Some of you probably never have had the chance to know what our new Carleton Place Citizen of the Year was all about. I think this brief summation is just a start, and in reality not many know of us will ever know the true impact she has had on our community. Here is a few comments that were written on The Tales of Carleton Place.
Janine McDonald Azzouz Heather Legge was my Girl Guide leader when I was a kid growing up in Carleton Place. She took us camping at Foley Mountain and taught us all there was to know about camping and Girl Guides! She taught us our babysitters classes and put in endless hours mentoring us in Girl Guides. Happy to say that I’m a Girl Scout leader today because of her! Thanks for all you did for us kids in CP back in the 80’s! And congratulations on this deserved recognition!
Sandra Rattray Congratulations Heather. You deserve recognition. You were a terrific girl guide leader and were a champion of the kids, especially my daughter.
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Taught my kids babysitting classes too – always a smile on her face – terrific lady. Congratulations from your old neighbours.
Gail Sheen-MacDonald A very well deserved award.Congratulations Heather and thanks for your dedication to Guides and Civitan.
Brenda Williams Congratulations Heather I have known you for more years than I care to remember. Very well deserved!
Judy Drummond Congrats Heather. Well deserved!
Margie Leary Heather used to babysit Tia for me when she was a baby congratulations
Gerry Newton Congrats Heather, always doing something for others
Shannon O’Neill This woman had such an influence on my life growing up. I started off as a brownie and moved to her group when I was a guide and then pathfinder…. she’s also the reason I became a brownie leader.
She is simply amazing. I remember many times visiting her at her house…. crafting, working on a fundraiser, playing with her deaf and blind pups. She is the reason I will never forget how to make a slip knot or how to properly roll a sleeping bag. She’s also partially the reason why I grew up independent and a bit more confident! I was in tears when she received Citizen of the Year the other night and honoured that I got the chance to give her a hug and tell her how much she deserved it! A true citizen of Carleton Place. ❤
So Who is Heather?
With files from The Wave in Ottawa
Heather Legge says she and her ten siblings didn’t have much growing up, yet her father always found ways to help those less fortunate. One Christmas, Heather was so impacted by a certain gesture of kindness he extended to a family in need, that she decided she too would lead a life guided by compassion and giving. That’s exactly what she’s done.
Heather lives in Carleton Place with her husband Ron. Her volunteer work began in 1977 with the Girl Guides of Canada. She was a Girl Guide as a child, sponsored by leaders because her parents couldn’t afford the associated costs. It’s what influenced her decision to get involved as an adult; she saw an opportunity to repay the kindness.
On May 6, the Carleton Place & District Civitan Club is presenting two important events in support of the children and youth at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Above, from left: Ron Legge, the governor of the Civitan’s Canadian North Lights District, Kim Toll, Cailin Martin and Heather Legge, the local Civitan club’s treasurer. Cailin is a CHEO miracle. She will be front and centre on May 6. – Tara Gesner/Metroland 2018
She started as a Pathfinders unit guide and got increasingly involved, volunteering countless hours to the century-old organization which empowers young women to learn new skills and make a difference in the world. Her contributions were so valuable that she was invited to Ireland to present for the Irish Girl Guides. She’s taken girls to Girl Guide camps in England and across Canada, and done camp training nationwide. For a time she served as commissioner, covering an area that spanned from Smiths Falls to Bancroft. Heather says Girl Guides is where her heart is, and even after 40 years of involvement she still guides Sparks, putting in eight hours of volunteer time each week.
She has been honoured with the Girl Guides of Canada’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Merit badges and the province has awarded her the Ontario Volunteer Service Award twice, for 25 years and 40 years of service. The award is presented to volunteers who contribute consecutive years of service on an ongoing and active basis to the same group for which no payment is received.
Heather’s involvement with Girl Guides is only one of the many ways she volunteers her time to help others. When she and Ron settled in Carleton place, they sought opportunities to contribute to the community and the Carleton Place and District Civitan Club spoke to them. The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to serve individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities and the Civitan creed is modeled on peace, progress and unity. They’ve been civitan members since 1999 and Heather has been treasurer since 2004.
“It’s just what we do and who we are,” Heather says. “If we can help people in any way, shape or form, we will. We live by the Civitan’s creed”.
The 38 member club supports several causes and organizations. It provides those in need with mobility aids, dentures and hearing aids. It supports the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, a local hockey league, the Lanark County Food Bank and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. It provides the local high schools with bursaries and supports Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer and Friends In Sport Fishing. It’s also a major supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Every Tuesday night, Heather runs charity bingo in support of CHEO and on the first weekend in May, Heather throws a large fundraiser that starts with a pancake breakfast in the morning, and turns into a country jamboree well into the evening.
On top of all the volunteer work over the years, Heather raised children of her own and ran a home daycare. When her children were grown, she went to school to become a Educational Attendant. She has supported many children this way.
Heather is a recipient of the Queens Silver Jubilee, a medal awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada. She was also presented with the Anniversary Leisure Service Volunteer Award, from the Town of Carleton Place on its 100th birthday.
She is a true community contributor and says that if her volunteer work inspires just one more person to give back to their own community, it’s all been worth it
CHEO fundraising day in Carleton Place set for May 6