In 2007, Cat Weaver started an after-school program loaning out her helmets and bikes to kids that didn’t have their own in her Bell’s Corners neighborhood. The after-school program took off like wild fire, and within a few years Cat was running a one-person show called Mountain Biking Children and Teens, serving 30-40 kids per season. In the winter of 2010, a local news channel ran a story on the program and this brought a few people Cat’s way. They helped her complete the process to become a not-for-profit corporation named Trips For Kids Ottawa in 2010 and a charter member of Trips for Kids National in 2011. In 2014, TFKO was granted charitable status by the Canada Revenue Agency. Our charitable registration # is 858063316-RR0001
Trips for Kids Ottawa’s mission is to enrich the lives of economically disadvantaged and new-to-Canada youth through outdoor activities that help them to develop physical skills, gain environmental knowledge, form positive relationships and acquire leadership opportunities.
Statement of Membership in TFK International:
Trips for Kids Ottawa is a member of Trips for Kids® International a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips for Kids (TFK®) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
Who We Are
Trips for Kids Ottawa provides recreational and educational activities, such as mountain biking, fishing, snow-shoeing and exploring nature. Our activities principally take place on off-road trails, providing physical challenges and opportunities to learn new skills while affording the kids a rare opportunity to get outside and breathe fresh air. Our activities are currently concentrated in the west end of Ottawa, but we are working on expanding to new locations in future years. We serve all kids between 7-17 years old that want to participate. We loan bikes and helmets to kids that do not have their own.
Current Board of Directors
TFKO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that sets policy, oversees financial management, and provides strategic direction to the organization and its volunteers. We are public servants, private sector employees, and private citizens who love the outdoors and want to share our passion with kids.
President: Marcie Girouard
Vice-President: Mike Jamieson
Secretary: Joanne Galloway
Treasurer: David Mirsky
Directors: Mike Nash, David Nesbitt
Key Members of Our Team
TFKO is supported by our founder, Cat Weaver, as well as many dedicated volunteers. They help us by leading rides, providing mechanical or equipment support or helping out behind the scenes. They include:
Cat Weaver – Regional Program Coordinator
Helene Couture – Past President
Terry Fields – Ride Coordinator, D.A. Moodie School
Allan Hawley – Ride Leader
Matt Ekdahl – Ride Leader
Gary Barker – Mechanic
Kent Boorman – Ride Leader