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Young People of Character Awards 2017
The Rotary Club of Orleans is pleased to recognize young people in Orleans who have demonstrated the following character strengths:
  • Citizenship
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Persistence
  • Positive Attitude
  • Resilience
  • Social Responsibility
Recognizing young people of character......
The Rotary Club of Orleans values youth.  We believe that young people are the future of Orleans.  Our Young People of Character awards are an opportunity to recognize young people in our community who demonstrate outstanding strength of character.
"The great hope of society is individual character." - William Ellery Channing
Strength of character is the most valuable asset a person can have.  It is an essential element of personal success and satisfaction.  Character builds leaders and contributes to our society.  Individuals of character make our world a better place.
Young people who demonstrate strength of character are poised to succeed.  They are our future leaders.  It is important to recognize young people of character to acknowledge, encourage and support them for who they are and the potential of who they will become.
Who is eligible for these awards?
The Young People of Character awards are open to youth from Orleans (including greater Orleans, Cumberland, Rockland, Navan, Vars and Gloucester) between the ages of 14-18 years.  The young person must be nominated by someone who can attest to his/her character and is not a relative (a teacher, principal, guidance counselor, scout leader, coach, clergy, employer, etc.)
The awards ceremony
The awards ceremony will take place on June 4th, 2017 at the Richcraft Theatre, Shemkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans) from 2-4pm.  Each award recipient will be presented with a trophy recognizing their achievement.  Each student will get to meet their business sponsor and take part in a photo opportunity.  Family and friends are invited to attend.
Si vous connaissez des étudiants exceptionnels, nominez-les!  Vous trouverez le formulaire en cliquant sur "Read more..."
If you know exceptional students, nominate them!  You will find the form by clicking on "Read more..."
The Rotary Club of Orleans requires Host Families! 
Have you ever wanted to host a foreign exchange student? The Rotary Club of Orleans is sponsoring a lovely young lady from France, who speaks French fluently as well as English. Manon is 17 years old and attends Béatrice-Desloges High School in Orleans. We are looking for two families to host Manon from January to July, 2016.
The Rotary Youth Exchange is a country-to-country exchange of high-school students. In District 7040, students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years, at the time of departure, for a cultural and educational experience for both the student and those serving as hosts. The duration of the exchange is typically 11 months with the students arriving in mid August and returning home mid July.
Host Family Responsibilities
Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.
Your job as host parents is to ensure the student's participation and assist them in adapting and learning the new language. Remember, their culture is likely quite different and learning to ‘fit in’ and get comfortable in their new country can be a challenge – please be patient!
The host family must ensure the following:
1. Fill out a volunteer affadavit or host family affidavit
2. Get a police check (everyone in the home 18 and over) – we will help you with this.
3. Do an on-line training and abuse prevention which is good for 3 years.
4. Have a separate bedroom for the student.
5. The Rotary Club will visit the home and interview the family.
Please click here to view "A Guide for Host Families". 
For additional Youth Exchange information, visit
For further information about hosting our student, please contact Peggy Gilmour at

Miracle League of Ottawa Receives Ontario Funding of $150,000

On Friday, May 15th, over two dozen Orléans residents gathered at Notre-Dame des Champs Park to celebrate a great vision becoming a reality. They included the Desrochers family, David Gourlay of Ottawa Champions baseball, MPP Marie-France Lalonde, Councilors Monette, Blais and Mitic, and many Rotarians.

In the summer of 2012, local elected representatives, Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orléans were approached by the Desrochers family to help support a dream. Rolly and Michelle Desrochers know that sports give their son Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy. Their dream was to build a Miracle League park in the Nation’s Capital to allow Bryce and other children to play baseball in a safe environment. They have been fundraising for the past three years.

With the announcement of $150,000 from Jamie Puddicombe of the Ontario Trillium Foundation on Friday, this project has now successfully met its goal of raising $1.6 million. The funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be used to rubberize the surface of this specialized baseball diamond. This will allow players in wheelchairs to be able to speed from one base to the next. This facility is expected to serve over 4000 children, young adults and youth with special needs across the Ottawa region. Construction is well underway and the facility is expected to open this summer. 

On April 19, 2015, the Orléans Rotary Club hosted the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Orléans Youth Awards. There were approximately 200 in attendance, which included guests, award recipients, politicians and Rotary members. 27 talented high school students from the Orléans and Greater Orléans community were honoured with awards, including certificates from local politicians who were in attendance. The awards were sponsored by local businesses and all net proceeds support the Rotary Club of Orléans Youth Exchange Scholarship, which enables a local high school student to study abroad for a year. Mayor Jim Watson, Teresa Whitmore, President of the Rotary Club of Orléans, Len Goddard, Awards Chair and Rotary Club of Orléans Past-President, and Ariane Carriere, Rotary District 7040 Governor all shared opening remarks. Throughout the Ceremony, award recipients displayed their top notch talent through a variety of performances. Former and current Rotary exchange students also shared about the life changing transformations they underwent as a result of their participation in the program. 

The top award in the male category went to the Barbershop Quartet from École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges. These entrepreneurial students formed a barbershop quartet which has placed highly in regional competitions and has now developed into a business. In the female category, the top award went to Sarah Scriver, a talented musician who endured challenging circumstances, but maintained excellence in her music. Len Goddard, Youth Awards Chair, noted that approximately $7,000 was raised from the Awards. Again this year, the Rotary Awards received strong support from the Orléans and Greater Orléans communities. Plans are in place for the Third Annual Youth Awards, scheduled for April 2016. 
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