OBE Reunion 2017





Presentation of Cheque to
Marjorie Loughrey Artists in the Schools Fund

Cheque Presentation


A cheque for $7,500 was donated to the Ottawa Education Foundation for the Marjorie Loughrey Artists in the Schools Program. This represented the profits from our 2017 Reunion. Shown in the photo from left to right: Murray Sands, Bonnie Cheung, Elda Allan, Jane Dobell, Mary Lou Fleming, Chris McGarvey.

Thanks to all who attended and supported this very worthy cause!

2017 Reunion

Over 220 former OBE staff members gathered for an evening of entertainment and reminiscing on September 23rd, almost twenty years after the dissolution of the Ottawa Board of Education. The organizing committee, once again led by Bonnie Cheung, had a wonderful time planning the reunion and we hope all who attended enjoyed themselves as well.

Every reunion has a theme: "Memory Lane", "The Way We Were", or "Remember When" as examples. The 2017 OBE Reunion was based on the theme, "The Way We REALLY Were." The program presented us with some little known stories of our board. The video shown that evening was another highly entertaining production by Steve Moretti and Pat Holloway.

Marc Moretti took individual pictures of the reunion attendees which have been included in this slideshow . Instructions for how to download full resolution images suitable for printing are found here.

The one and the only, "The Rolling Bones" (Sylvia Darwood, Yvonne Navratil, Susan Scott and Barbara Clark), made a special appearance and performed to a very appreciative audience. If you missed it, here's a video of the performance.


The profits from the 50/50 draw and the silent auction will be donated to the Marjorie Loughrey Artists in the Schools Program.

The special live auction item of the iconic Pierre/Justin Trudeau photo sold for $1350 and the silent auction was once again very successful in raising money for the program.


Marjorie Loughrey Artists in the Schools Program


Marjorie made a significant contribution to education through her years as an Ottawa School Board Trustee. She believed that an education in the arts was fundamental to the emotional, intellectual and social development of each child, and this conviction led her to play a lead role in establishing the Canterbury School of the Arts. The award in her memory funds an artist to work for one week each year withall the students in one of Ottawa’s inner city elementary schools.


The Education Foundation of Ottawa administers the annual award.


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Minutes of Our
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