Cathie Hawkins McOrmond — She’s Just a Small Town Girl


If you look at Cathie Hawkins McOrmond’s Facebook page, there are all sorts of town events squeezed in between her family’s photos. As project manager for our local Carleton Place BIA, it’s a marvel to see how easily Cathy multi tasks. You might not know that our vivacious redhead initially wanted to become a social worker when she was in High School. Sadly, the wayward youth of the Ottawa Valley did not have privy to her talents, and instead, the town of Carleton Place acquired Cathie to cheerlead us all on at all our local events.

Cathie has lived here since her High School days, and her family is very active in the community. I was amazed at her very diverse background. The business graduate has many notches in her belt: teachers aid, life skills trainer, Crime Stoppers, Commodore at our local Canoe Club, and the list goes on. You can see the passion she has for our community. In fact, she told me, that if families were looking for a wonderful place to live, that Carleton Place has everything you are looking for. There is nothing like a small town-especially ours.

Makim Gorky once wrote that only mothers can think of the future- because they give birth to it in their children. Cathie had a dream last week about her mother who passed several years ago. She said her late mother was standing there clearly, and said, “your right, then left”. Her mother used to be a volunteer tuck shop co-ordinator for the Carleton Place hospital. She had encouraged her daughter to volunteer there also, as  she felt it would give her a sense of community. There is no doubt in my mind Cathie, that your mother was trying to tell you you are doing a great job on every side (right and left) in our wonderful town of Carleton Place.

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

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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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