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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Make No Mistake. It’s not “infill”

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ongratulations to Councillor Jeff Leiper and the City of Ottawa for conducting the Westboro Infill Study. There is only one problem, the title of the study is wrong. The term “infill” is defined as the development of vacant parcels of land within previously built areas. In direct contrast to this definition, in Westboro, single homes are being demolished and replaced by multi-unit dwellings (often on two or three adjacent lots simultaneously). Clearly, this is not infill: it is redevelopment. The term “redevelopment” defines a project where an existing building is removed and converted to a different use. This distinction is not splitting hairs. The scale of change and the impact on residents through redevelopment is vastly greater than what one would experience with true infill projects. On many Westboro streets, over half the single homes that existed 10 years ago have been replaced by these


250 City Centre Ave., Suite 500 Ottawa ON K1R 6K7 www.kitchissippi.com Kitchissippi, meaning “the Grand River,” is the former Algonquin name for the Ottawa River. The name now identifies the urban community to the west of downtown Ottawa. EDITOR Yose Cormier editor@kitchissippi.com twitter.com/kitchissippi CONTRIBUTORS Dave Allston, Ellen Bond, Charlie Senack, Anita Grace, Paula Roy, Bradley Turcotte

”On many Westboro streets, over

half the single homes that existed 10 years ago have been replaced by these multiple ‘infills’. ” multiple “infills”. What we have is a not-so-incremental redevelopment of the entire neighbourhood. With the pace of redevelopment increasing, one can envision that, in another 10 years, the resulting changes will be on the scale of the redevelopment of Le Breton Flats. So Councillor Leiper and City of Ottawa,

thanks for the study but, as they say, please call a spade a spade! Whether one is for or against it, there is no arguing the fact that these neighbourhoods are undergoing redevelopment on a massive scale at a bewildering pace. Max Finkelstein and Constance Downes

Westboro homeowners create group to appeal new development n 2018, Domicile Developments applied to the City of Ottawa to rezone three addresses on Roosevelt Avenue from three to six storeys. The developer plans to demolish three single-family homes and build a six-storey mixed-use building with 35 condo units with retail businesses on the first two floors on the site. Domicile’s building plan would remove all of the existing trees and green space. Despite objections from local residents, City Council’s Planning Committee approved a by-law amendment to permit


a four-storey building. Ultimately, the issue went to full Council which approved six-storey zoning for the three addresses in question. Jeff Leiper, the member of Council for Kitchissippi Ward, and four other urban core members of Council voted against the by-law amendment, but suburban and rural councillors carried the day. Frustrated residents from the western edge of Westboro formed the Westboro Residents Group, which now has more than 140 names on its mailing list. In September 2018, the group filed an appeal under

the Ontario Planning Act with the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, a relatively new body that replaced the Ontario Municipal Board. The appellants are seeking to overturn the City’s by-law amendment decision.   The hearing will likely take place in December 2019 or in early 2020, with a decision expected in the first half of the new year. Mike Olsen, member of the Westboro Residents Group

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Meet Noah Linson-Hudson “I was born in San Diego, California, and I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I started playing music at five years old with the Suzuki method of teaching. In Grade 2, I moved with my family to Canada and to Ottawa. It was colder here in Canada and I needed warmer clothes. I also remember there was a different national anthem here. I miss the ocean and the food, especially the fish tacos. I go to Canterbury High School in the Strings Program where I am a cellist. I chose the cello because I wanted to sit down, and I would still pick the cello to this day. I feel the cello is like another body, and it gives me something to hold and to express music through. You are basically another instrument because the instrument can’t make music on its own, so you are one with the other. I love the freedom of expression in music. I like the public areas of Kitchissippi, and there are lots of nice areas to walk in. I enjoy the parks, and the great library. In 10 years, I see myself still in Ottawa; it’s just amazing here, and I’d still love to have

music in my life as I see now as just the beginning of my career. I’d like to keep doing it as a hobby or a side job. I’d like to be a physiotherapist because I like to be able to relieve stress in the body. My mother taught me that, and that is a great thing, and I’d like to help other people do that. If I won a million dollars, I’d give most of it away to programs like OrKidstra that help kids learn about music and I’d give the rest to my family, especially to my mother for all the things she has done for us. I think the world needs more connections through music. If we were all to sit down and listen to a recital or listen to someone so young and so innocent, just be able to present what they can do, it’s so heartwarming and wholesome that it would let people think and maybe put their mind to something more helpful in the world. I have no idea where music will take me but for now I will stick to OrKidstra and the Suzuki method of teaching and see where that takes me.” Collected by Ellen Bond

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like Hintonburg Pottery did with a Pottery for Parkdale on November 17. St. Vincent de Paul, on Wellington Street, is already set up and has decorated their storefront in a winter scene in anticipation of National Giving Tuesday, on Decmber 3.. On that day, they will sell the items on display, with all funds raised going to charity to assist people in need here in Ottawa. They’ve been known to have lineups on that day, so be ready. Also, check out Wellington West BIA as it profiles some of its “Merchants who give back”! If you happen to be alone on Christmas Day, or simply want to share the day with your neighbours, head to the Carleton Tavern, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its 19th annual free Christmas Day meal. You can help make the event even better by donating food, gifts and even pet food! Check our community calendar for more details. From all of us at Kitchissippi Times, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please note that we will not be publishing an issue in January, although we aim to have some web-exclusive articles. We’ll see you back here in February!



here will be lots to do this month as we ramp up towards Christmas. Local businesses and organizations are well into the festive spirit, with many craft sales and bazaars already having taken place. On November 30, take in Westboro Light Up the Village, which features the Kitchissippi FoodRaiser – a major food drive and fundraiser in support of Parkdale Food Centre and Westboro Region Food Bank. Businesses across the Ward are also getting ready, probably none more so than the Savoy Brasserie, which is going all out until early January with a Miracle Pop Up. Check out their story and images in this issue. There are also a number of Kitchissippi residents getting ready for some holiday music and events, whether its kids with OrKidstra or at the Churchill Alternative School, or more seasoned artists singing for a cause with Just Voices. Check out all their stories inside this edition of the Kitchissippi Times. In between the music, decorations and good cheer, make sure to shop locally for presents and enjoy some good food (maybe try some of the restaurants whose chefs competed in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, featured in this issue). But throughout all the merriment, remember to look for opportunities to help those in need. For instance, Ten Thousand Villages allows shoppers to buy Camino hot chocolate and other items to fill up some of the Food Bank hampers. Businesses across our neighbourhoods will also hold events,

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Sam Mizrahi, owner of Mizrahi Developments, with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in the background, speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new 12-storey building on Wellington.

Greg Mathieu, Chair of the Granite Club’s redevelopment committee, is encouraged that the community values the local club, and said one of the objectives of redevelopment is to minimize impact on the neighbours.

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When it comes to development, Louise Atkins is concerned about affordability, pointing out that the condo towers popping up by transit hubs are too pricey for people on low and fixed incomes. “Here we have billions of dollars of investment with the LRT,” she said. “It doesn’t seem right that the people who will benefit most from the huge public infrastructure are people who are very affluent.”

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iving in one of the “hottest” neighbourhoods can be both a blessing and a curse. Westboro is hailed as a prime destination for shopping and fine dining. Hintonburg is the latest “it” neighbourhood, a vibrant community with craft breweries and other trendy locales. “This is a desirable neighbourhood,” said Mayor Jim Watson at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mizrahi tower at 1451 Wellington last month. “People want to live here.”

This spring, Statistics Canada reported that Ottawa is the third fastest growing urban area in Canada (Peterborough claimed first place), and Royal LePage gave the capital the dubious honour of having the fourth most expensive housing market in the country. Westboro and Hintonburg are rated among the top “up and coming” neighbourhoods in the city by the Ottawa Real Estate Board. The Mizrahi tower was given “landmark status” for a design that echoes other iconic structures in the National Capital Region. This designation allowed the Toronto-based

company to erect a 12-storey building on a street zoned for six. “We created that emotional investment as a gateway” said Sam Mizrahi, owner of Mizrahi Developments, citing what he called the tower’s “wow factor”. While the design of 1451 Wellington went through multiple revisions and consultations before receiving its special status and permission to exceed height limits, many residents are concerned the pace of growth is simply too much, with many seemingly bypassing existing rules. “Planning for the whole area is lagging so far behind what is happening on the

ground,” said Champlain Park resident Louise Atkins. This is not for lack of effort on the part of local residents and community associations. “Residents are highly engaged on virtually all of our development files,” said Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper. He added that this engagement can sometimes improve proposed buildings, but can also lead to policy changes. As an example, the Westboro Infill Study was commissioned by the City to look into the impacts of replacing single homes with multi-unit buildings. Respondents had raised concerns around aesthetics, parking,

house, some neighbours expressed concern that the re-alignment of the space would make it less attractive and useful as a recreational and play area. “I’m not sure the new park could be used as well as the current big green space,” agreed Leiper. Still, after the meeting, Mathieu said he was encouraged by the general sense that the community values the club as a neighbourhood recreational facility. He said the next step is to have discussions with the City Parks Department to see if the land swap is possible, and if the utility of what the club is proposing can match that of the existing park.


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CONCERNS OVER RULES During the Westboro Community Association’s annual general meeting, held in November, those in attendance spent the majority of the evening talking about the increased development in the area, especially with respect to the multi-storey buildings now going up on Scott Street and the removal of older homes to make room for duplexes, triplexes and event quadraplexes. Many residents expressed concerns during the AGM that developers are circumventing rules and the City isn’t enforcing the bylaws it has in place. “Most of these sites (on Scott Street) will have an impact on the residential fabric to the south,” said Gary Ludington, Chair of Westboro Community Association, noting it will look like a “wall” from the southern side. “Not something to look forward to.” Scott Street is zoned for six-storeys, but approval has already been given for a 25-storey tower at McRae (the former site of Trailhead), a 20-storey high-rise at Clifton and a nine-storey building next-door, as well as two towers (24 and 25 stories) at Parkdale. Additionally, in October, the City received an application to construct a 23-storey mixed-use building at Churchill and Scott, with access from Winona Avenue. An application is

expected soon for the adjacent lot. A proposed 20-25 high-rise by the Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa would bring the number of towers along Scott to eight, facing off against the 32-storey Metropole to the north. The Curling Club, established in 1953 and located near the Westboro transit station on Scott Street, hosted an open house at the end of October to present their redevelopment plans to the community. Approximately 100 people, among them curlers, neighbours and city staff, came to discuss the three proposed development options. The existing facility is aging and property taxes have tripled, putting a strain on the non-profit organization and its members. The club has been in consultation with developers and city planners to find a sustainable way forward. Greg Mathieu, chair of the club’s redevelopment committee, said the proposed building will be a year-round facility accessible to the community for children’s camps and activities, as well as for local events. The cost of the redevelopment would be off-set by the construction of the 20-25 storey building on the Scott Street side of the property. The club hopes to build the new curling facility on part of what is now Lion’s Park. The Granite is proposing a land swap for part of the park, offering a larger parcel of land than it will receive. But at the open

LIGHT RAIL IS CHANGING THE RULES “The big game changer in this part of the world is the LRT,” said Barry Hobin, an architect working on the Granite’s


Many residents across the Kitchissippi Ward have started putting up lawn signs expressing their displeasure at the intensification going on in their neighbourhoods.

redevelopment project. To encourage intensification around transit hubs, the city is over-ruling zoning agreements and allowing increased height and density. That’s only going to increase interest in living in the Ward. “We love this neighbourhood,” said Naheed Israeli and Sylvain DeTonnancour, who are among those who have pre-purchased units in the luxury Mizrahi tower, which is 70% pre-sold. They will be moving from their current home in Wellington West to the tower once it is ready in 2022. Israeli said that she had been impressed with its design and the way in which the developer engaged with the community. Leiper noted that anyone interested in development can participate in the free Planning Primers (half-day courses) offered by the City.


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Ian Carswell’s gold medal winning dish, which included Milkhouse Farm & Dairy lamb with “Neeps and Tatties”. It was composed of buckwheat crusted lamb loin, roasted turnip, braised lamb pierogi and a playfully-named “Scott-ish” paté.

Kitchissippi resident Ian Carswell (middle), who operates Black Tartan Kitchen in Carleton Place, won gold at Canada’s Great Kitchen Party regional competition. With him are bronze medalist Daniela Manrique of Kitchissippi’s Soca Kitchen and silver medalist Ben Landreville of Sidedoor.

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f any further proof was required to confirm that our area is home to a lot of talented chefs, Kitchissippi’s showing at Canada’s Great Kitchen Party last month should put any doubts to rest. Area resident Ian Carswell, who operates the Black Tartan Kitchen in Carleton Place, clinched the gold medal and a ticket to the national culinary championships.

Also representing our ward was Daniela Manrique of Soca Kitchen, who stepped away from her maternity leave to take home the People’s Choice award and the bronze medal with a beautiful beef tenderloin dish accented with global flavours. It was a podium repeat for her, having won silver at last year’s edition of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party in Ottawa. The two other competitors from our area were Jason Sawision of

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“I felt so nervous and wasn’t sure I was even being coherent. Looking at the dish and trying to describe it to the judges is a lot different than talking to patrons in your restaurant.” Speaking of restaurant patrons, if history repeats itself, Black Tartan Kitchen is sure to now be on the radar of food fans throughout Eastern Ontario, and beyond. “It’s hard to predict what this win will mean but I do think it will get our name out there more,” said Carswell. “I don’t plan on making any changes – we won gold based on what we do every day.” Carswell has already started mental preparations for the national event, taking place in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre on January 31 and February 1. “I hadn’t given it any thought previously as the focus was on doing the best we could last night,” he noted. “I’ll definitely be reaching out to learn from others’ experiences about how to best prepare. It’s going to be an exciting adventure.” With guidance, skill and maybe a little luck, Carswell aims to keep the crown in the Ottawa area, following in the footsteps of the current national champion, Yannick LaSalle of Les Fougères in Chelsea. Formerly known as Gold Medal Plates, the regional and national events have raised more than $15 million for amateur sport, music education and community food centres over the past 13 years.

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Stofa and Justin Champagne of Bar Lupulus. The sold-out competition was held at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute. The four chefs with Kitchissippi connections were joined by Shane Brown of Beckta Dining and Wine Bar, Billy Khoo from fauna food + bar, Ben Landreville of Sidedoor and Razmon Poisson from Orto Trattoria. Gold medallist Carswell served up a complex, well-crafted dish that included Milkhouse Farm & Dairy lamb with “Neeps and Tatties”. It was composed of buckwheat crusted lamb loin, roasted turnip, braised lamb pierogi and a playfully-named “Scott-ish” paté. He kept his wine pairing hyper-local, choosing the robust and impressive Kin 2018 Pinot Noir from Carp, Ontario. He was assisted by a talented team that included Chef Pat Garland of Wellington West’s Absinthe Café, who won the local competition in 2014. “I didn’t know what to expect so it was really nice to have Pat helping out as well as others with previous competition experience,” explained Carswell the day after the event. “I got wise advice from Pat that when it was time to plate the food for the judges, to just stop plating for guests temporarily. He was a real help with timing, too.” Carswell conceded that the most stressful part of the evening was explaining his dishes to the panel of eight esteemed judges.



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Savoy amps up Christmas with Miracle Pop-up BY YOSE CORMIER


ther than immersing yourself at Santa’s workshop for the holidays, the place to be for all-out, kitschy Christmas will likely be the Savoy Brasserie. The popular eatery on Richmond Road is dropping its dinner menu in favour of allout Christmas, turning into Miracle at the Savoy for 37 consecutive days. The Miracle Pop-up is a franchise that started in 2014 in New York. It has been done in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal and can now be found in 100 venues across the world. This will be the first appearance in Ottawa. The concept is simple: go all out with lights, ribbons and vintage Christmas decorations, offer a festive menu of signature cocktails and blare holiday music all evening long. Jack Bisson, owner of the Savoy and other venues across Ottawa, heard about Miracle last year, but wasn’t ready to proceed. This year, he’s all in, even though he admits he’s not sure what to expect. “Ottawa can be a finicky market. And we’re going to follow the Miracle recipe and not offer food for dinner. We’ll be the regular Savoy for breakfast and lunch, but at 2 p.m. every day, we’ll turn into Miracle,” said Bisson. “It’s really about the atmosphere, the signature Christmas cocktails and general festive atmosphere.” “We really think this will be good not just for us but for all businesses in the neighbourhood,” said Bisson, who’s venue can accommodate 105 people. In anticipation of lineups, Bisson has

signed up for the WaitWhile app. This means that instead of lining up outside until there’s space inside, people can drop by the Savoy, sign up and then check out the rest of the neighbourhood stores, pubs and eateries. Once there’s space, they’ll get a text message and will have 15 to 30 minutes to head over. Music during the evenings will be provided by KISS FM, which approached Bisson when they heard about Miracle at the Savoy. In addition, Bisson plans to donate $1 from every drink sold to the Salvation Army Toy Mountain. A key date to keep in mind will be December 2, when all 100 Miracle locations around the world will host the largest coordinated Ugly Christmas Sweater party.


