Programming

CAG offers something for everyone, with a wide variety of programs from organized playgroups for tots to yoga and cooking for adults.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. Registration for summer camps is open. Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

For questions regarding programming or registration, the most effective way to reach us is by email to info@OttawaEastCAG.ca or alternatively please call 613 627 0062 and we will be happy to return your call during office hours.

Financial assistance
CAG supports access to its programming by offering Financial Assistance to residents of Old Ottawa East for whom cost is a barrier to participation.

Spring and Summer Seasonal Programming 2018

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open, click here for online registration and registration policies.

CAG Program Fees
The Province of Ontario has announced some changes regarding employment policies that have impacted fees for CAG programs and services. The greatest impact is that as of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, a 22% increase. In order to meet this requirement and continue to offer a fair and competitive pay to all our employees, pay for many of our staff will be raised. This cost increase, together with others required to meet provincial regulations, are significant given the CAG’s small size and budget. As a result, fees for programs and services have increased.
While CAG aims to offer lower rates for community members, this fee increase cannot be avoided given the changes in policy and regulations. Should this fee increase prohibit you from being able to benefit from CAG services, please email Carol Workun, Executive Director, at cworkun@ottawaeastCAG.ca.

Financial Assistance available to residents of Old Ottawa East.

Corrections to print flyer
Occasionally we are required to make changes to our program offering after the Program Guide has gone to print. Details as published on this website are the most up to date.

Children and Youth Programs (Spring and Summer 2018)

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Babies and Preschool

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Community Playgroup (0 - 5 years)

The community playgroup is the perfect opportunity for your little one(s) to play and socialize. Sessions start with free play, followed by activities such as crafts, circle time and ride on toys. This playgroup has traditionally been a very popular place for parents and caregivers in the neighbourhood connect, have a coffee and chat. Kids love the different toys, the social interaction and the activities. Activities are organized by the program coordinator; parents and caregivers are asked to assist.
Coordinator: Megan Shoemaker
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run:10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 6 - June 22 (12 weeks),
Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$52 first child, siblings $37, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
Summer Coordinator: TBD
July 4 - August 15 (7 weeks),
Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
July 6 - August 17 (7 weeks),
Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.

Children's Garden Playgroup (0 – 5 years) - New day added!

Crafts, education, games, garden sampling, bug hunts and more. Bring your children and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!
Coordinator: TBA
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run: 10
Ottawa Children’s Garden, Main and Clegg
July 3 - August 21 (7 weeks), no program August 14
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
July 5 - August 23 (7 weeks), no program August 16
Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
July 9 - August 20 (5 weeks), no program August 6 and 13
Monday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$23 first child, siblings $8, siblings under 12 months of age are free.

Hush-a-Bye Babies® (1 - 12 months)

Participate with your baby in an interactive and fun program that focuses on teaching parents the traditions of oral language games and songs. Experience the power and pleasure of knowing a pocketful of rhymes and songs that you can recite anywhere and anytime.
Learn how to use rhymes and songs effectively as a parenting tool to calm, distract and engage your baby during challenging times. The tools taught now will be with you forever to use and evolve as your child grows from a baby into a toddler.
Develop a lovely collection of songs for dancing and singing together. Enjoy a repertoire of lullabies to cuddle to and comfort your baby with.
Discover the delight and magic that comes from sharing rhymes and songs with your baby.
Refreshments included.
Instructor: Alice Davidson has worked for 25 years with parents/caregivers and their children. Over the years she has worked in a variety of roles in nursery schools, playgroups and community agencies. Most recently she coordinated and facilitated the Ottawa Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Hush-a-Bye Babies® program. Alice is married, a mother of three adult children and a proud grandmother of two precious granddaughters
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
March 8 - April 19 (7 weeks),
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$96
May 10 - June 21 (7 weeks)
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$96

Music Together (0 - 4 years)

Songs, chants, movement, and instrument play are all key to this fun, non-performance-oriented musical experience! Developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers regardless of their own musical ability.The mixed-age family music class is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth to kindergarten and through nine song collections. Grouping children of a variety of ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in their family can go to class together. Each child can participate at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun and important family music experience.
Instructor:: Jesse Kahat-Taillon is excited to be returning to teaching Music Together® in Ottawa after a brief hiatus. Jesse has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a music minor from the University of Northern Colorado, and has been a registered Music Together center director and teacher since 2011. Her passion for creativity and expression shines when she is teaching her Music Together® classes and she wants all families to enjoy making music and memories together.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 6 families.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 7 - June 16 (10 weeks), no program May 19
Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
$160 including materials, siblings $85, siblings under 9 months are free

Cooperative Playgroup (0 – 3 years)

Parents and caregivers organize the activities in this playgroup, while CAG provides toys, craft materials and coffee. Kids are able to explore wonderful toys while you enjoy getting to know your neighbours. It’s good for you and good for them! This casual playgroup is priced for flexibility and invites you to come and go as you please and as suits your schedule.
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
April 3 - June 12 (11 weeks),
Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$30 for each child attending, siblings under 12 months of age are free and are not required to register.

Parent Time

A get-together for parents who are home on parental/maternity leave. Baby can come too, and the coffee will be on! Get to know other new parents in the neighbourhood.
Coordinator: Megan Shoemaker
Minimum number of families for program to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 3 - June 5 (10 weeks),
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. This is a free program sponsored by CAG.

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open.click here for online registration and registration policies.

School Age

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Soccer in the Park (3 – 6 years)

Each week starts with a fun warm up with our enthusiastic instructors, moves on to some age appropriate drills, and finishes up with a fun game. The emphasis is always on participation. Our aim is to provide your child with a fun and positive early soccer experience that fosters the joy of playing for many years to come!
A supervisory adult is required to stay in the park. Parents participation welcome but not compulsory.
Instructors: TBD
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Brantwood Park, 39 Onslow Crescent, meet at the field house.
May 12 - June 23 (6 weeks),no program May 19
Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (3 years)
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (4 - 6 years)
$53
June 21 - July 19 (5 weeks),
Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (3 - 6 years)
$44


Photo: Jim Lamont

Youth Activity Club (7 – 12 years)

A fun Friday night gathering for our community youth! Games, activities and cooking are part of the mix each visit and refreshments are included. But most of all this is about FUN and making community connections.
Old Town Hall is a peanut and nut free facility.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 20
Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
FREE, pre-registration required. This is a free program sponsored by CAG.
Please note, we do not take registrations on the night of the program. Spots are non -transferable. Registration closes three days prior to the program date.

