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Adult Fitness
Manor Park Art Sale
Adult Art Classes
Adult Craft
Adult Special Interest
Home Buyers & Real Estate Series
Manor Park Strings
Adult Workshops
Manor Park Talks

Adult Fitness

Cheat Day with THE WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro!

Registration is now open for the Fall / Winter fitness session with the MPCC and we have some great news!

Register for any MPCC fitness session starting between November 18, 2019 and Febuary 8, 2020 and recieve a coupon for a free Tower-O-Rings appetizer from THE WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro! (Limit of one coupon per person).

Introducing - the Fitness MultiPass!

Introducing the Fitness MultiPass from the Manor Park Community Council!

Busy week? Travelling for work? Not sure if you can commit to signing up for a full session?

The 5 or 10 class Fitness MultiPass gives you the freedom and flexibility to register for MPCC fitness classes around your busy schedule.

Redeeming your Fitness MultiPass to attend MPCC fitness programs is easy! Simply register ahead of the class as a drop in participant and your MultiPass will be automatically redeemed! For more information on how to redeem your MultiPass visit manorpark.ca/multipass.

5 class multipass - $60
10 class multipass - $115

Purchase online or in person at the Manor Park Community Centre.

Eligibile Classes:
Yin Yoga
Hatha Yoga
Mens Core Fitness
Women's St Columba Bootcamp Series
Party HEARTy 
Baby & Me

Sorry, not eligible for Salsa Tots or Stay Strong & Stable classes.

St Columba Bootcamp Series (For Women)

Fall session starts September 16!

The class focuses on high intensity intervals that offer a mix of cardio, core and weight exercises. Class formats are mixed up to keep you on your toes and to help everyone stay motivated towards their fitness goals. Intervals are time based to allow you to go at your pace, and all exercises offer adaptations so that everyone can feel comfortable. All levels are welcome to participate.

Instructor: Cheryl Moreau, Canfitpro certified personal trainer 

Lower Hall - Church of St Columba 
6:15 - 7:00 a.m.
$90 - 10 week session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register Online

Lower Hall - Church of St Columba
6:15 - 7:00 a.m.
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register Online

Lower Hall - Church of St Columba
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible

Looking for that extra challenge? Take advantage of discounted rates if you sign up for 2 or more morning classes. Simply add the classes into your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

9-week session rates:

1 class / week - $90

2 classes / week - $157.50

3 classes / week - $202.50

Core and Full Body Workout (For Men)

Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey, or you are looking to build on past progress -- this class has something for everyone! Instructor Louise Hannant's personalized approach to group fitness will have everyone hitting their fitness goals.

Classes start with a 15 minute warm-up with high intensity intervals (HIIT), followed by balance and strength exercises for the whole body. You'll do squats, push-ups, planks, side planks and much more. The hour ends with a thorough stretch and time for mindful relaxation.

By focusing on the deep core muscles, you gain the strength and stability needed to support and protect your body during physical activity. Proper training of the core provides better posture and balance while supporting our joints and spine. 

Mats, gliders, therabands, small balls, stability balls, and music provided.

Instructor: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer              

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Manor Park Public School Small Gym
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register online

Yin Yoga

Ring in the New Year with the MPCC through a blend of yoga, meditation and essential oils. Yin yoga is the practice of stillness. Instructor Nathalie Gagnon will guide participants through a series of poses that are gently held for 3-5 minutes, allowing you to let go and connect to your body. As you stretch and reflect calming essential oils will be diffused to further allow for the ability to feel yourself present and steady.

This class is open to all skill levels. 

Instructor: Nathalie Gagnon

4:30 - 5:30 PM
Manor Park Community Centre
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register online

Hatha Yoga

This is a classical Hatha flow class for all levels. You will stretch, unwind and use different breathing exercises as well as a nice relaxating cool down. Its a great way to unwind after a good a long week. 

Instructors: Rebeca Rondon and Nina LePage 
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Manor Park Community Centre
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible

Heart Wise Programs

Programs displaying this Heart Wise symbol are accredited by the uOttawa Heart Institute.  At Heart Wise programs, participants are assured that the programs meet strict criteria, provide excellent exercise for the heart, are safe to do, promote longevity -- and contribute to an active (and healthy) lifestyle.

