September 2009 Journal

Share |
September, 2009

Upcoming Events

Oct 23 - GLT Finale - Final show in Toronto. Read below for more details

Oct 26 - Home Tour - see the Otesha home & office, with sustainable tips & tricks

Organic Hosts Needed

Fall marks the season when we start organizing Otesha's Organic Affair. It's part celebration, part fundraiser all rolled into one inspiring afternoon tea on Sunday November 22nd. The theme this year is "100,000 and counting", and we'll be celebrating a big milestone that Otesha reached this year - performing to a total of 100,000 people in Canada! Right now we are on the hunt for folks in the Ottawa area who are interested in bringing a crew of their friends & family to the event by volunteering to be Table Hosts. If you're interested in knowing more, please email Jen at

The Wonders of a Week of Training

From September 1st to 7th, eighteen bright faces camped out at Riverglen Biodynamic Farm.  These rosy cheeked folks are the members of the Great Lakes Tour of 2009, the last of Otesha's Tours to hit the road for the season. Over the course of the week they learned the difference between spanners and wrenches and the ins and out of consensus decision making.

With a full food mandate in hand, and a spectacular play, the team headed out to their first community performance in Ottawa.  They were wowed by the crowd that greeted them, and the true feeling of the Otesha family shone through as the cycled through the surprise send-off tunnel created by the audience at the end of the performance. 

Many thanks to everyone who was a part of making the training of this team come to life - from those of you who met team members, to those who donated food, or time, or ideas to help turn a pile of resources and a week of time into a capacity building experience for 18 new sustainability advocates.

To keep following the adventures of the team sign up for their notes from the road here.

Great Lakes Roll into Toronto
...If you missed them in Ottawa, don't fret! The team's tour finale is in Toronto at the end of October.  To celebrate this special occasion, the team will be giving a final community performance on Friday October 23rd in the evening. Keep your eye on October's journal for all of the details or contact info@otesha if you just can't wait until then. In the meantime, save the date!

New to the Board: Never Boring!

The Otesha Project's Board of Directors has three brand-spanking new members. Otesha's Board ensures that we achieve our mission to the best of our ability.  We'd like to send a BIG Thank You to all of the amazing candidates who showed an interest in this role. And here is a warm welcome & Congratulations! to the new members of our Board of Directors:

Elizabeth Fraser, Tanya Buckley and Katherine Young

Having new board members is kindof like having new Uncles. They'll be bringing us life experience, guidance, and support. And these are new Uncles that we're really really happy to have & excited to get to work with!  We can feel the love already.

 Full & Funky Fall Office

Well along with the seasons, the Otesha office is always changing, and we like keeping you up to date. Here are the new faces that we have with us this fall:

She's here to save the day, every day! Kombutcha Kirby is our new Katimavik volunteer, here from Nanton, AB. She is joined twice a week by Canada World Youth volunteers Magnificent Mercy of Kenya and Super Stephanie of Ontario, and briefly, Mr Carolyne of Kenya. 

All the way from the Univeristy of Ottawa, Jumping Joel joins us once a week to help analyze our situation. 

The past intern, Karate Katrina, has metamorphosed to take on the long awaited position of Communication and Outreach Director! She will be writing the Journal, keeping alumni connected, juggling facebook and twitter, reaching out far and wide to spread the word of sustainability.

We are also collaborating with Carleton's student group seeking to change the world one day at a time, Carleton Serves. They will come in a few service days this fall, tour the Manor of Marvellous Mayhem & ways to live more sustainably, as well as learn how to use recycled materials to make the home-made version of the Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk.

Website of the Month
What are the most important things for a bike advocate to learn? 

#3 How to find the sweetest shortcuts through the city
#2 How to remove a bug from one's own eye

Check out this site for descriptions of how people get hit -and how to prevent this from ever happening to you. Complete with pictures for us visual learners.

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:

Dear Otesha, 

We loved your play here in Portland last Thursday! As a family, we have decided to turn 
off all lights when finished and play outside more instead of TV and computer time. 
Thanks for your hard work and excellent message!!

Brian (11), Claire (10), Emily (7), and David (5) of Portland, Ontario