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Seasons Greetings!

THIS ISSUE: Latest news on our 2016 Annual Summit, being held in conjunction with the Rideau Trail's 45th Anniversary. Learn more about the 'Mood Walks 2' program, as well as the great opportunities that are still available with the Seniors' Hike Initiative. See this month's "Spotlight on Trails", featuring recent trail work by the Oak Ridges Trail Association. Also included is an update on the appointment of our new Public Education chairperson as well as many exciting opportunities for volunteers.

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

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2016 Annual Summit

Hike Ontario is very excited to announce our upcoming 2016 Annual Summit. It will be taking place from September 30 to October 2, and will not only be held in conjunction with the Rideau Trail's 45th Anniversary, but also the 200th Anniversary of the town of Perth.

Learn more about the Rideau Trail from their website HERE.

Stay tuned - more details COMING SOON!

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Mood Walks for Youth in Transition

The "Mood Walks 2" project has had 42 approved projects covering the province from a vast array of service providers. This great program is focused on assisting Youth in Transition, providing support to youth who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues.

Hike Ontario will be training a number of young people as Safe Hiker Program Instructors as well as Certified Hike Leaders (once they have sufficient hiking experience).

If you are interested in hosting a "Mood Walks 2" group, or in partnering with a Mood Walks group in your community, please see the Call for Expressions of Interest HERE.

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Seniors’ Hike Initiative 55+

Dozens have already been trained as Safe Hikers and Certified Hiker Leaders! Get involved with Hike Ontario's Seniors' Hike Initiative today!

Supported by a generous grant from the Ontario Government's Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and in association with the Older Adult Centres Assocation of Ontariothis program is focused on promoting healthy living through hiking to adults 55 years and older.

An extremely popular and effective program, the Seniors' Hike Initiative will continue until March 31st, 2016 - so don't delay in taking part in this amazing project!

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

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Spotlight on Trails 

Oak Ridges Trail Association

"On November 25, a group of ORTA volunteers plunged into the wilds of the Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Preserve to rehabilitate two sections of duckboards that had suffered damage at the hooves of equine trail users. TRCA had built the duckboards several years ago, laying 1 inch (rough) lumber on a triple run of 4Ă—4 stringers.  In order to repair the broken boards and prevent further damage, TRCA had delivered 2 inch thick boards to the easterly end of the duckboards with the intention of overlaying the existing structure."

-'Oak Ridges Trail Association' Website (LINK)

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NEWS: Public Education Committee

Hike Ontario is pleased to announce that Glenda Collings has become our new Public Education Chairperson and is taking over leadership of the Young Hiker's Program.

This committee has some some extremely exciting plans for 2016, including establishing a province-wide Youth Council, redesigning the Young Hikers Program website, and much more!

Educators and young people who are interested in assisting the Public Education committee are encouraged to contact Hike Ontario at info@hikeontario.com.

Additionally, Hike Ontario is on the look-out for volunteers interested in the following positions:

• 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 volunteer role, or would like to make a donation, please contact us.

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