Hot off the press, Outward Bound Canada’s Annual Report for 2015 is now available online, and we think it’s our best one yet! Including profiles of a number of beneficiaries, donors and volunteers, as well as highlights of fundraising events and expeditions, our 2015 Annual Report offers a snapshot of the year that helps to showcase an organizational dedication to fiscal responsibility and to the furthering of our mission. It’s more beneficial than ever for youth and adults alike to spend time outdoors and have adventures in the natural world. To learn more about how and why we do what we do, read our recent Annual Report and our 2015 Impact Report online at outwardbound.ca
You’re invited to A Night of Adventure: The 2016 Kurt Hahn Award Dinner, hosted by OBC, and sponsors CMH Heli-Skiing, Glacier Media, 3Macs and Shaw Communications. Join us for an inspiring celebration as we honour this year's Kurt Hahn Award recipient: former OBC chair, Olympian and entrepreneur, Robert Safrata. We’ll also recognize local OBC champions Mike Perry, Judy Lynne and Bob Foulkes, and corporate champion Shaw Communications. Proceeds will support our life-transforming charitable programs for vulnerable youth and adults. Click here to learn more or to purchase tables and tickets. To sponsor this year’s Kurt Hahn Dinner, please contact us.
Outward Bound Canada needs your help connecting students with life-changing adventures this summer! We are in need of Aeroplan Miles to offset travel costs for our bursary recipients. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Outward Bound Canada offers impactful programs that serve vulnerable individuals from coast to coast. Donating miles helps provide unrestricted access to educational outdoor programs for students that can have a lasting impact on their overall well-being and physical and mental health.
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Looking for an event to help kick 2016 into high gear? We’ve got you covered. Challenge Events are just what the doctor ordered, offering a healthy dose of challenge and adventure that you can feel extra good about: by fundraising for charitable programs, you’ll help connect vulnerable individuals to powerful experiences that can change their lives. Take on Mud Hero for 6km of muddy fun and awesome obstacles, and an amazing after party to celebrate your feat! Test your stamina and navigation skills in beautiful Muskoka with Wilderness Traverse, a 24-hour team-based wilderness adventure race via foot, bike and canoe. Or Choose Your Own Challenge and support OBC using online fundraising tools! There’s some great prizes up for grabs for top fundraisers. What are you waiting for? Get started today!
As a student at North Battleford Comprehensive High School in Saskatchewan, Kiley was offered the opportunity to go on last summer’s West Coast Discovery, thanks to a scholarship offered by W. Brett Wilson to students attending his alma mater. Coming in to the experience with some nervousness and apprehension, Kiley was quickly put at ease to learn that not only were all of the other participants feeling the same way, but also that her two instructors were well prepared from day one to help every group member feel comfortable and prepared for the awesome journey ahead. “Outward Bound helped me realize I am a leader and the experience motivated me to take on significant leadership and volunteer roles in both my school and community.”
Read some of Kiley’s amazing account of her adventure below:
“I did not know what to expect and felt unprepared. I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. All of the participants were in the same position, and what I did have was a positive attitude and determination to succeed. Our two amazing instructors, Erin and Emily, taught us everything we needed to know and helped us through each challenge. Throughout the trip I learned about navigation, tides, camping and wild life, with my favourite lessons being on tide pools. I saw incredible sights as we paddled around islands and through fog, sleeping on beautiful beaches and watching sunsets around the campfire. We were surrounded by and even interacted with some incredible wildlife, including seals and porpoises in the ocean. One of my favourite experiences was discovering the beauty of bioluminescence, which made wading in the water at night feel like dancing in a sea of stars. But the definite highlight was ocean surfing under the guidance of world-class instructors. The West Coast Discovery trip was a new adventure every day and an experience of a life time.”
Keep reading Kiley’s adventure on our blog.
Outward Bound Canada is extremely thankful for the generous individuals, foundations and organizations that help us make our mission and vision a reality. We love to hear from these supporters about why they believe in what we do and why they choose to stand alongside us as we deliver our charitable programs to the individuals who really need them. In this issue of Fresh Tracks, we are proud to share the story of our collaboration with CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures. Celebrating 50 years of heli-adventures, CMH is the world’s first Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking operator. From their head office in Banff, CMH operates exceptional mountain experiences based from 11 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, Monashee and Cariboo ranges of British Columbia, Canada.
Learn more about CMH’s adventures with Outward Bound Canada:
In fall 2015, CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, one of the world’s largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking operators, and Outward Bound Canada, announced a new partnership to provide an outdoor experience at CMH Bugaboos and CMH Bobbie Burns lodges. Working together, CMH and OBC hosted two courses in early September aimed at providing life-transforming experiences, with a focus on people who are recovering from trauma or facing a major transition in their lives.
“It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,” said Andrew Field, Analyst at CMH, who volunteered for the Veterans Program at CMH Bugaboos last fall. “The benefit of the program - it’s huge. Coming from the feedback we received from the veterans themselves, being in such an incredible place and surroundings just makes the therapy sessions that more sincere. Everyone felt at ease to speak what they’re truly feeling and being surrounded by the beauty of the Bugaboos encouraged huge amounts of dialogue.”
For more on CMH’s support of OBC, visit our blog.