Bunny fun: Luskville playgroup celebrates Easter

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Spring is here we're told, but it's still so gray and cold outside. Where can you take your under 5's when you have exhausted all the DVD options? To the free playgroup in Luskville, of course.

Above from left, Comité 0-5 animator Lisa Corrigan with personal friend Helga the rabbit and an ardent admirer at the Luskville playgroup's Easter event.

Members of five families gathered at the Luskville Library on Monday March 19 to play games, sing songs and explore the fun and colour of spring. The playgroups are facilitated by the Table de développement social de Pontiac (TDSP), based in Campbell's Bay and funded by Avenir d'Enfants, which serves the entire MRC Pontiac, plus the Municipality of Pontiac. 

The Luskville playgroup presents bilingual events and activities three times per month, both at the library and the Community Centre.

The free playgroups are flexible and forgiving. "You don't have to be here on time and you don't have to call to reserve a place," reassures animator Lisa Corrigan. "We always provide a snack for each child, plus a little surprise to take home."

Moms and young ones enjoy some mat time.

"There is no 'downtown' to Luskville so this [playgroup] is a great place for parents to talk to other adults and let kids meet each other," Corrigan said. "It's quite possible these children will grow up to go to school together. I've seen a lot of friendships start at playgroups, for both kids and parents."

Face painting and egg decorating? Mondays can't get better than this.

The mission of the Table de développment social du Pontiac Comité​ 0-5 ans is to "favour development of the 0-5 years olds within our territory .... to experience successful integration into school, [while] taking into account individuality at developmental levels". Comité 0-5 projects include projects which encourage language stimulation and offer support for home daycare providers, breastfeeding mothers and parents learning French.

Find out more about the playgroups and other services offered by the TDSP across the Pontiac region at Facebook.com/05pontiac or by contacting 

Lisa Corrigan at 819 648 2825 or at anim05pontiac_est@hotmail.com

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Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

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Joan Finnigan, daughter of Shawville's Frank Finnigan, poet and author of 28 books, died in 2007. Now her legendary stories of life in the Ottawa Valley are brought to life in I Come From the Valley, a new musical by Stone Fence Theatre.

The cast of I Come From the Valley: standing from left, Phil Goden, Luna Nordholdt, Nigel Epps and Jocelyn Smith. Fran Pinkerton, seated, plays Joan Finnigan. Photo courtesy Stone Fence Theatre.

Exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park

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In collaboration with painter Ruby Ewen, we have organised an exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park!

Visiting the exhibit is free and, if you buy a painting, 50% of the proceeds will go to our Cameron-Purenne fund for research with which we fund scientific research in or about the Park!

Come and see these beautiful paintings inspired by our Park!

Where? At the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
When? During the Visitor Centre opening hours.

Exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans

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En collaboration avec l'artiste Ruby Ewen, nous avons mis sur pied une exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans!

Visiter l'exposition est gratuit et si vous achetez une peinture, 50% des revenues iront à notre fonds Cameron-Purenne avec lequel nous finançons des projets de recherche scientifique dans le Parc ou à propos du Parc!

Venez voir ces belles peintures inspirées par notre parc!

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