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  • Thursday Feb 9, 2023 at 6:30pm

    Join us at the Sunnyside branch for a conversation with Author, Poet, Speaker Leslie Roach.  

    Leslie will discuss her experiences with racism in the past, and how she broke into the literary world. 

    Leslie Roach is an Ottawa-based poet and writer. Born and raised in Montreal to thoughtful and loving parents who immigrated to Canada from Barbados, Leslie has lived and worked in Italy, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal, shaping her perspectives and worldview. She then moved to Ottawa, working in the International and Interparliamentary Affairs directorate of the Parliament of Canada. 

    As a lawyer, she previously worked for the United Nations for 10 years in law and HR, specializing in conduct and discipline related to sexual, physical and psychological abuse. 

    She started writing and journaling at a young age as a form of therapy to process the racist experiences she had growing up. 

    In 2020, she released her debut book Finish this Sentence, a collection of poetry about healing from the effects of racism, finding one’s voice and power, and claiming your human right to be happy. She has been featured on major media platforms, including CBC, CBC Books, and Pace Magazine, and has partnered with national brands like Deserres. 

    Today, she is an advocate for finding your power through practicing mindfulness, both at work and at home, as a way to respond effectively to situations. She is also a workshop facilitator on journaling and mindfulness at work, and journaling to find one's true calling and purpose. 

  • Dickinson Reads
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 10:00am / until Wed, Jun 14, 2023

    We meet to enjoy lively good-natured discussions of a wide variety of books selected by our members. All assessments, interpretations, and opinions are valued and respected. Everyone is welcome!

    See the book list below for titles. 

  • yellow speech bubble in a blue background
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 10:15am / until Wed, Apr 26, 2023

    Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

  • four people with speech bubbles
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 11:00am / until Wed, Mar 22, 2023

    Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. A facilitator will be there to lead the group.

  • Wool
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 12:00pm / until Wed, May 31, 2023

    Bring your knitting or crochet and meet fellow enthusiasts at the Sunnyside branch.  Knitters of all abilities are welcome.

    Apportez votre tricot ou votre crochet et rencontrez d'autres passionnés à la succursale Sunnyside.  Les tricoteurs de tous niveaux sont les bienvenus.

  • wool used to knit
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 1:00pm / until Wed, Apr 19, 2023

    Join us for an informal gathering of knitting enthusiasts - from beginners to experts. 

    Share your ideas and projects in a relaxed atmosphere. 

    Every second  Wednesday afternoon 1-3 pm

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 1:30pm / until Wed, May 31, 2023

    Le groupe de conversation en français est un programme d'apprentissge de la langue avec un professeur et un mombre minime d'étudiants de même niveau. Les places ne sont disponibles que si certaines se libèrent.

  • books; glasses
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 1:30pm

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for a lively discussion of The Sentence by  Louise Erdrich.

    Discussion held in English.  Drop-In.         

  • Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 2:00pm / until Wed, Mar 29, 2023

    Are you looking for a relaxing activity that is low stress and doesn't require any special skills?  Then colouring may be for you!   Join us to explore your creative side, relax and meet new friends.  All supplies will be provided.

  • Book Club
    Wednesday Feb 8, 2023 at 3:00pm / until Wed, Jun 14, 2023

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere in person, in the afternoon.  This group meets every second Wednesday of the month (except September this year) See link below for this year's selections:

    September 7: Yellow Wife, by Sadeqa Johnson

    October 12: Thomas King, author

    November 9: Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

    December 7: Still Life by Sarah Winman

    Manotick Book Club selections for 2022