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DECEMBER 2016


THANK YOU FOR AN OUTSTANDING YEAR!

THANKS TO OUR DONORS & PARTICIPANTS FOR MAKING 2016 UNFORGETTABLE

#Summer16 was one for the books here at Outward Bound Canada. This past year, not only did we introduce ourselves to millions of Canadians with the launch of our first-ever national TV spot (made possible thanks to the generous support of Shaw Communications), but we helped more individuals to #GetOutLookIn than we have in any one year over the past decade.

With Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner and our 50th anniversary coming up in 2019, we’re busy looking ahead and planning for the future. We’ve been working away all year on a new strategic plan that will take us into 2020 and help shape a bigger, better, stronger Outward Bound Canada – one that will be able to impact the lives of even more individuals across the country in the years to come. Look out for this plan to be released in the new year, along with some exciting and inspiring videos, and the world premiere of our brand new TV spot, coming in winter 2017. Thanks to all of our participants, Bounders, friends, staff and instructors, and of course our outstanding supporters, for an unforgettable year.

2017... here we come!

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

2017 ADVENTURES ON SALE NOW!

REGISTER TODAY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2016 PRICES ON 2017 ADVENTURES - PRICES GO UP JAN 1ST


With summer ’16 behind us, now’s the perfect time to start planning your Outward Bound Canada adventure for summer ’17! We’ve released dates for most of our 2017 adventures, but we’ve kept 2016 prices in place... for now. Before January 1st, you can sign up for 2017 adventures at 2016 prices and bring the most unforgettable outdoor experiences into your life for less. What better way to celebrate a landmark year in our country’s history than by jumping into its iconic natural beauty and diversity boots first!

Lock down the Canadian journey of your dreams today and head into 2017 ready to take on the adventure of a lifetime!


SAVE 15% ON DOG SLEDDING TODAY!

MARCH BREAK 2017 DOG SLEDDING JOURNEY IN ALGONQUIN PARK! BOOK BY DEC 31 AND SAVE 15%


This Ontario March Break, celebrate #Canada150 with an adventure at the very heart of Canadian history and heritage. Our iconic Northern Ontario Dog Sledding Journey is the perfect way to get out, look in, and experience all the magic of a great Canadian winter! Challenge yourself and accomplish something spectacular as you explore the renowned beauty of Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Along the way, take a well-deserved break to sit by the fire or cuddle up to the exceptionally well-cared-for dogs who call this remarkable place their home.

The ultimate holiday gift for the adventurous 14-18 year old in your life, book this unforgettable journey by December 31 and save 15% off the regular price! Sign up now to take advantage of this special offer!


TACKLE YOUR BUCKET LIST IN 2017

LET US LEAD YOU TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BREATHTAKING NATURAL LANDSCAPES


Outward Bound Canada’s Reach Beyond fundraising expeditions are a unique opportunity for you to have a transformative, adventurous experience of your very own, while also making a big difference in the lives of others. Let us lead you to “The Land of Fire and Ice” in August 2017 as part of Reach Beyond: Iceland. Trek from the Volcanic Highlands to the Northern Atlantic shores. This expedition offers the chance to challenge yourself and experience the journey of a lifetime, but as a fundraising expedition, this journey provides an empowering opportunity to give back to Outward Bound Canada and support our charitable programs for vulnerable populations such as our Veterans’ Program and Women of Courage.

Spots for our 2017 Iceland expedition, running August 20-30, are already filling up. To learn more about this experience of a lifetime, please click here.


WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP...

FROM OUR FRIENDS LIKE YOU! THANKS TO ALL WHO’VE SUPPORTED OUTWARD BOUND CANADA IN 2016


Did you know that Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable organization? Through our charitable programs and scholarships & bursaries, we help to ensure that those who stand to benefit most from our life-changing adventures are given the opportunity to do so – and we wouldn’t be able to do this without your help! To all those who supported Outward Bound Canada in 2016 – whether through our recent #OBCGivingTuesday campaign, our Reach Beyond Expeditions and other fundraising expeditions, various Challenge Events, as part of A Night of Adventure: The 2016 Kurt Hahn Award Dinner, or as one of our incredible Donors & Supporters – we send you our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

If you haven’t been able to donate this year but would still like the opportunity to do so, please visit our website for more information and to donate today.


BOUNDERS’ LOG: KERISMA

FOR ONE INITIALLY SKEPTIC SOUL, THE WOMEN OF COURAGE PROGRAM WAS “AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT KIND OF JOURNEY” THAN EXPECTED.


Being able to offer life-transforming experiences to those individuals who need them most is something that we at Outward Bound Canada have prided ourselves on since day one in 1969, and with our impactful Women of Courage (WOC) Program, we see this come to fruition perhaps more than anywhere else. For Kerisma – as with many participants – just exactly what she was getting herself into was a bit of a grey area. Our staff had worked closely with her to make her feel ready and prepared for the journey ahead, but Kerisma couldn’t help but be unsure of her own ability to complete the adventure that lay before her. Sure enough, as soon as she was in the company of the women who would be taking this journey with her, she found herself rapidly and wholly embracing all that was to come. Kerisma shared this moment with us in the excerpt below:

“It was that first morning together riding in the van to the trail head that I came to understand the true gift of being selected for this particular course. This was the Women of Courage course, and as I listened to the women speak to each other and begin sharing parts of their unique stories with one another, I was deeply moved by an overwhelming feeling of being amongst kindred souls. They were speaking my language, and their compassion and wisdom filled the van with such depth of being that I found my heart bursting. I don’t know if anyone knew how special that ride was for me. The other women all seemed to have had other experiences of sharing stories of courage and survival with other women but for me it was unexpected and a first and it had a deep and profound impact on me. I came to understand that this was to be an entirely different kind of journey than I had anticipated… and it was.”


To read the rest of Kerisma’s story, please visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.


WHY I GIVE TO OBC: NORA STEVENSON

IT DIDN’T TAKE MUCH FOR NORA TO REALIZE THAT THE WOC PROGRAM WAS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR HER DONATION DOLLARS.


Nora was looking for an organization in which she could get involved and know that her contribution would have a real impact on the people who benefited from it. When her neighbour introduced her to Outward Bound Canada and the Women of Courage Program, she knew almost immediately that this was the organization for her. “I had been looking for a charity that provided programs for abused women and I instantly knew that Outward Bound Canada was a perfect fit... As a child of Holocaust survivors, who grew up in an abusive environment, my hope is that through providing funding for women to participate in the WOC Program, I can in a small way prevent the cycle of abuse from being passed on to these women’s children, and hope that in the future all children will grow up in a world where they are honoured and respected. I am grateful that Outward Bound Canada provides these programs.” To read more about Nora’s experience and why she gives, please visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.


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