Emily Cordonier

Features Writer

Emily is a freelance journalist and former professional volleyball player and member of Canada's National Team. As a mother of two young children she is diving head first into all the fun Ottawa has to offer families. You can check out her blog www.embracingottawa.com and follow her on twitter @EmilyCordonier.
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The Art of the Brick Brings LEGO to Life

The Art of the Brick Brings LEGO to Life

Photo credit: Emily Cordonier As a child I played with them, and as a parent I step on them. We all have our own memories of growing up with LEGO - but you’ve never seen LEGO quite like this before. The Canada Science and Technology Museum is launching a new exhibition that is sure to thrill [...]

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Finding the Fun in the 2018 Ford Escape

Finding the Fun in the 2018 Ford Escape

Photo by Emily Cordonier I've never been the mom with the “cool” car. In fact, I’ve never had a cool car. I’ve pretty much always driven a mini-van – even before I had kids. So, I admit, I was pretty thrilled when Ford offered me the opportunity to test drive a [...]

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Empowering and Inspiring Women in Business

Empowering and Inspiring Women in Business

It will be a packed house at this year’s edition of the Women in Business Conference (WIBC), as hundreds of women are expected. Founded in 2007, the WIBC has established itself as the premiere conference for business women here in Ottawa. The driving force behind the conference is Sandra Tisiot, [...]

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Volleyball Nations League is Coming to Ottawa

Volleyball Nations League is Coming to Ottawa

Photos courtesy of Volleyball Canada and Team Canada Over the past year Ottawa has played host to an impressive list of big sporting events, and now there is one more to add to the line-up. The best volleyball players in the world are coming to the Nation’s Capital. In June, The Canadian men’s [...]

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Loving and Losing Lachlan

Loving and Losing Lachlan

Photos courtesy of the Cordonier Family Even when you know it's coming, even when you think you're as prepared as you're ever going to be...nothing can really prepare you for the loss of a child. It has been one month since my husband and I had to say goodbye to our baby boy Lachlan. [...]

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Author Inspires Change Through Empowering First Book

Author Inspires Change Through Empowering First Book

In following the example of her role models, author and activist Hannah Alper has become a role model herself. At just 14 years old, Hannah has already published her first book titled Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. The title for the book grew out of Hannah’s belief it is the small actions of [...]

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Science Museum Ready to Illuminate Again

Science Museum Ready to Illuminate Again

Photos courtesy Canada Science and Technology Museum After three years of reconstruction the new Canada Science and Technology Museum is being unveiled. On November 17, the long awaited $80 million-dollar museum will open its doors, and the public will not be disappointed. Visitors enter the [...]

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An Exciting Sneak Peek at the New Science and Technology Museum

An Exciting Sneak Peek at the New Science and Technology Museum

Photos by Emily Cordonier The official opening of the new Canada Science and Technology Museum is less than a month away. It is a fabulous structure that has been three years in the making, ever since a leaky roof and mold forced the museum to close back in September 2014. After extensive repairs [...]

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Ottawa Boy Battling Leukemia Gets Chance at Dream Toy Dash

Ottawa Boy Battling Leukemia Gets Chance at Dream Toy Dash

Photos by Emily Cordonier There was no hiding the excitement on the face of Gabriel Munante when he arrived just as the sun was rising, at the Toys “R” Us location in Orleans. The 11-year-old Ottawa boy is one of eight Canadian children who was randomly selected to receive a 3-minute [...]

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Cirque du Soleil’s Volta: A Spellbinding Display for All Ages

Cirque du Soleil’s Volta: A Spellbinding Display for All Ages

Photo by Emily Cordonier The crowd buzzed with excitement and anticipation at the opening of Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Volta. The impressive tents can be seen at the Zibi Site along the shores of Gatineau, and the Cirque spectacular is drawing fans of all ages – including Prime [...]

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