New Year, New Opportunities

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Janvier, 2015

Riding on Hope - New year, new opportunities


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Riding on Hope 
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal
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Hellooooooooo 2015!

Happy New Year everybody! The temperatures may be nippy, but things are heating up at Otesha, and we’re fired up for the year ahead.

Cycle for sustainability: Join an Otesha Tour in 2015

bike tour image 2Spaces in our cycling tours are filling up! Imagine spending two months with other changemakers passionate about social change and sustainability, pedaling your way through the islands and highlands of Canada’s West Coast.

Or maybe it’s the prospect of winding your way around the Bay of Fundy and immersing yourself in Acadian culture that stirs up the bike-loving butterflies in your belly.

Got an appetite for local and organic food? Then how does nine days visiting with local farmers and food advocates among the rolling hills of southern Ontario sound?

With three tours to choose from, make 2015 the year you do something truly awesome. Learn more and apply!


New year, new faces

2014-05-16 09.19.38What better way to kick off the New Year than by welcoming a new member to the Otesha crew? Hailing from Halifax, Emma Buchanan joins us as our new Program Coordinator! Fresh off the 2014 East Coast Tour, Emma will be organizing this year’s cycling adventures and supporting new tour members as they prepare for their own pedal-powered excursions. Awesome to have you on board, Emma!

Say hi to Emma at


Help us reach our goal of $10,000 so we can reach 10,000 youth in 2015!

fundraising imageWe kicked off our Couriers of Hope Fundraising Campaign last month, and as always, you stepped up! Otesha supporters donated more than $1,000 in December, an amazing step toward our goal of raising $10,000 so we can reach 10,000 youth with our cycling and performing tours this year.

If you’ve already made a donation, thank you! If you haven’t yet but would like to help us sustain another year of Otesha’s one-of-a-kind programming, please visit our donation page.


Couriers of Hope Kick-Off Event: Ottawa, Ontario

To celebrate the start of a new year, we’re hosting a kick-off event in Ottawa on January 23rd. Join us for a casual evening of fun and friends as we officially launch our Couriers of Hope cycling season. It’s a chance for us to say thanks for your ongoing support and to look to the year ahead. Hope to see you there!
  • What: Otesha’s Couriers of Hope Kick-off Celebration 
  • Where: Heartwood House, 404 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, K1K 1G8
  • When: Friday, January 23, 2015 from 7-9 pm
RSVP here or send Josh an email at


Take on a Huma Charity Challenge

Cycle through Vietnam, climb a volcano in Costa Rica, trek across the Great Wall of China or take on another iconic challenge ... all while helping The Otesha Project raise vital funds!

Time and again, Olumni finish a tour fired up to keep the changemaking adventure going. To help scratch that itch, we've partnered with Huma Charity Challenge: an organization that combines adventure travel with charitable giving. Simply nominate Otesha as the charity you'd like to fundraise for, select a travel experience that appeals to you the most, choose a departure date and join like-minded changemakers from around the globe.

Click here to learn more and to get your next adventure started!


Changemakers Gallery & interactive map

In the face of climate change, the growing gap between rich and poor and other complex sustainability challenges, a hopeful future can be a tough sell. But that’s exactly what our Couriers of Hope tours in 2015 are all about!

To help fan the flames of hope, we're asking organizations and individuals to share their words of encouragement for young Canadians. Check out our gallery and explore our Couriers of Hope Map for inspiration from coast to coast.


Can you help us spread the word?

As a small organization with a limited marketing budget, we rely on the Otesha community to help us spread the word. We’d love it if you could share information about our upcoming tours with your networks.

Check out the promo materials below for videos, posters, flyers and sample text for tweets, Facebook posts, emails and newsletters.

1. Social media goodies
2. PDF flyers & info sheets (for email, newsletters, posting at your office, etc.)
3. Sample copy for emails, newsletters, etc.

Itching for an unforgettable experience? Maybe it’s time to grab life by the handlebars!

The Otesha Project is looking for curious, dedicated and adventuresome volunteers! The Otesha Project’s bicycle tours use interactive workshops, theatre presentations and experiential learning to engage people of all ages to take action for a more fair and sustainable future—for people and the planet.

Deepen your knowledge of environmental and social issues, gain skills in public engagement and alternative education, and empower yourself on a cycling adventure—all while having a laugh with diverse and inspiring teammates.

Tours are as short as nine days and as epic as two months. Spaces are being filled on a rolling basis and all levels of cycling experience (or inexperience!) are welcome. You can find all the juicy details at


Last Word

To celebrate our new Changemakers Gallery, this month’s last word goes to Alex Kruize who works at the Good Life Bike Shop in Calgary, Alberta.

"A better world is possible! You have the power to build it! Dream big and then work hard to make it happen."


Peace and Bike Grease,

The Otesha Project Team

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