12:30 a.m., Nov. 30)
Trio with east end ties inducted into Order of Ottawa
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland mayor Brian Coburn, Gabriel's Pizza president
George Hanna and Ottawa Race Weekend director Jim Robinson
were among 15 new inductees into the Order of Ottawa on
served as the mayor of Cumberland from 1989 to 1999 when
he stepped down to run for the provincial legislature.
He beat Liberal nominee Réne Danis in the 1999
General Election and replaced Gilles Morin, who had retired
prior to the election, in the provincial legislature.
Cumberland mayor and provincial Cabinet minister
Brian Coburn poses with with Mayor Jim Watson
and Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais after
receiving his Order of Ottawa medal. Photo
close confidante of then Premier Mike Harris, Coburn was
appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs in 2001, and in 2003, he was appointed
Minister of Tourism and Recreation by Ernie Eves who had
succeeded Harris as Premier.
was eventually defeated by Phil McNeely in the 2003 provincial
election, and in 2006, he was appointed as a cirtizenship
judge by the Harper government -- a position he held until
his recent retirement.
Hanna was appointed president of Gabriels Pizza
in 2003. Under his watch the company that was founded
in Orléans by his father and uncles in 1977, expanded
to more than 38 locations in Eastern Ontario and Western
Hanna family, and George in particular, have been ardent
supporters of the community ever since they first opened
Robinson took on the job of Race Director of the Ottawa
Marathon in 1996, at a time when participation had declined
over the previous years, to just 629 runners in 1995.
vowed to rejuvenate the event, and over the next 17 years
was hugely successful in growing the Ottawa Race Weekend
into a world class event attracting 44,000 participants.
learned from the best by travelling to the world's biggest
marathons in Boston, New York and London. He set up booths
at all the major running venues in North America, advertising
the race weekend and promoting the City of Ottawa.
developed a Health and Sports Expo which now attracts
exhibitors from all over North America. To make the Race
Weekend more accessible to both elite and local recreational
athletes, the event was expanded to include a half marathon,
10k, 5k and 2k family run, and a wheelchair marathon.
Changes to the race route were also made to showcase the
most interesting and scenic aspects of Ottawa.
Ottawa Race Weekend attracts thousands of runners who
flood into the city, filling hotels and restaurants and
generating an estimated $28 million in economic activity.
other Order of Ottawa inductees included Adrian Burns,
Sister Louise Dunn, Clarence (Gus) Este, Abraham Feinstein,
Harley Finkelstein, Dr. Nishith Goel, Tae Eun Lee, Gib
Patterson, Jacqueline Pelletier, Chris and Erin Phillips,
David Smart and Mark Sutcliffe.
Race Weekend director Jim Robinson poses with
his Order of Ottawa medal with Mayor Jim Watson
and Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic. Photo supplied
Pizza president George Hanna poses with his
Order of Ottawa medal with Mayor Jim Watson
and Gloucester South Nepean Coun. Michael
Qaqish. Photo supplied
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)