Class Act – The Carlyle Hotel Supports "Run for the Cure"

558414_191196407731449_718441223_nOne of the biggest honours I had over the past year was serving as captain for my two daugthers’ school team of 140 strong members for the CIBC Annual “Run for the Cure.” The “Run for the Cure” is an annual run, and fundraiser, for breast cancer research.

Both Ciara (in grade 9) and Ceili (in grade 2) were very involved in the lead up, and the run itself, and encouraged their classmates and friends to participate. The run was a great event at the school.


(And the picture on the stage includes the prime minister’s wife, Laureen Harper, on the left hand side with some of our Elmwood Eagles team on race day in Ottawa.)

My daughter, Ciara, even won the senior school video contest that I set up at the school. (And, no, I wasn’t a judge!)


And, I was honoured that my partners at The Carlyle Hotel showed their support for the initiative. My friend, Christina Hoe-Knudsen Lamoureux, arranged to have a 2 night stay at The Carlyle made available to the top student fundraiser. 1090934_10200315544121668_1393543659_o

1381676_190762437774846_1942877554_nAnd our school winner did not disappoint. Maya Mainland-Gratton not only led the Elmwood Eagles to being the top school fundraiser in the Ottawa region (raising almost $30,000 as a team). Maya raised almost $12,000 all on her own, and her outstanding efforts led her to win the youth award for the entire province of Ontario. See here for the news release

Here’s a photo of Maya being feted in Toronto at the Royal York with a special presentation of her Ontario Youth award.



And we got to support some friends and family along the way too (that’s race co-director, Susan Enns, in purple with me on race day.
1383539_195123527338737_145450732_nI’m thrilled to say she’s come through her own personal battle with breast cancer this year.)
And the icing on the cake?
Christina and I have now confirmed plans to have Maya and her Mom (and Dad) visit The Carlyle this August to celebrate her outstanding achievements!
Thank you, Christina!  And thank you to The Carlyle for acknowledging and celebrating a very special young lady! I am honoured to have friends and partners like you in my corner!
Sheila Gallant-Halloran