Adoption Potluck and Play (5 - 12 years)

Come gather with families brought together through adoption. This casual gathering offers fun for children and a chance for parents to connect with other adoptive families. Activities are organized by program participants. There are toys available, but participants are welcome to bring toys, games and craft activities to share. In spring and fall, sports equipment is made available. In the winter, participants often take advantage of the wonderful outdoor rink in Brantwood Park.
A potluck supper is part of the fun; each family brings a simple and nutritious food item to be shared. Plates, cutlery, cups, etc., provided, as well as use of a coffeemaker, coffee, dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is no stove.
Participants are asked to leave the room as found and leave dishes clean or in the dishwasher.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
April 22, May 27 and June 10
Sunday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$22 per child attending

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Child Care (After School & Summer Camps)

After School Programs (Age 6 – Grade 6)

CAG has two After School programs in the community, one at Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street and another at Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
Details on both of these programs can be found here

Summer Camps (Age 4 – 12 years)

Registration open now for summer camps! With camps ranging from ages 4 - 12 years, there is something for everyone! Cooking, crafts, games, canoe & kayaking and lots of outdoor play! Register now to ensure a spot this summer. More information can be found here.

Adult Programs 16+ (Spring and Summer 2018)

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

We are sorry but children/youth under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend adult programs unless indicated in the program description.

General Interest

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (12 - 95 years) - Cancelled!

For new and returning students. This class will take students through the basics of guitar playing including basic rhythms and strumming patterns, simple chord shapes, finger picking patterns, and some melodic reading. It will be a fun, collaborative experience for all attendees! By the end of the course participants will be ready to entertain their family and friends with a few favourite classic folk and pop songs.
Maximum 10 participants per class. Participants provide their own instrument.
Instructor: Alejandro Vega is an active collaborative and solo artist in the Ottawa region. He holds a Masters of Performance in Classical Guitar and has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Ed Honeywell Scholarship award, the Kiwanis Club of Vanier Trophy, and most recently the silver medal in classical guitar at the Kiwanis Nationals this past Summer. Alejandro enjoys teaching, and has been a chamber music coach for undergraduate ensembles at the University of Ottawa, as well as maintaining a studio of guitar students privately and at small schools around the city.
Minimum number of participants for class to run: 5
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 11 - June 13 (10 weeks),
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$250
Note: If 10 people or more people register we can divide the class as follows:
Wednesdays, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. - Level 1
Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. - Level 2
Level 2 would consist of returning participants recommended for the next level by the instructor.

Telling Your Truth: Memoir Writing - Cancelled!

Every life holds many stories. Has your life been “normal” or wildly unconventional? No matter which, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. A memoir—whether it is one short piece about a Christmas dinner or a whole book about your childhood—offers your personal truth to others in a way that is deeply gratifying and transformational. This workshop will teach you some basics about memoir and the literary devices you can use to tell your story in a clear and compelling way. Participants in this class have created projects that preserve their unique stories in their own voices for generations to come.
Instructor: With a M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and a graduate degree in counseling, Suzanne works as a freelance writer and editor, focusing on texts in religion, spirituality and psychology. She coaches authors of memoir and biography, and has taught writing classes at the college and university level. Short-listed in several Canadian literary competitions, Suzanne won the Creative Non-Fiction contest for a memoir in EVENT magazine, and published “Telling the Truth: Some Thoughts on Memoir Writing” in The New Quarterly. She believes everyone has a story worth telling!
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 6
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 9 - May 14 (6 weeks),
Monday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
$160

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Sport

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Women's Ultimate

Rotation of self-officiated games with emphasis on spirit and physical activity. Prior experience or athletic ability is helpful, but not required. Players will be divided into teams of 10 – 12 people to mix skills and experience for a better game experience for everyone. Depending on registration, skills and strategies clinics may be organized at the beginning of the season.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 26, maximum 52 (allows for minimum of two teams of 13 and maximum of four teams)
Springhurst Park , Lees Ave
May 24 - August 23 (14 weeks),
Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$86

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open.click here for online registration and registration policies.

Fitness

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Better Body Boot Camp in the Park

Better Body Bootcamp is a fun, dynamic and challenging workout that incorporates functional movement, coordination, agility drills, cardiovascular and resistance training, core strength development, postural awareness and flexibility education. The workouts are designed to suit all levels and can be adapted to meet your fitness level and goals at any stage of the program. This bootcamp incorporates bodyweight, tubing, hand weights, stability balls, skipping ropes, BOSU, and much, much more to create a unique program every time you attend.
Instructor: Katie Ireland’s involvement in the world of fitness training spans two decades. As a competitive athlete and dedicated professional, Katie has focused on hard work, sharing her passion with others and always keeping in touch with the latest trends in fitness. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Brantwood Park, 39 Onslow Crescent
May 7 – June 18 (6 weeks), no program May 21
Monday, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$72
May 9 – June 20 (7 weeks),
Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$84
June 25 – July 30 (5 weeks), no program July 2
Monday, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$60
June 27 – July 25 (5 weeks),
Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$60

Pilates

There’s a reason Pilates has become so popular – it works. This unique form of exercise is designed to improve the overall strength and agility of the body. It's a great workout that focuses on abdominal and back strength, spinal alignment and joint mobility to improve posture, relieve pain and prevent injury.
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Minimum number of participants for the program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 10 - June 19 (11 weeks)
Tuesday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$104
Instructor: Debbie Michelin is an experienced personal trainer, Yin Yoga and Pilates
Minimum number of participants for the program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
July 4 - August 22 (8 weeks)
Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$76

Zumba - NEW!!

Ditch the workout and join the party! Come join us for Latin-inspired dance fitness classes that dancers and non-dancers alike can easily master. This cardio-based dance class incorporates easy to follow steps that anyone can learn. The workout will target legs, arms, core and butt, as well as the most important muscle in the body – your heart!
Instructor: Carolina Izaguirre Campos
Minimum number of participants for the program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 12 – June 21 (9 weeks),
Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
$85
Class cancelled June 7 - Make-up class June 28
July 5 – August 16 (6 weeks), no program August 9
Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
$57

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Re-connect with your mind and body in this active yoga practise. Each class includes breath awareness, postures, and the linking of both. A variety of standing and seated postures, balancing poses, backbends, twists, and inversions will be linked to create a flow or “vinyasa.” Good form and alignment is emphasized.
Instructor: Peter Kusovac was certified as a yoga instructor in 2003. He continues to train with Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Yogi Vishvketu and others and integrates these experiences in his teaching.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 4 - June 20 (12 weeks)
Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (Intermediate)
Wednesday, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$113
July 4 - Aug 22 (8 weeks)
Wednesday, 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$76

Strength and Tone

If you are looking to strengthen and tone then this is the class for you. Let us help you build muscular strength and endurance using a variety of equipment. These exercises, combined with stretching, will ensure improved flexibility, mobility and stability as well as increased metabolic rate, lean muscle mass and muscle strength.
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 4 - June 20 (12 weeks)
Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$85
April 6 - June 22 (12 weeks)
Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$85
Instructor: Summer session shared by Hiromi McPhail, Christine Johnson and Audrey Girvan
July 11 - August 22 (7 weeks)
Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$50
July 13 - August 24 (7 weeks)
Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$50

Summer Tai Chi Qi Gong

Enjoy a gentle way to tone and strengthen your body as well as improve concentration, coordination and balance. A self healing art that combines gentle movement and meditation to enhance the mind/body connection and assist in healing. This 3000-year-old practice is believed to prevent illness, reduce stress and integrate mind, body and spirit.
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
July 9 – August 20 (6 weeks), no program August 6
Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$57

