Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Outward Bound Canada is celebrating 25 years of “Women of Courage”

Tonight we’ll be celebrating 25 years of the Women of Courage (WoC) program, which has given over 1000 women the opportunity to experience renewed self-confidence and self-worth in beautiful natural environments. We’ll be celebrating with an evening of wine and cheese from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., and  meeting at Tory’s LLP Toronto offices, 79 Wellington Street West, 33rd floor.

Alumni will speak about the impact the program has had on their lives, and OBC staff will share future plans for the expansion of the program.  We’ll also be recognizing the major fundraising efforts of the 2012 Mt. Kilimanjaro team and the 2011 and 2012 Yukon River Quest teams which have together raised $150,000 for the program in the last year.  

Women of courage courses have been created for women who are involved in the process of healing that follows the self-acknowledgement of an experience of abuse. This could include sexual, physical or emotional abuse, perpetrated by any individual or group, and experienced at any time during the woman’s life.

The course is an 8-day expedition, where women paddle into the wilderness with only what they truly need – food, shelter and gear – packed into their canoes.

Shannon Hartwig has been an instructor with OBC since 2008. She ran her first WoC course last summer. “Working within the WoC program feels less like being an instructor and more like getting an invaluable opportunity to travel through an amazing journey with women who I could learn a great deal from,” Shannon explains.

“Although it can be difficult for all of us when it is raining or when we need to figure out how to work through personality differences, there is nothing more captivating than watching women do things they never thought was possible for them - like swim in a lake for the first time, or portage a canoe, or open up to group of new people. It is such a gift to watch people be so awe of their own potential.”
If you’d like to join us in celebrating 25 years of the Women of Courage program, please RSVP with sarah_wiley@outwardbound.ca

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