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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Hundreds of area residents descended on the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday to take part in the annual Fête Frissons Winterlude in Orléans event. As a snowstorm blanketed Orléans in the fluffy white stuff, participants enjoyed fresh maple syrup taffy while doing arts and crafts, taking part in their own puppet show, face-painting, live music and lunch provided by Meatings BBQ. Even more popular was a mountain of fresh snow that had been piled up beside the arts centre by maintenance crews over the past two weeks. Kids of all ages took turns climbing the snow pile and sliding down its sides. The Fête Frissons event is held in partnership with Winterlude and the Heart of Orléans BIA. Shenkman Arts Centre artistic producer and manager Caroline Obeid
says the partnership with Winterlude goes back six years to 2013. “They came to us a few years ago and asked what else can we do to get people in their own neighbourhoods celebrating Winterlude and so we thought this is a great opportunity to get people inside, outside and acquainted with the building and doing some arts activities,” said Obied. Martin and Brigitte Tessier brought their daughter Brielle, 4, to the festival last year. They enjoyed the experience so much they returned again this year. “We love it. There’s lots of fun things to do for all and there’s lots of activities for kids especially our daughter’s age,” said Brigitte who is a self-confessed “winter” person. “It’s nice to have an activity like this after the holidays with Winterlude and everything.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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ORLÉANS – The Busy Fingers knitting co-operative will be kept busy for the foreseeable future thanks to the efforts of the Sienna Bearbrook Retirement Residence in Blackburn Hamlet which managed to collect over 1,000 balls of yarn, mostly from family members of their residents. Busy Fingers was formed by Orléans resident Eileen McCaughey, 84. The group has over 100 active members who knit everything from shawls and afgahns to mittens and scarves. The items are then donated to abused seniors, residents of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Make-A-Wish and many other organizations. A core group of about 30 members meet at McCaughey’s residence twice a month to knit together and share stories over coffee and tea. On Jan. 15, the group took over the front foyer of the Bearbrook Retirement Residents where they were joined by four new members and presented with the 1,000 balls of donated yarn by retirement counselor Beverley McGrath who is also one Busy Fingers newest members.
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ORLÉANS – The Orléans Legion is now accepting applications for the Ontario Command Bursary Program. The program is open to service members or the children of service members entering or currently enrolled in a post secondary institution. The grandchildren of former service members are also eligible as are current reservists and their children. The bursaries range to a maximum of $750. Application forms can be downloaded at rcl632.com, or at www.on.legion.ca. The deadline for submission is the last Friday in March.
Legion to host fundraising dinner for Soldier On program ORLÉANS – The Orléans Legion is hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday, May 9 in support of the Soldier On program which helps serving or retired members of the Armed Forces overcome mental health, physical illness or injury through sport and physical activity. The buffet-style dinner will be held during two seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jay Sanko at firstname.lastname@example.org, John St. Jean at email@example.com or Gary Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifelong Queenswood volunteer to receive City Builder Award By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s hard to talk about the history of Queenswood Heights without talking about women like Lori Nash, Helen Tweddle and Lynne Stacey. Unfortunately, the former two ladies are no longer with us, but Stacey is still going strong at 80 years young. The lifelong volunteer will receive the Mayor’s City Builders Award this Wednesday. Stacey first moved to Queenswood Heights from British Columbia in 1977 with her husband Frank and their three children. They had no sooner moved into their house on Sault Drive when Lynne volunteered as a Brownie leader. Before long, she was also helping out at Queenswood Public School where two of her children were enrolled. When they first moved to the Heights, the Staceys attended an Anglican church in downtown Ottawa. It didn’t take long for Helen Tweddle to find out. When she did, she suggested they might want to attend the local Queenswood Church. “It wasn’t really a United church at the time. For different services we would have an Anglican minister, or a United minister, or even a Presbyterian minister. It was whoever was available at the time. It wasn’t until the Anglican went off and built St. Helen’s that Queenswood Church became Queenswood United,” explains Stacey who has been a member of the church since the beginning and the primary accompanist for the choir. Stacey’s love of volunteering goes back to her days growing up in Amisk, Alberta, where she was a 4H leader as a teenager.