Hatha Yoga

Balance mind and body with physical exercises or “asanas"; controlled breathing and the calming of the mind through relaxation. This class is suitable for both new enthusiasts as well as the more experienced. The postures and breath increase strength and flexibility, improve posture, reduce stress, and leave the participant feeling more youthful and energized. Building inner and outer strength while applying principles of alignment, this class allows students to stay safe and feel challenged, yet successful.
Instructor: Leia is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha instructor with a background in athletic conditioning and core strength. In this yoga class, you will discover classic asana sequences, detailed instruction, and breathing and mindfulness techniques. The postures presented in this series are powerful, fluid and will help to safely and effectively enhance your strength, flexibility and balance.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 7 – June 16 (10 weeks), no program May 19
Saturday, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$94

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is known as “the practice of quiet power”. All postures are practiced on the the floor and are generally held for a long period of time, usually three to five minutes. Props are used to support the body so as to release tension along with breath. Students of yin experience an increased ability to calm the body and mind and a dramatic increase of flexibility when practised with consistency. The deep relaxation that is often experienced in yin is very restorative and can lead to a greater sense of well being.
Instructor: Debbie Michelin is an experienced personal trainer, Yin Yoga and Pilates instructor
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 10 – June 19 (11 weeks),
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
$104
Class cancelled May 15 - Make-up class June 26

Tai Chi Qi Gong

Enjoy a gentle way to tone and strengthen your body as well as improve concentration, coordination and balance. A self healing art that combines gentle movement and meditation to enhance the mind/body connection and assist in healing. This 3000-year-old practice is believed to prevent illness, reduce stress and integrate mind, body and spirit.
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 16 – June 18 (9 weeks), no program May 21
Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$85
April 4 – June 20 (11 weeks),
Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$104
Class cancelled May 30 - Make-up class June 27

Better Body Boot Camp

Better Body Bootcamp is a fun, dynamic and challenging workout that incorporates functional movement, coordination, agility drills, cardiovascular and resistance training, core strength development, postural awareness and flexibility education. The workouts are designed to suit all levels and can be adapted to meet your fitness level and goals at any stage of the program. This bootcamp incorporates bodyweight, tubing, hand weights, stability balls, skipping ropes, BOSU, and much, much more to create a unique program every time you attend.
Instructor: Katie Ireland’s involvement in the world of fitness training spans two decades. As a competitive athlete and dedicated professional, Katie has focused on hard work, sharing her passion with others and always keeping in touch with the latest trends in fitness. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn Avenue
March 26 – April 30 (5 weeks), no program April 2
Monday, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$60
March 21 – May 2 (7 weeks),
Wednesday, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
$84

20-20-20

This class will give you the total bodyworkout you are looking for. Sweat through 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training, and 20 minutes of stretching and core work. ... You are guaranteed to improve your strength, muscle tone and flexibility.
Instructor: Christine Johnson
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Instructor: Christine Johnson
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 3 - June 19 (12 weeks)
Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
$85

Single Class Fitness Passes

Passes are available to attend a single class of any of the fitness classes where space permits. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your receipt to class as proof of purchase. Passes can only be used in the session for which they are purchased. Vouchers are non-transferable and non-refundable.
$18/class Better Body Boot Camp
$14/class Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Zumba
$11/class Strength and Tone and 20-20-20, space permitting
Vouchers are non-transferable, non-refundable and only for the session in progress.

Urban Pole Walking

Learn how to incorporate Urban Poling Nordic walking into your personal fitness plan with Susan Yungblut, Physiotherapist and Certified Urban Poling Instructor. Experience how this activity can improve posture, increase upper body and core strength, provide an enhanced cardiovascular workout while reducing impact on the lower back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet, and be SOCIAL and FUN at the same time! Following a brief introduction and demonstration, you will be sized for Urban Poling poles. You will warm up, take an invigorating 40-minute walk, and cool down together. Poles provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if your prefer.
Instructor: Susan Yungblut
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
May 15 & 22 (2 weeks)
Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$10
Program subsidized by CAG.

Little Lotus™ Parent & Baby Yoga (6 weeks - starting to crawl) - Cancelled!

See details on this course, here

Registration for Spring and Summer 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Summer Camp

Registration for Summer Camp 2018 is open., Click here for online registration and registration policies. Enrollment forms can be found here.

CAG Program Fees
The Province of Ontario has announced some changes regarding employment policies that have impacted fees for CAG programs and services. The greatest impact is that as of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, a 22% increase. In order to meet this requirement and continue to offer a fair and competitive pay to all our employees, pay for many of our staff will be raised. This cost increase, together with others required to meet provincial regulations, are significant given the CAG’s small size and budget. As a result, fees for programs and services have increased.
While CAG aims to offer lower rates for community members, this fee increase cannot be avoided given the changes in policy and regulations. Should this fee increase prohibit you from being able to benefit from CAG services, please email Carol Workun, Executive Director, at cworkun@ottawaeastCAG.ca.

Canoe Kids (7- 12 years)

Canoe Kids is a fun-filled week-long day camp that will provide instruction in all aspects of safe paddle sports. In the mornings campers will explore the Rideau River, by both canoe and kayak, with qualified instructors from Rideau Canoe Club. They will learn techniques of both canoeing and kayaking, and learn about water safety. Afternoons will focus on fun times in the park, in the wading pool and games and crafts.
This camp is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous paddling experience. Return campers very much welcomed and encouraged - build on the skills learned last season!
All equipment provided, PFD’s mandatory. See below for pre-requisites.
Camp presented by CAG in partnership with Rideau Canoe Club.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
July 3 – 6, (4 days), no program July 2
Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
$271
July 9 – 13, (5 days),
July 16 – 20, (5 days),
July 23 – 27, (5 days),
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$336

Pre-requisites for Canoe Kids Camp

◾Campers must be the required age by the end of the camp session
◾No paddling experience is required
◾Participants must demonstrate minimum swim ability, if campers cannot complete the swim assessment they will not be able to continue in the camp. Prior to getting in boats participants must show they have the ability to roll into the water and swim 50 meters (any stroke) and stay afloat (tread water) for 1 minute (as per the National Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard). Swim ability is assessed without a lifejacket or other flotation device. If your child is nervous about this process we welcome you to swim along with your child to ease their nerves.
Instructors will assess swimming ability at Rideau Canoe Club, 804 Hog’s Head Road at any of the following times:
Saturdays: June 9 & 16, July 7, 14 & 21 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Report to the dock with the swim test coordinator.

What to bring to camp:
All paddling equipment provided though participants may bring their own PFD’s providing they fit correctly
Two changes of clothing will be required; clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting and preferably made of quick drying fabric (they do get wet!) and a hoodie or sweater as wet children get cold too.
Running shoes are required for dry-land activities.
Sun screen, hat, water bottle, lunch and/or snacks are needed for each camp session

Instruction:
All instruction in the water provided by qualified canoe/kayak instructors from the Rideau Canoe Club. The coaches are certified in First Aid and CPR. All staff have their National Coaching Certification, and are fully qualified to coach canoe/kayak.
The full day receive half day instruction on the river complemented with traditional camp games and activities to round out the great day by the river. Participants will be on the water rain or shine, alternate indoor activities will be offered in the event of a thunderstorm.

