Unveiling of John Mlacak Plaque

Portrait of John Mlacak

Portrait of John Mlacak by Gerald Smith

There will be an unveiling of the plaque for John Mlacak at the John Mlacak Center on Tuesday Nov. 14 from 4 to 6 pm.  The plaque will be next to the large Portrait of John Mlacak done by Gerald Smith.  The portrait was donated to the City of Ottawa by Kirsten Mlacak and Yvan Delisle in 2014.

The plaque reads as follows:

John George Mlacak, P. Eng.
John George Mlacak, ingénieur

Reeve of March Township
An accomplished humanist, engineer, politician, mentor, leader and artist, John G. Mlacak loved the beauty of his country and was dedicated to his community.

Regional Councillor, Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Commissioner, National Capital Commission, Telecommunications Innovator, Professional Artist (Society of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists, Lucille Broadbent Award for Artistic Achievement)

The John G. Mlacak Centre is named in honour of John’s pioneering work in the original development of Kanata. During his time as Councillor and Reeve of March Township, the communities of Beaverbrook and Katimavik were developed along with the first municipal business park, combined fire hall and library, child care centre, senior citizens housing, and the Pinhey property. Curbside waste, newspaper and glass collection was initiated under his leadership.

Préfet du Canton de March

Humaniste accompli, ingénieur, homme politique, mentor, chef de file et artiste, John G. Mlacak aimait la beauté de son pays et s’est dévoué pour sa collectivité.

Conseiller régional, Municipalité régionale d’Ottawa-Carleton Commissaire, Commission de la capitale nationale, Innovateur du secteur des télécommunications, Artiste professionnel (Société des artistes canadiens, Ontario Society of Artists, prix Lucille Broadbent pour la réalisation artistique)

Le Centre John G. Mlacak est nommé en l’honneur du travail de pionnier qu’a réalisé M. Mlacak dans le développement initial de Kanata. Durant ses mandats de conseiller et de préfet du Canton de March, les communautés de Beaverbrook et de Katimavik ont été le théâtre de divers projets d’aménagement, dont la première zone de parc d’affaires municipale, un immeuble destiné à accueillir à la fois la caserne de pompiers et une succursale de bibliothèque ainsi qu’une garderie, une résidence pour personnes âgées et la propriété Pinhey. Une collecte sélective en bordure de rue du verre et du papier journal a également été lancée sous sa direction.

3 Responses to Unveiling of John Mlacak Plaque

  1. Bill & Geri Donovan November 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    And supported in all this by his wife, Beth.

  2. Walter Leszczyszyn November 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    John was one of a “kind” and a very good friend.
    Walter Leszczyszyn (Leshyn)

  3. Merle Nicholds November 14, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    This is wonderful news and a very fitting tribute for a man who played such a significant leadership role in the development of Kanata. His passion and commitment to ensuring that community planning was based on vision and values contributed significantly to the vibrant quality of life in Kanata. I was privileged to have John as my mentor. I still feel his inspiration and miss him dearly. My warmest thanks to the Mlacak family and City of Ottawa for making this tribute happen. I wish I could be there for the dedication ceremony. I will be with you in spirit!

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