2021-04-10 — Brighter Days – Escape The Stigma

Brighter Days – Escape The Stigma
APR 10th, 2021

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APRIL 10 & 17th

Tickets will be $25 per person or $100 per team of six.

Our virtual escape room will provide the exciting challenge of solving puzzles with new friends, or in a group of your own! Players will work in teams of six during a memorable experience which contributes to the
health of their community.

2021-04-10 — Brighter Days – Community Sweat

Brighter Days – Community Sweat
APR 10th 2021

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APRIL 10th

MOBILITY @ 1 p.m.

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feet into workout classes.


<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>For our young “sweaters”. Designed for kids ages 7-12. Combines fun and fitness, and encourages daily movement and exercise for healthy development!

MET/CON @ 3 p.m.

<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Burns fat and builds muscle through high intensity exercise. It’s for all levels– but you’re definitely going to break a sweat during this one.

2021-04-09 — Brighter Days – Art While Apart

Brighter Days – Art While Apart
APR 9th, 16th, & 23rd 2021

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APRIL 9, 16 & 23rd

Colour With Us Night: April 9, 2021 @7-8 p.m. ET

Tie-Dye Craft Night: April 16, 2021 @7-8 p.m. ET

Bob Ross Inspired Paint Night: April 23, 2021 @7-8 p.m. ET

Bring your art supplies or purchase our self-made art kits assembled with love. Tickets cost $10 each per activity, and $25 each if you pair it with a kit. Kits are sold separately for $20.

Join us live on Zoom, all levels of experience welcome. Stay tuned for prizes!

2021-03-31 — Brighter Days – 100 Hour Charity Stream

Brighter Days – 100 Hour Charity Streams
MAR 31st, 2021

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MARCH 31st


@ 2 p.m. ET and end Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET. It will be free to join and watch, and donations will be appreciated!

The 100-hour stream is an event that will be held via Twitch – a live streaming platform. Content will include:

·    Musical performances with special guests

·    Nostalgic Nintendo games

·    Minecraft, eSports & more!

Follow our journey: https://www.twitch.tv/algonquinpr


2021-03-24 — Brighter Days – An Evening Among The Stars

Brighter Days – An Evening Among The Stars
MAR 24th 2021

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MARCH 24th


From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET for a demonstration event via Zoom. After demonstration, we will be booking appointments over the next four weeks for three different options:

·    Individual session: 20 minute astrological birth-chart and tarot readings, $10

·    Couple’s session: 35 minutes astrological birth-chart and tarot readings, $20

·    Group session: 30 minute astrology reading, $30

Gain insight into your past, present or future*Understand your strengths and weaknesses*Discover your star signs and how they play a role in your thoughts, emotions, interactions, and relationships*Receive a goodie
bag with your birthstone, wildflower seeds, incense and tea catered to your astrological sun sign when you sign up


2021-03-22 — Brighter Days – Self-Care, Take Care

Brighter Days – Self-Care, Take Care
MAR 22th 2021

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MARCH 22nd


Tickets for general admission are $10. A ticket purchase will automatically enter you into a giveaway raffle.

The event will be hosted on Zoom on March 22, 2021, starting at 7 p.m ET.

Activities will include:

·    fun icebreakers

·    a skincare demo/Q&A

·    self-care manifestation methods session

·    beauty tips and tricks, and much more!

2021-03-20 — Brighter Days – Virtual Trivia Nights

Brighter Days – Virtual Trivia Nights
MAR 20th 2021

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MARCH 20th

Brighter Days has partnered with the Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro to present our Virtual Trivia Night on Saturday, March 20 starting at 8 p.m. ET!

Trivia will include questions related to sports, music, pop culture and much more!

All proceeds go to the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.

To participate, sign up and make a minimum of a $10 donation and join us for a fun night of trivia and an opportunity to learn more about the Brighter Days campaign and the Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro.

2021-02-14 — Virtual Song & Storytelling

FEB 14th 2021
Virtual Song & Storytelling


FEB 14th 2021 – Virtual Song & Storytelling
Tickets $75 per person

Join us this Valentines Day for an intimate + interactive evening of Virtual Song & Storytelling!

Celebrating A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love
The First 100 Tickets Get A FREE Copy OF The Book!

Order of Canada Recipient, 11x Juno nominee and Great Big Sea founder
Séan McCann with Andrea Aragon

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Filling His Shoes

‘Filling His Shoes’ is a tribute to Dave’s Dream to bring our three aging campuses together in a new facility to more quickly help even more youth and families struggling with mental health and substance use issues.

Dave came into the world in humble surroundings. One of 13 children raised by Jewish immigrants from Russia, David’s parents were remarkable role models. Raised in Lowertown Ottawa, Dave learned a strong work ethic at his father’s shoe repair store, where there was always a big pot of soup simmering in the back for anyone in need of a meal.

Growing up, Dave learned from his parents the value of community and the importance of giving whatever he could to those who were struggling. These lessons shaped his life and ultimately touched the lives of many others. Giving was at the core of his family’s values; David loved to tell the story of his mother arriving home one blustery, winter night without her coat. “Someone else needed it more than I did,” she told him.

