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“The plaintive cries of huskies filled peaceful west-end suburbia. The beautiful canines were just howling to get in on the action.” See page 12 for Dave Allston’s Early Days column about sled dog races in Kitchissippi. PHOTO CA026035 COURTESY OF THE CITY OF OTTAWA ARCHIVES

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In like a lamb? As I write this it’s a gorgeously sunny day outside, but as we all know, the sun can be mighty deceptive this time of year. My new app from Environment and Climate Change Canada tells me it’s -14C outside and feels like -24C. I have mixed feelings about winter in Ottawa. I enjoy the fluffy white stuff well enough but I don’t like icy roads and sidewalks and bone-chilling temperatures. I have a theory that the only way to survive the winter season is to just get out there and enjoy it, so that’s what I’m trying to do. Whether you prefer to skate, ski, or just walk, getting outside somehow makes it go by quicker. And it’s a lot more fun too. The recent freeze/thaw/rain cycle has made it extra challenging to be out and about in our community. This past month I’ve seen many neighbours shoveling out fire hydrants and clearing storm drains to prevent roads and sidewalks from flooding. Thank you! Your efforts are very much appreciated. This month I had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Edmison for the March edition of Humans of Kitchissippi. Some readers may already know him as Groomer Pete. He’s a

big part of the success of the SJAM Winter Trail. Learn more about him on page 6. Make sure you give him a wave next time you’re on the trail! Continuing with the winter theme, Dave Allston’s Early Days column has a lot of fans out there in Kitchissippi and beyond, and I am certain that many readers will enjoy this month’s edition about dogsledding. It wasn’t actually that long ago that teams of dogs raced through our community! Perhaps its time to revive the sport again? See page 12. Another popular feature in each issue of KT is Who Lives Here, by Shaun Markey. We had some great responses to February’s edition of WLH, which you can find online at if you missed it. This month Shaun and I met the residents of a gorgeous old home on Highcroft Avenue and got the grand tour. Not only has it been renovated over the years in a very thoughtful way that fits the character of the neighbourhood, but there are some really cozy features on the inside that make it the ultimate family home. See page 8 for Shaun’s story. Please note that extra photos of each home are often published on our website! Look for those during the first week of March. Given the wind chill, it might seem early to think of summer, but as many families know, this is the time to book summer camps. (Look on page 25 for our annual summer camps insert and get your summer plans sorted out!) If your child is heading off to day camp, summer camp, or is going for a sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s for the first time, local mom and camp director, Mari-Beth Crysler, offers some sage advice about dealing with homesickness. Thanks for reading, Do you follow the Ottawa Public Library on Instagram? Find them at instagram. com/opl_bpo. It’s a fun and visual way to see what’s new at the library. That’s where we learned about a really cool communal knitting project at the Carlingwood branch. Anyone is invited to add a row to this scarf-in-progress, and once completed it will be donated to a local shelter. Not sure how to knit? You might want to check out the Carlingwood Knitting Club. They meet the second and last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Adult Mystery corner. Whether you’re an old pro or are still figuring out how to cast on, it’s a fun way to work on knitting projects in a social setting.

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andra Walby was born, raised, married, mother of three and grandmother – all from the same house on the same street in Mechanicsville. She is 76-years-of-age and has served her community for 50 years, on the board of directors of the Mechanicsville Community Association (formerly the Laroche Community Association), and more recently, as a volunteer for Westfest. She can trace her lineage back to the horse and buggy days; the house to before the 1900s. Laroche Park has been a large can really taste the people part of her life, having lived across from Sandra Walby (left)You in a selfie taken the all her life. Shethey remembers fondly last summer with Westfest producer, (metaphorically) in park everything serve Elaina Martin. how her youth wasLa spent in the park, with at Hintonburg’s Les Moulins Fayette

Community Association evolved from there. siblings friends, in the days The current Mechanicsville Community 8.andOctober 9 before technology captured our attention, when Association (MCA) has a younger group children ran free outdoors and only came of volunteers with new ideas. Together home for lunch and supper. with Councillor Jeff Leiper, the long“My house was a revolving door,” says awaited redevelopment of Laroche Park Sandra. “Kids came in and out, everyone is finally going to happen. Sandra says came in and out. It was a nice way to grow redevelopment of the park is something up. You never locked your door back then MCA has lobbied for these past 50 years. and were part of a community where “It’s always been in the books to everyone knew everyone else and there was have it done,” Sandra explains. With always something going on in the park.” Mechanicsville growing, new homes When asked how she became involved being built, and new people moving in, in community service, she says, “it just everything in the park will be enlarged. Owner Jeff doesn’t tobebrag happened that way.” SheFrost knew Keith Brown need There will a new field house built and a down the road that from her who had new Sens rink. about time a formed local sports hero a Sports Association, and the Laroche in this memorabilia- Continued on page 4 came to eat; they’re

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ARTS & CULTURE Westfest headliners announced It’s a country-themed sweet sixteen for Westfest 2019 BY BRADLEY TURCOTTE

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country-themed sweet sixteen party is what Westfest founder Elaina Martin has planned for the 2019 edition of Kitchissippi’s multidisciplinary arts festival, with multiple Juno award-winning musician Charlie Major strumming as this year’s marquee headliner. Born in Alymer, Quebec, Major is renowned for his nice guy demeanour and musical prowess with his single I’m Going to Drive You Out of My Mind winning the Canadian Country Music Association Song of the Year in 1994. Expect hay bales and herds of music lovers Saturday, June 8, as the prime Westfest day will be completely devoted to the country genre. Country music has broad appeal but few will admit to their affinity for its bluesy twang, Elaina says. “It’s a dirty secret that you love country but

you don’t want to tell anyone,” she laughs. Elaina’s own musical background has its origins in country music and she’s looking forward to getting into the spirit with special “cowtown” cocktails and the hoedown chapeaus. For the time being, the Westfest founder’s lips are sealed as it pertains to all of the acts to expect this summer, but Elaina says other country bands include an outfit from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and a trio from Sudbury. On Friday, June 7, prepare for the subversive style of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. The Toronto collective features members who identify as Chinese-Canadian, Filipino-Canadian, Japanese-Canadian and First Nations and the music they produce is tribal and confrontational. Currently on an extensive North American tour, their latest album, Dirt, was long-listed for the Polaris Prize. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s drummer and

Queen of Mechanicsville Continued from page 3 The current field house is used for after school classes, Moms and Babies in the morning, a winter carnival and in summer, a variety of little festivals. A seniors’ residence nearby makes use of the park in the warmer months, sitting on park benches under the mature trees. “It’s really going to be something when it’s finished in about two years,” Sandra explains. She thanks MCA and the councillor for going to bat for redevelopment of the park. When Westfest was looking for a new space to hold the festival, Elaina Martin was introduced to both Sandra and Keith. “We were all for it,” says Sandra, and

so began a close relationship between Sandra and Elaina, about four years ago. “[Elaina is] very casual; a great person. There’s an unbelievable amount of time and work that goes into Westfest. Everyone’s welcome; it’s all free. And she does it from her heart. You enjoy yourself because it brings you back to how it used to be years and years ago – free, good entertainment.” Westfest was at Laroche Park for two summers before it moved to Tom Brown Area. It’s a smaller, closer atmosphere, Sandra explains. This year’s Westfest highlight will be Saturday’s Country and Western day. Sandra is looking forward to it and hopes

leader, Alaska B, told Now Toronto the album is the equivalent of an animated sci-fi movie from the 80s that went straight to VHS. As is Westfest tradition, the festival closes out Sunday highlighting homegrown talent. This year’s weekend bookending headliner is rapper Aspects. Elaina describes Aspects as an “OG, original gangster” who returns to the main stage after performing a rousingly sweet duet with his daughter last year. “He has worked with Grammy award winners, played with Motown legends, done videos with the Wu Tang Clan,” Elaina touts. “Eminem has rapped about him. [Aspects] is an independent artist of the absolute best kind.” Always diverse and inclusive, Westfest 2019 will feature countless indigenous, female and queer artists, Elaina promises, including Ottawa’s premiere drag kings and burlesque performers. Continued on page 17

everyone will come out and enjoy the festival. She’ll be in the VIP tent, named in her honour, the “Sandra Walby VIP Tent.” Sandra is one of the festival’s major donors. Elaina Martin describes her as “a mother to all of us” who is “steadfast in her support” of the festival. Sandra’s wish is that the whole of Ottawa would come out and see what a free festival is all about. “Elaina treats her volunteers like gold. They come back every year; some of them are older than I am,” she remarks. Sandra thanks the MCA and Jeff Leiper for their efforts to redevelop Laroche Park, and Elaina for accepting her into her group. Westfest takes place June 7 to 9, 2019 at the Tom Brown Arena. Admittance is free.


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1. Some of her hobbies may come as a surprise. When Ms. McNamara isn’t working as Nepean’s new principle, she has a number of hobbies and interests that she dedicates her free time to. She likes to exercise and goes to the gym four times a week. Two of her favourite workouts are

2. Her biggest role model is a family connection with a very unique place in Canadian history. Her maternal grandmother gave birth to the very first set of triplets to survive in the recorded history of Newfoundland and Labrador. The hospital where these triplets were born only had one incubator at the time. One was donated anonymously as fundraising was underway for another. Continued on page 17

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Meet Peter Edmison “I grew up in Ottawa with my four siblings. I went to Connaught PS then Fisher Park High School. (Does anyone remember the great principal Pop Wallen?) I then went to University of Toronto where I studied dentistry. I returned to Ottawa to practice dentistry, bringing my wife Judy, who, bless her heart, is still standing beside me after 52 years. We raised two children and now have three grandchildren and one stepgrandchild, all thank goodness, in the Ottawa area. “Judy and I have always lived in and around Ottawa. We were lucky enough to have travelled a lot - biking in France, barging in England and Wales - and searching out interesting historical and archeological sites. I spent more than my fair share of time climbing and ski touring in Europe, western Canada, and Nepal. On my 65th birthday I summited Mera Peak, 21,000 ft, with no supplemental oxygen. (Generally, I just enjoyed teasing gravity but those days are over!) “When I retired we realized that we could not find a better place to live than Ottawa,

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y looking at it, you wouldn’t have known that Hintonburger was closing down. When Kitchissippi Times sat down with owner and operator Tom Williams, he had exactly one week left at his location at the corner of Somerset and Bayswater, where they’ve been for not even two years. Despite the impending move, the custom-made dark-stained benches were still in place, Tom was discussing plans for fundraisers within the final week, and was even having new signage painted on the windows. “We’ll continue to always work in the

community no matter what Hintonburger is doing or what size we are, or where we are — we’ll always kind of have that connection,” says Tom. New, temporary, window art directs customers to stay tuned with Hintonburger on social media so that they can stay up to speed with the restaurant in the months ahead. This location had been Hintonburger’s third in less than a decade of business. Despite the frequent moves, the business has a strong local presence, having kept a stable popularity among customers and a continued visibility at community events. Continued on page 16

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HOMES & FAMILY Who Lives Here? The grand ol’ homestead on Highcroft

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A traditional exterior hides a few surprises on the inside BY SHAUN MARKEY


rançoise (Fran) Gagnon opened the door of 448 Highcroft Ave. just far enough so she could lean out and ask me a very important question: “Do you like dogs?” “I love dogs” I replied promptly. “Good, because we have two of them! Big ones!” With that she swung the door open and I stepped into the hallway to be met by two sizeable pups: Becca, a threeyear-old Newfoundland and Molly, a two-year-old Old English Sheep Dog. Aside from a friendly and mildly robust greeting which involved much walking around, sniffing and leaning into me by Becca, the dogs were friendly and did not bark once. Coat and boots removed, on this wintry evening, I entered the hallway and formally met Fran and her husband John

Jarvis. The furry ones looked on with considerably less interest than they had just showed me upon entry. Fran suggested we sit in the living room to conduct the interview. We took our seats, a gas fireplace to my right emanated welcome heat. John and Fran are busy professionals and both CEOs with ADGA, an Ottawabased, Canadian-owned IT firm with specialties in security, defence and enterprise software. They made their move into Westboro in 2015 from North Kanata/Stittsville, prompted in large part by their desire to be closer to downtown and the ADGA offices. The circumstances that led them to purchase 448 Highcroft were somewhat unconventional. Fran recalls the details. “We were looking in the Glebe, Westboro, Alta Vista and about to put an offer in on a house on the Driveway which I knew

Now painted a classic grey, neighbours may remember when the exterior of this home was a cheery yellow. PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS was going to need a lot of work. I was up at Tremblant and I thought to take one more look at MLS and I saw this house.” Being away for the weekend and with a business trip scheduled for the following week, Fran wasn’t in a position to view the house. She called John and suggested he go to the viewing. The house had been on the market only three days. He was suitably impressed. He called Fran and said: “I think it’s the perfect house. If you want it, we have to buy it now.” Thus, the house was bought without Fran ever seeing it. Her first viewing came a week after that.

