This year’s Taste in the Glebe was a night to remember!
GNAG Executive Director
GNAG celebrates change!
Embracing change becomes a natural part of ushering in a new year! From a programming standpoint, we’ve observed notable shifts in the last year. Activities like pottery have become wildly popular, leading to extensive waitlists. There’s a growing demand for one-time specialty workshops like Amy Longard’s vegan cooking courses, and children’s specialty courses are a huge hit.
Embracing and celebrating change has become a guiding principle for the GNAG team – trying new things to meet the evolving needs of the community and our full-time staff. We remain committed to providing innovative and engaging programs that resonate with you. Here’s to a year of continued growth, adaptation and exciting new experiences!
Strategic plan 2023- 2026
As part of the GNAG board’s mandate in 2023, creating a roadmap for the organization’s future was top of the list. Through an insightful strategic planning session, guided by the expertise of Brenda Kirkwood and the local executive recruitment firm Keynote Search Ottawa, we’ve created a vision to grow and thrive, aligning with three key priorities that will shape our path forward:
- Financial stability and accountability
- Refining organizational structure for improved service delivery
- Enhancing community-centric programming
We believe in the power of community collaboration. In the spring, we will be launching surveys and automatic feedback emails after program sessions. By taking a few moments to respond to our surveys and feedback emails, you’re actively shaping the future of our programming.
Taste in the Glebe
Taste in the Glebe brings together culinary artists from local restaurants for an evening of small plates and refreshments in support of GNAG and our community projects in the Glebe. The outpouring of support for Taste this January made it one of our most successful fundraisers of the year. Funds from this event go into our Community Development Fund to support the Integration Program, Financial Assistance and future community projects.
A big thank you to Rebecca McKeen and McKeen Metro for their generous sponsorship of the event! Their contribution not only made the occasion more environmentally friendly but also supported the dish rental expenses, allowing us to avoid disposable items. Your commitment to sustainability is truly appreciated.
The Lyne and Dominique Team at Engel & Volkers generously sponsored the photo booth – thanks for capturing a truly unforgettable evening.
From all of us at GNAG, thank you to every restaurant and beverage company in attendance, to every volunteer, to the team and to everyone in the community who bought tickets and came out. None of this would have been possible without the 2024 organizing committee: our chair Tahera Mufti, Nicole Allen (beverages), Sheri Segal Glick and staff members Clare Davidson Rogers and I – we made it a night to remember!
Honourable mention to some of the newcomers to Taste this year — Raphaël Peruvian Cuisine, Le Poisson Blue and Haven’s Creamery!
Rink party at Mutchmor
The Mutchmor Rink Party is making a comeback on February 24 from 3:30 to 5:30, thanks to our partnership with the BIA! Grab your skates, bundle up and join us for an old-fashioned skating party, featuring loads of prizes and surprises.
This year’s rink was supported by a generous donation from the office of Councillor Shawn Menard. Mutchmor Rink opened on January 14 – a big thanks to the tireless efforts of Peter Wightman, the rink crew and the volunteers for keeping our skates gliding smoothly!
The City of Ottawa is making renovations to the main all floors which will span six weeks later this spring. There will be some disruptions to our regular programming after the Victoria Day long weekend, but we are getting creative and can’t wait to show everyone what we come up with! Please continue to support GNAG and register for programs during this time!
If you have any ideas for programming or want to teach a class with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.