June 2011 Issue

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June, 2011

How do you spell "Reason to Dream?" O - T - E - S - H - A
Riding on Hope  
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal  
June 2011   
Phenomenal Food tour rolls into Ottawa
The training wheels are coming off
Bike Love is in the air
Take a week "on"
In search of friendly ports
New 'mates welcomed aboard
Volunteer Opportunities


The Phenomenal Food Tour's Grand Finale

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Gallery Room, Heartwood House,  

153 Chapel Street, Ottawa (Map)


The show is free and all are welcome! Come hang out with the team at their final performance of Reason to Dream.
For more info and to RSVP, contact info@otesha.ca.      

Ahoy! Full speed ahead!        


Ahoy, me hearrrties! We here at the Otesha Project are sailing onward and upward, always on the hunt for treasures that will increase the positive impact that we have on the world. This month we've decided to update you all in tribute to a mysterious treasure that was delivered to our new office.  


Mystery Pirate Book Cover

We recently received a package addressed to "Otesha Jammers", but there was no note, no return address, no identification of any kind! When we opened it, we found the following book:


We absolutely love warm fuzzies like this and currently everyone is a suspect. If you have information on the identity or whereabouts of the sender, please let us know. Or you can just tell them that we're lost in their pirate mystery, loving every moment. 


We want you to have the full Canadian pirate experience, so you might want to play "Last Saskatchewan Pirate" (linked for your listening pleasure) as the soundtrack to this edition of the E-Journal. 


Fast Fact:


To survive, human beings (including pirates) only need 2.4 litres each day, but the average Canadian uses 343 litres of water daily!

-The Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk  

Ready for port 


Otesha's Phenomenal Food Tour has caught a good breeze and are wrapping up their tour this weekend in Ottawa with their Grand Finale performance of Reason to Dream. It's free and the team would love to see you there. The show is suitable for all ages and will take place this Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Room at Heartwood House (153 Chapel Street, Ottawa: Map)


For more info and to RSVP, contact info@otesha.ca.


PFT in Prince Edward County group shot - Photo credit Countylive-dot-ca

The Phenomenal Food Tour in Prince Edward County. (Photo courtesy of Countylive.ca)

The training wheels are coming off

Thank you so much to all of you who supported our Ride without Training Wheels Campaign this winter. From the wonderful teenaged supporter in B.C. who pledged to become a monthly donor to the long-time community builder and first-time donor in Ontario who contributed $500, we've been inspired by the support of the growing Otesha community across Canada. You have our deepest gratitude.  

 Riding Without Training Wheels - Cyclist riding away from a training wheel 

If you haven't had the chance to give, please help us cross the finish line at top speed. Remember, even just $10 a month will help put an empowering sustainability workshop in a Canadian classroom, inspiring the next generation of change-makers and helping build our movement toward a more sustainable world. Please click here to donate.

With gratitude, you inspire us.

-The Otesha Team

It's summer and Bike Love is in the air


After years of spreading the Otesha Jam, The Otesha Project decided to take to the streets to spread the bike love earlier this spring. In April, bike lovers in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto gathered to show their appreciation for fellow cyclists.

bike love notes!

Armed with inspiring messages written on homemade cards created with recycled materials, these cycling advocates left love notes on bikes across the city.


"Every time I see someone ride by on their bike, I think of the trail of clean air they leave in their wake," said Katrina Siks, the event's organizer. "There are many reasons to appreciate the cyclists in our city, and there's no better time to express it than right now."


Summer is here, so free your bike!  

Take a week "on" this summer

 Ferocious Farm Tour 2010 from Anna


The Pedal to Plate Tour is coming soon: Otesha's first-ever all-ages tour hits the road from July 9 to 17. Don't miss out!  


Taste your way across the landscape of Ottawa's food systems - meeting local producers, pitching in on farms, connecting with food-oriented organizations and cooking up a storm.  


Unlike our spring and autumn tours, we will consider youth and adult applicants regardless of age. Apply today.  

GLT 2009 Group Shot

In search of friendly ports 


Otesha's bike tour teams use performances and workshops to share a message of sustainability and hope that our everyday actions can and do make a difference. Invite them to your community!  


If you are living in the beautiful Canadian

West along one of these routes and are interested in hosting a performance, billet the team, or just be a friendly face to the team when they roll into your town, let us know! Contact Kayla if you've got any groovy leads. 

 New 'mates welcomed aboard as others ship off

June 8 2011 - Otesha Staff Photo with no Matt


We'd like to extend a wet and wild welcome to Kayla Siefried, Tour Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Tour and Kootenay Mountain Tour. Julia D'Costa has also hopped aboard as Otesha's Communications Coordinator.


Recently retiring pirates include, Genevieve LeGal-LeBlanc, Otesha's longest-serving sttaff member, who has signed on with a new ship at WUSC, as well as our Outreach and Volunteer Director, Katrina Siks, a true land-lubber who will be moving on to garden up a storm and expand her horticultural knowledge. Our Tour Coordinator Guy Marsan has also finished up his stint aboard and is moving on to help captain more theatre projects.

Safe journey, friends!

Back L-R: Julia, Kayla, Darrell
Front L-R: Guy, Carly         

Jess smilingOtesha co-founder sails west


Otesha co-founder Jessica Lax recently sailed west to speak at the Association of International Educators' 63rd Annual Conference and Expo in Vancouver, an event that ran from May 29 to June 3. Her presentation was featured in a Vancouver Sun article. The event hosted more than 8,000 international education professionals.   

Volunteer Opportunities 

Training Week Volunteers

Timeline:  All or part of September 3-10
: Email Matt

Wanna cook up some yummy eats or facilitate a wicked workshop for amazing tour participants as they get ready to embark on their Otesha cycling adventure this fall? Come help out at training week at a location TBD in the Vancouver area (and if you have ideas for an cool training week location, please do let us know!)


Calling all artists

Help create a creative space by drawing, painting a mural, or adding some inspiring artistic flair to the walls of our workspace. If you or someone you know is looking for a creative outlet and a blank canvas, please contact Darrell

Postcard of the MonthAnother Hope sign tacked to a post


After every Otesha presentation, we invite our audience members to change the world by committing to one new hopeful action. Each individual receives a postcard, writes the action on the back, and if they complete the action, they mail it in to our office. We now have thousands of postcards from across Canada, and they are our proof that we are building a movement. Here's one of our favourites from this month:



"You were a good reminder to just how important sustainability really is.  I sometimes forget and get distracted by other things. Your workshop was also a great help. We now have a handful of good ideas for our school. I've been taking staggered showers regardless of the cold! Thanks."

 -Sarah, Age 15

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Wish list
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Desktop computer speakers
Digital camera
Tea towels
Kitchen items (bowls, water jugs, trays)
Curtains (floor length, colorful, with loops)  


Drop-offs are welcome between 9am and 5pm
from Monday to Friday at The Otesha Office (153 Chapel Street)