La Lumière Community Leadership Award

Every once in a while our community is blessed with an exceptional spirit. These individuals give so much of themselves that they serve as a guiding light to the rest of us. In 2015, United Way/Centraide Prescott-Russell established a new volunteer award in the name of one such individual - Lucie Brunet.

2016 Award Recipient

2018 Award Recipient

The Inspiration behind the Award

Lucie was a mentor to many women and organizations. As a feminist and humanist, she believed in the importance of being bold, in protesting against injustice without giving up, in proudly giving her time, and in using a collaborative approach when searching for solutions and resolving conflicts. 

La Lumière Community Leadership Award will serve to recognize other outstanding and committed community leaders.

It is our hope that this award furthers Lucie’s legacy by encouraging others to follow her example and continue to strengthen our communities through volunteering.

We wanted the name of the award to honour the bilingual nature of our community while reflecting the impact of Lucie Brunet’s legacy. In consultation with her friends and family, we named the award La Lumière. Lucie means “Light” which translates in French to “Lumière”. 

Throughout her life, Lucie’s leadership in community and social issues made her a distinguished member of Prescott-Russell. Native of Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Lucie died on April 26, 2013 after battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Lucie was an inspiration to all. She was an engaged Franco-Ontarian, a woman of action who possessed exceptional communication and collaborative skills of which she used to make her community a better place for all. She cherished the values of justice, unity, spirituality, and respect, all of which made her an incredible community leader. She encouraged people, built teams and fought for the most vulnerable in our community.

Lucie earned a diploma in business administration, French language, and linguistics. For 25 years, she was a respected business woman who dedicated her life to helping local, provincial, national and international charitable organizations. Throughout her consulting career at Brunet-Sherwood firm, she was instrumental in various initiatives and research projects, many of which remain often cited in academia. Her professional portfolio consisted of various case studies, development plans, strategic planning, and service and program evaluations. She was recognized for her involvement in the creation of various programs and services such as minority rights, literacy, violence against women, Francophone health care services, the development of heritage and promoting peace.

Lucie was a mentor to many individual women. As a feminist and humanist, she believed in the importance of being bold, in standing-up for what she believed in, in proudly giving and accepting credit when due, and in using a collaborative approach when searching for solutions and resolving conflicts.

Lucie’s volunteer dedication and contributions helped strengthen many community organizations. She was: co-founder of FADER (a rural business women network group); director general of l’Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français; founding President of the NOVAS centre (a sexual assault center for francophone women in Prescott-Russell); co-founder of the economic development committee in her native village; and coordinator of the 125th anniversary of the Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott parish. When she saw something lacking in our community-she built it, when she saw something broken-she fixed it.

Announced in 2016, the honorary La Lumière Community Leadership Award will serve to recognize outstanding and committed community leaders. It is United Way Centraide Prescott-Russell’s hope that this award furthers Lucie Brunet’s legacy by inspiring others to follow her example and continue to strengthen our communities through volunteering.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world;
 indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead


Award Recipient


2016 Award Recipient

Nathalie Ladouceur

2016 Award Recipient






Ms Ladouceur is a passionate teacher that is highly involved in her community, is described as genuine, and having a missionary spirit. And most of all, she is a devoted volunteer. Over the past several years, Nathalie dedicated her time in her local community, and at a regional, provincial, national, and international level, both in French and English, as well as Spanish.


Some of the community organizations that benefited from her continuous involvement :​

Nathalie has been involved for 10 years with the Association canadienne française de l’Ontario (ACFO) from Prescott and Russell, in order to create an environment where one can live and participate in French. For 8 years, she organized the Banquet de la Francophonie, served on the jury committee, and collaborates with FARFO community partners and Richelieu clubs. Nathalie is also involved in Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophone de l’Ontario (AEFO), Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l’Ontario (TFFCPO), Banquet de la Francophonie de Prescott-Russell, L’Écho d’un peuple, Haïti, Tel-Aide Outaouais, Associationdes Grandes-Soeurs, Centre de l’enfant Pont Magique, Canadian Parents for French, The Alberni Valley Hospice, The Association for Community Living BC.


Congratulations Nathalie!

2018 Award Recipient

Liza Sutherland

2018 Award Recipient




As a proud francophone, Liza Sutherland has been teaching at the French Catholic high school in Hawkesbury [l’École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury (ESCRH)] for the last 19 years, enriching the lives of the students in addition to ensuring the vitality of the French language within the French Catholic schools. Liza also organizes and leads fundraisers for educational field trips and enrichment programs, as well as support important causes such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, Hawkesbury General Hospital Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Christmas Elf fundraiser in collaboration with Valoris, and the Hawkesbury and L’Orignal Food Banks.


In charge of the ESCRH’s pastoral, Liza has the ability to engage students and staff in activities to promote Catholic values. She is also an active member of the Soleil Levant council, a group of six regional parishes, as well as the Liturgical Committee, Pastoral and Temporal Affairs Councils for the Saint-Pierre-Apôtre parish, and she was recently invited to sit on the organizing committee of the Liturgy and Sacraments. Her innovative ideas, her charisma, and expertise are only a few qualities that make Liza a well respected member.

Ultimately, Liza is an individual whose community volunteering serves as a guiding light to the rest of us.


Congratulations Liza!













Congratulations Liza!