August 23rd - Danielle McDonald
Ottawa Public Library
Danielle is the CEO of the Ottawa Public Library. As such, she is front and centre on the development
of a new Central Library for Ottawa. This will be our opportunity to get the “Inside” story on a variety
of aspects of the facility – the vision, the potential partnership, and what we can expect in terms of programs,
services, and spaces.
Since joining the Library in January 2009 from the City of Ottawa, Danielle has led significant initiatives
in library facilities planning and development, including the delivery of $15.75M in renovations and new
onstruction. An MA (Public Administration) from Carleton complemented her Bachelor of Environmental
Studies from Waterloo.
What is “inside” a modern library? We will soon be in the know!
September 27th - Kay Rogers
Tay Valley Settlement History
In modern terms the Tay Valley is either side of the Highway 7 between Perth and Sharbot Lake. To 300 Scottish
settlers who had spent their first Canadian winter -1815/1816 - in Brockville, it was a new home in the wilderness.
Each group of four families received the necessary tools and implements with which to start 'life in the bush' - a
grindstone, a crosscut and a whip saw. Each family received an adze, handsaw, drawing knife, one shell augur, two
gimlets, door-lock and hinges, scythe and snath, reaping-hook, two hoes, hay fork, skillet camp kettle, and a blanket
for each of its members.
The greater number of these Scottish immigrants settled on what is still known today as the Scotch Line (County
Road 10) in the geographic township of Bathurst, now part of Tay Valley Township
Kay Rogers is the editor and co-author of At Home in Tay Valley. With more than 60 contributors, At Home in Tay
Valley captures the voices, stories, images, circumstances, and events that have defined the lives of those who have
called Tay Valley home - from members of the Algonquin First Nation who helped the early settlers survive and adapt
to a new land, to the “back-to the-landers” of the 1970s.