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most vulnerable clients. Over many years, Carlington and Dovercourt have worked hard together to build a sense of community and make sure that barriers are removed for people who would otherwise go without access to excellent social and recreation opportunities. This happens quietly and families are treated with dignity while being welcomed into a community that genuinely cares.” Dovercourt truly is “A Community Working For a Community.”


camps, dance classes, swimming lessons, and so many other programs, to a network of social service agencies who refer clients in need. In 2019, Dovercourt served over 135 people through their financial assistance program and over 100 people through their Last Minute Club. Regardless of financial ability or physical/mental ability, Dovercourt offers programming, help and support to ensure access for everyone. But Dovercourt doesn’t stop there. Through partnerships with others, including Carlington Community Health Centre, Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, Ottawa Community Housing, local schools, and more, Dovercourt leverages community assets to support other local projects, initiatives and organizations. As Cameron McLeod, Executive Director of the Carlington Community Health Centre, states, “Dovercourt is the gold standard of what we hope for in a community partner. The staff always starts from ‘YES’ when we come looking for support for our


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COMMUNITY NEWS Just Voices strike a chord Social activist choir tackles issues of today at winter solstice concert STORY BY BRADLEY TURCOTTE

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hen Phyllis Kessler went to scope out a rehearsal of the Just Voices choir, the Kitchissippi resident found merry comfort in hearing the opening bars of the 1953 holiday standard, Santa Baby. Then the alto vocal range singer noticed the unexpected lyrics “bring some tofu home for me” and knew she wanted to join this ensemble. Founded in 2004, Just Voices combines love of song, passion for the environment and social justice into performances that strive to raise awareness and enact positive change. Headed by music director Jean Winter and facilitated by a volunteer board, Just Voices’ repertoire includes original works. The choir has also reworked existing compositions to address societal issues and performs socially conscious songs like Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, O Siem by Susan Aglukark and Amanda Rheaume’s Red Dress, dedicated to murdered and missing indigenous women. Past collaborators include Pastors for Peace, Ottawa Riverkeeper and ODOWA Ottawa Native Friendship Centre. Just Voices backed hip-hop artist Cody Coyote on his 2017 track Someday. The collective raises funds for various charities through a pay-what-youcan system. Recipients of Just Voices’ philanthropic efforts include the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Kitchissippi resident and soprano Eva Schacherl found the group by searching #resistnetwork. “We have written and sung a lot of songs about sustainability, climate change and, especially around Christmas, alternatives to consumerism,” Eva says.

The Just Voices choir are preparing for their winter solstice concert. PHOTO COURTESY JUST VOICES

Kitchissippi residents and Just Voices members Maggie Simpson, Aaron Spector, Eva Schacherl and Phyllis Kessler will be serenading the audience at the Church of the Ascension on December 13 at their winter solstice concert. PHOTO BY BRADLEY TURCOTTE

“We had fun at the last concert singing Tom Lehrer’s ‘Pollution’.” Another influential tune the group performs is Everything is Possible. Just Voices partners with queer women’s choir In Harmony to deliver a message of acceptance that heralds back to the 1970s. “It is sung to youth and

children to say be whoever you want to be. It is an anthem for LGBTQ rights,” Eva says. Members of this fired-up faction also belong to CANDOR, Coalition Against Nuclear Dumps on the Ottawa River, and Just Voices storms Parliament Hill to perform in protest.

“When we are at a demonstration or event, we do encourage others. If they recognise a song, they can join in. If they don’t, they can still be inspired,” Eva says. “We help to bring that energy to protest events. Our own members form community. We are building community as a group. We support each other as well.” For alto and Kitchissippi local Maggie Simpson, her “newbie” status meant she had to work hard when she joined the ranks. The friendly reception from Just Voices members was a deciding factor in sticking with the group. In a previous choir, Maggie received shade for a momentary lapse in tonality. “[In Just Voices] it is not like that at all. There is support in this group,” Maggie observes. The choir typically performs in acoustic-rich churches but Just Voices is

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a secular organization. That’s why they perform solstice concerts. “It is about the earth, coming back to our love of the earth and wanting to protect it,” Eva clarifies. Kitchissippi native and bass Aaron Spector says Just Voices’ winter solstice concert will feature “beautiful music that comes from different parts of the world.” In the past, the group has sung Chilean protest songs and arrangements against the American embargo of Cuba. “People connect with different harmonies. It is a diverse experience that gives you a taste of what freedom and helping the earth means from different perspectives,” Aaron says. One of Aaron’s favourite songs, by German Bertolt Brecht, warns against the implementation of automation. Aaron says the decades-old composition has

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gives us a voice. Kids don’t often feel like they have a voice, but when we perform, everyone listens to us.” —​ Felix Tremblay

Students from the School of Rock program at Churchill Alternative School. PHOTO COURTESY RAY KALYNUK

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estboro students are hoping to be the next big Canadian musical act. The members of the School of Rock program at Churchill Alternative School recorded and submitted a video of the song Human by Inuit duo Twin Flames for the CBC Music Class challenge. Teacher Ray Kalynuk said while many classes across the country have participated, few of them were from elementary schools. People from all across Canada will be able to watch their video, which is a bit nerve wracking for some students.

However, students say they enjoyed being part of the project and performing a song in a different language. “We practiced pretty hard – two or three times a week – and it paid off,” said Malone MacInnis, a Grade 6 student. “The video looks really good, and I like how I look in it. I liked that we were performing a song that not everyone knows, but we learned one in Inuktitut.” For 15 years, the program has been providing life-long memories for students while advancing their musical talents. But it’s not like any other traditional school music program. Instrumental music programs usually start for

students in Grade 7 or 8, but this program is offered to Grade 4, 5 and 6 students. “Students have an opportunity to perform and it gives them something to reach for,” said Kalynuk. “We have these students building these skills and working to perform them.” It really comes down to singing and performing, said Kalynuk. The group formed out of a traditional choir into something that was more capable of keeping the students engaged.  “One of the greatest celebrations of this program is the growth of music in our community,” said Kalynuk. “The Churchill school of rock also allowed

us to raise interest, and then money to purchase instruments and continually shape a music program that has become one of the most unique and important parts of our community.” Adding the rock and roll theme meant students connected more with music, and allowed them to feel like they were performers. They tend to pick songs which can be played on a guitar or ukulele, instruments they incorporate into the program. Again this year, the group performed a few songs for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony put on by the Westboro Legion. While earlier performances were by just one group of students, the

gives us a voice. Kids don’t often feel like they have a voice, but when we perform, everyone listens to us.” Those are sentiments fellow classmate Grace Pearson, 11, echoed. “I got involved because all three of my older siblings were involved, and I saw them coming back from practice and how much fun they had,” Grace said. “When I would go to shows at Nepean High School and at Westfest each year, I would see everyone moving, being free, and having fun, and I wanted to be a part of it.”  Kalynuk says he hopes the program will continue to grow over the next 15 years and is proud of how far it has already come. The next big event for the students will be a coffee house held at their school in mid-December.

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instrument can help the brain grow and develop in very different ways according to some research I have read recently.” – Rebecca Russell

Kitchissippi resident Rebecca Russell says OrKidstra can be transformative for kids involved in the program.

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he group of youth settles down, instruments at the ready. Together, they begin practising pieces from A Charlie Brown Christmas. It sounds almost like an orchestra. In a way, that’s the whole point behind OrKidstra, a social development

program that helps empower kids and builds community through music. Youth play all the instruments found in a regular orchestra, and while they do play classical music, they also explore world, pop, folk and other traditional music. Among them is Noah Linson-Hudson, a 14-year-old Kitchissippi resident who plays the cello.

“It’s something so wonderful to look forward to at the end of each day,” says Noah, who is featured as our HOK this month. Noah attends the after-school programs at the Bronson Centre twice a week and if it was possible, he would attend every day. “We have some students where music

has been a transformative power in their lives,” says Rebecca Russell, development and communications officer for OrKidstra, and herself a Kitchissippi resident. “Music can help kids grow like nothing else can.” OrKidstra started back in 2007, designed for kids from underserved communities to help them build life

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They have all found their passions through their lives and OrKIDstra has helped them along the way. Rebecca explains that there are high expectations placed on the kids in the program and they are guided to achieve their goals and to adhere to the time limits put on them. The skills learned, such as time management, are transferable to their life after the program. There are 850 kids enrolled in OrKidstra, in both in-school and after-school programs. If you want to see the OrKidstra program in action, plan to attend their Centretown Hub Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 18 at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (355 Cooper St). The show begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend the concert, but donations to OrKidstra are always welcome.

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Upon finishing her bachelor’s degree, Lapenat decided to channel her passion into building her production company, Velvet Vernacular. Velvet Vernacular and its debut web series, Joyfully Jaded grew out of Lapenat’s collaboration with like-minded colleague Angelica Toledo. The two self-starters were inspired to produce their own series by other young creatives who “proved that you are capable of creating work yourself without waiting for the phone to ring.”

Lapenat and Toledo double as the on-screen and off-screen stars of Joyfully Jaded, a series that follows the lives of two diametrically opposed female protagonists that, through a twist of fate, are forced to live together. Over the course of the series, characters Joy and Jade endure the mundanities of apartment living as well as the wild absurdities that Toledo and Lapenat’s plot cooks up for them. Developing, performing, and producing an original series, however, was no easy feat.

Having made such strides in just five years, Lapenat doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. When asked about future projects and career plans, she states that she wants to always be creating and participating in “bigger and better things,” and is always thinking of how to “one-up the last project I’ve finished.” Chloe Lapenat’s contact info: chloelapenat.com For submissions to Velvet Vernacular Productions visit: velvetvernacular.com

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After being accepted to Pace University’s School of Performing Arts, Lapenat began to hone her art form in the cultural epicenter of New York City. Studying under seasoned professionals made for an intense and arduous journey that required mental and physical fortitude, academic diligence, and above all, an unwavering commitment to developing

her skills. Lapenat describes her formative time at Pace as instrumental in not only developing her technique but learning how to successfully navigate the industry. When asked how she thinks she has changed the most over the course of her four-year degree program, Lapenat states that she is only just beginning to learn what she is capable of accomplishing, and that being immersed in New York City has helped her develop a stronger sense of the work she wants to create.


hloe Lapenat’s New York City success story as an up-and-coming actor, writer, and producer began in her hometown of Ottawa. Before writing and starring in her own original mini-series, Lapenat’s passion for acting and burgeoning talent was fostered at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama and later, Canterbury High School’s drama program. After years of dedicating herself to formal training, Lapenat’s ambition to become a professional actor inspired her to pursue acting in higher education.

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skills through learning music together. It’s open to youth between the ages of five to 18. By playing an instrument or singing, and coming together with music, they learn skills like teamwork. They build their self-confidence, their listening skills, problem solving skills, responsibility for taking care of your instrument and this helps OrKidstra kids reach for success in their future careers. OrKidstra is very proud that 100% of the kids in their program have graduated from high school. These kids are now studying biology, commerce, neuroscience, marketing, business and a few are studying music. “Playing an instrument can help the brain grow and develop in very different ways according to some research I have read recently,” says Rebecca.

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ou can hear the thud of metal against wood as soon as you open the door to Lumberjaxe, Ottawa’s third and newest ax-throwing venue. Owned by Kitchissippi resident Kerry Moher, the building fits seamlessly in the industrial looking yet popular City Centre, right off the Bayview LRT station on the east edge of Kitchissippi Ward. Lumberjaxe opened its doors over the summer, the brainchild of Kerry and his U.S. based partner, Jason Bidgood, a friend of his from his days at the University of Georgia. “We kept in touch but about three years ago, he called me and said he had an opportunity to invest in an axthrowing business. I thought the idea had potential. We weren’t interested in just one place, but wanted to invest in a

brand that could travel.” The partners opened their first Lumberjaxe in Athens, Georgia, before opening the one in Ottawa. “Initially, I wasn’t inclined in opening in Ottawa. There are already two axthrowing places in town. But they are out east, in a more industrial part of town,” said Kerry. “I think the other two locations created awareness, but this one is in a great location.This location is much closer to the city – we can’t be more central and in a cool place of town than City Centre. It’s close to the LRT, downtown and Preston Street. It’s a perfect place to start an evening.” Kerry notes that business was slow in July and August, but in hindsight, he figures that was probably a blessing in disguise. “It allowed us to get all the permits in, get stuff up to speed and figure out the

(L-r) Kerry Moher, owner of Lumberjaxe, and staff members Sysafey Vennon and Quentin Young. nuances of the business: what people want and don’t want,” he says. “Since school started, it’s been really busy.” Kerry wants to assure people the sport is very safe, with participants going through a safety talk before even picking up an ax. “We have staff constantly watching, and we haven’t had any incidents. I think part of it is because when you pick up an ax, there’s an immediate sense of safety

and responsibility. People give them lots of respect.” Kerry says the most he’s had to do from a safety perspective is deal with splinters because of the wooden target. “Ax-throwing is a lot of fun. It’s relatively difficult at first, but after a few attempts, anyone can do it – male, female, big or small, you can learn it in about 15 minutes. Part of what makes it fun is that expectations aren’t that high when they

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for the World Championships this month in Ohio, which will be broadcast on ESPN. “The league is a small niche for those who want to be more competitive. The league has about 12-15 participants and is a mix of about 50-50 male and female.” Kerry has already begun expanding his Ottawa business, bringing in two mobile targets that he can set up at various fairs and festivals around town. And along with his business partner, Kerry has plans to open additional venues in different countries. “There’s an advantage to being a first mover. We want to pierce the Australian and New Zealand markets. We may look at potentially partnering with people there. Now, we are focused on learning the operations and nuances of operating these businesses, and then we’ll look at branching out in 2020.” The idea of expansion was one of the reasons they trademarked the brand Lumberjaxe, along with Lumberjill, “just in case”. “When we trademarked Lumberjaxe, there was only one other ax-throwing trademark. Now there are like 300,” says Kerry. “At first, I thought this might only be a fad; that it might have a shelflife of 10 to 15 years, but being more involved, and seeing the industry growing, I think there’s a longer-term market. It’s a truly Canadian thing – axe throwing, plaid shirts, lumberjacks – it’s very in line with Canadian culture, or what others perceive as Canadian culture, so I think it will do well internationally.”


come but everyone leaves with a smile on their face. “ The venue has five lanes with two targets each, with up to six people per target. At any one time, there could be up to 150 people in the premises, with 60 people throwing. There is one area that can accommodate 20-30 people at a time and two areas for smaller groups of six to 10. “One set goes fast. Typically, each person has 10 throws and the one with the most points at the end wins. Most games take only about five minutes. People are here between one to two hours. It tends to be part of their night, the start of their night out.” Kerry says even with a full house, people don’t get bored. The bar, which primarily serves beer from the nearby Beyond the Pale Brewery, doesn’t hurt. Clients can also order food from City Centre neighbours Smoke Shack, Art-is-In Bakery and Lunch. “We didn’t think we’d need to have food, but about 80 percent of our clients ask for it. It’s interesting because at our Georgia location, almost no one asks about food,” says Kerry. “We get a ton of bookings for birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties. What’s interesting is we are finding it’s a 50-50 male-female clientele. It’s a great team building activity. We get a lot of companies looking for those opportunities.” Lumberjaxe also hosts a weekly league, part of the World Ax Throwing League. In fact, the winner of the league will qualify

EARLY DAYS The life and times of Patrick Mears, Westboro’s ‘Mr. Everything’ Blacksmith, community-minded citizen and fire chief instrumental in building the neighbourhood

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hen Patrick Mears first arrived in Westboro in 1903, the village was barely on the map. The name Westboro was only four years old, the population was under 200, and the village was largely comprised of farms and the old mill property. Westboro’s growth would explode over the next decade, with the population up to 750 by 1908 and over 1,400 by 1913. Leading the way in building Westboro was a handful of engaged citizens. Some came to the village to live away from the busy city, others came to build their own home lured by cheap land and accessible building materials, while others came to take advantage of the opportunity for commercial enterprise on the busy Richmond Road. Patrick Mears fit into the third category. Deserving of a nickname like “Westboro’s Mr. Everything”, Patrick “Paddy” Mears came to Westboro by way of Richmond where his Irish family had long resided. He had moved to Thurso, Quebec, in his early 20s, where he met his wife and started his family. By the time he and his wife Julia Ann arrived in Westboro he was 37 years old and the father of five children between the ages of 3 and 9. He must have seen the potential in the small blip on the map when he rented an old brick building that fronted Richmond Road at the corner of Winston (then known as William), on the spot where the Baker Street Café stands today. That old building, which dated back to the 1870s, had an interesting

Patrick Mears photo that appeared in the 1913 “Ottawa’s Westmount” promotional booklet issued by the village.

