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Report
Open House and
Annual General
Meeting
2013
Some History…
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Our organization was first established in October 1999 as the Carp Ridge Community
School, an alternative, nature-based school for children and youths. Founders were
Katherine Willow and her late husband Mickey.
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Freya Struthers was the first charity Program Director, she started up most of the
programs including the pre-school. Freya also started establishing links with external
partners such as Katimavik, Pathfinders, So Glad To Be Me and more…
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The organization’s mandate later changed to include any programs for the general
public that would:
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Promote healthy living
Further preventative health care
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Up to this day, there has always been a small school on site – but as of September the
school is under private management.
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Now that we’re no longer running the school, the organization is in a transition phase.
Carp Ridge Learning Centre
what’s it all about?
Improve the Health of our
Community through:
Education
Innovative Ideas put into Action
Support of Change
Partnerships
INTRODUCTIONS:
2012-2013
Board Of Directors
President
Jacqui Ehninger-Cuervo
Chair
Ann Lawrence
Treasurer
Damita Wijay
Secretary
Jaime Sheridan
Our Founder:
Katherine Willow
her assistant
Laura Tromp
and board member
Christie Unitt
Building a healthier
community:
Physical Health
Mental Health
Emotional Health
Spiritual Health
AGENDA
The Year in Review
Recognition
Look to the Future
Contributions to Community Projects
Closing Thoughts…
BREAK
AGM
Building a healthier
community through:
Education
Innovative Ideas & Actions
Support of Change
Partnerships
Year in Review
FOREST SCHOOLS
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Nature Schools started in Scandinavia in the 1950s
According to Niels Ejbye-Ernst, Researcher at Copenhagen University, the first record of a
Danish nature school is from 1950, when a woman named Ella Flatau formed a “Walking
Kindergarten,” where a daily hike in the woods was part of the curriculum...
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A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play
and learning.
Based on the belief that children's contact with nature and the natural world is a very
important factor in their development.
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The concept was exported into other Scandinavian countries, from
there into the UK and finally into North America.
A 13 month long study carried out in Sweden on children from similar backgrounds found
that children attending forest school kindergartens in the countryside environment are far
happier than children in kindergartens located in the urban environment...
FOREST SCHOOL at Carp Ridge
 Between 2008 and 2013, Carp Ridge Forest Preschool
& Kindergarten was developed and hosted at the Learning Centre.
 Marlene Power became the Executive Director after Freya
Struthers.
We’ll let the pictures do the talking…
Forest School Tour
An attentive
crowd…
Families in Nature
with
Martha Webber
Martha Webber
 Martha Webber, is an award-winning
Ottawa-based educator and naturalist,
who is now in her late 80s.
 For decades she has lead groups into
local forests and fields to discover the
vast variety of edible plants growing wild
and to teach aspiring foragers, every
spring, about wild edibles.
 Her “Families in Nature” program was
hosted by CRLC.
Martha welcomes participants…
Had a great Families in Nature on Sunday -- Martha Webber
started with a chat about beavers & a pass-around of beaver
bits. Water & woods on Carp Ridge is heavily influenced by busy
beavers creating ponds & such:
Bushcraft Programs
with
Chad Clifford
Chad Clifford
 Chad Clifford is a certified teacher who
specializes in survival, bushcraft and nature lore.
 Chad has taught outdoor skills across Canada,
in the Arctic, at public schools, Colleges &
Universities, at his own business and in a BBC's
survival series.
 He had been running the Homeschool program
as part of the CRLC curriculum and now offers
his “Parent-Youth Bushcraft Club” at the Carp
Ridge location.
Quinzee snow shelter building.
Big Changes for CRLC…
 The Charity-run school closed for a number
of reasons:
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CRLC was a great place to germinate this whole idea
and nurture the seedling school along, but it needed
a bigger pot…
Growth was an issue – Site and zoning limitations and with that also
financial strain, because you couldn’t make it break even.
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Marlene found what looked like a great opportunity
for a larger, more centrally located school at the
former National Equestrian Park.
Sara took the opportunity to start her own private
nature school at Carp Ridge – great news for anyone
looking for a nature school in this area!
Forest versus Nature School…
CRLC may not run a school
anymore, but we have not
lost interest in alternative
education!
This picture does a great job explaining the relationship between Nature and Forest
schools. They are basically like two paths leading into the same direction and it’s
personal preference which one you’ll take.
Forest school has become more of a brand, they have courses, train people in a certain
way and have a more structured curriculum.
Individual Nature schools, like Sara’s are – well more individual! The leader’s philosophy
and style come through more strongly.
Ridgewoods Outdoor
Program
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Run by Sara Raeesi - Sara is teaching at Algonquin College, which is why she
could not join us tonight.
 degree in Education Science, a BA in Childhood Studies (RECE) and working
on her Masters in Education.
 Over 25 years experience
 training in wilderness survival
 holds certificates in Early Childhood Music Education and Nature Pedagogy
and Outdoor Education.
 She has trained in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.
 She grew up learning in nature
 Beyond just teaching a curriculum in the outdoors, Sara strives to instill a
loving connection for the beauty and wonder of this land in her students.
Marlene will give us an update on her new school later in the program...
Accomplishments
 I’d say we’ve hatched…
 Administrative clean-up:
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Held regular meetings
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Increased transparency
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Started to put guidelines and systems in place
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Worked on recommendations from our Auditor
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Started to move funds into safer investments
We’re out of the egg,
now it’s on to flying!!
Recognition
We love…
Administrative:
Giselle Forget
Sophie Beaulieu
Former School staff:
Sara Raeesi
Heather Andrachuk
Dave Ferreira
Matt Selic
Kim Trott
Jay Young
Chad Clifford
Marlene Power
Volunteers and Board Members:
Christie Unitt
Laura Tromp
Katherine Willow
Thank You!
We want to take a
moment to recognize
the people who helped
make it happen…
Look to the future
Next Steps?
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Continue Administrative Improvements
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Finish putting systems in place
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Overhaul Bylaws and get ready for ONCA
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Review Letter Patent and perhaps change to be less restrictive
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Decide on official name
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Grow our Volunteer base
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Grow our Membership
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Strategic Planning Session to decide priorities
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Start working on Projects!
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Form Partnerships with other organizations
Contributions to
Community Projects
The New Forest
School
Marlene worked very
hard to secure funding
and to spread the word
about the Forest school.
We think $5000 for
school supplies will be
put to very good use by
her new Not-for-Profit
Forest School.
Seniors at Home
Program Inc.
CRLC is contributing the
last remaining $3024.50 to
the “Keep the Wheels
Turning” campaign helping
“Seniors at Home” reach
its $30,000 goal.
Dennis Harrington is here,
together with Liz Wall and
Phyllis Doherty-Hereford,
to tell us more about
“Seniors at Home” and the
“Care Coach”.
In Closing, another
peek down the Road…
Some Exciting Ideas for
the Future…
 Martha Webber Filming project
 Learning more about GMO Foods
 Plan events with Carp Connect
 Study of Short Season Vegetables
 Intergenerational Events
 Help to support small businesses that are in line
with our objectives.
 Fund a GNM University Study to validate
alternative approaches to health
In Summary…
 Get our House in order
 Contribute to creating a vibrant, successful
and sustainable community
 Form Partnerships and help to connect
organizations
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The power of cross-pollination
Finding synergies
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Helping each other out
 Get the Organization to the point where we
can quickly supply a “missing piece” in our
community fabric.
Contact Carp Ridge Learning
Centre
Jacqui Ehninger-Cuervo
[email protected]

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