However, she says, “I didn’t go because I decided to marry Louis instead.”
Together, the athletic couple eventually moved to Lindsay, where they taught and continued to pursue their competitive spirits.
Cornelissen- O’Neill received grants that helped kids get involved in water polo, rugby, squash, baseball, and cycling on local trails.
“The money allowed us to get much needed new equipment for the school,” explains the devoted teacher, who taught French phys-ed and specialized in health nutrition.
“Close to 85 percent of our clientele have been economically deprived.”
Recently she taught in a First Nations community in Whitefish, and despite the icy and slippery rough roads, continued her running regiment.
“It was definitely challenging to run up there. There was a fitness centre about 15 kilometres away. I’d go there when I could.”
Soon, Cornellisen-O’Neill will head north again with her husband for their next adventure where they will continue to share their passion for a healthy and athletic lifestyle that she believes comes from her roots in Glengarry.
CECILIA CORNELISSEN- O’NEILL