by Brad Aubin
Since 1991, Sylvie Pilon, better known as ‘Nevadagirl’, has been raising big funds for the community. In 27 years of selling Nevada tickets, she has given back nearly $950,000 to a variety of organizations here in town, including the WN Child Care Corporation, the WN General Hospital Foundation, various youth sports teams, high schools, the Search and Rescue team and many more. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
Pilon has now put away the Nevada tickets to enjoy a much-deserved retirement alongside her husband, André. Fortunately for the community, however, there is someone to carry on the torch: new Nevadagirl owner Nicole Green, who recently got the business back opened after a small hiatus over the Holidays.
It’s bittersweet for Pilon, who put in 12-hour days, 7 days a week for years, first at her booth inside Giant Tiger, and then her business on Nipissing Street. “I was initially planning on going for a couple of more years but my husband retired and we had made a deal that we would retire together... so I sold my business and called it quits! It’s a little bittersweet, to tell you the truth. I miss the routine – and all of my great clients that I’ve learned so much about over the years!”
After years of giving so much to the community, Pilon couldn’t leave without a last hurrah, as she donated over $16,000 to the Sacré-Coeur Parish for their new building.
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