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MARCH 2017


THIS SUMMER: GET OUT. LOOK IN.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with the adventure of a lifetime this summer - courses filling fast, register today!

Spring is finally here, and with summer just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing to make it the best one ever! Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with an unforgettable journey that may just change your life forever. This is the perfect opportunity to push your boundaries and explore the beautiful landscapes that our great country has to offer. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime – act now and secure your place on the outdoor experience of your dreams, before it’s too late.

Summer 2017 adventures include:

JUNE ADVENTURES FOR ADULTS
Rocky Mountain Life Compass
Rocky Mountain Instructor Development

JULY & AUGUST ADVENTURES FOR ADULTS
West Coast Mindfulness
Rocky Mountain Mindfulness
West Coast Odyssey (***New this year!)

SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR YOUTH
West Coast Journey
Rocky Mountain Discovery
Northern Ontario Adventure – Whitewater
Toronto Urban Expedition
Toronto Urban Discovery
Bay of Fundy Discovery
and more! Check out our course finder to discover which of our many courses is the perfect fit.


GIVE BACK ON THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

This summer, experience the adventure of a lifetime and be a champion for OBC’s life-changing programs.


Our awe-inspiring Our awe-inspiring Reach Beyond Expeditions take adventure seekers to once-in-a-lifetime destinations in the heart of breathtaking international landscapes. Realize your dreams and step out of your comfort zone alongside some of the most trusted and experienced leaders in global outdoor exploration. Check that dream trip off your bucket list while at the same time helping to bring life-changing charitable programs to those who need them most!

Iceland 2017Experience the Land of Fire and Ice as you trek from volcanic highlands to northern Atlantic shores.

Grand MananTake in spectacular views as you trek across rugged coastal trails on this all-women’s fundraising trip.


THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION GIFT

THANK YOU #SLAIGHTGIFTS2017


We’re excited to announce that The Slaight Family Foundation has donated $1 million over five years to help us expand our program offerings for Indigenous youth and adults! Part of one of the largest charitable donations ever in Canada aimed at Indigenous communities, #SlaightGifts2017 has provided more than $12 million to 15 not-for-profits working to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Canada’s Indigenous populations. This funding will allow us to expand our Indigenous programs across the country, supporting youth through curriculum–based leadership courses, prospective outdoor educators through focused Indigenous instructor training, and women survivors of trauma through the expansion of our Women of Courage program. Thank you to The Slaight Family Foundation for this generous gift!


HELP US SOAR THIS SUMMER

HELP US RAISE 350,000 AEROPLAN MILES BY APRIL 30! AEROPLAN WILL TOP UP ALL DONATIONS BY 10%.


Help us to connect students with life-changing adventures this summer! A donation of Aeroplan Miles will help to offset travel costs for our bursary recipients – and all donations will be topped-up 10% by Aeroplan! 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 – programs that can have a lasting impact on their overall well-being and physical and mental health.

Here's how you can help:
1. Donate your own Aeroplan Miles
2. Forward this information to friends
3. Spread the word on social media using #milesbeyond

Click here for more info and to donate Miles today!


VICEREGAL PATRONAGE FOR OBC

Governor General David Johnston becomes Outward Bound Canada's Honourary Patron.


His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has become an honourary patron of Outward Bound Canada! This patronage brings with it a recognition of OBC’s outstanding contribution to society, and demonstrates the Governor General’s support of our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of discovery in the natural world. A champion of Outward Bound Canada in the past, Mr. Johnston served on the council of patrons in the 1990s. His dedication to education, innovation and improving the lives of young people is a perfect match for Outward Bound Canada and the work we do across the country to help individuals discover their true potential. Read more at outwardbound.ca


GET OUT. TUNE IN. OBC ON YOUR TV

Check out our latest television spot for 2017 as well as some new videos and testimonials.


We’re excited to share Outward Bound Canada’s newest TV ad! We think this ad captures so many aspects of the OBC experience in just 30 seconds, but most importantly how our outdoor expeditions help people recharge, reconnect, and find their way. Thanks to Grip Limited, Shaw Communications, and PearTree Financial for making this possible - we can’t wait for even more people across Canada to #GetOutLookIn and get to know us better! We’re also excited to share some new videos for 2017, giving prospective participants and parents a deeper look into the transformative power of the Outward Bound Canada experience.


BOUNDERS’ LOG: BILAL

An alumnus of Outward Bound Canada’s Loran Scholars Algonquin Expedition shares his experience.


During the summer between his last year of high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and his first year of university at University of Guelph in Ontario, Bilal and 29 of his fellow Loran Scholars had the opportunity to participate in an Outward Bound Canada expedition to Algonquin Provincial Park. This expedition provided them with an opportunity to test their physical limits, work productively in teams and build a shared sense of identity before dispersing across Canada to begin their first term at university. “My experience with Outward Bound was phenomenal,” said Bilal. “From the nights that we spent laughing together around the fire on the lakeshore to the relaxing paddling above the clear water of Algonquin Park I can say this experience was an adventure for the books.”

Here is an excerpt from Bilal’s post on our Expedition Log blog:

“From this experience, I learned how to be patient, work as a team player, become a leader, take responsibilities for all my actions, and be honest. Those are skills I use in my everyday life as a university student. This Outward Bound Canada experience was so impactful to me because it taught me a lot about myself. It showed me that nothing is impossible to achieve. With motivation and hard work, you can get to wherever you want. It showed me that I am capable of doing more than what I thought is possible. This experience made me to a stronger version of myself. Outward Bound Canada is a great program for those who are trying to discover themselves and become stronger physically and mentally. To every person that is considering participating in an Outward Bound Canada I encourage you to do so. From this experience, I’ve built lifetime friends and unforgettable memories.”

Read Bilal’s full post here and watch his Loran Scholars 2016: Algonquin Provincial Park video. Read Zane’s full post here and hear more from him in our Looking In: The Veterans’ Program video.


WHY I GIVE TO OBC: BOB

Longtime donor and friend of Outward Bound Canada, Bob Foulkes shares his reasons for giving.


Bob’s journey with Outward Bound Canada began when his son returned from a West Coast expedition. “He went away a boy and came back completely transformed into a confident young man,” said Bob. “I wanted what he gained.” The following year, Bob signed up for his own transformative adventure with Outward Bound, setting him on a life of adventures; running, marathons, triathlons, travel, cooking school, sea kayaking. Now in his late 60s, he has summited Kilimanjaro with us, and set aside a deep fear of water to join a Reach Beyond canoe trip down the Nahanni River. Neither, he says, was conceivable without Outward Bound. “Trust in their leadership, faith in their skill and dependence on their experience allowed me to transform my fear into faith and opened the door to these unbelievable adventures.”

Here’s why Bob donates to Outward Bound Canada:

“My small contributions over the past decade have grown to include bigger contributions through their special expeditions and the attendant fundraising commitment. Last year I made the big leap; I made a sizeable - for me - five-year commitment to Outward Bound. Outward Bound is now the primary focus of my donation dollars. Why? It is simple. I want to share this remarkable capacity for personal transformation that Outward Bound programs offer with as many people as possible. Sometimes those who need Outward Bound the most are the least able to pay the cost. I want more people to find balance, serenity, purpose and self-confidence through affirmative programs like Outward Bound. I want to show my gratitude to the people of Outward Bound for transforming my life. I want to share the valuable life changing and life-affirming experience that I was so generously given by Outward Bound.”

To read Bob’s full donor profile, visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.

To learn how you can participate in our Reach Beyond Expeditions in 2017, visit outwardbound.ca/reachbeyond.



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