March 8th, 2018


It was great to see so many residents out at my International Women’s Day event this week. A big thank you to my colleague Councillor Marianne Wilkinson for being my guest speaker and thank you to all who attended.

I would like to recognize long time Kanata volunteer Don Brown for his contributions to our community. Mr. Brown was nominated through the City’s Commemorative Naming process and was successfully chosen because of his extensive community service and his extraordinary community service record.

Mr. Brown is a longtime educator and volunteer. For eleven years, he taught kindergarten, including three years in which he was the only male kindergarten teacher in Ontario. Mr. Brown was then promoted to Vice Principal and Principal duties for which he served in these capacities for 22 years. Mr. Brown has served as a Member of the Ontario Principal’s Council for five years and was awarded an honorary lifetime memberships by the Teacher’s Federation of Carleton and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

In his personal life, Mr. Brown has been an active volunteer for many years. In particular, he has been involved in hockey at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. Since the 1970’s, Mr. Brown has held countless coaching and executive positions with Glen Cairn Minor Hockey Association, Ottawa District Hockey Association,
Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League, Central Junior ‘A’ Hockey League, Hockey Development Centre of Ontario, and Hockey Canada. From 2006-2009, Mr. Brown served as Host Committee Director of the World Junior Hockey Tournament.

He has been recognized many times for his dedication to local hockey including being the recipient of the “Sports Award of Excellence,” from the City of Ottawa and a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

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