noelle's gift

Why We Do It

About Noelle

Survived by her loving family and friends, she was a gift to everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. Her optimism and positivity were inspirational and driven by her inner strength and inherent goodness. Noelle’s presence was unique and unmatchable. She had a way about her that resonated and filled everyone’s heart with warmth and pure kindness. Noelle loved with all of her heart and knew no other way. Although her life was unjustly taken from her on the 1st of January 2013, she will continue to live on in the hearts of everyone whose lives she touched, forever more. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Social Science Degree from the University of Ottawa in 2008, Noelle Paquette developed a love for teaching during a one-year placement at an elementary school in Seoul, South Korea in 2010. Returning to Canada, Noelle completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at Nipissing University in 2011. She then returned to her hometown Sarnia, Ontario to start her journey as a Teacher in a town she adored and grew up in. She immediately made an impact during her 2012 contract position at St. Matthew Catholic School in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, taking it upon herself to go above and beyond her assigned duties. She was passionate about helping students grow and ensuring they were able to have a positive experience, often supplying meals, classroom supplies, and clothing to those students in need.

Our Committee

We are thankful for our volunteer based committee & board members

Kyle Braatz


Lynn Paquette

Chair & Co-Founder

Roger Paquette


Joe Paquette


Nicole Paquette


Jocelyne Paquette


Shauna Southcott​


Angela Persichetti


Anita Trusler

Smash Hit Grant Facilitator

Bryan Cowden​

Run Convenor

Catherine Wilde


Cathy Robertson


Chris Barneveld

Past Treasurer & Director

Jo-Anne Szabo


Jodi Mandeno

Teacher Chatham-Kent

Kevin Cannon


Leslie Palimaka

Volunteer Coordinator

Linda Vandenbroek


Mark Renaud


Michele Stokley

Community Events

Sarah Rodgers

Assistant Run Coordinator

Sue Serratore

Honorary Member

Wilma Hunninck

Chatham-Kent Representative

Jackie Daamen

Noelle’s Gift’s Closet Coordinator

Liwordson Vijayabalan


Jane Spanton


Strategic Plan

We believe in the power of strategic planning to drive positive change. Our newly unveiled strategic plan is the compass that will guide us toward a future where our impact knows no bounds.

View Strategic Plan Here