the Maddie Project
Outward Bound Canada has a proven track record of working with Canadians from all walks of life to implement innovative and bold solutions that encourage participants to overcome obstacles and reconnect with themselves and others and the world around them. OBC’s programs tap into the power of the natural world as a place of education, healing and empowerment. As such, OBC is well-positioned to play a key role in helping youth develop self-awareness and build their confidence.
As a third-generation participant in Outward Bound’s programs, Madeline Grace German Coulter had first-hand experience of the power of nature. Her family’s long history of participation and involvement with OBC was the impetus behind a pilot project called Connecting with Courage, an OBC program tailored for teenage girls. Maddie was the sparkle in the room that brought laughter and energy to everyone. When depression ended her life at just 14 years old, Maddie’s family channeled their grief into purpose creating the Maddie Project. Driven by community collaboration and events, the Maddie Project has two goals: to raise funds to provide uninhibited access to support for youth and their families through improved facilities and programs, and to increase awareness through conversations about youth depression and mental health concerns.