Course Descriptions

“Learning for the fun of it”

Winter 2024

Registration: starts Tuesday January 9 from 10 am – 2 pm

In Person: At the Glengarry Encore office at the address below (limited schedule); Fees are payable by CASH or CHEQUE or E-transfer.
Mail in: Only if accompanied by CHEQUE payable to Glengarry Encore,

Telephone: during office hours: e-transfer to email only (via text not available)
• Registrations accepted up to 5 days before scheduled date of each Workshop
• Register early as courses may be cancelled due to lack of participants.

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: If Workshop space is limited, your place is reserved only upon receipt of payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Workshops may be cancelled due to weather conditions, or at the discretion of the instructor. If a workshop is cancelled, we attempt to notify participants as quickly as possible. The workshop will be rescheduled if possible.

REFUND POLICY: A full workshop refund will be issued if your workshop is cancelled, or you are unable to attend the rescheduled date. Request for a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SUPPLY FEE: Materials provided by the instructor are listed in the cost on the registration form. This fee is non-refundable.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at Glengarry Encore Centre:
Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park).
Place is reserved only upon receipt of payment.

Created, operated and presented by VOLUNTEERS!

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in these workshops/courses are those of the LEADER and do not necessarily represent those of Glengarry Encore Education. Glengarry Encore will not accept any liability in respect to information given in these settings

Glengarry Encore will follow all EOHU covid protocols


January 2024


Leader: Milo Smith
Weekly sessions
Minimum: 4
Date: Thursdays beginning Jan 11
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $30
Location: Glengarry Encore BuildingThe photo club is for enthusiasts and those wanting to improve their
digital photography skills and images. Meetings are held to share
and discuss images from a technical and artistic perspective as well
as offer critiques when requested. Weekly challenges give members
the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Occasionally we will
travel to destinations with photographic interest.
For more information send your queries to [email protected]

B) Genealogy At a Glance

Leader: Erin Blair
3 sessions
Date: Jan 15 (Mon), Jan 22 (Mon)
and Jan 30 (Tues)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $25
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Stepping into the world of Genealogy can be an exciting journey as
you learn more about yourself and your heritage. Join Erin, a retired
teacher, who has tips and places to search to get you started on this
fascinating hobby. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

C) Veganuary with Linda

Leader: Linda Turner
1 session
Dates: Monday January 15
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: $15 Supply: $20
Location: 209 Main St N, Alexandria
*Maximum: 15*

Come and join Linda, the owner of Zengarry, as she shares her
knowledge on sources of plant-based proteins, their benefits and
how to cook them. Tasting and sampling of her cooking will be
enjoyed as well.

D) Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Tasting

Leader: Barry MacDonald
1 session
Date: Monday, January 22
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: $15 Supply Cost: $ 30
Location: Manulife Securities, 8 Main
Street S. Alexandria, K0C 1A0

Scotch whiskies are among the world’s most revered spirits. The
purpose of this presentation is to promote the knowledge and
enjoyment of Single Malt Whiskey. What better way to experience
Glengarry’s Celtic heritage than to meet in a friendly atmosphere
during which 3 different malts will be presented by Barry, a
knowledgeable malt master.

E) Yoga Nidra Meditation Workshop

Leader: Jennifer Shackleton
1 session
Date: Tuesday January 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Despite the word yoga being in its name, this is a fully guided
meditation practice. Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that allows
your body and mind to hover in the state between being awake and
asleep. This practice gives your body the opportunity to experience
deep rest while also nourishing your entire nervous system. Our
minds are constantly being over stimulated. This can lead to mental
health struggles, sleep issues or a general feeling of being unwell.
But with the help of meditation, you can begin to encourage your
body to rest in a more peaceful state.

