Former mayor Jim Durrell can add another accomplishment to his list.
He was the first person to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. The plaque was unveiled at the World Exchange Plaza amphitheatre Friday morning.
“To be awarded something for lifetime achievement is very special,” Durrell told the Sun. “And I care about this community greatly and I do so for, I think, all the right reasons.”
Durrell served as mayor from 1985 to 1991, then turned to the private sector, where he currently owns a car dealership.
He was the Ottawa Senators’ first president and played an integral role in bringing the franchise to town.
Durrell also oversaw construction of the new convention centre, as well as the airport expansion.
He had trouble listing his greatest achievement to date.
“Picking one is extremely difficult because each one was an incredible — like getting elected mayor of Ottawa gave me an opportunity that, as a young boy, I never would dreamed of,” he said.
Durrell’s wife Sam and children, Melissa and Michael, were on hand.
“He’s always given so much to the community and really instilled a sense of public service to us, his children, and it’s just lovely to see the community honour him this way,” said Melissa Durrell.