• Trips for Kids Ottawa's mission is to enrich the lives of economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth through outdoor activities that help them to develop physical skills, gain environmental knowledge, form positive relationships and acquire leadership opportunities.

About Us


HISTORY

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


Mission Statement


Trips for Kids Ottawa’s mission is to enrich the lives of economically disadvantaged and at-risk 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 an 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, Ride Leader
Jennifer Facchin – Ride Coordinator, Carleton Place
Darius Arjang – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Gary Barker – Mechanic
Roger Barker – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest, Bell
Michael Beach – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Krista Bellinger – Ride Leader, Bell
Kent Boorman – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest
Marc Brule – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Toby Bryant – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Steve Cornick – Ride Leader, Bell
Jaclin Dufresne – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Terry Field – Ride Leader, Banting, Dave Smith
Mike Gaumond – Ride Leader, Bell
Joanne Galloway – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Gen Gagnon – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Marcie Girouard – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest
Isabelle Girouette – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Amanda Gorman –  Ride Leader, Franco-ouest
Sabra Green Lawrie – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest
Erin Hall – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Allan Hawley – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest, Bell H.S., Dave Smith
Sarah Lynne Howard – Ride Leader, Carleton Place
Mike Jamieson – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Sean Kilpatrick – Ride Leader, Carleton Place
James Kliiger – Ride Leader, Franco-ouest, Dave Smith
Cathy Lahaise Payette – Mechanic, Franco-ouest
Phil Maier – Ride Leader, Carleton Place
Tanya Martin – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Lauren McCall – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Debbie Nicholson – Ride Leader, Carleton Place
Jennifer Payne – Ride Leader, Carleton Place
Anthony Sarmiento – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Michael Seymour – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
Joey Slobodian – Ride Leader, Banting
Cassandra Smith – Ride Leader, Bell
Bernard Valois –  Ride Leader, Franco-ouest
Liz Van Moos – Ride Leader, Dave Smith
John Vant Erve – Ride Leader Franco-ouest
Paula Vidovich – Ride Leader, Bell, Dave Smith
Alex Zawisza – Ride Leader, Dave Smith