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The Ottawa Valley Branch lost one of its valued members in July 2004 as Jennifer Robicheau passed away from cancer, leaving behind a young family. Jennifer was an inspiration to anyone that met her, a friend to all and an active member of our branch. As co-chair of the 2001 National CMAC Conference, she put her heart & soul into the event, overcoming the many challenges involved with hosting a National conference within a few weeks of 9/11. At the 2005 CMAC Conference, her efforts were recognized on the National Level, as she was awarded a Citation Award posthumously, which was graciously accepted by her surviving husband David.
Shortly after her passing, the Ottawa Valley Branch committed to honouring her memory on an on-going basis, by setting up an educational fund in her name. This fund is used to award local scholarships to university or college students interested in pursuing a career in club management and also to provide educational experiences for existing club managers in our Branch.
Once per year we hold a fundraising golf tournament to raise money for this fund, which is well supported by donations from club managers and their suppliers.
This year’s recipient was Kayla Smith, from the Algonquin College Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. Presenting Kayla with the award is Altaf Sovani, Chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Program and Rick Baker, Past President of the CMAC Ottawa Valley Branch.