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Mai, 2006

After germinating and planting, our seeds are just starting to push through the soil in our new vegetable garden, and around the office we are also looking towards new phases for Otesha.

The month of April brought many exciting projects to a close. We hosted a live screening of the CBC television show at the Otesha house, where friends and Otesha members came to the Ottawa manor to hear about Otesha’s past and future, celebrate Earth Day, and of course to watch Otesha on TV. If you missed the show check out a short clip of it athttp://www.cbc.ca/makesomenoise/stories/ep04/ and be sure to check out the other episodes of Make Some Noise – it’s some TV we’re happy to promote!

We also held our second annual Super Sustainable Summitfor the Hopeful Highschool Hooligans at the Manor of Marvellous Mayhem (a.k.a. the Triple-Triple!) from April 28-30th. Thirteen Triple-Hers from seven schools came together for a weekend of celebration, sharing and learning. The participants shared the challenges and successes they had with their school teams, and brainstormed and gave feedback on the future of the Triple-H program. Saturday was certainly a highlight, where vegan baking workshops and bike repair/bike art workshops filled our afternoon just before we all headed out on our Ottawa joy-ride. Dressed with super hero capes and signs, we set out to do random acts of sustainability all over Ottawa. Bike thank tags, chalk messages at bus stops, and fair trade songs in coffee shops were just a few of our activities. As the weekend drew to a close we all soaked in the warm feelings of friendship and inspiration.

The Super Sustainable Summit was also the end of Jeff Carolin’s contract with Otesha. Jeff joined Otesha last March as an intern and quickly became a treasured friend and a third Co-Director. Jeff brought innumerable skills to Otesha, all of which helped the organization during our biggest growth period to date - his humor and dedication will be greatly missed.

Unbelievably, the office has now shrunk back to only Jocelyn and Jessica – the smallest our staffing has been in two years. The (relative) break from programming this summer, however, gives us an opportunity to get much needed work done on taking all of the lessons from this year and applying them to developing the most sustainable and creative strategic plan ever! The future for Otesha looks bright, as do our seeds sprouting in our garden – we are excited for the upcoming harvest on both fronts in the months to come.

Website of the month: www.idealbite.com

We often get asked to give suggestions about ethical products – and now we have found the perfect site! Suggested by Triple-H’er Emily Clarey, this site has an awesome tips library, and daily e-mail bites with tested recommendations and links to purchase products all in one place. Finds tips on everything from ethical toothpaste, to fish, to sunblock!

Postcard of the month:

"I will start a small compost in my back yard to reduce garbage & recycle cans and bottles after I'm done with them" - May L, 16, Coquitlam, B.C.