Register today for one or more of these free, entertaining and educational online gatherings with the PAL Ottawa Social Circle, presented by PAL Ottawa’s Supporting Cast. It’s a great way to stay connected as we spring into summer!

If you miss one of these events, or you’d like to revisit one of the sessions, watch our videotaped sessions on PAL’s Youtube Channel:

Program List

Tuesday, May 18, 2 pm

How to Feel Your Best with Nutrition

A discussion on the importance of food in your mental wellness, the best foods for brain health, joint health and more!

Jenni Beharry is a Weight Loss Counselor, Natural Nutrition-Clinical Practitioner (NNCP)-Clinic Manager & Culinary Nutrition Expert. Jenni’s goal is to help as many people as possible feel better in their own bodies. She has a keen interest in health and nutrition and wants everyone to understand the healing power of real food. Jenni has a keen interest in hormonal health & digestive health. Jenni is a FODMAPS master and has worked with many woman with endometriosis and adenomyosis as well as PCOS. Focusing on eating disorders in both men and women is a passion when helping people better understand themselves and change the narrative how they view themselves and the food they eat.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Wednesday, May 19, 2pm

Medications as We Age: Make the most of them and prevent harmful effects

Camille Gagnon, PharmD, is the Assistant Director of the Canadian Deprescribing Network. She is a Clinical Pharmacist and has experience in primary care, program management, community pharmacy and teaching to pharmacy students and technicians. She is a passionate medication safety advocate and cherishes every opportunity to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Special thanks to the Canadian Deprescribing Network, dedicated to raising awareness of medication safety, deprescribing and safer alternatives to risky medications..

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Thursday, May 27, 2 pm

Zoom for Zoomers: A Free Introduction to Using the Online Zoom Tool

In this session, you will learn about creating/scheduling your own meetings, joining someone else’s meeting, inviting people to join, the chat function and much more!

The session is led by Michelle Devorah Khan, an experienced social media manager, program developer, and Algonquin College professor.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Friday June 4, 2 pm

Perpetual Guest: Artist Jinny Yu on Her Work as a First Generation Settler Immigrant

Jinny Yu is an Ottawa artist working primarily in the fields of painting and installation art. She will discuss her latest work – ‘Perpetual Guest’ and ‘HÔTE’ – which explore her working and living as a first generation settler immigrant on the unceded territories of Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation

Yu’s painting series, Story of a Global Nomad, in 2007-2008, examined the socio-economic impact of architecture. Other subjects Yu has explored through her work include detachment, connected to her experiences in immigration and relocation, which she calls “global nomadism,” and the relationship between painting and space. In 2015, Yu exhibited a site-specific work, Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating? at the 56th Venice Biennale, an installation work that used Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 film, The Birds as a metaphor for the migration crises in the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Bengal. The work is now in the permanent collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Wednesday, June 9, 10am

Exploring Housing Options on a Limited Budget, Ending Homelessness Together

Join us for this free online discussion on two critical issues facing a growing number of people in Ottawa and across the country: the critical shortage of affordable housing and the options available to those on a limited budget.

Kaite Burkholder Harris is the Executive Director at the Alliance to End Homelessness. Prior to this, she has been working at the national level as a Policy Analyst with Reaching Home, the federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Previously, she worked as a System Planner with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and spent a number of years working as the Project Manager for A Way Home Ottawa in preventing and ending youth homelessness. Having worked as a frontline mental health worker, Kaite has a strong understanding of some of the challenges that people living on the streets face. Motivated by a desire to see larger systems change, Kaite is energized by engaging and mobilizing new stakeholders towards the goal of safe and affordable housing for everyone in our community.

Sarah Bercier has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Counseling, both with a focus on later life issues. Throughout her career she has worked in the fields of elder abuse, seniors’ housing, care coordination, lower income seniors, and most significantly on the transition to retirement. She has served as the Executive Director of the Council on Aging of Ottawa since 2015.

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Friday, June 11, 2pm

Long-Term Care: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Become part of the audience in actively discussing the state of long-term care with Peggy Edwards. What has gone wrong (the ugly), what needs to be fixed (the bad) and the potential for long-term care homes to provide dignified person-centred care and support, and to recognize and involve family members (the good). We will address your questions and concerns about residential living in Ottawa. And we formulate what action we can take to fix long-term care not in the future, but now, given the glaring loss of life in these facilities during the COVID pandemic. Time is of the essence.

