I always feel that after a busy summer of organizing and doing bike trips, the fall should be be quieter. You’d think after working at TWV almost 6 years, I’d know by now that’s NEVER been the case. Here are a few things we are looking forward to this fall!
“The Adventurers” Speaker Series
This is the newest event of the TWV calendar and I couldn’t be more excited! One of the common threads of our organization is adventure. As a TWV staff, we make time for adventure regularly, whether its on or off the bike, in Canada or abroad. It seems that the people and organizations that find themselves connecting with Two Wheel View have often had amazing adventures of their own and understand the importance that adventure can play in the lives of young people. “The Adventurers” will explore this topic and bring together like-minded people who want to talk about how we can get more youth out adventuring. Our keynote speaker Ryan Correy, an adventure cyclist whose passion for adventure began after a series of cross-country bike trips with his dad at age 13, will talk about how that experience led him on a path beyond his wildest dreams. Don’t miss Ryan as he talks about taking on some of the world’s toughest cycling challenges, including an epic 25,000km tour from Alaska to Argentina.
Hosted in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, this evening will also feature presentations from past TWV trip participants, live music and snacks.
November 18th, 2016 7pm at the Sunalta Community Hall. Tickets are now on sale for $10. Click here to purchase.
Bike Club Graduation
One of the biggest perks of my job is getting to attend our Bike Club Graduations. Seeing those hard working young people ride away on their new-to-them bicycles completely fills my heart. For many of these students, this is the first bike they’ve ever owned. Most of us can probably remember our first bike (Mine was blue with a red basket that I carried my Fisher-Price tape recorder so I could sing while I biked) and the freedom and opportunities it gave us. We know from parents and teachers that our students are using these bikes to get to school more regularly, to part-time jobs or other after school programs. They are able to keep up with their friends and explore their community, which to many of our new immigrants, is an integral part of feeling welcome in their new home. This fall we’ll have five Bike Club graduations (the first of 17 we’ll have this year) with approximately 50 youth receiving bicycles. Thank you to the schools, community centres and libraries that host us and help to open a whole new world to these kids.
Volunteer Mechanics Nights
Our Volunteer Mechanics Nights have geared back up this fall! Part education session, part chance to give back, our Volunteer Mechanics Nights go a long way to helping us fixed up donated bikes for youth in our Bike Clubs. VMN is currently held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-9pm at Good Life Community Bike Shop (2100 4th Street SW). Each session is accompanied by a mechanics lesson from one of our experienced mechanics so you aren’t just giving back, you are improving your skills too. New volunteers are always welcome to take part. Contact our Program Director Madeleine for more information and to sign up for our volunteer newsletter. You can email her. See you there!