Growing Up Great Awards | 2016

On Thursday, December 8th, the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative hosted the 6th annual Growing Up Great Awards ceremony to celebrate the people, programs and organizations in our community that work hard to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families, and who have demonstrated their commitment to making sure children and youth in Ottawa achieve their full potential.


Hosted by CBC Ottawa’s Hallie Cotnam, thank you to those who showed their support by attending the awards and recognizing those who ensure that Ottawa's children and youth are growing up great.


We would also like to congratulate all of those who were nominated (in no particular order):

  • Susan Kuruvilla (Health Promotor, South Nepean Satellite CHC)
  • Children's Integration Support Services (Andrew Fleck Childcare)
  • Francine Beaudoin (Directrice, La Coccinelle)
  • Lise Vézina (Directrice, Le Centre éducatif coopérative le Mènage)
  • Liana Medynski (Volunteer, Richmond Youth Centre)
  • Meeting Professionals International – Ottawa Chapter
  • Carissa Davis (Community Worker, Morrison Gardens Community House, PQCHC)
  • Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO)
  • Jassi Renauta (YOCISO Program Coordinator, Ottawa Community Immigrant Service Organization)
  • Sarah Stewart (Team Leader, Thirteen: A Social Enterprise, Parkdale Food Centre)
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
  • United Sister (Pincrest Queensways CHC
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Local 93
  • Ottawa DAC Team, Parent Resource Centre
  • Youville Centre
  • Grandir ensemble (Le Carrousel)

The Growing Up Great awards recipients for 2016 are as follows (in order of presentation):

Engaged & Active

Making the places children and youth live, play, and learn, safe and positive.


Irene Cameron

Principal of Carson Grove Elementary

Learning & Discovering

Giving children and youth the opportunities to build skills and abilities by creating positive learning experiences.


SWAG (Students Will All Graduate)

Students Will All Graduate

Safe & Supported

Striving to ensure that children and youth have positive, stable, nurturing friends and relationships.


Huguette Tessier

Ottawa Public Health Nurse

Healthy & Thriving

Working so that every child's basic needs are met.


Richard Lussier

Help Our Students Program

Community Leadership

Recognizing an individual or organization in the Ottawa community that has had a deep impact to ensure children and youth have a chance to grow up great.


Ed and Ann Keeley


Recognizing a local company or business whose community involvement has made a significant contribution to the well-being of children and youth in Ottawa.


The New Hot 89.9 fm

Hot 89.9


Recognizing the work of many agencies across the city who worked collaboratively towards accomplishing one single goal.


The Syrian Refugee Early Years Collaborative

Dr. Dan Award of Excellence

Acknowledging an outstanding individual in the Ottawa community who mentored and enriched the lives of economically disadvantaged children and their families through arts and recreation.


James Tanguay

Southeast Ottawa, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa