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Chronic & Iconic Makers Market

Our first ever Chronic & Iconic Makers Market will be at the Adaptive Living Expo on Saturday June 1st.

Fabulous products will be for sale - with all items created, written or crafted by disabled or chronically ill friends in Ottawa! Show your support!

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  Handmade By Sue was created because it was something that I was able to do, while living with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I wanted to LIVE and be worth something to my community, no matter what my doctors said at the time. I started making comfort packs to help ease some of the pain and bring some comfort. Although it’s a daily challenge, it is a rewarding one. The more that I can talk about my challenges and achievements, the more I hear from others on how they’re happy to know that they are not alone. 


After retiring from nursing due to illness, Kimberly Bernier set forth on a new journey and adventure in art. Completely self taught, she has tapped into a remarkable and unique talent. She specializes in pastel paintings and is a member of, and a handful of art societies in Ottawa and the surrounding area.  Kimberly's artwork has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show on the CBS television network. She has painted pet portraits for numerous clients including Kortney Wilson's pug Donny, from HGTV's Masters of Flip. Kim has collaborated with Canadian musical artist, Jann Arden, in order to raise funds for The Alice Sanctuary. Kimberly has had the honour of winning numerous awards and has been published twice in the artandcolor365 magazine.

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"I discovered there was a place deep inside me where I was free, where I was not defined by mental illness, where I was a whole person… I started to tell myself that I wasn’t broken." Misty is the author of the provocative debut nonfiction book All In Her Head: How Gender Bias Harms Women's Mental Health.


Have you ever felt like you could one day be productive if only you would stop dragging your feet? Lara Wellman is a coach, author, and neurodivergent who wrote a book to help support people in realizing they’re already doing better than they think they are! You’re Not Lazy is a book that shares stories and strategies to make things work in your life while honouring who you are as a person.


Madison (Mads) is a local high school student, competitive hockey player and artist! From beautiful paintings, to crochet flowers and sewing the cutest little stuffies, you'll love supporting this creative and ambitious teen.

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The Rural Ottawa South Support Services team plays a critical role in our local health care system providing affordable, quality health and social programs that support older adults, adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers who reside in rural communities south of Ottawa. They'll have many hand crafted items and homemade dishcloths for sale - which will directly support their programming.


A Huge Welcome to Lisa Beere Books! Lisa is a children's author, with wonderful stories that are aimed at age groups between 0-9 years.

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Premiering for the first time in Ottawa, Catherine Landry is bringing in epic adaptive Super Hero outfits! From Darth Vader and SpiderMan to Black Panther, the Mandalorian and more - be the first to grab one or place a special order! Everyone deserves to be a Super Hero.

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