she was appointed to the Ottawa’s Committee of Adjustment for a three year term in 1995. Arts, heritage and the environment are her priorities. She is a vigilante for pedestrians and walks the walk in Sandy Hill. Her natural inclinations, rural upbringing, and experience keep her mindful of reducing, reusing, and recycling. She always tries to work for public good, particularly in Sandy Hill.

Lena Creedy2005 – Lena Creedy

Lena Creedy has made her home in Sandy Hill in 1986, and the community is much richer for her presence. Lena was the driving force behind in establishment of the Rideau Street Redevelopment Working Group. The Group’s diverse membership (including citizens, retailers, other business owners, architects and urban development specialists) was a testament to her commitment to bringing all stakeholders to the table, in a spirit of cooperation, so that so all stakeholders can have a say and see benefit in their efforts.

Lena succeeded in getting our area councilors to chair the Working Group (first Madeleine Meilleur and subsequently Georges Bedard), which greatly enhanced its deliberations and profile. The Working Group formulated the Uptown Rideau Design Plan, which, after public consultations, was adopted by the City of Ottawa “Uptown Rideau”, from Rideau Street east of King Edward to the Rideau River.

Lena Creedy’s contributions go beyond Sandy Hill, including the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group, the International Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) House and Garden Tour and as a volunteer guide at the National Gallery of Canada.

2006 – Martin LaPlanteMartin-Laplante

At this year’s Annual General Meeting, well-deserved recognition was given to Martin Laplante, as Volunteer of the Year.

As a former Planning and Development Director of Action Sandy Hill, Martin expertly negotiated many compromises between developers and surrounding neighbours and businesses. And where a compromise was not possible, Martin presented ASH’s case to appropriate decision makers, more often than not, successfully. He presented a complex rezoning case to the Ontario Municipal Board, against three opposing Counsel.

Martin has also served with distinction as ASH Director for various portfolios, including Education, Recreation and Francophone Affairs. And been a regular contributor to our community newspaper, Image.

Martin has played an active role in children’s education, as President of l’Association des Parents et Enseignants of Pius X School, various School Board committees and as a judge in regional debating tournament.

His professional work has often dovetailed well with his personal interests and those of the community. An example of this is his development and publication of the results of a mathematical model of urban areas that predicts how changes in density in one part of a city affects density elsewhere in the city.

2007 – Kevin BoothKevin Booth

Sandy Hill residents large and small, who play outdoor ice hockey, take skating lessons at the community centre, or just enjoy skating around on our winter rink, appreciate the importance of a community rink manager.  While the rest of us are at home in our warm beds, the rink manager is out there in the cold and dark, flooding (with a little garden hose), scraping, and shovelling ice to make sure that Sandy Hill can enjoy that essential element of winter in Canada … the outdoor community rink.

Kevin Booth moved to Sandy Hill in 1999 just as he was finishing a degree at Carleton University in Mechanical Engineering.  He loved the community, and in 2001 he bought a house on Nelson Street, across from Sandy Hill Park.  During his first two winters on Nelson St., he noticed that our outdoor rink was not in great shape, so he pitched in to help with shovelling.  He asked his neighbours if they knew how he could help to improve the rink.  They put him in touch with Action Sandy Hill members Diane Whalen and Dean Pallen, who were struggling to find a reliable rink manager every winter.

Kevin took over the rink contract for the 2003-2004 season, and has managed the rink every winter since then.  Over the last four years, Kevin has employed more than 20 university students in Sandy Hill to supervise the shack and help with ice maintenance.  After a big snowfall and before the Winter Carnival, the women’s and men’s community hockey teams, parents, kids, and neighbours have pitched in to get the rink ready for skaters.

2008 – Giulio MaffiniGiulio Maffini

A resident of Robinson Village, Giulio has two degrees in architecture and thirty years experience as an entrepreneur, with particular experience with start-ups, creating profitable businesses inside large companies and advising executives on how to grow their businesses through partnerships and new technologies.

Giulio has been working closely with ASH for over a year, particularly in urban planning, transportation and development issues.  His focus has been on the Nicholas Mann (Gateway) lands in the south of Sandy Hill, which he feels are currently underutilized and a barrier to pedestrians and the community.  In Giulio’s view, these lands have the potential to be used for a variety of public, educational and private purposes that can stitch our community back together while creating opportunities for residential intensification. Properly developed, they have the potential to intensify the core and at the same time reduce development pressures on the rest of Sandy Hill.  Giulio was one of a three person ASH team who secured vital Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation funding to develop options in conjunction with other stakeholders for the Nicholas Mann lands.  ASH is using an innovative and design charette approach in this proactive participatory planning process.  This is an ongoing process that will continue to require Giulio’s efforts and those of other members of ASH and the broader Sandy Hill community.

Karen Bays2009 – Karen Bays

Karen and her husband, Geoff, moved to Sandy Hill from the Gatineau Hills in 1994.  Her professional career focused on recreation and public health at the municipal level. She became more active in community issues when their home flooded for the third time in eight years with several feet of sewage in the basement.  Karen became a founding member of the Sandy Hill Infrastructure Taskforce, a sub-committee of Action Sandy Hill that worked with the City, the community and our municipal Councillor to find a remedy, hopefully, to the sewer flooding problem. Indeed, she is now ASH’ Director for Infrastructure. Karen is an active grandmother and supports people and projects in Mali (West Africa) where she and Geoff worked for 18 months.  She is a strong believer in community and if everyone does a little, a lot gets done.

Karen enjoys walking through our beautiful neighbourhood and appreciates the rich community we live in.  She shares the common view that Sandy Hill is very convenient to many things, including shopping, services, nature and entertainment.  In her spare time, Karen enjoys sewing, quilting and gardening.