Serge Robichaud – Know Thy Carleton Place Neighbour



Years ago I used to know all my neighbours. I was lucky to have great people like: Mrs. Cummings, Laurel McCann, the Johnstones, and the Nephins live near me. Joyce and Stuart White lived across the street, and Howard McNeely’s sister, Muriel Simpson, lovingly ruled us all like Margaret Thatcher.

I have to admit after many years I lost track who lived where. I still miss the bagpipes that I used to hear daily, and when some short-term neighbour told me it was “the little, old, white haired ladies that you had to keep an eye on” I gave up.

What do you really know about your neighbour? I have to admit I knew very little about my Carleton Place Person of the Day until a few years ago. I could see he was a family man, because I waved to his kids playing road hockey on Brick Street. But, it wasn’t until I talked to him at Mitchell’s Independent, that I began to really know who Serge was.

I knew he was not only the manager, but also a Goodwill ambassador at the grocery store. This man can carry on a conversation about anything! But, in doing some research, I found out Serge helped raise 8605 pounds of food and $1000 in cash for the Lanark Food Bank among a lot of other things.  In 2012  he was awarded the first-ever Carleton Place Community Builder Award for his work in trying to make the town Kraft Hockeyville.

The Canadian Gazette reported that Serge had a dream like a lot of us, and he shared that dream with others. He brought together the town of Carleton Place and area to show their support for the cause. Robichaud put his time and energy into a Kraft Dinner lunch kick-off, street hockey events, a Hockeyville dance, and even tie-ins with Hockey Day in Canada.

He was quoted in the Canadian Gazette that the $100,000 in prize money to fix up the Carleton Place arena was almost incidental to the bigger prize of town pride.
“$100,000 won’t do much, but it will showcase our community,” he said of the competition. “I want to showcase our town of Carleton Place.”
Living next to someone these days has changed, and now a good neighbour is considered one who does not put a password on their WiFi. You can always change friends, but not neighbours. As former mayor Wendy LeBlanc said,

“Thank you Serge for your dream, your passion, your ability to inspire, and for your time.”

Yes thank you Serge for the love you show our town, we all salute you!

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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