This program aims to encourage the recovery process and community involvement for Francophones struggling with a mental health disorder. In collaboration with l’Élan’s participants, the coordinators develop a monthly calendar of activities that reflects their needs and interests.
Each calendar includes activities in four distinct areas:
- Artistic activities: drawing, painting, group projects, craft workshops, Writers’ circle and Crafters’ circle.
- Physical and mental health activities: Pilates and gentle physical culture, yoga, meditation, and a walking club.
- Social, recreational and collaborative activities: Élan’s Journal, special outings, contests, board games, Coffee club, Cupcake Club, Élan Gourmet, Advisory Committee, volunteering and Music Lovers’ Café.
- Personal development activities: gratitude journal, flash workshops, “Second Souffle”, a support group facilitated by our caregiver-peer and the PEER group.
We are proud to offer the Ottawa’s French-speaking community a safe place that promotes non-judgment, respect, active listening and confidentiality. The members of this small community, believe that recovery is possible and that we are stronger together.
The participants of Les Ateliers de l’Élan are a warm and supportive community, where there is an opportunity to make meaningful connections and break out of isolation. It’s a place to meet new people and to have access to free workshops with no waiting list, and we look forward to welcoming you.
“L’Élan is truly the family I have chosen. I feel loved for who I am and it feels so good to know that I am appreciated for who I am. I have been going to l’Élan for many years and I intend to continue. Thank you to my friends at l’Élan, thank you to the coordinators!”
“L’Élan is a place where I feel safe. It’s where I learn how to take care of myself. I learn how to deal with my problems, I learn to feel better about myself, and I learn to love myself a little more every day. Thank you to the coordinators at l’Élan.“
Here’s how to register:
Admission to the program is done by contacting one of the coordinators of the Ateliers de l’Élan at 613.744.2244 – extension 600 or 614.
Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
You can also reach us by email: