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JULY 2018


ESCAPE THE ORDINARY THIS SUMMER

LAST CALL FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME – JUST A FEW SPACES REMAIN ON SELECT JULY & AUGUST ADVENTURES

Summer is finally here, and now’s the time to shed the winter blues and embark on a powerful and rejuvenating journey with boundless potential. Say goodbye to endless scrolling and nagging notifications as you unplug from the digital world and reconnect with the natural one. Embark on the journey of a lifetime away from day-to-day routines, and travel straight through the heart of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Take on a new challenge, pick up a High School Credit, earn a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award qualification, and make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime! Join us this summer - our transformative Outward Bound Canada experiences for adults and youth are selling out quickly, so don’t miss out!

FOR ADULTS
West Coast Odyssey - Two weeks of kayaking along Vancouver Island!
West Coast Mindfulness - Just one space remains
Rocky Mountain Mindfulness - Just one space remains
Nahanni River Reach Beyond - Explore a paddler’s paradise + support OBC’s charitable programs

FOR YOUTH
Bay of Fundy Discovery - Just two spaces remain!
Rocky Mountain Discovery
West Coast Journey
Toronto Urban Expedition
Hamilton Urban Expedition
Rocky Mountain Journey
Bay of Fundy Journey
and more!

See all that’s on offer for Summer ’18!


YOU HELPED US TO GO MILES BEYOND!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR’S AEROPLAN MILES CAMPAIGN


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who donated to our Aeroplan Miles donation campaign this spring. We surpassed our goal of 350,000 Aeroplan Miles within days! As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Outward Bound Canada offers impactful programs that serve vulnerable individuals from coast to coast. Your donations help increase access to our adventurous outdoor programs, which can have a lasting impact on overall well-being and physical and mental health. Do you have some Aeroplan Miles that are not being used? You can still donate miles between now and the end of the year! 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. Click here to donate your miles today!


PARTNERSHIP WITH WINSPORT

WINSPORT TEAMS UP WITH OUTWARD BOUND CANADA FOR NEW ADVENTURE IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY


Outward Bound Canada is proud to announce its collaboration with WinSport to provide multi-day wilderness experiences to Calgary and the surrounding area. WinSport is a not-for-profit organization and teaches valuable life skills by providing sporting activities to young people. Through this exciting partnership, students aged 12 to 14 will learn valuable outdoors skills on five-day expeditions through awe-inspiring Kananaskis Country. In keeping with the Outward Bound philosophy, this partnership will allow more Canadians to gain transformative experiences in natural settings, and will allow OBC to offer a wilderness program for younger individuals. To learn more about this collaboration, check out our blog.


THE MAGNUS FLOOD AWARD RETURNS

MARIKA CHANDLER HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE RECIPIENT OF OUTWARD BOUND CANADA’S MAGNUS FLOOD AWARD


Marika Chandler, OBC’s Ontario Program Director, has been selected by fellow staff and instructors to receive the recently resurrected Magnus Flood Award! Marika was recognized for her perseverance and upbeat spirit, even when faced with difficult challenges. Staff have also recognized her work in spearheading new programming for LBGTQ2 participants. Magnus, the award’s namesake, made an indelible impact on Outward Bound in the 1990s by mentoring staff and students, displaying a passion for the organization’s support of vulnerable individuals and populations. Upon receiving the award, Marika noted how OBC’s commitment to providing quality programs for students from different backgrounds inspires her work. For more on Marika and this year’s Magnus Flood Award, check out the OBC blog.


CALL FOR OBC ALUMNI

IN ANTICIPATION OF CELEBRATIONS SURROUNDING OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019, HELP US RECONNECT WITH OBC ALUMNI


In 2019, Outward Bound Canada will celebrate 50 years of delivering inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in Canada’s great outdoors. Leading up to this milestone occasion, we’re on the hunt for all those who have participated in an Outward Bound Canada adventure since 1969 – exciting plans are in the works and we want to be able to share with our OBC alumni the opportunity to reignite the joy and excitement of their Outward Bound experience. If you know of alumni who may not already be receiving communications from us, please encourage them to visit outwardbound.ca/alumni where they can sign up to our mailing list and keep informed on news surrounding OBC’s 50th anniversary. If you’re an alumni who would like to find out more about how you can share your story or get involved with OBC’s 50th, please email us at alumni@outwardbound.ca.


NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PwC

OBC TEAMS UP WITH PwC TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT


Outward Bound Canada is thrilled to partner with the PwC Canada Foundation as they launch their Young People Project, an initiative designed to help address youth unemployment in Canada. The project will help fund an ecosystem of initiatives that PwC believes has the highest potential to create scalable solutions that impact youth unemployment. OBC will receive $150,000 to support our underserved youth programs in B.C.

This support will connect young people to transformative outdoor experiences that immerse them in an indelible journey of self-discovery. Young people will have the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, others and nature and build resilience, leadership and compassion. PwC believes these outcomes have a positive impact on youth employability. To learn more about the Young People Project, visit https://www.pwc.com/ca/foundation.


REACH BEYOND IN 2018-2019!

UP FOR A CHALLENGE? EXPERIENCE EPIC ADVENTURE WHILE FUNDRAISING FOR OTHERS


Imagine experiencing first-hand the most coveted wilderness destinations in the world, knowing you are also helping to connect someone less fortunate to the great outdoors. Reach Beyond Expeditions offer just that, including a truly unique chance to “find your true north” on our first-ever Magnetic North Pole Expedition! On this once-in-a-lifetime trip in April 2019, you will ski through Canada’s northernmost regions, laying your eyes on sights very few have ever seen. Reach Beyond Expeditions can also take you to iconic Mount Everest this fall, or Canada’s stunning Nahanni River, situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this August. Experience adventure and support formative programs for Veterans, Women of Courage, Indigenous adults and youth, and vulnerable youth.

To learn more, visit outwardbound.ca/reachbeyond.


BOUNDERS’ LOG: MADDY

MADDY SHARES HER WEST COAST DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE


In 2017, Maddy was selected as a recipient of The W. Brett Wilson Award, a scholarship awarded annually to students attending North Battleford Comprehensive High School in Saskatchewan, the school Brett himself attended when he was a teenager. As part of the scholarship, Maddy was given the opportunity to choose an Outward Bound Canada adventure to take part in. She decided to take part in West Coast Discovery, a 21-day kayaking course along the shores of Vancouver Island. In the weeks leading up to the course, Maddy became increasingly nervous, having never done something quite like this before; but once she arrived on Vancouver Island and met her group and instructors, her nervousness was quickly dispelled. Still, Maddy had no idea exactly what to expect from her Outward Bound Canada adventure, or just what impact it would have on her once she returned home. Read what Maddy had to say about this experience below.

Here is an excerpt from Maddy’s post on the Outward Bound Canada blog:

“The initial fear wore off as I travelled to our main camp a few hours from the Comox Airport, and I was able to let reality sink in. Everything about it felt so surreal, as if I didn’t belong there, but little did I realize I was exactly where I belonged and needed to be. I really did not know much about my trip previous to actually going on it, and I assumed it would be similar to other camps I’ve attended; however, Outward Bound Canada is an experience like no other.

As we first launched from the mainland out into the ocean I had no idea the life changing experiences I was about to have. My most memorable moment from the trip was after we paddled three nautical miles to hike Lone Cone mountain. After eight and a half hours of pushing ourselves mentally and physically, we achieved a massive goal as a group and as individuals by reaching the top. For me, I found myself facing my biggest challenge on our paddle back. It was dark, the waves and currents were against us, and it was our 18th day on our trip. It was in that moment, paddling back, that the weight of the exhaustion and my thoughts found me. With each stroke I found myself crying, yet they were not tears of sadness.”


You can read Maddy’s full post on our Blog .



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