Left to right: Patrick Mears, his son Wilfred, 15, and William Pack, at the blacksmith shop in 1914, from the Monday, August 28, 1995 Ottawa Citizen. history of its own, having functioned as a tavern and traveler’s hotel for nearly two decades in the true “wild west” days of Nepean.. The hotel was later converted by its owner William Curran into a duplex residence, but when Mears moved in, he had it modified back to a single-family house to accommodate his large family. At the rear of the property (where 393 Winston stands today), Mears established a blacksmith shop and a wagon shop. Once old enough, his son Wilfred joined him in the business, as did William Pack, another resident of Westboro. Aside from his successful blacksmith business (“Westboro’s most proficient and largest blacksmithing and horse shoeing establishment”, so noted the 1913 “Ottawa’s Westmount” promotional booklet issued by the village), Mears also had a lucrative

business selling poultry, dairy and general farm produce. For the 27 years Mears spent in Westboro, he became one of its most wellrespected community-minded citizens. He was elected in 1907 as one of the three school trustees for the village, serving two three-year terms. Mears would have been part of the trustee board that oversaw the construction of the original Churchill Public School in 1910 (demolished in 1991). Mears was also heavily involved in advancing recreation and sports facilities in the west end. In December 1911, Mears was a key player in a group of west end men who formed the Carleton County Hockey League, which featured teams competing from many Ottawa’s suburbs, including Westboro, Britannia, Ottawa South, Ottawa East and Eastview. Mears acted as vice-

president of the league. For several years he operated an open-air skating and hockey rink on Richmond Road just east of Churchill, and in 1913 began exploring the possibility of constructing an enclosed arena, He had the support of the community and some financial backing, but the estimated $8,000 cost was likely too high. Westboro would have to wait a few decades for their arena. In 1913, he helped form the Westboro Athletic Association, serving as first vice-president. He also joined the board of the Westboro Baseball Club, which was a charter member of the competitive and extremely popular Britannia Line league. When Westboro’s first volunteer fire brigade was formed in September of 1913, Mears was appointed its first chief. The brigade had primitive equipment in its earliest days, and so campaigned the township and county councils for improvements. Tragically, and ironically, one of Westboro’s worst fires of the era would affect the Mears family directly. In the early morning hours of May 15, 1916, fire destroyed a block of buildings on Richmond Road east of Winston. One of the buildings was owned by butcher Frank O’Malley, but the majority were owned by Mears. Lost was the old brick hotel, a “pressing” business in behind, and all of the sheds and shops for Mears’ business. High

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Discover your Hygge By Dean Caillier, Sales Representive with Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central, Brokerage dedicated church attendee at St. George’s Parish. Patrick Mears passed away suddenly in 1930 of a heart attack. The home at 394-396 Winston remained in the family through his daughter Mary Loretta and her husband Charles Surtees until 1994. The large lot which had been burnt out did not get built on again until the mid-1930s. Following Patrick’s death, the lot was sold and Robinson’s Groceteria was built, with a grand opening on September 12, 1935. This building still exists today, extensively remodeled to be the Royal Canadian Legion. The impact Patrick Mears and other citizens like him had in the early days of Westboro should never go unforgotten, as their hard work and dedication helped build up the little village to become the thriving neighbourhood that it became and continues to be today.

Ever heard of Hygge (pronounced Hue-guh)? No, it’s not a new diet or a type of exercise. Hygge, according to hyggehouse.com, is a Danish term for acknowledging a feeling or moment—whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary—as cosy, charming or special. For me, our covered porch is where I first got my Hygge 27 years ago. I had sat down on the porch steps deciding whether this house was the one to buy. I didn’t like the brick colour, the ugly kitchen or the pink coloured living room. But sitting on those steps, I had this warm, welcome feeling. With all of the things I disliked about the house, I had this emotional connection to the porch which told me that I had arrived and this was home. It was my Hygge moment. Hygge is this intangible feeling that doesn’t always strike when you think it will. I recently showed a client a property for sale that I was

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winds briefly threatened the entire village, but thankfully the fire was eventually contained after two hours. This fire helped demonstrate the urgent need for improved firefighting equipment for the village, and was the harbinger for finally receiving better facilities, including a small station and a fire bell installed in the town hall. After the fire, Mears acquired the double opposite his property (394-396 Winston) and moved in. Financially devastated by the fire, records indicate Mears did not return to blacksmithing work. It was a dying trade and Mears was now in his fifties. He performed some light farming and gardening work (he kept sheep and hens on the burnt property as well as large numbers of bees), and participated in groups such as the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a

sure she would love. It checked off all the boxes her and her husband were looking for in a home. It had everything on their wish list. The right amount of bedrooms, an entertainer’s living room, a gourmet kitchen, a great neighborhood and in the right price range. I was sure this was the one but my client said it didn’t feel right. To my surprise, the next house we looked at. which had about half the wish list boxes checked off, was the one. My clients purchased the home and they continue to love it today. They found their Hygge. So whether it’s a front porch or a place by the fire, I hope you find your Hygge this holiday season. Wishing you all the best for 2020.

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Q: From a pharmacist’s perspective, what do you think of the growing interest and use of cannabis for medical purposes? A: I think that cannabis has many useful therapeutic properties. The body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in regulation of pain, mood, memory, appetite, stress, hormone balance, fertility, energy metabolism, and much more. We are in the midst of an opioid crisis, and we need new treatment options for the various forms of chronic pain we are commonly seeing, such as fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. Cannabis, and in particular cannabidiol (CBD), has huge medical potential in these areas. And cannabidiol does not get you “high” like consuming whole cannabis. It is primarily the THC component in cannabis that produces the psychoactive effects and risks, and this is avoided when we use CBD. CBD provides the antiinflammatory effects without the “high”. It is a very useful medical compound.


Addressing the opioid crisis demands compassion, evidence-based policy SUBMITTED BY JOEL HARDEN, MPP OTTAWA CENTRE


he holiday season is a time of compassion, when we turn our attention to the most marginalized in our community and think about how we can support them. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about people who are addicted to drugs and the impact that the opioid crisis is having on them and their loved ones. I recently had an opportunity to attend a community meeting regarding the supervised injection site at the Somerset West Community Health Centre, which opened in the spring of 2018. The site is located in an area that has the second highest rate of drug overdoses in the city. The impact of the opioid crisis on Ottawa has been devastating, with 94 deaths being recorded in our health region this year alone, compared to 49 in 2016. When our province has faced other public health crises, including the

listeriosis outbreak of 2008 resulting to the opioid crisis needs to reckon with in tainted meat, immediate action was this reality. taken. There is no excuse for failing to act We could start by following the lead with similar urgency to save the lives of of British Columbia, where a pilot project people who are being poisoned by a toxic supplying safe opioid pills to a group drug supply. of 50 users has been implemented. At Queen’s Park, we’re debating a Bill London, Ontario, has a similar program that would allow the government to called “Emergency Safer Supply” where take legal action against opioid doctors prescribe opioids to users manufacturers in order to who might otherwise buy recover healthcare related deadly, toxic drugs on the costs due to opioid-related black market. injury or death. I support Let’s remember that the Bill, but it does nothing people who use drugs are to address the issue of our neighbours, our friends, Our office unsafe drug supply. It’s also our loved ones – they are is here for time for us to seriously consider not an alien species. We need Monthly the idea of “safe supply” as a means a humane drug policy that treats Town Halls Canvasses to stop people dying from tainted drugs. addiction as a public health issue, not a Community Organizi I was struck by the consensus criminal offence. I’ll continue speaking Help Accessing Gove articulated at the community meeting by up on this issue at the legislature, public health officials, police officials and and doing whatever I can to support city councillors that the key issue is the community health workers and Catherine St. / rue toxic illicit drug supply that is poisoning grassroots advocates109 who are working to Catherine Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4 MPP / Député provincial, users. A serious and effective responseOttawasave lives every day. Centre

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maximizes efficiency and ensures that our infrastructure is cleared as quickly as possible following a winter storm. You can help with these operations by leaving at least 15 metres of space between your car and a snow vehicle, clearing your catch basin if you’re able, and placing your garbage and recycling bins just inside your driveway on collection days so they’re out of the way of the sidewalk plow.   Our final pop-up of 2019 will be at Mamie Clafoutis (400 Richmond Road) on December 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. I look forward to seeing you there for a warm drink and good conversation, no appointment necessary. 

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he year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down! Read on to see what’s happening as we wrap up 2019. I’d like to thank residents of Kitchissippi for attending our BudgetSpeak 2020 event at the beginning of November. We had a recordbreaking turnout of residents from across the five urban wards and we heard from participants that they want to see more funding provided for social services organizations, greater effort made to address the ongoing housing crisis, and an increased focus on finding sustainable ways to keep our population moving that

don’t rely on single-occupancy vehicles. Thank you for giving me a strong mandate to advocate for those at budget meetings.   As we get deeper into winter, the City’s roads services staff are poised to respond to winter weather conditions 24/7. Snow clearing and road salting vehicles are deployed to major roads – like Highway 417 and the transitway – with the first flakes. At 2.5 cm of accumulation, they start working on the downtown core and the winter cycling network. Secondary roads and sidewalks get cleared after 5 cm of accumulation. At 7 cm or more, most residential roads and bus stops get plowed. This schedule

With December comes the time to reflect on the past year with gratitude and look to the new one with hope and determination. There’s no doubt that this year has been eventful for Ottawa – we’ve seen a lot of big changes and growth. We hit a population of one million, made the biggest service change in the history of OC Transpo and began the process to refresh our Official Plan. These changes don’t come without their challenges: we have to ensure that our public transit is reliable and accessible, that we do everything we can to address our housing crisis, and work hard to ensure that our communities are resilient. I continue to be a strong advocate for the residents of Kitchissippi Ward every day in matters both big and small. I feel proud of the work we’ve done together this year to make Ottawa more awesome, and I look forward to continuing in the New Year. Stay cozy, Kitchissippi.

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ruth and reconciliation is a vital part of Canadian culture. Although the last residential school was only shut down in 1996, many adults are learning about this aspect of our history through their children. Only recently have students studied residential schools as part of their history courses. Now, Nepean High School is taking it a step further by introducing the “English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices” course to Grade 11 students as a replacement for the traditional English class. The OCDSB website defines “English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices” as a course that “focuses on themes, forms, and styles of literary, informal, and graphic texts of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit authors.” Parents concerned that this will shift priority away from developing communications skills do not need to worry; while students analyze texts and gain insight into Indigenous culture, conventional English skills are still being taught. The Ontario curriculum of this new course notes that: “students will also conduct research and analyse the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyse the relationship between media forms and audiences.”. Nepean students have been finding the course both informative and relevant, and agreed that it was important to learn about Indigenous culture.  “We live on Indigenous land and are woefully uninformed about Indigenous people, culture and history,” says Charlotte Dwyer, a Grade 12 student. “These are incredibly written and relevant works that have been sidelined for years. In order for us to have reconciliation, we must have truth, and truth takes time and must come from the mouths of those who have lived


Ms. Russell, an English teacher, stands with The Marrow Thieves, one of the books being discussed as part of the new course English Contemporary Aboriginal Voices. those truths. Teachers have immense responsibilities in teaching these sensitive topics, and must consult and bring in Indigenous community members to the classroom.” “It’s been a learning curve for everyone. Cultural sensitivity has been something that all staff are learning. It’s new and exciting and relevant,” says Ms. Russell, who is teaching an Indigenous Studies course for the first time. As part of the course, students create editorials on the importance of clean water, two of which will be featured on the Nepean High School online newspaper, Knightwatch. In addition, the class is reading Marrow Thieves, a novel by Métis author, Cherie Dimaline. The class also watches lots of videos on powwows and other aspects of Indigenous culture.  This class has proved to be an excellent addition to Nepean High School, increasing cultural awareness, participating in the truth and reconciliation movement, and ultimately ensuring that the past will not be repeated.


otre Dame High School welcomes students from Grade 7 all the way to Grade 12. As a result, it can be a challenge to ensure that everyone has a voice. This year’s Student Council has made it a focus to engage all students and to attempt to draw the broader community to the table. They are committed to giving everyone a voice, an opportunity to share their opinions and ideas, and listening and acting on the input they receive. In this spirit, Student Council is running activities to help build community and bring all five grades together. Some students from the grades 7 and 8 panel shared their desire to have activities that focused on their peers specifically. One such activity was the Notre Dame Haunted House. The hope was to get a few members of the staff, students and the community to participate in a fun Halloween activity. The turnout was far greater than the student organizers had expected. Student Council had created a spooky walk through the haunted house, karaoke was running in the library and pumpkin decorating was also on offer. The students requested an activity that focussed on the younger grades and Student Council listened. Student Council has also fielded requests by students to bring light to various issues facing different parts of the

world. Notre Dame is a vibrant, diverse community, with representation from many different countries and cultures. This is a source of pride for many at the school. It’s also an opportunity to discuss and explore the many challenges that countries around the world are facing. As such, Student Council decided to dedicate a week to exploring the challenges that one country is currently facing: the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Council decided to bring to light the atrocities that are occurring in the DRC. An information campaign is being planned with the hope of educating the school community and sparking conversation around the broader issues facing the country. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, donations will be collected in support of organizations helping the people of the DRC and in exchange students will be able to wear the colours of the Congolese flag. As a school with a uniform code, an opportunity to wear something different is always welcomed. Finally, Student Council listened to the students voicing a need for some fun. They will help bring holiday cheer to the school community by hosting a spirit week. This will run the last week before Christmas break. Activities at lunch, holiday music and a school dance are all on the agenda.  Our Notre Dame community would like to wish the Kitchissippi community a wonderful holiday season, filled with love and laughter.

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The review process will include public consultation, and I look forward to hearing from the Ottawa community regarding this issue. The Board will hold its annual organizational meeting on Monday, December 2. At this meeting there will be an opportunity to select a new chair and vice chair, as well as budget committee chair and assign trustees to our various advisory committees. I will not be seeking support to continue to be the vice chair of the board. I have very much enjoyed serving in this capacity, but have had a number of significant changes in my personal life over the course of the past year, and do not feel that I am able to fulfill the demands of the role at this time. I am extremely grateful to my colleagues for their support, and am sure that the next vice chair will do a stellar job. At our December 10 meeting, we will be discussing two reports on student learning and achievement. The Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellbeing (BIPSAW) and Annual Student Achievement Report (ASAR) are excellent reports that provide our district with rich information regarding how our students are exceling. Links to both reports are available through the agenda for the December 10 meeting.


s many of you will know by now, collective agreements for all of our union employees have expired and negotiations are underway to put new agreements in place. Labour negotiations move quickly at times, and more slowly at others, making them difficult to predict. A number of items that are being negotiated are done at a central provincial table, and our local board has limited influence over those negotiations. The centrally bargained issues include all financial decisions. In November, we received notice from many of our employee groups that they will be taking job action. For the most up-todate information on job actions and the progress of negotiations, please visit www.OCDSB.ca. The website will be updated frequently as we navigate labour negotiations along with the provincial government and the Ontario Public School Board Association. On Tuesday, November 19, trustees approved a plan to review the High Performance Athlete Program at John McCrae Secondary School, with a view to phase out the program. The rationale for phasing out the program is rooted in knowledge that high performance athletes are being supported in schools across our system, and as such the program at John McCrae is not required to serve these students. The debate held by the trustees can be viewed on our Youtube channel, and there is a link to the recording of the meeting through the posted agenda/ minutes on the OCDSB.ca website.

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CoBrie International Restaurant and Catering delivers the world’s cuisines to you You might not expect that one of the city’s most delicious restaurants would be located in a shopping mall, but the newly opened CoBrie International at the Carlingwood Shopping Centre is defying expectations daily. Owners Karen and Brian Vallipuram are excited to honour the more than 60 years of food service that have already taken place in their premises. When the Carlingwood Shopping Centre opened in 1956, the Miss Carlingwood restaurant quickly became a hub of the community. After decades of faithful patronage, the space has been revitalized as a bright, welcoming venue that is serving up an eclectic, well-executed menu sure to appeal to all. “This location is ideally situated halfway between Kanata and downtown, which is great for our catering and delivery services,” says Brian. “The abundant free parking and private exterior entrance also suit us well,” he adds. “Between the dense urban community nearby and the mall’s planned expansion, we felt there was a tremendous opportunity to serve a broader range of clientele. We are extremely pleased to see that our exceptional food and friendly service are resonating with many people.” CoBrie’s growing popularity comes as no surprise, given Chef Brian’s impressive culinary pedigree. He ran numerous restaurants in Canada and abroad as well as serving as executive chef at the prestigious Lord Elgin Hotel. The Sri Lankan-born master chef, who trained extensively in Europe before coming to Canada, excels at creating delicious fare from many of the world’s most popular cuisines. That explains the ‘international’

part of the restaurant’s name; CoBrie is a tribute to the couple’s two children, Cody and Brianna. Chef Brian acknowledges that key to his menu development was balancing the tastes of longstanding clientele which includes seniors, many of whom live in nearby apartments, while also appealing to contemporary palates.

