Hello, my name is Paul McIntyre. I am a volunteer with the Mental Illness Caregivers Association, and its President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Welcome to our virtual Art in Strathcona Park. As a caregiver, I have joined others who are doing what we can to ensure that caregivers are aware of and can access the resources they need to provide support and lifelong care for their loved ones living with mental illness.

Our intent is to do so one project at a time as we identify and narrow gaps in services and resources by bringing caregivers together to focus on developing and implementing solutions that will have a lasting and positive impact on the quality of their lives and of those they care for. This year we’re celebrating 20 years of hosting Art in Strathcona Park. We had originally planned to host the event in early August, as we have in previous years, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into our plans. We were disappointed, because we were looking forward to celebrating in person with the numerous volunteers who have ensured the success of each year’s event. We also wanted to express gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support over the years, as well as to celebrate all the artisans who have shared their beautiful arts and crafts with visitors.

However, as caregivers, we are resilient. Therefore, instead of a physical event this year we’ve created a virtual one. I am pleased to present the Virtual Art in the Strathcona Park. This is our first foray into the virtual world—we see it as a work in progress that will continue to evolve, with your feedback. Over the next 20 days we will feature selected artists and artisans, introduce organizations that offer support and services to caregivers and their loved ones living with mental illness, share information about MICA projects, and offer some light-hearted entertainment at our Caregiver Café. We invite you to take few moments to tour the website, enjoy the arts and crafts, and learn more about MICA. Take care, be well and we look forward to meeting you in person soon. Remember—you do not walk alone; we walk with you.

Poetry In The Park

Enjoy some Poetry in the Strathcona Park with George Thwaites reading "I Walk Alone"

Strathcona Park Art & Photo Contest

Welcome to the Park

Odyssey Theatre & MICA present the Strathcona Park Art & Photo Contest see flyer

Series Description

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for an actor to perform amongst the elements? Or why Odyssey Theatre performs out of Sandy Hill’s Strathcona Park? Or even how Strathcona became what it is today? Well, there is no longer a need to wonder! With the launch of the brand-new interactive series, Strathcona Park Diaries Odyssey Theatre opens the curtain on 34 years of history. With exclusive interviews with award-winning actors, designers, and directors, this series provides a never before seen look at the world of performing in the heart of Sandy Hill.

Through July and August, Strathcona Park Diaries will have new episodes coming out every Monday and Thursday. You can find each of them on Facebook, Instagram (@odysseytheatreottawa) and on Twitter (@odysseytheatre). Of course, just like a theatrical production, this series is nothing without the audience. Which is why we can’t wait to hear from you. Let us know all your favourite memories from Strathcona Park by tagging us in a post using #StrathconaparkOttawa. We would love to hear your favourite stories from the Annual Art in the Park show

Virtual Tour of Strathcona Park

We thought that you might enjoy a virtual stroll in Strathcona Park and selected pictures from last year to get you in the spirit!

Then come visit our Virtual Art Showcase ... over 90 Artists/Artisans exhibiting!


Learn about resources available for caregivers and their loved ones living with mental illness. Over the next four weeks we'll be focussing on a different partner program each week including:

Visit the MICA Project Office to learn more

Caregiver Cafe

The Caregiver Cafe presents light hearted entertainment including:

Relax at the Caregiver Cafe

George Thwaites talks Poetry

Maggie Henderson-Davis sits down with our feature artist George Thwaites, whose poetry inspired our theme "No One Walks Alone"

Presenting MICA Projects

Learn about MICA Projects - seeking innovative solutions having a lasting impact on the lives of caregivers and their loved ones living with mental illness.

Visit the MICA Project Office to learn more


You’ll be supporting caregivers and their loved ones living with a mental health issue. Make a one-time donation, a regular donation, or consider donating in someone’s memory.


MICA Board Members and Volunteers got together in Strathcona Park to send this socially distanced message to our caregivers !