Camp Brantwood (4 - 8 years)

Lots of fun and games and traditional camp activities in your neighbourhood park. The morning full of active games and play tailored to suit the interests of the children. Afternoons focus around the wading pool and traditional camp games and crafts.
Children should come with running shoes, bathing suit, towel, hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Children must be independent in the bathroom.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
July 30 - August 3 (5 days),
August 20 - 24 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Nature and Art Camp (5 - 10 years)

Is your child curious about the world around them? Let us help them discover the magic and wonder of nature in their own back yard park! Each morning campers will use nature to create some amazing art works, enjoy a nature themed story together and play some active games in the park. Afternoons focus around the wading pool and traditional camp games and crafts.
Minimum number of participants for the camp to run: 8
Children should come with running shoes (rubber boots if its wet), bathing suit, towel, hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a water bottle.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
August 7 - 10, (4 days),
Tuesday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$180

Children's Garden Camp (5 - 10 years)

If your child loves the Children’s Garden this is the camp for you! In the morning we will discover the magic and wonder of the garden through age appropriate activities. In the afternoon we will enjoy the park and the wading pool. Children should come with running shoes (rubber boots if it’s wet), hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, a water bottle, a bathing suit and a towel.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent, walking to the Children's Garden at Main and Clegg
August 13 - 17 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Jump Start Summer (5 - 10 years) - Cancelled!

For those children whose school year ends earlier. Children will participate in games, crafts, cooking and more. We will also take advantage of the splash pad at the Old Town Hall.
Children should bring a lunch, 2 snack, water bottle, hat, bathing suit, towel and sunscreen.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
June 25 - 29 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Behaviour Management at Camp

CAG is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive Camp program that strengthens and builds each child’s self-esteem and provides a creative program that will capture your child’s attention and keep them positively engaged.
Camp rules are shared with the children on the first day of camp. The overriding principles are safety, cooperation and respect.
Our first line approach to behaviour management is prevention. Staff are trained to keep an eye out for any developing issues and to distract and redirect before a situation develops. With the same end goal of prevention, we endeavour to present activities each day that keep the children productively engaged.
If a situation escalates, we do give consequences appropriate to the severity of the behaviour. Our goal is always to manage behaviours in a positive, constructive manner.
For more detail please see our Camp Behaviour Management Policy and Policy with Regard Suspensions and Terminations

Life Threatening Allergies and Medication at Camp

If your child has a life threatening allergy or requires medication at camp, please read the applicable policy and complete the associated form for your childs first day at camp.
Anaphylactic and Life Threatening Allergy Policy and Alert Form and Medication Policy and and Medical Administration Form.

Please email cworkun@OttawaEastCAG.ca if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Registration for Summer Camp 2018 is open., Click here for online registration and registration policies. Enrollment forms can be found here.

Winter Seasonal Programming 2018

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

CAG Program Fees
The Province of Ontario has announced some changes regarding employment policies that have impacted fees for CAG programs and services. The greatest impact is that as of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, a 22% increase. In order to meet this requirement and continue to offer a fair and competitive pay to all our employees, pay for many of our staff will be raised. This cost increase, together with others required to meet provincial regulations, are significant given the CAG’s small size and budget. As a result, fees for programs and services have increased.
While CAG aims to offer lower rates for community members, this fee increase cannot be avoided given the changes in policy and regulations. Should this fee increase prohibit you from being able to benefit from CAG services, please email Carol Workun, Executive Director, at cworkun@ottawaeastCAG.ca.

Financial Assistance available to residents of Old Ottawa East.

Corrections to print flyer
Occasionally we are required to make changes to our program offering after the Program Guide has gone to print. Details as published on this website are the most up to date.

Children and Youth Programs (Winter 2018)

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Financial Assistance available to residents of Old Ottawa East.

After School and PD Days

Important Notice: Fees for After School, commencing January 2018
The province of Ontario has recently announced some changes regarding employment policies that will impact fees for CAG programs and services.
The greatest impact is that this January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, a 22% increase. In order to meet this requirement and continue to offer fair and competitive pay to our employees, all salaries in our daycare programs will be raised.
This cost increase, together with others required to meet provincial regulations, are significant given the CAG’s small size and budget. As a result, fees for after school child care will be $210 per child per month, beginning January 1, 2018.
While CAG aims to offer lower rates for community members, this fee increase cannot be avoided given the changes in policy and regulations. Should this fee increase prohibit you from being able to benefit from CAG services, please email me at cworkun@ottawaeastCAG.ca.

A few spots open in both programs... Registration for After School is open now, click here for online registration

Old Town Hall After School (Age 6 – Grade 6)

Old Town Hall, 61 Main
Until 5:30 p.m. every school day as of September 5
$180 ($210/month from January 1, 2018)
Pick up from Lady Evelyn school, and Elgin St (Grades 1 - 3 only) and Francojeunesse buses.
•Emphasis on active outdoor play
•Parents provide snack (snack can be stored at the Old Town Hall for your family)
•Does not include PD Days
•Minimum 1:6 child to staff ratio
•Maximum number of children 24
Registration open now, spaces remaining
Old Town Hall After School Enrolment Form
Form to be completed and signed once registration deposit is received. Please read for full terms and conditions relating to the program.

Brantwood Park After School (Age 6 – Grade 6)

Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
Until 5:45 p.m. every school day as of September 5
$180 ($210/month from January 1, 2018)
Pick up is from Hopewell and Lamoureux buses
•Emphasis on outdoor active play and the wonderful park setting
•Parents provide snack (snack can be stored at the field house for your family)
•Does not include PD Days
•Minimum 1:6 child to staff ratio
•Maximum number of children 24
Registration open now. Program currently full, add your name to the wait list by email to info@OttawaEastCAG.ca
Brantwood After School Enrolment Form
Form to be completed and signed once registration deposit is received. Please read for full terms and conditions relating to the program.

Please note that due to changes made by the Government of Ontario to the Child Care Act that came into effect in the 2017-18 school year, CAG can no longer accept registration from children under the age of 6. This means most Kindergarten children, we can however accept registrations for children in their senior Kindergarten year once they have reached their sixth birthday.

Registration Your child's spot is secured with a non-refundable deposit of one month's fees. The deposit will form your June 2018 payment if still in the program at that time.

Behaviour Management at After School
CAG is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive After School program that strengthens and builds each child’s self-esteem and provides a creative program that will capture your child’s attention and keep them positively engaged.
After School rules for the program are determined each September in partnership with the children. The overriding principles are safety, cooperation and respect.
Our first line approach to behaviour management is prevention. Staff are trained to keep an eye out for any developing issues and to distract and redirect before a situation develops. With the same end goal of prevention, we endeavour to present activities each day that keep the children productively engaged.
If a situation escalates, we do give consequences appropriate to the severity of the behaviour. Our goal is always to manage behaviours in a positive, constructive manner.
For more detail please see our Behaviour Management Policy and Policy with Regard Suspensions and Terminations.

