9:30 a.m., Oct. 20)
Orléans resident makes dreams come true one wish at a time
By Fred Sherwin
underestimate the “Power of the Wish”. Those three words
are what Pat Lowell lives by in his role as Chair of the
National Capital Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation
Wish Foundation Ottawa Chapter chair Pat Lowell
stands with his partner in crime Jim Morrison,
co-owner of the D’Arcy McGee’s Pub on Centrum Boulevard.
fulfill a sick children’s wish really affects their lives
and their will to get better and live that dream,” says
the Orléans resident.
former Ottawa police officer, Lowell always liked to organize
events while raising money for various charities.
his working career, Lowell spent time as the vice-president
of the Ottawa Police Association and one day was inspir-ed
to help raise money for sick kids.
thought it was a great idea but wasn’t really sure where
to start,” said Powell.
some thought, Powell reached out to a couple of buddies
in the music business including Les Emmerson, an Ottawa
native and member of The Five Man Electrical Band.
also approached Terry King from the Cooper Brothers, a
Canadian southern rock band founded in Ottawa.
ran the idea of getting King, Emmerson, along with Brian
and Dick Cooper, together to perform somewhere in Ottawa
to help raise money for a children’s charity. They agreed
to do a one-off Children’s Wish Foundation charity fundraiser
at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1986.
Civic Centre was provided free of charge courtesy of Jim
Durrell, who was the Mayor of Ottawa at the time. We ended
up selling the joint out. We wrote the Children’s Wish
Foundation a cheque for $43,000,” recalls Lowell.
event was so successful, the Children’s Wish Foundation
called Lowell to see if he would be interested in opening
a chapter in Ottawa.
thought about it for a while then told them I would get
it going until they found somebody full-time,” said Lowell.
“For the longest time the National Capital Chapter office
was an answering machine in my living room.”
was hooked after granting the Chapter’s first wish and
he immediately knew that leading the charge for the Children’s
Wish Foundation in the National Capital would be his next
calling. “This young girl with cancer adored Michael Jackson
and her wish was to meet the legendary pop star,” recalls
made it happen and the look on her face when she met him
was worth every second of fundraising and organization,
Unfortunately, she passed away a few weeks later, but
she lived her dream and we granted her that wish.”
wasn’t long afterward that Lowell informed the Children’s
Wish Foundation that he would take charge of the National
1989, the Foundation granted Ottawa their charter and
the Chapter has been granting wishes to children between
the ages of three and 17 diagnosed with a life-threatening
illness ever since.
and networking go hand in hand when it comes to being
such association involves Powell and the owners of the
D’Arcy McGee’s Pub on Centrum Boulevard.
D’Arcy McGee’s ownership group of Jim Morrison, Andrew
Quincy and his mother Anne-Marie have forged an exceptional
relationship during the past five years or so.
met Pat when our kids were attending St. Peter High School
and decided to get the Pub involved in fundraising for
Children’s Wish,” explained Morrison.
the last three years, D’Arcy McGee’s has hosted a golf
tournament with the proceeds going to Children’s Wish.
Powell’s first year, the local chapter granted 10 wishes.
Nowadays the Foundation makes about 50-60 wishes a year
come true at an approximately cost of $10,000 per wish.
more information about the Children’s Wish Foundation
of Canada visit www.childrenswish.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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