448 Highcroft is a unique house. The original portion of the building dates back to 1906 and even then, must have been an impressive home for its time. The two-storey clapboard structure with a third floor attic sits up on a rise of land on the west side of Highcroft Avenue. A generous porch across the front of the home would have been a pleasant spot to spend the evening. There was also a smaller second floor porch with a door that would have allowed the summer breeze to cool the upstairs area. Inside, the layout was typical of early 20th century homes with the living

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“How will the next generation ever be able to afford a house?” This is the question I hear over and over at social events. Many of my friends lament that the price of housing today has risen to a point where owning a home is out of reach for the next generation. But when you look at the statistics, housing in Ottawa still remains quite affordable for young families just starting out. In National Bank’s recent Home Affordability Report, which tracks how much income a family needs to be able to qualify for a mortgage on an average detached home, Ottawa comes out looking stellar. While it’s true that owning a detached home is likely out of reach in Canada’s overpriced markets of Toronto, Vancouver or Victoria—where it takes an income of more than $150,000—families in Ottawa need a much more attainable income of $76,000 to qualify for a mortgage to buy an

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John Jarvis and Fran Gagnon in the dining room of their home at 448 Highcroft Ave. John bought the home before Fran had a chance to see it in person. For more photos see the web version of this article at PHOTO BY ANDREA TOMKINS


we do a lot of entertaining,” he added. Bedrooms on the second floor can be reached by a front or back staircase. The north side of the second-floor area above the great room consists of a cozy reading area, and off that is a small gym and exercise area. There is also a rear deck off the upper storey with a hot tub. Narrow staircases, especially the one leading up to the master bedroom suite, have caused some furnishing challenges. “We had to use a crane on Churchill Avenue to lift furniture to the third floor and come in through the doors on the deck,” John remembered. Fran and John have made their own improvements to the home. They had some of floors replaced but opted to keep the original pine floors on the second floor, bedroom doors, the original newel posts and railings. Last year they had the front porch replaced. Prior to that, they also had a swimming pool removed from the back yard. The master bedroom is in the converted third floor attic of the old section of the house. It has exposed wood beams, a fireplace, and a generous bathroom with claw foot tub and walkin shower. Fran pointed out a “laundry chute” as a welcome feature of the home. Beautiful artwork is displayed throughout the house, and includes original paintings and Inuit stone sculptures. “We love Canadian art, says Fran. “You won’t find anything else in our house.” A wine cellar with capacity for 800 bottles is situated in the basement of the old section of the house. The 113-year-old frame house may not be architecturally important from a heritage standpoint, but she’s a beauty. It’s refreshing to see a piece of Westboro’s residential history preserved and enhanced in this way. If you live in the neighbourhood, like I do, walk by 448 Highcroft and enjoy it too.

room, dining room on the right of the main floor, staircase on the left of the hall way leading up to the bedrooms. The kitchen would have been at the back of the house reached through the hallway and also from above by a back staircase. Twelve years ago, then owner of the house, Bob Posch of Austrian Design and Construction undertook a major renovation of the home. Actually, it was a renovation of the original house and a major addition, which added a twostorey structure at the rear of the house plus wrapping around the north side to provide another entrance and garage with rooms above it. The new addition also has a full basement beneath it, a good portion of which is a finished nanny suite. The addition has a porch above the garage that mimics the gracious front porch of the original house. In all, the expanded structure has roughly 4,500 square feet of living space. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and four fireplaces in all. There was one owner before them who made a move to the Dow’s Lake area. They were more than happy to be the third owners of the “new” 448 Highcroft. The most impressive feature of 448 Highcroft is the “great room” which stretches across the entire back of the house. The south end has a vaulted ceiling that’s about 20 feet high and in the southwest corner is a massive stone fireplace of the same height. A modern kitchen, redone by the previous owner, sits roughly where the original one would have been and is open to the great room. The great room also boasts a long harvest table, which is useful for large family dinners. Fran and John have a blended family with seven children so a large gathering area is important to them. As John pointed out, it’s a house that’s perfect for social gatherings. “And


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WAVE coordinator Caitlin Booth with Trisha and Connor, two WAVE apprentices. Also pictured is Connor’s service dog, Charlie.

Breaking down barriers Program for young adults on the autism spectrum a “win-win” for all STORY AND PHOTO BY CHARLIE SENACK


t is little known in the Westboro area, but not to the local special needs community. A group called WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience), has been providing life skills to young adults on the autism spectrum through work and fun. Run through the Dovercourt Recreation Centre but located in the Festival House on Churchill Avenue, the non-for-profit organization relies on the local community for support. Founded in 2013 by Eileen Rankin, a parent of a child with autism, the group’s mission is “to promote autonomy for adults on the autism spectrum (or with other developmental

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”All it takes is giving someone with a disability a chance.” morning to help in the shop. Owner Molly van der Schee calls the partnership a “win-win.” Caitlin predicts that one third of their business partners are in the Westboro area — but she says they are looking for more. The non-for-profit has also received support from the local Business Improvement Association. “The WAVE program is great for businesses in Westboro because they take the time to listen to the needs of the business and match them with the right person or people,” states Michelle Groulx,

executive director of the Westboro BIA. “WAVE staff also help coach and transition the new recruit into their job with tasks they can take on.” Everything is about learning something new, says Caitlin. When the WAVE apprentices are not at the workplace, they take part in a variety of activities such as swimming and bingo. Visits to local coffee shops give apprentices an opportunity to learn about making quick decisions and money management. According to a report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, an estimated

one in every 66 Canadian children are on the autism spectrum, but the scale of how severe the disorder is depends on the person. Caitlin says many people still don’t understand what autism is, and having groups like WAVE out in the community breaks down those stereotypical barriers. “The value of people with disabilities has to be more recognized and I think it starts in smaller communities like this where you see us working in local businesses,” says Caitlin. “All it takes is giving someone with a disability a chance.” About 40 apprentices are part of the WAVE program and Caitlin says that number is rising as the group becomes more popular. WAVE is always looking for donations and volunteers. For more information go to

disabilities) through transferable skills training, volunteer experiences, and recreation opportunities so that they may reach their own unique levels of independence.” Caitlin Booth has been involved with the program since September 2017 and has spent almost half of that time as the coordinator. She said the members of the group (or apprentices, as they call them), typically spend the morning working at a local business and the afternoons engaging in fun activities — but even those are teachable moments. Many businesses have already jumped on board with the program including The Village Quire, Merry Dairy, and Mrs. Tiggy Winkles — who has already taken on two apprentices since getting involved with the program earlier this year. At The Village Quire, for example, two WAVE apprentices come in every Tuesday


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put a lot of time and energy into it,” said Glover, “It’s a labour of love. We care a lot about the kids.” Of her vision for the school, Glover


Both are residents of Kitchissippi who work full-time jobs while teaching Irish dance as a passion project, along with a team of other dance teachers. “We

said, “We want to share our love for Irish dance with everyone. What makes this a great sport and art form is that anyone can do it. You can choose to compete or just to have fun with it. We want to help everyone see the benefits that Irish dance can offer for them, because it’s been such an important part of our lives.” Irish dancing is a beautiful art form and sport that is constantly growing and changing. It is accessible to dancers aged 3 to 99 and is a great form of exercise. The Ottawa Irish Dance Company offers classes for beginners and experienced dancers, including a free trial for all new students. Keep an eye out for these dancers at parties and seniors residences over the course of March, and you can get in touch with them through their website:


Coinciding with the biggest Irish celebration outside of Ireland, the Ottawa Irish Dance Company (2-888 Lady Ellen Pl.) will be celebrating its first anniversary along with St. Patrick’s Day. Needless to say, March is the perfect month to learn more about the art of Irish Dancing. “It’s a busy month, that’s for sure,” said Co-Director Siobhan Fleury. “We perform all over the place in March, but for us, Irish dance is really a way of living.” During its first year in operation, the dance school has experienced overwhelming success, with several dancers qualifying for the 2019 North American and World Irish Dance Championships. “Our competitive dancers train really hard, and we are so proud of them,” said Fleury. Fleury and her Co-Director, Christie Glover, founded the school last year.


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EARLY DAYS This photo of the dog sled race was taken in 1966 or 1967.

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The history of Kitchissippi’s place in Ottawa’s dog sled races BY DAVE ALLSTON


n many ways, Kitchissippi still had a very rural, village-like feel as late as the 1970s. This is perhaps no better exemplified than in a unique event that brought tens of thousands of Ottawans to Kitchissippi every year: a professional dog sled derby! Long-time residents of the west end likely

have vivid memories of lining up along Byron Avenue each winter to watch traditional dog sled teams race along what is now Byron Linear Park. Dogsledding, of course, has a long history in Canada. Derbies became popular after WWI and especially in the 1930s. They were even included as a demonstration sport at the 1932 Winter

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Olympics. Ottawa’s first major derby took place in the 1930s. The route of the International Ottawa Dog Derby began at the Chateau Laurier and ran along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, then along Carling Avenue toward Bells Corners and Fallowfield Road. It was a regular part of the Ottawa scene until unpredictable winters killed the event in 1956.

In 1959, Kitchissippi saw its final streetcar travel through its streets, and by the spring of 1960, the tracks had been pulled up. From Holland Avenue all the way out to Britannia stretched an open tract of land without a known future. In late 1962, the Kinsmen Club of Ottawa (a group similar to the Rotary Club) came up with an idea to revive the International Dog Derby and have the course run along the former streetcar right-of-way. A year later the event was added to the schedule of the Ottawa Winter Carnival, which was inspired by Quebec City’s famous carnival and newly established in 1962. On Friday February 15, 1963, 14 teams from the U.S. and Canada met on Byron Avenue at Holland Avenue, the starting point of the two-day, 12 mile-per-day race. Teams were released at three-minute intervals. The course took them the length of Byron, crossed Richmond Road at Richardson Avenue, and continued along to Britannia where they entered the icy Ottawa River, mushed a two-mile circle, and then returned along the same route to the finish line at Holland Avenue. A prize pool of $1,000 was provided, with $300 going to the first place finisher, Keith Bryar from New Hampshire, who completed the course in about 40 minutes each day. The dog derby quickly became the most popular event of the carnival, which featured other highlights such as barrel rolling competitions on Rideau Street,

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Teams race to the finish during the International Dog Derby in January 1973. For more photos see the web version of this article at PHOTO CA026036 COURTESY OF THE CITY OF OTTAWA ARCHIVES

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The 1970 novice event was won by 9-year old Gerry Perusse of Clarence Creek, who also won in 1971. By the summer of 1972, the Ottawa Winter Carnival was in trouble. The carnival chair announced it was a waste of money and that the $100,000 budget could be better used to host events throughout the winter, rather than over one weekend. The 1973 budget was slashed, attendance went way down, and the city pulled the plug. The Kinsmen ran a successful derby on their own in 1974, but drew (undue) criticism for using some of the proceeds from the sale of buttons and tickets to subsidize the race (just to cover what the city no longer paid!), rather than donating it all to charity. The Kinsmen withdrew, marking the end of the derby. That same summer, the city began to create park space and plant trees in the former streetcar tract, officially bringing an end to the era of the Kitchissippi dog sled derby. Dave Allston is a local historian and the author of The Kitchissippi Museum ( His family has lived in Kitchissippi for six generations. Do you have early memories or photos to share? Send your email to


of pets got a little too close,” noted a newspaper in 1968. Police were especially concerned in 1970 when a dog was stolen from a truck after the race from a parked truck on Holland Avenue. The dog was considered “unreliable,” and its owner noted, “it’s not a pet, it’s just a sled dog and not really used to people.” After the competition, a dance and dinner (“the Mushers Ball”) was typically held at Ukrainian Hall on Byron Avenue or at Lakeside Gardens at Britannia. Ottawa’s own Dawson McVeetors was the event’s most popular figure, winning the 1970 race after eight years of trying (he also won in 1973). He declared himself a “mongrel man,” and contended “mixed breed dogs, properly trained, are just as good or better than purebred huskies.” Despite the sport being dominated by men, 37-year-old Anne Wing of Millbrook, New York, won the 1967 main event. Second place finisher George Angers was a 17-year old student from Aylmer who ran a team of just six crossbred dogs. His strategy was to run the majority of the course himself, and in a display of incredible athleticism, when the team began to slow near the end of the race, he ran to the lead dog and pulled her across the finish line.

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teen dances on ice, tug of war on Sparks Street, Pushball on Bank Street (in which participants pushed an enormous 6-foot high ball), 24-hour skating marathons, skydiving, and the ever-popular motorcycle races on the canal at Dow’s Lake. At its peak in 1969, the derby had 57 dogsled teams comprised of 458 dogs (85% of them huskies), with teams coming from as far away as Alaska. A second division was established in 1968 for less competitive entries – a “novice” division – which raced only to Richardson Avenue and back. Entries in the novice division used just three to five dogs, while teams in the professional division typically used at least 12 and up to 15 dogs. A large quantity of snow was key to a good, fast race. The city trucked in snow to provide extra padding on the course during years of low snowfall. The starting line would have been a scene of great excitement. As one reporter noted: “the plaintive cries of huskies filled peaceful west-end suburbia. The beautiful canines were just howling to get in on the action.” The sleds travelled at speeds of around 15-16 mph. The driver pumped scooter-fashion at the start to gain initial momentum and shouted turning instructions at the dogs: “gee” for right and “haw” for left. It was noted that a good musher had to watch out for a single dog tiring. Failure to respond instantly to a command during a race could result in a tangle, which could cost the team precious minutes. The derby was hugely popular and became one of the biggest competitions in eastern Canada and one of the few in the world held within a metropolitan area. It created major traffic issues, particularly in the Wellington Village area when onlookers crammed in to view the start and finish lines. In its most popular years, crowds approached the 40,000 mark. Police were on hand to ensure people stayed off the course and organizers warned fans to leave their own dogs at home. “Last year a couple


COMMUNITY Great Bowls of Fire Kitchissippi potters and chefs step up to the plate for this year’s event SUBMITTED BY DEB LEMKOW

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ach year the Ottawa Guild of Potters hosts the fundraising event Great Bowls of Fire (GBOF) for the Ottawa Food Bank. This year the event will take place on Saturday, March 23 at the Glebe Community Centre, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Now in its 14th year, donations raised to date are $179,500, boosting the purchasing power of the Ottawa Food Bank to $897,000 as every dollar donated equals $5 of food delivered to the community. GBOF is a fundraising event originating

from the now international Empty Bowls non-profit organization. In a Michigan high school, 1990, an art teacher suggested to ceramic students who wished to participate in a local food drive to make bowls and invite high school staff to a meal of soup in return for donations. Staff were then told to keep the bowls to remind them of those less fortunate. The success of the Ottawa event is due to the involvement of a large community of generous and returning volunteers. Local potters donate the more than 400

beautifully crafted handmade bowls which guests can chose from. Before going home with their new owners, these bowls are filled with delicious soups accompanied by delectable breads and sweets donated by some of the best restaurants and bakeries in the city. This year’s line-up of participants is Kitchissippi-heavy, with nine out of the sixteen featured bowl-makers potting out of Kitchissippi-based studios, and with four restaurants out of thirteen also from Kitchissippi. Loam Clay Studio hosts bowlmakers Christine Chesser, Emily Dore, and Shaina Lipsey. Gladstone Clayworks Coop – pottery studio and gallery includes bowl-makers Amy Bell, Ada Brzeski, Sarah Dobbin, and Barbara Minish. Studio homepotters Jane Snider and Deb Lemkow round up the Kitchissippi line up, while bowl makers Suzanne Denney and Katherine King have studios elsewhere, and instruct at

