January 2008 Journal

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January, 2008


Well winter has descended upon us - our winter bikes are out in full force, our clothes are layered to the point of ridiculousness...and even 4 foot icicles won't stop us from telling you what's going on in the land of Otesha.

In this journal:

  1. Bike Tours
  2. Hopeful Home Tours
  3. Goodbyes
  4. Jen Rocks U of T
  5. New Beginnings - Colonel By Triple-H Team
  6. Ch-Ch-Ch Changes to Triple-H
  7. Website of the Month
  8. Postcard of the Month

1) Bike Tours

Since announcing the routes for our 2008 cycling and performing tours, the applications have been pouring in! We're psyched about the launch of our spring tours, which will ride from Ottawa in May. Spaces are still available—so apply now! To find out more or to download an application package, clickhere.

2) Hopeful Home Tours 

This year we will continue to offer tours of Otesha's Hopeful Home. Guests will have a chance to see our working and living space, learn about our programs and hear some of our inspiring stories! The next home tour will happen on Tuesday February 19th, starting at 7pm at 72 Riverdale Ave. in Ottawa South. If you'd like to know more about us, come on out—we promise to supply some delicious vegan desserts and fair trade tea! To RSVP, send an email to Jennifer@otesha.ca.

3) Goodbyes

It seems like just yesterday that Katie, our super-amazing-shade-grown co-op student was learning the ropes here at the Otesha office. And as much as we wanted to keep her around, every co-op term must come to an end. Last week, Katie headed back to the classroom to finish her last semester of school, but will no doubt remain connected to Otesha in the months to come.

January also marks a big transition for Otesha's co-founder, Jessica Lax. Jess will be leaving her position as Executive Director and moving to an advisory role as she joins the board of directors. Jess has been an inspiration to all of us and we are thrilled that she will remain involved with Otesha! Please join us in thanking her for her contribution over the past six years, and wishing her well as she continues her journey.

4) Jen Rocks U of T!

For any of you out there in Toronto who have not seen an Otesha performance in a while, or who have not yet had the chance to experience the Otesha magic, you are in for a treat! Our very own Jen Valberg will be speaking, accompanied by a Triple-H team from Dr. J.M Denison High School. Come on out and see her on January 30th. For details, click here.

5) New Beginnings - Colonel By Triple-H Team

On a snowy weekend in early December, we trained a group of 10 new Hopeful Hooligans from Colonel By Secondary School. We were blown away by their excitement, confidence, and the ease with which they learned their roles in the play. By the end of the weekend they had even taught the staff how to get down to Soulja Boy, which generated a lot of laughs.

We'll keep you up to date on the team's upcoming performances, in case you want to see our latest performers!

6) Ch-Ch-Ch Changes to Triple-H

While our Triple-H program is hugely successful, the increasing number of schools from all across Canada and other parts of North America that are interested in starting their own teams is beyond our capacity. Accordingly, we have created a new Triple-H plan that we are super excited about. We are currently gathering input about this plan, and would love feedback from anyone who has been a part of a Triple-H team in the past, or bike tour alumni who are interested in this program. Please contact the marvelous Elizabeth Fraser atElizabeth@otesha.ca if you would like to participate.

Website of the Month


This site contains valuable information about the struggle to protect Grassy Narrows from unsustainable logging, as well as a call for a day of action on January 30th.

Postcard of the Month

I will put on an event to encourage people to become involved in independent and community media. 

Greg, age 29, Ottawa