A steady flow of traffic was the order of the day on
Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the St. Jacques Parish Hall in Hanmer as
hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances showed their love and support
for Monique Laderoute and her sons. The Laderoutes are hoping to get
themselves back on their feet and start life all over again now that they
are back home in Canada.
Joanne Kinney, on the far left, Jean Somers, sitting
beside Joanne, and Sabrina Kinney, standing with the red top, spent most of
the afternoon greeting guests at the entrance. Joanne and Sabrina are
cousins, while "Aunt Jean" has been referred to as Monique's
"lifeline" as she was attempting to escape from the ravages of
war-torn Lebanon just a couple of months ago.
After spending the past 14 years living in Lebanon with
her husband, Sam Zoghbi, Monique Laderoute, second from the right in the
above photo, seemed to have it made. She and Sam had a great life. He was
doing very well in the restaurant business and she was developing a solid
reputation as a professional interior designer. And then around the middle
of July 2006, their world was turned upside down when Israel invaded Lebanon
and Monique was forced to flee from her home near Beirut and seek evacuation
back to Canada.
With their assets frozen in Lebanon, Monique and her
two teenaged boys were only able to bring one suitcase each out of the
country. The Laderoute's were able to secure space with 200 others on a
luxury casino yacht and eventually made it back to Valley East. "I
didn't even have enough money to make a phone call from the bus
station," recalls Monique. "But even though I have nothing and I
have to start out all over again on welfare with an empty apartment, I am so
grateful to have escaped with my sons. I'm back home now, and I will never
Monique, who was born and raised in Valley East, is
the daughter of Ron and Susan Laderoute. Ron is on the far left in the photo
and Susan is on the far right. Her aunt Jean Somers, second from the left,
was described by Monique as "my lifeline".
Monique's husband remained back in Lebanon to protect
their property. If all goes well, he should be joining his family in Valley
East within a couple of months. In the meantime, the Laderoute's are in dire
straights and are turning to the kind people of Valley East for help.
Monique is looking for a job as an administrative
assistant, executive secretary, human resources officer, or other similar
positions. Thanks to Val and Violet Mazzuca, they now have a rental home in
Hanmer, close to family and friends, but they have absolutely nothing to put
in the house and are looking for a helping hand. This is where the true
Valley Spirit is expected to come forward and help put them back on their
|It was a wonderful afternoon of socializing and good food.
All in attendance wished Monique Laderoute and her family the very best of
luck in getting re-established in her new life. For Monique and her sons,
it was very reassuring to know that there is a whole "community of
support" behind her, ready to do what they can do to help out.
Any additional support would be greatly appreciated. If
you require more information, or if you would like to donate any household
items to Monique, please contact Jean Somers at 969-2304.