Philanthropy in Ottawa: Honouring a father’s love of community

Sean Lundy
Sean Lundy, president and CEO, MP Lundy Construction Inc., is following in his father's footsteps with a donation to The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club.
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Who: Sean Lundy, president and CEO, MP Lundy Construction Inc. 

The donation: $50,000 

The recipient: The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) 

The inspiration: “My father, Mike, was a dedicated board member to the OTLBC. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to keep the club vibrant for future generations. This gift, in his honour, made perfect sense to me,” says Sean Lundy, president and CEO, MP Lundy Construction Inc. 

Mike Lundy arrived in Ottawa in 1963. As a recent architecture graduate, Lundy started his career in the construction industry. He founded MP Lundy Construction in 1967. The company is responsible for many landmark projects in the Ottawa area. Mike raised his family in the capital and engaged in many community initiatives, including the Kiwanis, Youville Centre and the OTLBC. 

Sean Lundy, Mike’s son, has followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways. As the current president and CEO of the company his father founded, Sean has a love of construction, community and family. Sean remembers his dad’s commitment to the tennis club in the neighbourhood.

The OTLBC, in many ways, is the heart of Old Ottawa South. The club, located between Brewer Park and the Rideau River, was established in 1923 and boasts 18 clay courts, 12 beach volleyball courts, a pool and the historic clubhouse. 

“My dad enthusiastically supported the OTLBC because he truly could not imagine Old Ottawa South without this club as a community connection point. We lost my dad in 2015,” says Lundy. “Remembering his love for the OTLBC and his dedication to ensuring it was preserved, I wanted to set an example with our family gift to inspire others to contribute to the restoration campaign so the building will serve families in the community for another 100 years.” 

The OTLBC board undertook a $2.6-million campaign to transform the clubhouse into a four-season building. The plans include extensive improvements to the structure and upgrades to the restaurant, member-service areas and locker rooms.

“The clubhouse restoration project was originally proposed to the board by Mike Lundy. Mike had the vision to restore this beautiful building back to its former glory. When Mike passed away, the board continued to work towards making it happen, hopefully in time for 2023, the 100th anniversary of the clubhouse being built,” says Jenny Mitchell, president of the OTLBC board of directors. “With Sean's gift in celebration of his dad, we will finally be able to celebrate Mike Lundy and his contributions. I know Mike would be so happy about this project.”

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