Old Ottawa South Community Association

Commemorative Naming Honours Deirdre McQuillan

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In recognition of Deirdre McQuillan’s extensive service to the community of Old Ottawa South, on November 23, 2017, the City of Ottawa named the lounge in the Firehall the “Deirdre McQuillan Lounge”. Councillor Chernushenko, OSCA Board Members, friends and family members were present at the ceremony.

McQuillan Ceremony
Aislinn Calvert (Deirdre McQuillan’s daughter) and Brian Calvert (Deirdre’s husband), Councillor Chernushenko, and Michael Jenkin (long-time OSCA Board Member and former OSCA President) with the plaque recognizing Deirdre McQuillan’s extensive community service and naming the “Deirdre McQuillan Lounge” at the Firehall. Photo by Darcy Middaugh.

The naming proposal stated that:

“Deirdre McQuillan was actively involved with the Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) for over twenty years, serving first as a volunteer and then as Executive Director. In these roles, Deirdre McQuillan demonstrated strong leadership and an exemplary work ethic to ensure the success of every event and the thorough enjoyment of all community members who took part.

Ms. McQuillan developed successful community programs such as the Winter Carnival and the Fall Fest, both of which the OSCA still runs today. Through her warmth, dedication to the community and humble character, Deirdre McQuillan positively affected the lives of many individuals within her community.”

Brendan McCoy is the OSCAR Editor.

Originally published in the December 2017 OSCAR.

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