City names arena in honour of Howard Darwin

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November 2, 2012

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli, today paid tribute to the late Howard Darwin at a special ceremony to rename the Merivale Centennial Arena as the Howard Darwin Centennial Arena.

“Naming the Howard Darwin Centennial Arena allows us to honour a man that gave so much to his community,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Howard’s entrepreneurial spirit has benefited all residents, especially sports fans, and his legacy will continue to live on.”

Howard Darwin first entered Ottawa’s business sector in 1950 when he established Howard Darwin Jewellers. Fifteen years later he founded Ottawa Cablevision, the first and only cable provider within our city at that time.

Howard also contributed significantly to the sports community in Ottawa. He was a dedicated volunteer for the Ottawa Nepean Canadian Sports Club, the Boys and Girls Club, the Beaver Boxing Club, and many other minor sports organizations. In 1967, Howard took on a larger role within the sports community by advocating for the establishment of major junior hockey in Ottawa. His perseverance resulted in the birth of the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club, a team that our city continues to be proud of today. He was also instrumental in bringing AAA baseball to Ottawa by constructing a local baseball stadium and creating the Ottawa Lynx Baseball Club.

“Howard Darwin was a gifted businessman who dedicated his life to improving our community,” said Knoxdale-Merivale Councillor Keith Egli. “With this naming, he will continue to be an inspiration and role model for generations to come.”

During his lifetime, Howard Darwin was awarded many prestigious awards, which include the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Ottawa Business Person of the Year (1992), the Confederation of Canada 125th Anniversary Medal (1992), induction into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame (1998), the Ottawa Sports Figure of the Century Award (2000), and the Mayor’s Cup for Outstanding Contributions to Sport in Ottawa (2009).

The Howard Darwin Centennial Arena was created through the City of Ottawa’s commemorative naming program as a way to formally recognize individuals who have: demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional service to the residents of the City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario and/or Canada through the naming of municipal streets, parks and facilities.


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