After joining the air force in 1958, she became a Cub leader during her basic training at CFB Cornwallis in Nova Scotia. “It was a boyfriend who wanted me to join at the time, but he didn’t last a month,” laughs Stacey, who was stationed to Cold Lake, Alberta after completing her basic training. It was at Cold Lake that Lynn met her husband Frank, who is no stranger to volunteering himself. A past president of the Orléans Legion, he has been involved in various capacities with the local Poppy Campaign for almost 25 years. The couple have received a number of awards including the Queenswood Heights Citizen of the Year award and they each possess their own Queen’s Jubilee Medallion (Lynn received hers in 2007 and Frank got his in 2011). The Staceys opened their home to street kids and runaways for nearly 15 years from 1980 to the mid-90s. They would house and feed the kids for up to a week while they were being transitioned to foster homes or reunited with their families. Among other things, Lynne, who is a practicing physiotherapist, ran an aqua-fitness class at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre for 15 years for people recovering from stroke or undergoing cancer treatment. She also canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society for 17 years every April until about three years ago. She’s organized the Christmas Choirfest for the past 34 years and founded both the Cumberland Community Singers (1992) and the Cross Town Youth Chorus (1999). Although she’s received several awards over the years, she still feels humbled by all the recognition.
Lynne Stacey with her husband Frank in their Queenswood Heights home. SHERWIN PHOTO “I feel quite honoured, honestly,” says Stacey. “I’ve always lived by the motto that it’s your attitude that allows you to reach your altitude no matter what you decide to do.” That from a woman who has reached some dizzying heights when it comes to volunteering and sharing of one’s self.
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Fête Frissons cont’d Continued from page 1 Among the many participants at this year’s Féte Frissons was Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde who helped the folks from Meatings BBQ serve up Mac & Cheese to the hungry masses who had built up an appetite taking part in all the activities one of which was a massive mural of Ottawa’s many tourist attractions which kids were invited to help colour. The project was the brainchild of community engagement artist Brenda Dunn whose previous endeavours include The Living Colour Book Project and Art in Jest. Other organizations that took part include the Ottawa School of Theatre, the Ottawa School of Art, LynneART Face and Body Art and Canada Learning Code which provided an interactive display where kids could have fun learning about coding. Book your next appointment.
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The Provincial Service Officer from the Legion’s Ontario Command Service Bureau, Patricia Royle, is proposing to visit Orleans Branch 632, 800 Taylor Creek Drive, during the week of 25 February 2019. The purpose of this visit is to assist veterans/families who have had problems or delays with current disability claims, to resurrect or appeal current or past claims, to start new ones, to start or get information on VIP service, to get general advice concerning benefits, etc. If you would like a meeting with Patricia, please contact Dennis (“Doc”) Hopper, 613-837-0806, email@example.com. or the Branch Manager, Nicole Hebert, at 613-830-9984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau plans to retire this spring after serving as Ottawa’s top cop for the past seven years. Bordeleau began his policing career with the Gloucester Police Service in 1984 and rose up through the ranks to become superintendent of East Division. He was eventually appointed deputy chief in 2010 and then Chief of Police in 2012 when he succeeded Vern White who was appointed to the Senate. He was originally appointed to a fiveyear term but it was extended for two more years in 2017. The contract ends on May 4. Bordeleau made his retirement official at the Ottawa Police Services Board meeting on Jan. 27. Prior to the meeting, he sent an e-mail to all of the Police Service officers informing them of his decision. He took the occasion to thank them for their service during his tenure as Chief. “For 35 years, I have served this community with pride as a police officer,” Bordeleau wrote. “For the past seven years, I’ve had the distinct privilege and