First day of program Please note, if you are registered with the French Board, the first day of our program is September 5.

After School Program Refunds
Please note:
o Withdrawal from the program at any time (before the start of the program or after the start) will result in loss of deposit
o Withdrawal from the program after the start of the program also requires one calendar month’s notice. If less than one calendar month’s notice is provided, parents/guardians will be required to pay one month’s fees in lieu of notice.
o Partial refunds will not be issued for temporary absence from the program for any reason.

After School Program Payment
Monthly payment for the program is by a series of post dated cheques for $180/month/child dated for the first day of September through to December and for $210/month/ child dated for the first day of January through to May. The deposit paid to secure you place in the program will form your June 2018 payment if still in the program at that time.

Please email cworkun@OttawaEastCAG.ca if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

PD Days (Age 4 - grade 6) - Cancelled!

The CAG PD day program is offered with an emphasis on outdoor active play, great games, crafts and activities. Minimum 1:6 child to staff ratio, maximum number of children 18
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 26
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$47

Registration for Grade 1 - 6 After School 2017-18 is open now.
Registration Winter 2018 opens online, Tuesday December 5, at 9:00 pm. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Babies and Preschool

Programming for parents/caregivers to attend with their children...

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Community Playgroup (0 - 5 years)

This is an opportunity for your little one(s) to play and socialize. Free play will be followed by activities such as crafts, circle time and ride on toys. This playgroup has traditionally been a very popular place for those in the neighborhood to meet, have a coffee, and chat. Kids love the different toys, the social interaction and the activities. Parents/caregivers enjoy the chance to connect with neighbours. Activities are organized by the program coordinator, parents and caregivers are asked to assist.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Coordinator: Megan Shoemaker
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 12 - March 23 (10 weeks), no program March 16
Friday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$44 first child, siblings $29, siblings under 12 months of age are free.

Cooperative Playgroup (0 – 3 years)

Parents and caregivers organize the activities in this playgroup, toys, craft materials and coffee provided. The kids will be able to explore wonderful new toys while you enjoy getting to know your neighbours – it’s good for you and good for them! This is a casual setting and priced for flexibility, please feel free to come and go as you please and as suits your schedule.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
January 9 - March 20 (10 weeks), no program March 13
Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$27 for each child attending, siblings under 12 months of age are free and are not required to register.

Parent Time (0 – 3 years)

A get together for parents who are home on parental/maternity leave - baby can come too, and the coffee will be on! Get to know other new parents in the neighbourhood.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 9 - March 20 (10 weeks),
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Please note, registration is under General Interest, Adult programs.

Peekaboo/Coucou! (0 – 3 years/0 - 3 ans)

A bilingual program of rhymes, songs and games. Activities organized by a coordinator.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Coordinator: Marina Lamont has worked as a bilingual children's librarian in Ottawa throughout her career.
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
Un programme bilingue de comptines, chansons et jeux animé par une coordonatrice.
Pavillon du Parc Brantwood, 39 croissant Onslow
Coordonatrice: Marina Lamont a travaillé à titre de bibliothécaire jeunesse bilingue à Ottawa durant toute sa carrière.
Pavillon du Parc Brantwood, 39 croissant Onslow
January 11 - March 8 (9 weeks),
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$39 first child, siblings $25, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
11 janvier – 8 mars (9 semaines),
Jeudi 9h30 à 11h30
$39 premier enfant, frère-soeur $25, frère-soeur de moins de 12 mois inscription gratuity

Hush-a-Bye Babies® (1 - 12 months)

Participate with your baby in an interactive and fun program that focuses on teaching parents the traditions of oral language games and songs. Experience the power and pleasure of knowing a pocket full of rhymes and songs that you can do anywhere and anytime.
Learn how to use rhymes and songs effectively as a parenting tool to calm, distract and engage your baby during challenging times. The tools taught now will be with you forever to use and develop as your child grows from a baby into toddler hood.
Develop a lovely collection of songs for dancing and singing together. Enjoy a repertoire of lullabies to cuddle and comfort your baby.
Discover the delight and magic that comes from sharing rhymes and songs with your baby. Refreshments included.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Instructor: Alice Davidson has worked for 25 years with parents and their children. Over the years she has worked in a variety of roles in nursery schools, playgroups and community agencies. Most recently she coordinated and facilitated the Ottawa Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Hush-a-Bye Babies program. Alice is married, a mother of three adult children and a proud grandmother of two precious granddaughters.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 18 - March 1 (7 weeks),
Thursday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$96
March 8 - April 19 (7 weeks),
Thursday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$96

Music Together (0 - 4 years)

Songs, chants, movement, and instrument play in this fun non-performance-oriented musical experience! Developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers — regardless of their own musical ability.The mixed-age family music class is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth to kindergarten (0–5 years) and throughout all nine song collections. Grouping children of a variety of ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child can participate at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun and important family music experience.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 6 families
Instructor: Jesse Kahat-Taillon is excited to be returning to teaching Music Together in Ottawa after a brief hiatus. Jesse has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a music minor from the University of Northern Colorado, and she has been a registered Music Together center director and teacher since 2011. Her passion for creativity and expression shines when she is teaching her Music Together classes and she wants all families to enjoy making music and memories together.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 6 - March 24 (10 weeks), no program February 17 and February 24
Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
$160 including materials, siblings $85, siblings under 9 months are free
Class cancelled February 10 - Make-up class February 17

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

March Break Camp

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

March Break Camp (5 - 10 years) - Cancelled!

Not getting away for March Break? Come join us for March Break Camp. Fun activities, great crafts, cooking and games and outdoor play will make for a great week in the community. Children should bring a peanut and nut free lunch and snacks, a water bottle, and indoor shoes.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
March 12 - 16
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$224

School Age

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Adoption Potluck and Play (5 - 12 years)

A gathering for families brought together through adoption. The format is casual, offering fun for children and a chance for parents to connect with other adoptive families. Activities are organized by program participants. There are toys available, but participants are welcome to bring toys, games and craft activities to share. In spring and fall sports equipment is made available, in the winter participants often take advantage of the wonderful outdoor rink in Brantwood Park.
A potluck supper is part of the fun — each family brings a simple and nutritious food item to be shared.
Plates, cutlery, cups, etc., provided, as well as use of a coffeemaker, coffee, dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is no stove.
Participants are asked to leave the room as found and leave dishes clean or in the dishwasher.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow
January 14, February 25, March 18
Sunday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$22 per child attending

Youth Activity Club (7 – 12 years)

A fun Friday night gathering for our community youth! Games, activities and cooking are options each visit and refreshments are included, but most of all this is about FUN and making community connections!
Minimum number of participants for event to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
March 23
Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
FREE, pre-registration required - a CAG sponsored FREE program
Please note, we do not take registrations on the night of the program. Spots are non -transferable. Registration closes three days prior to the program date.

Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (12 - 95 years) - NEW!

