Remembering Lori Nash
Beloved Orléans resident passes away
"I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Lori’s husband Lorne, her daughter Marcia, her son Christopher, and her grandchildren Kylie, Cassidy and Holly, as well as her entire extended family. She was a community leader in the truest sense of the world and her legacy should serve as an inspiration to community builders both present and future."
Nash also is remembered for writing a weekly column in the Orléans Star in the past. Sales coordinator, Sylvie Parisien has fond memories of someone who became a good friend, "I had the privilege of working with her many years ago. We stayed in touch after her departure and I have very fond memories that I will cherish forever. I will miss her very much."
While Nash left a mark on all the areas of her life that she touched, the loss is possibly felt most profoundly within the Library community, as Nash dedicated much of her life to being a passionate supporter of the Ottawa Public Library. She was on the board of directors for the OPL Foundation and prior to that was President of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA).
"She contributed much energy, many ideas, advocacy and focused strategic direction during her tenure on the Board, in support of her great passion – the Library and the services it provides to our citizens," the OPL Foundation said in a statement on their website. "Lori was a city champion, a library and literacy advocate, a dear colleague and we will miss her greatly."
FOPLA flourished under Nash, and the organization’s revenue doubled with her at the helm. FOPLA opened nine used bookstores in branches across the city. Nash was also instrumental in the publishing of pot-pourri, a compilation of stories featuring the winners of the annual Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest, along with many other FOPLA initiatives.
Nash’s hard work and dedication hardly went unnoticed. In 2007, under Nash’s leadership, FOPLA received three awards for its accomplishments;thejunecallwoodoutstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario, the Brodart Advocacy Award from Friends of Canadian Libraries and the Baker & Taylor Community Service Award from Friends of the USA Libraries. Nash also received personal awards from the City of Ottawa, M.P. Royal Galipeau, and the Queenswood Heights Community Association for this work.
“Lori Nash has been an inspiration to me and many others,” said OPL Board Chair Jan Harder, in a press release. “She was one of the most dedicated, hardest-working women I know. Just a few weeks ago, she was starting up a new volunteer project! I speak for many when I say she will be dearly missed.”
On March 23, 2011 over a hundred people attended a dedication ceremony to honour Nash, with naming a meeting room at the Cumberland Library after the long-time library advocate, whose library commitment spanned over 15 years. OPL will now honour her once again by adding her portrait to a wall in this room.
Residents are invited to sign a condolence book at the Cumberland Branch, 1599 Tenth Line, until March 23
Lori Nash was a cherished wife, mother, friend, co-worker and a pillar in the Orléans community.