Community built by people begins with a sense of place
A home town, high school or university, or a favourite family vacation-spot evoke special feelings and strong memories. At the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC), we are committed to helping build community and our special place is the Manor Park Community Centre, its surrounding sports fields, play structures and skating rink.
We use our space to bring together people across generations, interests, and cultures.
This summer, nearly 600 children attended summer days camps. They created memories while running around on the sports fields, cooled off in the splash pad, and hanging out on the grass under the trees. Counsellors -- local young people some of whom were our campers themselves -- high school teens and youth volunteers, made this magic happen. For some staff, this is their own first camp experience and they will always remember where it happened. My eldest son volunteered for a few weeks of MPCC camps this year, leaving the house enthusiastically to be at ‘work’ for 8am, and coming home with new connections, stories, and great experiences.
The launch of Ottawa’s first flag rugby league at MPCC brought together hundred of players and their families for an amazing festival. The league is a way to link various rugby organizations around a common goal of sharing their passion for the sport and team building. This innovative programming may serve as a provincial and national template for sport. (Now that’s building a big community!)
Community events, like Rock the Block and the Skating Party, are held outdoors on the sports fields. Free admission makes them accessible to everyone. Local businesses and not-for-profit organizations are part of our community and we celebrate the opportunity to welcome them. Additionally, this year we hosted our first-ever Pints in the Park, which I unfortunately had to miss; I understand that it was a great success, with about 600 people dropping by through the afternoon.
The MPCC Opportunity Fund was launched in the spring to pool voluntary donations that can make recreation possible for those facing financial barriers. Children, who otherwise may not have been able to, attended spring sports programs and summer camp. This fall the goal will be to support senior adults in arts and fitness programming. Serving a community with one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country, and a large population of people 65+, means ensuring we include them so that they have a sense of belonging and can fully participate. Please donate to The Opportunity Fund.
Together, the Community Centre and its surrounding sports fields and parks form the hub of our community. We gather here for events, meetings, and to share experiences. We paint park benches, plant out flower beds (thank you Sparks!), pick up litter, shovel snow, flood skating rinks, and help improve recreational infrastructure. We are proud of our community hub and we need to protect and invest in our special place, so that it is here for families and neighbours to enjoy for years to come.
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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!
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.
Summer Day Camps
Well-known and extremely popular in the community, our half-day summer camps offer current themes such as ‘Astonishing Animals', 'Active Adventures', 'Garden Gastronomy', and 'Urban Farming'.
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).
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
Nancy Carisse, Manager, Child Care and Early Learning email@example.com
Meagan Noonan, Supervisor, Child Care and Early Learning firstname.lastname@example.org
Charmaine Harrison-Farquharson, Coordinator, Child Care and Early Learnng email@example.com
Summer Day Camps
Stephanie Sears, Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart Bowden, Baseball
Liam Buck, Baseball,
Stephanie Chin, Flag Rugby
Caitlin Crichton, Soccer
Ted Donaldson, Baseball
Nathalie Gagnon, Yoga
Zoe Gardiner, Soccer
Louise Hannant, Adult Fitness, Heart Wise
Dylan Jones, Baseball
Laurie Hemmings, Watercolour Painting
Nina LePage, Gluten-free baking, Adult Fitness
Michael Markov, Heart Wise
Julie McInnes, Cooking
Cheryl Moreau, Adult Fitness
Max Morvan, Chess
Sonny Raina, Flag Rugby
Rebeca Rondon, Yoga
Christian Sargusingh, Soccer
Jakob Spink, Soccer
Marianne van derJagt, Gluten-free baking
Vuk Vukajlovic, Soccer
Lindsay Watson, Art
Sophie Bifield, Cake Decorating
Deb Abbott, Warm Hearts Lunch Club
Natalie Belovic, Real Estate Talks
Christine Bloch, Knitting Circle
Matt McKechnie, Gardening
Sheila McMillan, Manor Park Strings
Jennifer McMullen, Sew Amazing Sundays
Marianne van derJagt, Knitting Circle
Rink Volunteers of the Year
Team of Rink Volunteers