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Somerset West Community Health Centre Volunteer Reverend Joseph Kiirya Receives Mayor's City Builder Award

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mayor Jim Watson and Knoxdale-Merivale Councillor Keith Egli presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award yesterday to Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) volunteer Reverend Joseph Kiirya.

Reverend Joseph Kiirya is a St. Paul University graduate and a dedicated community leader. As the founder of the River Jordan Ministry in Nepean, a self described non-denominational, cross-cultural and multi-generational ministry, he has been offering “a home away from home” to all immigrants living in Ottawa for over 10 years.

One of the many ways Reverend Joseph Kiirya has gone above and beyond to mentor and help newcomers is by taking the time to volunteer at SWCHC where he provides vital support to members of the African and Caribbean community. Reverend Joseph Kiirya has hosted World AIDS Day awareness events at his church for the past four years and is intimately involved in our African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Hub and Faith Initiative. He also contributes to many research initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of Ottawa's African and Caribbean community. As stated by Hector Addison, ACB Community Developer at SWCHC, "he deserves the award and more!".

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of SWCHC, we wish to congratulate Reverend Joseph Kiirya on his many achievements!

About the Mayor's City Builder Award

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 of Ottawa 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.

Reverend Joseph Kiirya is the second member of the SWCHC family to receive the Mayor’s City Builder Award in 2016. Donna Gray, coordinator of Good Food Markets at SWCHC, received the award in April for her community-building efforts in the Rochester Heights community of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH).