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'Tis the Season to Hike!

THIS ISSUE: Big news on the Hike Ontario's new initiative for 2016 - 'Mood Walks for Youth in Transition', in association with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Learn about the great opportunities still available with the Seniors' Hike Initiative, geared towards adults 55 years and older. See this months new feature - "Spotlight on Trails", highlighting Lambton Shores Nature Trail. Also included in this newsletter is a "Call-Out" for new Volunteers, as well as an exciting update on our Wilderness-based certification programs!

As always, stay happy and healthy in the great outdoors, hikers. We wish you Happy Trails!

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Mood Walks for Youth in Transition

Mood Walks for Youth in Transition will build capacity among community organizations to support youth who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues. Interested in hosting a Mood Walks group, or partnering with a Mood Walks group in your community? See the Call for Expressions of Interest to participate in the Mood Walks project HERE.

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Seniors’ Hike Initiative 55+

Don't delay - there's still time to get involved in the Seniors' Hike Initiative!

In association with the Older Adult Centres Assocation of Ontario and supported by a generous grant from the Ontario Government's Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, this program is geared towards promoting healthy living through hiking to adults 55 years and older.

Dozens of participants have already been trained as Safe Hikers and Certified Hiker Leaders by the Hike Ontario instructors. The Seniors' Hike Initiative will continue into 2016, so there is still time left to become part of this great project.

Learn more HERE or contact Hike Ontario President, Tom Friesen (tomfriesen@hotmail.com) for additional information.

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Spotlight on Trails 

Lambton Shores Nature Trail

"Lots of work done on area trails this week - thanks to Ed Hunter and Klaus Keunecke. Mystery Falls loop in the Ausable Valley has a ladder to assist hikers and a gully bridge. The wheelchair-accessible platform in the Ausable Cut CA now has a pipe railing - thanks to
Ralph McEachern from Art by 3!"

-'Lambton Shores Nature Trail' Facebook Page (LINK)

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Volunteers Needed!

Help us grow the joy of hiking in this province by supporting Hike Ontario. As a non-profit
organization, we rely almost entirely on volunteers to meet the increasing public interest
for simple, inexpensive, and healthy methods to stay fit and enjoy.

If you or anyone you know is interested in some great opportunities, just let us know. Volunteers are always welcome.

We are looking for people with skills in marketing, public relations, fundraising, writing, and advocacy. Many of these roles are a great fit for post-secondary students, seasonal workers, and retirees.

Positions include:

• Web/Media/Graphics Artist

• Documentation Specialist

• Database Developer

• Archivist

• Photographer/Videographer

If you require additional information, believe you can assist Hike Ontario in some other role, or would like to make a donation, please contact us at info@hikeontario.com.

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It's been a "Wild" success!

Our recent Wilderness Day Hike Leader courses have been an overwhelming success and we plan on offering many more in the upcoming months. Also included will be the Wilderness Trip Hike Leader course - geared towards those that want to lead others on multi-day excursions.

Additionally, we are constantly training and certifying new "Wilderness" instructors. If you are a Certified Hike Leader certification and would like to become a "Wilderness" instructor, please contact us for more information.

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