Party HEARTy 

The most fun you can have while getting your heart rate up! A program of dance aerobics to upbeat Latin music makes every class a party.
Dance elements from cha-cha, rhumba, tango -- but participants don't need to know how to dance! No partners needed.  No experience needed.  It's easy! Shouldn't everyone dance in the afternoon?

Instructor:  Michael Markov 

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Manor Park Community Centre
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register online

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Manor Park Community Centre
$90 per 9-class session
​$15 Drop-In or MultiPass Eligible
Register online

Stay Strong and Stable

This class for adults is strength and stability training in a fun atmosphere. A great introduction to exercises that strengthen the legs and work on balance. This training can add years of independent living while in good health, and the opportunity to manage chronic conditions. Participants will learn how to stay safe by preventing falls.  

Instructors: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
                   Nina LePage, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Manor Park Community Centre
$60 per 9-week session
$10 Drop-In
Register online.

11:30 - 12:30 PM
Manor Park Community Centre
$60 per 9-class session
$10 Drop-In
Register online

Manor Park Art Sale

Now Accepting applications for 2020 display.

Art created by local artists - and we have alot of talent around Manor Park - will be proudly displayed in the entrance of the Manor Park Community Centre. Great viewing for residents and visitors, but best of all, pieces will be available for purchase!

Artists wishing to have their pieces considered must apply.

To apply, submit via email to ssears@manorpark.ca the following:

  • high quality .jpg or .png file of art work
  • artist's name
  • contact information
  • brief biography
  • artist's statement (200 words maximum)
  • title of the work
  • year
  • medium
  • exact size (including frame, if applicable) and
  • price

All mediums accepted for consideration (photography, painting, mixed media, textile, sculpture, etc...)

Artwork sale transactions will be through the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) online system 'Amilia', and 20% of the selling price will be taken by the MPCC as commission. Revenue generated will support recreation programs for residents in financial need through The Opportunity Fund.

Unsold artwork will be returned to the artist after a period of approximately 6 months. Artwork that has been sold will be available to the buyer for pick-up no later than the end of the 6 month-term that works will be on display. Amateurs and professionals are welcome to submit their work for consideration. Only those whose work is selected for display will be contacted.


Helen Wright
Blueberry Downs
Resin, acrylic and pigment
32 x 24

I was born in a small village in England called Marple Bridge.
I've been living in Canada for twenty three years.

I've loved art for as long as I can remember...always creating something!
My passion for resin began three years ago, it's a perfect blend of glass and colour.
I love pouring resin, the movement is slow but purposeful.
I watch how the colours and resin flow together to become a beautiful piece of art.
The medium is alive but only for a short while....then stops, frozen in time!

Martha Nixon
Mixed media on wood
38 x 70

Martha's love of making art began with a trip to the Haliburton School of Arts during the first week of being free from her work as a public servent in 2003. Her studies continued at the Ottawa School of Art, Mixed Media workshops and classes. Martha's work can be fund in private collections and is available at the Galerie Old Chelsea, QC, and at Urban Ottawa on Beechwood Ave. Martha's work features her love of colour, texture and layers of transparent paint that often reveals what is in the background. Most often her work is abstract and shows how emotion can find its way to a canvas.

Teresa Rozkiewicz
Joyful Bouquet of Flowers
Acrylic on canvas
39 x 27

Teresa is a Venezuelan-Canadian artist. Although she has a Master in International Relations from France and worked in development in Venezuela and Canada, her true passion, art, started during her university years and blossomed when she first lived in Japan. Her time spent there in the mid-nineties allowed her to experience the essence of the Japanese aesthetic and changed her life.

Although mostly a self-taught artist, Teresa spent a year studying papermaking techniques in Japan and then back in Canada followed studies for one year at the Ottawa School of Art. Her pieces are structured in a series of layers and read through texture. The artist’s work includes multiple layers of paint through which images appear tracing back in her memory. The washi paper, metal, photography and recycled everyday objects she uses give richness to her works, which are often reinforced with a photographic or text narrative. “My work is an interpretation of my new surroundings, new contexts, and new circumstances”.

