Tidbits | P'tits brins
Winter 2020 Edition | Édition d'hiver 2020
Celebrating 150 years of history at Tucker House
The People of Tucker House
Introducing the team who is working to inspire sustainable living in 2020
Sustainability Coordinators

Leah and Laura have been working at Tucker House since May 2019. We have been hard at work planning community events - like the quarterly open houses, hosting senior groups for tea and launching the "re-skilling" workshops, where community members can learn hands on skills like cooking and baking.
When not at the house, we both work from our office in Ottawa, focusing on growing the organizations capacity. Together, we do this through improving the organization's fundraising practices, hosting volunteer engagement events and building a new online database to track engagement of our supporters!

Our goal is the increase awareness in the community about sustainable living, Tucker House and all the amazing different programs we offer. We love welcoming new and old visitors to the house to learn something new, experience the historic charm and to share stories from the past 150 years of Tucker House.
Welcome Maddie!

This past fall, Tucker House and our partner Relay Education welcomed Maddie to the team as our bilingual STEM facilitator. Maddie is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University in French and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.
Her passion for sustainable living, social inclusion and teaching led her to Tucker House and Relay Education. Maddie has lots of experience working with children and youth of all abilities, in programming and in teaching about sustainability at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. Before joining the team at Tucker House, Maddie worked as a guide for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, teaching and engaging with the public about STEM subjects.

We are so excited to have Maddie join our team and over the past few months she has been working hard designing new marketing materials, leading workshops and planning community events, including organizing our
Read more about the Tucker House team here.
Meet the Tucker House board!

Manon Prince, the Chair
Morgan Hurtubise, theTreasurer
Sydney Atkinson, the Secretary
Kristine Veaudry
and Pam Lai!
Charlie/Acacia: 2019 Camp Director for Country Fun Nature Camp  
Charlie has been a returning staff member of Tucker House for over 3 years and has tirelessly run our legacy children’s camp each summer. Hear more about why she loves coming back to Tucker House each summer:

My three summers as camp director of Country Fun Nature Camp at Tucker House have been among the most rewarding work experiences of my life. There’s nothing quite like introducing children to Tucker House’s beautiful grounds, or teaching them about both the natural life in the forest and the history of the house itself. Working with Tucker House’s many fantastic, dedicated volunteers has been inspirational — whenever I get the chance to work alongside them, I can feel the love for the property and its community. It’s an honour being a part of the Tucker House family, and I always find myself counting down the days until I can return .”

Country Fun Nature camp will run July 6 - 10 and July 13 - 17, 2020 and we are looking for staff and volunteers to join our team! Contact us at countryfun@maisontuckerhouse.ca.
7 Ways to "Go Green" in 2020
Welcome to 2020! Not only have we entered a new year, but it's the start of a new decade! This is the perfect time for setting goals, making plans and hopefully, figuring out new ways to go green! 

When we listen to the news, going green seems daunting and climate change seems unavoidable. But, we can all contribute, even in small ways to make a difference! Here are a few small, but tangible ways to go green this year. We challenge you to pick a few you like and put them into practice! 

  • Pay bills online. Still getting your monthly statements in the mail? Switch to paperless to save resources. It also is a great way to declutter your junk drawer! 

  • Decline Receipts. Purchasing something you know you’re not going to return, like Tylenol or toilet paper? Ask the cashier not to print you a receipt. 

  • Unplug Appliances. By unplugging appliances that are rarely used or fully charged, you will be able to reduce your electricity bill and environmental footprint.

  • Get a library card. Instead of buying new books, take them from the library. Libraries are also places to get connected with the wider community and they host a variety of great workshops for all ages! 

  • Purchase used items. Places like Facebook marketplace or Kijiji are great places to find gently used items. Why not get a great deal and keep less out of landfills at the same time.
  • Repair, don’t replace. Don’t have the right tools or the know-how? Check out the Ottawa Tool Library. Instead of checking out books, borrow power tools! They also host repair workshops where you can bring broken items in for repair. 

  • Reduce Plastic Use. Remember to bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. A good trick is to simply store them in your car. Look for products that have minimal packaging or better yet, buy local!
Upcoming Events
Join us this year to celebrate 150 years of history at Tucker House (1870 - 2020)
DIY Skincare Workshop
Atelier: Produits de Beaut é
Eco March Break Camp
Camp écolo du congé de mars
Is the winter weather drying out your skin? Come out to our DIY skincare workshop and learn how to make your own homemade remedies.

Maddie will be teaching us about different natural products and how to gain control over the ingredients we use on our skin. We will be making body butter, lip balm and body scrub to take home!

When/Quand: Feb/Fev. 18, 2020
7-9pm / 19h-21h
Where/Ou? 1731 Chemin Tucker Rd
Cost/Coute: $25

Le temps hivernal dessèche-t-il votre peau? Venez à notre atelier de soins de la peau bricolage et apprenez à faire vos propres remèdes maison.

Maddie nous enseignera différents produits naturels et comment prendre le contrôle des ingrédients que nous utilisons sur notre peau. Nous allons faire du beurre corporel, du baume à lèvres et du gommage pour le corps à emporter à la maison!

Looking for a way to entertain your kids over the March Break? Let us do it for you! Tucker House Renewal Centre is hosting a Eco-March Break Camp. With a line up of guest speakers, hands-on activities and time spent outdoors, kids will learn about how to better care for the environment in fun and engaging ways.

Activities will include: forest yoga, seed saving workshops, bird watching, plant identification, zero-waste cooking and more! 

When/Quand: Mar 16-20, 2020, 8h-16h
Where/Ou? 1731 Chemin Tucker Rd
Cost/Coute: $200
Age/L' âge: 6-13

Vous cherchez un moyen de divertir vos enfants pendant le congé de mars? Laissez-nous le faire pour vous! Le Tucker House Renewal Centre organise un camp de vacances Eco-March Break. Avec une gamme de conférenciers invités, des activités pratiques et du temps passé à l'extérieur, les enfants apprendront comment mieux prendre soin de l'environnement de manière amusante et engageante.

Les activités comprendront: le yoga en forêt, des ateliers de conservation des semences, l'observation des oiseaux, l'identification des plantes, une cuisine zéro déchet et plus encore!
An exciting partnership!
In 2019, Tucker House partnered with Relay Education to facilitate the Kids World of Energy and Green Collar Career workshops for elementary and high school students. Relay Education is a charity “delivering hand-on quality programming about renewable energy, conservation, climate change and green careers” (relayeducation.com).

Through this partnership, Madeline, our bilingual facilitator, has been going to elementary schools around Ottawa and teaching youth about renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power. After an entire day workshop, students have a good understanding of renewable energy and its importance in addressing climate change. They also get hands on experience working with this technology by working together to build and race their own solar powered toy cars!

Leah and Laura have been visiting high schools in Ottawa and talking to students about career opportunities in the environment field. The students are introduced to new and exciting jobs - like a LEED consultant, GIS analyst or Apiarist. Many of the students are excited to learn about an up and coming field and all of the interesting and exciting green careers!

For more information, visit maisontuckerhouse.ca or to book a workshop, visit relayeducation.com .