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Orléans Bengals coach, MIFO executive director receive Order of Ottawa award
By Fred Sherwin

Aldège Bellefeuille received the Order of Ottawa Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching during a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday. File photo

Orléans Bengals coach and former club executive Aldège Bellefeuille and MIFO executive director Marie-Claude Doucet were bestowed with the Order of Ottawa on Wednesday.

Mr. Bellefeuille has been a coach and executive with the Orléans Bengals Football Club since it was established in 1973.

While 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.

In 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 of community.

The youth-led initiative, which brings the anti-bullying message to the com-munity, won the prestigious Royal Ottawa Inspiration Award in 2012.

Mr. 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.

In 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.

Over 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.

For his efforts both on an off the field, Mr. Bellefeuille is being presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

MIFO executive director Marie-Claude Doucet received the Order of Ottawa during a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday. File photo

Marie-Claude 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.

Ms. 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.

Through 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 10 years.

Ms. 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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