June 2009 Journal

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June, 2009

Summer Internship & Chef Extraordinaire

Come and play (ok..work) with us this summer! The Otesha Project is seeking a full-time, dedicated, organized, fun-loving, multi-tasking intern to join us at the Otesha Head Office in Ottawa for at least two months. This incredible intern will assist the organization's Co-Directors in managing all that goes on at Otesha - from logistical support for the five cycling and performing tours, to administrative work, delivering workshops, email and phone communication. 

The position starts on July 6th (at the latest), and the application deadline is June 19th, 2009. To apply, download the application by clicking here and submit it toinfo@otesha.ca.

We are also looking for a special someone (or someones) who will cook for our Rising Tide tour in Moncton from July 29 to August 5, 2009. As a chef extraordinaire, you will be responsible for preparing meals (lunch and dinner) to feed the teams as they gear up for the ride of a lifetime. We will provide delicious vegan recipes. If this opportunity interests you, clickhere to download the application and submit it toinfo@otesha.ca

Otesha tour stops - host a team!

This September, the adventure begins: Great team. Great Performances. Great Lakes!  Check out the Great Lake Tour's route below and add your own little piece of greatness to the mix. We're looking for any contacts you might have in the following cities to help out either with accomodations orsetting up a performance:

Almonte, Perth, Portland, Grananoque, Howe Island, Kingston, Napanee,Trenton, Asphodel-Norwood, Cobourg, Asphodel-Norwood, Peterborough, Lindsay, Orillia, Midland, Collingwood, Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Kincardine, Lucknow, Goderich, Clinton, Seaforth, Pinery, London, St. Thomas, Port Stanley Long Point Provincial Park, Brantford, Six Nations, Hamilton, Burlington, Mississauga, GTA and of course, Toronto!

Learning? For a whole month? That's right folks. Rising Tide 2009 marks the first ever one-month-long Otesha Tour, and the first ever learning tour! The biggest Otesha team yet will hit the road on August 1st to travel to through communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and meet different organizations, people and projects working on environmental and social justice issues. If you know anyone in these areas who is able to put the team up for a night or connect them to some interesting learning opportunities, we'd love to hear from you!  We'll be hitting up the following communities:

Moncton (NB), Sackville (NB), Pugwash, Tatamagouche, Maitland, Kennetcook, Wolfville, Windsor, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Chester, Hubbards, Micou Island and Halifax.

Farewell Katimavik

After after nine months of partnership with Katimavik (a national youth volunteer experience program), we are saying goodbye to our third full-time volunteer, Véronique. Véronique has worked with us for the past three months, and on top of becoming a tax-receipting guru, she is now a speedy cycling commuter, travelling 12km each day by bike. Véronique follows in the footsteps of two other amazing Katimavik volunteers - Catherine and Kelsie, who each also spent 3 fantastic months with us. So long Katimaviks!

A new set of Katimavik groups will be in Ottawa this fall, and we're already looking forward to more themed group dinners, book making parties and inventing a fresh new set of Katima-play-on-words.

Otesha's support car gets a facelift

This spring the Kootenay Mountain cycling and performing tour hit the road with the prettiest support vehicle yet - a Honda Insight Hybrid. This puppy has been getting us all kinds of attention (and stares) at gas stations, parking lots and from passers-by, and we've made some pretty great connections with fellow cycling/environmental groups thanks to all of the attention. Watch out for the Otesha car as it crosses the country from Vancouver back to home base in July, and heads east for the Rising Tide Tour's training week!

Postcard of the month

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:

"I will stop using plastic water bottles...and I'll plant a tree"
Randy, Age 16