Heroes of Ottawa

Ottawa is a city that cares, that volunteers, a city where people look out for each other. It's a city full of everyday heroes.

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Johnny Berhanemeskel 

Ottawa native Johnny Berhanemeskel, who now plays professional basketball in France, credits #TeamOttawa for getting him to where he is today:

"I'm personally very indebted to the Ottawa community because of how much they've helped me. I want to be a part of helping the next kid."

Johnny Berhanemeskel became University of Ottawa's all-time leading scorer before playing professional basketball in Estonia, Ukraine, and recently landing in France.

This summer he was back at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School to start the Johnny Basketball camp for #TeamOttawa kids.

Johnny’s personal goal of his camp was simple: to repay the kindness and support he received from the Ottawa community throughout his journey. Johnny’s priority was first to make the camp affordable and accessible for all kids. That way he could give kids a way to get involved at a time when kids need it the most.

He goes above and beyond for his campers, even replacing sneakers whenever needed. Johnny has shared more than basketball skills with his campers. He’s imparted perseverance and kindness.

Thank you, Johnny for giving back to your community, and inspiring the next generation of #TeamOttawa kids. Good luck this season with BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque.

Vahid Peiman Heroes of Ottawa

Vahid Peiman 

Here’s another #HeroesofOttawa. On a routine day Mr. Vahid Peiman picked up an elderly passenger in his taxi. Mr. Peiman was confused when the passenger asked him to let him out 10 km away from his destination. The elderly passenger revealed he did not have enough money for the full fare. Mr. Peiman did not charge him the fare and gave him funds to get him through the next month.

“I don’t want you to ever feel stuck, so you call me if you are ever stuck, and I will help you as much as I can.”

The elderly passenger did call, and Mr. Peiman did help. They remain friends to this day.

Thank you Mr. Vahid Peiman, for showing compassion, respect, and for lending a hand to someone in need.

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Jaxon and Greg Antoine 

Greg Antoine's life took an unexpected turn this July, due to a mountain biking accident. His young son, Jaxon, displayed remarkable courage and quick thinking. In the midst of a stressful situation, seven-year-old Jaxon dialed 911 after retrieving his father's phone from his pocket, all the while ensuring not to move his dad to prevent exacerbating his injuries. Due to Jaxon's quick thinking, Greg was brought to the Ottawa Civic hospital where he received life-saving care. Greg and his family are now navigating the road to recovery as Greg faces paralysis from the chest down. Despite the challenges ahead, Greg's resilience shines through as he embarks on a road to recovery, with the support of his wife Brittany and their two children. Jaxon's bravery stands as an inspiration to us all, highlighting the strength and importance of family in the face of adversity.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to offer support to Greg and his family: Fundraiser for Brittany Antoine by Olympus Canada : Support the family of Greg Antoine (gofundme.com)

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell

Here’s another #HeroesofOttawa. When a fire ignited in his neighbour’s backyard last May, Hugh Campbell didn’t hesitate. With quick thinking and resourcefulness, he swiftly doused the flames using a planter and water from his pool. Mr. Campbell displayed remarkable ingenuity. Your neighbour, the Ottawa Fire Services and #TeamOttawa thank you.

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Brandon Peacock

In 2020 Brandon Peacock courageously put himself in harm's way to save a woman’s life. Brandon was getting a haircut when someone driving by opened fire. Brandon was shot 3 times as he protected a fellow bystander. Doctors didn’t know if he would survive or walk again due to the injuries. The odds were against him – but through his determination, rigorous training, and rehabilitation, Brandon completed a marathon a year later. Brandon then founded the organization Hit The Ground Running which helps other trauma survivors get access to the resources they need to reach their new 100%. Thank you, Brandon, for your bravery and selflessness. You are a crucial member of #HeroesofOttawa.

Consider a donation today: Hit The Ground Running - Supporting Trauma Survivors (htgrcharity.com)


Khai Skebo

19 year old Khai Skebo, who is currently taking the Pre-Service Firefighting Program, was on the Cumberland Ferry when he saw a boater in distress. Khai immediately jumped off the ferry, swam to the drowning boater, pulled him on board and began performing first aid and checking his vitals. Thank you Khai! Your bravery and quick action saved their life. We are grateful to have you among the #HeroesofOttawa.


Geoff Wall

In memory of his daughter Morgan, Geoff Wall started an annual car wash alongside his firefighter colleagues. Over the past 12 years 'Team Morgan' has raised more than $300,000 for children's cancer research at CHEO. Geoff Wall, Martin Herde, Gary Shaver, Bernardo Venditti, and Trevor O'Grady, you are #HeroesofOttawa.