WRITTEN BY SHAWNA O’NEILL
Shannon Lebrun is a familiar face in the Cornwall area. She is a local business woman, born and raised here, and has watched the downtown BIA grow and change over time.
Many know that Lebrun is the president of the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the sales manager at Corus Entertainment. But many do not know that Lebrun’s kryptonite is the maple popcorn from Happy Popcorn Co., and she can often be found enjoying a puzzle from Kid’s Korner with her three children.
“I’m a mom, so Kid’s Korner is one of our favourite places…it’s a great place to look to find something different, and something fun,” said Lebrun.
“Happy Popcorn Co., I have to include it (in my favourites),” she added. “Bill Hallman is a colleague of mine, and just to watch his (family’s) dream come alive is really awesome. I think that’s the story with our businesses downtown: you get to see (business owner’s) dreams come alive.”
Lebrun noted that through her day job with Corus Entertainment, she has seen our community thriving, especially throughout the pandemic together. She is always overwhelmed by how residents generously and consistently unite to support each other.
When she isn’t indulging her sweet tooth, or spending time with her family, Lebrun may be found pampering herself at PURE Organic Spa.
“I have a great hair stylist, Alex, and a great esthetician, Corrie (who is, full disclosure, my sister-in-law),” said Lebrun with a laugh, naming another favourite.
Lebrun also highlighted her love for the patio and food at Schnitzels European Flavours, her obsession with the scallops from Birchwood Café, her fond memory of the beautiful white dress she purchased from Dreamland for her daughter’s first communion, Pommier Jeweller’s Angels Among Us fundraiser and their variety of products, and the feel-good brunch options from Spinners Diner. Her praise for our downtown BIA, and its attractive storefronts, is infinite.
Finding new things to admire in our region and in the downtown BIA is something that Lebrun encourages everyone to explore. She said that colleagues have recently discussed local hidden gems with her, like walking trails in Alexandria, that they weren’t aware of before.
“Look at what Cornwall Tourism and SDG Tourism have done in the last year to really show the residents that there are so many beautiful things to see in our own back yard, and many of our residents haven’t even seen that,” praised Lebrun.
Lebrun also complimented the positive energy that can be felt while walking in the downtown BIA, as the businesses and organizations often work hard to encourage each other.
“I will agree with MP Eric Duncan when he talks about how this downtown group of owners are involved,” said Lebrun. “They are working hard to build this downtown area.”
“It’s a great downtown and it’s because we have great people in this community; it’s the people that are making a difference,” she concluded.