6:30 p.m., Feb. 28)
Local residents receive Global Community Alliance awards
By Fred Sherwin
Marilyn Wall poses for a picture with her
husband Patrick after receiving a Global Community
Alliance award for community service. Fred
Global Community Alliance held its 7th annual Gala and
Award Ceremony on Saturday with several east end residents
among the honorees.
GCA was formed in 2010 by Orléans resident Yomi
Pratt and his wife Kelly to recognize the extra-ordinary
accomplishments of otherwise ordinary residents in celebration
of Black History Month.
year's awards had a distinctive local flavour with no
fewer than seven of the 13 recipients having roots in
the east end.
resident Marilyn Wall was recognized for her work as a
foster parent and mentor, trainer and devoted advocate
for the Children's Aid Society.
1993, Marilyn and her husband Patrick have opened their
home to more than a dozen children. Four of those children
remained with the Walls into their 20s and all four of
them have gone on to earn their bachelor degrees.
various times Marilyn has served as president of the Ottawa
Foster Parents Association and the Foster Parent Society
of Ontario, second vice-president of the Canadian Foster
Family Association, and as a board member of the Ottawa
Children's Aid Society and the Champion for Children Foundation
Thadee Muboyayi first came to Canada from the Democratic
Republic of Congo in the mid-80s. After earning a doctorate
in medical dentistry in 1995, he moved to Orléans
where he established a private dental practice.
the 20 years since, he's moved into his own building on
Innes Road which he shares with other medical professionals
and lawyers. In 2011, he contributed to the construction
of a secondary school in his native Congo.
Dixon is a local businesswoman who received an award for
the work she's done in supporting military families through
the "Support Our Troops" car flag initiative.
She also collected hundreds of signatures in a large "Support
Our Troops" flag that flew over the Canadian base
were also presented to four area high school students
in the Youth Achievement category. The recipients were
Cassandra Rousseau from St. Peter High School, Kikachukwu
"Kika" Otiono from Colonel By Secondary School,
and Samantha Momy and Alison Pratt from Lester B. Pearson
gala awards presentation was held at the Sheraton Ottawa
Hotel and featured performances by vocalist Travis Chamberlain
and the Araguaney Dance Group along with a dissertation
on the essence of community building by keynote speaker
to organizer Yomi Pratt, the awards continue to be an
important part of Ottawa's Black History Month calendar
because of the emphasis they place on celebrating diversity.
know, the awards are nice, but the most important aspect
of this event is in bringing members of different communities
together," says Pratt. "And The best way to
get to know each is to interact."
of the success of this year's sold out gala, they Pratts
were able to present a cheque for $750 to the Dominica
Relief Fund. The small Caribbean island was devastated
by Tropical Storm Erika last August.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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