“We are extremely pleased to see that our exceptional food and friendly service are resonating with many people.” ~ Brian Vallipuram Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days each week, CoBrie offers fare ranging from the familiar to the more exotic. In the mornings, classic breakfast dishes share space with Mexican-style wraps and house-smoked salmon is featured daily. Lunch and dinner offerings include sandwiches, fish and chips, salads, pasta, steak, seafood, liver and onions, creative pizzas and numerous other options. There’s also a nice emphasis on keto-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Most desserts are made in house; the selection changes frequently but often includes fruit crumbles, crème brulée, cakes and pies. The restaurant is also very accommodating of families, with an appealing children’s menu.

CoBrie also has a spacious back room that is ideal for private gatherings. Like the rest of the restaurant, it’s fully accessible and can accommodate 100 people comfortably for a sit-down event or 140 for a stand-up one. A private bar – serving up a well-chosen selection of good-value wines along with a diverse range of beer and cocktails – adds to the space’s flexibility. Karen notes that while they have a number of holiday bookings already, they still have capacity for more groups. As CoBrie prepares to launch its catering operation, Brian is eager to leverage his extensive experience in this area, having fed many dignitaries during his career. He is also pleased to announce their new home meal replacement service which will offer fully prepared meals – including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options – pre-ordered and delivered twice weekly. Special events are planned starting in the new year, including advance booking for special meals like Thali, jerk chicken and more; their Facebook page will offer all the details. “We respect the past traditions of this wonderful space but we are also excited to bring it into the modern era,” notes Karen. “We are seeing a broader range of clientele every day and everyone is remarking how pleasantly surprised they are by our extensive menu and friendly, capable service. Brian and I are so happy to share our love of carefully prepared food made fresh with quality ingredients.” CoBrie International Inc. Restaurant and Catering

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Miracle at Savoy runs until December 31. Photo: Rostyk Makushak

A MESSAGE OF CHEER FROM OUR CHAIR Another holiday season is upon us and 2019 is quickly coming to an end. From Shop the Village in June to another spectacular Westboro FUSE in August and Wickedly Westboro in October, there have been countless fun events sprinkled throughout the year. Next time you are walking down Richmond Road, be sure to notice our new Westboro Village street signs! Find them at various intersections. And if

you haven’t already, be sure to experience the beautiful outdoor photography installation by Michelle Valberg. There are nine photographs for you to discover - find them wrapped around utility boxes. I think it is safe to say we have packed a lot of fun into the past 12 months and by all accounts, it sounds like you were there! It seems like the weeks leading up to the holidays go by in a blink. I hope to

slow it down and make some time to do the little things that make this time special. The New Year will be upon us and I am sure I am not alone in my plans to try new things. I already have some ideas taking shape. But, for now, I hope we all find ourselves exactly where we want to be in the coming days.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Molly van der Schee Chair, Westboro Village BIA

I think it is safe to say we have packed a lot of fun into the past 12 months and by all accounts, it sounds like you were there!

GET GLITZY FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN WESTBORO VILLAGE! Due any day now, Tallow, located at 358 Richmond Rd., patiently awaits their holiday time capsule full of glitzy, glittery party-ready evening wear that embraces both comfort and elegance. Choose from dazzling dresses, fun, shimmery sweaters and accessories to make you shine bright all throughout the sparkling holiday season! Westboro’s new favourite boho-chic boutique offers an Aussie-Cali coastal vibe, perfect for your vaycay wardrobe south to escape winter. Look good while you have fun in the sun! Tallow is known for its hand-picked designer swimwear collection from labels like Beth Richards Swim, Amuse

Swimwear, Rhythm, Frankie’s Bikini’s, and more will keep you looking fabulous all year long! Manhattan West Boutique (322 Richmond Road) is your sparkling holiday headquarters! Get that #LBD (little black dress) for your holiday gatherings that suits your style and self-expression. Browse Canadian adored designer women’s labels from: Mackage, Melissa Neptune, Studio Anne to name a few local faves. Love your international designer brands too? For some jaw-dropping stunning holiday wear find classically beautiful, well-made clothing from Italian designers such as Rinascimento,

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best self in a new Manhatten West holiday wardrobe! Where do distinguished gentlemen shop in Westboro for sharp holiday suits and business casual wear? E.R. Fisher Menswear at199 Richmond Rd. (corner of Kirkwood Ave.), established in 1905, offers full service custom tailoring, available onsite to cater to your needs in the most personalized way. And Baby, it’s cold outside! Find sleek and stylish coats too that will keep you looking sharp and feeling cozy all winter long!



establishment presents thoughtful décor to make you feel at home. Their menu for the evening isn’t finalized yet, but you can expect a similar theme to their regular southern BBQ menu (perhaps you like a good Deviled Egg?), but with a fresh, creative twist. Call ahead (613) 218–8209) to inquire and reserve your spot, seating will be limited.

"Not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve? Stay in your own charming neighbourhood. There are plenty of options to choose from to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs and wants."

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Eve Dining (613) 680-9086. Westboro’s southern-style BBQ smoke house, Lexington Smokehouse and Bar (344 Richmond Road), invites you to ring in the New Year with some honest southern cuisine to spice up your life! Boasting warm hospitality and a fun, fresh, contemporary cocktail list in a rich and inviting cozy space, the


only. Prefer to stay in? Check out Pure Kitchen’s new online ordering menu for takeout. Enjoy creative comfort food with a healthy lifestyle at home in your pjs! Soothe your spirit while you welcome 2020. For those who crave excellence in their restaurant dining experience, Gezellig Dining (337 Richmond Road) is pleased to offer a feast of colourful, innovative and inspiring comfort food to bid farewell to 2019, and hellos to 2020! Known for their creativity in local, sustainable cuisine – and VIP treatment of every single guest, you can trust you and your company will be in good hands. Expect world-class hospitality professionals pouring sommelier hand-picked wines, and dedicated passionate chefs to serve you honest, locally sourced when possible farm-to-table cuisine. Gezellig will offer two seatings on New Year’s eve, an earlier and a later one to accommodate guests dining preferences, with a special menu yet to be released. Call to inquire and reserve your spot now for New Year’s


Not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve? Stay in your own charming neighbourhood. There are plenty of options to choose from to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs and wants. Bonus? You can enjoy the walk home afterwards, no DD’s required! Want to keep that promise to yourself of eating healthy and feeling good – even on New Year’s Eve? Indulge at Pure Kitchen (357 Richmond Road) guilt free! Share hearty, savoury vegan and vegetarian dishes such as their Belle Poutine, Cauliflower “Wings”, or Divine Dumplings made with shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy a cocktail, pint or glass of bubbly from their Ontario focused wine, beer & cocktail list, including non-alcoholic beverages like locally made Kombucha and healthy green shots to accommodate non-alcoholic drinkers. Call to inquire about reservations for New Year’s Eve: 613-680-5500; they will be adjusting their existing reservation policy for that evening



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MRS TIGGY WINKLES 315 Richmond Road will have a BOXING DAY SALE 25% OFF your regular priced purchase on December 27th (the store is closed December 26) CUPCAKE LOUNGE 324 Richmond Road: Gingerbread House Workshops run every Saturday at 10am-12pm from November 23rd to December 14th, only $25 per person! Sip a hot chocolate while you create…wine is served at 11! WALL SPACE GALLERY + FRAMING 358 Richmond Road is thrilled to showcase artist David Lidbetter's new solo exhibition, "out there" from November 30-December 14. Give the gift of contemporary ART, JEWELLERY, FRAMING and CERAMICS! All Lover Fighter jewellery is priced to clear. Gift certificates are readily available! Check out WALLSPACEGALLERY.CA

BARLEY MOW 399 Richmond Road: Dec 1-22nd - Gift Card Promotion Purchase a gift card and receive 20% back for yourself in Gift Cards (available in increments of $25) Dec 22nd 10amnoon - FREE Pancake Breakfast with Santa (kids up to 12 yrs). Dec 31st - New Year’s Eve dinner for 2 Special with Oyster Bay Wine BACK ON TRACK 309-411 Roosevelt Avenue: Share the gift of health this holiday season with our Gift Card Promotion - buy 4 25$ Gift Cards and get the 5th free. Mention seeing this ad to get a 60 minute massage for $60 starting January 2020. Stop by for a complimentary 20 minute consult with a PT/ Chiro. Call 613-792-1166 to book!

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DECEMBER 2 - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Come and hear the Red Cross share their expertise about how to best prepare for a community emergency event. Although the City has awesome resources, it takes time for it to get organized. Learn how to be selfsufficient for the first 72 hours and provide help to your neighbours if needed and possible. Everyone welcome. McKellar Park Field House, Wavell Ave. 7-9 p.m.

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DECEMBER 31 - NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Bring in the new year in the Westboro Legion’s downstairs hall, 389 Richmond Rd. Advance tickets ($10) available at the upstairs bar. At the door: $15. The downstairs bar opens at 7 p.m. and The Gib Rozon Band will be on stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For the full list of events please go to kitchissippi.com.


DECEMBER 17 - CHRISTMAS EVENSONG Kitchissippi United Church is presenting an evening choral service on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. The service will feature Christmas choral works by renowned Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, sung by the Kitchissippi choir under the direction of Gavan Quinn. Music will be interspersed amongst readings and prayers led by Kitchissippi United’s minister, Rev. Jenni Leslie. Come experience the beauty of the Christmas season in what will be a peaceful and joyous worship service! Admission is free and there will be a reception to follow. 630 Island Park Drive.

TUESDAYS STARTING JANUARY 21 - ALPHA DINNER AND FILM EXPERIENCE Come and explore the big questions of life, meaning, and faith at our Alpha Dinner and Film Experience – Tuesday evenings starting January 21. Check-in 6:28 PM. Register via www.stmarysottawa.ca/alpha, email: alpha@ stmarysottawa.ca or leave a message at 613– 728–9811 x701. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 100 Young Street. Access via parking lot. Alpha is free, the experience priceless!


DECEMBER 11 - HIGH TEA/BAKE EXCHANGE The Churchill Seniors Recreation Center will host a High Tea/Bake Exchange from 2:00 – 3:30pm on December 11. Cost is $18 for 65+, $20 adult. Registration is at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Center.

DECEMBER 15 - WESTBORO LEGION JAZZ NIGHT Constant Black will entertain in the branch’s Upstairs Bar & Lounge, 391 Richmond Rd. from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Advance tickets ($10) available at the upstairs bar. At the door: $15. For more information: 613-725-2778.

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DECEMBER 7 - HOLIDAY MARKET Join us for an afternoon pop-up craft fair of sustainable and hand crafted offerings from noon to 7 p.m. at the Metta Movement and Meditation Studio, 5 Hamilton Ave, North.

DECEMBER 14, 2-4 P.M. (*Story time starts at 2:15pm) at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. For more information visit https://www. alicecarter.com

DECEMBER 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL 19th annual free Christmas Day Meal at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, (Armstrong at Parkdale right next to the Parkdale Market) from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. Don’t be alone at Christmas; come and spend it with your neighbours and friends. Listen to some great music from musicians in the community, great food. A vegetarian meal will also be available at the dinner provided by Indian Express. For information contact: Cheryl 613-728-7582 or  carletonxmasdinner@hotmail.ca. Not wheelchair accessible. Donations appreciated of turkeys (at least 10 days before Xmas) baked goods, new gifts for adults (men & women)(ie: gloves, hats, gift certificates, telephone cards) as well as gifts for teens, children and pet food. We provide close to 1000 meals that day. Please leave gifts unwrapped but we appreciate gift bags. Gifts can be dropped at the Carleton Tavern the week before Christmas.


DECEMBER 6 - NEPEAN CHOIR PRESENTS ‘A WINTER DREAM’ Join us for an evening of festive and fantastical music. We are excited to present the Ottawa premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s ‘Dreamweaver’ as part of a repertoire of Nordic and traditional holiday pieces. Celebrate the season with Nepean Choir. 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church. Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door / children free. www.nepeanchoir.ca

DECEMBER 14 - CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH! Join author Theo Heras, and Kitchissippi illustrator Alice Carter to celebrate their latest picture books, My Puppy Patch and Our New Kittens. Come for a fun story time, kid’s craft and book signing! This is a free event. (Books will be available for purchase.) Saturday,

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REGISTERED PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS LITTLE CHEFS (2-4yrs) Test your taste buds by creating yummy snacks, and work on creating your own recipe book to bring home at the end of sessions. • Mon 9:30-11:30am, Jan 13 – Feb 24, $69 Mar 2 – Apr 6, $57.50 S.T.E.A.M ENGINES (2-4yrs) Explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Through a combination of sensory-based science activities, discover the world around you. • Tue 9:30-11:30am, Jan 14 – Feb 25, $80.50 Mar 3 – Apr 7, $57.50

MUSIC & MOVEMENT (2-4yrs) Over this session discover rhythm and beats through music, instruments, dancing and story time. Express your creativity through movement and play, all while singing along to the beat. • Wed 9:30-11:30am, Jan 15 – Feb 26, $80.50 Mar 4 – Apr 8, $57.50


Our Commitment to children: As a High Five® accredited organization, Dovercourt is committed to developing and delivering programs that are child-centered and reflect our values of respect, diversity and inclusion. All of our program staff are trained and certified in High Five: Healthy Child Development and our programs are evaluated regularly to ensure a high standard of quality.

Develop balance, agility and coordination through this introduction to a wide variety of sports and drills. We will use T-ball, floor hockey, gymnastics, soccer and basketball to broaden fundamental motor skills. All classes are in Churchill School gym. PARENT & CHILD (2-3yrs, with parents) • Sat 9:30-10:15am, Jan 11 – Mar 14, SPW1 – $155 PRESCHOOL (3-5yrs) • Sat 10:15-11:00am, Jan 11 – Mar 14, SPW2 – $155 KINDER (4-6yrs) • Sat 11:00-11:45am Jan 11 – Mar 14, SPW3 – $155




An opportunity for parents, caregivers and their little ones to meet and visit others in the community, while enjoying activities & stations facilitated by our experienced staff. Located upstairs at Dovercourt. Drop in is available for open spots at $5/child. BABY BOOST PLAYGROUP (0-18mos) Come and enjoy a relaxed area, while young toddlers can enjoy

playtime in our sensory room. Learn from our guest speakers and workshops on topics such as aromatherapy, baby First Aid & CPR, postnatal fitness and nutrition tips, all while your baby develops and learns through play. The weekly schedule is available on the Dovercourt Playgroup Facebook page. Coffee and snacks included. • Wed 9:30-11:15am, Jan 15 – Feb 26, $35 Mar 4 – Apr 8, $25

SNACK & STORY PLAYGROUP (18mos – 4yrs) Come and enjoy playtime, sensory stations, songs, crafts and stories in our play zone for toddlers and preschoolers. A healthy snack is included. • Thu 9:30-11:15am, Jan 16 – Feb 27, $35 Mar 5 – Apr 9, $25

Jr. NBA is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. The goal of this exciting program is to allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build life skills such as character, discipline, self-esteem and sportsmanship, all of which benefit our youth as they continue to play basketball or in their everyday lives. All classes are in Broadview School gym. Participants receive a player package which includes jersey, basketball & drawstring bag. 5-7YRS • Tue 6:00-7:00pm, Jan 14 – Mar 24, SPW4 – $155

• Sat 12:00-1:00pm, Jan 11 – Mar 14, SPW5 – $155 8-10YRS • Tue 7:00-8:00pm, Jan 14 – Mar 24, SPW6 – $155


Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, is the practice of hand and leg techniques for self-defense. It will improve your physical health, focus, flexibility, and will decrease stress. Taught by Master Instructor Tony Ilukho. BEGINNER/FAMILY CLASS • Sat 12:30-1:30pm, Jan 25 – Apr 4, SPW7 – $155 per family member • Wed 6:00-7:00pm, Jan 22 – Apr 8, SPW8 – $160 per family member INTERMEDIATE (Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue Belts) • Sat 1:30-2:30pm, Jan 25 – Apr 4, SPW9 – $155 ADVANCED (Brown, Red, Red-Black Stripe, Black Belts) • Sat 2:30-3:30pm, Jan 25 – Apr 4, SPW10 – $155 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (Yellow-Black Belts) • Wed 7:00-8:00pm, Jan 22 – Apr 8, SPW11 – $160

KARATE OTTAWA WEST DOJO (CANADA SHOTOKAN KARATE),A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Karate means “empty hand”, an art of self-defense in which strikes, blocks, evasion and throwing techniques are applied. Regular practice

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KIDS CAN CLIMB! Participants will learn the basics of rock climbing technique, spend lots of time on the wall, and have tonnes of fun. Through creative games, interesting instruction, and experienced staff, your kids will be flying up the wall in no time!

transforms the body and mind by broadening one’s confidence, willpower, stamina and strength. Respect and discipline is the heart of karate training. Class instructor: Hashmat Khan, 3rd degree black belt and professor at Carleton University. 5-7YRS • Sun 9:15-10:00am, Jan 12 – Apr 5, SPW12 – $170 8YRS AND UP • Sun 10:15-11:15am, Jan 12 – Apr 5, SPW13 – $170 Parents can join their child in this class for $60. Register using this course code SPW13.