The Embrace Project: from “patient centered care” to “patient and family centered care” —a culture change has begun!

The Embrace Project was an initiative of the Cornwall Community Addiction and Mental Health Services and the Cornwall and District Family Support Group, funded by The Change Foundation. It focused on engaging family members in the circle of care for mental illness and addiction by improving their interactions with the health care providers who treat and counsel their loved ones.

MICA actively supported the project and our President served as Co-Chair of its Advisory Committee. The focus on engaging family caregivers in the treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery of loved ones living with mental illness and addiction was a natural fit with MICA’s mission. Learn more here

MICA remains committed to doing what we can to support the virtual Embrace Resource Hub and the Family Caregiver Centre as they evolve and as we all continue to share lessons learned in response to the changing needs of the addiction and mental health community.

Friendship Support Group

Mental Illness Caregivers Association is pleased to announce that the Friendship Support Group program has received a Community Grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation! This grant will be integral in ensuring that the FSG, a valued mental health program operating in Ottawa for over 30 years, will continue to provide much-needed support within our community.

The Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. It connects donors who care with causes that matter and serves as a trusted resource for addressing issues and leveraging opportunities in the community. It attracts and manages a growing endowment, the invested earnings of which provide grants to charitable organizations.

The Foundation’s role is as neutral broker in support of all charitable causes that contribute to the community’s quality of life. With a growing profile, the Ottawa Community Foundation has built an enviable reputation for astute financial management, high-quality donor services, strategic grantmaking and innovative partnerships. For more information, visit www.ocf-fco.ca

FSG Schedule

Let's Dance!

The Caregiver Cafe presents Salsa Basics with Tito Tejada Montano! Dancing is a great stress reliever, and gets you out to socialize! Tito takes us through some basic Salsa steps to get you started!

Survey Says ...

Caregivers know that taking a break, however small, can re-energize. Before COVID-19 burst on the scene we were planning regular Caregiver Cafes – fun in-person gatherings where caregivers could enjoy music, refreshments and find information and support for themselves and their loved ones.

We’re not put off my COVID-19! We’ve put together a “tickle trunk” of on-line fun for you until we can get back to organizing in-person gatherings. Our “trunk” includes short videos of poetry readings, great toe-tapping rhythms, salsa dance instruction and yoga for better breathing, stretching and relaxation.

Do you think these activities are a good idea ? Do you want more when we can get back together in person? We’d like to hear from you. Take our survey.


Join Us as we host a Silent Auction from Aug 31st to Sep 5th! All proceeds support MICA Projects!

Exhibit 1 Origami Earrings folded from squares of Japanese washi paper then dipped in resin, drying to a solid finish -- 2 1/4" in length -- Gold Plated Shepherd Hook, by Curtis Shaw

Min Bid: $ 40

Close: September 5, 2020 @ 8 pm

Exhibit 2 "Love" - giclée, 12" x 14", by Florence Marquis-Kawecki

Min Bid: $ 100

Close: September 5, 2020 @ 8 pm

Exhibit 3 "Newfoundland Shoreline", oil on masonite, 10" X 12" by John Tolpelko

Min Bid: $ 150

Close: September 5, 2020 @ 8 pm

Exhibit 4 "Opinicon Lake Morn", oil on masonite, 10" x 12", by John Tolpelko

Min Bid: $ 150

Close: September 5, 2020 @ 8 pm

Exhibit 5 by Eliane Saheurs

Close: September 5, 2020 @ 8 pm

Click here to place a bid on this silent auction being hosted by Eliane Saheurs as we explore alternative approaches to hosting a silent auction.

All proceeds from the auction of her wonderful piece of art will help support MICA initiatives.


Join us as we present a virtual sale and exhibition featuring arts and crafts on sale and exhibited by artisans from around the Ottawa region!

Looking forward to meeting you soon, and remember, no one walks alone, we walk with you

Come and visit the Virtual Art Showcase, browse the arts and crafts on display from our talented artists!




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