COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2009 WINNER
Proud to be a twelfth generation Acadian, singer/songwriter attributes her success, in part, to her colourful heritage. ?They (the Acadians) were the fi rst European settlers in America in 1604,? she says. ?Children are revered by the Arcadian culture. We were nurtured, musically, through my family and my school.? Prior to her marriage, Arsenault says there were 121 members in her immediate family. ?They had to rent a church hall, they never could have a house party. There was always plenty of food and plenty of music,? she adds. From the time she was a little girl, Arsenault knew she wanted to be a singer. She began writing songs, when in high school. ?My whole family is musical. Every family gathering has music, fi ddles and spoons,? she adds. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Shannon, discovered Prince Edward County, in 1984, but did not become fulltime residents until 1992. ?We live at Indian Point Lodge and that property is very dear to my heart,? she says. ?I have a very deep connection to Prince Edward County and its people. I planted roots and this is where I feel at home. I?ve always been made to feel welcome. I?ve never met more hospitable people, anywhere.? From the time of her arrival in the county, Arsenault has donated, generously, of her time and talents to benefi t community causes. Her nominator says, ?She has volunteered at countless benefi t concerts and brings awareness to a variety of causes, such as The County Cares fundraiser for the tsunami victims and the Grannies for Mbuyas fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation on World Aid?s Day.? Our thanks to our sponsors, the Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation, and Dr. Norah Rogers, of The Claramount Inn and Spa and The Waring House Inn. And special thanks to the businesses who helped us showcase 10 terrifi c County women, by supporting us in creating this special edition. Our thanks, too, to our judges, last year?s Business Women of the Year, Rebecca Letteup Bucknell, Wendy Davis and Suzanne Pasternak.
BY MARGARET HAYLOCK CAPON ?She writes songs about social issues such as AIDS, Palliative Care, Downs Syndrome, Parkinson?s Disease and Speech and Language Development.? ?To inspire feelings of Canadian pride, she writes patriotic songs such as ?This is My Canada? and ?Canadian Olympian? which she performed in 2002 for the Canadian Olympic Team in Salt Lake City and in Athens, Greece, in 2004.? Her nominator adds that Arsenault has sung for many of the local service groups in Prince Edward County, as well as offering a music ministry for almost every religious denomination in the county. For several years, she was the children?s choir director at St. Gregory?s Catholic School. She also ran several children?s songwriting and singing workshops at various schools. Arsenault has performed at Support Our Troops rallies, benefi ts for Ten Thousand Villages, Alternatives for Women, the County Youth Park, the annual Canada Day Kids? Carnival and Concert, the Prince Edward County Bird Observatory Concert, Milford Fair, Picton Library and the Regent Theatre?s Lecturer?s Concerts. She has also sung at the R.C.M.P. musical rides held in the county in 2004 and 2008. Arsenault has served as fundraising chair for the Regent Theatre and as a member of Prince Edward Child Care Services. She has also been a member of the organizing committee and a performer for International Women?s Day. As a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Committee, she was in charge of food vouchers. Arsenault, also, was the oncamera host for a local cable television show, for several years. Currently, the popular songstress is chair of the music committee for the Olympic Torch Relay Task Force. ?It?s a salute to our county origins, through music, dance and fl ags,? Arsenault explains. ?It?s a once in a lifetime event for our county,? says the vivacious singer, who will perform during this event on Dec. 15, at Picton Fairgrounds. This fall, Arsenault will showcase a group of young musical artists, with sponsorship from the AOTS (As One That Serves) men?s group, at Bloomfi eld United Church. Titled You Should See Them Now, it will feature performers from 12 to 17 years of age. Recently, Arsenault sang with her daughter, Katie Shannon, during an Afghan Night fundraiser and, also, performed at a fundraiser to promote awareness for the plight of orphans in Haiti. This fall, she sang with Trinity at St. Andrew?s Presbyterian Church, during a fundraiser for the New Life Children?s Home. Arsenault?s latest CD, titled My Canada/Mon Cher Canada is scheduled for release, this fall. It will be her fi fth album. Her nominator says she is a role model for other women, because of her capability, compassion and charisma. Born with a song in her heart, Jeanette Arsenault generously shares her remarkable talent with the community that has proudly adopted her as one of its own. Published by Osprey Media Publishing Inc. at 3-252 Main St., Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009 THE COUNTY WEEKLY NEWS WOMEN IN BUSINESS, PAGE 3 John Knowles ? Publisher and General Manager Ross Lees ? Editor Rachel Henry Melissa Hudgin Advertising Manager Asst. Advertising Manager PHONE (613) 476-4714 FAX (613) 476-1281
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Successful songwriter and singer Jeanette Aresenault contributes her success to her heritage. ? Please note: The nominees? stories published in this special edition appear in no particular order. ? Our cover photograph by Alan Capon 63890169