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Cornwall Citizen of the Year: Dr. Rachel Navaneelan

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I had the pleasure to host Dr. Rachel Navaneelan, general dentist from Cornwall, ON. Dr. Navaneelan was named the Citizen of the year at the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.  She is also founder of the Rachel’s Kids, a successful charitable project to helps fund several projects around the world through the Rachel’s Kids Development Fund and to support our work with children who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty.

I hope you find our conversation inspiring. If you have a similar story that you would like to share or if you would like to send us your feedback, suggestions, or questions, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or call us at 1-855-716-2747.

Until next time!

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager

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Rachel Navaneelan was named Citizen of the Year, at the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards night. Dr. Navaneelan arrived in the area about 25 years ago with her husband and quickly built a successful dental practice.

Some of the more notable recipients of Navaneelan’s generosity are the Cornwall Community Hospital, Victim’s Services of SDG & Akwesasne, the Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC), and Big Brothers — Big Sisters. The fallout from the massive 2005 tsunami was the spark that led to her charity, Rachel’s Kids, which has helped provide education for children and communities overseas. 

Rachel’s Kids promotes hope and opportunity for children in need both locally and globally. They accomplish this by offering a variety of programs and collaborating with community organizations that are focused on shaping a better future for these children through health, wellness and education initiatives. Rachel’s Kids helps fund several projects around the world through the Rachel’s Kids Development Fund. Money is raised throughout the year, primarily from individual donors and through a fundraising auction held each year. Rachel’s Kids uses the money raise to support the group’s work with children who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty. The fund supports numerous projects both here in Canada and overseas.

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