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Upcoming events

THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE presents an all ages production of Treasure Island in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults. Students and youth 25 and under $10. To purchase visit / ottawaschooloftheatre?

TAPROOM 260 presents Michael Ben-Shalom live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

TAPROOM 260 presents The Underground live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL – Orléans pianist Emily Hou will be performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Kanata United Church as part os the Beaverbrook Community Concert Series. The recital will start promptly at 3 p.m. Kanata United Church is located at 33 Leacock Dr. in Kanata. For more information visit 2024/03/24/april-21-emily-hou.

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (613) 834-9005 to reserve your spot. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS 10th Annual Card Party from 12:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1234 Prestone Dr. Tickets $35 includes lunch, door prizes, raffle and market. Call Barbara at 613-824-3524 or Sue at 613-834-4706.




Spirit of giving alive and well in Orléans
Fred Sherwin
Jan. 11, 2024

The spirit of giving is alive and well in Orléans and not just because of the commun-ity’s generous support of a variety of charitable organizations and institutions, but because of the efforts of two people in particular.

In 2005, Richard Lussier and his close friend Don Stephenson started an informal “Secret Santa” program, giving two students at St. Matthew High School in Orléans each a $75 gift certificate to Place d’Orléans as a reward for their hard work and perseverance in the face of financial hardship.

They did the same thing for the next four years. Then in 2010, Richard and his wife Linda launched the Help Our Students program to provide financial support to deserving
students throughout the entire school year.

In the first year, they gave two students from St. Matthew High School and one student from Cairine Wilson Secondary School $100 each month, from September through June, for a total of $1,000, using their own money augmented by funds raised through family and friends.

Over the years, the program has grown to the point where they recently reached a total of a million dollars, benefiting more than 6,000 students in over 65 schools, including every high school, both French and English in Orléans.

The genesis of the program goes back to Lussier’s first year at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Montréal. He was 17 years old at the time, and chose to go to RMC St-Jean out of necessity. It was the only post-secondary education his family could afford.

“I was young and stupid and spent most of my time and money socializing,” explains Lussier. “Part way through my first year I decided I wanted to quit, mostly because I had run out of money. When I called my father to tell him, he said he would give me $100 if I stayed in school. A $100 was a lot of money in 1962, especially for my father who was a middle class factory worker.”

Lussier not only stayed in school, but he eventually graduated and went on to have a successful career in the military and then as the managing director of National Arts Centre for 20 years.

“I always remembered that day and it has been my goal to try to do the same for students in similar circumstances,” says Lussier.

The students – at least two at every school – are selected by the school’s guidance staff. They have to be in Grade 10, or later, and they have to be in financial hardship. Many can’t afford clothes or even a regular meal. Once the students are selected, a bank account is opened in their name with the RBC which works with each student to get the necessary information to open each account.

The Help Our Students program is funded entirely by private sponsors and is run by a board of directors, many of whom are prominent leaders in the community including the former head of the Royal Canadian Mint. Most importantly, every penny goes to the recipients. Since the pro-gram is run on a volunteer basis there are no administration costs.

In 2017, the were given status as a chari-table organizations, which allows donations to be tax deductible. To learn more about the program or to make a donation, visit



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