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Heritage Most anglophones are aware that the month of February marks Black History Month, but did you also know that t is also le Mois du patrimoine en Ontario français? Both of these designations should be significantly important to all Ontarians because black history and francophone heritage is part of our collective heritage. It should go without saying that all of us, no matter what our individual heritage, should take an interest in the other. This is especially important in school when kids are in their formative years. I don’t know about you, but when I went to public school in the early 70s in Nova Scotia, the history curriculum was devoid of any mention of black history, even though Nova Scotia was the epicentre for black migration to Canada following the American Revolution. Some 3,000 African Americans were resettled in Nova Scotia where they were referred to as Black Loyalists. Most were former slaves who had fled their captivity to freedom and safety behind the British lines during the war. A second major migration followed during and after the War of 1812, with most settling in Ontario. The same was true during the American Civil War when an estimated ten to thirty thousand African Americans followed the underground railroad to Canada and freedom. All Canadians should be immensely proud of the role we played in helping African Americans settle within our borders to start a new life with all the opportunities that came with it. That’s not to say it’s all been wine and roses. Many African Canadians have had to endure their fair share of racism through the decades, but never to the same extent as in the United States. And the list of accomplishments and contributions to Canada by black migrants and their descendants is a long one. Violet King (1929-1982) was the first black female lawyer in Canada. William Hall (1827-1904) was the first black person to receive the Victoria Cross. Anne Cools was the first black person to become a Canadian senator. And there are many, many more. The same is true when examining Ontario’s francophone heritage, which is equally rich and diverse. But how much of it is taught in English history classes? Take Orléans for example. There would not be an Orléans without the early francopone settlers who made it their home. People like François Dupuis, who was the first person to settle in the area in 1830. Others followed, including Luc Major, JeanBaptiste Duford, and Félix Cousineau whose names grace our local parks and street signs. The Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans are the official caretakers of francophone history in Orléans. If you visit their website at www.sfopho.com and click on the English tab you can learn a great deal about our community’s francophone heritage. We should all take the time to learn about each other, because with knowledge comes understanding. All it takes is a computer, access to the Internet and the will to explore and discover - Fred Sherwin, editor
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Nominations now open for Leading Women/Girls awards Thank you all for attending our New Year Levee mer owner of a residence in Orléans, I wanted to on January 17. I had the pleasure to co-host with bring together leaders in the senior community in MP Andrew Leslie and it was such a great oppor- creating a council to provide for both the seniors and tunity to have the occasion to talk me as an elected official an opportuand meet with the members of our nity to engage in an open dialogue. Queen’s The goal for the council will be community of Orléans. Thanks for your generous donations to our loto discuss and debate a variety of Park cal food banks. issues and topics and provide feedAs the MPP for Orléans, I am Corner back on legislation. The members delighted to launch the Orléans will be chosen because of their leadLeading Women and Girls RecMarie-France Lalonde ership in their group or community ognition Awards, to recognize and and we want to make sure that all reward women and young girls in Orléans for their sectors are represented such as local club, retirement involvement in the community and for their leader- home and community association. ship through volunteerism. I would like your help in We have already organized some round tables finding nominees who are residents of Orléans! with interested seniors in both official languages. If A letter of support is required in addition to com- you are interested in participating in the round table plete the nomination form, which is available at our discussion process, please reach out to us so we can office and can be send to you electronically upon re- let you know when our next one will be held. quest. The letter must describe how the nominee’s Family Day Bowling! efforts improved the lives of women and girls in her I invite you all to join me and MP Andrew community; explain how the nominee’s achieve- Leslie for our annual Family Day event, on Monday, ments demonstrate her leadership and you must Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. I hope you and your specify the number of volunteer hours the nominee families can come and bowl for free at the Orléans contributes annually. Bowling Centre, 885 Taylor Creek Drive! We must receive the nomination form and supInternational Women’s day port letter before Feb. 22, 2019, in person at 206I invite you to join me and other great women 250 Centrum Blvd, Orléans or by email at mflalonde. of our community for breakfast in celebration of firstname.lastname@example.org. We remain at your disposal International Women’s Day! The event will take for any questions you may have at 613-834-8679. place on Friday, March 8 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at After working more than 15 years of my life with OCCO Kitchen, 4240 Innes Road. RSVP before seniors through diverse corporations and as the for- Tuesday, March 5 – places are limited!
