Evolving our Strategy with Clear Purpose

Allison Seymour

This past Fall the MPCC Board and leadership team embarked on a refresh of the organization’s strategy with a renewed sense of purpose and increased ambitions for growth. The strategic plan is robust and reflective of an organization that has matured and progressed despite an ever complex and challenging external environment and two years of operating through a pandemic. Truly a reflection of Nietzsche’s quote “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”!  The new strategic plan will be shared at our Annual General Meeting on March 23rd and will set the course for the MPCC as we consider new growth opportunities, partnerships and service delivery models. Further, it will support the organization’s continued successful evolution as an employer of choice and thriving volunteer hub in this community. 

An extremely important element to the evolution of the MPCC strategy was an intentional review and consultation on the mission and vision of the organization to ensure it was reflective of the organization it is today and aspires to be for the future. After much thoughtful discussion and debate the team landed on the following brand promise (mission), vision and values.


Our Promise:

The Manor Park Community Council promises to create community connections, foster personal growth  and collectively share fun.

Our Vision:

To be the heartbeat of the community.

Our Values:


Additionally, the team articulated the following statement which reflects Our Approach:

As a community-based not-for-profit, we are responsible to Ottawa residents when delivering our recreational programs, licensed child care and events. This responsibility is demonstrated by meeting community needs with care and enthusiasm. Our greatest strength is our employees and volunteers, whom we treat with dignity and respect. Pride in our community spaces, parks and sports amenities is reflected in the safe and friendly spaces we create. Trust and collaboration are built through open communication. We practice fiscal responsibility.

We are excited to launch the new strategy and build on our successes, learnings and opportunities. We welcome and encourage you to visit our website often, follow us on Instagram (mpcc_official), and/ or join us at an event or for an activity to experience how we bring our purpose, vision and values to life.

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.  Recent on-trend and innovative programs included 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.   Guests are always welcome.


Lana Burpee, Executive Director  lburpee@manorpark.ca

Child Care and Early Learning

Meagan Noonan, Supervisor, Child Care & Early Learning mnoonan@manorpark.ca
Mohammed Cheikhezzein, Assistant Supervisor, Child Care & Early Learning mcheikhezzein@manorpark.ca


Bradley Ackert
Halime Ayata
Kathleen Casselman
Mohamed Cheikhezzein
Zakia Kaddir
Taynikua St-Louis
Susan Mokh
Ndoole Muhima
Fatouma Omar
Jenny Ou
Nadisha Samuels
Aliya Satifa
Gloria Uwamahirwa
Hannah Wade

Day Camps

Stephanie Sears, Supervisor ssears@manorpark.ca
Melanie Proulx
Clara Fraser-Roberts
Jikael Gagnon
Julia Gent
Anna Jack
Nate Kalabric
Sarah Murphy
Otis Zollinger
Felicia Till


Stephanie Sears, Arts Supervisor, ssears@manorpark.ca
Josh Cassidy, Sports Supervisor, jcassidy@manorpark.ca

Cerys Besson, Skating
Stuart Bowden, Baseball
Doug Coughler, Dungeons & Dragons
Ed Deluca, Rink
Henry Dressler, Rink
Clara Fraser-Roberts Baseball
Cate Hachigian, Pilates
Louise Hannant, Adult Fitness, Heart Wise
Laurie Hemmings, Watercolour Painting, Drawing
Jordan Inglis, Soccer, Baseball
Dylan Jones, Multi-Sport, Skating
Nina LePage, Adult Fitness, Yoga
Tonya Marr, Adult Fitness
Chelsea Passmore, Fitness
Michelle Ruel, Ottawa Cares
Eric Satura, Rink
Mathieu Sincennes, Rink
Gloria Uwamahiwa, Soccer
Vuk Vukajlovic, Rink 
Hannah Wade, Skating
Lindsay Watson, Acyrlic Painting, Drawing
Antonia Weetman, Acrylic Painting, Collage
Otis Zollinger, Soccer


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

The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) strives to give people with disabilities the same opportunities to access and benefit from our services as others, and to provide services while respecting their dignity and independence. For our policies or to tell us how we are doing:

Community Centre Office: 100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4Y1  613-741-4776
Child Care and Early Learning Office: 100 Braemar Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 3C9 613-741-4776