Kitchissippi’s Hintonburg Pottery Shop. Absinthe and Thyme and Again have been faithful contributors to the event since GBOF’s inception 14 years ago. This year, Absinthe will be serving a mushroom velouté while Thyme and Again will be offering curry cauliflower and apple with cilantro oil and crunchy spiced chickpeas (gluten-free and vegan). Rounding up the area’s restaurants, Pure Kitchen will be serving Andalusian stew and The Table will be serving an as yet to be determined, vegetarian offering. In addition to Kitchissippi restaurateurs, this year’s line up to date, includes: Black Walnut Bakery, Il Primo, Life of Pie, Longfield Davidson, Olive and Chili, Pelican seafood Grill, The Red Apron, Soup Guy Café, TastersHub, The Joy of Gluten Free, Trillium Bakery and Wild Oat. The evening will be hosted by returning Derick Fage, of Breakfast Television Montreal with “Bob


Spring into Action at Dovercourt! It’s March and as Dovercourt’s winter session heads into the final stretch, they’re looking forward to sunlight, warmth — and spring programs! In Dovercourt’s unique afterschool program, kids have the opportunity to do so much: to make new friends, create crafts, practice performing arts, learn new sports, and participate in special events like sleepovers and talent shows. Registration opened March 1st for the 2019-2020 school year. Registration opens March 5th for fitness, sports, music and art programming. Put a spring in your step with Zumba, yoga, Pilates, strength, aquafit, and more. For the younger set, why not start with indoor sports and, as the weather improves, move to outdoor sports such as baseball, tennis, or skateboarding on the double half pipe ramps? For creative types, there are group and private music and art lessons at BSOMA (Bluesfest School of Music and Art). Discover the joys of singing in a casual environment with the Bluesfest Community Choir (all ages welcome) – and prepare for a final performance at the 2019 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest! Mid-March is a busy time at Dovercourt as they

welcome campers to March Break Camps from March 11-15th. It’s not too late to keep your kids active during the break with exciting theme and specialty camps including art, culinary, dance, musical theatre, LEGO — and even skiing and snowboarding. And let’s not forget swimming lessons! Spring brings warmer temperatures, melting ice and fast water in creeks, rivers and lakes. Improve swimming skills and learn water safety in swim lessons that include Dovercourt’s unique Survival Day. Registration for spring swim lessons begins March 19th. This spring also marks the launch of Dovercourt’s new multi-purpose room on the southeast corner of the building, the Morris

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DINING OUT Hintonburger closes its doors Continued from page 7 “It’s a lot of work and a lot of long hours, and we’ve had some tough years with sales… but what kind of makes it worth it is the community breakfasts, meeting people, and just being part of this community,” Tom explains. “This community has been so good to us in the beginning, it’s always been very supportive of local and independent businesses.” They took over their current spot from Vibe Lounge, which was forced to close. Vibe’s food license was suspended in December 2016 after Leslie Mwakio, 17, was found shot in an SUV nearby on Bayswater Avenue near Laurel Street. He was later pronounced dead in hospital. Tom had hoped to make the venue into a more open, community-geared space, and is indeed sticking with this focus until the very end: with just a few days before close, Hintonburger hosted an event for Connaught Public School as well as a paint-night fundraiser to support autism. In a Facebook post explaining the move, Tom said that beginning in the “early days” of being at the location, they experienced break-ins and had to hire nighttime security. He also described an ongoing dispute with their landlord. All

together, he simply says that it was time to find a place that fits them better. As things stand right now, there are no concrete plans for a new location — only that there will be one eventually. Tom said there are discussions in the works for selling out of a food truck in the meantime. He also mentioned the possibility of selling food remotely through delivery services like Skip the Dishes, even if he doesn’t have a storefront. Hintonburger also does some catering services, notably with bimonthly pancake breakfasts for the Parkdale Food Centre. Tom said that those services will continue, as they’ve found a space to keep running the catering in the interim. In fact, the Parkdale Food Center posted a Facebook post specifically thanking Hintonburger for the “loving support of your neighbours in need.” “We have no doubt that there are great things in your future,” the post said. This is an optimism that Tom seems to share. “I keep getting caught up in that, saying last time, but it’s not,” Tom says of their pre-closure fundraiser. “We’ll be back, we’ll be doing more for sure.”

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5. She is very excited to see what the future may bring. This is the sixth school that Ms. McNamara has worked at in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and she is looking forward to learning more about what Nepean High School is all about. “I’m excited to learn about a school community and become familiar with all of the things that make Nepean great, and then spend time thinking about how I can contribute to continuing to make Nepean a great place,” she says. So in the end, getting called into the principal’s office to conduct this interview didn’t end up being so bad! If you’re a student at Nepean, don’t be shy to say hi to Ms. McNamara in the hall and welcome her to our school. Oh, and if you’re thinking of causing trouble in the halls anytime soon, just remember, she can deadlift 215lbs. Bella Crysler is a grade 12 student at Nepean High School.

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Metta Moves, Metta Grooves Take a long deep grateful breath and celebrate. There’s a new movement studio in town that brings together the joy of natural and functional movement combined with secular meditation classes. Metta Movement and Meditation Studio opened its doors in late 2018 as a refreshing alternative to traditional fitness gyms and meditation centres.

“We prefer to focus on the importance of balance, agility, and mobility rather than traditional exercise” says founder, Janet Nicol.

This isn’t a typical gym: movement classes are taught barefoot, on a soft floor in the winter, and outdoors in the summer. “We prefer to focus on the importance of balance, agility, and mobility rather than traditional exercise,” explains studio founder Janet Nicol. Metta’s diverse and talented team of instructors offer a range of classes, many of which focus on safe ways to squat, run, jump, fall, roll, and climb. For those interested in dynamic movement classes, check out Move To Be Free, Wild Playground, Flocomotion, or Bamboo, Balls and Balance. For quieter classes there’s Restore & Renew, The Foot Collective, Aging Gracefully, and Restorative Yoga. The studio’s mission is to support not only agile and flexible bodies, but also tranquil and healthy minds. The cozy, arty space creates an atmosphere where finding peace and quiet can come easily. Metta has a range of experienced meditation instructors to guide both new and seasoned students to support, inspire and encourage a daily practice in a variety of methods. The teachers also offer private one-onone coaching, and 6-8 week MBSR courses in the recently renovated treatment room. Meditation

classes range from body scans to mindfulness, to insight meditation. Monday nights at 7 p.m. there is a one hour “pay what you can” sangha meditation available for the community to sit together. The warm, earthy atmosphere of Metta Studio and Jamari Espresso House (at the same address) make it an ideal setting to learn more about the mind and body. The studio hosts over 20 movement and meditation classes a week as well as a number of workshops and training sessions. There are a variety of events including a monthly community singing group, a Book Club, a Film Night, Collage Making, Meditation Intensives, a MovNat Certification and Thai Massage Trainings.

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Unleashing creativity at summer camp

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place for children of all ages to express themselves and unleash their imagination and creativity. Whether a child is interested in theatre, music or the visual arts there are many summer arts camps available within the heart of Ottawa. At Dovercourt Recreation Centre, children as young as four are invited to get their start in the arts at a camp that focuses on introducing young kids to a variety of techniques and materials

including papier mache, clay, and fabric. Kids can also get their hands dirty at pottery camp, try a variety of media at Art Mix Camp, learn photography techniques at photography camp or start their own fashion line at fashion camp. For older children interested in more specialized arts camps, Dovercourt also offers a musical theatre camp, a DJ camp,

Uke Band, and a Junior Circus Camp! The Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC) also appreciates the place the arts have at summer camp. Gail Lieff, Director of Specialty Camps at JCC, explains that the JCC has a variety of artistic programming throughout the summer, including a period of art every day as part of their day camp.

JCC Summer Camps encourage campers to unleash their creativity in a variety of ways throughout the summer. “In some of our speciality camps, like our Girls On the Go camp, a big hit every summer is tie-dye,” says Gail. “With our summertime splash camp they do water paints on canvas, plus drama games and in certain camps we bring in someone to teach dance for an hour during the week.” Continued on page 28


DOVERCOURT: Camp Central Centrally located in Westboro lives a small community center with a very big heart. Dovercourt Recreation Center has been providing a wide variety of unique programs for 30 years. As a charitable not-for-profit organization, Dovercourt prides itself on providing quality programs to all children and the summer camp programs are the ultimate example. With over 100 different camps, one central drop off and pick up location, inclusion support, and optional add-ons like lunch, extended care, and swim lessons, Dovercourt provides the answer to every parent’s summer scheduling struggle. The choices for campers are extensive including visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, STEM, leadership, more than 20 different sports, and

even overnight camps. Taking a childcentered approach, Dovercourt pays close attention to what campers and their parents want, and each year add new and exciting programs to the menu. This year Dovercourt will offer a greater variety of STEM camps, adding more Robotics and Engineering. In partnership with Bluesfest and Cityfolk again this year, Rock University and DJ camps will take the stage at the music festivals, and with the Kitchissippi Centre, campers will have more options for River & Forest School, and even white water canoeing. Registration for summer programs is open and ongoing with lots of choice for ages 4 and up. Pick up or download your copy of the full summer camp guide, available now. For schedules and pricing, and to register visit and click “Find a Camp!”


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Continued from page 26 JCC Summer Camps are also offering a camp dedicated to creating music videos using the instrumental versions of campers’ favourite songs There is also a claymation/animation camp where campers can create their own stop motion film. A Taste of Musical Theatre is a new camp in the lineup. Together with New Star Children’s Theatre, campers will work on scene and performance skills which will culminate with a big theatrical number. Creative campers might also enjoy Cartooning with Sheltoons. With the animation experts from Sheltoons, campers will learn to draw and animate their favourite video game, anime and cartoon characters. Studying the arts during the summer months is not only fun, it is also said to increase creative thinking, increase a child’s performance in other subjects, improve fine motor skills, boost self-confidence, and is a great way to

encourage children to express themselves and their feelings. Kate Settle, owner of Beehive Studio in Hintonburg, believes in the importance of the arts for kids. “There is so much research that tells us that involving children in arts activities helps them make gains in math aptitude, spatial awareness, motor skills, language, and social development,” says Kate. “What we sometimes forget is that art is so valuable just for its own sake, especially art that is focused on the process, rather than creating a cookie-cutter final product. Every day at Beehive, in schools, and homes everywhere that art is available, we see children communicate their own sense of beauty, fun, connection, emotion, and even learn to experience failure in a safe, manageable way, and grow into success in its variety of forms. It’s both deeply personal, and a way to connect to something much bigger than them; nature, culture, history.”





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We are pleased to introduce Turnbull Summer Camps, which will run in July and August 2019. Themed Day camps will run alongside science and music camps. Science camps will be coordinated by ‘Mad Science’. Music camps will be led by talented and experienced musicians. Dr. Joan Harrison, a former NAC cellist, will coordinate and oversee all vocal and instrumental music programming. A state-ofthe-art Music Hall has recently been constructed at Turnbull School and will be utilized for much of the programming. Additional school facilities will also be used to house the various activities and programs offered. Full day, morning or afternoon options are available, along with pre and post care. Turnbull School also offers a wide variety of academic summer programming. Turnbull Summer Learning has enjoyed 33 years of successful academic and recreation programs. Skill Builders for Language

Arts, Mathematics and French, High School Prep and Writing and Research Skills are the programs offered. All courses are taught by certified teachers, with children placed in small groups to help maximize learning. Registration and program information is available on Turnbull School’s website,, under summer. You may also call Turnbull School directly at 613-729-9940 for more information.

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7. Put pen to paper. “Letters are great. People love getting mail at camp,” says Mari-Beth. If your child is going away for a shorter term, talk to the camp about giving staff a bundle of dated letters beforehand to avoid snail mail-related delays.

9. Give it time. Once they make a friend and get into the camp routine, they’ll be fine. This can take a day or two. Sometimes the most stressful part of camp is not knowing where everything is located, such as the washrooms and the dining hall. Once they are more familiar with their surroundings, they’ll be less homesick. “Homesickness is really not a bad thing,” says Mari-Beth. “If they’re homesick it’s because they love you and miss you. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”


3. Find out if there are any other kids from your area going to the same camp. Ask the camp if they can connect you with another local family with a child the same age that will be attending the camp at the same time. A meet up beforehand can go a long way to alleviating some stress. Having one familiar face will really help, especially on the first day.

6. Put those phone calls on hold. Mari-Beth says that phone calls are “practically the worst thing you can do.” For kids who are homesick, it’s a reminder of what they’re missing most. “It’s important to disconnect and give kids a chance to enjoy their new circumstances,” she says. Be assured that staff is trained to look out for those homesick kids and make everyone feel comfortable. “It’s something we know to look for and we fully expect. It’s just a part of getting into the groove and getting to know a new situation,” says Mari-Beth.

8. Consider packing something to share with cabin mates. The first night can be rough for some kids, even veteran campers. Sending along something fun to unpack on the first night of camp can be a fun icebreaker and makes that bonding experience almost instantaneous. It doesn’t need to be food. Bonding over a card

game or bunch of glow sticks is a quick way to get to know cabin mates.


2. Keep a positive attitude before departure day. Kids tune into their parent’s anxieties very quickly. So if parents are worried, they’ll be worried. While it’s ok to talk about things, stay upbeat and try to keep your own anxieties under wraps. (For example: “I hope the mosquitoes aren’t awful this year!”) You don’t want to give your kids additional things to worry about. “Try to be positive,” suggests Mari-Beth. “It’s going to be a great experience.”

5. Let the child choose something special to bring from home. It might be a teddy bear or a family photo to pin over his or her bed, but don’t go overboard. “A couple of things is fine,” says Mari-Beth, but don’t try to recreate your home when you’re away at camp. Kids just need a bit of comfort. For example, Mari-Beth loaned her daughter a necklace to wear for the first day of school: “That way she had a part of me while she was away.” You should definitely tell your kids it’s important to reach out to camp staff if they’re feeling sad or uncomfortable about anything.

