10:30 p.m., March 1)
of Queenswood Heights succumbs to cancer at age 62
By Fred Sherwin
Nash, long-time community advocate, former
Orleans Star columnist, and founder of the
Friends of the Cumberland Library, passed
away on Thursday after a lengthy battle with
cancer. File photo
of the east end's most impassioned residents and arguably
the best friend the Cumberland Library ever had, passed
away on Thursday after a year-long battle with cancer.
up the words "community builder" in the dictionary
and you will see a picture of Lori Nash smiling back at
Nash moved to Queenswood Heights with her husband Lorne
around 1972. The couple moved into a bungalow at the end
of Tompkins Avenue where they raised their two children,
Marcia and Christopher.
the get go, Nash immersed herself in community issues.
Over the years she has been involved in almost every issue
and project in Queenswood Heights.
was heavily involved as a parent volunteer at Queenswood
Public School and was a long-time member of the Queenswood
Heights Community Association where she wrote and published
the "Queensliner". She also wrote a polular
column for the Orleans Star in the late 80s and
has always been near and dear to Nash's heart. In fact,
she put her name forward when a vacancy came up on the
Carleton School Board in 1988 along with Fran Stronach
and Judi Lian, who would both become close firends. But
her true passion was the public library. She was a staunch
believer in the public library's importance within the
local community and society at large.
served on the Cumberland Library Board board from 1991
to 1996 where she helped form the Friends of the Cumberland
Library, serving as the group's president from 1996 to
2003 when the city's libraries were merged into the current
recently, she served as the president of the Friends of
the Ottawa Public Library Association and sat on the board
of directors of both the Ottawa Public Library Board and
Friends of Canadian Libraries.
won a plethora of awards for her work, and in June 2010
she received the Order of Friendship Award from the Ottawa
Public Library for long time service in advocacy and volunteer
is responsible for several innovative fundraising initiatives,
including the creation of self service book stores, and
in 2004 she led the charge to save eight library branches
that were slated for closure.
also started the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest
and launched "Pot-pourri", a bilingual anthology
of the winning poems and short stories.
a recent ceremony in which the meeting room at the Cumberland
Branch was named in her honour, Ottawa Public Library
Board vice-chairman Hunter McGill summed up what Nash
meant to the Ottawa Public Library system in one sentence.
one can match Lori for sheer passion and commitment for
advocacy and support for the Ottawa Public Library,"
of Nash's passing was greeted with sadness by some of
her closest friends.
and Helen Tweddle lived in Queenswood Heights for nearly
a decade before the Nashes moved into the neighbourhood.
Lori shared Helen's passion for the fledgling community,
which at that time numbered less than 200 homes, and the
two women hit it off immediately and remained friends
been thinking all day of the things we've done together.
She was a real fireball. If you needed to know anything
she was the one to go to, (Her passing) is a real loss,
not just to the commumity, but to all the things she was
involved in and the people who knew her," said Tweddle.
Lian and Fran Stronach got to know Nash when all three
women applied for a vacancy on the school board in 1991.
didn't get the job, but the three women remained close
friends. In fact, she worked on Stronach's campaign during
the next election.
was such a tireless worker and it was always to help better
the community and obviously she was a very loving mother
and grandmother," said Stronach.
remembers reading a column Nash wrote about dog ownership
sometime in 1989 or 1990. She totally agreed with her
point of view and called her up to tell her so.
just started talking and never stopped," said Lian.
"She was a tiny little thing with a very strong personality
and a tremendous sense of humour. We laughed more than
we talked. She just knew what was important in the community
and used every bit of energy she that wasn't saved for
her family. She put her whole heart into everything she
did. I'm really going to miss her."
District School Board trustee John Shea often searched
out Nash for advice on local school board issues.
was an incredible person. At 8:30 a.m. the day after I
was elected in 2006, she called me to talk about Queenswood
Public School. That's how Lori lived her life - she never
missed a minute. I'm going to miss running into her at
community events and listening to her sound advice about
Orleans area schools," said Shea.
MPP Phil McNeely released a statement offering his condolences
to the family within hours of her passing.
would like to offer 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." said McNeely.
will be held at the Heritage Funeral Home on St. Joseph
Blvd. on Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15at Redeemer Alliance Church, 4825 Innes Road.
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