City seeking public input on three commemorative naming proposals

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The City’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on proposals to name:

  • Sandy Hill Park, located at 250 Somerset Street East, the “Annie Pootoogook Park”
  • The unnamed woodlot, located at 1054 Prestone Drive, the “Hermas Saumur Family Forest”
  • The Décoeur Park (assumed name “Décoeur” for initial park design consultation) located at 560 Décoeur Drive, the “Hunsdeep Rangar Park.”

Annie Pootoogook Park (Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier)

In recognition of demonstrated excellence and courage, the City has been asked to rename Sandy Hill Park, located at 250 Somerset Street East, the “Annie Pootoogook Park.” Annie Pootoogook was born into a family of artists in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her family worked in multiple mediums and styles, peaking Annie’s interest in art at an early age. In her ink and crayon drawings, Annie pushed the boundaries of what Canada and the world expected from ‘Inuit’ art. Her artistry reflected her experiences as a female artist living and working in contemporary Canada. Annie’s work is well known for her innovative and honest style. As the first Inuk recipient of the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2006, Annie received accolades as a contemporary artist of international importance. Annie’s collection has been shown in exhibitions in multiple galleries throughout North America.

Annie’s work is well known for her innovative and honest style. Annie’s artworks challenge conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ art. Her subjects are not Arctic animals or scenes of nomadic existence from a time before settlement life; rather, her images reflect her experiences as a female artist living and working in contemporary Canada.

Hermas Saumur Family Forest (Ward 1 – Orléans)

In recognition of the historical significance and demonstrated courage of Hermas Saumur, the City has been asked to name the unnamed woodlot, located at 1054 Prestone Drive, the “Hermas Saumur Family Forest.” During the First World War, Mr. Saumur served in the Canadian armed forces, where he was deployed to England and France as part of the 38th battalion. His four sons would follow in his footsteps and all become Canadian armed forces veterans. After WWI, Hermas was Chairman of the Orléans Village Council from 1935 to 1937 and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Caisse populaire d'Orléans from 1955 to 1959. The Saumur family has a long history within Orléans. Mr. Saumur was also a building contractor and mason; he subsequently built several houses in Orléans, some of which have received heritage designation.

Hunsdeep Rangar Park (Ward 19 – Cumberland)

In recognition of exceptional community service to the citizens of Ottawa, the City has been asked to name the Décoeur Park (“Décoeur” was an assumed name for the initial park design consultation) located at 560 Décoeur Drive, the “Hunsdeep Rangar Park.” The late Hunsdeep Rangar, producer of Mirch Masala Radio on CHIN 97.9 FM, was instrumental in bridging cultures together through multicultural media. Hunsdeep was heavily involved with organizing community related events, social networking events and fundraisers, while fostering business partnerships in Ottawa. As past president of the Ottawa South Asian Community Association, Hunsdeep was a champion for the South Asian community and the primary organizer of Ottawa’s annual ‘SouthAsianFest.’ His vision was to provide an open and inclusive environment to celebrate Canada's diversity, while promoting cultural integration and harmony. He strived to forge connections not just within the South Asian community, but between all diverse communities

If you would like to submit written comments regarding one or more of the proposals or obtain further information, please contact Commemorative Naming or view each proposal online.

Comments must be made in writing and received no later than November 27, 2020.

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