10:30 p.m., June 6)
Town Hall building named in honour of former mayor Peter
By Fred Sherwin
house that Peter Clark built now has his name on it. During
an official ceremony on Saturday, the former Cumberland
Town Hall at 255 Centrum Blvd. was renamed Peter D. Clark
Place in hounor of the former Cumberland mayor and regional
was mayor of Cumberland from 1980 to 1989 when he stepped
down mid-term to take a position with the Perez Corporation.
After a brief hiatus from public life he became chair
of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1991.
He served as chair until 1997 when he was defeated by
Bob Chiarelli. More recently, he came out of retirement
to win a seat on Ottawa city council representing Rideau-Rockcliffe.
of Clark's greatest accomplishments as mayor was to create
the town centre concept with a new city hall at its centre.
The building opened in 1989 and served as the town hall
until the region's 11 municipalities were amalgamated
amalgamation, the building's central theatre was used
by the local performing arts community and other organizartions
until the Shenkman Arts Centre opened in 2009.
Centrum is still a municipal building housing the Orleans
Client Service Centre, the consituency office for the
three local councillors and the East Ottawa parks and
recreation offices. MP Royal Galipeau's consituency office
is also located in the building.
was among a number of current and former local politicians
who roasted Clark during Saturday's naming ceremony. Among
those in attendance were fellow former Cumberland mayors
Brian Coburn and Gerry Lalonde; current Cumberland Ward
Coun. Bob Monette; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Ottawa-Vanier
MP Mauril Belanger and former Cumberland town councillor
number of prominent Cumberland residents were also in
attendance including Lionel Laurin, Lynn Stacey and Gerry
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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