Technology and the Internet, scourge or blessing? How you see the advances in modern technology and the rise of the Internet over the past two decades can depend very much on your personal experience. It also depends very much on whether you equate convenience with an improvement in your quality of life. The jury is still out on my part, but I’m beginging to think it’s more of a scourge than a blessing. The first victims of modern technolgy were grammar and handwriting. My Grade 11 English grammar teacher would be horrified at the prospect of Twitter, Instagram messages and Facebook posts and the lack of apostrophes, punctuation and capital letters. As for handwriting, it has become a lost art. We have a whole generation of kids who can barely write their own name let alone an entire letter. Before too long we will descend into the Dark Ages where only monks and priests can write. Besides handwriting and grammar, social media has also impacted how we communicate and interact with each other. Back in the day, we used to learn about the goings on in our community and at work by actually communicating with our neighbours and co-workers. We didn’t
Up Front Fred Sherwin know it at the time, but that was social media before Facebook and Instagram and SnapChat coined the phrase. Today’s younger generation are loathe to even talk on the phone. Instead, they text each other. Personally, it drives me crazy. There’s no inflection in texting, no matter how many emojis you incorporate in your mix of characters. I’ve had more misunderstandings with people over a text than I ever had over the phone. Texting is also devoid of the simplest of social graces and courtesies. I very seldom come across a text that includes “Hello. How are you?”, “Have a great day.”, or even “Thank you”. If I’m lucky, I will get the odd Thx, nvm, How r u, or ttfn, all devoid of punctuation. It’s bad enough that no one writes letters anymore. No one wants to even talk on the phone. Christmas cards and thank
you notes are as rare as Big Foot sightings. Instead of exchanging love letters, young couples share “Face time”. For my fellow old foggies that’s when people communicate through a live stream internet link and can see each other as they chat. This is actually one of the blessings of modern technology. It allows loved ones to communicate face-to-face over vast distances over the Internet. It’s especially useful for grandparents who can no longer travel. The Internet is also both a scourge and a blessing in disseminating information to the masses. On the one hand, it provides access to a wealth of relevant and valuable information that was once the sole domain of the public library and encyclopedias. Unfortunately, on the other hand, most people would rather spend hours surfing music videos on YouTube, or bingewatching Ted Bundy and sparking joy than learning about other cultures, or educating themselves about the dangers of climate change. It’s one of those things where you get out of it what you put into it. The Internet can either be a valuable resource of information or Pablum for the brainless. Unfortunately, you can’t have one without the other. Social media has also launched politi-
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cal uprisings and acted as a watchdog on political injustice. That from a medium that has turned acronyms and ridiculous emojis into a universal language. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. But the Internet and social media has also decimated entire industries and has led to more layoffs, business failures and ruined lives than every other cause combined over the past 25 years. The newspaper industry has been hit hard, but so have retail business which can’t compete against the likes of Amazon. It seems amazing to me that we celebrate the arrival of an Amazon distribution centre in Carslbad Springs while ignoring the fact that Amazon and other internet distribution companies played a key role in the closures of Sears, Zellers, the Future Shop and dozens of other small retailers. So are the Internet, smart phones and social media a scrourge or a blessing? The younger generation would wholeheartedly agree they are a blessing, while those of us who can still remember a simpler life pine for rotary phones, catching up with our kids lives over the dinner table and watching videos together on the VHS machine.