F) Quilt As YOU go

Leader: Marielle Brunet
1 session
Date: Monday January 29
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm +
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 10 *

Marielle is back! She will teach you how to make a quilt using the
“quilt as you go” method. You will learn how to prepare quilt blocks
and how to join the blocks to complete your quilt. Bring your scissors
and sewing machine threaded with white thread. You will also need
cotton fabric pieces of various colours and thin batting. Marielle will
meet with you at her shop prior to the course to answer all your
questions and guide you in the purchase of supplies.

G) Spine Self-Care

Leader: Elaine McDonald, Physiotherapist
1 session
Date: Tuesday, January 30
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Join Elaine for a discussion on “How to Care for Your Spine”. In this
presentation, Elaine will discuss a brief review of anatomy, general
information on the spine, how to prevent spine pain, what a typical
flare-up plan should look like, and basic spine first-aid. The emphasis
will be on self-care.

February 2024

H) Grow Good Food

Leader: Peggy McDonald
1 session
Date: Saturday Feb. 3
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 25*

Peggy will share her in-depth knowledge of growing organic
vegetables. We will learn about her permanent no-till garden
approach, how to reduce weed pressure and pests, companion
planting, crop rotation and how to extend your growing season.

I) Stretching Your Meat Budget

Leader: Leonard Thevenot
1 session
Date: Monday, February 5
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15 Supply cost: $20
Location: Shalom House
*Maximum: 15*

With the ever-increasing cost of groceries, we are all looking for

ways to extend our food budget. Leonard, a trained butcher and self-
taught chef, will help you elevate those cheaper meat cuts into

gourmet meals. You will share the fruits of your labour in the
beautiful Shalom House (170 St. Paul Street, Alexandria) dining

J) Learn to Carve

Leader: Michel Latreille
10 sessions
Dates: Tuesdays: (Feb 6 – Apr 9)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $50 Supply Cost: $5
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 10*

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced woodcarver you are
invited to join this class to share the satisfaction and joy found in
carving. Michel, an experienced carver, will provide the necessary
wood at minimal cost. He will guide you in a project of your choice. If
you have any carving tools, please bring them. If not, you will have
access to some.

K) SDG Alexandria Library Visit

Leader: Iris Clark
1 session
Date: Tuesday, February 13
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: SDG Alexandria Library
170A MacDonald Blvd., Alexandria
*Maximum: 10*

The SDandG Alexandria Library has so much more to offer than books.
Why not pay a visit and the staff will fill you in on the many services it
offers you. Would you like to read books on your tablet? Bring it
along and someone will set you up for many happy hours of reading.

L) Madagascar: Not a movie

Leader: Helena McCuaig
Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

“Madagascar” The word conjures up romantic images of lemurs, rain
forests and ocean waves. The truth includes another Madagascar
struggling to survive, struggling to feed and educate its people. Join
Helena for a virtual tour into the central mountains. She spent six
weeks living at Tenaquip School, travelling to Tananarive and, yes,
visiting the lemurs.

M) Education and Exercise for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

Leader: Mary Jane O’Shea
1 session
Date: Tuesday Feb 27
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Join Mary Jane, a registered kinesiologist, to gain a better
understanding of aging bones and osteoporosis. You will learn
exercises that can help improve posture and strength, prevent falls,
and minimize fracture risk. Mary Jane will give you exercise tips and
advice on how to perform daily activities safely.

March 2024

N) Anthropology

Leader: Brent Whitford
1 session
Date: Monday March 4
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Anthropology provides a lens for seeing your world in new and
different ways. It frames humans as the result of evolution over
millions of years. Join Brent, a PhD candidate in Anthropology and
senior curator at the Cornwall Museum, to gain an insight into his
studies in this field.

O) Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART)

Leader: Penny Decoste
1 session
Date: Wednesday March 6
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 12*

Penny Décoste, Program Coordinator for Carefor Health
Community Services, will show us how to stay fit through the
SMART exercise program, a fun, gentle, safe method for all levels of
ability. It is designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and
mobility through low-impact exercise. The program also focuses on
seniors maintaining independence and offers strategies to reduce fall
risk. Wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. Come and get


Leader: Ron Lajoie
6 sessions
Dates: Thursdays: March 7 and 21, April
4 and 18, May 2 and 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Whether young or old, everyone has a life story to tell. The “family”
stories should be preserved for future generations. You too, can start
writing that bit of your life’s history for posterity. You will enjoy the
sharing of stories as you make new friends. Best of all, you will have
a wonderful gift that will be a legacy for future generations.

