Metcalfe passes Famous 5 Ottawa torch


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After 20 years as the chair of Famous 5 Ottawa, Isabel Metcalfe stepped back from her leadership role, saying her work is “pretty well complete.”

Over the years, she helped Famous 5 Ottawa pursue its mission to empower women and celebrate their successes

“Young women should be at the front of the room speaking and not at the back of the room organizing,” said Metcalfe, whose contributions to a cause that’s become mainstream politics in 2018 were feted at a recent Rideau Club soiree packed with many movers and shakers in the national capital.

The organization Metcalfe helped start “with nothing” in 1997 set an ambitious goal: inspiring women to become nation builders.

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  • #OC150 Award, Province of Ontario
  • Mayor’s City Building Award, 2017, City of Ottawa
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
  • Leading Women Building Communities Award, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, Province of Ontario, 2010
  • Judy LaMarsh Woman of Distinction, 1988


  • Second busiest lobbyist in Ottawa, 2014 Maclean's Power Issue
  • Member, City of Ottawa 2017 Committee, 2015 - current
  • Member, Citizens’ Council, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Ontario, 2015 - current
  • Member, Advisory Board, the Canadian Centre for Progressive Policy, Ottawa, 2014 - current
  • Chair, Famous 5 Ottawa, 1999–current
  • International Election Observer & Trainer, 2002 – current (Lebanon, Albania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, 2004–2010
  • Juror, Governor General’s Persons’ Case Awards, 1998–2003
  • Chair, Community Advisory Committee, The Ottawa Hospital, 1999–2003
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Ottawa Hospital, 1998–2001
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, 1988–1998
  • Founding Director, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, 1994-2000
  • Secretary, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, 1992 - 1997