North Point Douglas
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The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Community Oven Project

The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre is undertaking a project to build a large-scale wood-fired outdoor community oven in North Point Douglas. The oven will be a permanent resource for community groups and residents to use for educational and recreational programming and community celebrations large and small. This type of community oven is well established in many communities in North America and around the world.

TheStopOvenTorontoWith this project Point Douglas will host the first community oven in Winnipeg!

We expect that this oven, like those in other cities like Toronto, will become a place for people to come together across cultures and generations to connect, learn, cook and eat, and have fun. This efficient, safe oven design is very versatile and can cook bread, pizza, veggies, meat, etc, as well as drying herbs and fruit.

In carrying out this project we are committed to community consultation, and involving the community in meaningful ways, including opportunities for volunteering, training, and casual employment.

This three-part project has community building, food security and community art activities:

Building the Oven

The oven will be built once all of our funding is in place. We hope the construction will be complete  by  early fall of 2011. The design we are using has passed fire and other safety requirements in many cities. We are working with Winnipeg city staff regarding safety, codes, and other necessary requirements. Oven design and plans will be posted as they become available.

A community oven in Toronto
with beautiful mosaic artwork
Community Art Project

The art project will involve community residents in designing and creating tile mosaic artwork to be installed on the outside of the oven. This will happen through a series of workshops held in the community. This part of the project will happen once its funding is in place and the oven is built, likely early in 2012.
Community Kitchen Pilot Programming

The first pilot programming will be funded and delivered by North End Food Security Network. This will be hands-on  workshops focused on teaching community members and staff to use the oven.  The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre will run pilot programming with the oven starting in the spring of 2012 as an extension of their current community kitchen programming. As planned, the programming will take place once a week, alternating between a women’s kitchen and a family kitchen. This pilot programming is designed to engage families and children in healthy, fun and educational cooking activities using the oven, and provide families and children with nutritional food.

The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre would like to thank our funder, Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance and those in the community who support the project including: Norquay Boys and Girls Club, Norquay School, Norquay Community Centre, SISTARS, North End Food Security Network, North Point Douglas Seniors Association, Point Douglas Residents Committee, Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre, the Power Line, Mount Carmel Clinic, Metro Meats, Graffiti Arts Programming and our City Councilor Ross Eadie.

We are continuing to raise funds for this project. If you would like to contribute to the project please email liut@npdwc.org

We invite your input!

Please watch for community consultation opportunities, email with your ideas or join the Community Oven Working Group!

The Community Oven Working Group will be set up to provide ongoing input on how the oven operates.  If you’re interested in volunteering for this please call the Women’s Centre at 654-3210 or email

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Where will the oven be located?
    • The oven will be located in Michaelle Jean Park. The exact location within the park will be decided through community consultation and consultation with City Staff.
  • What will the oven be used for?
    • community feasts and celebrations (large and small)
    • cooking programs run by the NPDWC and other community organizations
    • we hope that the oven will also be available to interested community members for individual use.
  • How can I learn to use the oven?
    • The Women’s Centre will be will be offering periodic oven training workshops for community members.
    • The Women’s Centre, as well as other community organizations, will be running Community Kitchen programs on an ongoing basis where people can learn to cook with the oven.
  • Who will I talk to if I would like to use the oven?
    • Once its up and running, the oven can be booked by contacting the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.
    • For safety reasons, the hearth of the oven and the oven tools will be locked when not in use.
    • Anyone booking the oven will need to get keys from (and return to) designated Women’s Center staff or qualified volunteers.
  • Who will clean and maintain it?
    • The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre will be responsible for managing the maintenance of the oven and making sure that it remains clean and in good working order.
    • Groups and organizations using the oven will be expected to clean up after themselves when they use the oven.
  • How can I get involved?
    • Let us know your thoughts and ideas for oven use and design through this website or by emailing lpio@npdwc.org.
    • Take part in community consultation
    • Take part in the oven programming that will be offered once the oven is completed.
    • Take part in the art project
    • Take part in community celebrations using the oven
    • Learn to operate the oven and teach others
    • Volunteer to be part of the Community Oven Working Group to provide ongoing input on how the oven operates.
  • What if I don’t live in North Point Douglas?
    • The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre will be developing guidelines for use by organization outside of the community. For details please watch this website or contact the Women’s Centre by e-mailing to lpio@npdwc.org
  • What will it look like?
    • It will be a large capacity wood fueled brick oven similar to those pictured here
    • The exact design will be determined through consultation with City staff and the community.
    • We are also applying for funding to create tile mosaic artworks that will be on the outside of the oven structure.
  • How does the oven work?
    • The oven is heated by wood.
    • It takes several hours to heat up, then can run for several hours with the temperature slowly decreasing for different cooking needs.
    • The oven is insulated so the outside of the oven never gets hot to the touch.

Community Oven Project – Updates July 18, 2011:

Hi All, I hope you are all enjoying summer.  I wanted to give you all a quick update on progress on the Community Oven in case any of you have not seen the info on our page on the Women’s Centre’s web site. There are lots of developments:

  • The location has been determined. It will be in Michaelle Jean Park. See this url for the location on the site plan
  • With the support of our City Councillor Ross Eadie we have received funding from the City’s Land Dedication Reserve Fund, which will allow us to include a secure water supply, picnic tables, benches (on behalf of the PDRC) and garbage cans to compliment the oven. Thank you to Ross Eadie for his unwavering support.
  • We have also received funding from the Manitoba Arts Council to do the Community Art component of the project. We will be developing this aspect of the project and looking for additional funding.
  • We are moving through the city’s permit process and other city authorization processes and still hope to be building the oven in the fall.
  • A number of people have expressed interest in being involved with the Community Oven Working Group. If you are interested and want more info on what’s been happening please contact me

Thank you again for your support of the project. We look forward to working with you as things develop!

Leah Decter

Project Coordinator/Artistic Director
Community Oven Project
North Point Douglas Women’s Center
lopi@ndpwc.org
cell: 204.365.7985

Community Oven Project – Updates June 26, 2011:

Input and Info Session was held at the Community Clean-up and BBQ day on May 14th.  Thank you to all the community members who provided great input on oven design, location and programming, and to those who signed up for the Community Oven Working Group! The Community Oven Working Group will provide ongoing input on how the oven operates.  If you’re interested in volunteering for this please call the Women’s Centre at 165.1478 or email lopi@npdwc.org. The group will start meeting later in the summer once all funding is finalized.

Funding has been confirmed for the Mosaic Art Project! We have received funding from the Manitoba Arts Council to move ahead with the art project. The project will involve community residents in designing and creating tile mosaic artwork to be installed on the outside of the oven. This will happen through a series of workshops held in the community. If the oven construction moves forward on schedule we anticipate this part of the project starting in 2012.

A location for the oven has been chosen!!

We are excited to announce that through community consultation, consultation with the Norquay Community Center Board and with City Staff, a location for the oven has been chosen. This location has many advantages and was chosen in part because of its close proximity to the Norquay Community Centre building and because it doesn’t interfere with current or future sports and recreation plans.  It also offers a lovely shady space looking out over the river for people to gather to enjoy what they’ve cooked in the oven.

Please see the site plan of Michaelle Jean park below to see the oven location 

Suggested site plans. Along with the oven, we plan to include picnic tables, garbage cans and benches at the oven site.
Below are some of the ideas for the layout of the site that were suggested by community members at the input/info event.

Suggested site plans. Along with the oven, we plan to include picnic tables, garbage cans and benches at the oven site.
Below are some of the ideas for the layout of the site that were suggested by community members at the input/info event.