In 2018, LakeCity opened its doors to creative individuals living with mental illness with the launch of its Therapeutic Woodworking Program. In an effort reach demographics historically underrepresented within our organization, we offer free therapeutic woodworking and refinishing classes to three specific groups: Veterans and Civilians living with PTSD, Youth (aged 16–30) living with mental illness, and self-identified Women, Transgender and Gender Non-Binary People living with mental illness. The goal of the Therapeutic Woodworking Program is to create an inclusive space where participants at all stages of recovery can develop their own sense of self-worth through creative recreation and community support. We believe that every person has unique skills and abilities, and that resilient communities are born when these abilities are channeled into compassionate support for ourselves, and others whose struggles resemble our own.

Evening classes are guided by participants, with support and direction from LakeCity staff. Participants are encouraged to be creative in imagining and designing a personal project that they will work on for the duration of the 12-week program. Participation is free, open to those who self-identify as living with mental illness who have an in interest in woodworking or refinishing (no experience in woodworking required).

LakeCity gratefully acknowledges the support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the RBC Foundation/Future Launch and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum.

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Our current Therapeutics session ends in December 2019. We will return with more programming in January 2020.

If you are interested in participating in future programming, or for any queries, please contact us directly at or by filling out this webform.

We will contact you regarding future program offerings when available.