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Stop being busy and start taking control It’s February, so let’s check in on those New Year’s resolutions. Did you make any? Is that new gym membership already burning a hole in your credit card even though you forgot how to get to the gym? How about that diet; are you still avoiding/abstaining from white death – sugar, flours, starch and salt – or did that poutine at lunch with ice cream and Coke hit the spot? While you may make think of me as cruel mirror to, and reminders of, your resolution(s) failure, please don’t. I’ve been there too and know your inner shame and pain. Resolutions are doomed to fail because a simple phrase or intention to make profound life change just because the calendar ticks over to another year cannot rescind or reverse years of habit. I stopped making New Year’s resolutions as changing habits is not a one-day or even 21-day journey: the best research now says this is a 66-day affair at a minimum. It takes discipline, discipline and yes, more discipline, to succeed. And in our increasingly hectic and busy lives, who has time for discipline? Hmmm, I’m busy or I’m so busy, I’m too busy. During the Christmas/
New Year’s break I heard friends, family, co-workers and even strangers tell me how busy, jam-packed and hectic their lives have become. Work schedules with back-to-back-to-back meetings, social obligations with no end in sight and work and personal email accounts with hundreds of unread messages. Poor them, I thought for a moment – but just for a moment – then I recalled the profound observation of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates late year when he stated that “busy is the new stupid.” I’m not judging (okay, maybe just a little), but I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Gates and we have it in our power to make busy go away. So your friendly scribe has been on a mission since the start of the year to eradicate busy from my life, vocabulary and
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Meeting invites with no explicit objective or agenda are, at best tentatively accepted, or at the speed-of-light outright declined. And yes, I will go all preachy on this point for a sentence or two… regardless of where you sit in an organization, your time and attention is valuable, if a meeting organizer (except in confidential HR or re-org matters) can’t show you the respect of sending a meeting invite with an agenda and objectives, even just a few bullet points, just say no. This month, I will go further and start to declutter my closets and basement and see what gently used clothes and toys could help others via Value Village, the Salvation Army or our local services agencies that serve the less fortunate amongst us. This is the good busy, this is being productive and this is being in charge of your own life, time and attention. So what is the point you may ask of the 700 words you have just read? To be blunt, resolutions don’t work, life change is not easy and if you feel overwhelmed or uber busy, the solution is ultimately in your hands. Take charge, make hard choices, and get back in control – your mind, your body and your family will thank you.
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By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Orléans native and Gloucester Concordes speed skating club member Isabelle Weidemann was recently honoured as the Female Athlete of the Year for 2018 at the annual Ottawa Sports Awards gala. Weidemann has been a member of the Canadian long track speed skating team for the past three years and competed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea last February where she placed in the top 10 in both the 3,000 and 5,000 metres. But it was her accomplishments in the later stages of 2018 for which she was honoured last week. The 23-year-old former Colonel By Secondary School student started the current World Cup season by winning a gold medal in the 3,000-metre event in Japan. It was her first ever individual medal in international competition.
She followed that performance up with a silver medal in the 5,000 metres in Poland and a second silver medal in the 3,000 metres in the Netherlands and she currently sits in first place in the overall World Cup standings. During a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Weidemann said that her sixth and seventh place performances at the Olympics motivated her to train harder during the off season and provided her with the goal of finishing on the medal podium. “I got a sense I was close and nothing drives anybody more than being just off the podium,” said Weidemann. “I worked very hard towards it this year and really made it my goal to jump to the next level. I’d been stuck at in that fourth, fifth, sixth place for awhile now. I was really driven to make that jump to the top three.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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Concordes coach among local Sports Awards recipients Continued from page 9 Weidemann’s first coach with the Concordes was also honoured at this year’s Ottawa Sports Awards gala. Mike Rivet received the Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that has spanned more than three decades. Besides Weidemann, Rivet has also coached fellow Olympians Ivanie Blondin and Vincent De Haitre, as well as Orléans deaf blind athlete Kevin Frost, not to mention Mike Rivet the hundreds of skaters who have passed through the Gloucester Concordes ranks during his tenure with the club. His generosity and enthusiasm was noted in his commendation by the Ottawa Sports Awards selection committee. “For Mike it has never mattered if the person he was coaching was just learning to skate or if they were preparing to represent Canada – he would treat them all with enthusiasm, respect, and share his evident love of the sport of speed skating,”
they stated. “He is truly the first person that comes to mind when anyone in the sport talks about coaching in Ottawa.” Rivet has previously been named Ontario Speed Skating Coach of the Year and Speed Skating Canada’s Coaches Award of Excellence. Fellow Orléans native Rachel Homan picked up her eighth individual award in curling at the Gala. The Cairine Wilson grad bounced back from a disappointing Winter Olympics to win several World Cup and Grand Slam of Curling events this past fall and her rink is currently ranked first on the World Curling Tour. They also recently broke the record for most all-time Grand Slam of Curling wins with their 10th title. No fewer than five area teams were named among this year’s recipients for Team of the Year, including two Cumberland United Soccer Club teams. The Cumberland Cobras Masters Women’s team was honoured for winning the Ontario Cup and finishing third at the National Championships, and the club’s U15 girls Academy team was named for winning the Ontario Cup and placing fourth at Nationals. The Gloucester Cumberland Devils
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