On November 21, 2019, Gwen Madiba received the Order of Ottawa from the City of Ottawa.
"Today, I stand humbled on Algonquin Anishinabek unceeded territory as I receive the Order of Ottawa from the City of Ottawa, his Worship, Mayor Jim Watson and his team alongside some of the most spectacular and inspiring citizens.
Growing up in Ottawa has been one of the biggest blessing in my life. I’ve built my life, my projects here supported by a community of uplifting people who amplified my strengths and pushed me on a day to day basis to become a better version of myself.
Before my father left Canada, at the airport he asked my siblings and I to always choose to do good and to be good to others no matter what! Be good, let go and let God! My parents wish has always been that their children lead by example in humility, love and respect.
This Order of Ottawa belongs to each person who has encouraged me, empowered me and uplifted me over the course of the years; to all the people who stuck with me through thick and thin; it belongs to my family, to my chosen family, the true friends; the people and businesses who not only opened their doors, but their mind and hearts to me, to my projects as impossible as they seemed. Thank you will never be enough to express my profound and sincere gratitude. I cannot end this message without thanking my friend Lok Ng who captured this moment and my chosen family who showed up even at the very last minute yesterday. Thank you to the City of Ottawa, Mayor Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury. It is only together that we can continue to build our city and community."