The power of a plan.
There is an expression I’ve heard various times over my career - “if you don’t know where you are going then any road will take you there”.
2020 marks the final year of the MPCC’s current strategic plan which was launched in 2017. In my professional experience setting a strategy that enables the organization towards its vision and supports its mission is critical as it provides a roadmap to achieving goals and provides a framework for decision making as the environment shifts and as changes that are out of your control inevitably happen. 2020 certainly marked a year of “out of our control change” that challenged the MPCC across all facets of its organization and yet, as we prepared for our Annual General Meeting and I reflected on the strategic priorities set out in the plan I am very proud of how the MPCC team was able to pivot and respond to the crisis in support of the community and still advance critical priorities. They stayed focused, they engaged with the community and partners, and they thought “out of the box” to find new ways to support the community during these challenging times.
The three priorities in the MPCC strategic plan are as follows along with key highlights and accomplishments.
Organizational Excellence. Central to this priority was to continue to build financial resilience and a talented and engaged team of staff and volunteers to support our desired growth in programming. COVID19 hit the MPCC hard financially with an 86% decline in programming revenue. Fortunately, our healthy financial position going into the crisis along with various government programs and grants this past year allowed us to continue to operate subsidizing the cost of much of our programming. We were also able to keep our leadership team in place and they provided the continuity, compassion and creativity needed to navigate the crisis.
Participation and Programming. Our focus in this priority was growth. In 2017 we set out to broaden our programming and increase participation to engage new segments (older adults, youth) and scale our outreach within Manor Park and surrounding communities. The crisis saw us shutdown all our physical programming, but it opened new “virtual doors” and online programs that will help the MPCC evolve over the long term. The team’s ability to reimagine recreation and community support in a “socially distant” world and in lock down has been relentless! And in stepping up to meet the needs of a community in crisis the MPCC moved into new areas of social programming with Ottawa Cares, which we hope to do more of as we consider a new strategy.
Outreach and Engagement. Tightly connected to the previous priorities our focus here was to strengthen our ecosystem of volunteers and partners and this priority was amplified through our response to COIVD19. This past year we saw record numbers of volunteers step up and help out with new community outreach programs and volunteer their time and talent to offer virtual programs. We continue to need volunteers for our Board of Directors and looking forward this will be a focus as we’d like to increase our diversity and expertise. Our partnerships have also expanded as the MPCC came together with other community organizations to meet critical needs. The crisis has spotlighted the major cracks in our social supports and in responding to these we are learning and building new capabilities and networks.
This past year demonstrated why organizations like the MPCC matter. How they can help a community in crisis, bring partners together to foster change, weave a strong social fabric, provide leadership on community safety and support, and most importantly be a compassionate and caring employer and volunteer base. We will build on these foundational strengths and engage with the community welcoming your insights and ideas as we refresh our strategic plan and priorities in the coming year.
The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) endeavours to provide opportunities for members of the community and beyond to develop their minds, bodies, and community spirit. MPCC is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing recreational programs, and now licensed child care, in Manor Park for more than 35 years. We draw on an impressive group of local volunteers and employees and are well connected with many local businesses and organizations. A volunteer Board of Directors guides an excellent committed staff who range from full-time employees to sport- or program-specific part-time employees.
MPCC offers a wide variety of year-round programming. Our core programs consist of:
Before- and After-School in Manor Park
MPCC is a licensed third-party provider for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Students from kindergarten to grade 6 enjoy games, sports and free-play, as well as specialized art activities. Programming generally follows the OCDSB calendar. Families are served through flexible registration options and fee subsidies.
Manor Park Playschool
Experienced instructors provides preschoolers with the best 'preparation for kindergarten' -- in a warm and caring environment. Laugh, learn and play! Now, licensed child care.
Nutrition Break Arts
Our roster of exciting activities, these lunchtime programs offer engaging activities such as chess, gardening, science, or cooking to students at Manor Park Public School during nutrition breaks.
Sports and fitness
MPCC offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and activities for children 4+ to adult. On-trend and innovative programs include flag rugby Sevens, and Heart Wise fitness.
Workshops, sessional fine arts, drama, Health & well-being, cooking, sewing and knitting -- the selection of arts programs satisfies every interest.
Summer Day Camps
Well-known and well-loved. Our summer day camps are very popular and are known to sell out quickly. Incredible, qualified and vaccinated staff make the magic happen. Expect fun in the large sports fields, lots of outdoor play, organized and free exploration activities, arts, crafts, music, nature, creativity and more. Our camps follow all Covid-19 guidance set by Ottawa Public Health. Click here for more information.
Special community events
MPCC organizes a number of community- and family-oriented free events of the year, including 'Pints in the Park' (July); ‘Rock the Block’ (September); ‘Skating Party & Chili Cook-off’ (February) , and the Ottawa Marathon Hydration Station (May). Throughout the year, speaks at Manor Park Talks share their expertise and stories.
The MPCC recognizes and thanks the City of Ottawa for the mandate and Renewable Recreation Funding grant. Programs are financed on a cost recovery basis by fees, grants and donations.
Community volunteers are an essential part of a livable and vibrant community. The Board of Directors meets every fourth Wednesday (September-June) at 7pm in the Manor Park Community Centre. Guests are always welcome.
Lana Burpee, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Care and Early Learning
Summer Day Camps
Stephanie Sears, Supervisor email@example.com
Cerys Besson, Skating
Doug Coughler, Dungeons & Dragons
Ed Deluca, Rink
Henry Dressler, Rink
Louise Hannant, Adult Fitness, Heart Wise
Laurie Hemmings, Watercolour Painting, Drawing
Dylan Jones, Multi-Sport, Skating
Nina LePage, Adult Fitness, Yoga
Tonya Marr, Adult Fitness
Michelle Ruel, Ottawa Cares
Eric Satura, Rink
Mathieu Sincennes, Rink
Vuk Vukajlovic, Rink
Hannah Wade, Skating
Lindsay Watson, Acyrlic Painting, Drawing
Antonia Weetman, Acrylic Painting, Collage
Christine Bloch, Knitting Circle
Sheila McMillan, Manor Park Strings
Jennifer McMullen, Sew Amazing Sundays
Marianne van derJagt, Knitting Circle
Martin Zollinger, Ergonomics Discussion
Gary Goodacre, National Gallery of Canada