Read more in the PDF


Filling Dave’s Shoes will take a village…
be part of our village!


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Dave Smith Centre Mourns the Passing of its Visionary Founder

Ottawa, ON (September 4, 2020) – Staff, volunteers and clients of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) are reacting with profound sadness to the news of Dave’s passing at
the age of 87.

Dave Smith founded the Centre in 1993 out of deep concern for young people aged 13‐21 struggling with serious substance use and mental health issues. “If we can turn around one
young person’s life,” he often said, “then we just have to do it.”  

“We’re all profoundly sad after hearing the news of Dave’s passing,” said Mike Beauchesne, Executive Director of the DSYTC. “Part of what made him so remarkable was his unwavering determination to take action to fix what he saw as severe concerns in the community. The facility that bears his name will serve as a constant reminder of the genuine care and compassion he showed for all of us at the Centre, particularly the youth and families we serve.”

Since 2010, the Centre has operated out of an administrative office in Stittsville and two residential facilities: a 14‐bed boys’ campus in Carleton Place, and a 10‐bed girls’ site in Carp. Over more than a quarter century, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre has supported more than 17,000 youth and family members with life‐saving addiction, mental health treatment and counselling services.

“Dave Smith cared for everybody, but particularly the young people in our community,” added David Kinsman, Chair of the DSYTC Board of Directors. “He was a visionary and established a facility to help kids with alcohol and substance issues decades before the problem was widely recognized. Every life that was turned around at his facility was the source of great joy for him.”

Over the last few years – and even in the final days of his life – Dave and his wife, Darlene, championed a grand vision to bring together the three existing sites into one purpose‐built complex that would expand the number of available beds, reduce wait times, and bring all of the dedicated addiction councillors and healthcare professionals under one roof. The first phase was completed earlier this year.

Clients and staff at the three Centre sites will honour Dave in a variety of ways over the coming days and weeks. A public memorial will be held at a later date when health restrictions permit it.

Media enquiries should be directed to:
Mike Beauchesne
Executive Director
Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
613‐594‐8333 ext.1211

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2020-07-26 — Namaste India

Sunday, July 26th at 11:00
Namaste India

Are you missing the excitement of travelling to new and exotic locations? COVID-19 has kept us all within our own borders. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a virtual voyage across the world!

Journey with us to “Namaste India” on Sunday, July 26th at 11:00 am EST where you will experience the cultural mix of food, art and music.

During this virtual experience, you will learn how to create an Indian meal, see the lovely work of a sand artist, hear traditional folk music, smile with some comedy, and test your knowledge of this great country.

Best of all, this incredible experience is absolutely free! Although there is no obligation, we hope you will consider making an online donation as any proceeds raised will go to well-deserved charities including The Ottawa Food Bank, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Center, Candlelighters, and the Ottawa River Keeper.

For more information on how to access this free event, please visit our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and our web site at https://www.namasteindia2020.ca

2020-07-25 — Party Like A Youngster: P.L.A.Y.

Saturday, July 25th at 7 PM
Party Like A Youngster: P.L.A.Y.

The global Covid-19 pandemic that is upon us has certainly changed the way we have lived these past few months. We have embraced the ‘new normal’ as best as we can. Let’s get set for quarantine summer 2020 with an event that brings back the memories of our young days.

“Party Like A Youngster” or P.L.A.Y. takes place on Saturday, July 25th at 7 PM.

Join us for your chance to put aside the distractions of your daily lives; where you can re-visit your inner child, be creative, and have some fun.

P.L.A.Y. is a virtual event where you will enjoy playing interactive games such as Trivia, Taboo and Shazam, along with entertaining performances that can be enjoyed by people of all ages!

Even though this is a free event, be sure to register because we have only a limited number of spots!

For more information and to register, please visit our web site at https://partylikeayoungster.wordpress.com/

All the donations made before, during, or after the event will be directed to the much-deserved charities we are supporting – the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, Candlelighters, Ottawa Food Bank and Ottawa Riverkeeper.

So, join us to revive your childhood memories and to make some new ones with us! Come be amazed! Come P.L.A.Y.!

2020-07-22 — Heat of Ottawa

July 22, 2020 – 7:00pm
The Heat of Ottawa: A Virtual Pub Crawl

Are you missing the excitement and comradery of a night on the town?

If so, we have an exciting experience coming your way in July! Plan to ZOOM in with us for “The Heat of Ottawa: A Virtual Pub Crawl” on Wednesday, July 22 starting at 7:00 pm.

During this virtual experience we plan to transport you back to an evening of pre-pandemic fun to some of the amazing pubs and bars in downtown Ottawa!

Learn how to create a signature drink from a professional mixologist, compete in exciting games for a chance to win cool prizes, enjoy a private live performance from Ottawa based performers, and so much more!

