Couple Race to Raise Funds for CESO National ProgramMarch 9, 2017
Together with my wife Maureen Hatherly, I have entered the Yukon River Quest – a canoe and kayak race that challenges paddlers from around the world to test their endurance, racing 715 km, day and night, from Whitehorse to Dawson City. We will test our resolve, working together to overcome physical and emotional challenges to complete this challenging event in one of Canada’s beautiful northern territories. Both Maureen and I have a passion for canoeing, traveling through the wilderness regions of Canada and working closely with Indigenous people across the country.
The Yukon is home to many Indigenous people who have established themselves as important partners in the economic growth of their traditional lands. It is fitting that this test of endurance and perseverance is following a traditional travel route of the Indigenous people of the region and utilizing traditional means of transportation of Canada’s Indigenous people.
This year Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation. It also celebrates CESO as it reaches half a century as an organization, helping to build socioeconomic capacity of individuals and communities
Maureen has been a teacher in Indigenous communities, a mentor to many Indigenous youth and a strong supporter of programs that build self-esteem for youth. I am a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, a former chief of the community and a lifelong volunteer for many social causes to build capacity, awareness and opportunities for indigenous people in Canada and many places in Latin America.
CESO does wonderful work with our indigenous sisters and brothers across the country, bringing hope through empowerment, consistency and respectful engagement with experienced volunteers. Maureen and I believe that bringing new skills and ideas will assist communities to realize their dreams of self-sufficiency and sustainability. We feel that CESO has great programs to help those communities succeed with their dreams.
Please support our efforts as we plan and prepare for an adventure not experienced by many in this great nation called Canada. Donate to CESO today.
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