Summertime and things are jumping at CISV Ottawa

As the temperatures soar and sizzle this summer, so too are the activities at CISV Ottawa. On July 1st weekend, groups eleven year olds from twelve different countries  began to arrive in Ottawa ready to participate in their first CISV Village in Pembroke, Ontario.

Our family welcomed two bright, lively young men from Ecuador ready to take a bite out of Canada. On their first weekend, they were up for trying maple syrup, maple taffy, poutine, waffles, fishing, go-karting and their first dip in a Canadian lake…let’s just say they found it to be a “refreshing” experience after the warm waters of sunny Ecuador )

Our Ecuadorian boys are on their way back to Ottawa this weekend, with a whole host of new friends from around the world to sample the sites and indulge once again in the warm hospitality of CISV Ottawa. I’d like to invite all the members new and old to bring your friends and families to meet the boys and all the kids and leaders participating in the 2012 CISV Ottawa “Greenspace Guardians” Village. Here’s what’s in store for the next two weekends:

Friday July 20th at 5:00 pm in Confederation Park

For CISVers in Ottawa who might not be able to drive to Pembroke on the Open Day, this is your chance to meet villagers!!

Village Open Day - Saturday July 28th, 1pm – 4pm, Marguerite Centre, 700 Mackay Street, Pembroke

The CISV Village staff, leaders and delegates warmly welcome you and your families for a memorable day at the village.

Doris the Peace Bus Makes a Return

Doris, the Peace Bus returns to Ottawa from her cross-country tour Sunday, July 22nd for several days in Ottawa. The Peace Bus project aims to educate and inspire young Canadians to act for a more just and peaceful world, and to promote the cultures of volunteerism, “giving back to the community” and “paying it forward” by carrying out community projects across the country. Fifteen 14-18 year olds youth leaders from across Canada are carrying out community-oriented projects, performances and workshops on the themes of conflict & resolution, sustainable development, human rights and diversity as they cross Canada in both directions.

CISVers are invited to bring friends and family to once again work with local conservation group, Bio-diversity Conservancy , to save and protect a rare in-land Sand Dune eco-system within the Ottawa Green Belt (between Woodroofe, Slack Rd and Vaan). As part of their 2012 focus on leadership and sustainability, CISV youth will join in the effort to create awareness of this conservation project, identify and catalog endangered insects, and clear invasive vegetation to restore this unique habitat.