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Each year at Christian Community Day, we honour one of our former students with the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award. The award acknowledges an OCSB alumni who has achieved a high degree of success in their field while demonstrating the Catholic values reflected in the Catholic Graduate Expectations.

This year’s award was presented to Mr. George Brown, who attended Holy Cross School and St. Patrick’s High School. Mr. Brown is an accomplished lawyer, social entrepreneur, and humanitarian. In 1984, he won his first of three consecutive elections as a City of Ottawa Councillor. He’s also the former president of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, which provides loans to those in need that would not normally qualify for traditional funding.

He has practiced immigration and refugee law, and provides his services pro-bono to the anti-poverty group ACORN. George is Chair of United Way Ottawa’s Community Investment Committee and a member of United Way Impact Cabinet.

His name will be added to a permanent plaque at the Board office recognizing all past Distinguished Catholic Alumni award winners. Along with the award comes a $5000 donation. Mr. Brown has asked that St. Patrick’s High School receive $2500, Holy Cross School receive $2000, and St. Mark High School receive $500.

Congratulations to Mr. Brown. He is an incredibly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

“It takes selfless individuals to raise a vibrant and flourishing community. George Brown is most certainly one of these selfless individuals who gives of himself time and time again. George finds time to volunteer his talents, is a relentless worker and an exceptional human being.” Nominator

Photo caption: George Brown surrounded by his supporters after receiving his award at Christian Community Day.
Jordan Todd
Jordan Todd works on contract in the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department. He graduated from Carleton University’s Journalism Program in 2015 and creates content for the OCSB Blog and other social media platforms.

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