At Camp Wabikon, Mari-Beth will put these letters in the mailbag with the rest of the post. If you have a day camper, you can tuck a note in your child’s lunch box. Early readers might appreciate a fun little doodle or a sticker.


1. Set expectations. Every child is probably going to be a little homesick, but some are better equipped to deal with it than others. Hopefully your child knows they’re going away and have had some time to prepare. Campers likely had a hand in choosing their summer camp. It’s a good idea to revisit the camp’s website or Facebook page (especially the photo galleries!) in the weeks and days leading up to departure day. That way they know exactly what to expect.

Parents should let camp staff know about any special circumstances occurring in the life of the camper in the weeks leading up to his or her time at camp. For example, if there’s a history of bullying, if a parent is travelling while their child is at camp, or if a parent or family pet is ill. “With advance understanding of preexisting circumstances that may cause a camper anxiety or emotional distress, camp staff can arrange to check-in with a camper’s family and convey updates to the camper,” says Mari-Beth.

camp too. For some kids, it’s the first time they’ve ever been away from home. Mari-Beth Crysler, a Westboro mother of three and a director at Camp Wabikon, is quick to remind parents that homesickness is perfectly natural. “It’s important to let people know that homesickness is not a bad thing,” says MariBeth. Whether the kids are off to day camp, overnight camp, or just spending the weekend with their grandparents, here are a few things parents can do to help their kids alleviate homesickness.

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with autism deserve better. They deserve to be treated with respect, and they deserve to be heard. I’m proud to stand with them in this fight. If you’re affected by this issue and have a story that you would like to share, send us an email, at jharden-co@

n Ottawa and across Ontario, parents, medical professionals and autism advocates are speaking out with one voice, calling on the Ford government to stop its disastrous changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Remembering Paul Dewar Our office is here for y Instead of listening We mourn the loss of former Monthly to parents and putting new Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who Town Halls Canvasses investment into the program, the passed away on February 6. Paul was a Community government is capping support at giant, someone who dedicated his life to Organizin Help Accessing Gover $8,750 per year. This is despite intensive building a more just city and country. therapies costing up to $70,000 each Paul’s poignant farewell message year. offered these words, which capture 109 Catherine St. / rue Catherine While the current program keeps what we need in politics today: “My Ottawa, ON K2P MPP / Député provincial, too many parents on the waitlist mom was a strong feminist, and she0P4 said Ottawa Centre for too long, the PC’s plan will make something very important that I learned the situation even worse, depriving at an early age: ‘Don’t be afraid of power, thousands of children with autism of know how to use and share it, and give it the support they need to thrive. to those who don’t have it.’” On February 16, our office hosted These are words to live by, and values an emergency roundtable about the that I hope to see reflected in the work impact of the government’s changes. we do. People spoke movingly about how their children will suffer without therapy, Community Builders’ Forum and about the financial hardship that Ottawa is filled with community forcing families to pay out of pocket for builders – people who devote their time expensive but vital services will cause. to making our neighbourhoods better This is not a partisan issue – this places to live. We want to celebrate the is about the health and well-being work of local community builders, and of children. The government needs to provide an opportunity for them to to go back to the drawing board, and share their skills with you, so we can meaningfully consult with the autism encourage a culture of community community about creating a plan that’s organizing. fair, and that meets the individual needs Join us on April 26-28 for our of children. Community Builders’ Forum. You can Parents, professionals and people register now at @Kitchissippi kitchissippitimes KitchissippiTimes

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t is hard to believe we are more than half way through the 2018-2019 school year. I wish all the semestered secondary students great success in their second term classes. The weather might be chilly, but I would like to extend a warm welcome to Camille Williams-Taylor, the new Director of Education at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Joining us from Durham District School Board, Camille has spent her first few weeks getting up to speed on all things OCDSB and is a very quick study. I look forward to working with her over the coming years. On May 18, 2018, the OCDSB proudly adopted a motion to endorse the United Nations Declaration for the Decade for People of African Descent. This was an important commitment to recognizing our history and taking action to effect change. In celebration of Black History month I was pleased to attend the following events; National Black Canadians Summit, Parents For Diversity’s workshop on Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Schools and the Black History Month Gala later in February. In the coming months the OCDSB will continue to move forward with a process for collecting identity based data to be used as a tool to better understand and eliminate systemic barriers in public education. Consultation on this important issue will be held April – June 2019. Feedback from the community will be vital to ensuring that we get this right.

The board has undergone an initial consultation regarding our four year strategic plan. Over the coming months trustees will work with members of the senior staff team to develop a draft plan that will be sent out for further consultation in April and May. There has been input from over 6,000 stakeholders to date, including parents, students and staff. Please watch for the draft plan and let me know what you think at Erica. Councillor Jeff Leiper’s office hosted a public meeting regarding the planned addition and renovation at Elmdale Public School on February 21. OCDSB staff heard concerns from several residents and will continue to examine the community feedback and see what possibilities exist to mitigate some of the site plan and traffic flow concerns. Approval of the budget for this project will be on the March 19, 2019 Committee of the Whole agenda, and people can sign up to delegate to Trustees prior to March 14th. And last, but certainly not least, congratulations to Jim Taylor, Principal at Glashan Public School on earning the Learning Partnership – Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award 2019. Jim is one of 30 Canadian principals honoured this year. On my first visit to Glashan four years ago Jim promised that my visits to the school would be among the highlights of my time as Trustee, and he was right. There are great things happening at Glashan and we are all very proud of Jim.

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Historic and ambitious infrastructure plan for Canadians SUBMITTED BY CATHERINE MCKENNA, MP OTTAWA CENTRE

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hen our government was elected in 2015, one of our key promises was to make up for Canada’s infrastructure deficit, which was partly due to a lack of investment by the previous government. We knew we had to think long term and be visionary. We knew it was time to provide Canada with 21st century modern, resilient and green infrastructure. That’s why we’ve worked tirelessly to put together a landmark plan that will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public infrastructure. Our plan is ambitious and national but in reality, it is local. It aims to invest in Canada, but above all, in every community and every Canadian. Our plan has a concrete impact on the everyday lives of each and every one of us. For example, our investments

have enabled cities to purchase more than 7,000 new and renovated buses. More accurately, this allows users to spend less time in traffic returning from work and more quality time with their families. Our plan has also helped build and repair more than 2,000 kilometers of road, allowing Canadians to travel between work and home more quickly and safely. We have also invested in the modernization of more than 180 community and sport centers, enabling our children to have fun, learn and stay healthy. And we have helped build and repair more than 1,200 wastewater systems to provide Canadians with reliable access to clean drinking water. In three years, more than 4,700 projects have been approved across Canada, four times more than the previous government for the same period. And in Ontario more than 2187 have been approved so far. And in Ottawa, over 100 have been approved

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national but in reality, it is local. It aims to invest in Canada, but above all, in every community and every Canadian.”

since our government was elected. But above all, our plan helps build a strong economy that allows middle-class families to thrive. Since 2015, 800,000 jobs were created in Canada. And currently, Canada is one of the strongest in economic growth in the G7. Our ambitious plan is one of the catalysts for this economic and social success. In terms of developing our plan, we strongly believe that municipalities and provinces are best placed to decide on their priorities. That’s why, to date, we have signed bilateral agreements with each province and territory. Our plan ensures that the priorities of each province are taken into account in our decisions. We have streamlined the review and approval process in partnership with the provinces and municipalities to ensure that projects are initiated on time from one construction season to the next. Together, we will continue to strive for our communities because we know that modern infrastructure can attract talent and investment across the country. Together, let’s seize the opportunity, fulfill our ambitions and continue to build modern, resilient and green 21st century infrastructure. Connect with Team McKenna online at, Twitter: @ CathMcKenna, Facebook: Catherine McKenna, and on Instagram: @CathMcKennaOttCen

The National Student Commonwealth Forum is coming to Ottawa


ince 1973, the National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF), has provided Canadian high school students with the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and international affairs through a model Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting while at the same time gaining the confidence and ability to become youth leaders in their home community. This year’s forum is taking place in Ottawa from April 27 until May 4, and student delegates from across Canada will have the opportunity to debate, learn about world issues and explore the National Capital Region. To keep costs as low as possible, students will be staying with billet families in the National Capital Region. The NSCF is currently looking for families that might have room in their home to host one or two students during the event. More information about the NSCF is available at

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he beginning of March means that spring is coming to Kitchissippi! Read on for updates about your ward and opportunities for public engagement. Firstly, Team Kitchissippi would like to extend a very warm thank-you to all residents of the ward who have been kind and supportive following Jeff’s heart attack on February 13. We appreciate every note and call and are so proud to serve our wonderful constituents. The City of Ottawa has upcoming opportunities to engage with the Municipal Parking Management Strategy refresh and governance review and provide input on the City’s paid parking program. The goal of this review is to consider opportunities to update the funding model for the Strategy, as well as review the Strategy’s mandate and rate setting guidelines. To give your input on how we can improve the parking strategy to better serve the city and to learn more about the current system, fill out the online survey at parkingrefresh. The survey is available until March 15. Crime Prevention Ottawa in partnership with the City is calling for applications for mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety, and the beautification of our neighbourhoods through youth empowerment and community arts through the Paint It Up program. Created in 2010, this program has involved over 2000 youth working on over 70 projects across the city to make their communities better places. For more information on the project and to apply, visit

Applications are open until April 2. As some readers may already know, the first storefront cannabis outlet appears to be coming to Wellington West. It will be managed by Superette and located in the old terra20 shop. I am committed to working with the Wellington West BIA and the community to mitigate concerns associated with the store opening. You will recall that I am generally supportive of retail storefront cannabis, and I expect that this store will be a positive addition to the area. The office is currently planning our April Ward Forum, which will be focused on traffic calming; keep an eye on the newsletter for that date. Our next pop-up office hours will be March 20 from 9 a.m. until noon, and March 26 from 4 until 7 p.m. See you soon, Kitchissippi!


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WESTBORO VILLAGER CELEBRATING WOMEN IN WESTBORO March is a very exciting month here in Westboro. The promise of Spring and of course, Spring Break - a perfect time to get out with kids of all ages. If you haven’t tried out the SJAM Winter Trail yet, this is a perfect opportunity with warm(er) weather and snow. There are plenty of places here to drop by for hot chocolate and goodies as a treat. We are excited to announce the new Board of Management: Chair, Molly van der Schee, Vice-Chair, Darren Prashad, Treasurer, Alan Whitten, Sheba Schmidt, Richard Bown, Steve Harding, and Rick Eisert. These are Westboro business leaders who will be volunteering their

time to govern and lead the Westboro Village BIA and its strategic direction. We are grateful to have this leadership to continue the great success of the outgoing Board. On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. There are so many businesses in Westboro that are managed, owned and operated by women. Please take some time this month to support these women-led businesses! In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’d like to also recognize someone in our community who has contributed so much to women - Sue Garvey, Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing For Women. Sue has spent her career building and expanding Cornerstone to support nearly 1000 women in Ottawa who face emergency need of shelter, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

"I have been in business for 8 years and shopped and supported so many of my neighbours for much longer. This next step is perfect for me and I can't wait to further our collaborations in Westboro Village!" Molly van der Schee, the new Board Chair of Westboro Village BIA Most recently, Sue led the new opening of the Princeton, Westboro location. She is retiring this year after decades of hard work. Thank you, Sue, for everything you have achieved for women in Westboro and Ottawa.

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NATALIE BLOOM, Kinesiologist

SERAH ROUNDS-ZAVITZ, Massage Therapist

BEN MATHESON, Chiropractor


JANE MOYSE, Occupational Therapist

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physiotherapy • massage therapy • acupuncture/dry needling • exercise • laser therapy • nutrition/weight loss • concussion

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SHEBA SCHMIDT, owner of West End Kids

Career highlight so far: I am actively involved in our Westboro BIA (Business Improvement Area) and I am currently a member of its Board. I try and support all local, kids related, fundraisers.


Connection to Westboro: I'm the proud director of WALL SPACE Gallery + Framing, our family business with 32 years in framing + 10 years of art in the heart of Westboro Village.

started thinking about opening a children’s fashion boutique. I had noticed that the residential area of Westboro was changing to young families. At the time, Richmond Road in Westboro Village, had one small strip of trendy boutiques and restaurants. That’s when I thought this would be a fabulous location and the rent may be cheap! Yes, it was, $10 a square foot! On August 15, 1995, West End Kids opened. We are very proud to be a long time business in a fabulous, vibrant, eclectic and busy retail and restaurant spot in Ottawa, Westboro Village. In 2007, was launched and in 2014 we migrated to Shopify.



Advice to women in your business: In the words of Nellie McClung: "Women who set a low value of themselves make life hard for all women." Believe in yourself and your vision. The rest will fall into place. I also love a quote of hers we have used in a previous show: "Never explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl."

Sheba Schmidt owns West End Kids with her husband Gordie. Photo by Ellen Bond


Advice to women in your business: • If you're thinking of opening your own business, always do a Business Plan. • Listen to your staff/clients and be open to their input and feedback. • Work with your suppliers to have a mutually beneficial marketing plan.

Connection to Westboro: I’m the owner of Three Wild Women, which opened in Old Ottawa South in 2005, Banff AB in 2006, and Westboro in 2008. I bought out two partners and closed the Bank Street and Banff store. I just have the one location now.

through thought-provoking, engaging exhibitions while building our local community. Last month, we hosted a lively fundraiser for Ottawa Riverkeeper, connecting artist Stew Jones, art patrons and people like him who are passionate about our local watershed. Our annual exhibit on March 8, International Women's Day's #BetterforBalance features five strong female artists, Ottawa's Ariane Beauchamp plus Alex Chowaniec, Lori Richards, Marjolyn Van der Hart, and Sharon Kelly. I am grateful our team (including Assistant curator, Erin Crowell and associate, Stacie De Gonzazue) + our WALL SPACE has provided an arena for artists to shine.



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Connection to Westboro: Our family has proudly been in business in Ottawa since 1905, but moving our store to a progressing Westboro Village in 2005 felt like coming home. The Fisher family grew up in this area and know it well. We’ve seen the community grow around our store - its vibrancy, great mix of homes, outdoor space, offices, retail, and condominiums really compliment a business like ours. And, most importantly, a large percentage of our customers either live, or work, within two kilometres of our store. Career highlight so far: Expanding our selling space and sportswear selection in 2012 is a decision I’ve felt very proud of. It enabled us to hire new staff, introduce new brands, and improve our visibility within the community.