Casey Callahan
Purity of Peru
Acrylic on canvas
12.5 x 10.75

Yes, I'm a Baby Boomer. And I was raised strictly by military and religious influences as we moved to a new Canadian town every six years. As a child, I lived very near Manor Park on two occasions and it still resonates with me.   I studied language and adminstration for employment, and worked in health and social services, later becoming a teacher.   
A dreamy child, I soon escaped into my own softer world of a visual appreciation of simple things. 
Colour---always colour, and moments refined by nature or human quirkiness inspire me to take up the challenge on canvass or paper.  This journey has continued over the last twenty years.  My greatest schooling is my own observation and I have only graced the art course scene a few times.  Often the observation comes from a scene in another country where I am artistically ripe to "see in a new way."

Adult Art Classes

Artist's Pocket Course: Figure Drawing - with Lindsay Watson

Put figure drawing in your pocket! Explore the skills needed for accurate and expressive figure drawing, including proportions and gesture drawings. Live models will be used for two sessions. All skill levels welcome.

November 11 - December 2, 2019
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Register online

Watercolour Painting - with Laurie Hemmings

Laurie's classes have gathered a large and loyal following of artists -- and are known to sell-out! Join them and learn from a master. Classes  are on Saturday mornings in the newly renovated Manor Park Community Centre. Individual style is encouraged with lots of one-on-one instruction. Specific lessons will be discussed in the first session. All skill levels welcome. Supplies not included. 

Instructor: Laurie Hemmings, OWS.  Laurie has painted in watercolour for the last 35 years and has taught art to the local Ottawa community for 30 years. Winner of president’s, Jurors’ and Public Choice awards at juried exhibits with the Ottawa watercolour Society and Arteast, Laurie was also represented by Galerie d’Art Nicholas Art Gallery from 1982 to 1997.  Now representing herself, Laurie enjoys painting rural landscape and animal subject matter. 

January 18 - March 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration coming soon!

January - March, 2019
April - June, 2019
September - November, 2019

Artist’s Pocket Course: Portraiture - with Lindsay Watson, BFA

Put portraits in your pocket! Explore the skills needed for accurate and expressive portraiture, including   facial proportions, shading, and front, 3 /4, and profile views.

January 27 - February 24, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Registration coming soon!

January - February 2019

Acrylic Painting - with Lindsay Watson

Get the most out of your acrylics! Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing, composition, and paint application while exploring traditional and non-traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits, and abstraction. All skill levels welcome.

January 29 - March 25, 2020
9:30 - 12:00 PM
Registration coming soon!

October - November 2019

Artist’s Pocket Course: Pastels - with Lindsay Watson, BFA

Pastels, the most underrated of all art supplies. Put pastels in your pocket! Learn how to render, shade and blend your chalk pastels while exploring different drawing subjects, such as landscape and still-life.

March 23 - April 20, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Registration coming soon!

February - March 2019

Artist's Pocket Course: Drawing Fundamentals - with Lindsay Watson

Put drawing in your pocket! Learn tricks to draw accurately and expressively, including sketching, shading and rendering. All skill levels welcome.

September - October 2019

Mommy & Me Art - with Lindsay Watson, BFA

At home with your little one? Want to learn a new skill while introducing your budding artist to their creative side? Join us in the exploration of painting, drawing and sculpture!  All materials provided. All materials are non-toxic and child safe.
All ages of babies and toddlers are welcome. Lindsay will make the appropriate accommodations for all ages.

April - May 2019

Intro to Acrylics – Part Two - with Lindsay Watson, BFA

This class is a continuation from the prior 8 weeks - but not to worry if you didn’t attend. All are welcome in this introductory session. There are no prerequisites.
Get the most out of your acrylics! Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing, composition, and paint application while exploring traditional and non-traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits, and abstraction.  All skill levels welcome. Supplies not included.

