November 2009 Journal

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November, 2009
How do you spell "Reason to Dream?" O - T - E - S - H - A
Riding on Hope     

The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal         
November 2009        
An Organic Success
Otesha 2010
An Organic Opportunity
Support Otesha for the Holidays
Toronto's Hub is Rolling

Hopeful Home Tour
December 16 
Join us for a tour of Otesha's digs - meet the staff, find out more about the organization and learn how you can get involved!
 Contact for details
An Organic Success 

It's true, no fertilizers or pesticides were used in in theorganic affair speaker
growth of last weekend's Organic Affair in Ottawa. The event drew a record-breaking 390 guests, and raised a whopping $21,000 in pledges for 2009! Thank you to our donors and to everyone who came out - your support is heart warming... and bicycle seat-warming. 

The Affair also celebrated 100,000 audience members reached through our performances, presentations, and workshops. We heard from several people whose lives have been touched by The Otesha Project, some of whom, like Seb (pictured right) started as audience members themselves, and were inspired to become tour members.

The success of this event was in part credited to the Ottawa Katimavik Group. They were present in force, setting up/taking down the event and serving scrumptious scones to attendees. Thank you Katimavik! We are also grateful to Bridgehead for their donation of fair trade organic coffee and tea, and to our favourite official event photographer, Jodie McNamara for her fantastic photos.
The Quest: Otesha 2010

Tell your grandparents! Tell your barber! The 2010 Otesha Tours have now been released, and we are accepting applications for tour members. Please help us on our quest to find fresh new tour members who are ready to travel in a sustainable community. 

If you know someone who needs to be in the know, or can think of a group, team, class, or school that you would like to tell about The Otesha Project's bike tours, email to request an e-promo pack. You'll receive digital copies of materials to make it easy to tack up a poster, pass out the pamphlet, or send on a fact-and-funk-filled email.

Otesha 2010
An Organic Opportunity

Do you love being an intern? Interested in joining us here in the Otesha Office? 

you could work HEREThe Otesha Project is pleased (as in, bouncing off the walls!) to announce that we've been granted 5 paid internship positions through the Youth Eco Internship Program. The interns will work here at the Otesha office full time for a period of 4 to 6 months with two positions starting in January. Click here for more details. 

Speaking of interns, we're a little choked up since saying goodbye to our last Katimavik volunteer Kirby. Our new Katimaviker, Melissa, arrived this week, fresh from a placement at our fave Calgary bike shop!  
Support Otesha to Celebrate the Holidays

Giving up presents this year? Here's a way to let people show they care, all the while supporting your favourite bike-loving tree-hugging charity: start your very own CanadaHelps giving page. Through your personalized page, your friends and family can make donations to The Otesha Project on your behalf. 

To set up a holiday giving page, start here.
1. Click on: "Create a GivingPage". Under "New Giving Page Users" and either log in or click "register with Canada Helps". 
2. Click "create a giving page". Fill in the details, then click "continue"
3. For Charity Name, write: The Otesha Project, then click "search"
4. When Otesha pops up, click "Add"Now preview your giving page, and click "share" to post it on your facebook page, twitter or any other crazy social media tools that you use.
A Rewarding Experience
sam receives our award
The Otesha Project was recently recognized with the Youth Social Entrepreneur Award at the second annual Corporate and Community Social Responsibility conference on November 23rd at Algonquin College in Ottawa. 

We are honored to have received the award for our "outstanding community commitment through socially responsible activities". A big thanks to Red River College, the sponsor of the award.

Toronto's Hub is Greased and Rolling

Last weekend, O-lumni in Toronto gathered together with Otesha staff to re-spoke it's Hub.  At last, T.O.tesha was born!  Want to get involved or hear what they're up to?  Check out T.O.tesha on Facebook, and look to join their google group.
Website of the Month

Ahem. Make that Video of the Month.

Did you know The Otesha Project was in India? Well, they don't exactly call themselves Otesha, but they sure do have the spirit. Check out this video clip about a group of youth traveling by bike and living the way they want the world to be. It's nice - the world, and the video. 

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 throw my garbage in the garbage can every day and since I'm going camping this week, there are not a lot of garbage cans around."
Jada Bernier, age 12

Correction: Ottawa Green Bin - Just Green and Brown

"We can put almost anything in the green bin - diapers, flour bags, if we used paper plates, those too!" - October Journal

Thanks to those who let us know that in Ottawa diapers are a green bin no-no. Ottawa decided not to put plastics in their composting program - although it is still a hot topic. Check out a recent article on the debate here.
Wish list
We like re-using! And taking other peoples' trash! 
Here's what we are in need of right now:

Cereal Boxes, rescued from your recycling bin

Digital Camera
 Laptop and Desktop Computers 
~ for details, ~

Office Chairs
Drop offs are welcome between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday at The Otesha House (72 Riverdale Ave.)
Thank you!

The Otesha Project | 72 Riverdale Ave | Ottawa | Ontario | K1S 1R2 | Canada