Best of all, this incredible evening is absolutely free! Although there is no obligation, we hope you will consider making an online donation – proceeds raised will go to the following well deserved charities: The Ottawa Food Bank, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Center, Candlelighters, and the Ottawa River Keeper.

For more information on how to access this free event, please visit our social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @HeatofOttawa and our web site at https://virtualpubcrawl.wixsite.com/heatofottawa2020

2020-07-23 — Rediscover Canada

July 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Rediscover Canada

What do poutine, beavertails, Caesars and polite people have in common? They all come from Canada!

Join us on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm as we experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world – ours!

The concept for “Rediscover Canada” came about during the COVID-19 pandemic during which an entire movement was experienced across our vast country. People vowed to shop local and visit local.

This free event is your opportunity to travel across Canada and experience the diversity of this land and culture all from the comfort of your home. You will travel to a variety of cities and provinces and along the way, enjoy mouth-watering demonstrations from a professional mixologist, see and hear local entertainment, meet with some special guests and so much more!

Not only is this an opportunity for you to learn more about Canada, you will also have an opportunity to hear from 4 Ottawa charities who have been hard at work supporting their clients during the COVID pandemic – the Dave Smith Youth Centre who support youth with mental health and addiction challenges; Candlelighters who support families with children diagnosed with cancer; Ottawa Riverkeeper who keep an eye on our watershed; and the Ottawa Food Bank.

Although not mandatory to attend the event, donating to the event will allow us to allocate funds to all of these well-deserved charities.

For more information, please visit https://rediscovercanada.weebly.com/ and make sure to watch for us on social media.

2020-03-18 — Under the Tent

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Under the Tent
Centurion Conference and Event Center

Come one, come all, to the greatest event of all! Come experience our show UNDER THE TENT as we take you on a journey through time with a 1930’s inspired circus!

Feel the nostalgia as we amaze and astound you with a delicious three-course meal, incredible live performers and carnival games. Bring your friends and family to this fun and entertaining circus event!

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 31st, at Centurion Conference and Event Centre, at 5:30 pm.

Tickets are $55 with proceeds going to Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs.

Tickets will go on sale on February, 4th, 2020 and can be purchased through our event team members or on our website at https://www.under-the-tent.com/

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Instagram: @under_the_tent
Twitter: @under_the_tent

2020-03-18 — Taste of India

Tuesday, March 18th, 2020
Taste of India
Centurion Conference and Event Center

Experience India without the long flight time! Join us Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from onwards at Centurion Conference and Event Center, for an evening full of food, fun and culture.

Organized by a group of Algonquin College Event Management program, this event supports Ottawa Riverkeeper, Candlelighters and Dave Smith Youth Treatment Center.

Envision the exotic spices dancing on your taste buds as you enjoy traditional Indian cuisine at our live demonstrations and 3-course dinner.  All the while enjoying the movements of the classical folk dancer, and enchanting music. Colourful traditional clothing and mysterious henna designs will delight and captivate your senses.

As you are immersed in our evening of Indian culture, you will have the opportunity to win and bid on donated items, with proceeds going to three deserving local charities. Join us for a glamorous evening at Taste of India.

Tickets are $50, and available online.

For more information:
Visit our website: http://bit.ly/tasteindiaott.

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Facebook – http://www.facebook.come/TasteIndiaOtt
Instagram – @TasteIndiaOtt
Twitter – @TasteIndiaOtt

2020-03-25 — A Night in New York

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A Night in New York
Sala San Marco Event &
Conference Centre, Ottawa

Love travelling? Tired of fees, delays, and not enough vacation days?
Join us Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for A Night in New York.

Held at Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre in Little Italy, you will experience the excitement of the “Big Apple” without leaving Ottawa and spending the time or money.

In the “City That Never Sleeps” you will enjoy Broadway hits, a stand-up comedian, busker acts, and a hearty Italian meal.

Ticket price is $49.50 and to purchase your ticket visit http://www.anightinnewyork20.wixsite.com/newyork.

This event supports three great local charities: Candlelighters, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, and Ottawa Riverkeepers!

For more information visit our website or email us at chairs.newyork@gmail.com.

2020-03-10 — Lights, Camera, Karma!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Lights, Camera, Karma!
Ottawa Art Gallery in downtown Ottawa

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020, join us to Sing, Dance and Play at “Lights, Camera, Karma!”

An exhilarating Bollywood themed fundraiser. Delight your senses with authentic Indian cuisine, dazzling decor, dance tutorials and more at the Ottawa Art Gallery in downtown Ottawa.

Become the star of your very own VIP Bollywood experience – you deserve it!

Proceeds from this event will go to three important local charities: Candlelighters, Ottawa Riverkeeper, and Dave Smith Youth Treatment Center.

Tickets are $55 General Admission, $65 to be a Blockbuster Supporter and go on sale February 11th, 2020. Put your dancing shoes on and dress to dazzle.

To buy tickets or learn more visit our website at bit.ly/lightscamerakarma.

Instagram @lightscamerakarma
Twitter @lightscamerakar .

See you there!