April - May 2019

Calligraphy & Handlettering - with Laurie Hemmings

Learn the skills needed to create beautiful calligraphy and handlettering. Calligraphy and handlettering are trendy and fun ways to add that personal touch you've been looking for to cards, gift tags, place cards and more! Spice up your instagram or personalized thank you cards with beautiful handwritten quotes and affirmations. A 4 week course for anyone wanting to learn the basics and hone their skills. All skill levels welcome!
March - April 2019

Intro to Acrylics - Part One - with Lindsay Watson,BFA

Get the most out of your acrylics! Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing, composition, and paint application while exploring traditional and non-traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits, and abstraction.  All skill levels welcome.
Janurary - March 2019


Adult Craft

Sew Amazing Sundays

This group of sewists will meet every other Sunday at the Manor Park Community Center to work on, and assist each other with, various projects and skills. Need somewhere to sew with likeminded individuals? Need some assistance with a difficult pattern? Join the group and share your love of fabric hoarding, project starting and the immense gratification that finishing the perfect project brings!

Every other Sunday
September 15 - December 22, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 PM
100 Thornwood Road, Manor Park Community Center
$7 per open-sew session
Or $40 for the session
Register Online

The Manor Park Knitting Circle

Have a project you're working on? Need help getting something started or learning a new stitch? Say 'hello' to Manor Park's new Knitting Circle.

Join Marianne van derJagt & Christine Bloch for a weekly social knitting club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Light refreshments from local businesses will be provided for your enjoyment.

Attending is free! But a small weekly donation to The Opportunity Fund is welcomed.

October 3 - December 19, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Weekly donation suggested

Hand Lettered Wooden Sign with Crafted Together Co.

Enjoy a great night learning the basics of faux calligraphy and creating your very own hand lettered wood sign. All materials are included, with a workbook to take home! During this 3 hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of modern and faux calligraphy, learn tips on connecting letters, and practice some simple doodles. There are no stencils involved as you will learn the basics needed to hand-letter the sign all on your own!

"Caroline and Sam started Crafted Together co. in October 2016. Since then they have grown their small business creating wood signs for all occasions, attending various craft markets and offering workshops to the community. They are always up for a creative challenge and invite collaboration with others."
October 2019

Log Cabin Market Tote Bag: a Workshop

Join experienced teacher and sewist, Ingrid Fish, as she walks you through the proper steps to creating this timeless tote bag with built in 'log cabin' design.

The 'log cabin' is a classic pattern that every sewist should learn! Sewists will walk away with a sturdy tote bag, perfect for carrying your groceries or all of life’s bits and pieces.

Workshop is 2 sessions, bi-weekly. Supplies not included. Sewing machine required.
February 2019

Special Interests

Zero Waste Solutions for Every Lifestyle

How to shift your day to day habits to live a more plastic-free and sustainable life!

Ever wonder how to break up with plastics? Want to reduce your family’s eco-footprint? Its easier than you think.

Join Eugenie Waters as she takes you through her best tips and tricks on how to cut down on your family’s waste.

Come hungry to enjoy some local, waste free lunch and coffee!
October 2019

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

How it works:
The Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
June 26 2019

Home Buyers and Real Estate Series

In partnership with Natalie Belovic

Do you stay or do you go? Considering Downsizing.
March 6 2019
Explore different scenarios related to the decision to move. What does downsizing really look like from a physical and financial perspective? What kinds of supports exist for those wishing to age at home? Should you consider a reverse mortgage to create cash flow?

Love It or List It: renovate or move?
March 20 2019
This session will explore the pros and cons of undertaking major and minor renovations of your home. A panel of experts will discuss design, costing, time frames, the inconveniences of renovating, and of course, return on investment. Even if you are thinking of selling, upgrading your property prior to putting it on the market puts more money into your pocket -- and results in a quicker, easier sale. 

Buying 101
March 27 2019

If you are thinking about buying your first home, these two interactive hours will be well worth your investment. Learn the role of the Realtor and how they should benefit you, get a sense of the Ottawa market as a whole and what you can expect in different communities.
Investment Real Estate
April 10, 2019

Thinking of adding real estate to your investment portfolio? Learn the different types of real estate available for you to buy -- and the pros and cons of each style of property.

Manor Park Strings

Manor Park Strings will be hosting their Second Annual Christmas Concert this December at St. Columba Church.