Sonia Fisher, President, E.R. Fisher Ltd. Photo submitted

Advice to women in your business: If you want to open your own store, put a lot of thought into demographics. Sell products that bring true value to your clients. Manage your inventory wisely. Don’t overbuy. Believe that Sales is a profession like any other, and an art.

Don’t get into retail if you don’t like helping people. Don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risk and don’t be afraid to fail. Owning your own store, or simply working in retail, can be a very fun and rewarding career choice. And... if you really love the industry, let’s have a coffee!

"Never explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl."

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MARCH 2 - WOODROFFE AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOK SALE Calling all book enthusiasts! Woodroffe Avenue Public School’s Annual Book Sale is Saturday March 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. There will be a selection of second-hand children’s and adult fiction, non-fiction, comics, games and DVDs. Books range from $1-$3. Cash only! Location of book sale is 253 Woodroffe Ave. Come out to buy some great reads and support our school programs!

MARCH 22 - NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY Join St. Mary’s Parish for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on March 22, 7-9 p.m. The theme is “Slow ... Lent.” Fr. Allan MacDonald, the speaker, serves as the General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. He is a well-known preacher at many parish missions and retreats. The Night of Worship and Ministry is held every 4th Friday of the month. For more information, please contact: Natalia Lacar (613-728-9811 x720) or email night.worship.

MARCH 2 - A BARTERED BRIDE AND GUESTS Join the Parkdale United Church Orchestra and guest conductor Serena Reuten on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. for a musical tour through Eastern Europe. Enjoy the romantic symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Meet the musicians

MARCH 28 - DUPLICATE BRIDGE Join us at Amica Westboro Park for Duplicate Bridge on Thursday, March 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted in the Duke of Richmond Pub at 419 Richmond Rd. with Director Mike Abbey. RSVP now to guarantee your spot! Call Julia at 613-728-9274.

WESTBORO LEGION’S BINGO AND LEAGUES Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Ric’s@480 food service. Bingo games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have Bid Euchre, Darts, Pool and Sandbag Leagues on a

TOASTMASTERS Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see abottawa. or contact toastmasters. CHURCHILL SENIORS CENTRE Drop-in programs at Churchill Senior Recreation Center: Folk Song Circle is now meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Open Lounge, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 to 4 p.m., meet others and play chess, Scrabble or cribbage. Play Pickleball Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. or Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Come play ukulele on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and/or Friday at 9 a.m. Weight & Cardio Agility on Mon/Wed/Fri 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there’s open use of the fitness center. Fees are nominal. For more information call 613-798-8872 or email

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MARCH 21 Please include “Community Calendar” in the subject line of your email.

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WESTBORO SUPPER CLUB IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS Food has a way of bringing people together. Some of our best memories are shaped around meals shared with family, friends, and neighbours. The Westboro Supper Club was created with the goal of creating new memories and sharing a meal together at one of the many wonderful restaurants our city has to offer! If you would like to join us in this experience of all things edible, please send us an e-mail at so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting Westboro Supper Club events. We look forward to hearing from you!

WESTBORO LEGION’S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY POOL Free pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion on Saturdays and Sundays. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit our website at or call 613-725-2778.


MARCH 21 - FRAUD PROTECTION FOR SENIORS Join a Chartered Professional Accountant for a discussion of different types of fraud, what fraud looks like, how to recognize signs of being victimized, and what to do if you’ve fallen victim. Understand from real-life examples what criminals want, how you can be prepared, and what steps to take to be in control. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to

weekly basis starting in the Fall. For more information visit our website at or call 613-725-2778.


MARCH 2 - EIGHT DECADES OF FASHION Join us on Saturday, March 2 as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Woodroffe United Church with a fashion show and tea featuring clothing from the 1940s to the present day. 207 Woodroffe Ave. We have sittings at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available through the church office (613-722-9250) and on our website ( through PayPal. Proceeds will go to the excellent programs of Local Outreach and Indspire. Come dressed in an outfit from your favourite decade! Door prizes.

MARCH 15- ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT AMICA Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us in our Duke of Richmond Pub with live musical entertainment by The Chords, a local Ottawa band. Enjoy green beer and plenty of Irish-inspired appetizers. Hosted at Amica Westboro Park, 491 Richmond Rd. Please RSVP for you and your guests to Julia at 613-7289274.

APRIL 5 & 6 - FIBRE FLING TEXTILE ART SHOW AND SALE Out-of-the-Box Fibre artists invite you to a show and sale of the fibre and mixed media art at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.) Our membership includes a wide range of fibre artists, many of whom belong to area guilds as well. At last year’s show, around 45 artists exhibited – art quilts, mixed media framed works, felting, wearables, embroidery, dolls, beadwork, jewellery, rug hooking and more. The depth, quality and originality of the work are inspiring. As well, an extensive sales area gives visitors and opportunity to purchase a variety of unique items including small framed artwork, wearables such as scarves, hats and bags, jewellery, cards, handmade books and an array of felting, stitchery, knitting and crochet. Admission is $5 and will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Light refreshments are available throughout the show. Drop by on Friday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details contact Lorraine ( or visit


at the reception following the concert. The concert is at Parkdale United Church. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through our website or pick up at The Ottawa Conservatory. For full details visit

MARCH 1 - TIME AND TALENT AUCTION FirstU’s annual on-line auction gets underway on March 3 at 11:30 a.m. and will last for 1 month. This very popular auction provides an opportunity to purchase one-of- a-kind items, unique experiences, personal services, and travel opportunities. Proceeds go to worthy community causes that First Unitarian supports. To participate, go to FirstUnitarianOttawa and place your bid. The auction winds up in mid-April after two silent auction components at FirstU on April 7 and 14. Winning bidders will be contacted shortly thereafter.



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REGISTERED PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS SCIENCE & SPORTS (2-4yrs) Enjoy a combination of sensory-based science experiments and a variety of sport-based activities each week. • Mon 9:30-11:00am, May 6 – Jun 24, PSW041 – $72 CRAFT & COOK (2-4yrs) Test your taste buds by creating a yummy snack, and bring home an artful masterpiece each week.

SCHOOL AGE (6-8yrs) • Sat 11:00-11:45am, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP04 – $150

• Tue 9:30-11:00am, May 7 – Jun 18, PSW042 – $72 KIDS IN MOTION (2-4yrs) In this award-winning, playbased learning class, kids will participate in a series of activity stations such as agility ladders, balance tools, hurdles and obstacle courses, all while dancing to your favourite tunes. • Thu 1:00-2:00pm, May 9 – Jun 20, PSW043 – $72

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.





Great for parents, caregivers and their little ones to meet and visit others in the community, while enjoying organized activities & stations. Located at McKellar Park Fieldhouse. Drop in is available for open spots at $10/child.

sleep training, baby massage, post-natal care, and even a professional photographer to capture moments of your little one. Weekly schedule is available on the Dovercourt Playgroup Facebook page. • Thu 9:30-11:30am, May 9 – Jun 20, PSW044 – $72

BABY PLAYGROUP: PLAY & LEARN (0-18mos) With a relaxed area for newborns, sensory station playtime for young toddlers, and a workshop series for parents, it’s the perfect fit for all. Includes a variety of guest speakers on topics such as

TODDLER PLAYGROUP (18mos–4yrs) Enjoy playtime, sensory stations, songs, crafts and stories in our play zone for toddlers and preschoolers. Healthy snack is included. • Wed 9:30-11:30am, May 8 – Jun 19, PSW045 – $72

Children will 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. Classes April 6-June 1 are in Churchill School gym. Remaining classes will be held outdoors on the field at Dovercourt. PARENT & CHILD (2-3yrs, with parents) • Sat 8:45-9:30am, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP01 – $150 PRESCHOOL (3-5yrs) • Sat 9:30-10:15am, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP02 – $150 KINDER (4-6yrs) • Sat 10:15-11:00am, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP03 – $150

JR NBA BASKETBALL (5-7yrs) 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. • Mon 6:00-7:00pm, Mar 18 – May 27, SPSP05 – $118 SKATEBOARD STARS (5-12yrs) The Skateboard Stars program focuses on skill development in a fun and safe environment. Open to all abilities and skill levels from brave beginners to practically pro’s, this 6 week instructional program is sure to offer something to all participants. Skateboard, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards are mandatory, and are available upon request. • Sat 9:30-10:30am, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP06 – $98 SKATEBOARD STARS ‘RAMP’ IT UP (8-14yrs) This program, gives budding ramp riders skill development on the Dovercourt ramps, including our half pipe. Participants will learn the ins and outs of ramp riding in a fun and safe environment. Open to those just starting on the ramps and those wanting to improve their technique. Skateboard, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards are mandatory, and are available upon request. • Sat 11:00am-12:00pm, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP07 – $98

SOCCER STARS Get a jump-start on soccer season. Learn the basics of the game by participating in a variety of drills and scrimmage games. No special equipment required except runners and sportswear suitable for the weather. 3-4yrs • Sat 9:30-10:15am, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP08 – $118 • Tue 6:00-6:45pm, May 14 – Jun 18, SPSP09 – $118 4-5yrs • Sat 10:30-11:15am, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP31 – $118 • Sat 11:30am-12:15pm, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP32 – $118 6-7yrs • Thu 6:00-6:45pm, May 16 – Jun 20, SPSP33 – $118


Learn to Play is a Tennis Canada curriculum that uses Progressive Tennis to introduce the sport in a fun and interactive way, ensuring success for young players. Using scaled down equipment and court space, young players learn the fundamentals of tennis in a game based environment where they can rally and compete with their friends. For more information about our instructor please visit 5-7yrs • Sat 1:00-2:00pm, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP10 – $118 7-9yrs • Sat 2:00-3:00pm, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP11 – $118 9-12yrs • Sat 3:00-4:00pm, May 4 – Jun 15, SPSP12 – $118

will decrease stress. Taught by Master Instructor Tony Ilukho.

WITH PARENT (1.5-5yrs) • Sun 10:00-10:45am, May 5 – Jun 16, SPSP17 – $118

ADVANCED (Brown, Red, Red-Black Stripe, Black Belts) • Sat 2:30-3:30pm, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP22 – $138 per family member

3-5yrs • Sun 11:00-11:45am, May 5 – Jun 16, SPSP18 – $118

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INTERMEDIATE (Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue Belts) • Sat 1:30-2:30pm, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP21 – $138 per family member

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (Yellow-Black Belts) • Fri 7:45-8:45pm, Apr 12 – Jun 21, SPSP23 – $138 per family member

BASEBALL PARENT & CHILD T-BALL (OUTDOOR) (3-4yrs) In this relaxed, non-competitive environment focused on skills, team playing, and

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. • Mon 9:30am-12:30pm, Mar 11, AQL1983 – $95 • Sun 9:30am-12:30pm, May 12, AQL1984 – $95 • Sat 9:30am-12:30pm, Jun 1, AQL1985 – $95

PERFECT PITCH: INTRODUCTION TO BASEBALL (5-7yrs) An introduction to baseball skills such as throwing, catching, correct batting form, running bases, fielding and positional play. Through skills, drills, and play, children will enhance their motor skills and coordination while having a blast! Particapants are required to bring their own glove. • Mon 6:15-7:00pm, May 6 – Jun 17, SPSP35 - $128

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 transforms the body and mind by broadening one’s confidence, will-power, stamina and strength. Respect and discipline is the heart of karate training. Class instructor:

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).

interesting instruction, and experienced staff, your kids will be flying up the wall in no time!

5-7yrs • Sun 9:15-10:00am, Apr 7 – Jun 23, SPSP24 – $138

5-7yrs • Mon 5:30-6:15pm, Apr 15 – Jun 3, SPSP27 – $85

8yrs and up • Sun 10:15-11:15am, Apr 7 – Jun 23, SPSP25 – $138

8-11yrs • Mon 6:30-7:15pm, Apr 15 – Jun 3, SPSP28 – $85

Parents can join their child in this class for $59. Register using this course code SPSP26.

KIDS CAN CLIMB! LEVEL 2 For those who have already completed the Kids Can Climb! Class or those with some climbing experience, this program builds on skills and techniques to help kids master the rock wall and transition into top rope climbing. 5-7yrs • Wed 5:30-6:15pm, Apr 17 – May 22, SPSP29 – $85 8-11yrs • Wed 6:30-7:15pm, Apr 17 – May 22, SPSP30 – $85

CLIMBING KIDS CAN CLIMB! Come try out our climbing wall in this course designed to get kids climbing. Participants will learn the basics of rock climbing technique, spend lots of time on the wall, and have tons of fun. Through creative games,

• Fri 9:30am-2:00pm, Mar 15, AQL1993 – $125 • Sun 9:30am-2:00pm, Apr 14, AQL1994 – $125 • Sat 9:30am-2:00pm, Jun 1, AQL1995 – $125

HIGH FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (13+yrs) Geared toward anyone working with, or interested in

ADULT LEARN TO BELAY (16+yrs) No climbing experience required! A 5 week introductory course for those who want to learn how to belay for top rope climbing with a GriGri. • Wed 5:30-6:30pm, May 29 – Jun 26, SPSP75 – $85

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, Jun 1, HF010 – $65 • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Jun 6, HF011 – $65


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

BEGINNER (5-8yrs) • Sat 12:30-1:30pm, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP19 – $138 per family member • Fri 6:45-7:45pm, Apr 12 – Jun 21, SPSP20 – $138 per family member

Hashmat Khan 3rd degree black belt and professor at Carleton University.


