WCDR to be honoured by United Way

WEST CARLETON – West Carleton’s all volunteer, all local, disaster response group will be honoured at the United Way’s Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala.

“United Way Ottawa’s Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala celebrates those who have made a lasting impact on our community,” the United Way released in a statement. “Though they come from all walks of life, they all have one very important thing in common – a local love that inspires them to make a difference in this wonderful city we call home. Join us as we honour seven individuals, organizations and agencies taking exceptional strides to improve lives, break down barriers and create opportunities for people in Ottawa.”

The gala will be on Thursday, May 16 starting at 5 p.m. at the Shaw Centre on Colonel By Drive.

West Carleton Disaster Relief (WCDR) is being honoured as the co-winner of the Community Builder of the Year based on their work (and their inception) at the Sept. 21, 2018 tornado that ripped through West Carleton. The WCDR is sharing the honour with the Trend-Arlington Community Association.

“In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 21, 2018 tornadoes, West Carleton Disaster Relief emerged as trusted advocates for their communities as the response and recovery efforts unfolded,” United Way said. “Both groups have become models for how a community can quickly organize themselves to ensure residents are supported, connected, and cared for.  From day one, they mobilized with the objective of ensuring no one was left behind – by providing basic needs, help with insurance and coordinating with government entities, support groups to give people a sense of normalcy, and much more.”

“We are delighted to be part of this year’s awards,” WCDR vice

Six other organizations will be honoured at the gala. Tickets are available here.