Peggy Edwards is a consultant and writer on aging and an activist for the rights of older people. She co-chairs the Housing Committee of the Council on Aging Ottawa, which informs and advocates for age-friendly living for older persons in the full continuum from independent living in the community to long-term care. Peggy writes two popular columns on  aging and grandparenting in Fifty-Five Plus magazine.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Wednesday, June 16 at 2pm

Tingmiatornis arctica: Bringing the Past to Life Through Sculpture

Join Lisa Creskey in her studio as she investigates and sculpts a prehistoric bird recently discovered in the Arctic.

Tingmiatornis arctica is thought to have been similar to a cormorant but with teeth, during a period 90 million years ago when the arctic climate was as temperate as the tropics. There’s something about prehistoric animals that connects people with their inner child and recaptures their wonderment of the world. While sculpting, one can investigate and ponder the function of the animal form, anatomy and, in this case, archaeology as well. I like to animate the objects and story-tell as I work, they are ephemeral as soft clay while I work, they become puppets while I’m sharing that sense of engagement and wonder I feel about my work, the piece itself and promote caring and engagement about climate change and the environment.

Lisa Creskey is a ceramic artist and painter who explores the visual storytelling potential of the clay medium through sculpture and installation. Investigating themes of nature, history and time, Lisa creates immersive worlds in which to look for connections and to pose questions on essential concerns for humanity and the environment.

Among her achievements, her most recent international recognition includes Finalist in the 2020 Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale, Honorable Mention in the Korea International Ceramic Biennale KICB2019 and being awarded a 3-month 2019 Taiwan Ceramics Residency hosted by the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. She is also the recipient of the Prix du CALQ 2017 – Work of the Year in the Outaouais (Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec) for her 2016 solo public exhibition Match in Gatineau, Québec.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Thursday, June 17, 8pm

Panic and Perseverance: Managing to Make Music During a Global Pandemic

Join us for a free online evening of music and storytelling with John Carroll, whose successful 25 year career as a singer, songwriter and performer is deeply rooted in his ability to create mindful, pithy, and insightful songs from his observations of everyday life. He is a sure footed teller of yarns, and his tales of wit are woven seamlessly through song and stage banter, making him an enthralling live performer. His songs gain further depth by his skilled finger-style and slide guitar playing, lending an aching melody or creating gritty background for the images embedded in his lyrics.

To date, John has recorded four full-length albums (True Confessions of an Infamous Liar – 2002, Lost Radio – 2008, Everybody Smokes in Hell – 2012, and Live at the Acoustic Grill – 2014.) He is currently finishing work on a new full-length release called Sings and Plays, Plays and Sings, Volume 1.

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Friday, June 18, 2pm

Sculpting in Ice, Snow, and Sand: My Journey as an Intrepid Touring Ephemerals Sculptor

James W. Cook was born in Sudbury, ON and grew up in Kirkland Lake, ON, where he acquired his love of the outdoors. He was always a naturally talented artist by nature and is also a cartoonist, an award-winning pumpkin carver, ice sculptor, snow sculptor, painter, and a hand-crafter of fishing tackle.

Cook studied Graphic Design at George Brown College in Toronto and completed his diploma in 1988. He has freelanced as an illustrator, courtroom artist, and is a self-accomplished fine artist and sculptor working in many different mediums. James’ deep love of nature is reflected in his Northern Ontario landscapes and other parts of Canada he visits randomly which he paints mainly in oil on canvas in a style inspired of the Group of Seven, the Impressionists and the Pointillists.

He has had one oil painting, “Skaters at Science North” published on the January page of the 2016 Picture Our Lakes calendar, and another, “Autumn Lighting on Othello Avenue” published in the 2020 Multifaith Calendar. He has also had “Old Apple Orchards at Lincoln Fields” on display in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario through 2019 and “Flooding at Britannia Park” there through 2020.

James has also produced ice sculptures in Ottawa, Waterloo, Sudbury, Toronto, and Yellowknife, snow sculptures in Kirkland Lake, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Edmonton, sand sculptures in Gatineau, North Bay, and l’Islet, QC, and carved pumpkins in Sudbury and Ottawa.

Cook relocated from Sudbury to Ottawa in May 2016 to broaden his horizons in the Visual Arts. In June 2017, he was commissioned to produce a multiple-colored ice cream sculpture which is probably an historical first.

