Riding on Hope - August 2013

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August, 2013


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Tours are Launching!

This is the big month! The moment we've all been waiting for. Our Nation to Nation members have already hit the road with their mobile training week. Otesha and KAIROS will be working together to facilitate an open dialogue that will carry into a month of much needed cultural exchange between youth and communities across Ontario. The Pedal to Plate tour is launching this month on August 9 with a bang! Don't let the shortness of this tour fool you, this tour will be just as fulfilling and jam-packed with learning and Otesha funk as ever before! Make sure to sign up to follow both of our tours on twitter for Nation to Nation and Pedal to Plate Tour, and sign up for our Notes From the Road newsletters to hear what the tour members are discovering on tour.

News at Otesha HQ

We would also like to take this opportunity to say goodbyes to two beloved members of the Otesha Friendleague staff team. Laurel Schut, our Communications Coordinator, and her canine companion, Rocky, (aka. our Director of Relaxation), will be heading off to the East Coast this fall to pursue her Masters in Environmental Sciences. She will surely be missed in the office, and we hope this will only be a "see ya later". Her work has been extremely valuable to the organization and her hard work will help carry us on into the future. And on behalf of the rest of the staff team, we will miss your delicious desserts and surprise snacks!

In the News!

edmonton journal

Craig and Mark Keilberger - July 29, 2013

Strangers just a week earlier, four young cyclists of Mohawk, Ojibwa, Middle Eastern and Asian ancestry, from different parts of Canada, pedal in unison along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River.  Oblivious to their aching legs and the head wind, they exchange life stories, personal philosophies and favourite jokes - unwittingly nurturing a centuries old relationship.

After their ride they'll fish together, to hopefully contribute to a massive supper they'll share with the other 12 members of their bike tour.  Later, they'll present the theatrical workshop they're touring to their local hosts, and then retire to a campfire for casual conversation. The seeds of a stronger relationship between aboriginal peoples and non-aboriginal Canadians are sowed in this moving community of tents and bicycles....

Click here to read the rest of the article.  This article is also featured on Huffington Post Canada Online and local newspapers across Canada.  Check out The Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, and Huffington Post Canada online.

Upcoming Events

Ottawa: Yoga on the Beach - August 3
Yoga on the Beach

Appreciate urban green space while improving your health and wellbeing! Come join the Sierra Youth Coalition and The Otesha Project for some fresh air and yoga on Saturday, August 3rd from 9:30-10:30am at Britannia Beach in Ottawa. Hosted by certified Hatha yoga instructor (and Otesha friendleague!) Laurel Schut. All levels welcome! 

Suggested donation of $10.00. All proceeds will go directly to Otesha and our friends at the Sierra Youth Coalition. Every donation will receive a ticket to be entered for a prize draw, including private and group yoga classes, a massage gift certificate, bike tube jewelry, and more!

Toronto: Celebrate the return of our Pedal to Plate Tour with The Greenest Chef! - August 18

The Pedal to Plate Tour will be riding this month from August 9-18 and will be exploring food systems in Toronto and the GTA by sharing delicious meals with community members, digging deep with farming experts and harvesting knowledge from local food initiatives. Come celebrate the end of the tour on August 18 at The Gerrard Art Space on 1390 Gerrard Street. Meet the participants, hear their stories and enjoy delicious food with us. We will be hosting a friendly competition between two Olumni as they cook head to head in a competition to be The Greenest Chef. You will be the judges that night. Vote on what snack you think is the most delicious and must environmentally friendly.  Bring friends and family! This event is FREE! 

Ottawa: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour - August 25

Come ride your bike around some of Ottawa’s amazing
community gardens with Just Food’s 7th Annual Urban Agriculture Bike Tour! The tour will visit 5 different community gardens, where garden coordinators will talk about their garden and answer any questions. All ages and biking skills are welcome on this leisurely 12 km bike ride!

Registration is suggested in order to better estimate snack needs.

When: Sunday August 25th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Starting point: Brewer Park Community Garden at 1:00 p.m.
Ending point: Brewer Park Community Garden at 5:00 p.m.
Parking: Street parking is available on Brewer Way.
Suggested donation$5
to go to Just Food’s Start-Up Farm Project

** Please note: The Ottawa Farmers’ Market will be taking place on August 25th at Brewer Park from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Parking spaces may be limited as a result. Show up early to take a stroll around the market and discover the great variety of fresh and local products before joining the bike tour!

If you have any questions, please call Just Food at 613-699-6850 x12 or e-mail cgnstudent@justfood.ca

Opportunity Knocks

Next Up is accepting applications!

Next Up was created by a community of people who wanted to help emerging leaders (that’s you!) develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over 7 months, Next Up dives into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. You will look at some of the most pressing Canadian policy issues both foreign and domestic. You will find out how change is made in society? Meet some of the most innovative change-makers in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors — who are working for a better world.

The program runs between October 2013 and May 2014 in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Ottawa.

Application deadlines are in September (specific dates vary - see the website for details).

Learn more and apply here.

GUELPH: Inter(act) Volunteer Fair

Hosted by Student Volunteer Connections every fall and winter semester, this free event showcases the excitement of volunteerism in an interactive zone that features a dynamic array of volunteer-based organizations offering meaningful volunteer placements for students that encourage self-development and provide an opportunity to make a difference in the local community. This winter semester the fair will feature a transferable skills component allowing students to recognize and promote their attributes!

We are looking for volunteers to come table at this event in Guelph on Tuesday, September 26th at the University of Guelph. If you are interested in being a part of this fair, please contact info@otesha.ca for more information.

Get Certified in Permaculture Design!

Permaculture design course 3
Permaculture is a sustainable design system that uses observation and replication of natural systems to maximize efficiency and minimize labour to create landscapes, gardens, buildings and communities that mutually benefit humans and our natural environment.
Join Permaculture Instructor Grover Stock for two full weeks of classroom and hands on learning at the 
Falls Brook Centre, a sustainable living training and demonstration centre in rural New Brunswick from 
Aug 19th-Sept 2nd, 2013.
For more information and to register, visit 
fallbrookcentre.ca, or get in touch with Emily Shapiro at 506-375-4319 or emily@fallsbrookcentre.ca


Looking for your old Cellular talking device!

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS83VlsQyshFbIsJnP5wF8TrPnqhGhxyMLhfwa43NoccmhOT9feGot an old cell phone kicking around at home, waiting to be taken to the electronic waste depot? Well - don't take it there - bring it our way! Were in need of a functional cell phone to send on our 2013 tours - it needs to be one with sim card capabilities. Give Kayla a call at the office, or email her (kayla@otesha.ca) if you've got the goodies we need!


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