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What is FoLD?

FoLD is a registered, non-profit organization that aims to promote and support local community-based news in the Gatineau Hills through various fundraising efforts & donations.

Now, more than ever, our community needs trustworthy reporting on issues that matter to you. Of the nearly 516 news operations that have closed across Canada since 2008, the majority of them have been community newspapers.


FoLD will lead in fund development to support the Low Down in its mission to provide quality journalism to the Gatineau Hills.


FoLD will educate the community on the importance of local news through events and other projects.


FoLD will support local community organizations and schools through funding and partnerships.

Come into the FoLD

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If you believe news matters in our community, become a Friend of the Low Down through a donation. Your generosity will go a long way in ensuring local news continues to thrive here in the Hills.





Help send local Grade 9-11 students to the week-long Enrichment Mini Courses Program (EMCP) at Carleton and Ottawa universities. This extraordinary experience will allow them to explore their interests and ignite their potential in the fields of Journalism, English Literature, and Political Science.

Your support will not only cover their tuition costs but also provide them with an enriching and transformative experience that will shape their academic and personal growth.

2024 Goal – Raise $1,800 to send 6 students

2023 Goal reached – 5 students received the MiniU Scholarship


With your support, the sales of the Worst Joke of the Week to support Michael’s Art Department has surpassed an incredible total of $6000. The joke book is still available for sale in our shop while supplies last.


More than $6000 Raised in 2023


Alexis Mantell, Anne Morrison,Bob Crawford, Fred Ferguson, Janet Long, Jill Keenleyside, Linda Vanderlee, Lisa Young, Marc and Carol-Ann, Nicolas Regis, Nigel DeSouza, Patrick Hunt

Meet our board

Meet Our Board
Katherine Sandford (President) is a writer, story-editor, producer and showrunner whose hundreds of hours of stories for kids have been broadcast all around the world and nominated for numerous awards (like the Emmy) and even won a couple (not the Emmy); she developed a series for Sesame Street and was the executive story editor on the CBC show, Mittens and Pants. She has lived near the Gatineau Hills for most of her life and is an ENORMOUS fan of the Low Down and of good journalism.

Hélène Giroux (Vice-President)
After a long and rewarding career in international development in Asia and South America/Cuba, Hélène became an active and committed citizen of the La Pêche community, bringing her professional and collaborative approach to several key projects. She launched the bilingual Wakefield–La Pêche Writers Festival des Écrivains, which has grown into a renowned cultural event in the Outaouais, spearheaded the building of the Wakefield River Walk/Promenade Riveraine and represents the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais on the Board of Culture Outaouais.

Aden Seaton moved to Chelsea in 2008 and has been a devoted Low Down reader since day one. She spent over a decade in the charitable sector (Amnesty International Canada and United Way Centraide Canada) until one day, while skimming the classified section in the back of the paper, she was struck by lightning: The Low Down was hiring an Advertising Sales Director. Aden knew instantly that the job was for her, and she has been joyfully selling ads ever since.

Carrie Wallace (Treasurer) is a life-long entrepreneur, innovative placemaker and community builder. Firmly rooted in her hometown of Chelsea, she is a co-founder of the thriving Hendrick Farm community in Old Chelsea Village and the founder of the Chelsea Highlands community (automatically subscribing each new resident to the Low Down).  Most recently Carrie played a pivotal role in the establishment of the conservation forest, la Forêt Jolicoeur-McMartin.  Deeply commited to her community, Carrie continues to advocate for place-based initiatives, progressive land-use planning and lower-impact zoning regulations in a rural context.

Jess Milton was the long-time producer of Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Cafe. Today she writes, hosts and produces the successful podcast Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe, is Director of Production at the Leaders’ Debates Commission and is producing a Christmas musical. She has lived in Chelsea since 2008.

Jessica Valentini is the Low Down’s Marketing Director and brings with her over 20 years of experience as an Advertising Executive and award winning Producer working with brands like Procter & Gamble, RBC and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Jessica has a passion for community involvement. You’ll see her on the pitch coaching with the Soccer des Collines Club and volunteering at Chelsea Elementary School where her two kids attend.

Nikki Mantell is the owner and publisher of The Low Down to Hull and Back News and a prime example, as well as a vocal advocate for the importance of local news. She is the driver and inspiration behind FoLD’s mission, vision and values.



Learn about upcoming events, fundraisers and more!

Your participation will go a long way in ensuring local news continues to thrive here in the Hills.

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At the Low Down, we are passionate about delivering quality local news to Gatineau Hills residents. But passion alone cannot pay the bills.

To help meet the demands of inflation and the costs of producing fact-based local news, we have introduced new pricing options. Our goal is to meet readers where they’re at, and keep our newspaper as affordable as possible.

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