Q) Spoons, Rings and Things

Leader: Brenda Taylor
1 session
Date: Friday March 8
Time: 9:30 – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Brenda is a silverware artisan at TWO HAMMERS in Monkland. She
crafts rings, necklaces and earrings from such items as silver plated
or sterling silver sugar tongs, spoons, forks and knives. Brenda will
explain and demonstrate how this is done with just her hammer. If
you just happen to have a piece of cutlery in your pocket or purse

that is silver plated or sterling, you might go home with a one-of-a-
kind piece of jewelry.

R) The Red Sea Miracle (2 parts)

Leader: Len Siwik
2 sessions
Date: Monday March 11 and 18
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Len is excited to share this two-part movie and lead the follow up
discussion. One of the greatest miracles in the Bible is the parting of
the waters for safe passage of the Israelites but is there any
evidence that it really happened, and if so, where? The Red Sea
Miracle, Pattern of Evidence (Directed by film maker Timothy P Mahoney
and Cecelia DeMille Presley) addresses these questions. Session 1:
Evidence from 2 separate sources: The Egyptian Record and the Hebrew
Record. Session 2: Geographical and Archaeological Sources.

S) A Trip to the Sugar Bush

Leader: Mallory Franklin
1 session
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00pm
Cost: $15
Leader: Mallory Franklin
Location: across from 4995, 4th Line Rd,
North Lancaster K0C 1Z0

Join Mallory in his maple bush for the sweetest event of spring;
maple syrup production. You will see a modern sap collection
pipeline system and shiny boiling pans in the sugar camp. The camp
is located close to 4th Line Road, east of North Lancaster. Please be
aware that the date of this session is highly dependent on the spring

T) Visit to Fraserloch Farm

Leaders: Jack, Linda, Mark and Matthew Fraser
1 session
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: 18536 Con.8 Road, Maxville

Jack and Linda Fraser have seen a lot of changes to Fraserloch
farms since they began farming 200 acres in 1978. Join them and
their sons Mark and Matthew as they explain the changes. You will
witness a robotic milking system which allows more flexibility in a
farmer’s day.

U) An Arctic Experience

Leader: Wayne Morrison
1 session
Date: Wednesday March 20
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Wayne is excited to tell you of his experiences teaching three years
in Hall Beach, a small Inuit village (pop. 158). Located on the eastern
side of the Melville Peninsula, it is approximately 400 km north of the
Arctic Circle. Wayne became totally involved in all aspects of the
ancient traditions and Thule Culture of the village. A strong bond with
the indigenous peoples made leaving very difficult. Wayne will focus
his presentation on pictures and authentic artifacts from this teaching

V) Introduction to Homesteading and Food Sovereignty

Leader: Brigitte Berube
1 session
Date: Saturday March 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

You, too, can contribute to your home food supply. Whether in an
apartment or homestead, there are solutions to growing and processing
some of your own food. Brigitte will lead you through the basics of food
growing: (types of growing, solutions to small spaces, types of plants
etc) foraging: (using wild vegetables, weeds), food preserving (canning,
dehydrating, freeze drying, fermenting). You will also learn about
animals on smaller scale farms: the costs etc. In this introductory course
you will be introduced to skill sets as part of the homesteading lifestyle.
Please bring your questions as Brigitte is keen on participant directed
questions and discussion. (If interest warrants, Brigitte is willing to
present more in-depth courses on this topic.

