Famous People from Greater Napanee

We are proud of the many residents from our community who have achieved great things! Here are just a few of our talented hometown stars!

Avril Lavigne (musician)

Breaking into the pop scene in 2002, Greater Napanee's own Avril Lavigne hit the international music scene with a bang, rising to pop stardom at the young age of 17. With eight Grammy Award nominations, winning seven Canadian Juno Awards, and selling over 30 million albums worldwide, the young star has gained diverse international success in not only the music industry, but in the film, fashion, and fragrance industries as well.

Brittany Benn (athlete: rugby)

While she was at the University of Guelph, Benn earned five OUA gold medals, three CIS bronze, two CIS silvers and one national championship title. Benn has also received many other personal awards. In 2012, she was named OUA All-Star, OUA MVP, CIS Player of the Year, CIS All-Canadian, BLG nominee for CIS Athlete of the Year and received the Pioneer OUA Female Athlete of the Year award. She received her first National Senior Women's Cap in France in November 2013 and was part of the 2014 CAN-AM. Benn participated in the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris, France in August 2014, where Canada finished in second place. Benn made her debut with Canada's Women's Sevens team in the Rugby Women's Sevens World Series in March 2015. The team ended up qualifying for Rio 2016 after winning Amsterdam Sevens in May 2015. Benn was a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Benn had a breakout season in 2015-16 and was named to the tournament Dream Team at the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens in May, the final stop of the season. Benn finished the 2015-16 WSWS ranked fourth on the team with nine tries.

Source: http://olympic.ca/team-Canada/britt-benn/

Leroy Blugh (athlete: football)

The defensive linesman for two different teams in the Canadian Football League moved to Greater Napanee as a young child. This three-time all-Canadian champion was the 1988 winner of the Presidents' Trophy as top defensive player in Canadian university football; played with the Edmonton Eskimos (1989-2000) winning the Grey Cup in 1993; earning two selections as West Division all-star; named the league's top Canadian player in 1996 and played with the Toronto Argonauts (2001-02). Blugh moved into the coaching role and was head coach of the Bishop's Gaiters for six seasons; spent two seasons as assistant coach with Queen's Gaels; was a defensive-line coach with Edmonton Eskimos for one season and is now a defensive-line coach with Ottawa Redblacks.

John Gibbard (founder)

John Gibbard founded the Gibbard Furniture Company in 1835 in Napanee. The company operated for 173 years and was one of the oldest, continuously operating companies in North America before it closed.

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