5-7YRS • Mon 5:30-6:15pm, Jan 6 – Feb 10, SPW14 – $88 • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Jan 8 – Feb 12, SPW16 – $88 • Wed 5:30-6:15pm, Feb 19 – Apr 1, SPW15 – $88 • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Feb 19 – Apr 1, SPW17 – $88 • Wed 5:30-6:15pm, Jan 8 – Feb 12, SPW18 – $88 • Mon 5:30-6:15pm, Feb 24 – Apr 6, SPW19 – $88 8-11YRS • Mon 6:30-7:15pm, Jan 6 – Feb 10, SPW20 – $88 • Mon 6:30-7:15pm, Feb 24 – Apr 6, SPW21 – $88




Taught by Ottawa acro-roper Bill Chong, rope skipping is a great workout and a ton of fun! Our exciting class teaches skills, tricks and routines from around the world in a healthy, non-competitive environment. This novice to grandmaster 8-week program includes stickers, certificates and a Family Fun Day to show off your new talents! Please note there is an additional $15 material fee for the special skipping rope. The fee is paid to the instructor on the first class. All classes are in one of the local school gyms, parents will be advised before the program begins. For more info see bcsportsprograms.com • Wed 6:00-7:00pm, Jan 15 – Mar 4, SPW22 – $129

LEADERSHIP HOME ALONE (8-12yrs) Help your child become more confident and competent when they are at home alone. This program features home and fire safety, dealing with strangers, emergency procedures and first aid, snack and meal preparation. Each student receives a workbook. • Thu 9:30am-1:30pm, Jan 2, AQL2082 – $97 • Sat 9:30am-1:30pm, Mar 14, AQL2083 – $97



BABYSITTER COURSE (11+yrs) This course prepared by the Canadian Safety Council prepares students for their roles and responsibilities as babysitters. Topics include rights and responsibilities of the child, parent and babysitter; child development and behavioral problems; caring for the child and nutrition; child safety; handling emergencies; games and play activities for children; and children with special needs. Each student receives a workbook and much of the course is done in small group discussions. There is a final exam (75% to pass). • Fri 9:30am-3:00pm, Jan 3, AQL2092 – $128 • Sat 9:30am-3:00pm, Mar 21, AQL2093 – $128

HIGH FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (13+yrs) Geared toward anyone working with, or interested in working with children ages 6-12 in a front-line leadership role (camp counselors, instructors, volunteers, etc), this course provides in-depth training on the principles of healthy child development in sport and recreation programs. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to improve their relationships with children and other staff members, and to enhance program quality. Topics include bullying, conflict resolution, physical literacy, mental health, and effective communication. • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Mar 7, HF002 – $65



DOG TRAINING Dog Training Presented by Carol Upton – carolthedogtrainer.ca

DOG TRAINING BASICS FOR POOCHES AND PUPS (Level 1 Beginner) Positive reinforcement training for dogs of all ages. Have fun teaching your dog the basic commands: sit, pay attention, leave it, come when called, and walk-nicely-on-aleash. The goal is to have a strong bond with your new dog as well as a safe, wellsocialized pet and a happy home environment. Open to dogs and puppies of all ages and skill levels. • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Jan 8 – Feb 12, 20WDOG1 – $199 Mar 4 – Apr 8, 20WDOG2 – $199

PUPPY PRIMER Bring your pup for some quality play time in a safe environment, meet a new friend, and chat about “life with a pup”. Address some of the most common puppy issues like nipping, jumping, walking on a leash. This seminar is a prequel to Basic for Pooches and Pups (level 1) and is appropriate for pups from 2-6 months with a minimum of 1 set of immunization. • Wed 7:30-8:15pm, Jan 15 – Feb 5, 20WDOG3 – $135

LEASH MANNERS FOR DOGS Too much pulling? Jumping? Lunging? Is your daily walk becoming a bit too stressful? Learn some new skills and techniques that will make your walk with Fido more enjoyable for both of you. Have your dog keep the leash loose while walking and not eat everything in sight, walk by other dogs and other distractions without a commotion, and have a reliable “leave it” command. Open to all non-reactive dogs of all ages and skill levels. Weather permitting, some classes will be held outdoors in the neighborhood. • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Mar 11 – Apr 1, 20WDOG4 – $135

DOVERCOURT DANCE SCHOOL Dovercourt Dance School teaches dance classes in ballet, creative movement, hip hop and contemporary jazz fusion with an instructional style that encourages creative expression and movement in a pressure free atmosphere. Students develop an appreciation for the art of dance as well as the physical skills and techniques specific to each dance genre. CREATIVE MOVEMENT (2-3yrs) Children will be introduced to moving freely and naturally to different types of music. Preschoolers will create their own moves while developing coordination, body-awareness and self-confidence. • Fri 10:30-11:00am, Jan 17 – Jun 12, $160.56 • Sat 8:45-9:15am, Jan 18 – Jun 13, $160.56 • Sun 8:45-9:15am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $160.56 HIP HOP HURRAY! (3-4yrs) A fun and bouncy introduction to hip hop and break-dancing moves geared toward your preschooler. With fun moves and today’s hottest music, dancers will be engaged in rhythmic movement through games and songs. • Sun 9:30-10:00am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $160.56


Dancers learn hip hop and funk moves, terminology, and dance combinations. Students will enhance their creative skills while grooving to cool music. 4-5YRS • Sun 10:15-11:00am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $241.02

6-8YRS • Sun 12:00-1:00pm, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $321.30 9-12YRS • Sun 11:00am-12:00pm, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $321.30 PRE-BALLET (3-4yrs) An introductory class focused on learning basic, traditional ballet steps and body awareness. Young dancers will gain a love for music and movement in a fun and encouraging environment. • Fri 11:00-11:30am, Jan 17 – Jun 12, $160.56 • Sat 8:45-9:15am, Jan 18 – Jun 13, $160.56 • Sun 8:30-9:00am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $160.56


Develop body awareness, strength and flexibility through ballet technique. This class will focus on fun, creativity and technique. 4-5YRS • Sat 9:30-10:15am, Jan 18 – Jun 13, $241.02 • Sun 10:15-11:00am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $241.02 6-8YRS • Sat 10:30-11:30am, Jan 18 – Jun 13, $321.30 • Sun 9:15-10:15am, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $321.30

The Annual Dovercourt Dance Recital is the Highlight of our Dance year! The recital will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Notre Dame High School Auditorium. The session fee includes the class (January to June 2019), recital registration, and costume. Recital tickets go on sale in May. There will be a dress rehearsal on the morning of the recital at Notre Dame. Professional photos will be taken and will be available for purchase on the afternoon of the recital.


9-12YRS • Sat 11:30am-12:30pm, Jan 18 – Jun 13– $321.30 CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FUSION Dancers will have the opportunity to explore contemporary dance in a fun and creative atmosphere. Students will explore musicality, use of space, time and energy while learning the basics of modern dance technique. This is a dynamic class that will focus on building strength, flexibility and spatial awareness in a fun environment. 6-8YRS • Sun 11:00am-12:00pm, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $321.30 9-12YRS • Sun 12:00-1:00pm, Jan 19 – Jun 14, $321.30


Develop body awareness, strength and flexibility through a basic ballet class. This class is designed for adults who always wanted to learn ballet or would like to revisit their love of classical dance in a gentle and encouraging environment. • Thu 8:00-9:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $214.20

CHILDREN’S POTTERY FAMILY CLAY (2+yrs) Spend some quality family time together creating one-ofa-kind projects and building memories that will last a lifetime. Students will explore various hand-building techniques before finishing their works of art with our beautiful glazes. *Fee includes 1 bag of clay per family • Sat 2:30-4:30pm, Jan 11 – Mar 28, $163.56 per family member • Tue 6:00-7:30pm, Jan 7 – Mar 31, $136.40 per family member

CLAY CREATIONS (6-10yrs) Let your child’s imagination soar! Students will explore various hand-building techniques before finishing their works of art with glazing. • Sat 1:00-2:30pm, Jan 11 – Mar 28, $241.50 ON THE WHEEL (9-15yrs) Join us and learn how to use the wheel. Create bowls and cups, then finish them with our beautiful glazes. This small class is open to all levels of potters. • Sat 5:00-7:00pm, Jan 11 – Mar 28, $271.30





ADULT POTTERY ADULT WHEEL AND HAND BUILDING Discover a great feeling of accomplishment by turning your vision into pieces of art. Students will explore various hand-building techniques and try the wheel before finishing pieces with beautiful glazes. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Wed 6:30-9:30pm, Jan 8 – Apr 1, $379.92 ADULT ON THE WHEEL Learn how to use the wheel to create bowls and cups then finish them with beautiful glazes. This small class is open to all levels of potters. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Tue 7:30-9:30pm, Jan 17 – Mar 31, $325.56



WEST COAST SWING – BASICS (Level 1) West Coast Swing is a partnered modern swing dance done to a wide variety of music, including pop, blues, soul, and country. It is a linear dance with a smooth, elastic aesthetic and an emphasis on improvisational movement which makes it a fun social dance. We will guide you through the basics of lead and follow, compression and stretch as you learn the basic 6-count patterns that make up the fundamentals of this dance. No partner or prior dance experience needed. • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Jan 9 – Jan 30, $53.00

• Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Feb 3 – Mar 2, $53.00 • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Mar 5 – Apr 2, $53.00 WEST COAST SWING – BOOST YOUR BASICS (Level 2) This session continues the journey of West Coast Swing by changing up the footwork and timing of basic patterns. Adding styling options and simple variations to the patterns learned in the “WCS Basics” class. No partner required.  Prerequisite: WCS Basics (Level 1) or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially  • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Jan 9 – Jan 30, $53.00 WEST COAST SWING  – TUCKS & FOLDS (Level 2) This session introduces patterns which build on the concepts learned in WCS BASICS (Level 1). In addition we will revisit and finesse the fundamental skills required for efficient leading and following.  Patterns this session: Sugar Tuck, Side Tucks (Open & Closed), Folds (Basic & Hammerlock). No partner required. Prerequisite: WCS Basics (Level 1) or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Feb 6 – Feb 27, $53.00 WEST COAST SWING – WHIPS (Level 2) Building on the concepts learned in WCS BASICS (Level 1) this session focuses on one of the core 8 count patterns of the dance. Patterns this session: Basic Whip, Basket Whip, Hustle/Open Whips, Behind the Back Whips. No partner required. Prerequisite: WCS Basics (Level 1) or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Mar 9 – Mar 30, $53.00

WEST COAST SWING – TURNS & ROTATIONS (Level 2) This session continues the journey of West Coast Swing by adding single and double turns to both 6 and 8-count patterns. In addition to working on technique, new patterns this session will include: Inside Roll, Inside & Outside Single and Double Turns, and Roll In/Roll Out combinations. No partner required.  Prerequisite: WCS Basics (Level 1) and able to lead/ follow basic patterns socially. It is recommended that you have taken Level 2 classes. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Mar 5 – Apr 2, $53.00 NEW YORK HUSTLE (Level 2) Join us as we continue the fun with this energetic partner dance. We will be introducing new patterns and variations building on the basic timing, basics and patterns learned in the Hustle (Level 1) session.  No partner required. Prerequisite: New York Hustle (Level 1) and/or must be comfortable with basic timing and footwork. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Feb 6 – Feb 27, $53.00 COUNTRY TWO-STEP – BEGINNER (Level 2) Join us as we continue the fun with this energetic partner dance. We will be introducing new patterns and variations building on the basic timing and patterns learned in the Two-Step (Level 1) session. No partner required.  Prerequisite: Country TwoStep (Level 1) or comfortable with basic patterns and timing • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Jan 6 – Jan 27, $53.00

SWIM LESSONS Why take swimming lessons at Dovercourt? Dovercourt’s highly-skilled instructors are able to teach children proper technique efficiently and effectively, in accordance with the high standards of the Lifesaving Society. Our end-of-session Survival Day is unique to Dovercourt and is a fun yet powerful way to teach children skills that could save their lives in real-life scenarios. Our staff undergoes extensive training and regular updates on safety, rescue situations, changes to current standards, as well as techniques for teaching. Many of our senior aquatics staff are instructor and lifeguard trainers and are a valuable resource for our aquatics team. Our leisure pool is designed to teach swimming, with unique features like warmer water, a beach entry, rope swing and shallow & deep-water pods. We are proud of the quality of our swim lesson program at Dovercourt!


Basic swimming ability is a requirement of any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. Swim for Life® is a comprehensive swim instruction program that focuses on the acquisition and development of fundamental swim strokes and skills for learners of all ages and abilities. Learning Swim to Survive® skills and achieving the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive® Standard are key foundations of the Swim for Life® Program.


A rewarding experience for adults with infants or toddlers. These levels introduce the joys of water activity while stressing parental responsibility in, on and around the water. Parent participation required, but just one water-loving parent is permitted in the pool due to our limited pool space. Class length: 30 minutes.

PARENT & TOT 1 12 months old and under (able to hold head up) with parent or caregiver. PARENT & TOT 2 24 months old and under with parent or caregiver. PARENT & TOT 3 Under 4 years old with parent or caregiver.


Your child is almost ready for independence or almost 3 years old. Parents must join their preschooler in the water until the child is ready to participate on their own and they are 3 years old.


All Preschool classes are unparented and for 3-5 year-old children. PRESCHOOL A Prerequisites: For kids 3-5 years old just starting out on their own, with little or no experience but comfortable in a class without mom or dad. PRESCHOOL B Prerequisites: Participants can comfortably move and float with aid, put their faces in the water with eyes open, and exhale in a relaxed manner. PRESCHOOL C Prerequisites: Participants can float on front and back in PFD without assistance; swim 5m on front and back any way with an aid; and exhale under water 3 times without pause. PRESCHOOL D Prerequisites: Participants can float and move in deep water with assistance; breathe rhythmically 5 times; flutter kick while gliding on front and back 5m; recover objects from the bottom. PRESCHOOL E Prerequisites: Participants are comfortable jumping into deep water unassisted; front and back

SWIMMER 2 & 3 Prerequisites: Swimmer 2: Jump into chest deep water, open eyes and exhale under water, front and back float unassisted, kicking on front and back for 5m each. Swimmer 3: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on front, back and side 10m each, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds. SWIMMER 3 Prerequisites: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on front, back and side 10m each, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds. SWIMMER 3 & 4 Prerequisites: Swimmer 3: Jump into deep water, flutter kick on side, swim front and back crawl 10m each, and tread water 15 seconds. Swimmer 4: Dive and roll into deep water, front and back crawl 15m each, 100m interval swim, whip kick on back 10m, and tread water 30 seconds.


or no swimming experience. Lessons will focus on floats and glides, flutter kick, shallow and deep-water comfort, movement through water, safe entries and PFDs.

SWIMMER 1 - BEGINNER Just starting out with little

SWIMMER 1 - ADVANCED Prerequisites: Have attempted

AQUATIC CERTIFICATIONS FOR YOUTH guaranteed a lifeguard / swim instructor position for Fall 2020. BRONZE STAR Participants develop problemsolving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart®

SWIMMER 4 Prerequisites: Dive and roll into deep water, front and back crawl 15m each, 100m interval swim, whip kick on back 10m, and tread water 30 seconds.

SWIMMER 2 Prerequisites: Jump into chest deep water, open eyes and

SWIMMER 5 Prerequisites: Tread water 1 minute, front and back crawl

confidence and the lifesaving skills to become their own personal lifeguard. Prerequisite: Recommended 12 years of age. 70 minutes. • Mon 6:50-8:00pm, Feb 3 – Mar 30, 16289 – $75

of increased risk; learn to respond to increasing complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims with obstructed airways and develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim (or timed swims). Prerequisite: 12 years of age and have successfully completed Bronze Star or 13 years & good swim ability. (Level 6 or equivalent). Manual: Canadian Lifesaving Manual ($47). • Sun 5:00-8:30pm, Feb 2 – Mar 15, AQL2018 – $135

BRONZE MEDALLION / EMERGENCY 1ST AID Learn Lifesaving principles based on water rescue, judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for rescues

ROOKIE, RANGER, STAR PATROL ROOKIE Prerequisites: Compact jump, stride entry, eggbeater 75 seconds, head up front crawl or breaststroke 25m, front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke 100m each, and 300m endurance swim. RANGER Prerequisites: Lifesaving kick 25m, endurance 350m, timed swim 100m in 3 minutes. STAR Prerequisites: Demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills, further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100m each, and complete 600m workouts and 300m timed swims.

