RTT 2012 Team Members

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Nikola Barsoum

Nikola Barsoum

HELLO!  I moved to Guelph just over 6 years ago to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice/Public Policy. I'm very interested in environmental protection, and for a few years planned to pursue a career in environmental law - until I realized I wanted a way more hands on and proactive role in creating positive environmental change! I’ve worked for The Region of Waterloo Water Efficiency Department and REEP Green Solutions who focus on home energy retrofits. I enjoy any chance I get to bike, hike, ski, snowshoe and generally take-in the great outdoors! I am currently working as a restaurant and music club manager in downtown Guelph and have a radio show which highlights the work of local musicians.  I am so excited to be joining the Otesha Tour, and to cycle, teach and encourage sustainable social change! With a knowledgeable team, a terrific play, and a 'reason to hope'....here we come!



Andrea Bols

Andrea Bols

Hello all, I'm 27 years old and I grew up on a road outside of small town that few have heard of, about 40 minutes south of Ottawa.  I love many things: my friends, my large family, travelling, FOOD, theatre, reading, planting trees, cooking, singing, dancing, and cycling.  I'm currently learning how to be a chef, but in the past I've been an English teacher in Japan, a camp counsellor, a Liberal Arts student, and a general wanderer.  I'm REALLY looking forward to this tour (which encompasses so many of the things I love) and to meeting lots of new and interesting people!

 


Benoit Jolicoeur

Ben Jolicoeur

Hey! My name's Benoit, but I prefer to be called Ben. I am a UOttawa student in Political Sciences. I have been waiting to do a Tour with Otesha for many years now, and this is my first opportunity to do so. I have a great love for Nature and People. In the past, I have worked as a humanitarian aid worker in Cuba, a camp counsellor and a ski teacher as well as admiring our vast Canadian landscape, having done the Tour of Prince Edward Island and The Cabot Trail on my bike in the East, as well as Hiking/Backpacking in Banff, Jasper and Haida Gwaii last summer in the West. I also have a great love for music, you'll surely recognize me with a small ukulele sticking out of my backpack. I am hyped to get those wheels going and start empowering. 

 

 


Victoria Cowan

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I’m a 20 year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a place that I have called “home” for nearly my entire life. At present, I’m in my 3rd year of an English Honours degree at the University of Saskatchewan, an experience which has been a lot of fun in terms of meeting people and discovering the campus community as well as the world of possibilities available “out there.” When I’m not reading coursework, writing essays, or running from one commitment to another, I enjoy spending my time in my room reading, listening to music (!!), being with my friends, or just being outside! I am very excited to be joining The Otesha Project for what is sure to be my greatest adventure yet! Looking forward to seeing you on the road :)  


Tamara Dinter 

Tamara Dinter

Having spent most of my life enjoying the lush forests, interesting rock formations and steady rain of BC, I’m incredibly excited to explore Canada’s other coast this summer!   I am passionate about biking, baking, collective decision making and sleeping under the stars.  When in my homeland of southern Vancouver Island, I can be found on night-biking adventures and using my delightful singing voice to encourage vegetable growth in my garden patch. I’m looking forward to all aspects of the Otesha tour, especially connecting with the communities along the way and engaging with others around issues that are close to my heart.  Big thank you to my wonderful friends and family who have supported and encouraged me to go on tour!

Brittany Ryan


Brittany Ryan

At the moment, I've found myself doing two things: exploring Toronto and working in the theatre. I'm from Vancouver, BC but am currently studying Theatre Production at Ryerson. I love meeting new people, hosting travelers, listening to music, being outside, and of course producing theatre! I'm super excited to learn, teach and share with the East Coast and my Otesha buddies. 

 

 

 

 

Tricia Enns

Tricia Enns

Creative, crafty nut? That's me! If I could embroider my running shoes I would, but I feel like that would be a little impractical. Where does the world of order, seriousness and collide with creativity, silliness and dreaming? In me! During University I travelled and volunteered in Botswana, Singapore, China, and France. However, after these adventures I realized that Canada was being outrageously neglected by me. So after graduation I explored Canada from coast to coast working on farms, in retreat center kitchens, for a consulting firm (I graduated from Systems Design Engineering), as a wilderness canvasser (save the trees!), and so much more! I slowly realized how diverse, complicated and awesome people in Canada are. I discovered my need for control over my own life, to be active and to engage others in a creative environmental movement. And if that includes delicious food even better! Whats in store for this tour? All I know is Bessy (my bike) can't waited to get loaded up and hit the road again!

 


Rebecca Gray

Rebecca Gray

Rebecca is an Ottawa-born music nerd who enjoys date cakes, Sondheim musicals, shark week and finding Waldo.  She has spent most of the last ten years of her life practicing the violin and is extremely excited for this journey beyond the practice room.  At the moment, her favourite composers are Shostakovich and Brahms and she is currently infatuated with Sherlock, Doctor Who and James Joyce.   Rebecca has the best family in the universe (including those from alternate realities) and still harbours a not-so-secret desire to study at Hogwarts.   She believes in being silly, singing loudly and in the redemptive power of tea.  

 




Neil Bodimeade

Neil Bodimeade

I grew up in Pelham, Ontario on a small blueberry farm. After high school I studied Biology at Queen’s University where I became involved with some climate change activism. After university I travelled for a while before returning home to try to figure my life out, during which time I did some work for a food bank and soup kitchen and helping to refurbish bikes for migrant workers on farms in the area. While I’ve been interested in the environment and politics for a long time, Otesha interested me as a fun way to spread a positive message of change to people.