My name is Sara Lauzon. I am 23 years old, and I was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario. I am a graduate of Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and St. Lawrence College. I am currently in my third year at the University of Ottawa. I am majoring in History and minoring in Classical Studies.
My passion for Cornwall History started when I was 17 years old. My Cornwall “career” started in 2008. At 17, I asked my grade 12 co-op teacher to find me a history placement in town. I was introduced to Heritage Cornwall.
Following my co-op term, I was hired as Heritage Cornwall’s summer student, earning money for my first year in College. Once summer ended and my first semester rolled around, I decided to apply to become a member of Heritage Cornwall. I was selected by a board of city council to become a member of Heritage Cornwall. Shortly after, I was elected Secretary by Heritage Cornwall.
During the summer months of 2011 and 2012, I volunteered at Heritage Cornwall, with "Doors Open" being my favorite event. "Doors Open" allows communities to open the doors to some of their most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Not only do visitors get a tour of the old building, they receive a detailed history as well! For "Doors Open", I served as a tour guide at Central Public School both years. More often than not, the tours would turn into wonderful historical discussions with visitors. I’ve always loved "Doors Open!"
In 2012 I became Heritage Cornwall’s summer student once again. Two tasks assigned to me were to search historic Sydney Street in preparation for a district designation and to research the Royal Canadian Air Force Association building.
In May of 2012 Heritage Cornwall gave me some experience with hands-on historical research. Along with a couple of other members I attended the Kingston Heritage Conference for 2012. What an amazing experience! I was surrounded by people who felt the same way as I do about micro-history, and was able to watch these professionals in action.
While I was working for Heritage Cornwall, in April of 2012 after four years of research, I had Judge James Redmond O’Reilly commemorated in the Cornwall Counties Courthouse where he had lost his life 83 years before. From that day on, I learned that anything is possible. The bigger the dream, the bigger the reward once it’s completed.
In January 2014, I was offered my very own column in The/Le Journal to write about Cornwall’s history. In February, my first article hit the newspapers. I decided my first topic would be Cornwall’s Bridge History, since the new low level bridge opened a few days prior to the article being published. I decided to name my monthly column “The Way Back, Playback.”
On April 4 2014, I ran my first workshop at National Capital History Day, in Ottawa, on behalf of the Ontario Historical Society. This was the fourth time I’ve taken my Cornwall research to our nation’s capital to present.
My goal is to uncover as much of Cornwall's history as I possibly can and to share everything I learn with its citizens along the way.
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