CYCLING FOR KIDS (8-10yrs) Taught by a certified Canbike instructor, this course is designed for children who are comfortable riding their bicycle and will be riding on the road, who would like to learn traffic handling skills and rules of the road. At the end of the course, students should feel comfortable riding on residential streets. Children must bring their own bicycle, helmet, water bottle and peanut free snack. Participants will meet at the tennis court at Dovercourt. •Wed 6:00-7:30pm, May 1– Jun 5, SPSP50 - $150

FAMILY(4-5yrs) • Sat 11:30am-12:30pm, Apr 6 – Jun 22, SPSP36 – $138 per family member

following direction, children (accompanied by parents) will develop basic motor skills like balance, agility, and coordination, all while having fun and playing games. • Mon 5:15-6:00pm, May 6 – Jun 17, SPSP34 - $128


STRIDER PREBIKE LEARN TO BIKE Children can learn to bike as early as 18mos with the Strider PREbike. Learn to balance and steer without ever needing training wheels. For the more advanced rider, the Launch Pad footrests take your child’s skills to the next level: gliding with feet up, riding while standing up, jumping and bunny hopping. This program focuses on building confidence in young riders at an early age in a fun and friendly environment. Please bring your own helmet, Strider Bikes will be provided. In Learn to Bike with a Parent class parents participate with their child.



DOG TRAINING SELECTION OF CAMPS BASICS FOR POOCHES IN OTTAWA S AND PUPS #AWESOMECAMP (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-nicelyDOG TRAINING COMBO on-a-leash. The goal is to have CLASS: RE-CALL AND a strong bond with your new LEASH-WALKING SKILL O dog as well as a safe, wellIMPROVEMENT OR STB E W socialized pet and a happy Work on the two most home environment. Come one, common skills that your dog come your dog is needs…a reliable recall andJUaMP INTO RCOURT style. Have your DOVEwalking good for you and Fido too! nice Open to dogs and puppies of dog keep the leash loose while all ages and skill levels. walking and not eat everything • Wed 7:00-7:45pm, in sight! And, let’s be sure Apr 24 – May 22, PP16S2 – $199 that when you say your dog’s • Wed 7:00-7:45pm, name that he/she wants to May 29 – Jun 26, PP16S3 – $199 come to you and does so with enthusiasm. Doesn’t this sound DOG TRAINING: #DOGBBBB wonderful? Come and join (BOREDOM BUSTERS FOR our class! Some classes may BRAIN AND BODY) be held outdoors (weather Open to dogs and puppies of permitting). Open to dogs of all ages and skill levels. all ages and skill levels. Visit This fun and interactive class for will cover a mix of skills, tricks, more information and brain/body work from • Wed 8:00-8:45pm, indoor obstacle courses to May 29 – Jun 26, PP16S4 – $199 “couch potato” training. • Wed 8:00-8:45pm, Apr 24 – May 22, PP16S1 – $199 OU RC












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SUMMER CAMPS Welcome to summer camp at Dovercourt! We have over 100 different varieties of camps for ages 4-16 to provide you with lots of options and unique opportunities. Choose from up to 40 different options per week in an assortment of streams including Visual, Culinary, and Performing Arts, Sports, Overnight, Adventure Academy, Science & Innovation, Youth Zone, Leadership, and Theme Camps. WORKING TOGETHER! Our partners make us great - and we are grateful to our long-time partners including BC Sports, Radical Science, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, Ian Dudley of ORANGE STEM Education, magician Ian Quick, Nick Miller, and many, many more. SUMMER IS SHORT - and we believe kids should be active in the great outdoors

as much as possible. We have been working closely with Ottawa’s Kitchissippi Centre, and tweaking our own Adventure Academy programs to get as many campers as we can to spend their days exploring the outdoors with us. WE’RE PARENTS TOO. AND WE GET IT. Dovercourt’s senior management team is made of parents - mostly parents of campers and camp staff. We are here to help address any concerns or questions you may have and are happy to assist you in selecting the best camp programs for your children. In the meantime, be sure to download your copy of our Parent Handbook, available online. See you this summer! – Camp Management Team

Our acclaimed program offers structured, ageappropriate activities for Grades 1-6 at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. With a warm swimming pool, outdoor rinks and one of Ottawa’s best playgrounds, where better to unwind after a full day of learning? Compare our prices to other school boards! To arrange a tour or to register, please call Mathew at 613-798-8950 ext. 271 or email

Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Tue 7:30-9:30pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, AC022 – $272 ADULT WHEEL AND HAND BUILDING (16+yrs) Discover a great feeling of accomplishment by turning your vision into pieces of art. Students will explore various techniques of hand building and try the wheel before finishing pieces with beautiful glazes. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Wed 6:30-9:30pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, AC023 – $317


MUSIC AND MOVEMENT (12-24 months with parent) Young dancers will learn through music, rhythmic movement, games and songs. With the use of props and music, dancers will improve body awareness and strengthen their relationship to music. • Fri 10:00-10:45am, Apr 26 – Jun 21, DAN058 – $152 • Sun 8:45-9:30am, Apr 13 – Jun 15, DAN066 – $118

building before finishing their works of art with glazing. • Sat 1:30-3:00pm, Apr 27 – Jun 22, AC024 – $193 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. Fee includes 1 bag of clay. • Sat 5:30-7:30pm, Apr 27 – Jun 22, AC026 – $218

FAMILY CLAY Spend some quality family time together creating one-ofa-kind projects and building memories that will last a lifetime. Students will explore various techniques of hand building and try the wheel before finishing their works of art with our beautiful glazes. *Fee includes 1 bag of clay per family* • Sat 3:00-5:00pm, Apr 27 – Jun 22, AC025 – $118 per family member • Tue 6:00-7:30pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, AC021 – $137 per family member

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ADULT POTTERY ADULT ON THE WHEEL (16+yrs) 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.

WEST COAST SWING 301 – INTERMEDIATE (16+yrs) Intended for dancers comfortable with the basic patterns of West Coast Swing (pushes, passes, whips), this class is heavily based on student topic requests and often teaches advanced lead/ follow technique, musicality, and how to work with your partner to improvise to the music. No partner required. Pre-requisite: West Coast Swing 201 or equivalent • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, May 30 – Jun 20, DAN062 – $56

NEW YORK HUSTLE 201 – BEGINNER PLUS (16+yrs) This class builds on the basics learned in Hustle-101. No partner required. Pre-requisite: Hustle-101 or comfortable with basic footwork. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, Apr 4 – Apr 25, DAN064 – $56 COUNTRY TWO-STEP BEGINNER (16+yrs) Country Two-Step is a fast-moving partner dance popular among fans of country/western music. It is a progressive dance that proceeds counterclockwise around the dance floor. Get started on this energetic dance that will have you whirling and twirling your way around the dance floor. No experience or partner required. • Thu 8:30-9:45pm, May 2 – May 23, DAN065 – $56


CLAY CREATIONS (6-10yrs) Let your child’s imagination soar! Students will explore various techniques of hand

WEST COAST SWING 101 – BEGINNER (16+yrs) Come meet great people while learning to dance. 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,

WEST COAST SWING 201 – BEGINNER PLUS (16+yrs) This class introduces both 6 and 8 count patterns that build on the concepts learned in 101. The fundamental skills required for efficient leading and following will also be revisited and finessed. Prerequisite: West coast swing 101 or equivalent. No partner required. • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, May 16 – Jun 20, DAN061 – $83

NEW YORK HUSTLE 101 – BEGINNER (16+yrs) New York Hustle (also called Latin Hustle) is a fun and stylish partner dance that originated in America in the 1970s. Modeled after the dances of the Disco era it is traditionally danced to songs from the 1970s, but is also a great dance for today’s top hits. Hustle’s basics are quick to learn with flashy looks and dynamic movement, making it popular among beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No experience or partner required. • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, May 27 – Jun 17, DAN063 – $56




and a fun social dance that does not require a high fitness level. No partner or prior dance experience needed. • Thu 7:00-8:15pm, Apr 4 – May 9, DAN059 – $83 • Mon 7:45-9:00pm, Apr 8 – May 6, DAN060 – $56





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! Read more on our website: enterprise/OurPool_Whatsdifferent


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. LIFESAVING PARENT & TOTS 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.


12 months old and under (able to hold head up) with parent or caregiver.


24 months old and under with parent or caregiver.


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 and 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.

SCHOOL AGE SWIM LESSONS SWIMMER 1 - BEGINNER Just starting out with little 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 - ADVANCED Prerequisites: Have attempted Swimmer 1 before and/or are comfortable submerging their face with eyes open. Class will focus on unassisted glides and kicking drills.

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


MONDAY 6:30-8:00am*



arms 15m; whip kick on front 15m. Swimmer 6: Shallow dive; eggbeater kick 30 seconds; front/back crawl & breaststroke 50m each; 200m interval swim; head up front crawl 10m.

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


SWIMMER 5 Prerequisites: Tread water 1 minute; front/back crawl 25m; 100m interval swim; breaststroke arms 15m, whip kick on front 15m.

SEPT. 22, 2018 - JUNE 28, 2019





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.




STAR: Prerequisites: Demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.


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


ROOKIE: Prerequisites: Compact jump; stride entry; eggbeater 75 seconds; head up front crawl or breaststroke 25m; front/back crawl & breaststroke 100m each; 300m endurance swim. RANGER: Prerequisites: Lifesaving kick 25m, endurance 350m; timed swim 100m in 3 minutes.

SWIMMER 5 & 6 Prerequisites: Swimmer 5: Tread water 1 minute; front/ back crawl 25m; 100m interval swim; breaststroke


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

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.




kick on side; swim front and back crawl 10m each; tread water 15 seconds. Swimmer 4: Dive and roll into deep water; front/back crawl 15m each; 100m interval swim; whip kick on back 10m; tread water 30 seconds.


PRESCHOOL E Prerequisites: Participants are comfortable jumping into deep water unassisted; front and back float in deep water unassisted; kick on front and back for 7m each; 5m of continuous front crawl with aid.



AQUATIC CERTIFICATIONS FOR YOUTH Become a Lifeguard! Aquatic Leadership = Job training, skills and friends for life! Successfully complete your NL and instructor certifications at Dovercourt and you will be guaranteed a lifeguard / swim instructor position for Fall 2019. BRONZE STAR Participants develop problemsolving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills to become their own personal lifeguard. Prerequisite: Recommended 12 years of age. • Mon 6:50-8:00pm, Apr 8 – Jun 24, 18339 – $75 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 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 $46 • Sun 5:00-8:00pm, Apr 7 – Jun 16, AQL1919 – $132 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. • Sun 5:00-7:30pm, Apr 7 – Jun 16, AQL1915 – $90

NL/ 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’ (See this page for Standard First Aid course). Manual: Alert $46 • Fri-Mon 8:00am-6:00pm, Apr 19 – Apr 22, AQL1922 – $157 • Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Jun 24 – Jun 28, AQL1923 – $157 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 NL. Manuals: Swim for Life Award Guide & Teaching Swim for Life $42 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Mar 19 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, Mar 23 – 24, AQL1943 – $127 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 NL. Manuals Lifesaving Instructor Pac $70 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, Apr 30 AND Sat & Sun

9:00am-6:00pm, May 4 – 5, AQL1939 – $127 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, Apr 6 –7, AQL1957 – $122 • Sat & Sun 9:00am-5:00pm, Jun 8 – 9, AQL1958 – $122 • Sat & Sun 9:00am-5:00pm, Jun 15 – 16, AQL1959 – $122

CERTIFICATIONS FOR ADULTS LEARN TO: SWIM, SAVE A LIFE, LEARN TO TEACH. ADULT LEARN TO SWIM • Sun 7:10-8:00pm, Apr 7 – Jun 23, 18340 – $116 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. • Sun 9:00am-4:00pm, Apr 27, AQL1948 – $94 • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Jun 2, AQL1949 – $94 NL RECERT Prerequisite: NL, must bring proof of certification to recert. • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm, Apr 20, AQL1928 – $77 • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, May 3, AQL1929 – $77 • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, Jun 7, AQL1930 – $77

• Fri 6:00-10:00pm, Jun 14, AQL1931 – $77 • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, Jun 21, AQL1932 – $77 AIRWAY MANAGEMENT Airway Management provides the fundamentals, principles and practices of safe and proper oxygen administration in most emergency situations. Prerequisites: Standard 1st Aid • Tue 6:00-10:00pm, Apr 16, AQL1963 – $50 • Tue 6:00-10:00pm, Jun 18, AQL1964 – $50 LSS TRAINER COURSE This course prepares candidates to become Lifesaving Instructor Trainers. Prerequisites: Lifesaving

Instructor, experienced Advanced Instructor and experienced Bronze Examiner. Manuals: Swim/Lifesaving Instructor award guide and Trainer Manual included in course fee. NL Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Examiner, Assistant Instructor Award Guides and Examiner Manual available for $35 each. • Fri 6:00-10:00pm, May 31 – Jun 21, AQL1912 – $176.50 OLD FARTS NL RECERT Prerequisite: 25+ years, NL, must bring card to recert • Fri 6:00am-10:00pm, May 24 AND Sat 6:00-8:30pm, May 25, AQL1937 – $87

AQUATIC SUPERVISOR TRAINING (AST) An advanced course for those interested in an aquatic supervisory position. Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructors, Swim Instructors or NL and 100 hours of experience teaching and/or guarding. • Sat & Sun 3:00-8:00pm, Jun 1 – 2, AQL1904 – $83
















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5:40 L 5:10(3/4) L 6:20(3/4) L

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5:20 L 5:50(3/4) 7:20(3/4) L

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NL INSTRUCTOR This course teaches candidates the skills and standards necessary to teach NL. Prerequisites: LSS Instructors and NL. Manual: NL Instructor Pack $81 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, May 7 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-3:00pm, May 11 – 12 AQL1910 – $143




Rookie/Ranger/Star 60 minutes



5:30 L



70 minutes

Adult Learn to Swim 7:10 #18340


40-60 minutes





Homeschool Swim Lessons 1:00 #18216 After School Group Swim Lessons for Swimmer 1-6 3:20 #18341 4:40 #18342

LESSON FEES: # lessons



10 WE

10L WE





40 minutes

$108 $173 $113 $182 $113 $182 $118 $187

50 minutes

$111 $183 $116 $187 $116 $187 $122 $193

60 minutes

$113 $187 $118 $193 $118 $193 $126 $199


LSS SFA INSTRUCTORS This is a Lifesaving society course for those individuals interested in becoming LSS Standard First Aid & CPR Instructors. Prerequisites: LSS Instructors, & SFA. Manuals: Canadian First Aid Manual $20, First Aid Award Guide $22 • Tue 6:30-10:00pm, May 21 AND Sat & Sun 9:00am-6:00pm, May 25 – 26, AQL1908 – $143



EXAMINER COURSE The examiner course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as an Examiner for the Lifesaving Society, and prepared 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 13, AQL1906 – $65








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8:10(2/3) 8:40(2/3) 9:00 9:20(2/3) L 10:50 L 12:00(1-3) L 6:00(2/3)

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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.




