Changes, including new director, for Rachel's Kids

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Kim Lauzon is the new executive director at Rachel's Kids in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Not only is there a new face at Rachel's Kids, but there are some new projects on the way as well.

The local charity that has made it its mission to help local children in need, as well as those overseas, has a new executive director in Kim Lauzon.

Lauzon, the first of her kind to assume the responsibilities with Rachel's Kids, said in an interview she's looking forward to a slew of new initiatives with the local charity, including a new project that will grant wishes for local children facing a terminal illness or other kind of impediment to their development.

She said local families are already in touch with her office to grant wishes via the 'Small Moments of Joy' program. Items like a new Ipad, tickets to sporting events and others have been purchased for local children.

"It could be something larger too - maybe they want to rent an RV and go camping for a weekend," said Lauzon, who has been on the job for a couple of weeks, following several years working in the non-profit sector in Cornwall.

She said the opportunity to work with young people in need makes her job rewarding.

"Dealing with the kids - I love it," she said. "Those are moments that I really enjoy. It gives you that warm fuzziness you've been missing."

Lauzon will also be helming changes to some popular local fundraising events, including Rachel's Kids annual garden party that is changing locations.

Instead of taking place at the home of Rachel Navaneelan, the charity's namesake, the party will move to Nav Centre in Cornwall's east end.

"We've really just outgrown the (previous) location," said Lauzon. "We're hoping for 450-plus to attend the garden party this year."

The event serves as a major fundraiser for Rachel's Kids, which last year gathered $125,000.

To purchase tickets to the garden party, or learn more about how to nominate a child for Small Moments of Joy, contact Lauzon at 613-933-3946, or by email at kim@rachelskids.com.

Rachel's Kids has been helping children in need since 2004. Eighty per cent of all funds raised are used locally while 15 per cent go to international programming and the balance covers administration fees.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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