Brenda Sumners with her son Michel Cotton.
A Family Connection, a Generous Donation
A highlight of the summer was the visit of officers and crew from HMCS Ottawa, a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. During an afternoon tea held with resident Navy Veterans, the group presented a cheque for $15,480.54 to the Perley Rideau Foundation.
The ship adopted the Foundation as its official charity and staged a number of fundraising events during the year, including a bike-athon: 90 participants took turns riding stationary bikes in the Ottawa’s flight hangar for a 12-hour period on May 20.
The event enabled the ship to participate in the inaugural Navy Bike Ride, a charity event held in the National Capital Region.
The event also featured a mother-and-son reunion: Michel Cotton serves as a cook aboard HMCS Ottawa, while his mother, Brenda Sumners, is a nurse at the Perley Rideau.
L to R: former Executive Officer, Commander Chris Rochon, HMCS Ottawa; Keith de Bellefeuille-Percy, Vice-Chair, Foundation Board; Commander S. Belair, HMCS Ottawa; Doug Brousseau, Chair, Foundation Board; Nancy Schepers, Director; Foundation Board; Michel Cotton, cook, HMCS Ottawa; Lt.-Gen. (Ret'd) Marc Caron, Director, Foundation Board; Steve Desroches, Director, Foundation Board.