• Mon-Fri 8:00am-1:00pm, Mar 16 – Mar 20, AQL2074 – $135 BRONZE CROSS Bronze Cross teaches the differences between lifesaving and lifeguarding, safe supervision in aquatic facilities, and the principles of emergency procedures and teamwork. Participants learn how to rescue a spinal injured victim and a pulseless victim. Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid. Continues on next page


BECOME A SWIM INSTRUCTOR OR LIFEGUARD! AQUATIC LEADERSHIP = JOB TRAINING, SKILLS AND FRIENDS FOR LIFE! Successfully complete your National Lifeguard and instructor certifications at Dovercourt and you will be

Swimmer 1 before and/or are comfortable submerging their face with eyes open. Class will focus on unassisted glides and kicking drills.

SWIMMER 5 & 6 Prerequisites: Swimmer 5: Tread water 1 minute, front and back crawl 25m, 100m interval swim, breaststroke arms 15m, and whip kick on front 15m. Swimmer 6: Shallow dive, eggbeater kick 30 seconds, front/back crawl & breaststroke 50m each, 200m interval swim, and head up front crawl 10m.


float in deep water unassisted; kick on front and back for 7m each; and 5m of continuous front crawl with an aid.

25m, 100m interval swim, breaststroke arms 15m, and whip kick on front 15m.


exhale under water, front and back float unassisted, and flutter kick on front and back for 5m each.


• Sun 5:00-8:00pm, Feb 2 – Mar 15, AQL2014 – $101 • Mon-Fri 8:00am-12:30pm, Mar 16 – Mar 20, AQL2073 – $101 NATIONAL LIFEGUARD Candidates will learn skills relevant to safe supervision of a pool. These include teamwork, communication, and the use of specialized equipment and safety supervision. Prerequisites: Age 16, Bronze Cross and Standard 1st Aid and CPR ‘C’. Manual: Alert ($47). • Fri-Mon 8:00am-6:00pm, Dec 27 – 30 AND Tue 8:00am-12:00pm, Dec 31, AQ1926 – $169 • Fri-Mon 8:00am-6:00pm, Apr 10 – 13, AQL2029 – $169 SWIM INSTRUCTOR Swim Instructor candidates learn to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills, and acquire proven teaching methods and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Swim Instructors are certified to teach and evaluate all levels of the Lifesaving Society Swim Program: Parent & Tot, Preschool, Swimmer, and Adult Swimmer. Progressively evaluated, so 100% attendance is required. Prerequisites: 16 years of age and Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard. Manuals: Swim for Life Award Guide & Teaching Swim for Life ($43). • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Jan 7 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Jan 11 – 12, AQL2042 – $130 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Mar 24 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Mar 28 – 29, AQL2043 – $130 LIFESAVING INSTRUCTOR The Lifesaving Instructor Course prepares instructors to teach the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze medal awards, and Emergency First Aid. Lifesaving Instructors may evaluate and certify candidates in the Swim Patrol, Bronze









Star, Emergency First Aid, and Lifesaving Fitness Awards. Progressively evaluated, so 100% attendance is required. Prerequisites: 16 years of age & Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard. Manuals Lifesaving Instructor Pac ($62). • Tue 5:30-9:30pm, Feb 11 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Feb 15 – 16, AQL2038 – $130 LIFESAVING STANDARD FIRST AID & CPR “C” An in-depth understanding of first aid such as medical/legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, burns and other medical injuries. Prerequisites: Open to all. Recommended 12 years of age and older. Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual ($20 ) • Sat & Sun, 9:00am-5:00pm, Jan 25 – 26, AQL2055 – $125 • Sat & Sun, 9:00am-5:00pm, Mar 7 – 8, AQL2056 – $125 • Sat & Sun, 9:00am-5:00pm, Apr 4 – 5, AQL2057 – $125

FALL 2019 - SPRING 2020

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 - JUNE 26, 2020




12:00-1:00pm* 8:30-9:30pm**

12:00-1:00pm* 8:00-9:00pm**



11:00-12:00pm 3:00-4:00pm (free)








8:00-9:00am* 11:00am-12:00pm 8:00-8:45pm

8:15-9:00am 7:00-8:30pm



















8:45-9:30am 11:15am-12:00pm 2:45-3:45pm 7:30-9:00pm


All swims are subject to cancellation or may be shared based on attendance.


LEARN TO: SWIM, SAVE A LIFE, LEARN TO TEACH. ADULT LEARN TO SWIM • Sun 7:10-8:00pm, Feb 2 – Mar 29, 16290 –$108 LIFESAVING STANDARD 1ST AID & CPR “C” RECERT This course allows participants to recertify their Lifesaving Standard First Aid course and CPR level ‘C’. Prerequisites: Candidates must have taken a FULL Standard 1st Aid COURSE within the past 3 years through the Lifesaving Society in order to qualify for this recert. Proof of prerequisites must be shown at recert. • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Feb 22, AQL2047 – $96 • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Apr 18, AQL2048 – $96 NATIONAL LIFEGUARD RECERT Prerequisite: National Lifeguard, must bring card or lifesaving ID number to recert. • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm, Dec 28, AQL1936 – $79 • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, Feb 21, AQL2027 – $79 • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm, Apr 11, AQL2028 – $79

AIRWAY MANAGEMENT Airway Management provides the fundamentals, principles and practices of safe and proper oxygen admin in most emergency situations. • Tue 6:30-10:30pm, Feb 18, AQL2062 – $51 EXAMINER COURSE The Examiner course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as an Examiner for the Society, and prepares candidates to successfully apprentice as an Examiner on the exam of their choice. The Examiner course builds on the evaluation experience that candidates have attained in the instructor-evaluated content. Prerequisites: Instructor certification & experience teaching in the stream they wish to be appointed an examiner. • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm, Apr 25, AQL2006 – $67


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8:00 16328 8:00 16329 8:40 16330 8:50 16331 9:00 16332 9:10 16333 9:10 16334 9:30 16335 9:30 16336 9:40 16337 9:40 16338 10:00 B 16339 10:20 16340 10:20 16341 10:30 16342 10:40 16343 11:00 16344 11:00 16345 11:30 16346 11:30 16347 11:30 16348 11:40 16349 12:00 16350 12:00 16351 12:00 16352 12:30 16353 12:30 16354 12:30 16355 1:00 16356 1:00 16357 1:00 16358 5:00 16359 5:30 16360 6:40 16361 7:10 16362 7:20 16363 7:20 16364

4/4 lessons

3/4 lessons

4/4 lessons

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10:00 10:30 4:10 5:50 B 6:20 7:00 7:30 7:30

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16493 16494 16495 16496 16497 16498 16499 16500

TUESDAY 4/4 lessons

3:00 3:00 3:30 3:30 4:00 4:00 B 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:20 5:30 6:00 6:00 6:30 6:30 6:30

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THURSDAY 4/4 lessons

4:00 4:30 4:30 5:10 5:20

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FRIDAY 4/4 lessons

4:30 4:30 4:50 5:20 6:00 6:00 6:30 6:30 6:30

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Refunds & credits will only be given up to one week in advance of the program start date. Non Residents: Add 20% to the fee.

Private Package Semi Private Package

3 4 $151 $181 $212 $265


If you have purchased private lessons and your schedule changes, you are welcome to substitute the participant. Unfortunately, we do not reschedule or refund.


8:00 8:00 8:30 8:30 8:30 9:00 9:00 B 9:30 9:40 10:00 10:00 10:10 10:30 10:40 10:50 10:50 11:20 11:30 11:40 11:40 11:50 11:50 12:00 12:00 12:20 12:30 12:30 12:30 12:30 1:00 1:00 4:00 4:30 4:30 5:00 6:00 6:00





8:10(2/3) L 8:30(1-3) 9:30(2/3) 10:50(1/2) L 11:30(1-3) L 6:10(2/3)

8:10(2/3) L 8:30(1-3) 9:10 9:30(2/3) 10:10 11:30(1-3) L 6:10(2/3) 8:00 T L 8:30 L 9:10 L 9:40 T 10:00 L 10:50 L 11:00 B 11:30 T 12:30 L 1:00 T L 5:00 T L 6:00 L

8:00 L 8:30 8:40(B/C) 9:00(B/C) L 9:20 L 10:00 10:20 L 10:30 B 11:10(B/C) L 12:00 L 12:00(B/C) L 1:00 L 5:00 L 5:30(B/C)

8:10 L 8:30 8:40(B/C) 9:00(B/C) L 9:50 L 10:30 11:00(C/D) 11:10(B/C) L 12:00(B/C) L 12:00 L 12:30 L 12:30(C/D) 1:00 L 5:30(B/C) 6:00 L

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16075 16076 16077 16128 16129 16130 16131 16132 16082 16133 16134 16135 16085 16136

8:00(1/2) L 8:40(1-3) 9:10 10:50(2/3) 12:00(1-3) L 5:00(1-3)

8:00 L 8:40(1-3) 9:40 10:50(2/3) 12:00(1-3) L 5:00(1-3)

8:00 L 8:30 L 9:00 T 9:30 B 10:10 10:10 T 10:20 10:40 T 12:30 T L 1:00 L 4:00 T L 4:30 L

8:00 L 8:10(B/C) L 8:30(B/C) L 8:40(B/C) 9:00 9:10 10:40 11:00 11:10(B/C) 12:00 L 12:10 L 1:00(B/C) L 4:40 L

8:10(B/C) L 8:30(B/C) L 8:40(B/C) 9:00 9:30 10:00(C/D) L 10:20 10:30(C/D) L 11:10(B/C) 11:20 12:00 12:20(C/D) L 1:00(B/C) L 5:00 L






8:30(1-3) 9:00 10:50(1/2) L 11:30(1-3) L

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16087 16088 16089 16090 16091 16092 16093 16094 16095 16096 16097 16098 16099 16100

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10:00(B/C) L 10:30(B/C) 4:10(B/C) L 5:20(B/C) L 6:30 7:30(B/C) L

10:00 10:30 T L 4:10 L 5:20 T L 6:00 6:30 L

10:30(2/3) 4:10(1-3) L 6:00

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1:00(B/C) 3:30(B/C) L 4:10(B/C) L 5:00(B/C) 5:30(B/C) L 5:30 L 5:50 6:30 L

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1:00 L 3:30 L 4:30 B 6:00 T 6:30 T L

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4:30(B/C) L 5:00 L 6:30(B/C) L

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Most 5 yr olds remain in Preschool level When almost 6 yrs old, enter Swimmer level Preschool A & B & C >> Swimmer 1 Preschool D & E >> Swimmer 2 Parent & Tot 1 (under one year), P&T 2 (under two years), P&T 3 (under three years), Preschool Program (3-5 years) and Swimmer Program (5 years & up).





T: Transition class. Parents must join their preschooler in the water until the child is ready to participate on their own and are 3 yrs old.


Homeschool Swim Lessons 1:00 #16187 After School Group Swim Lessons Preschool 3:30 #16188 4:30 #16189




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5:10(adv) L 16204

8:00(2/3) L 9:30 11:20(2/3) L 11:20(2/3) 12:50 L 4:00 4:40(2/3)

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3:30(2/3) L 4:10 4:50 L 6:20(2/3)


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Rookie/Ranger/Star 60 minutes

BRONZE STAR 70 minutes


40-60 minutes













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4:10 L 5:50(3/4)

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Homeschool Swim Adult Learn to Swim Lessons 7:10 # 16290 1:00 #16187 After School Group Swim Lessons Swimmer 3:30 #16547 4:40 #16548


LESSON FEES: # lessons





8 WE


40 minutes $95 $156 $99 $163 $104 $172 50 minutes

$97 $164 $101 $172 $108 $177

60 minutes

$99 $172 $104 $177 $111 $186





8 WE




8 7L



$95 30 min

# lessons




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4:00(C/D) L 5:10 5:50 L 5:40(C/D) L

16182 16153 16183 16155

4:40(E) L 5:30(C/D) L 6:00 6:10(C/D) L

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4:00(D) 4:30 L 6:00 L

16177 16178

6:00(D) 7:00 L

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8:00 L 8:40 L 10:10 11:00(C/D) 11:30(E) L 12:30(C/D) 1:00 L 5:00 L

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BLUESFEST SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART All lessons take place @ Festival House, 450 Churchill Ave. N. (Ravenhill Ave. entrance)


The Bluesfest School of Music and Art emerged as a partnership between RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and Dovercourt Recreation. Housed in Bluesfest’s Festival House, BSOMA brings art and music educators to the community through group programming, private lessons and special events, all of which are available to learners of all ages and abilities.

VISUAL ARTS CARTOON DRAWING (6-10yrs) Learning to draw can be fun, especially when creating silly characters, funny expressions and drawing sequences that tell a story! Instructors will guide students, step-by-step, how to create compelling stories with humour and skill. All materials are supplied. • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Jan 11 – Apr 4, $176

Enrich your life and learn to play an instrument! Music education and participation increases confidence, improves hand eye coordination, improves information retention and is fun!

FAMILY ART (6-10yrs) Parents and children will explore mediums, techniques and art history as your instructor guides you through weekly projects. All materials are supplied. • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Jan 11 – Apr 4, $99 per family member

PRIVATE LESSONS Private lessons provide the most impactful experience in music education. Our teachers are equipped to prepare students for formal musical examinations, professional/ semi-professional performances and casual play with friends and family. • Mon-Fri 2:00-9:00pm, Jan 6 - Apr 10 • Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Jan 12 – Apr 5

EXPLORING VISUAL ARTS (16+yrs) Express yourself in this introductory visual arts course. Explore art history, mediums and techniques as your instructor guides you through weekly projects using paint, inks, charcoal, pencils and more. Students can expect to purchase $40 in supplies for this course. • Wed 2:00-4:00pm, Jan 15 – Apr 8, $235.04

$104 for four 30 minute lessons or $260 for ten 30 minute lesson.

GROUP LESSONS Learning with others enhances your experience in music and art education. Co-learners push each other to excel, while making classes more fun and engaging. BSOMA Group Classes will help you achieve individual success in an enjoyable group setting. Group lessons are for adults, youth and kids.

WATERCOLOUR BOTANICALS – IMPRESSIONIST STYLE (16+yrs) Learn how to create simple impressionistic watercolour botanical paintings. Using a variety of easy and effective techniques you will be able to create an 8 x 10 watercolour painting. • Mon 2:00-4:00pm, Mar 23 – Apr 6, $54.24 WATERCOLOUR – BEGINNER (16+yrs) Learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. Design, composition

and working from a photograph will also be taught. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Supplies will be provided in class, though students will be guided on how to select their own tools for purchase. • Tue 2:00-4:00pm, Mar 24 – Apr 7, $54.24

MUSIC TODDLER MUSIC TIME (1.5-2.5yrs) Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen and dance all while exploring fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment. • Thu 4:00-4:45pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $183.24 PRESCHOOL MUSIC TIME (2.5-4yrs) Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen and dance all while exploring fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment. • Thu 4:45-5:30pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $183.24 MUSICAL THEATRE Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for friends and family on the BSOMA stage.