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Tuesday, June 22, 1 pm

Family Portrait: Exploring The Concept of Home with Painter Elle Chae

Join us on for this free presentation with Elle Chae, an artist who paints family and home.

Growing up and living in South Korea and in Fiji, and then moving to Canada, her experience of family division and isolation as an immigrant brought her to seek a sense of unity, belonging, and acceptance. Hence, family and home became the central subjects of her painting.

She is fascinated by the dynamic of family relationships and its influence on the sense of home that is unique to individuals. Considering the family as the place where we experience and understand the raw, honest forms of human nature, she pays close attention to her personal memories and also the stories of other families.

This presentation will introduce some of her newest works and works in progress entitled, “Family Portrait: Exploring The Concept of Home and Its Implications for Self.”

Special thanks to the Ottawa Community Foundation for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Wednesday, June 23, 2 pm

How Canada’s Cultural Game-Changers Break New Ground in Senior Years

Today’s elder professional artists were the ground-breaking game-changers on the cultural scene 40, 50, and 60 years ago. Today, they are still breaking new ground.

CSARN (the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network) exists to support them in their life work to make this a better, more culturally rich country in which to live. What makes them unique is their desire to keep creating, to continue developing the skills and talents they have spent a lifetime refining, and to continue using their art to challenge our perceptions of the world in which we live.

And we, as a country, can all benefit from this.

Scott Walker became CSARN’s first full-time Executive Director in 2015. He has enjoyed a varied career as an arts administrator, producer, actor, singer, and broadcaster. He was one of the founding producers of Toronto’s Reprise Concerts and Coordinator of ProArt Victoria. He has appeared on stages across Canada in productions that range from Shakespeare to Steinbeck to Sondheim. He currently hosts a show called The Musical Milestones on Cashbox Radio. Previous radio credits include anchoring CBC National Radio News. Scott has also appeared on television and film, most recently in the Hallmark movie Freshman Father. His critically-acclaimed solo CD contains a collection of classic pop standards, on which Scott is accompanied by a full 40-piece orchestra. His latest release is the love song Someone I Don’t Even Know. Scott is also the voice of the YouTube comedy hit Spiders on Drugs [more than 50,000,000 hits]. Website: www.scottwalker.ca.

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Friday, June 25, 8pm

Danielle Allard, Live from Her Home to Yours

Singer-Songwriter. Chameleon. Her tender voice and her combination of jazz, folk, pop, and blues will leave you pleasantly astounded. Danielle Allard is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Twitch Partner. She has been performing publicly for over 15 years and graced stages across Canada and Europe. This Ottawa native has toured Germany, Portugal and much of Canada but also performs 3 times a week for an international audience as a music streamer. By day she is a professor at Algonquin College in the Music Industry Arts program.

Danielle Allard’s livestreams are a mix of original and cover music played on a variety of instruments. She is a known live-loop artist and audiences enjoy a 3 camera view of her performance on over 15 different musical instruments. She is a teacher by day and loves the interactivity of the chat. Feel free to say hi and ask any and all questions you have about music, streaming and what it’s like being a Canadian musician.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.

Tuesday, June 29, 8pm

Strike Up the Band: From the National Gallery of Canada Picket Line To a New Line of Work As a Jazz Singer

Ottawa jazz vocalist Karen Oxorn shares some reflections on her many years working at the National Gallery of Canada and performing as a jazz vocalist, and offers insights on how to use the skills acquired in one’s main career to support passion projects before and during retirement. Accompanied by Tim Bedner on guitar, Karen will perform some of her favourite repertoire from the Great American Songbook.

Karen’s passion for performing jazz standards was kickstarted, one might say, by the strike at the National Gallery that took place twenty years ago. She established her professional singing career soon after and has become a popular personality on the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene performing regularly at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, the National Arts Centre and GigSpace. Noted jazz historian Ron Sweetman described Karen’s singing as having “real feeling and a subtle swing in a deep, rich voice.” In addition to singing and producing concerts, she enjoys supporting the music community in a variety of ways. Karen has spent many hours during the pandemic taking private lessons and group classes via Zoom to study jazz theory and technique more closely and to further develop her skills at improvisation, interpretation and songwriting. This is her first official gig since March 2020. Website: karenoxorn.com

Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for their support of this event.

We will send you a zoom link the night before to this free event.