December 8, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 PM - with refreshments and socializing to follow
At St. Columba Church
24 Sandridge Road

Manor Park's chamber orchestra is looking for people who play violin, viola, cello and bass. United by their enjoyment of learning and playing a classical repertoire, this group meets bi-weekly at the Manor Park Community Centre for guided rehearsals. Brigitte Amyot (Masters in Chamber Music, University of Ottawa), directs the group and guides with years of expertise.

New players welcome. Approximately Grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music or Suzuki Book 4 levels are recommended.

The musicians meet every second Sunday from 6:15 – 8:15pm, starting September 8th 2019 at the Manor Park Community Centre.

The conductor will quickly assess each participants playing level to be sure the group is right fit - this is not an audition.

New session will begin on January 12, 2020. 


Register Online

Adult Workshops

Mood Moss Holiday Wreath Workshop

Create a gorgeous, all natural, holiday wreath. Workshop lead by the experienced staff from Mood Moss Flowers. Participants will learn how to create a natural wreath perfect for any door or occasion. All skill levels welcome. All supplies included.

One registration per person. All organic materials. No synthetics. All supplies included.

November 21, 2019
6:30 -8:30pm
Register Online

Holiday Cupcake Toppers

In this 2 hour workshop, step-by-step, you will learn how to create edible snowmen, polar bears and penguin cupcake topper by following a simple process. Each participant will leave with 4 professional looking cupcakes. This course is designed for all levels. No experience necessary, even the newest of beginners will go home with professional looking toppers! All supplies included.

Instructor, Sophie Bifield
"Sophie is an internationally recognized cake designer, who discovered the sweet art of cake design when the search for her own wedding cake ended in disappointment. Sophie has been designing and delivering cakes around the globe since 2010 and has since been featured in various high-profile blogs and magazines. Trained by some of the most prestigious cake designers in the country, Sophie brings a combination of education, natural artistic talent and a meticulous eye for detail and colour to every cake she creates. Inspired by the endless possibilities of the edible arts, Sophie works with her clients to bring their visions to cake to life. While Sophie now only takes on a select number of custom cakes each year, she continues to teach her creations both online and in person."

December 5, 2019
6:30 - 8:30pm
Register Online

Mood Moss Thanksgiving Centerpiece

This fall we welcome Mood Moss Flowers to lead a workshop which will teach the fundamentals of flower arrangement. Participants will learn how to create a gorgeous centerpiece perfect for a Thanksgiving table or simply to enjoy at home. All skill levels welcome.

One registration per person. All organic materials. No synthetics. All supplies included.
October 2019

Gluten Free Baking Workshop

Join experienced and knowledgeable local bakers, Nina LaPage and Marianne van derJagt this January for a new Gluten Free Baking Workshop. Learnjoy of gluten-free baking and the varieties of flours involved in making perfectly delicious baked goods (every time!). No more grit or sawdust textures. Learn to bake fresh, quick and yeasted breads for yourself or those who are gluten intolerant in your life. Delicious samples included.

Leave with knowledge, recipes, ideas and small baked goods to share at home! Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Manor Park Community Centre.

Quick & Yeasted Breads
January 24 2019

Sweet & Savoury Tarts & Pies
March 21 2019

Seed Crackers & Healthy Snacks
May 23, 2019

Warm Hearts Lunch Club

Fill your tummy and the food bank! Chef Deb Abbott, known in the Ottawa community for her generous heart and delicious food, will be leading some tantalizing workshops this winter at Manor Park.

Participants will learn how to and help prepare a delicious meal, then sit down with their fellow participants to enjoy a beautiful lunch! Participants will leave knowing that they’ve also helped their
community because a second portion of the meal will be donated to the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Center’s Food Bank or High Jinx, a social enterprise.

All ages and skill levels welcome. The Warm Hearts Lunch Club meets on Tuesdays, 10:30am - 12:30pm, at the Manor Park Community Centre.  $30 per workshop.

