Four years ago on March 1st, Centre Communidée moved into the current space on St-Ferdinand, a space that has become like a home away from home Thanks to everyone who has helped to make the centre the great place it is today!
Here are some of the things we have done together in the past year:
Activities: yoga, music, french, history, sewing, cooking & cultures, arts & crafts, building club, woodworking, aikido, strings & things, chess club, Suzuki violin demo, snow play, junior youth group, computer science, pottery, games night, drawing, science, non-violent communication, plants & gardens, drama, tennis, urban sketching, make a video game, cooking, the story of stuff, natural clowning, track & field, soccer, poetry, Pathfinder, D&D, badminton, survival skills, the human body, 3D printing and modding Minecraft, and reading Sherlock Holmes short stories while colouring.
Projects: the Pancake Bot, an amazing lemonade stand, a compost, a hanging window garden, a wood-storage unit, a skating rink in the park, and now a 25-foot long sailboat!
Special activities: Brain Awareness Week, Neufeld videos & discussion, McGill Community Involvement Day, portfolios & school boards, homeschooling and higher education, legal information session, and an adult distance education information session.
Special events: the Narnia play, the Wizard of Oz play, chess tournaments, Magic the Gathering tournaments, ping pong tournaments, foosball tournaments, the community garage sale in June, the Not-Back-To-School picnic at Beaver Lake, a mini-track meet, a University of the Streets Café public conversation on education, a clothing exchange, and a film screening of “Racing with Copepods”.
Parties: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, spring, and the year-end party and sleepover.
And with all this, there is so much more that happens spontaneously!
Field trips: a Geordie play: The Iliad, the OSM: Russian Legends, the McGill telescope, a fossil walk, the Lasalle Rapids, a Geordie play: The Odyssey, a bike trip to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a trip to Ottawa, a sports day at UdeM, canoeing on the Lachine Canal, the St-Sauveur water park, a visit to Julie’s beehive, a bike trip to the Lasalle Rapids, organic apple picking, a visit to the wastewater treatment plant, our track team participated in the Pierrefonds indoor track meet, a visit to TOHU Recycling Sorting Centre, the OSM: Pierre et le loup, a tour of the new super hospital, a Geordie play: Chloe’s Choice, winter activities at Beaver Lake: skating, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing, the OSM: The Magic of Mozart, and another Geordie play: Beneath the Banyan Tree.
Communidée also attended the AQED Symposium, the Montreal Mini Maker Faire, and REDAQ’s conference on democratic education.
Fundraising: selling food and stuff at the annual community garage sale, the 7th Annual Not-Back-To-School Picnic Raffle, and we went Christmas carolling and busking a few times.
Last year’s summer camps were a success and not only covered the summer rent, but made a bit extra to put into savings.
Looking to the future, we have an exciting spring program developing, and we are hammering out the last details of our summer camps. In general the centre is doing well, showing signs of health and growth
Here’s to another great year!