For returning and new students. This class will take students through the basics of guitar playing including basic rhythms and strumming patterns, simple chord shapes, finger picking patterns, and some melodic reading. It will be a fun, collaborative experience for all attendees! By the end of the course participants will be ready to entertain their family and friends with few favourite classic folk and pop songs.
Maximum 10 participants per class. Participants provide their own instrument. Program in partnership with Ottawa Fine Arts.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 5
Instructor: Alejandro Vega is an active collaborative and solo artist in the Ottawa region. He holds a Masters of Performance in Classical Guitar and has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Ed Honeywell Scholarship award, the Kiwanis Club of Vanier Trophy, and most recently the silver medal in classical guitar at the Kiwanis Nationals this past Summer. Alejandro enjoys teaching, and has been a chamber music coach for undergraduate ensembles at the University of Ottawa, as well as maintaining a studio of guitar students privately and at small schools around the city.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 17 - March 28 (10 weeks), no program March 21
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$250, Please note, registration is under General Interest, Adult programs.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Summer Camp

Registration for Summer Camp 2018 opens online Tuesday January 2, at 9:00 p.m., Click here for online registration and registration policies. Enrollment forms can be found here.

Jump Start Summer (5 - 10 years)

For those children whose school year ends earlier. Children will participate in games, crafts, cooking and more. We will also take advantage of the splash pad at the Old Town Hall.
Children should bring a lunch, 2 snack, water bottle, hat, bathing suit, towel and sunscreen.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
June 25 - 29 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Camp Brantwood (4 - 8 years)

Lots of fun and games and traditional camp activities in your neighbourhood park. The morning full of active games and play tailored to suit the interests of the children. Afternoons focus around the wading pool and traditional camp games and crafts.
Children should come with running shoes, bathing suit, towel, hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Children must be independent in the bathroom.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
July 30 - August 3 (5 days),
August 20 - 24 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Nature and Art Camp (5 - 10 years)

Is your child curious about the world around them? Let us help them discover the magic and wonder of nature in their own back yard park! Each morning campers will use nature to create some amazing art works, enjoy a nature themed story together and play some active games in the park. Afternoons focus around the wading pool and traditional camp games and crafts.
Minimum number of participants for the camp to run: 8
Children should come with running shoes (rubber boots if its wet), bathing suit, towel, hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a water bottle.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
August 7 - 10, (4 days),
Tuesday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$180

Children's Garden Camp (5 - 10 years)

If your child loves the Children’s Garden this is the camp for you! In the morning we will discover the magic and wonder of the garden through age appropriate activities. In the afternoon we will enjoy the park and the wading pool. Children should come with running shoes (rubber boots if it’s wet), hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, a water bottle, a bathing suit and a towel.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent, walking to the Children's Garden at Main and Clegg
August 13 - 17 (5 days),
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$224

Canoe Kids (7- 12 years)

Canoe Kids is a fun-filled week-long day camp that will provide instruction in all aspects of safe paddle sports. In the mornings campers will explore the Rideau River, by both canoe and kayak, with qualified instructors from Rideau Canoe Club. They will learn techniques of both canoeing and kayaking, and learn about water safety. Afternoons will focus on fun times in the park, in the wading pool and games and crafts.
This camp is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous paddling experience. Return campers very much welcomed and encouraged - build on the skills learned last season!
All equipment provided, PFD’s mandatory. See below for pre-requisites.
Camp presented by CAG in partnership with Rideau Canoe Club.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
July 3 – 6, (4 days), no program July 3
Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
$271
July 9 – 13, (5 days),
July 16 – 20, (5 days),
July 23 – 27, (5 days),
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$336

Pre-requisites for Canoe Kids Camp

◾Campers must be the required age by the end of the camp session
◾No paddling experience is required
◾Participants must demonstrate minimum swim ability, if campers cannot complete the swim assessment they will not be able to continue in the camp. Prior to getting in boats participants must show they have the ability to roll into the water and swim 50 meters (any stroke) and stay afloat (tread water) for 1 minute (as per the National Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard). Swim ability is assessed without a lifejacket or other flotation device. If your child is nervous about this process we welcome you to swim along with your child to ease their nerves.
Instructors will assess swimming ability at Rideau Canoe Club, 804 Hog’s Head Road at any of the following times:
Saturdays: June 16 & 23, July 7, 14 & 21 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Report to the dock with the swim test coordinator.

What to bring to camp:
All paddling equipment provided though participants may bring their own PFD’s providing they fit correctly
Two changes of clothing will be required; clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting and preferably made of quick drying fabric (they do get wet!) and a hoodie or sweater as wet children get cold too.
Running shoes are required for dry-land activities.
Sun screen, hat, water bottle, lunch and/or snacks are needed for each camp session

Instruction:
All instruction in the water provided by qualified canoe/kayak instructors from the Rideau Canoe Club. The coaches are certified in First Aid and CPR. All staff have their National Coaching Certification, and are fully qualified to coach canoe/kayak.
The full day receive half day instruction on the river complemented with traditional camp games and activities to round out the great day by the river. Participants will be on the water rain or shine, alternate indoor activities will be offered in the event of a thunderstorm.

Registration for summer camps opens online, Tuesday January 2 at 9:00 p.m. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

Adult Programs (Winter 2018)

Participants must be 16 and up to attend adult programs.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Financial Assistance available to residents of Old Ottawa East.

General Interest

Participants must be 16 and up to attend adult programs.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Parent Time (0 – 3 years)

A get together for parents who are home on parental/maternity leave - baby can come too, and the coffee will be on! Get to know other new parents in the neighbourhood.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 9 - March 20 (10 weeks),
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Please note, registration is under General Interest, Adult programs.

New Canadian Skate (5 – 75 years)

A free program for adults and children who are new to Canada. Learn to Skate and to embrace the Canadian Winter season! Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Helmets mandatory, skates and helmets available for loan. End the afternoon with a warming cup of hot chocolate in the field house.
Brantwood Park outdoor rink, 39 Onslow Crescent, meet at the field house
January 20 - February 10 (4 weeks),
January 20 - Cancelled!

Saturday 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Program presented in partnership with Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. To register; call Chris at 613 565-3265.

Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (12 - 95 years) - NEW!

