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Local American Idol contestant returns to where it all began
Fred Sherwin
April 9, 2024

Orléans native and American Idol contestant Michelle Treacy returned to where her dream of becoming a successful performer all began last week and she brought an important message with her.

Treacy visited St. Clare Catholic School in Fallingbrook on April 22 as part of an anti-bullying tour of elementary schools in Ontario and Quebec.

Treacy had not been back to St. Clare since she graduated from the school in 2008. And the first place she went was a storage closet used by the drama class to see if a pair of sequined pants she wore during a performance in Grade 6 were still there – and they were.

“I’m not sure how many other kids have worn them over the years, but they let me take them with me as a souvenir,” says Treacy, who also got to renew acquaintances with her former Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Adams, and her choir director Mrs. Shaw during her visit.

But her reason for visiting the school was to present herself as former fellow student who followed her dreams despite being a victim of bullying during her school years.

“The other kids would tease me about my teeth and birthmark, or they would say I was a terrible singer, but I didn’t care, I wanted to be a singer and I just kept at it,” says Treacy.

During her presentation in the school gym, she had the kids listening attentively to her every word. Then she sang a couple of her newer songs to them.

‘I got to talk from the stage where and I did my very first performance as a young girl,” says Treacy. “I told them about how music helped me heal when I was bullied at their age.”

After visiting St. Clare and talking to the students, Michelle went across the street to her old house where the current owner invited her inside for a short visit.

Treacy went down to the basement where she had written some self-affirmation notes more than 10 years ago. While some of the writing has long since faded away, a number of the notes still legible including a list of things she wanted to accomplish in her life – “Singer. Icon. Role Model.” – along with her name.

Treacy’s tour has been organized by No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society. NTFT is a Canadian charity committed to empowering youth and educators to foster kind, empathetic, and inclusive school communities. You can find the organization’s website at



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