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OCTC School's Children are "Cooking Up Sweet Success" with Ontario Government MPPs and Cordon Bleu Ottawa

(Ottawa, Ontario): Our elected government representatives don't generally don a chef's apron and hat to make chocolate truffles – but that's just what 3 provincial Ministers and a local MPP will be doing at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre's (OCTC) School at 395 Smyth Road, on the Ottawa Health Science campus.


Under the watchful eye of Chefs from Ottawa's Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister of Community and Social Services, the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, the Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi will take part with 30 schoolchildren from the OCTC School, in a demonstration of making chocolate truffles. Once the truffles are made, everyone present will be able to taste the delicious results!

This year marks OCTC's 60th anniversary. The Cooking Up Sweet Success theme will launch our celebration events and focuses on our School which has operated as part of OCTC from the beginning in 1951. Specifically the event salutes our School's new French school component—a first for an Ontario children's treatment centre.

"We serve more than 3,500 clients and their families annually in Eastern Ontario and are proud of our bilingual designation to serve clients in both English and French. However our longstanding Children's Treatment Centre-based school program until this school year operated in English alone, as remains the case for all others in Ontario. This new OCTC French school component was encouraged and supported by the Ontario Government in partnership with the three French boards. This is the latest example of how we are expanding our capacity to help our clients integrate successfully into the community," says Kathleen Stokely, Chief Executive Officer of OCTC. "It's another important step up in what we are able to offer in responding to families needs."

"In the children's rehabilitation community, we are viewed as playing a strong leadership role for families and other service providers," adds J.P. Boisclair, chair of OCTC's board of directors. This latest initiative, in close collaboration with the area's seven English and French School Boards, is a testament to that leadership."

Helping mark the occasion with us are representatives of our core partners – all seven area school boards.

In addition to this inaugural 60th anniversary event showcasing the expansion of the School, the Centre has created a time capsule for the Smyth site. Other events are being planned throughout this year to highlight OCTC's growth and successes from its beginning as the Cerebral Palsy Society of Ottawa and District, serving nine children. Today, with six sites of service, OCTC serves the full Champlain district providing services supporting children and youth with a very broad range of physical, developmental, communications and behavioural special needs.

For more information about the event, please contact Evelyne Paulauskas at 613-688- 2126 ext. 4316.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344