Community Groups

Community Groups

The Parkside Centre is home to several different service clubs, community organizations and support groups. Check out all of the great interests you can pursue through the work of these great organizations.

Sudbury Horticultural Society

The Sudbury Horticultural Society is a not-for-profit charitable organization devoted to the beautification of our community, the preservation of the environment, and the sharing of horticultural knowledge. Our society is part of the Ontario Horticultural Association’s – District 13 which includes societies from Sault Ste. Marie to French River. Through your membership in our local society you are also a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association.

We gather throughout the year to listen to gardening-related speakers, and to share gardening news and information on the last Sunday afternoon of January, February, March (not the last Sunday), April, September, October and November.

Single membership costs $15.00 and family memberships sell for $20.00. For more information please visit our website at or our Facebook page at

April 28, 2019
August 18, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Sudbury Carving and Stained Glass Club

The Sudbury Carving and Stained Glass Club meet at the Parkside Centre. This club is open to anyone interested in carving or stained glass, and welcomes those with experience in these medium or those who have an interest in learning. For more information please call the Parkside Centre. There are plenty of spots available during the mornings.

January – June
Monday – Friday
8:00 – 11:00 am

Sudbury Carving Club

The Sudbury Carving Club meets at the Parkside Centre in the Hobby Room on Tuesday nights. This club is open to anyone interested in learning to carve a bird. Wood is available at a nominal cost to use in your carving. Some supplies you will need to bring are; a carving knife, wood chisels, rasps and sand paper. Participants who have not previously carved at the ParkSide Centre should register for the morning classes as space is limited in the evening class.

Tuesday Nights
September – June
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Sudbury Shutterbugs

We are the Sudbury Photo club, Sudbury Photography club, or the Sudbury Camera Club, but no matter what you call us we consist of lifelong enthusiasts, to first time camera owners. Please come out to our meetings and share in our love for photography.

Our mission is to share and expand our knowledge about the art of photography, bringing together people of all knowledge levels from professionals to amateurs. We strive to have an open forum to discuss matters that are important to the members, to share our pictures, and to help members grow as photographers.

If you enjoy taking pictures no matter your skill level, equipment, come on out to the Parkside Center the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Sudbury and District Quilting and Stitchery Guild

The Sudbury and District Quilting and Stitchery Guild is meeting at Parkside Centre! Each meeting consists of an address by the president, a show and brag, coffee break and a workshop. On occasion there will also be special guest speakers. Every week the workshop differs. Sometimes it’s a new stitchery technique, a new quilting idea, or various other crafty ideas.

The guild has made several quilts and donated them to community organizations for fund-raising purposes. They are constantly making baby quilts for the Children’s Aid Society, and hospital nurseries and lap robes that go to the various seniors’ nursing homes. They are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in joining them, come to a meeting, or contact the guild by email at

April 2 – April 23, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm


Are you afraid to speak in front of a crowd?  Are you interested in further developing your leadership skills such as time management and organization? WE WANT YOU!

Toastmasters International is an organization dedicated to the development of leadership and speaking skills ( ). We invite you to come out as a guest to a meeting convenient for you. We have three (3) Toastmasters clubs meeting at the Parkside Centre at the following times:

Monday:        Sudbury Speakers Club, from 7-9pm (from April to June)
Wednesday:     Sudbury Noon Hour Speakers Club from 12-1pm (all year round)
Thursday:      Greater Sudbury Speakers Club from 7-9pm (from April to June)

For more information, feel free to contact:

For Sudbury Speakers Club, contact Julie Visentin at
For Sudbury Noon Hour Speakers, contact
For Greater Sudbury Speakers contact

Looking forward to seeing you!

Sudbury District Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

This group provides tips on how to trace your Family Tree. Share your successes with like-minded family historians and learn from interesting speakers and knowledgeable researchers.

Meeting nights are usually at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month, excluding July and August. We normally meet at the Parkside Centre and the general public is welcome. (Offsite meetings are limited to members only).

Northern Echoes

The Northern Echoes Senior Choir was formed in the fall of 1995 by a group of singers who wanted to get together to sing the popular songs of the past. With over 30 members we still love to sing those old songs and we do so in 4 part harmony. We sing out at Senior Residences, Retirement Homes and at community functions.

Every Wednesday afternoon you can hear them practicing at the Parkside Centre. New members (men and women) are always welcome. If you would like join the Northern Echoes call Jeannine at (705) 693-2122.

WHEO (Widowers Help Each Other)

The club is essentially a support group that helps its members get through tough times and losses. They help each other through the grieving process at their regular meetings where they take their minds off of their grief by playing cards, hosting dances and general socialization. They welcome any new member that can benefit from this type of support. They meet Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Parkside Centre.

Royal Purple of Canada – Sudbury Royal Purple Lodge #148

An Invitation to Join Us
The Royal Purple Lodge is a National Charitable Organization identifying and addressing Community needs through the volunteer efforts of its Membership. Currently, the Royal Purple of Canada has approximately 190 Lodges and 5,000 Members.  Membership means you will receive a warm welcome when visiting any Lodge, a network of friends that you can tap into anywhere in Canada.

The qualifications to become a Member of the Royal Purple are: female, sixteen years of age, resident of Canada, support democratic and lawful government and the purposes and objects of the Order:

  • To promote the Principles of Justice, Charity, Love and Service;
  • To encourage and create opportunities for women to develop their leadership qualities;
  • To create greater awareness of women and their contribution to their communities;
  • To promote the reasonable aspirations of women in all fields of endeavor;
  • To promote the principles of charity;
  • To show, by example, good citizenship at all times.

For more information, please contact:

Darlene Sargent – (705) 560-3669

Joan Chase – (705) 523-6835

  • Phyllis Blain – (705) 969-5494
  • Jubilee Folk Ensemble 

    The Jubilee Folk Ensemble always welcomes new members who enjoy performing a diverse repertoire of orchestral multicultural folk music. Come check us out!The Jubilee Folk Ensemble (JFE) is a non-profit community-based musical group that contributes to Greater Sudbury’s progressive, bilingual, multicultural life. Our ensemble consists of a diverse group of amateur musicians who play a variety of orchestral instruments under the direction of our conductor, Sandra Faubert. Our practices are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Parkside Centre on 140 Durham St. in Sudbury.

    Brain Tumour Support Group

    Brain Tumour Support Groups help survivors, family and caregivers through their journey with a brain tumour in a number of ways. They provide connections with others who have faced life with a brain tumour thereby offering reassurance, reducing feelings of isolation and reinforcing a positive, hopeful attitude. If you or a loved one have been affected by a brain tumour, you’re invited to share your experiences and journey in this confidential, supportive environment. The group meets monthly on the last Monday of each month at the Parkside Centre.