Re­mem­ber­ing Lori Nash

Beloved Or­léans res­i­dent passes away

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

"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

Photo: Archives

Lori Nash was a cher­ished wife, mother, friend, co-worker and a pil­lar in the Or­léans com­mu­nity.

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