Rachel Navaneelan was named Citizen of the Year, at the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards night.
“It totally took me off guard – I had no idea,” said Navaneelan.
Others, not so much, as Navaneelan seems to be constantly involved with charitable organizations.
“Just to give back to the community that has embraced you; it’s so important, we need to give back,” said Navaneelan, of the philosophy she tries to live by. “This is a very generous community and I talk about (the city) no matter what part of the world I go to – which you don’t find in other places.”
Navaneelan arrived in the area about 25 years ago with her husband and quickly built a successful dental practice.
“I’ve always felt very accepted and Cornwall has helped me professionally and helped me build up a big practice,” she said.
Some of the more notable recipients of Navaneelan’s generosity are the Cornwall Community Hospital, Victim’s
Services of SDG & Akwesasne, the Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC), and Big Brothers — Big Sisters.
The fallout from the massive 2005 tsunami was the spark that led to her charity, Rachel’s Kids, which has helped provide education for children and communities overseas.
“I always loved children, and have a soft spot for kids,” she said. “I heard about how the children were affected by the tsunami back home.
“I thought, we need to do something. So what started off as a little backyard fundraiser grew to be a big charity.”
Rachel’s Kids has upped the ante even more in the past year, by establishing the House of Hope, a place that will focus on helping children in the autism spectrum.
Today was a very special day at the office! Dr. Rachel celebrated 24 years in business!! We look forward to working with her for another 24 years :)
Happy Birthday to our amazing boss! Hope you have a great day :)
This year the staff was finally able to find the perfect gift Christmas gift for Dr. Rachel with the help from Andre Pommier. This beautiful handcrafted bangle was designed for Dr. Rachel and is one of a kind! Thank you Andre and Pommier Jewellers for the gorgeous bangle Dr. Rachel love it!
Happy Birthday to Diane, Donna, Kelly, and Angele! Look at that amazing cake from Love Love Food Cafe, Bistro & Bakery! Yummy.
Santa stopped by the office last night and spoiled the staff! Thank you Dr. Rachel for going above and beyond for your staff year after year.
Jamaica is a gorgeous place that the office was able to experience as a group all thanks to an amazing boss! Everyone was able to relax and enjoy the sun without a worry in the world. Thank you Doc for the awesome week of memories that will last a life time.
If you are at the Civic Complex you might just notice the Zamboni we had wrapped 😊 we are happy to be a major sponsor for the National this year!
Adrian from the Guy Lauzon's office stop by today to present Dr. Rachel with her 150th award for all of the volunteer work she does in the community. Congrats Doc!
Bringing awareness to breast cancer is close to home this year.
We are doing this in support of a very special young woman who is fighting breast cancer.
We applaud her strength and courage.
She is an inspiration to us all.
We are with her all the way.
Well once again Dr Navaneelan has spoiled us!!! Beautiful thanksgiving treat boxes from Love Love Food. We truly are the luckiest staff and are so thankful for Dr. Navaneelan.
Happy Birthday Mel! We are happy to have you as part of our team.
Celebrating Lindsay's birthday today with another delicious cake. Wishing you an amazing year ahead!!!
Today we celebrated Stephanie 10 year anniversary working at the office! Time sure does go by fast and we are the lucky ones to have you on our team. Thank you for 10 fabulous years.
Lovely thank you cards Dr. Navaneelan has received. She's feeling the love :)
Congratulations to Kim and family on the birth of their beautiful baby boy! Welcome to the team Gavin :)
We love our patients!
Here are the celebrity chefs! Everyone was amazing!! Sadly Dr Navaneelan was chopped but had a great time!!! Congratulations to Carilyn, this years winner.
Dr Navaneelan will do anything for a smile! We love working for this amazing woman!!
Happy 29th Birthday to the man of the house!!!
Dr. Navaneelan generously took all the senior staff on a beautiful trip to Ireland. Thank you Dr. Navaneelan for being so amazing!!