For returning and new students. This class will take students through the basics of guitar playing including basic rhythms and strumming patterns, simple chord shapes, finger picking patterns, and some melodic reading. It will be a fun, collaborative experience for all attendees! By the end of the course participants will be ready to entertain their family and friends with few favourite classic folk and pop songs.
Maximum 10 participants per class. Participants provide their own instrument. Program in partnership with Ottawa Fine Arts.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 5
Instructor: Alejandro Vega is an active collaborative and solo artist in the Ottawa region. He holds a Masters of Performance in Classical Guitar and has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Ed Honeywell Scholarship award, the Kiwanis Club of Vanier Trophy, and most recently the silver medal in classical guitar at the Kiwanis Nationals this past Summer. Alejandro enjoys teaching, and has been a chamber music coach for undergraduate ensembles at the University of Ottawa, as well as maintaining a studio of guitar students privately and at small schools around the city.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 17 - March 28 (10 weeks), no program March 21
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$250

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Fitness

Participants must be 16 and up to attend adult programs.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Re-connect with your mind and body in this active yoga practice. Each class includes breath awareness, postures, and the linking of both. A variety of standing and seated postures, balancing poses, backbends, twists, and inversions will be linked to create a flow or “vinyasa.” Good form and alignment is emphasized.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Peter Kusovac certified as a yoga instructor in 2003. He continues to train with Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Yogi Vishvketu and others and integrates these experiences in his teaching.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 17 – March 21 (10 weeks)
Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (Intermediate)
Wednesday, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$94
Class cancelled February 28 - make-up class March 28

Hatha Yoga

Balance mind and body with physical exercises or “asanas"; controlled breathing and the calming of the mind through relaxation. This class is suitable for both new enthusiasts as well as the more experienced. In this yoga class, you will discover classic asana sequences, detailed instruction, and breathing and mindfulness techniques. The postures presented in this series are powerful, fluid and will help to safely and effectively enhance your strength, flexibility and balance.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Leia McIntyre is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha instructor with a background in athletic conditioning and core strength.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 20 – March 24 (9 weeks), no program February 17
Saturday, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$85
Class cancelled January 27 - Make-up class February 17
Class cancelled February 10 - Make-up class March 31

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is known as "the practice of quiet power". All postures are practiced on the floor and are generally held for a long period of time, usually three to five minutes. Props are used to support the body so as to release tension along with the breath. Students of yin experience an increased ability to calm the body and mind and a dramatic increase of flexibility when practiced with consistency. The deep relaxation that is often experienced in yin is very restorative and can lead to a greater sense of well being.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Debbie Michelin is an experienced personal trainer, Yin Yoga and Pilates instructor
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 9 – March 20 (11 weeks)
Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$104
Class cancelled January 23 - Make-up class March 27
Class cancelled February 13 - Make-up class April 3

Pilates

There’s a reason Pilates has become so popular – it works. This unique form of exercise is designed to improve the overall strength and agility of the body. It's a great workout that focuses on abdominal and back strength, spinal alignment and joint mobility to improve posture, relieve pain and prevent injury.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Debbie Michelin is an experienced personal trainer and Pilates instructor
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 9 – March 20 (11 weeks)
Tuesday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$104
Class cancelled January 23 - Make-up class March 27
Class cancelled February 13 - Make-up class April 3

Tai Chi Qi Gong

Enjoy a gentle way to tone and strengthen your body as well as improve concentration, coordination and balance. A self healing art that combines gentle movement and meditation to enhance the mind/body connection and assist in healing. This 3000 year old practice is believed to prevent illness, reduce stress and integrate mind, body and spirit.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 10 - March 21 (9 weeks), no program February 21 and March 14
Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$85
January 15 - March 26 (10 weeks) no program February 19
Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
$94

Better Body Boot Camp

Bootcamp
Better Body Bootcamp is a fun, dynamic and challenging workout that incorporates functional movement, coordination, agility drills, cardiovascular and resistance training, core strength development, postural awareness and flexibility education. The workouts are designed to suit all levels and can be adapted to meet your fitness level and goals at any stage of the program. This Bootcamp incorporates bodyweight, tubing, hand weights, stability balls, skipping ropes, BOSU, and much, much more to create a unique program every time you attend.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Katie Ireland’s involvement in the world of fitness training spans two decades. As a competitive athlete and dedicated professional, Katie has focused on hard work, sharing her passion with others and always keeping in touch with the latest trends in fitness. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University.
Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn Avenue
January 8 – March 5 (8 weeks), no program February 19
Monday, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$96
CLASS CANCELLED January 8 - Make-up Class March 19
January 10 – March 7 (9 weeks),
Wednesday, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
$108

20-20-20

Twenty minutes cardio, twenty minutes strength, twenty minutes core and stretch.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Christine Johnson
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 9 – March 20 (11 weeks)
Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
$78
Class cancelled January 23 - Makeup class March 27

Strength and Tone

If you are looking to strengthen and tone then this is the class for you. Let us help you build muscular strength and endurance by using a variety of equipment. These exercises combined with stretch will ensure improved flexibility, mobility and stability as well as increased metabolic rate, lean muscle mass and muscle strength.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 8
Instructor: Hiromi McPhail
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 10 – March 21 (10 weeks), no program February 21
Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$71
January 12 – March 23 (10 weeks), no program February 23
Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$71

NEW - Single Class Fitness Pass

Please bring your receipt to class as proof of purchase, pre-registration required. Passes can only be used in the session in which they are purchased and if space permits. Passes go on sale starting the day prior to the start of the session.
$18/class Better Body Boot Camp
$14/class Vinyasa or Hatha or Yin Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi
$11/class Strength and Tone, 20-20-20
Vouchers non-transferable, non-fundable and only for the session in progress

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Sports

Participants must be 16 and up to attend adult programs.

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Women's Hockey

Crisp, snowy nights playing hockey on an outdoor rink under a bright moon – what could be better on a winter evening in Ottawa? Learn basic hockey skills so you can keep up with your kids! Improve your skating and puck handling through drills and fun games. Program will run regardless of temperature if the rink is open. Helmets are mandatory.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Brantwood Park outdoor rink, 39 Onslow Crescent, meet at the field house
January 15 - February 26 (7 weeks)
Monday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$65
Class cancelled January 22 - make-up class March 5
class cancelled February 12 - make up class March 12
class cancelled February 19 - make up class March 19

Co-ed Volleyball - NEW!

A great way to practice your volleyball and teamwork skills, and have fun. This is a non-instructional program.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn Avenue
January 11 - March 22 (8 weeks), no program January 25, February 15, March 15
Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
$48

Men's Basketball

Come out and shoot some hoops – it’s a great way to stay in shape. This is a non-instructional pick up program for those with some previous basketball experience. Participants provide their own basketballs.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 10
Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn
January 10 - April 25 (15 weeks), no program March 14
Wednesday, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
$89

Registration for Winter 2018 is open. click here for online registration and registration policies.

Birthday Party rentals

Want to book a birthday party? CAG has lots of options for you! Both the Old Town Hall and the newly revitalized Brantwood Park field house are available for birthday parties, with a variety of options offered from a do-it-yourself party to a full party package.

At Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street:
Basic Party Package:

Upstairs room can be booked depending on availability from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. The smaller downstairs room can be booked on request, dependent on availability.
Included in your booking:
Up to 30 people (children and adults)
Tables and chairs to accommodate that number (standard and preschool size are available)
Use of kitchen (no plates, cups etc supplied)
Cost: $94

At Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent:
Basic Party Package:

Program room can be booked depending availability on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - noon and Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Included in your booking:
Up to 20 people (children and adults)
Tables and chairs to accomodate that number (including preschool size if required)
Ample cups, dessert plates, cutlery etc to accommodate 20
Knife to cut your cake, napkins, some fridge/freezer space, kettle, coffee maker, microwave and dishwasher.
Cost: $94

Equipment Package add-on: Add to your party package the use of one of the following:
- Ping pong table, foosball, scooter hockey (Old Town Hall only)
- Soccer nets, balls, pylons, team bibs (Brantwood in season only)
- Flag football equipment (flag belts, balls, kick stands, pylons, team bibs - Brantwood in season only)
- Playgroup toys (either location)
- Games supplies (balls, hula hoops, parachute, crawl tunnels etc for outdoor fun, recommended age 4 to 6 years - Brantwood in season only)
Cost: Equipment Package is $20. Families must also book the Basic Party Package.
Total cost $114

Please email info@ottawaeastcag.ca if you require more info regarding equipment available.

