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JUNE 2017


YOUR SUMMER STARTS HERE!

JULY’S UPON US AND SO IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR A SUMMER '17 OBC ADVENTURE! COURSES ARE FILLING FAST – BOOK TODAY

The warm weather is here and it's finally time to get out and look in! Mark Canada’s 150th with Outward Bound Canada and experience some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes from coast to coast, while reconnecting with yourself, others, and the land. This is the perfect opportunity to push the boundaries of your comfort zone and explore some of the country’s most breathtaking natural wonders. High School Credit and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award qualifications available on many Summer ’17 courses. Invest in a journey of discovery this summer – spots are filling quickly! Act now to secure your place on the adventure of a lifetime.

Summer 2017 adventures include:

JULY & AUGUST ADVENTURES FOR ADULTS
Rocky Mountain Mindfulness
Rocky Mountain Life Compass

SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR YOUTH
West Coast Journey
West Coast Discovery
Northern Ontario Discovery
Northern Ontario Journey – Flatwater
Ontario Cultural Discovery
Hamilton Urban Expedition
Bay of Fundy Discovery
and more!

To check out our full roster of summer 2017 adventures, visit outwardbound.ca/summer17


REACH BEYOND EXPEDITIONS

REACH BEYOND ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME


Our Reach Beyond Expeditions take adventure seekers to once-in-a-lifetime destinations around the world.

This September, visit Iceland and experience the Land of Fire and Ice as you trek from volcanic highlands to northern Atlantic shores. Cross Mount Kilimanjaro off of your bucket list in 2018 or step out of your comfort zone as you paddle the Nahanni River. Whether it’s experiencing the splendour and spirituality of the Himalayas on our Everest Base Camp Expedition or any of our epic adventures, know that it will be alongside some of the most trusted and experienced leaders in global outdoor exploration.

Challenge yourself and create lifelong memories while at the same time helping to bring life-changing funded programs to those who need them most!


ARE WE MEETING OUR MISSION?

OUR IMPACT REPORT IS NOW ONLINE! LEARN MORE ABOUT OUTWARD BOUND CANADA’S LIFE CHANGING PROGRAMS


In 1969, Outward Bound Canada ran its first course in Keremeos, B.C. That was nearly 50 years ago, and we've come a long way since then. Hot off the press, our 2017 Impact Report aims to update you, our donors, alumni, and friends – on the progress we’ve made, the lives we’ve impacted, and our ability to achieve what we set out to do. Our Impact Report showcases our mission test, academic studies affiliated with Outward Bound Canada, as well as profiles on our generous and dedicated supporters and program participants.

Our latest Strategic Vision sets out the framework for our direction over the next four years, including our 50th anniversary in 2019 and our priorities and goals for the future. All of our recent reports and financials are available on our website at outwardbound.ca.


JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION

GET OUT AND SUPPORT OUTWARD BOUND CANADA ON OCTOBER 11, IN ROTHESAY, NB


You’re invited to A Night of Adventure: The Kurt Hahn Award Celebration hosted by Outward Bound Canada. Join us at Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay, New Brunswick, for an inspiring evening as we honour this year's Kurt Hahn Award recipient: Rothesay Netherwood School. We will also recognize local community champion, Denise Hollway; long time OBC staff member, Beth Johnston; and local funding champion, The Greater Saint John Community Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will support our life-transforming funded programs for vulnerable youth and adults in New Brunswick. A huge thank-you to our presenting sponsor, 3Macs, a Division of Raymond James Ltd.

Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets. To become a sponsor this year’s Kurt Hahn Award Dinner, please contact us.


THE ULTIMATE OBC EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR GROUP

LET US WORK WITH YOU TO CREATE A UNIQUE OUTWARD BOUND CANADA ADVENTURE


Through our impactful groups programs, Outward Bound Canada works with you and your community to design tailored programming that will not only help you deliver on your key objectives, but is also proven to help deepen the connection to self, others and the natural world.