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If you have purchased private lessons and your schedule changes, you are welcome to substitute the participant. Unfortunately, we do not reschedule or refund. Refunds & credits will only be given up to one week in advance of the program start date. Non Residents: Add 20% to the fee.



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BLUESFEST SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART All lessons take place at 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.


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! 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, Apr 15 – Jun 28 • Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Apr 27 – Jun 22

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS We offer instruction in: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Voice, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Violin, Saxophone and more. $101 for four 30 minute lessons. Receive 15% off when you register for all of Spring 2019. Please contact or 613-627-2762.

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.

VISUAL ARTS PRESCHOOL ART EXPLORATION (2.5-4yrs) Pasting, cutting, finger painting, splatter painting, collages and stamps will be explored in a fun and creative environment. Skills will aid in developing fine motor skills, focus, listening, patience and spatial organization. All materials are supplied. • Wed 4:45-5:30pm, Apr 17 – Jun 26, BSO336 – $176 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, Apr 13 – Jun 22, BSO334 – $144 FAMILY ART 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, Apr 13 – Jun 22, BSO335 – $81 per family member 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, Apr 24 – Jun 26, BSO320 – $320 SPRING WATERCOLOUR – BEGINNER (16+Yrs) Be inspired by Spring colours and imagery and learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Supplies will be provided in class. • Tue 6:00-8:30pm, Mar 26 – Apr 9, BSO337 – $120 WATERCOLOUR – BEGINNER (16+Yrs) Learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. 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, Apr 1– Apr 15, BSO281 – $96

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, Apr 18 – Jun 27, BSO338 – $154 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, Apr 18 – Jun 27, BSO322 – $154

5-7yrs • Thu 5:30-6:25pm, Apr 18 –Jun 27, BSO332 – $154 8-10yrs • Tue 5:00-6:00pm, Apr 23 – June 25, BSO333 – $140 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, Apr 6 – May 11, BSO325 – $70 GUITAR • Sat 11:00-11:55am, May 25 – Jun 22, BSO326 – $70


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 scheduled in July leading up to the final performance at the 2019 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. • Mon 6:30-8:00pm, Feb 4 – Jun 4, BSO275 – $112 per 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 year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk festival. 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 to assess musical interest and abilities to place musicians in the most suitable band combinations. • Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Apr 27 – Jul 13, BSO323 – $175 • Sun 10:30-11:45am, Apr 14 – Jul 14, BSO324 – $193

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 structure and harmonica techniques. Student will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. • Tue 7:30-8:30pm, May 7 – Jun 11, BSO328 – $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. • Wed 8:00-9:00pm, Apr 17 – Jun 26, BSO331 – $154

the neighbourhood and learn new skills in music theory, song structure, playing techniques and playing pleasure. Classic songs have been pre-selected for students to preview online before dropping in and music will be made available in class. Come by to play, listen, learn and raise a glass! No classes on the 1st Monday of the month or statutory holidays. • Mon 7:30-9:00pm, Jan 14 – Jun 24, - $14 drop in


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, Apr 16 – Jun 25, BSO341 – $154 INTERMEDIATE • Thu 2:00-3:00pm, Apr 18 – Jun 27, BSO321 – $154

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.

JAM NIGHT (19+Yrs) So you have been kicked out of your basement again? Come join other musicians of all levels at a coached jam night. The goal of this drop in class is to play with other musicians in

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

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, Apr 15 – Jun 24, BSO316 – $189

performance for parents on the BSOMA stage. • Tue 2:45-4:15pm, Apr 16 – Jun 25, BSO317 – $231 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, Apr 17 – Jun 26, BSO318 – $231 ROCK UNIVERSITY (8-12yrs) 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, Apr 18 – Jun 27, BSO319 – $231


HARMONICA – BEGINNER (16+yrs) 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. • Tue 7:30-8:30pm, Apr 9 – Apr 30, BSO327 – $56


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. • Wed 5:30-6:25pm, Apr 17 – Jun 26, BSO329 – $88 per family member • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Apr 27 – Jun 22, BSO330 – $64 per family member


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.








For every TWO Registered Health and Fitness programs you sign up for, take a third class for free*. Spring flowers bring health and fitness powers…if you’re getting enough exercise. Welcome the warmer weather with our 3 for 2 promotion and Health Canada’s updated exercise and nutrition guidelines. Get your daily dose of Exercise Rx with your favorite classes or try something new this season! We have over 130 weekly programs for you to choose from. Not sure where to get started? Let us help! Contact *(applies to courses of equal or lesser value, excludes SUP, and baby-wearing dance)

AQUATIC EXERCISE PROGRAMS AQUA This shallow water class focuses on correct form and technique, and uses the resistive properties of water to achieve a full body workout that will improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. All levels are welcome! • Mon 6:30-7:15am, Apr 29 – Jun 24, AQS01 – $110 • Wed 6:30-7:15am, Apr 24 – Jun 26, AQS02 – $135 • Wed 8:15-9:00am, Apr 24 – Jun 26, AQS03 – $135 • Fri 6:30-7:15am, Apr 26 – Jun 28, AQS04 – $135

AQUA DEEP In this deep water class, participants are supported by an aqua belt to keep them floating, while encouraging development of the core and postural muscles, and developing strength and cardiovascular endurance. Participants should be comfortable and confident swimming in deep water. • Mon 8:00-8:45am, Apr 29 – Jun 24, AQS05 – $110 • Fri 8:00-8:45am, Apr 26 – Jun 28, AQS07 – $135 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! • Mon 8:00-8:45pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, AQS08 – $110 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, Apr 27 – Jun 22, AQS09 – $110 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, Apr 23 – Jun 25, AQS22 – $135 • Thu 1:15-2:00pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS10 – $135

AQUA STRENGTHMIX Offering a low impact workout focused on muscular strength and endurance, StrengthMix incorporates a variety of equipment to provide an excellent toning and strengthening workout. • Thu 8:15-9:00pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS16 – $135 AQUA ATHLETIC In this high-energy, deep water workout that combines cardiovascular and resistance exercises, we will incorporate a variety of equipment that guarantees an entertaining and full-body exercise experience. All participants must be able to swim without assistance. • Tue 7:45-8:30pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, AQS17 – $135 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, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS18 – $135

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, along with increasing confidence in performing daily activities. • Tue 8:15-9:00am, Apr 23 – Jun 25, AQS19 – $135 • Fri 9:00-9:45am, Apr 26 – Jun 28, AQS20 – $135 OSTEOFIT Perform muscular strength and endurance exercises and experience an increase in functional ability under the guidance of a skilled instructor. Osteofit was created specifically for individuals who have bone density issues such as osteoporosis or osteopenia. • Tue 1:30-2:25pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, OSTS1 – $168 • Thu 10:00-10:55am, Apr 25 – Jun 27, OSTS2 – $168 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. Individualized modifications and accommodations are provided by the instructor. • Mon 12:00-12:45pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, AQS28 – $110 • Wed 12:00-12:45pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, AQS21 – $135

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,

Exercise for Active Aging

EXERCISE FOR MANAGING CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS REHAB WALKING This instructional class is designed for individuals who want to walk in a safe, supervised small group. Ideal for those recovering from surgery, injury or medical conditions such as stroke, arthritis, and knee/ hip replacements, our Rehab Walking program is an excellent step in the right direction. Caregivers, supportworkers and helpers of any sort are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 1:30-2:25pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, RWKS1 – $163

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. Look for this symbol beside the course description to see which of our Registered Fitness Programs facilitates healthy aging.

Exercise for Managing Symptoms of Chronic Health Conditions 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! Look for this symbol beside the course description to see which of our Registered Fitness Programs can help you with managing chronic conditions.

support-workers and helpers of any kind are always welcome at no additional cost. • Thu 12:00-12:45pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS23 – $135

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, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS27 – $135

FLEXIBILITY FOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS MANAGEMENT Address stiffness and postural issues in this class that focuses on restoring joint mobility and improving flexibility in the muscles and connective tissues. • Mon 12:00-12:45pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, PIPR4 – $131 STRENGTH & FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT This course focuses on ensuring that you can still successfully do your daily tasks by strengthening the nervous, cardiovascular and muscular systems. • Wed 12:00-12:55pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, PIPR5 – $168

AQUATIC EXERCISE FOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT Our warm water pool has a ramp entry and allows you to experience the therapeutic benefits of exercising in the water, such as decreased pain, enhanced joint mobility, and improved strength and balance. • Fri 12:00-12:45pm, Apr 26 – Jun 28, PIPR6 – $135

PILATES Pilates was one of the first styles of exercise to address core strength, posture and proper alignment. At Dovercourt, our Pilates programs expand on Joseph Pilates’ original repertoire of 34 exercises by using modern techniques, research and equipment to help students strengthen the body’s “powerhouse”. Pilates will provide stability and support to the spine while simultaneously developing strength in the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. We recommend new students begin at the beginner level until they are comfortable with the terms, techniques and breathwork required to advance their practice. BEGINNER • Mon 6:30-7:25pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, PILS1 – $131 INTERMEDIATE • Tue 7:00-7:55pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, PILS2 – $163

PILATES/YOGA MIX 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, Apr 29 – Jun 24, PIYS2 – $156

YOGA PROGRAMS YOGA YIN Yin Yoga is a relaxing practice that enhances flexibility of the body’s connective tissues such as fascia, tendons and ligaments. 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, Apr 29 – Jun 24, YOGS1 – $153 YOGA AERIAL Lose yourself in this blissful practice that helps to enhance flexibility, develop core stability, and decompresses the spine and joints, leaving you feeling light as a feather, and better than ever! • Fri 10:00-10:55am, Apr 26 – Jun 28, YOGS2 – $168 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, Apr 24 – Jun 26, YOGS4 – $163 • Thu 6:30-7:25pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, YOGS5 – $163

* See Cycle Yoga on page 17

STRENGTH PROGRAMS 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, Apr 29 – Jun 24, TRXS1 – $134 • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, TRXS2 – $168 • Fri 9:00-9:55am, Apr 26 – Jun 28, TRXS3 – $168


YOGA MEN’S It’s a GUY thing: a men’s only yoga class that focuses on areas where guys need extra

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 7:00-7:55pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, YOGS9 – $163


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, Apr 29 – Jun 24, AQS24 – $110 • Wed 10:30-11:15am, Apr 24 – Jun 26, AQS25 – $135 • Thu 2:45-3:30pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, AQS26 – $135

EXERCISE FOR PARKINSON’S Over 8000 people in Ottawa are living with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can help you or your loved one manage their symptoms, maintain independence, physical fitness and sense of wellbeing. Dovercourt Recreation Association in partnership with Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR) offers three weekly exercise programs designed specifically to address Parkinson’s. Caregivers, support-workers and helpers of any kind are always welcome at no additional cost.

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, Apr 23 – Jun 25, YOGS6 – $163


ADVANCED • Tue 8:00-8:55pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, PILS4 – $163 ALL LEVELS • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Apr 27 – Jun 22, PILS3 – $131 GENTLE • Sat 9:00-9:55am, Apr 27 – Jun 22, PILS5 – $131


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, Apr 23 – Jun 25, PRES3 – $135 • Thu 7:30-8:15pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, PRES4 – $135

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

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…come one, come all! • Mon 9:30-10:25am, Apr 29 – Jun 24, WOWS1 – $134 • Wed 7:00-7:55pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, WOWS2 – $168

• Sat 9:15-10:10am, Apr 27 – Jun 22, MOWS2 – $134 TOTAL CORE CONDITIONING This engaging and eclectic class focuses on increasing the overall strength and mobility of the core, by incorporating a variety of exercises and techniques from Pilates, Yoga and athletic conditioning. Target the deepest muscles of the body and improve your alignment and physique. • Thu 6:50-7:45pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, TCCS1 – $163


PRE AND POSTNATAL EXERCISE PROGRAMS 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, Apr 29 – Jun 24, PRES1 – $134

MOW (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. • Thu 8:00-8:55pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, MOWS1 – $168

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 5:45-6:40pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, PRES2 – $168

PARENT & BABY FITNESS CLASS Join Dovercourt’s own Baby Whisperers and Postnatal experts as they lead you and your baby through a variety of workouts and fitness techniques focused on the needs of the postnatal body. Incorporating a variety of exercises and equipment, no two weeks will be the same in this class. • Mon 9:30-10:25am, Apr 29 – Jun 24, FAMS1 – $131 POSTNATAL TRX AND CORE CONDITIONING WITH BABY 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. • Mon 1:15-2:10pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, FAMS2 – $134 POSTNATAL SPIN & CORE CONDITIONING WITH BABY This is the best of both worlds in one class. Improve your cardiovascular health and blast calories with indoor spinning. 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! • Tue 9:30-10:25am, Apr 23 – Jun 25, FAMS3 – $168 • Fri 11:15am-12:10pm, Apr 26 – Jun 28, FAMS4 – $168

AQUA POSTNATAL WITH BABY 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. * Grandparents or caregivers are also welcome to participate instead of parent! • Tue 2:15-3:00pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, FAMS7 – $135 • Thu 2:00-2:45pm, Apr 25 – Jun 27, FAMS8 – $135 POSTNATAL YOGA AND CORE WITH BABY Enjoy the benefits of this core-strengthening and postureimproving fitness technique, 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, Apr 24 – Jun 26, FAMS9 – $163

FAMILY AND TEEN EXERCISE PROGRAMS YOGA FAMILY 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, and learning simple ways to help soothe and calm themselves. These classes will allow the participants a chance to move and strengthen their bodies and their minds while learning to accept their similarities and differences with others. It is a chance to participate in a non-competitive practice, while taking a break from the busyness 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 children. Not sure if this is right for you? Send us an email at fitness@dovercourt. org and we will help you decide! • Sat 10:30-11:15am, Apr 27 – May 25, FAMS5 – $155 • Sat 10:30-11:15am, Jun 1 – Jun 22, FAMS6 – $155 (Fee is per family; one adult and two children)

ACTIVE TEENS BECOME ACTIVE ADULTS Regular physical activity facilitates healthy cognitive, emotional and physical development in teenagers. Give your teen the skills they need to confidently use indoor fitness facilities and let our trainers teach them how to exercise and care for their growing bodies. Whether your teen is a promising young athlete, or simply learning to take care of their body, our personal trainers will provide the support and expertise your teen needs to be Active for Life.