Coordinator add-on: You can book a coordinator to organize the children’s activities using the chosen equipment for the first hour of your party (10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.). Please contact info@ottawaeastcag.ca or call 613-230-0076 to confirm availability before you book.
Cost: Coordinator add-on is $20. Families must also book the Basic Party Package and the Equipment Package add-on. Total cost $134
Please confirm availability of a coordinator by email at info@ottawaeastcag.ca before booking.

Availability and booking:
Available dates and timeslots can be viewed and bookings made through the CAG website at www.ottawaeastcag.ca/registration, under Parties and Events.

Terms and conditions:
Two weeks’ notice of booking required
Minimum of two adults to attend the party, an adult must supervise children at all times.
Booking of the field house does not include reserved space in the park, birthday party guests are asked to share the park with other users.
Facility will open 30 minutes ahead of time to drop off cake, decorate etc.
A CAG staff person will be on hand to open up and answer any questions you might have on the day.
Please leave the facility in the condition it was found, half an hour is allocated after the party for clean-up.
If you chose to bring disposables cups, plates etc, please bring garbage bags to take your garbage home.
Maximum number 20, to include attending adults at the Brantwood Park field house, 30 to include attending adults at the Old Town Hall.
Brantwood Park field house and Old Town Hall are peanut and nut free facilities.
Sorry, no cancellations within two weeks of the event and no weather cancellations.

Financial Assistance available to residents of Old Ottawa East.

After School Programs

Registration for CAG After School programs for 2018-19 is now open. More details on the 2018-19 programs and registration policies further down this page.

CAG Program Fees
The Province of Ontario has announced some changes regarding employment policies that have impacted fees for CAG programs and services. The greatest impact is that as of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, a 22% increase. In order to meet this requirement and continue to offer a fair and competitive pay to all our employees, pay for many of our staff will be raised. This cost increase, together with others required to meet provincial regulations, are significant given the CAG’s small size and budget. As a result, fees for programs and services have increased.
While CAG aims to offer lower rates for community members, this fee increase cannot be avoided given the changes in policy and regulations. Should this fee increase prohibit you from being able to benefit from CAG services, please email Carol Workun, Executive Director, at cworkun@ottawaeastCAG.ca.

After School Registration Policies

Registration Your child's spot is secured with a non-refundable deposit of one month's fees. The deposit will form your June payment if still in the program at that time.

After School Program Payment
Monthly payment for the program is by a series of post dated cheques for $210/month/child dated for the first day of September through to May. The deposit paid to secure your place in the program will form your June payment if still in the program at that time.

After School Program Refunds
Please note:
o Withdrawal from the program at any time (before the start of the program or after the start) will result in loss of deposit
o Withdrawal from the program after the start of the program also requires one calendar month’s notice. If less than one calendar month’s notice is provided, parents/guardians will be required to pay one month’s fees in lieu of notice.
o Partial refunds will not be issued for temporary absence from the program for any reason.

Behaviour Management at After School
CAG is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive After School program that strengthens and builds each child’s self-esteem and provides a creative program that will capture your child’s attention and keep them positively engaged.
After School rules for the program are determined each September in partnership with the children. The overriding principles are safety, cooperation and respect.
Our first line approach to behaviour management is prevention. Staff are trained to keep an eye out for any developing issues and to distract and redirect before a situation develops. With the same end goal of prevention, we endeavour to present activities each day that keep the children productively engaged.
If a situation escalates, we do give consequences appropriate to the severity of the behaviour. Our goal is always to manage behaviours in a positive, constructive manner.
For more detail please see our After School Behaviour Management Policy and Policy with Regard Suspensions and Terminations.

Please email cworkun@OttawaEastCAG.ca if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

CAG After School Programs 2018/19

Old Town Hall After School (Age 6 – Grade 6)
Old Town Hall, 61 Main
Until 5:30 p.m. every school day as of September 4
$210/month*
Pick up from Lady Evelyn school, and Elgin St (Grades 1 - 3 only) and Francojeunesse buses.
•Emphasis on active outdoor play and fun daily indoor activities
•Parents provide snack (snack can be stored at the Old Town Hall for your family)
•Does not include PD Days
•Minimum 1:6 child to staff ratio
•Maximum number of children 24
Registration is open.
Old Town Hall After School Enrolment Form
Form to be completed and signed once registration deposit is received. Please read for full terms and conditions relating to the program.

Brantwood Park After School (Age 6– Grade 6)
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
Until 5:45 p.m. every school day as of September 4
$210/month*
Pick up is from Hopewell and Lamoureux buses
•Emphasis on outdoor active play and the wonderful park setting
•Parents provide snack (snack can be stored at the field house for your family)
•Does not include PD Days
•Minimum 1:6 child to staff ratio
•Maximum number of children 24
Registration is open.
Brantwood Park After School Enrolment Form
Form to be completed and signed once registration deposit is received. Please read for full terms and conditions relating to the program.

*The minimum wage is to increase in January 2019, from $14/hr to $15/hr. It is possible that this may necessity a small fee increase in January 2019. This will depend on the impact of the 2018 minimum wage increase to our overall budget this year.

Registration for CAG After School programs for 2018-19 is now open. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

Kindergarten Care

CAG ran a survey to determine child care needs for families with kindergarten-aged children in Old Ottawa East. This was undertaken in light of changes by the Government of Ontario to the Child Care Act that came into effect for the 2017-18 school year. The legislation requires after school care for kindergarten-aged children to be licensed.

CAG did apply for a license for Old Town Hall, however, we were informed that the Brantwood Park fieldhouse does not meet licensing requirements.

Results from the survey showed that, while there is interest in daycare for this age group, there would not be sufficient registrations to support a program.

Furthermore, most of the families who expressed interest have children attending Hopewell Public School. We are unable to provide daycare at the Old Town Hall for Hopewell Public School, as transportation is not available to the Old Town Hall because it is out of boundary. Efforts to obtain an exception and extend bus services have proven unsuccessful as it has been determined that there are now sufficient daycare spaces within boundary.

A number of childcare options remain available to our families, and we invite you to visit the province of Ontario’s website for more information regarding these.

Supporting our families’ after school care needs continues to be a priority. In the long term, CAG looks forward to moving into a new facility where new daycare facilities are built to meet provincial regulations and as the community grows in size to meet registration minimums.

CAG continues to offer after school programming at both Old Town Hall and Brantwood Park fieldhouse for children who are six years or older and attend a feeder school. Spaces are currently available in both programs.

Thank you for your understanding.

Posted: December 19, 2018