(Posted 1 p.m., May 16, 2004)
Fallingbrook volunteers honoured for selfless
contribution to community
The Fallingbrook Community Association held
its annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards Saturday night
in recognition of the many individuals whose selfless
contributions of time and energy, help make the
community a better place to live.
The list of recipients included school
volunteers, Scouting and Guiding leaders, minor sports
volunteers and even the founder of a certain community
news and information website.
Each of the recipients was introduced by the
person who nominated them, while the task of handing out
the awards was left to Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli,
Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely, Orléans Ward Coun. Herb
Kreling and Cumberland Ward Coun. Rob
In addressing the gathering, Chiarelli lauded the
award recipients stating that they and thousands of
other volunteers across Ottawa are what makes the city
"Last year Parent Magazine selected Ottawa as the
best city in Canada to raise a family. That type of
thing doesn't happen by coincidence. It takes people
working from the ground up," said Chiarelli.
"The people here tonight make it happen for the
kids and they make it happen for the
In his speech, Kreling picked up on the theme of
volunteers being the pillars of the
"It's because of people like yourselves who give
so freely of their time that help create the community
and continue to make it a better place to live for our
families, our children and our neighbours. Tonight we
celebrate their kindness and their spirit," said
The first award was presented to Dorthea Glavind,
a parent volunteer and at Fallingbrook Community
Glavind helped launch the school's Early Literacy
Program five years ago and has taken on every task
imaginable over the years.
"Not a day goes by when I haven't seen her at
school," attested Fallingbrook Community Elementary
School principal Denise Norris in introducing
Scout masters Sylvain Fleurant and David Gibbons
both picked up awards for their years of service to the
local Scouting movement.
Gibbons moved up through the Scouting ranks as a
youngster and then a teenager. He returned to the
movement four years ago to volunteer as a Beaver and Cub
Scout leader. Last year, he accepted the position of
group Quartermaster and is often called upon to be the
chief cook at area camps and local Jamborees.
Fleurant is a Scout and Venturer leader with the
55E Ste. Marie d'Orléans Scout Group. He is currently
involved in planning a trip to an International Jamboree
in Belgium in July as well as the consruction of a
shelter at a Rovers district camp in Low,
"This means a great deal to me. It's one thing to
get feedback from the kids or their parents, but to get
it back from others in the community who are outside the
movement makes you feel great," said Fleurant after
receiveing his award.
Other individual awards went to Girl Guide leader
Debbie Cameron; Chantal Desjardins from LOEB for their
community support; Cumberland Minor Hockey Association
executive member and former coach Michel Gratton;
Fallingbrook Canada Day organizing committee member
Brenda Spearman; Orléans Online founder Fred Sherwin;
and French Catholic school board volunteer Sylvie Garand
who was introduced by her two daughters.
Two Fallingbrook families were also recognized
for their contributions to the community. Herbert
Stuemer and his sons Jonathan, Michael and Christopher
each received a Community Builder Award for their
efforts in maintaining the Northern Magic Fund for
International Development first established during their
circumnavigation of the globe three years
The Béland family was also recognized for their
many years of volunteer service in the coaching
fraternity. Jacques Béland has coached soccer and hockey
for the past 16 years, while his wife Nancy is a
volunteer coach with the Gloucester Ottawa Kingfish
Swiming Club and the head administrator of the Club's "I
Can Swim Fast" program.
The Béland's commitment to coaching has been
passed down to their three sons, Alexandre, Zachary and
Nicolas as well as their daughter Danielle.
"It's always nice to have your efforts
recognized. It just makes you want to go out and
volunteer even more," said Nancy Béland.
In summing up the 14th edition of the Volunteer
Appreciation Awards, Fallingbrook Community Association
president Zybina Richards applauded the 20 recipients
and the hundreds of other volunteers in the community
whose efforts often go unnoticed, are no less
"Volunteers might not always have the time, but
they always have the heart and you all have a very big
heart," said Richards.
To find out more about the Fallingbrook Community
Association Awards and view a list of past winners visit
Additional photos taken by Frank Dugal can be found at