STRINGS FOR KIDS (7-10yrs) For the students who want to test drive an instrument before committing to private music lessons. Students will try the ukulele and guitar in a group setting. Basics for each instrument will be taught along with some rudimentary theory; everything they need to know before they take it to the next level. This is a beginner level course. Instruments will be provided for class time. Ukulele • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Jan 11 – Feb 8, $70

5-7yrs • Thu 5:00-6:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $168

Guitar • Sat 11:00-11:55am, Feb 22 – Apr 4, $84

8-11yrs • Tue 6:00-7:00pm, Jan 14 – Apr 7, $168

FAMILY UKULELE (6+yrs) The ukulele’s popularity continues to grow because it is

relatively easy to learn, good for small hands and has a sweet, happy sound. The uke opens the door to the larger world of musical instruments in a fun way. Together the groups will learn chords, how to read chords, strum patterns, and then put it all together to play songs. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. Please register each family member attending. • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Jan 11 – Apr 4, $88 per family member. • Wed 5:30-6:25pm, Jan 15 – Apr 8, $96 per family member. ROCK UNIVERSITY (10-16yrs) Rock University is the true band experience. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate the entire school

HARMONICA – BEGINNER Make your first instrument the harmonica. It is fairly easy to learn, great for pick up jams and very portable. This workshop aids or introduces some basic musical theory with simple harmonica techniques as we play through and learn a tune or two. Students will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. Available for purchase at BSOMA Pro Shop. 11-15yrs • Tue 7:00-8:00pm, Jan 14 – Feb 18, $84 16+yrs • Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Jan 14 – Feb 4, $56

UKULELE CLUB (7-11yrs) This club will get kids playing as a group regardless of musical experience. Everything from classic rock to top 40 hits will be played. This course is best for novice ukulele players. • Mon 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, $231 MUSICAL THEATRE (7-11yrs) Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for parents on the BSOMA stage. • Tue 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, $273

structure and harmonica techniques. Student will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. • Tue 7:00-8:00pm, Feb 11 – Mar 24, $84 BEGINNER UKULELE (16+yrs) In this pressure free environment, you will learn basic chords and strumming patterns on the ukulele. Your new skills will build a basic foundation for playing a few songs to start and continue to build your repertoire. You will be ready to jam across the city in no time! Limited number of ukuleles are available for loan. Also available for purchase at BSOMA Pro Shop. • Wed 8:00-9:00pm, Jan 14 – Apr 7, $168

GOLD UKULELE The ukulele is one of the best introductory instruments there is, as it is physically easier to play than most other string instruments and is a good way to learn music theory. Participants will be taught chords, melody, strumming styles and even some rudimentary theory. Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group! Beginner • Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Jan 14 – Apr 7, $182 Intermediate • Thu 2:00-3:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $182

ROCK UNIVERSITY (8-11yrs) Rock University is the true band experience where musicians learn to play the songs you love. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate the entire school year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here! • Thu 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, $273


BLUESFEST COMMUNITY CHOIR (All ages) No need to audition for this fun and blues-centric choir! The

focus is on fun and learning how to sing as a member of a group. Rediscover the joys of singing and belting out your favorite tunes in a casual community environment. Class is on the first Monday of each month, with a few additional rehearsals to be schedule in July leading up to the final performance at the 2020 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. • Mon 6:30-8:00pm, Feb 3 – Jun 1, $112 per member

ART CLUB (7-11yrs) This club will get kids painting, pasting and creating. Regardless of artistic experience, kids will have the opportunity to be successful with many techniques and mediums. The course will culminate in an art show for the parents. • Wed 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, $273


HARMONICA – BEGINNER II (16+yrs) Suitable for students who already play an instrument or who have taken Beginner Harmonica. The course will build on musical theory, song

These afterschool programs are fun and educational! BSOMA staff will pick up participants at Churchill Alternative School and walk over at 2:45pm. Arrival and departure times are flexible if you attend another school and would still like to participate.



year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here! Please register for your preferred class time, though this time is not guaranteed. The first day of class we will do a meet and greet and assess musical interest and abilities to place musicians in the most suitable band combinations. • Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Jan 11 – Apr 4, $227.50 • Sat 1:45-3:00pm, Jan 11 – Apr 4, $227.50 • Sun 10:30-11:45am, Jan 12 – Apr 5, $227.50



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Regular participation in physical activity is the single most important factor in maintaining or improving one’s health and wellbeing. The cooler weather is your chance to take your weekly workouts indoors, return to your favourite class, or try something new this winter. Sign up for any two Registered Specialty Health and Fitness Programs and we’ll give you a third one for free* because when it comes to physical activity, more is better! We have over 130 weekly programs for you to choose from. Not sure where to get started? Let us help! Contact fitness@dovercourt.org *applies to courses of equal or lesser value, excludes SUP


AQUA FITNESS AQUA COMPLETE This water workout uses the resistance and buoyancy of water to achieve a full body workout that enhances strength, cardiovascular fitness, and overall tone and movement. Varying depths of water are used. All levels welcome! • Mon 6:30-7:15am, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WAQ01 – $185 • Wed 6:30-7:15am, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WAQ02 – $199 • Fri 6:30-7:15am, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WAQ03 – $185 AQUA ATHLETIC Join Olympic Performance Coach Dylan Harries to learn to train like an athlete and unleash your inner champion. This high intensity deep and shallow water class combines cardiovascular drills and resistance training exercises.

No swimming skills are needed however a comfort in deep water is a must. Aqua belts will be provided for flotation. It is time to jump in and workout like never before. • Mon 8:00-8:45pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WAQ07 – $185 AQUA DEEP In this deep water class, participants are supported by an aqua belt to keep them floating, while encouraging the development of the core, postural muscles, strength and cardiovascular endurance. Participants should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Mon 8:00-8:45am, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WAQ05 – $171 • Fri 8:00-8:45am, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WAQ06 – $171 AQUA HIIT This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program is designed to increase strength and power with cardio drills and strength circuits. Participants have the choice of working in chest level water or ramping up the challenge by working in the deep end with an aqua belt. Time to hit the pool and HIIT it hard! • Tue 7:45-8:30pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WAQ04 – $199 AQUA POWER CIRCUIT Wake up energized! Kick off the weekend in the best way with this multi-level, circuit-style workout with individualized intensity options for all levels. • Sat 7:00-7:45am, Jan 4 – Apr 4, 20WAQ08 – $185 AQUA STRENGTH Offering a low impact workout focused on muscular strength and endurance that incorporates a variety of equipment to provide an excellent toning and strengthening workout. • Wed 8:15-9:00am, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WAQ09 – $185 • Thu 8:15-9:00pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WAQ10 – $199

AQUA DEEP GENTLE Held in the deep water, this class is a perfect choice for those who are just getting started or require a gentle low impact form of exercise. Participants wear an aqua belt and should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Thu 7:30-8:15pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WAQ11 – $199


Regular physical activity can help with the management of chronic health conditions. In these programs, special consideration is given to which exercises will be most beneficial for your condition and the effects physical activity may have on your energy and rate of recovery. Our team of professional and caring Exercise Specialists will give you the support you need to manage your condition and maintain your independence. You are one workout away from feeling better!

POST STROKE RECOVERY POST STROKE WALKING This instructional class is designed for individuals to maintain or retrain walking and essential movement skills after experiencing a stroke. Exercise in a safe, supervised, small group under the attention of an exercise specialist. This program may also be suitable for participants recovering from surgery, injury or medical conditions that impact ambulation. Caregivers, supportworkers and helpers of any sort are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 1:30-2:25pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WPS01 – $214 AQUA POST STROKE Designed for stroke survivors,

Dovercourt’s Post-Stroke Aqua offers a safe environment for individuals to perform exercises that will increase their functional abilities. Our warm water pool has a walk-in, walk-out beach entrance, so participants are not required to use stairs or ladders. Participants must be able to weight-bear and enter and exit the water with minimal assistance. Caregivers, supportworkers and helpers of any kind are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 12:00-12:45pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WPS02 – $199

CHRONIC PAIN AQUA FIBROMYALGIA This gentle aquatic exercise program was created for participants living with Fibromyalgia. Aquatic exercise has been proven to decrease pain sensitivity and fatigue, making this program an excellent option. Participants will work to their own abilities and comfort with individualized modifications and accommodations provided by the instructor. • Mon 12:00-12:45pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WCP01 – $185 • Wed 12:00-12:45pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WCP02 – $199 AQUA HEALTHY BACK For clients experiencing new or chronic back pain, this class will assist in developing core strength for overall stability and body awareness, and increase confidence in performing daily activities. • Tue 8:15-9:00am, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WCP03 – $185 • Fri 9:00-9:45am, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WCP04 – $171

OSTEOPOROSIS OSTEOFIT Our signature Osteofit program was created specifically for individuals who have bone density issues such as osteoporosis or osteopenia. We have updated this program to reflect current research and

best practices in managing these conditions through exercise. The Osteofit program focuses on increasing strength through weights and low-impact load-bearing movements as participants will be led through strength-training exercises. • Mon 10:30-11:25am, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WOS01 – $220

ARTHRITIS AQUA ARTHRITIS Take it easy on your joints and still have a great workout! Water-based exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the inflammation and discomfort caused by arthritis. Our warm water pool reduces pain and increases overall mobility while the buoyancy of the water supports the body’s weight and reduces stress on the joints. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so simply moving through the pool will help your body build the strength it needs to protect your joints. • Mon 11:00-11:45am, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WAR01 – $171 • Wed 10:30-11:15am, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WAR02 – $185 AQUA ARTHRITIS DEEP Similar to our Aqua Arthritis class, but held in deep water, adding an extra focus on developing core strength and body awareness. All participants wear aqua belts. Participants should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Thu 8:45-9:30am, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WAR03 – $185


Participation in regular exercise is the most effective way to maintain your health, independence, and confidence throughout the aging process. Dovercourt offers a variety of specialized Health and Fitness programs that address both specific and general age-related issues that affect Baby Boomers and Older Adults.

AQUA BALANCE, CORE & MOBILITY This water-based exercise program improves posture, alleviates pressure on joints, and aids in the prevention of falls. Participants can use the support of the water to challenge their balance without the risk of falling while they develop their neuromuscular coordination and core strength. • Tue 1:30-2:15pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WFP01 – $185 • Thu 1:15-2:00pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WFP02 – $185


HATHA YOGA A traditional yoga practice based on classical yoga postures. Hatha yoga is one of the original five branches of the ancient yogic traditions that unites of the Ha (Sun) and Tha (Moon) energies through the expression of the Asana (pose). The class focuses on linking movement with the breath at a relaxed, but active pace. The results can bring more flexibility, strength and balance to your body and life. • Thu 6:15-7:10pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, 20WYG05 - $214 PILATES FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to Pilates, this is the place to start. An effective Pilates practice can only be achieved once the participant has developed the fundamental techniques to perform the exercises and movements properly. This program focuses on developing essential skills such as breathwork, spinal articulation, and activation of the pelvic floor and deep core muscles in order to learn the techniques required to do Pilates exercises. *Please note that technique is not contingent on physical fitness but on mastery of proper movement patterns and muscle recruitment. That is why we recommend every new participant begin by learning the fundamentals.

• Thu 7:30-8:25pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WPI01 – $230 PILATES Pilates enthusiasts unite! Whether you are an experienced aficionado or have just recently learned the fundamental techniques, this Pilates practice will provide a core-focused workout. Instructors in this class may use equipment to provide variations of the traditional exercises and will provide options to increase or decrease the challenge of each exercise. *Please note, participants in this class should have previous Pilates experience and be familiar with the fundamental techniques. • Mon 6:30-7:25pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WPI02 – $214 PILATES CLASSICAL REPERTOIRE These Pilates programs focus on progressing participants through the traditional repertoire of exercises that corresponds with

their difficulty level. Please note that successful advancement through the repertoires is based on the mastery of technique, form and skill, and not physical fitness. Therefore, participants should be comfortable with the fundamental techniques before progressing to the Intermediate and advanced repertoires. Beginner • Sat 8:30-9:25am, Jan 4 – Apr 4, 20WPI03 – $230 Held at McKellar Field House Intermediate • Tue 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WPI04 – $230 • Sat 10:30-11:25am, Jan 4 – Apr 4, 20WPl06 – $230 Advanced • Tue 8:00-8:55pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WPI05 – $230

PILATES & YOGA FUSION Enjoy the benefits of both Yoga & Pilates, together in one class.

Improve strength, flexibility and balance in the Yoga segment, followed by a series of Pilates exercises that target and tighten the core. • Mon 7:15-8:25pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WPY01 – $249 YOGA YIN Yin Yoga is a relaxing practice that enhances flexibility and the mind-body connection. This class begins with a few minutes of meditative breath work (prana) and closes with a deep savasana (final relaxation). • Mon 7:45-8:55pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WYG01 – $249 YOGA GENTLE Gentle yoga is an ideal place for many beginners to start yoga. Through modified basic yoga positions, one can build strength, flexibility and a strong core as well as attaining physical & emotional balance. • Wed 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WYG02 – $230


FAMILY YOGA Family yoga is designed to help your child develop a positive relationship with

their bodies and their minds while helping them develop strength and creativity. Some benefits include, helping with concentration, attention as well as learning simple ways to help soothe and calm themselves. It is a chance to participate in a non-competitive practice, while taking a break from the business of school and other activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome in any of our family yoga programs, but we do adjust the duration and types of exercises for younger and school age children. • Sat 8:30-9:15am, Jan 18 – Feb 22, 20WFAM1 - $99 per Adult; $49 per Child Feb 29 – Apr 4, 20WFAM2 - $99 per Adult; $49 per Child


FUNCTIONAL FITNESS FOR ACTIVE AGING Functional fitness trains your bodily systems to work together to improve one’s ability to perform daily tasks and remain active for life. This specialized fitness program is designed to improve strength and mobility in adults as they go through the ageing process, addresses the fitness components affected by age such as flexibility, balance and posture, and help active agers maintain independence by improving the body’s physical capabilities. The instructor will provide modifications to accommodate individual levels of fitness. • Thu 11:00-11:55am, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WFF01 – $214


AGESTRONG This weight room based exercise program focuses on increasing muscular strength in seniors using a traditional machine and dumbbell based strength training program. Participants in AgeStrong will work on independent exercise plans under the supervision of a personal trainer and will be taught proper use of the equipment in the weight room. • Tue 10:30-11:25am, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WAS01 – $237 • Thu 10:00-10:55am, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WAS02 – $237


YOGA MEN’S It’s a guy thing: a men’s only yoga class that focuses on areas where guys need extra attention, such as the hips and shoulders. Discover the many other benefits of yoga such as increased flexibility, stress relief, toned muscles, better posture and improved concentration in this men’s only Yoga session. • Tue 8:00-8:55pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WYG03 – $230


YOGA POWER FLOW Based on Ashtanga yoga movements, this class flows through postures incorporating the power of music and the body’s own strength. This class is best recommended for those who are looking for a dynamic and physically challenging workout. • Thu 7:15-8:10pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WYG04 – $230

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING TRX Training with the TRX improves your core strength, joint stability, balance and metabolism. The TRX suspension system allows you to target muscular imbalances with fun and creative exercises while experiencing a completely new and non-traditional form of strength training. • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6 20WTRX1 – $220 • Thu 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WTRX2 – $237 • Fri 9:00-9:55am, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WTRX3 – $203

W.O.W (WOMEN ON WEIGHTS) AND MORE! Strength training with weights, along with a variety of activities and experience, is proven to improve bone density and metabolism, as well as elevate body, mind and overall well-being. This is a class suitable for women of all ages and fitness levels. • Mon 9:30-10:25am, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WWOW1 – $197 • Wed 11:30am-12:25pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WWOW2 – $214 • Wed 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WWOW3 – $230 M.O.W (MEN ON WEIGHTS) AND MORE! Strength training with weights, along with a variety of activities and experience, is proven to improve bone density and metabolism, as well as elevate body, mind and overall well-being. This is a class suitable for men of all ages and fitness levels. • Tue 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WMOW1 – $237 • Sat 9:15-10:10am, Jan 4 – Apr 4, 20WMOW2 – $237 TRAINING TRIFECTA Led by ExerciseProgramming Specialist and Dovercourt’s own Manager of Health and Wellness, Alanna George, this program addresses the key elements that make up one’s fitness: cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Over the course of 13 weeks, participants will progress through weekly 90 minute workouts that use the spin bikes, core training and stretching techniques in order to improve all aspects of overall fitness. Participants begin this program by having their baseline fitness measured and can monitor their weekly progress. A final fitness test is administered on the last class so participants can see

their improvements in fitness over the course. This class is limited to 10 participants; early registration is encouraged. • Tue 6:00-7:25pm, Jan 14 – Apr 7, 20WTT01 – $277

PERSONAL TRAINING Our fully certified and dynamic personal training team will motivate and guide you to reach your health & fitness goals with individualized programming. Make the most of your workout time, learn safe technique, and avoid plateaus. Contact fitness@dovercourt.org

PRE AND POSTNATAL PRENATAL STRENGTH Make the most out of your pregnancy and prepare the body for childbirth by incorporating strength training into your regime. Led by Dovercourt’s prenatal fitness experts, a focus will be on strengthening the core and pelvic floor. This class takes place in the Fitness Centre. • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Jan 6 – Feb 10, 20WPRE1 – $102 • Mon 7:00-7:55pm, Feb 24 – Apr 6, 20WPRE2 – $119 YOGA PRENATAL Stay healthy during pregnancy with yoga postures to stretch and strengthen the entire body. Breath work will relax and deepen your experience, and allow a connection between mind, body and soul during this special time. This class is suitable for beginners. • Wed 6:00-6:55pm, Jan 8 – Feb 19, 20WPRE3 – $119 • Wed 5:45-6:40pm, Feb 26 – Apr 8, 20WPRE4 – $119

AQUA PRENATAL Make the most out of every stage of pregnancy. This class offers a safe and effective fitness program for moms-tobe. Exercises are low impact and easy on the joints and the lower back while keeping mom strong and helping to prepare the body for childbirth. • Tue 7:00-7:45pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WPRE5 – $199 • Thu 7:30-8:15pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WPRE6 – $199 POSTNATAL TRX & CORE Core conditioning using the TRX suspension system is great for lengthening and strengthening the core. The exercises taught in this class will focus on restoring proper alignment to the spine and pelvis while offering parents a safe place to connect and get fit with baby nearby. Dads, grandparents or other caregivers are also welcome to participate instead of mom! • Mon 1:15-2:10pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WPN01 – $203 POSTNATAL SPIN & CORE This is the best of both worlds in one class. Improve your cardiovascular health and blast calories with indoor spinning.