SPRING TEEN PERSONAL TRAINING PROMOTION: Teens (ages 13-19) receive 20% off 10-session Personal Training Package

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! • Mon 7:00-7:45pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, BARS1 – $134


SPIN, CORE & STRETCH This upbeat program addresses all three components of exercise: endurance, strength and flexibility. Participants will learn about their bodily systems while they enjoy a spin class, followed by a core conditioning segment to combat fatigued spines and ‘desk’ posture, and finishing with a deep yoga stretch and relaxation. • Tue 5:45-7:10pm, Apr 23 – Jun 25, SPNS5 – $211

WHERE’S MY REGULAR SPIN CLASS? Sometimes you need something special, and sometimes you just need to sweat and move. Our basic spin classes are now part of our Group Fitness pass. See page 19 for basic spin programs and the other great classes that are part of our Group Fitness program.

TRIPLE THREAT BOXING Triple Threat Boxing is a 30 minute program designed to maximize the effectiveness of the time you spend working out. Learn how to box and hit focus mitts. This program will cover cardio interval training, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and stress management. Techniques are simple, yet effective in building toned bodies in half the time of a regular class. Suitable for all fitness levels. Instructor: Burke Cleland. This class is held at the McKellar Park Fieldhouse located at 539 Wavell Avenue. • Mon 6:45-7:15pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, TTBS1 – $134 STAND UP PADDLE BOARD 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 to learn more about stand up paddling. No prior experience needed for pool classes and paddle boards are provided. Space is extremely limited. ON BOARD TO BE FIT Take your workout on the water with this fun, full-body, low impact class on top of a floating surface (stand up paddleboard). On-board fitness builds strengths, deepens flexibility and improves balance and coordination through a carefully selected set of movements. • Sat 7:30-8:25pm, Apr 27 – Jun 8, SUPS1 – $140 FLOATING YOGA Let the board become your mat as you expand your yoga practice in the pool. The instability of water as a surface allows you to engage and strengthen your core muscles and move mindfully at a slower pace to maintain balance. The gentle sound of water lapping on your board will help you relax and key into the most important part of your yoga practice: Breath. No experience needed; our SUP yoga team has carefully designed sequences specific to the stand up paddle board. • Sat 8:30-9:25pm, Apr 27 – Jun 8, SUPS2 – $140 ABS IN ACTION Workout your core like never before! From paddling to planks, this core-focused class combines paddling skills with ab-specific exercises on a stand up paddle board designed to improve stability and get that six-pack ready for summer. • Wed 9:00-9:55pm, Apr 24 – May 29, SUPS3 – $140


CYCLE YOGA Combine the invigorating and centering effects of indoor cycling and restorative Hatha yoga with the inspiration of world music for a crosstraining experience in a calm atmosphere. Early registration is recommended for this program as space is limited. • Fri 5:45-6:55pm, Apr 26 – Jun 28, SPNY2 – $196

FELDENKRAIS Explore new ways of moving more comfortably and effectively with the Feldenkrais Method of body awareness. These relaxing lessons will help you discover how to reduce pain and stiffness, improve your posture, relieve tension and enhance your general well-being. • Mon 1:15-2:10pm, Apr 29 – Jun 17, FELS1 – $116

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, Apr 28 – Jun 23, HOOP2 – $131


POUND Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. This music focussed full-body workout combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities. • Mon 6:45-7:40pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, PNDS1 – $134

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. This class takes place at McKellar Field House, 539 Wavell Avenue, but will move to Dovercourt Recreation Association at 411 Dovercourt Avenue upon the opening of the new Morris Home Team Room. • Mon 7:30-8:25pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24, TAIS1 – $131 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 the day off with us. This class is suitable for all levels. • Wed 6:00-6:45pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, TBSS1 – $163

ZUMBA An excitingly spicy, hipswiveling workout where African, Caribbean and Latin dance moves are combined with aerobics and fitness, to create a perfectly toned body… without even realizing it! Join the party! • Wed 8:00-8:55pm, Apr 24 – Jun 26, ZUMS1 – $163 • Sat 10:00-10:55am, Apr 27 – Jun 22, ZUMS2 – $131








6:30-7:15am • Catherine/Jake Aqua AQS01

6:30-7:15am • Jake Aqua AQS02

8:00-8:45am • Dylan Aqua Deep Water AQS05

8:15-9:00am • Pam Aqua Healthy Back AQS19

8:15-9:00am • Pam Aqua AQS03

9:30-10:25am • Jojo Parent & Baby Class FAMS1

9:30-10:25am • Jojo Postnatal Spin FAMS3

10:00-10:55am • Teri Postnatal Yoga & Core FAMS9

THURSDAY 8:45-9:30am • Emma Aqua Arthritis Deep Water AQS27



6:30-7:15am • Jojo Aqua AQS04

7:00-7:45am • Charles Aqua Power Circuit AQS09

8:00-8:45am • Pam Aqua Deep Water AQS07 10:00-10:55am • Teri Osteofit OSTS2

9:30-10:25am • Jill WOW & More WOWS1

9:00-9:45am • Pam Aqua Healthy Back AQS20

9:00-9:55am • Carolyn Pilates (Gentle) PILS5

9:00-9:55am • Wendy TRX TRXS3 10:30-11:15am • Jojo Aqua Arthritis AQS25

12:00-12:45pm • Raymonde Aqua Post Stroke AQS23

10:00-10:55am • Wendy Yoga Aerial YOGS2

1:15-2:00pm • Jojo Aqua Balance, Core and Mobility AQS10

11:15am-12:10pm • Jojo Postnatal Spin FAMS4

12:00-12:45pm • TBA Aqua Fibromyalgia AQS21

1:30-2:25pm • Jill Rehab Walking RWKS1

12:00-12:45pm • Wendy Aqua for Parkinson’s PIPR6

12:00-12:45pm • Wendy Flexibility for Parkinson’s PIPR4

12:00 -12:55pm • Jojo Strength and Functional Movement for Parkinson’s PIPR5

2:00-2:45pm • Jojo Aqua Postnatal FAMS8

10:00-10:55am • Karla Zumba ZUMS2

1:15-2:10pm • Rosa Feldenkrais FELS1

1:10-2:00pm • Emilie Parent and Baby Latin Dance PP16S1

2:45-3:30pm • Jojo Aqua Arthritis AQS26

10:30-11:15am • Wendy Family Yoga FAMS5/FAMS6

11:00-11:45am • Wendy Aqua Arthritis AQS24

1:30-2:25pm • TBA Osteofit OSTS1

12:00-12:45pm • Jojo Aqua Fibromyalgia AQS28

1:30-2:15pm • Jojo Aqua Balance, Core AND Mobility AQS22

1:15-2:10pm • Jojo Postnatal TRX & Core Conditioning FAMS2

2:15-3:00pm • Jojo Aqua Postnatal FAMS7

6:30-7:25pm *new time* • Jane Pilates (Beginner) PILS1

5:45-7:10pm • Jojo Spin, Core & Stretch SPNS5

6:45-7:40pm • Xiang Pound *new* PNDS1



See descriptions on pages 14 to 17 for details.

10:00-10:55am • Carolyn Pilates (All Level) PILS3

5:45-6:55pm • Anne P. Cycle Yoga SPNY2 5:45-6:40pm • Wendy Yoga Prenatal PRES2 6:00-6:45pm • Charles Total Body Stretch TBSS1

6:30-7:25pm • Wendy Yoga Gentle YOGS5

7:30-8:25pm SUP Yoga & Fitness SUPS1

6:50-7:45pm • Rosie Total Core Conditioning TCCS1

8:30-9:25pm Floating Yoga SUPS2

6:45-7:15pm • Burke Triple Threat Boxing TTBS1

7:00-7:55pm • Carolyn Pilates (Intermediate) PILS2

7:00-7:55pm • Jojo Prenatal Strength PRES1

7:00-7:45pm • Wendy Aqua Prenatal PRES3

7:00-7:55pm • Jojo WOW & More WOWS2

7:45-8:30pm • TBA Aqua Athletic AQS17

7:00-7:55pm • Wendy Yoga Gentle YOGS4

7:00-7:55pm • Charles Yoga - Power Flow YOGS9

7:00 -7:45pm • Angela Barre BARS1

8:00-8:55pm • Jojo TRX TRXS2

7:30-8:15pm • Wendy Aqua Prenatal PRES4

7:15-8:25pm • Charles Pilates/Yoga Mix PIYS2

8:00-8:55pm • Karla Zumba ZUMS1

7:30-8:15pm • Chris R. Aqua Deep Gentle AQS18

7:00-7:55pm • Stacey TRX TRXS1

9:15-10:10am • Charles Men On Weights MOWS2



BUNDLE UP YOUR CLASSES WITH 3Applies FORto THE PRICE OF 2 PRICING courses of equal or lesser value. **excludes SUP, and baby-wearing dance)

7:30-8:25pm • Paul Tai Chi TAIS1 7:45-8:55pm • Angela Yoga Yin YOGS1

8:00-8:55pm • Carolyn Pilates (Advanced) PILS4

8:00-8:55pm • Charles Men on Weights MOWS1

8:00-8:45pm • Dylan Aqua H.I.I.T. AQS08

8:00-8:55pm • Wendy Yoga Men’s YOGS6

8:15-9:00pm • Chris R. Aqua Strengthmix AQS16 9:00-9:55pm SUP Abs in Action SUPS3



11:30am-12:25pm Hooping HOOP2 Trish


MONDAY 6:30 to 7:15 AM


The many benefits of working out in a group make it a great choice.

Step Lorayne/ Geoff






Cardio Mix Geoff

H.I.I.T Lorayne

Strength Mix Jojo

Cardio Mix Lorayne

NEW! SPIN Kim 8:45 to 9:40 AM

Cardio Mix Ginette

Cardio Mix Charles


8:00am Cardio Mix Lorayne

20 | 20 | 20 Charles

8:00am Strength Mix Lorayne

Barbell Challenge Jill

Ginette’s Variety

Burn and Tone Ginette

Strength Mix Pam

Barbell Challenge Jill

20 | 20 | 20 Stacey

NEW! 9:15am SPIN Patti/JM

5:45 to 6:40 PM

H.I.I.T Stacey

Cardio Kickbox Charles

H.I.I.T Stacey

Instructor Showcase

10:00am Zumba Karla

NEW! 5:45pm SPIN Jojo


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

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



9:30am Small Group Strength Training, Jill Apr 23, GCSGS1;May 28, GCSGS2 MORNING

10:45am Strong Spines Dylan, Apr 23, GCSSS1 May 28, GCSSS2

10:45 AM

Heart of Gold Jill

Heart of Gold Jake

11:45 AM



12:00 to 12:55 PM

Heart of Gold Plus Ginette

12:00 to 12:55 PM

Gold Yoga, Charles Apr 29, GCYOS1 May 27, GCYOS2

11:15am Gold Aquafit Raymonde, Apr 25, GCAQS3 May 30, GCAQS4

10am Small Group Strength Training, Pam, Apr 26, GCSGS5; May 31, GCSGS6

Heart of Gold Charles

Heart of Gold Darlene

Heart of Gold Ginette




Heart of Gold Plus Ginette

for Heart of Gold classes & Lounge

1:30pm Small Group Strength Training, Jake Apr 25, GCSGS3;May 30, GCSGS4

Add $30.00 per s pecialty program for Spring 2019 Sessions Recurring payment is required to be eligible for these programs. In rare occurences, programs may be cancelled without advance notice in the event of unforseen circumstsances. Please check our website for PD days & holidays: See class descriptions in our Gold Club flyer (on our Program guide page at

FITNESS CENTRE ONLY MEMBERSHIP! ($33.00/ mo. recurring payment) Workout in our bright, welcoming fitness room! Our fitness centre features natural light and an open, inviting space with Paramount weight machines, cardio equipment (including stair climbers, elliptical machines, treadmills, an ergometer rowing machine), a Functional Fitness Trainer from Precor, free weights, body bars, Bosu, Balls, Kettlebells and more.














00 $40 month

Prices do not include HST

Balance, Core & Flexibility Darlene, Apr 25, GCDAS1 May 30, GCDAS2

Gold Aquafit, Raymonde Apr 23, GCAQS1 May 28, GCAQS2

$40/ month ongoing payment $47.25/ month for a one month paid-in-full Gold Club pass. Gold Club includes Heart of Gold 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

FRIDAY 9:45am Heart of Gold Stacey

9:00am Gold Yoga, Eric Apr 24, GCYOS3 May 29, GCYOS4

1:15pm Gold Strength, Balance & Mobility, Wendy Apr 29, GCSBS1 May 27, GCSBS2






00 $33 month


9:30am-10:30am 1:30pm-2:30pm

10:00am-11:00am 1:30pm-2:30pm 8:00pm-9:00pm



Dovercourt is a Heart Wise accredited facility


See class descriptions in our Group Fitness flyer (on our Program guide page at Please check our website for schedule changes due to PD days & holidays:

NEW! 6:45pm SPIN Patti



for Group Fitness classes, Fitness Centre, pool access, 20% off registered fitness programs $16.50 group fitness drop in. Ask about your youth/ young adult pricing

9:00am H.I.I.T Trish 9:45 to 10:40 AM

25 $47 month



You may register for most Dovercourt programs in person, by phone (613-798-8950) or online. Visit and click on Find a Program or Find a Camp. Visa, Visa Debit and MasterCard are accepted online payments.

Refunds & cancellations: please see our website for details: 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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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. HowToRegister



Your program registration helps others who may not be financially able. Last year, our Last Minute Club helped over 50 families participate in programs of all kinds, including camps, fitness and swim lessons.


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) 613-627-2762

McKellar Park Field House 539 Wavell Ave (near Byron)

Van Lang Field House 29 Van Lang Private


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!



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