How are you kicking off Canada Day at your office? We gave every patient that has an appointment a cupcake over the next two days! The little ones are loving the way we are celebrating!
Happy Birthday to our amazing staff member Kim :)
Birthday celebrations with Jennifer and Carla!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Such a thoughtful thank you card :)
Happy Birthday to a very special lady in our office! Lindsay we are lucky to have you on our team we hope you have an amazing day!
Even Dr. Rachel likes to work at the front desk so she can talk to all her patients.
Dr. Rachel and a few staff members took a bit of time to help out and decorate Smile Cookies on lunch hour :)
Oh Truffles how we love you! They dropped off a midweek snack for the staff chocolate covered strawberries. They were delicious .
Happy birthday going out to beautiful ladies in our office! We hope you enjoyed your special day Leesa and Heather!
Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG would like ot congratulate you for being citizen of the year!
Our friend Casey dropped in today! Always a great time at the office.
Happy Birthday to Lydia and Jaime
Dr. Rachel supports Children's Treatment Centre with a donation of $5000
Thank You Cards!
Have you checked out the 18th hole at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club? Dr. Navaneelan is proud to be a major sponsor!
Great week in the office we celebrated Jessie and Stephane's birthday and our awesome boss bought the office ribs from rib fest!
A must read from a patient
Thank you RBC for recognizing Dr. Navaneelan on International Women's day!
Happy Birthday to three special ladies in the office. Donna, Michelle & Angle
Christmas Staff Party 2015!
Tony from Love Love Food stop by with a birthday cake for Dr. Rachel! Thank you Tony. Happy Birthday Dr. Rachel!
Pictures With Santa - Christmas 2015
Dr. Rachel's 10 Favourite Things
Sparkle The Elf - Christmas 2015
Office Christmas Tree - Christmas 2015
Birthday celebrations for Jamie and Lydia!
Celebrating bosses day with our amazing boss!
She treats us just like family! She was ordering lunch for herself today and decided to order lunch for the whole office!
Our thoughtful boss took the office out for supper at Table 21! We were celebrating Angela's 20 years Shawna's 14 years and Jens 12 years! Thank you for all the hard work over the years and for making our office the best in town!
We recently celebrated a few birthdays in the office! Happy Birthday Angie and Shawna.
Selling pink pumpkin bouquets to support breast cancer!
Cameron and Quincy stopped by the office and showed off their tie-dye t-shirt they made at our Patient Appreciation Day!
Thank you Dr. Navaneelan for thinking of us on and Administration Day!
Happy Birthday Dr. Karen
Our awesome dental hygienists with their flowers from Dr. Rachel
Happy Birthday Sean!!
Our office goes Yellow to support Sean!!
The office is wearing blue today to show our support for autism!
Dental Assistant’s Week
Seaway International Wine Festival
Dr. Rachel’s Louis Vuitton Birthday cake and party
We are proud to sponsor another wonderful event in our community! Breakfast with Santa!
Thank you to Dr navaneelan for another amazing dental summit experience.
This week we celebrated Shawna’s Birthday. Happy Birthday Shawna from everyone at the office!
Happy Birthday Dr. Gilbert!
Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Rachel Navaneelan celebrating Stephane and Jessie's Birthday! Happy birthday Stephane and Jessie!!
Thanks to Roy's florist, the office is smiling this week!
TAngie, Cindy, Jennifer & Stephanie want to thank Dr. Navaneelan for taking them to the 2014 Napa Valley Dental Conference! It was an amazing experience and we learned so much!
A big thank you to Dr. Navaneelan from the Hygiene Team for the periodontal course in Toronto April 4th 2014
Dr. Navaneelan Showing Her Creative Side
Happy Birthday Dr. Navaneelan Dec 19 2013
“Stephanie celebrated her birthday October 23rd 2013 – Happy Birthday Stephanie!”