Warm Moroccan Dish with Winter Citrus Salad
January 15, 2019

Open Your Heart to High Jinx - Coq Au Vin & Decadent Chocolate Fudge
February 12, 2019

Hearty Winter Stew with Nappa Cabbage Salad
February 26, 2019

Lemon Parmasan Chicken Picatta with Warm Quinoa Salad
March 19, 2019

Dairy Free Salmon Chowder with Big Batch Dinner Rolls
April 2, 2019

Guest Chef, Deb Abbot
Love People. Cook them tasty food.

"A little about me! My name is Deb (Deborah) Abbott and I love to cook, but especially I love to cook with the local ingredients that are available to us in the Ottawa area.  I’ve been cooking since I was 5 with my English grandmother.  Each week she would take me to shop for our family’s food – usually to the Parkdale Market for our vegetables and fruit, or to a neighbourhood farmer. Our meat came from the local butcher in Westboro who sourced his meats from local farmers and our other staples came from the IGA store in Westboro. We would bring everything home in our little buggy. Every fall we would put root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, potatoes into our root cellar and we would pickle beets, cucumbers, preserve fruits, make jams and get ready for a long winter.   

Over the years I’ve taken some hands on cooking classes here and there; and I’ve also taken food safety classes to make sure I don’t harm anyone when I’m making my preserves.  I also have my Food Handling Certificate. We love to entertain and I love to feed people - nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing good food with friends and neighbours.  I’m also proud to say that some of my recipes have won awards in local cooking competitions; and I’ve been featured on several occasions in the National Post Gastropost weekly section.  I often visit our local producers' farms, orchards and gardens to learn more about how our food is harvested and raised. Many of these producers are now my friends; we share a common bond of our love of food.  I am inspired to create and prepare meals by the four seasons we experience in Eastern Ontario. I am also most proud to say that I was featured in Edible Ottawa Magazine."

Easter Bunny Cake Topper Workshop

Learn how to make this EDIBLE, plush-like Easter bunny!!! In this 1.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make this bunny by following a simple step-by-step process. The techniques learned will be transferable to many other cake toppers, so be prepared to go on to impress your friends and family with your cake topping skills. This bunny is the perfect addition to a birthday or celebration cake - or as a centre piece for your Easter table.
April 2019

Essential Oils: Super Woman Blend and Calming Lavender Bath Salts

Join us for a hands-on workshop creating two special aromatherapy products. The Superwoman blend will celebrate your unique beautiful self. We will also make a spa lavender bath salt blend. You will leave with one essential oil-filled rollerball and a personal-sized package of calming lavender bath salts. Supplies included.

May 2019

Essential Oils: Cold & Flu and Cheerful Sunshine Blend

Join us for a hands-on workshop making two essential oil roller ball recipes. We will make a Cold & Flu supportive blend and a Cheerful Sunshine blend. You will leave with two essential oil rollerballs to promote wellness and healing. Supplies included.
January 14, 2019

Flower Nite at Manor Park

Learn how to create a beautiful, fresh and modern floral arrangement! Local floral artists -- Flower Nite -- will teach you to built the perfect arrangement to give as a gift or for the perfect table centerpiece. Bring your friends and try something new. Leave with your very own beautiful and colourful arrangement. Supplies included.
February 12, 2019

Terrarium Workshop

Join us for our first Terrarium Workshop! Leave with your very own, living, breathing terrarium -- and the knowledge to care for it. Supplies included.
March 2019

Kokedama Workshop

A Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered with beautiful, soft, moss, on which a living, ornamental plant grows. The method originates in Japan. Leave this workshop with your very own, living, breathing kokedama -- and the knowledge to care for it. 
May 2019

Manor Park Talks

Do you have a story to tell?
The MPCC is looking for people from all walks of life wanting to share their stories. Storytelling predates writing. It brings people together. It is a means of entertainment, cultural expression, education and can teach lessons or moral values. Celebrate storytelling in 2020 with us at the Manor Park Community Centre.

We want to hear your story! Silly, sad, heartfelt, passionate, heartbreaking and everything in between.
Contact ssears@manorpark.ca for criteria and availability.

Information and opinions expressed by speakers at Manor Park Talks or at workshops are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Manor Park Community Council. 