W) Prophecies of the Passion

Leader: Len Siwik
1 session
Date: Monday, March 25
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

For centuries, the Jewish people looked for a Messiah. In the Old
Testament, there are more than 300 prophesies that describe Him,
how He would be recognized and how He would be treated. This
DVD presentation concentrates on 22 of the prophecies that
describe Christ’s final days on earth. The presentation will be
followed by a discussion.

April 2024

X) Cooking with Chef Margaret – Fish!

Leader: Margaret McCormick
1 session
Date: Saturday April 6
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15 Supply fee: $25
Location: Green Valley Community
*Maximum: 15*

Fish are a great source of protein, Vitamin D and B12, omega 3 and
many minerals essential for health. Do you eat one or two servings
of fish per week? If you are stuck in a rut with seafood cookery, plan
to attend Chef Margaret’s workshop to discover some new
techniques to prepare and cook fish.
Address for Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon
Street, Green Valley

Y) iPad for Beginners (2 sessions)

Leader: Lee Anne Vallance
2 sessions
Date: Mon Apr 8 and Thurs Apr 11
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 10*

These two sessions are designed for beginners and will cover the
very basics of the iPad. You will learn tips that will help you get the
most out of your iPad. LeeAnne will help you discover a variety of
apps and hidden tips to become more productive and to have more
fun with your iPad. Please bring your iPad. Knowing your Apple ID
will be helpful.

Z) Introduction to Archaeology

Leader: Brent Whitford – Senior Curator Cornwall Museum
1 session
Date: Monday April 8
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Brent Whitford is a Prehistoric Archaeologist. He will give you an
introduction to the fascinating study of researching and uncovering
the history of societies that existed before any form of writing system
or historical record.

AA) iPad for Intermediate (2 sessions)

Leader: Lee Anne Vallance
2 sessions
Date: Mon Apr 15 and Wed Apr 17
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 10*

This two-day course (for those who took Introduction to iPads or who
have more advanced knowledge) is to help individuals who are
already comfortable using the iPad become more proficient. Time
saving features, tips and tricks will be shared to help get the most out
of your device. Please bring your iPad. Knowing your Apple ID will
be helpful.

BB) Traditional Rug Hooking

Leader: Jane Desjardins
2 sessions
Date: Tuesday, April 16 and April 30
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $20 Supply Cost: $25
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Jane and her friends are excited to teach you traditional rug hooking.
The basic technique is to hold a thin strip of cloth or wool on the back
side of coarsely woven fabric. Small loops are drawn through the
openings of the weave using a hooking tool. The ladies have
prepared kits with all the needed materials including the hoop,
background linen, pattern, wool and a rug hooking tool which is
worth approximately $15. You can learn a new skill and join the
friendly rug hooking ladies in our area.

CC) Understanding How Relationships Fail; How to Improve Them

Leader: Donna Monroe
1 session
Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Donna’s 30 years of work as an occupational therapist is an
excellent background to explore human relationships. You will look at
unhealthy patterns of relating using the Karpman Triangle, by Steven
Karpman. The triangle consists of: Victim (Damsel in Distress),
Persecutor (Abuser) and Rescuer. Donna will conclude by
discussing healthier ways of relating using her Kite/Diamond model
of relationships.

DD) What is hosting?

Leader: Patricia Crockford and Ryan Groves
1 session
Date: Monday April 22
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Do you have an extra room in your house? Do you enjoy interacting
with young people? Then the Canada Homestay Network may be for
you. It offers short and long-term educational adventures for youth
and Canadian families. You will have 24/7 support. Come and learn
about the benefits of hosting international students with the CHN.

EE) Life as a Country Doctor

Leader: Elizabeth MacGillivray
1 Session
Date: Wednesday April 24
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Not many of us remember a day when the family doctor braved the
elements to bring help to the scattered country homes. Elizabeth, her
parents and siblings lived with her grandmother and grandfather Dr.
A.T. Munroe. Dr Munroe practiced medicine in Dalkeith from 1905
until 1957. This session promises to be an interesting morning as
Elizabeth shares stories about her grandfather’s life and the
challenges he faced as a country doctor.

