October 2008 Journal

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October, 2008

In this month's journal, you'll find:

1. otesha plus two

2. o-jam change
3. an organic affair
4. 2009 tours!
5. living in ottawa
6. one million acts of green
7. website of the month
8. postcard of the month

1. otesha plus two
We are totally thrilled to be welcoming two new members into our staff family at the Manor of Marvelous Mayhem. Carla Taylor, who is a current tour member on the Rising Tide Tour, will be joining us in November as a Programs Director. Carla has a lot of experience working with youth in Victoria and Mexico, and will be taking on the Triple-h program. Melissa Latour, who until recently has been working on a recruitment program at the university of Waterloo, will join us in November and help out with bike tours, Triple-h, and all things Otesha. 

Our office will be more crowded than ever, but we'll be happy to have two more team members helping us to change the world, one second-hand-inside-out t-shirt at a time…

2. o-jam change
We wanted to let you all know that we have changed the name of the O-Jam to the O-Peanut-butter-and-jam. Just kidding.

Actually, we have changed the date of the Ottawa High School Training Weekend (aka O-Jam) from November to February 6th-8th. This switch will allow schools a little bit more time to get teams together and to fundraise. It will also give us time to squeeze in an out-of-town O-Jam for a group of students in Cobourg from November 7-9th. Rock on!

Spots are still available for both the Ottawa O-Jam in February, and the Cobourg O-Jam in November. If you are interested in either of these or want to know more about our Triple-h teams, please send an email to Elizabeth at tripleh@otesha.ca.

3. an organic affair
Our second annual fundraiser, An Organic Affair, is set take place Sunday, November 23rd in Ottawa. We will be serving Otesha-homemade, organic and locally sourced apple pies and tea, presenting our new play, and having an afternoon of celebrations. If you, or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this magical day, please contact Jen at jen@otesha.ca

4. 2009 bike tours!
A short, and mysterious blurb, to let you know that our 2009 bike tours are slowly creeping out of the mysterious depths of our mansion, and will be launched in the next month. Keep your eyes on our website around the beginning of November, or read next month's journal to find out more about where we'll be spreading the Otesha love train next year. 

5. living in ottawa
Living in Ottawa, a weekly CBC program that features exciting events and people in the Ottawa area, recently spent time with our very own Jennifer Valberg. Jen stars in a brief segment in which she demonstrates how to make a toilet dam and save one liter of water with every flush. If you're not already saving water in your toilets, take a watch of this simple how-to and you'll be saving with every flush in no time at all.

Click here for the video. Jen's segment is archived under the Thursday, October16th episode, and starts around the 9 minute mark.

6. one million acts of green
Green Street (www.green-street.ca), an umbrella organization for environmental educators all across Canada, and a partner of The Otesha Project, is working in conjunction with George Stroumboulopoulos, from Canada's late-night talk show, The Hour, to spearhead a massive, nationwide environmental movement. One Million Acts of Green is mobilizing Canadians to commit to, well, One Million Acts of Green, in the next year. One Million Acts of Green believes that we can all be a part of the solution by committing to small changes in our lifestyles. Sounds familiar...

The campaign begins on October 22, and will last a year. It's particularly important that the campaign starts off with a bang, so beginning on the 22nd, we encourage you to sign your actions up at http://www.onemillionactsofgreen.com/. For more information, please visit http://thegreenpages.ca/portal/ca/2008/07/one_million_acts_of_green_on_t.html

Happy world changing!

7. website of the month
Stefanie Bowles, an Otesha Project O-lumni from the Algonquin Tour 2008, recently wrote an article that was featured on the website Worldchanging.com. Her wonderful article is definitely worth taking the time to read, and the rest of the site is full of great articles and ideas about sustainable living.

Thanks to Stefanie for writing such a great article.

Click here to check out the article. 

8. postcard of the month
"I saved water by turning the water off when I shampoo and conditioner my brown hair. Love Dena."
- Dena, age 10