How to Raise Your Game on Public Speaking

with Asokan Thurairajah

Asokan has been a public speaker since childhood - participating in speech competitions, being part of debating clubs, being involved in social committees, etc. A Toastmaster for over 13 years, Asokan has mentored many adults with their public speaking development journey. Through Toastmasters and self development techniques, he has developed a system that supports rapid growth of an individual's public speaking talent.

This talk will help listeners to identify roadblocks in their public speaking and help them to find tools and strategies to overcome them.
November 13, 2018

Mulling wine for the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching! There is a crispness in the air! Join Genevieve & Jodi to learn about mulling warm and flavourful wines for the holidays. Find out which wines to pair with traditional holiday meals -- and the best wines for gifting, entertaining and mulling! Genevieve discusses pairing, and Jodi will walk listeners through the proper process in which to mull a rich and flavourful holiday wine, using an array of spices sourced from her own small business, Cardamom and Cloves. An evening of delectable scents and flavours.

Genevieve Brisson is a Sommelier at Soif Bar au Vin in Gatineau, Quebec.  Jodi Samis is owner of Cardamon & Cloves (cardamomandcloves.ca or on Instagram: @cardamom_and_cloves).
December 11, 2018

Reducing Inflammation for Lifelong Health and Vitality

with Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

Give yourself an inspiring start to the new year! Louise Hannant is a fitness and wellness professional. She will share her knowledge about controlling inflammation for lifelong health and the evidence that inflammation contributes to degerative diseases.

Could inflammation be causing your achy joints or swollen feet? Is it wreaking havoc on your internal organs? Learn behavioural tweaks that can help you reduce your risk for inlammation.
January 8, 2019

A Whole Approach to Weight Loss

with Heather Scott, Lap Band Coach

This new year, join Heather Scott as she discusses the “3 pillars of weight loss” - thought process, habits and nutrition, in an interactive discussion.

Heather has her own “Step By Step Weight Loss Program” which seeks to assist those who need help with their weight loss approach, leading them to a healthier more active life.
“I lost all of my extra weight (about 75 pounds!) and have kept it off! After being heavy since a child, I chose to have the lap band surgery after having kids. I soon found out though after reaching a weight loss plateau, that going through weight loss surgery is not a magic wand. I self discovered through research and trial & error what is needed to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight. Through this I’ve created unique methodology for weight loss that has helped many individuals.”
Heather holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in medical devices and is well versed in different weight loss surgeries, mainstream weight loss programs and new research on weight loss and weight gain.
January 15, 2019

Ways of Looking at Art: A presentation by Gary Goodacre, Chief of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada

Think you need to be an expert to understand art?  You are better at interpreting art then you might think!  Join us for a fun and interactive session where you will learn about different masterpieces in your national collection, and the different ways to look at diverse types of art.
April 9, 2019

Self Regulation, Calming Techniques & Essential Oils for Children

with Nathalie Gagnon

Parents, educators and health care professionals are increasingly interested in strategies to promote self-regulation in children. Speech pathologist, Nathalie Gagnon, will review the 'Zones of Regulation', breathing techniques and strategies used by professionals in her field.
April 30, 2019

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy for Healing & Wellness

with Nathalie Gagnon

Essential oils are reputed to enhance wellness. Local yoga instructor and wellness facilitator, Nathalie Gagnon, will share information regarding the use of essential oils to enhance wellness. She will explore the benefits of 10 different essential oils, where they come from, practical application, use and highlight how these oils can benefit your health and well-being. 


Gauguin: Portraits, a presentation by Gary Goodacre, Chief of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada

This discussion will focus on and compliment the coming Gauguin exhibit which will be on display at the National Gallery of Canada.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist artist. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism.

June 4, 2019

Crime Prevention: Creating Balance Between Social Interventions & Enforcement

with Melanie Bania

Director of Youth Justice Services at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Melanie Bania, will share her expertise in crime prevention and community development.  She will also share her experience in what support youth and families need to have positive life experiences and outcomes -- at all ages.

June 11, 2019

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:

office: 100 Braemar Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 3C9 613-741-4776
community centre: 100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4Y1  613-741-4753