New staff and new plans!

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August, 2006

Taking a breath after an exhilarating couple of weeks has allowed us to appreciate how much we have accomplished.   

After much consultation and deliberation, Otesha’s first long-term plan has emerged!  It brings not only an exciting increase in program capacity, but also a focus on solidifying the internal supports of the organization.  Over the next five years we plan to:

  • Double our annual program delivery– from 5 to 10 bike tours, and from 5 to 10 Triple-H teams.  
  • Reach financial self-sufficiency with the development of new alternative income streams.
  • Build organizational sustainability by strengthening our board of directors, building an alumni advisory board, and an external advisory board of experts in the field.
  • Accomplish all of the above while maintaining and building on our commitment to walking our talk.

Two new outstanding individuals are coming on board to help turn this plan into a successful reality.  Michelle Lee will be joining us as Otesha’s new Programs Director.  Michelle, a dazzling B.C. Tour member this past summer, brings her skills and training as a teacher, her experience working with aboriginal youth in northern Ontario, and her contagious enthusiasm for sustainability. Shoshanah Waxman, a long time Otesha member, will be our new Operations Director.  Sho first joined the 2003 cross-Canada tour after seeing a presentation in Toronto, and later became a main contributor for The Otesha Book.  She co-ordinated the Great Lakes Tour last year, and now brings her experience as an organizer, and her passion for positive social change to Otesha’s new five-year plan.

 The Ontario Eco-Action program and Green Street have also joined our list of financial supporters for 2006/07. Eco-Action is supporting capacity building for the Triple-H program, and Green Street will support program delivery in schools over the next year. 

And last but not least, please check out our latest publication – the long awaited 2005 Annual Report  To all of those who supported us in 2005, our heartfelt thanks.   We hope the photos and stories show the many positive changes you helped to make possible.

May your summers be filled with picnics and pedaling, gardens and grassy fields, full moons and shooting stars, and time for renewal and inspiration.

The Otesha team

Postcard of the Month: “Not drink pop or juice so that I won’t support cheap sugar and unfair labour!” 
– Reanna, age 17, Sundre Alberta