From Our Editors
"What does it take to be inspired to connect with our neighbours when nothing out of the ordinary is happening?" This question is always on the mind of Oaklands Community Centre's executive director, Kristi Rivait, as she brainstorms new personal-enrichment programs and community action plans. Along with increasing the emotional and physical safety of a neighbourhood, the centre's classes give people of all ages—particularly those younger than 21—a fun way to bond with a group while getting in shape, acquiring language skills, or learning to cook with a violin. Kids get their hands dirty safely in programs led by nature educators, teens socialize through musical theatre or laser tag, and adults stay active with classes as energetic as boot camp and as meditative as yoga. Most events happen at a modern brick building on Belmont Avenue, and a white bungalow on Victor Street is largely devoted to the Little Acorn child-care program.