Gurbachan Singh Bedi receives Mayor’s City Builder Award


Mayor Jim Watson and Knoxdale-Merivale Ward Councillor Keith Egli today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Gurbachan Singh Bedi in recognition of his outstanding volunteerism and contributions to the community.

Mr. Bedi is a Second World War veteran, originally from India, who moved to Ottawa in 1987. He is being honoured for his service to both the Indo-Canadian Community and the wider community in Ottawa.

Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, he began full-time work as a staff sergeant with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He retired at the age of 90.

Mr. Bedi has received many honours for his volunteer work over the years, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of West Ottawa. He volunteered with the Kanata Seniors’ Centre and is now a Patron of the Punjabi Seniors Association, having served as President of the organization for two consecutive terms.

He initiated interactions with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and Jewish Family Services Ottawa and continues to facilitate dialogue among various faith groups to promote understanding between Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and those of other faiths.

Mr. Bedi participated in the annual SEVA Walk, organized by the Ottawa Sikh Community to raise money for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. When a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, he donated his pension cheque and, two weeks later, donated his next pension cheque to relief efforts.

Mr. Bedi has received an Award of Honour from the Punjabi Heritage Foundation of Canada for his literary contributions in four languages – Punjabi, Urdu, English and Hindu. He has received certificates of appreciation from Jewish Family Services Ottawa, Sikh Community Services Ottawa, the India Canada Association, the Red Cross and the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour, created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has 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 Council or the public.

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