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SEPTEMBER 2015


THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON

THANKS TO OUR DONORS & PARTICIPANTS FOR MAKING THIS 2015 SEASON A GREAT ONE!

With close to 500 Bounders taking part in our courses, the 2015 season has truly been a fantastic one. Our incredible donors helped us to run more Veterans and Women of Courage courses, and helped provide even more bursaries and scholarships for at-risk youth than ever before. From urban to wilderness, city streets to mountain peaks, Outward Bound Canada has challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step outside of their comfort zone with our unique outdoor adventures. We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys, encouraging you to push yourself to your mental and physical limits and discover your true potential. This year, we were able to offer our challenging, extraordinary journeys of self-discovery to so many more, and this would not have been possible without our outstanding Supporters. Thanks for an unforgettable 2015!

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

GIVE BACK WITH AN AMAZING ADVENTURE

JOIN OUR 2016 MT. KILIMANJARO REACH BEYOND EXPEDITION! TREK TO THE TOP OF AFRICA & RAISE FUNDS FOR OBC’S CHARITABLE PROGRAMS


Outward Bound Canada’s Reach Beyond fundraising expeditions are a unique opportunity for you to achieve something incredible while making a difference in the lives of others. At 19,340ft, Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest freestanding mountain. While summiting the mountain is certainly a challenging feat, reaching the top can be accomplished with the proper mental and physical preparation. As a fundraising expedition, this journey is a once-in-a-lifetime way to give back to Outward Bound Canada and support our Veterans’, Women of Courage, and Youth-at-Risk programs. Spots for our 2016 Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition, running from January 10-21, are already filling up.

To learn more about this experience of a lifetime, please click here.


A NIGHT OF ADVENTURE IN CALGARY

JOIN US OCT. 1 FOR THE ANNUAL KURT HAHN DINNER & NIGHT OF ADVENTURE, PRESENTED BY SHAW COMMUNICATIONS


You’re invited to A Night of Adventure: The 2015 Kurt Hahn Award Dinner, hosted by Outward Bound Canada and Presenting Sponsor Shaw Communications, with the support of Summit Sponsor CMH Heli-Skiing. Join us for an inspiring celebration as we honour this year's Kurt Hahn Award recipient, W. Brett Wilson, and recognize local OBC champions, including adventurer and long-time instructor Laurie Skreslet, and founding board members Art Rogers and Mike Perry. The night will include a live auction, offering guests the chance to bid on some amazing prizes, including an Outward Bound Canada course, and prizes from CMH Heli-Skiing, Global Television, W. Brett Wilson and more. Proceeds will support our life-transforming charitable programs for vulnerable youth and adults.

Click here to learn more or to purchase tables and tickets.


HOW WE HELP: THE 2015 IMPACT REPORT

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR 2015 IMPACT REPORT YET? LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO, WHY IT MATTERS & HOW IT HELPS!


Outward Bound Canada ran its first course in Keremeos, BC nearly 50 years ago, but the OBC experience is now as relevant, if not more relevant, than ever before. Our 2015 Impact Report explores the ways in which we help increase resiliency and provide opportunities for learning, personal growth and self-discovery. The report also examines the importance of establishing a connection to nature and developing social resilience, and even investigates just how “gritty” our Bounders (our OBC alumni) can be. Executive Director, Sarah Wiley, notes, “as Canadians across the country become increasingly urbanized and digitized, so too increases the potential inherent in temporarily unplugging from this world and reconnecting with the natural one from where it all – we all – first emerged.”

Click here to view the report.


10% OFF MARCH BREAK DOG SLEDDING

BOOK A SPOT ON OUR MARCH BREAK, NORTHERN ONTARIO DOG SLEDDING JOURNEY BY DEC. 31 TO GET 2015 PRICING + 10% OFF


The early bird gets the worm… or, in this case, the first musher out of the gate wins the race! Don’t wait until you see the snow to sign up for our 2016 March Break, Northern Ontario Dog Sledding Journey. Guiding a dog-sled team will teach you effective communication and teamwork while snowshoeing and winter camping will teach you how to push your boundaries, when to slow down and take care of yourself and when to rely on others. Plus, there is no experience quite like sleeping in a cozy, woodstove-warmed prospector tent on a cool winter’s night. Sign up today to take advantage of 2015 pricing AND to get 10% off. Bounders must register and pay their deposit by December 31, 2015, to take advantage of this offer.

Click to learn more.


HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY, BOUNDERS’ CLUB!

TO CELEBRATE WE HAVE INTRODUCED A NUMBER OF NEW PARTNERS AND NEW EXCLUSIVE OFFERS, JUST FOR BOUNDERS


It’s the one-year anniversary of the Bounders’ Club – one full year of reconnecting Bounders and providing the chance to take advantage of our Partners’ exclusive offers that will keep you outdoors and living the OBC journey. We are thrilled that more than 1,000 alumni have become Bounders in year one of the program and are thrilled to welcome even more alumni in the coming year! To help bring the Bounders’ Club into year two in style, we’ve added some awesome new partners and great new offers. A warm welcome to new partners Icebreaker, Level Six, Stonz, and Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, and big thanks to MEC and Arc’teryx for their continued support of our Bounders!

View the exclusive offers from our partners right here. Not yet signed up? Click here to become a Bounder today.


ALUMNI PROFILES: ADETAYO & NAHYAN

RECIPIENTS OF THE STUART HORNE BURSARY VISIT CANADIAN ROCKIES FROM UNITED KINGDOM


Adetayo and Nahyan have a lot in common. Both young men are 17-years-old, live in London, England, and are new residents in the UK. Moving to a new country is an incredibly challenging transition for many young people, but these young men are full of drive and resilience. While they did not know each other before the course, through their OBC experience and the support of the Stuart Horne Bursary, these young men came out of their shells and truly connected with their group, facing the challenges of the journey head-on and realizing they were capable of so much more than they ever thought.

Learn more about these young men and their incredible journey through the Rocky Mountains in their blog post here, and check out a video they created of their experience.


DONOR PROFILE: ABIGAIL WHITNEY

ABIGAIL STARTED OFF AS A PARTICIPANT ON A WOMEN OF COURAGE COURSE, NOW ABIGAIL DONATES MONTHLY TO GIVE BACK


Often times our donors are alumni, having participated in one of our incredible, indelible experiences and leaving forever changed. Abigail is no exception and, while our monthly donor program is still growing, we think her reasons for donating are so inspiring that we had to share.

“Outward Bound had gifted me with the opportunity to join in a one-week long Women of Courage course. With me would be eight other women, all of whom were in various stages of recovery, and three wonderful giving leaders.

I made it through the week and it became a touchstone for my personal growth. I am in a loving and equal relationship now and have two awesome teen boys. I am thrilled to be in a position to give back to OBC as a monthly donor. I love that the money I give will enable some other person to embark on their own healing journey, a journey that is guaranteed to move and touch them - and others in their lives - for the better.”


To read more about Abigail’s OBC experience and why she gives back as a monthly donor, please visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.


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