8:30 a.m., May 26)
solar greenhouse dedicated to young cancer victim
By Fred Sherwin
Maisonneuve family were on hand for the official
unveiling of La serre solaire de Karyne which
is the culmination of the third an final phase
of Projet Karyne. Ottawa Sun/Photo
been nearly six years since Karyne Maissoneuve passed
away from complications with her cancer treatment at the
age of eight.
then she has inspired a movement that has helped put Ecole
secondaire Gisele-Lalonde on the map as one of the leading
environmentally conscious high schools in the province.
Karyne was launched in her memory in 2007 by her parents
Carl and Mary-Lou and siblings Elyse, Paul and Marc.
first project they took on was the installation of a wind
turbine and solar panels in 2007.
the wind turbine and solar panels were installed Project
Karyne set out to establish a number of programs and initiatives
aimed at raising awareness about the environment and the
impact of climate change.
of the projects included an annual multi-school solar
car and solar boat race; the creation of several clubs
at the school including Club Aéro-Solaire, Club
Environment and Gang du Projet Karyne; the creation of
the Enviro-Café and the organization of various
carbon footprint activities.
most ambitious project was the construction of a solar-powered
greenhouse classroom at a projected cost of $200,000.
Two years in the making, the La serre solaire de Karyne
was officially unveiled on Thursday.
greenhouse boasts innovative technologies including solar
water and air heating systems, a rainwater recovery system
and a passive geothermal air-conditioning system.
greenhouse was built thanks to a number of large donations
from a variety of sources. Earth Day Canada contributed
$18,000, TD Canada Trust $10,000 and Caisse populaire
Roofing from Orléans donated a metal roof and installed
it for a total contribution of $14,000. The Guindon family,
owners of the Great Outdoors landscaping company, provided
all the excavation and lanscaping services free of charge.
Maissoneuve says the greenhouse wouldn't have been possible
without the generous support of local businsses. Nearly
half the cost of the project was provided through in-kind
generosity has been overwhelming," says Maisonneuve.
"The Guindon family was at the site every weekend
on their own time, finishing the landscaping."
French public school board announced at the unveiling
that they will be providing an additional $35,000 to complete
the project by next fall.
greenhouse will be used by students in the school's highly-skilled
major environmental program who want to branch into the
sciences or environmental studies. It will also be used
to to teach general units in a variety of curses.
greenhouse is being completed just as the last Maisonneuve
sibling is graduating from the school. Marc wants to become
a teacher, Paul is currently in his second year at the
University of Ottawa where he is studying civil engineering
and Elyse plans to start her masters degree at Bishops
the third and final phase of Projet Karyne now complete,
the Maisonneuve family is ready to turn the project over
to the school.
feeling kin of exhausted right now. But we've received
e-mails from a number of teachers and parents saying their
not going to let it die and it sounds like the school
wants to keepit going. I'm sure we'll still be involved
in some way, but we'd be thrilled if the school takes
it over," says Mary-Lou.
sentiments were echoed by French public school board director
Edith Dumont at the unveiling.
and Mary Lou, thanks for everything. Your Karyne touched
us, she inspired us, she guided us, and she'll never be
forgotten." said Dumont.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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