Long-time Warrior volunteer, coach and Executive member Tim Sheahan was honoured today with his Community Builder Award at Ottawa City Hall.
United Way Ottawa honours Ottawa’s outstanding volunteers through its Community Builder Award program — those organizations, partnerships, agencies, neighbourhood groups and individuals who work tirelessly, passionately and collaboratively to make Ottawa a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.
In addition to the winners’ awards, their names are inscribed on the Wall of Inspiration. Located in Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall, the Wall of Inspiration is a visible reminder to residents and visitors of the enduring commitment that these individuals and organizations have made to Ottawa. “The Wall of Inspiration is about bringing together outstanding volunteers and celebrating the positive imprint their work has left on our community. Beyond our wishes to recognize their valuable work, we also want to inspire the rest of the community to become involved and play their own role in making Ottawa a stronger community,” says Michael Allen, President and CEO, United Way Ottawa.
2015 United Way Community Builder Awards Ceremony at the Hall of Inspiration in Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall.
‘Coach Tim’, 3rd from the right in the above picture, wanted to sum up the experience and here are his words of observation and thanks: “The Program started exactly on time at 12:00 noon, unlike most of our practices. Anyway, Mayor Jim Watson was a guest speaker as well as a Rabbi Reuven Bulka, United Way CEO & President Michael Allen and reprentatives from Scotia Bank (the sponsor of today’s event ). The gentleman that presented me with my plaque last year, Waub Rice, was the M.C. for today’s event . It started with Waub’s going through a typical dissertation of who the type of people are that are given community awards. He then began to recall the story of about presenting me with my award last year at our Winter Workouts at the Oz Dome. He said that it was a big secret, and that Ann, Kyle and Brendan (Tim’s family) showed up in the middle of our Warriors practice secretly, I remember it like it was yesterday. I really didn’t clue in that day that the award was for me until he said my name. As I was sitting there today, I was just as surprised that he was telling the story about my award. I was asked to stand up and be recognized and I gave a thankful wave. I falsely assumed that they would give a little story about each of the recipients. Right after acknowledging me, they quickly went to a video presentation for Bryan Murray (The Community Builder of the Year). After that, each recipient was called forward to take a group photo around the 2015 plaque on the wall. I was absolutely blown away that I would be included as part of today’s program and quite flattered… I want to thank all, who are involved with Bell Warriors Football. We don’t do what we do to be recognized. We do it because we have something to give and we love being part of a club/organization that really cares about the sport and those playing it. I couldn’t help but reflect on these past 11 years and wonder how life could have been very different for me, and my family, if my boys hadn’t found The Bell Warriors. I am thankful for the 11 years of association with the club, and very thankful for the many relationships that I , and my family , have forged. Warriors for Life!” ~ Tim Sheahan.
City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (right) helps unvail this year’s Wall of Inspiration inscriptions.
L to R: Tim Sheahan (VP, Bantam OC and 2015 United Way Community Builder Award Winner); Waub Rice (Video Journalist with CBC Ottawa and event M.C.)
Read “Coach Tim’s” nomination letter.
From our entire Warriors Family, THANK YOU TIM for all you do! #ClassAct #Warriors4Life