We offer a variety of customized services to suit your distinct needs, including access to a dedicated groups admissions team, information sessions for participants, parent presentations, High School Credit options, and more. Funding or collaborative fund development opportunities may be available to qualifying organizations.

For more on our custom groups programs visit outwardbound.ca or email us.


GET TO KNOW OUTWARD BOUND CANADA

We’ve got a new blog! Meet our staff and find the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions


What’s the best way to pack for an extended backpacking trip? Hear from industry experts on this and more by checking out the latest version of our blog on outwardbound.ca! We’re excited to be providing the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions, and maybe even some questions you hadn’t thought to ask.

Get to know the staff who work hard behind-the-scenes and the instructors who lead our adventures across the country. Catch a glimpse of some of the awe-inspiring Canadian landscapes we visit on our expeditions, discover the impact Outward Bound Canada journeys have on the lives of our Bounders and more!

To read more, visit our blog at outwardbound.ca/blog today!


BOUNDERS’ LOG: Haziel David-Ejor

Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund scholarship recipient, Haziel, shares his Northern Ontario Flatwater Journey experience


Haziel was born in Nigeria, but came to Canada from Ghana. After finding out about Outward Bound Canada though Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto, he seized the opportunity to participate in a wilderness expedition and see more of Canada during his first summer here. Already the type of person who enjoys taking on the responsibility of a leadership position, Haziel hoped to gain more confidence, meet more Canadians, and learn more about Canadian culture. He now mentors children from different backgrounds and credits his Outward Bound experience with teaching him how to interact with different people.

Here is an excerpt from Haziel’s post on our new blog:

“When I heard about the camping trip, I thought, “why wouldn’t I go?” It was a chance to get out of the city and be exposed to nature and wildlife. I’m not sure I realized it before but part of what I did with Outward Bound is in me. I built more confidence and learned to work with different kinds of people. You’re literally meeting people who are complete strangers but you make friends. Everyone on the trip had a different background. We had someone from Afghanistan, another was German and Irish, and another was Indigenous – it was very diverse. Meeting different Canadians gave me more experience with how to deal with Canadians.

I learned how to be more independent rather than rely on others and it made me trust my gut and do what I think is right. Sometimes things don’t go so well and you just have to keep going, organize yourselves, and don’t give up. My experience is going to be part of my life… probably one of those stories I’ll be telling my kids later on.”


Read Haziel’s full post on our blog


WHY I GIVE TO OBC: Edyta Pacuk

A dedicated board member and fundraiser, Edyta shares her reasons for giving.


An Outward Bound Canada board member since 2013, Edyta has also completed two Reach Beyond Expeditions, raising over $40,000 for Outward Bound’s charitable programs. What’s more, Edyta and her company, MarchFifteen Consulting Inc., have been generous supporters of the Women of Courage Program, and are this year helping to fund the first-ever Indigenous Women of Courage Expedition, taking place in Ontario this summer.

Here’s why Edyta donates to Outward Bound Canada:

“Outward Bound Canada matters. We provide a unique and beautiful backdrop for people to better understand self and others, to embrace self and others with less prejudice and with more confidence. We help people regain their compass and carry on with the knowledge of their “true north”. And with that we give, to those who want and to those who have the courage to embrace a new experience and adventure, a chance to transform and a belief that they can meet, bright-eyed, the life challenges that may lie ahead. This is why I am involved with and support the growth, health and well-being of Outward Bound Canada. The commitment of everybody involved to live the organization’s mission - to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world - is simply inspiring.

My participation in the two Reach Beyond Expeditions (Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp) as a fundraiser has only increased my respect for the loving and thoughtful discipline in which the experiences are led and facilitated. I have been marked by my journeys with Outward Bound and will carry this mark, like so many others, for always.”


To learn how you can participate in our Reach Beyond Expeditions in 2017/2018, visit outwardbound.ca/reachbeyond.



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