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NOVEMBER 2018


OBC IS BOUND FOR GREATNESS

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF IMPACTFUL ADVENTURE IN 2019

This coming year, we’ve got something pretty special to celebrate. Our 2019 season is set to mark 50 years of Outward Bound in Canada! That’s half a century of delivering transformative outdoor experiences to thousands of Canadians from all walks of life. Every day since Outward Bound Canada’s first expedition in 1969, we’ve worked hard to change lives through challenging and impactful adventures in the great Canadian wilderness, and to lower barriers to access to allow these types of programs to be experienced by any and all Canadians, regardless of geography or socio-economic background. Join us as we kick off our 50th anniversary fundraising campaign, Bound for Greatness, which aims to secure funds and raise awareness to keep these life-changing programs accessible to the people who need them the most. Our Bound For Greatness campaign kicks off this month with our annual Giving Tuesday appeal. Learn more about this appeal below, and stay tuned to outwardbound.ca and our social channels to discover more about our 50th anniversary celebrations.


MAKE THIS SUMMER UNFORGETTABLE

BOOK EARLY AND SAVE! 2019 IS THE YEAR TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE


A new year means the chance for new adventures and a new you! This summer you can unplug from the digital world and reconnect with yourself, others and the natural world. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you journey deep into Canada’s awe-inspiring wilderness. 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 - all of our summer 2019 courses have been designed to challenge and inspire. Book your transformative journey of self-discovery right now!

Early birds now have the chance to save! Book by February 28 to get $250 off many of our epic outdoor experiences. Visit our website to learn more.


HELP US CHANGE LIVES THIS NOVEMBER

HELP OUTWARD BOUND CANADA IN OUR MISSION TO MAKE TRANSFORMATIVE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCES ACCESSIBLE TO ALL


Mark your calendars! This year’s Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 27. Any donation you make between November 20 and Giving Tuesday will have double the impact, thanks to the support of our generous matching donor! 3Macs, A Division of Raymond James, and the OBC Board of Directors will match your donation to OBC dollar for dollar, thereby doubling the impact of your donation and helping OBC deliver programs to those who need them the most! But don’t wait until November 20 to get involved — share #OBCGivingTuesday right now to support the campaign! To learn how to support our fundraising efforts by becoming a campaign ambassador, please contact us. To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit outwardbound.ca/givingtuesday.


GIVE THE GIFT OF OBC SWAG!

CELEBRATE OUTWARD BOUND CANADA’S 50TH IN STYLE! ORDERS CLOSE NOVEMBER 22


Just in time for the holidays, Outward Bound Canada has some new clothing and gear options for sale! Do you love Outward Bound Canada — why not show it? As part of our 50th anniversary, we’re bringing you new merchandise that includes everything from t-shirts to toques to keep you comfortable and stylish all year long. Act fast! Orders must be placed by November 22 before our online store closes for the holidays.

To view all of our stock and to make a purchase, please visit our online store today.


SAVE 15% ON DOG SLEDDING

RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON OUR 2019 DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURE IN ALGONQUIN PARK BY DEC. 31, 2018 AND SAVE 15%


Do more than hunker down indoors this March Break! Leave your FOMO at home and challenge yourself on this epic journey through Algonquin Park's winter wonderland. Our popular Dog Sledding Journey will leave you with magical memories of a March Break well-spent. Dog sled and snowshoe your way through pristine wilderness on the Park’s historic MacDonald Dog Sled Trails along Sunday Lake. In the evenings, enjoy wholesome home cooked meals and tell stories around the wood-fire stove while sipping hot chocolate in a cozy canvas prospector tent. Book this unforgettable journey by December 31 and save 15% off the regular price!

Don’t delay – this popular winter adventure fills fast - register today and take advantage of this special offer!


BOUNDER’S LOG: Mahdieh

"I LEARNED NOT TO USE MY STRUGGLES AS WEAKNESSES, BUT AS ENCOURAGEMENT AND MOTIVATION."


Mahdieh received funding to participate in a seven-day winter camping course in Algonquin Park through the generous support of TELUS and the Toronto Foundation. Mahdieh took part in a unique program called Connecting Cultures, which brought together a group of youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to learn more about each other and Indigenous nations in Canada. After learning through the course that development involves long-lasting change at the individual level, Mahdieh went on to study International Development at university. To learn more about Mahdieh and her story, watch her video in support of OBC’s Giving Tuesday campaign.

Here is an excerpt from Mahdieh Rezaie’s post on the OBC blog:

This course was truly a new experience for me. To get something simple like water we had to cut a hole on a frozen lake, then boil the water and then wait for it to cool down. This experience got my team and I a lot closer as we worked together for everyday tasks. When I went on my course, I was going through a rough time in my life. I grew up in a household with my mom, 10 sisters, and a disabled father. When my father passed away, I was very angry at life and had a negative mind-set and outlook on life. I would limit myself from my dreams because I thought life was very unfair and that I had bad luck. This all changed after returning from my course. I got to disconnect from my regular day-to-day life and reconnect with myself, my goals and find my purpose again. It changed my mind-set and how I saw life. I learned not to use my struggles as weaknesses, but as encouragement and motivation to become a stronger person.


Continue reading Mahdieh’s story on the OBC blog


WHY I GIVE: Rob Safrata

"I BELIEVE THAT IT’S WORTHWHILE, EFFECTIVE AND IMPORTANT."


Outward Bound Canada is extremely thankful for the generous support from individuals, foundations and organizations that help us make our mission and vision a reality. We are proud to share the story of Rob Safrata, who turned what he learned from his Outward Bound course into motivation to continue working with us in our goal of lowering barriers to accessing outdoor programming. Rob first became involved with OBC as a participant on a community leadership course, and has since then participated in a multitude of adventures ranging from canoeing to winter camping. Rob has served as the Chair of the OBC Board and now sits on the Bound for Greatness Fundraising Cabinet, generously giving his time and support to a cause that he believes “is a time-tested method of making a real difference.”

Here is an excerpt of our blog post on why Rob Safrata gives to OBC:

Rob Safrata first got involved in Outward Bound Canada when he participated in a nine-month community leadership course, and took the teachings to heart. “The course taught us that the best way to be involved in community was to really pick one community group and to focus on it,” said Rob, who had been involved in OBC in various capacities since that first adventure. At different times, Rob was an OBC cabinet member, Board chair, and a participant. Both he and his wife, Jacqueline, deeply believe in the transformative nature of the courses, in particular our Women of Courage program, which is a charitable, funded journey specifically for women who identify as having had trauma in their lives. “Even in the short programs, I experienced and saw people make a shift, to gain some clarity in their purpose and their lives that would stick,” said Rob. “I think it allows for deeper thoughts, clarity, thinking. It allows for relationships to develop, to be deeper.” Rob has been a consistent source of support for OBC for years, believing the courses to be powerful and transformative.

Read more about Rob’s OBC involvement on our blog



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