Remembering Andrew

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On September 16, 2010, in a tragic accident, the Otesha Highlands and Islands Tour lost a dear friend: Andrew Wolf.
In loving memory of Andrew Wolf
This page is dedicated to Andrew, to celebrate his life and the inspiration he gave to so many of us. Please find photos, videos, articles and words below which share his story. In the months and years to come, this site will be the place to come for updates and information on future memorial events.

Recent Updates

Article: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Food Activism at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
By Andrew Wolf

Andrew performing with Highlands and Islands Tour

 

Written by Andrew shortly before the accident, and published recently, this article discusses his experience brining food justice to the classroom. 

"...Instead of talking about processed food, we went to the bodega and looked at food labels to see the ingredients and decide for ourselves whether they were healthy, somewhat healthy, or not healthy at all."


Andrew Wolf was insightful, intelligent, committed, outgoing, curious, compassionate and playful.


History

Following the accident, an outpouring of condolence, sympathy, and unspeakable emotion flowed into the Otesha office through emails and cards. Sheltered in a church, the Highlands and Islands team was embraced by the incredible support of the community of Grand Bay, New Brunswick, and the Grand Bay Baptist Church - warm hugs, warm showers, warm food, and warm people.

In the weeks that followed, memorial events took place across Canada and overseas.

Here are some of the people who created events to commemorate Andrew - in Saint John, NB, in Ottawa, ON, and in other locations around the world.



In loving memory of Andrew Wolf  Remembering Andrew - Highlands and Islands Team Members

Jocelyn Land-Murphy, Sebastien Martineau, Darrell Harvey



During this time, the team also decided to resume the tour. On October 2, they got back on their bikes, and with courage and renewed enthusiasm, headed East towards Halifax.

The Highlands and Islands Tour went on to cycle more than 1,282 kilometers, to deliver 20 performances and to reach more than 5,977 audience members--that's more audience members than any other two-month tour in the history of The Otesha Project.

What can you do?

The fall of 2010 was a time of many emotions for the Otesha family and many people have asked about ways to continue to be involved.

Here are a few options:

  • Sign up to Otesha’s e-newsletter. Updates and invitations to future memorial events will be sent out through this monthly newsletter.
  • At the request of the Wolf family a fund has been established in Andrew’s name.  The Andrew Wolf Memorial Bursary will make Otesha’s cycling and performing tours accessible to even more young people. Those wishing to contribute to this fund can do so on this giving page
  • Participate in future memorial events. Dates and details will be sent out in our monthly e-journal, and posted on this page.
  • One of Andrew’s passions was food justice. Read Andrew’s suggested readings in this blog to learn more about his work as a social advocate and get involved in your own community on food related issues. 
  • Get in touch with us if you would like further information, if you have thoughts to share, or if you can think of other ways that you’d like to be involved.

Our hearts and our gratitude goes out to the amazing contribution Andrew made while he was with us. His name is one that the Otesha family will never forget.

Andrew's Memorial sign