City employee nets award for community work
Chadha honoured for community work, advocacy
Jatinder Chadha is the latest recipient of the City Builder Award. Chadha was honoured before the last city council meeting by Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Jan Harder for his “outstanding contributions to the community as a volunteer, fundraiser and advocate for new Canadians.”
Since 2000, Chadha has organized many community events in the National Capital Region to galvanize the South Asian community and assist members of the community to become familiar with Canadian culture, providing advice and guidance.
Chadha, a project manager with Transit Services at the City of Ottawa, is the founder, producer and host of the television program Desi Ottawa on Rogers Television.
He has also spearheaded benevolent efforts, raising $10,000 in contributions for relief of the Haitian earthquake in addition to organizing collection drives for the Ottawa Food Bank.
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 our city 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.
Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of city council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each council meeting.