The UpBeat: McIntosh's 15-plus years of volunteer work recognized with builder's award

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Mayor Jim Watson and Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko present the Mayor's City Builder Award to Marie McIntosh. ROGER LALONDE / Ottawa Citizen. 

Ottawa Citizen

Marie McIntosh was recently presented with the Mayor’s City Builder Award, recognizing more than 15 years of volunteer work improving the quality of life of seniors living at Clementine Towers, advocating for seniors residing in Ottawa Community Housing (OCH),and helping to raise funds for disaster relief around the world.

Marie, 88 years young, moved to the 258-unit Clementine Towers seniors apartment building in Alta Vista, operated by OCH, in 1999.

The next year she became the president of the building’s social club and tenant association, a volunteer position she’s held ever since.

With her enthusiastic and energetic leadership, the tenant association has organized hundreds of social events over the past 15 years, including card playing, bingo, exercise classes, knitting groups, teas, dinner-dances, and fundraisers to help victims of natural disasters in various countries.

The social and fundraising events are important to keeping seniors in the independent-living apartments physically active and engaged, warding off loneliness and isolation.

In 2010, the Clementine Towers tenant association won an Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association Tenant Achievement Recognition Award for raising $1,500 for Doctors Without Borders to help earthquake victims in Haiti.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making the city a better place today and for the future.

This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of city council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each city council meeting.