8:30 a.m., Nov. 23)
Bengals coach, MIFO executive director receive Order of
By Fred Sherwin
Bengals coach and former club executive Aldège Bellefeuille
and MIFO executive director Marie-Claude Doucet were bestowed
with the Order of Ottawa on Wednesday.
Bellefeuille received the Order of Ottawa
Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
during a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.
Bellefeuille has been a coach and executive with the Orléans
Bengals Football Club since it was established in 1973.
the club has achieved many championships and accolades
during his tenure, thanks to Mr. Bellefeuille’s leader-ship
and his two-prong approach of “no child left behind” and
“outside the white lines,” the Bengals continuously strived
for excellence on and off the field.
2012, Mr. Bellefeuille was one of the key architects behind
the Orléans Bengals “Be a Bengal, Not a Bully” program
aimed at helping children who are bullied, angry and socially
isolated to develop stronger social skills and a sense
youth-led initiative, which brings the anti-bullying message
to the com-munity, won the prestigious Royal Ottawa Inspiration
Award in 2012.
Bellefeuille also developed the club’s “Bengals Play 90”
program, which consisted of two free, off-season programs
aimed at helping children remain physically active throughout
the winter. In addition to these programs, he generously
supported the “Streets for Cleats” program and pioneered
a similar program that secured appropriate football equipment
for club athletes in need.
his past role as executive vice- oresident and vice-president
of operations), Mr. Bellefeuille was responsible for fundraising
and community relationship development for the club. As
fundraising director, he raised money to purchase equipment
for at-risk and less affluent players.
the last three years, Bellefeuille has worked with community
leaders and politicians to obtain support to renew the
aging Bilberry Park into what is quickly becoming a recreational
facility jewel for all sports enthusiasts in Orléans.
his efforts both on an off the field, Mr. Bellefeuille
is being presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence
Doucet is celebrating 20 years at the Mouvement d’implication
francophone d’Orléans (MIFO). Under her leadership as
executive director, MIFO has become a centre for the community
promoting collaboration, engagement and a sense of belonging
within the National Capital Region.
executive director Marie-Claude Doucet received
the Order of Ottawa during a ceremony at City
Hall on Wednesday. File photo
Doucet has helped to reduce isolation experienced by seniors,
helped provide safe and stimulating spaces for children
through childcare services and camp, and helped to foster
cultural and artistic expression through performances,
visual arts, film, and music school within our communities.
Ms. Doucet’s leadership, MIFO offers many opportunities
to young people in our community who have benefited from
a spirit of collaboration and philosophy of community
service. While remaining faithful to MIFO’s mandate as
a non-profit organization, Ms. Doucet has also overseen
a 300 per cent increase in MIFO’s revenues over the last
Doucet has been recognized as Personality of the Year
awarded by Le Droit/Société Radio-Canada, Business Category
in 2017, Leader of the Year – Gala de l’excellence du
Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale
(RGA) in 2016 and received a Certificate of Merit – Women
Leaders in Community Development awarded by the Ontario
Minister for the Status of Women in 2011.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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