FF) Unlocking the Benefits of Quality Sleep

Leader: Alyson Graham
1 Session
Date: Thursday April 25
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Encore Building

Regardless of age, proper sleep is vital to our physical health and
emotional well-being. Rest assured there are things we can do to get
the sleep we need. Together we will investigate some of the causes
of sleep disturbances and explore tips for overcoming sleep

GG) Acrylic Painting Class

Leader: Marion Bebbington
1 session
Date: Friday, April 26
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00pm
Cost: $15 Supply cost: $10
Location: Glengarry Encore Building
*Maximum: 10*

Bring a touch of Spring to your home. Join Marion as she guides
you to compete with Monet in creating your own TULIP masterpiece.
Drawing or painting skills are not a requirement for this class.
Marion’s step-by-step demonstrations will ensure your success. All
supplies will be provided; however, you may wish to bring a bag
lunch to enjoy during a lunch break.

May 2024

HH) Spring Nature Walk

Leader: Helena McCuaig
1 session
Date: Monday, May 6
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Leader: Helena McCuaig
Location: Parking lot – Lakeshore Road

Join Helena and friends to explore the Garry Fen trail at Lakeshore
Road, North Glengarry. It is a 4km walk including boardwalks;
some roots but no elevations. We will learn to identify the spring
flowers, the carnivorous plants and some invasive species growing
by the fen. It is truly a botanical jewel in our area.

II) Agritourism: A local tulip farm’s story

Leader: Sandra Bebbington
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Supply Cost: $15 includes 10 tulips
Location: 199 Main St. E, Vankleek Hill

Vankleek Hill Tulip Fields is a new and thriving local u-pick tulip
farm. Come meet the owners, Sandra and Mike, learn how they got
into the business, and what tulip farming is all about. You will hear
about the challenges and joys of having an agritourism farm. Tour
their field, see their operations and ask them questions. And don’t
forget to pick some tulips to take home.

JJ) Birding

Leader: Mike Chegrinec
1 session
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Cooper Marsh Terrace. On
Highway 2, West of South Lancaster
* Maximum: 15 *

Whether you are a novice or an experienced bird watcher you won’t
be disappointed. Cooper Marsh has many bird species and Mike,
an avid birder with the Cornwall Birding Club, will help you locate
them. Although the trails are generally dry, do wear clothing and
footwear to suit the weather.

KK) Cornwall Outing

3 Locations and 3 presenters
1 session
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $15 + Fee for jail: $5
Location: Cornwall, Ontario
*Maximum: 20 *

Why not treat yourself to a day’s outing in Cornwall, Ontario. We have
organized a 10 am visit to the SDandG Historic Jail, built in 1883 and
operated until 2002. It served as an asylum, a house of refuge and a
courthouse. A tour guide will treat you to many stories about the
building and the inmates. Across the way is the Cornwall Community
Museum, 160 Water Street. Brent Whitford will enhance your
knowledge about the people, places and events that shaped Cornwall.
Finish off your day with a visit to the Saunder’s Hydro Dam 2500B
Second Street West, Cornwall K6H 5R6 at 2 pm. It showcases the
history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power project as well as the
communities and people affected. Come and explore the exciting,
informative and interactive displays. Bring your lunch to enjoy in
Lamoureux park or visit a local restaurant.

LL) A Tour of the Bishop’s House in Glengarry

Leader: Brenda Baxter
1 session
Date: Friday May 31
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: 20017 County Road 18, St
Raphael’s, Ontario
*Maximum: 25 *

Did you know that the Bishop’s House in St Raphael’s is one
element of the celebrated St Raphael’s Ruins National Historic
Site? This 1808 landmark was the presbytery of the first Bishop of
Upper Canada and later the renowned school; Iona Academy. One
of the oldest, most historic buildings in Ontario, it was saved from
demolition by the Glengarry Fencibles Trust.
Join Brenda for a tour and learn the history of this beautiful stone