Former Edmonton Lawyer, Don Patterson, is undertaking another 7,000 km cross-Canada ride; this time cycling from North to South across our beautiful country. He’ll be starting in Inuvik, North West Territories, on June 21, 2015 (National Aboriginal Day) and will be finishing at the southern tip of Canada, which is Pelee Point, Ontario. Don is planning to average 250 kms a day and complete the trip on July 18, 2015. He’ll be visiting numerous communities during the ride and sharing his message.
Don is a 61 year old grandfather of 4 who passionately believes that EVERY child should have the opportunity to participate in sports irrespective of their physical abilities, financial resources or cultural background. This was his message when he first rode West to East across Canada in 2012.
Committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal youth, Don’s philosophy is based on a collaborative approach to fitness and respect for culture.
You can follow Don’s journey on Twitter @spiritrunnerapp and by visiting www.spiritride.ca
GEN7 encourages Aboriginal youth to live, and encourage others to live, an active and healthy lifestyle through sport, physical activity, and other means. GEN7 also helps Aboriginal youth to become leaders in their community.
Our GEN7 Messengers are Aboriginal athletes and role models who are also trained by Motivate Canada in public speaking and facilitation. When a GEN7 Messenger is ready, he or she is paired with an Aboriginal community to act as a role model and motivator for the youth of that community. GEN7 Messengers visit a community repeatedly, and during this process they listen and learn to identify areas of interest for community development and develop connections with the community’s youth, Elders, and other leaders.Additionally, thanks to the work of the GEN7 Messenger, the youth of the community are equipped to take the lead on tackling the community’s issues and improving their lives and the lives of those around them.
Find out more here: www.motivatecanada.ca/en/gen7