ZUMBA An exciting, hip-swiveling workout where African, Caribbean and Latin dance moves are combined with aerobics and fitness, to create a perfectly toned body… without even realizing it! • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WZUM1 – $230 • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Jan 4 – Apr 4, 20WZUM2 – $230

MINDFULNESS INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP Curious about mindfulness? Interested in learning how to meditate? Discover why so many people are incorporating this simple yet effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention and awareness, and build resilience. Ottawa Meditation & Wellness and Dovercourt Recreation Centre are offering a three-hour introductory workshop on these powerful mental health practices that allow us to see what’s going on in our lives more clearly and discover new ways of relating to stress. • Fri 6:30-9:30pm, Mar 6, 20WMWS1 – $92.50

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE This program addresses deep tension in your muscles and the surrounding connective tissue (fascia). Myofascial release can reduce pain and immobility by relaxing contracted muscles and improving blood and lymphatic circulation. Participants in this program will use various myofascial tools to locate and release their own trigger points to enhance mobility and reduce tension. • Tue 1:00-1:55pm, Jan 7 – Feb 18, 20WMFR1 – $119 • Tue 1:00-1:55pm, Feb 25 – Apr 7, 20WMFR2 – $102 • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Jan 8 – Feb 19, 20WMFR3 – $119 • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Feb 26 – Apr 8, 20WMFR4 – $119

TAI CHI Tai Chi employs precise physical movement, visualization and focused internal awareness to strengthen, relax and integrate the body & mind. All levels are welcome to this meditative mind and body-connecting class. • Mon 7:30-8:25pm, Jan 6 – Apr 6, 20WTAI1 – $214 • Fri 11:00-11:55am, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WTAI2 – $197

TOTAL BODY STRETCH This is not a yoga class! 45 minutes of muscle and limb stretch that will improve flexibility from head to toe. Stretching is functional, improves blood flow and helps to relieve stress. Come and shake off the day with us. This class is suitable for all levels. • Wed 6:15-7:00pm, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WTBS1 – $230

BARRE Our barre programs use the ballet barre and toning equipment to strengthen muscles while increasing their length and flexibility. This eclectic program combines dance, Pilates, yoga and strength exercises to improve your posture, core strength and coordination. New extended session length! • Thu 6:45-7:30pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WBA01 – $237 *NEW* ADULT BALLET Develop body awareness, strength and flexibility through a basic ballet class. This class is designed for adults who always wanted to learn ballet or would like to revisit their love of classical dance in a gentle and encouraging environment. • Thu 8:00-9:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 9, $214.20 HOOPING (ALL LEVELS) Learn techniques for core hooping (waist, hip, chest, shoulder, neck, and thigh) and off-the-body (hand hooping, tosses, isolation etc.), cardio intervals, tricks, movement, laughter & fun! Hoops are provided or may be purchased from the instructor. Watch the Dovercourt calendar for our free monthly hoop jams as well as occasional workshops by local and international hoop stars. • Sun 11:30am-12:25pm, Jan 5 – Apr 5, 20WHOOP – $230

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD The fastest growing water sport in the world has hit the warm waters of our pool. Get your workout on the water with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) fitness and yoga classes. Classes are provided by Urban Ocean SUP. Check out www.urbanoceansup.com to learn more about stand up paddling. No prior experience needed for pool classes and paddle boards are provided. Space is extremely limited. STAND UP PADDLE - SUP FITNESS This work out on water is designed to improve stability, increase core strength and develop your paddling skills. Get on board to be fit in this fun, full body, fitness class on top of a floating mat (stand up paddle board). • Sat 7:30-8:25pm, Jan 4 – Feb 15, 20WSUP1 – $160 (No class Jan 25) • Wed 9:00-9:55pm, Jan 8 – Feb 12, 20WSUP2 – $160 • Sat 7:30-8:25pm, Feb 22 – Apr 4, 20WSUP3 – $160 • Wed 9:00-9:55pm, Feb 19 – Apr 1, 20WSUP4 – $160


POSTNATAL YOGA & CORE Enjoy the benefits of this core-strengthening and posture-improving yoga, in a class designed especially for postpartum moms. Created to tone and target the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus, the muscles most commonly affected during pregnancy and childbirth. The second half of this program focuses on releasing stiff tissue and strained muscles from changes in your alignment due to pregnancy, birth, and carrying your baby for long periods of time. • Wed 10:00-10:55am, Jan 8 – Apr 8, 20WPN06 – $214



AQUA POSTNATAL Enjoy the excellent cardiovascular and muscular strengthening benefits of an aquafitness workout with the company of your baby and other parents. Even baby gets to enjoy, as they float alongside a parent in an infant flotation device provided by Dovercourt. Typically, babies in this program are over 4 months old and have the ability to sit and support their head. Not sure if your baby is ready? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you decide. Dads, grandparents or other caregivers are also welcome to participate instead of mom! • Tue 2:15-3:00pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WPN04 – $185 • Thu 2:00-2:45pm, Jan 9 – Apr 9, 20WPN05 – $185



Follow up by improving your physique, strength and revving your overall metabolism with resistance training, core conditioning and the TRX suspension system. Train like never before! Dads, grandparents or other caregivers are also welcome to participate instead of mom! • Tue 12:00-12:55pm, Jan 7 – Apr 7, 20WPN02 – $220 • Fri 11:15am-12:10pm, Jan 10 – Apr 3, 20WPN03 – $203






6:30-7:15am • Emma Aqua Complete 20WAQ02

6:30-7:15am• Chris Aqua Complete 20WAQ01

See descriptions on pages 14 to 17 for details.



6:30-7:15am • Kathy Aqua Complete 20WAQ03

7:00-7:45am • Charles Aqua Power Circuit 20WAQ08

8:30-9:25 am • Carolyn Pilates Classical Repertoire (Beg) 20WPI03

8:00-8:45am • Dylan Aqua Deep 20WAQ05

8:15-9:00am • Pam Aqua Healthy Back 20WCP03

8:15-9:00am • Charles Aqua Strength 20WAQ09

8:45-9:30am • Emma Aqua Arthritis Deep 20WAR03

8:00-8:45am • Pam Aqua Deep 20WAQ06

9:30-10:25am • Jill WOW & More 20WWOW1

10:30-11:25 • Teri AgeStrong 20WAS01

10:00-10:55am • Teri Postnatal Yoga & Core 20WPN06

10:00-10:55am • Teri AgeStrong 20WAS02

9:00-9:45am • Pam Aqua Healthy Back 20WCP04

11:30-12:25 pm • Jill WOW & More 20WWOW2

11:00-11:55am • Jill Functional Fitness for Active Aging • 20WFF01

9:00-9:55am • Daiana TRX 20WTRX3

9:15-10:10am • Charles Men On Weights 20WMOW2

10:30-11:15am • TBA Aqua Arthritis 20WAR02

12:00-12:45pm • Raymonde Aqua Post Stroke 20WPS02

11:00 -11:55 am • Paul Tai Chi 20WTAI2

10:00-10:55am • Karla Zumba 20WZUM2

1:15-2:00pm • Rosie Aqua Balance, Core & Mobility 20WFP02

11:15am-12:10pm • Daiana Postnatal Spin & Core 20WPN03

10:30-11:25am • Carolyn Pilates Classical Repertoire (Int.) 20WP103

10:30-11:25 • TBA Osteofit 20WOS01

11:00-11:45am • TBA Aqua Arthritis 20WAR01 12:00-12:45pm • TBA Aqua Fibromyalgia 20WCP01

12:00 - 12:55pm • Rosie Postnatal Spin & Core 20WPN02

1:15-2:10pm • Daiana Postnatal TRX & Core 20WPN01

1:00-1:55 pm • Jill MyoFascial Release 20WMFR1/20WMFR2

12:00-12:45pm • TBA Aqua Fibromyalgia 20WCP02

1:30-2:25pm • Jill Post Stroke Walking 20WPS01 2:00-2:45pm • Rosie Aqua Postnatal 20WPN05

1:30-2:15pm • Rosie Aqua Balance, Core & Mobility 20WFP01


2:15-3:00pm • Rosie Aqua Postnatal 20WPN04

6:30-7:25pm • Maureen Pilates 20WPI02

6:00-7:30pm • Alanna Training Trifecta 20WTT01

6:00-6:55pm • Teri Yoga Prenatal 20WPRE3 / 20WPRE4

6:15-7:10pm • Tracey Yoga Hatha 20WYG05

7:00-7:55pm • Rosie Prenatal Strength 20WPRE1/20WPRE2

7:00-7:55pm • Charles Men on Weights 20WMOW1

6:15-7:00pm • Charles Total Body Stretch 20WTBS1

6:45-7:30pm • Dylan Barre 20WBA01

7:00-7:55pm • Stacey TRX 20WTRX1

7:00-7:55pm • Carolyn Pilates Classical Repetoire (Int.) 20WPI04

7:00-7:55pm • Jill WOW & More 20WWOW3

7:00-7:45pm • Daiana Aqua Prenatal 20WPREF5

7:00-7:55pm • Xiang Yoga Gentle 20WYG02

7:00-7:55pm • Sam TRX 20WTRX2 7:15-8:10pm • Charles Yoga Power Flow 20WYG04 7:30-8:25 pm • Maureen Pilates (Fundamentals) 20WPI01 7:30-8:15pm • Daiana Aqua Prenatal 20WPRE6

7:15-8:25pm • Charles Pilates & Yoga Fusion 20WPY01

7:30-8:30pm SUP On Board to be Fit 20WSUP2


ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH! BUNDLE UP YOUR CLASSES WITH 3(Applies FORtoTHE PRICE OF 2 PRICING courses of equal or lesser value. **excludes SUP)

7:30-8:15pm • Chris Aqua Deep Gentle 20WAQ11

7:30-8:25pm • Paul Tai Chi 20WTAI1

7:45-8:30pm • Sam Aqua H.I.I.T. 20WAQ07

7:45-8:55pm • Xiang Yoga Yin 20WYG01

8:00-8:55pm • Carolyn Pilates Classical Repetoire (Adv) 20WPI05

8:00-8:55pm • Jill W MyoFascial 20WMFR3/20WMFR4

8:00-8:45pm • Dylan Athletic Aqua 20WAQ04

8:00-8:55pm • Charles Yoga Men’s 20WYG03

8:00-8:55pm • Karla Zumba 20WZUM1 9:00-9:55pm SUP Abs in Action 20WSUP1

8:15-9:00pm • Chris Aqua Strength 20WAQ10


11:30am-12:25pm Hooping 20WHOOP Trish











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StrengthMix Emma

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StepMix Lorayne/ Geoff

CardioMix Geoff

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6:30am Spin Kim

6:30am Spin Christina

6:30am Spin Kim

8:30 to 9:25 AM

CardioMix Daiana

20 20 20 Charles

CardioMix / StepMix Alanna

Ginette’s Variety Ginette

Barbell Challenge Jill

8am - CardioMix Lorayne/ Jill

9:30 to 10:25 AM

Burn & Tone Ginette

StrengthMix Pam

Barbell Challenge Jill

Cardio & YogaMix Stacey

Yoga & CoreMix Charles

9am HIIT Trish

New Times

9:45am Spin Daiana

5:45 to 6:40 PM

HIIT Stacey

6:30 to 7:15 AM


CardioMix Yasmin

CardioKickbox Charles

9:45am Spin Tim

9:00 am Spin JM (new time)

Burn & Tone Sam

10:00am Zumba Karla

Gold Club is for active older adults 55+ looking for midday opportunities to exercise, socialize, develop new friendships and share interests.



Heart of Gold Jill


Heart of Gold Rosie

Heart of Gold Charles

11:15am Gold Aquafit, Raymonde Jan 17 20WGC7 Feb 27 20WGC8

10am Small Group Strength Training, Pam Jan 18 20WGC10 Feb 28 20WGC11

Heart of Gold Darlene

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12:00 to 12:55 PM

Heart of Gold Plus Ginette

Strong Spines Dylan

Strength and Stretch Darlene

Heart of Gold Plus Ginette

Prices do not include HST

1:30pm Small Group Strength Training Jan 17 20WGC9 Feb 27 20WGC0


Add $34.50 per registered program for Winter 2020. Recurring payment is required to be eligible for these programs Please check our website for PD days & holidays: www.dovercourt.org Drop-in available for $17.50

FITNESS CENTRE ONLY MEMBERSHIP! ($34.50/ mo. recurring payment) Workout in our bright, welcoming fitness room. Our fitness centre features natural light and an open, inviting space with weights and cardio machines.















10:00-11:00am 1:30-2:30pm




9:30-11:30am 7:00-8:00pm

50 $34 month


Gold Strength, Balance and Mobility Jan 13 20WGC1 Feb 24 20WGC2

$42.50/ month ongoing payment. $49.50/ month for a one month paid-in-full Gold Club pass. Gold Club includes Drop-in classes, Lounge (free coffee & tea), Fitness Centre access, pool access for swims, plus hot tub & sauna-only times. (see Recreational swim schedule online for details)

Closed for classes

50 $42 month

Gold Aquafit, Emma Jan 14 20WGC5 Feb 25 20WGC6

12:00 to 12:55 PM


In rare occurences, programs may be cancelled without advance notice in the event of unforseen circumstances.

9:45am Heart of Gold Stacey

11:45 AM


Prices do not include HST


9:00am Gold Yoga, Eric

Dovercourt is a Heart Wise accredited facility

$17.50 group fitness drop in (+HST)

WINTER GOLD CLUB RUNS January 6 - April 9, 2020


9:30am Small Group Strength Training, Jill Jan 14 20WGC3 Feb 25 20WGC4


10:45 AM

8:00am StrengthMix Lorayne

6:30am Spin Nicky

50 $49 month




You may register for Dovercourt programs in person, by phone (613-798-8950) or online. Visa, Visa Debit and MasterCard are accepted online payment methods.


Extended Day program ..................................................................................Mar. 1, 2020 Winter Swim lessons .............................................................................. Tue. Jan. 21, 2020 Winter Camps + PD Days.......................................................................................... open Winter 2020 programs.......................................................................... Wed. Dec. 4, 2019 March Break Camps.............................................................................. Wed. Dec. 4, 2019 Summer Camps 2020............................................................................. Thu. Jan. 2, 2020 Summer Swim Lessons 2020.................................................................... Thu. Jan. 2, 2020 Spring 2020 fitness & recreation registration.............................................Tue. Mar. 3, 2020 Spring 2020 swim lesson registration.......................................................Tue. Mar. 17, 2020

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DOVERCOURT PROGRAM LOCATIONS Dovercourt Recreation Centre 411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa K2A 0S9 613-798-8950

Bluesfest School of Music & Art Festival House, 450 Churchill Ave N (Ravenhill entrance)

As a registered charity, Dovercourt is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are available to all in our community. While we strive to make our programs affordable, sometimes families and individuals may need financial assistance to help cover program costs. Please complete the application at the customer service desk or online at www.dovercourt.org/how-to-register

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Please see our website for details: www.dovercourt.org/how-to-register While we strive for accuracy in this program guide, please see our website for the most up-to-date information. Prices do not include HST (where applicable).

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Check out our new registration system from Perfect Mind, a Canadianbased leader in recreation software, launching Dec. 4. It’s easy to use, mobilefriendly, and gives you enhanced access to your family’s account, receipts, schedules and more. Visit www.dovercourt.org and click on Create an Account to quickly create your new account.

As a registered charity, Dovercourt is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are available to all in our community. While we strive to make our programs affordable, sometimes families and individuals may need financial assistance to help cover program costs. Please complete the application at the customer service desk or online at www.dovercourt.org/how-to-register

DOVERCOURT PD DAYS A full day of fun and adventure brought to you by our talented Summer Camp Team for each PD day though the year.

Corporate naming rights offer local businesses significant profile for their funding in a place where their employees and/or customers live, work and play. Their contributions over a ten year period brand the room and help fuel our expansion project. Dovercourt is delighted to welcome three local businesses who have stepped up to help us: Carling Motors Volvo & Mazda, Ottawa Physiotherapy & Sport Clinics, Morris Home Team, Westboro Station Dental and NeoLore Networks. Contact us if you want to help us grow!


PARTY PACKAGES, PARTY DECOR, GAMES & ACTIVITIES, ENERGETIC PARTY LEADERS. Leave the details & mess to us! Have your party catered by Boston Pizza Carling Ave. They deliver!

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa/ Recipient remercie sincèrement la Ville d’Ottawa de son soutien financier.


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