Monette at the centre of church fundraiser roast

Kelly Snider
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COMMUNITY. What better way to celebrate a decade since re-election, than to be at the centre of a roast and raise money for the community?

Councillor Shad Qadri joked that one of the sports teams Monette hasn't got to yet is the Ottawa Senators.

That was the case for Orléans Councillor Bob Monette, as the community came together to on Sept. 22 to recognize his accomplishments since 2006 and shine a light on the St. Joseph's Parish fundraising campaign.

There were five roasters, with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson kicking the night off.

"We call Bob the beast from the east, that's because he's never been west of Bank St. before," joked Watson. "It's really tough to deliver humour; normally politicians are not that funny to be perfectly honest."

Watson poked fun about Monette's moustache, when he first ran "about 80 years ago", and his role as Deputy Mayor.

"He attends literally hundreds of events on my behalf, I get to keep all the good things," joked Watson, going on to say that Monette gets to do all the events that are "not that good."

He also brought attention to how Monette saved the cow that was on the roof of the cheese shop in Orléans. "He saved the cow for goodness sakes! And now the place is closing, we don't know where we will put the cow."

That comment prompted the next roaster, Councillor Shad Qadri, who said Monette should change his last name to Bob Moo-nette.

Qadri, Councillor for Stittsville, brought some sporting items to bring light to Monette's passion about sports.

"I remember the day [Councillor] Jody Mitic got elected as commissionaire for sports and I saw the tears coming down your eyes," joked Qadri. "But you got to be Deputy Mayor."

One of the items he brought was a signed Ottawa Senators jersey.

"The only team you really haven't got to yet is the Ottawa Senators…I don't think they're coming this far east if they leave Stittsville."

Three other roasters took to the mic, Doug Thompson, former Osgoode ward councillor, Eric Lamoureux who previously worked with Monette, and Joanne Monette-his daughter.

Joanne spoke about how it was living with a politician and the many "Vote Monette" signs that he has not gotten rid of.

"The eldest of my two nephews, he's already taught them the politician smile."

Joanne said that her father would ask 'who’s going to run next on the campaign?' She said her and her brothers are not interested.

"I think we're pretty convinced it's going to be one of the two grandchildren. We got the signs ready."

Through all the jokes, the roasters did not forget to recognize Monette's great accomplishments.

Mayor Jim Watson spoke about the success of the Shenkman Arts Centre, how hard Monette works on economic development, Petrie Island, light rail transit, working on Lansdowne and much more.

The night was MC-ed by Lamoureux and former Orléans Chamber of Commerce executive director Jamie Kwong. A dinner was included for guests, which was donated by Dewan Catering.

The roast was organized by Lionel Laurin and Pierrette Morin.

St. Joseph's Parish

The night had two main focuses: Monette and the St. Joseph's Parish fundraising campaign.

The church was built almost 100 years ago and is in urgent needs of repairs and renovations. The fundraising goal for the campaign is $5 million over the next five years.

One year into the campaign, just over $1 million has been raised for the church.

Funds from ticket purchases as well as table purchases by 10 different sponsors went towards the campaign.

"This is the Heart of Orléans," said Monette. "When you talk about St. Joseph Blvd. you talk about the parish."

For more information on the campaign visit

Organizations: Ottawa Senators, Shenkman Arts Centre, Orléans Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Orléans, Ottawa, Stittsville Lansdowne

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