On March 28, Geoff and The Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation were guests of The Explorers Club for a fundraising dinner in support of the SOI Foundation.
It was a wonderful evening hosted by The Explorers Club President Richard Wiese, who also happens to be an alumnus of SOI’s 2003 Antarctic Expedition!
Geoff shared highlights from 2017 including SOI’s largest Arctic expedition to date and Canada C3, a 150-day expedition that sailed around all of Canada’s three coasts, connecting Canadians to the land and people that make up the longest coastline in the world.
The event included guest speakers Vicki Heyman and Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman (also SOI Arctic 2017 alum!) as well as a recent youth alumna, Kiara Caesar, and 2009 Antarctic alumnus Trevor Wallace.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman present on their experience onboard SOI’s 2017 Arctic Expedition and the important work the SOI Foundation leads for youth.
SOI Arctic 2017 alumna Kiara Caesar speaks about her transformational experience onboard the expedition last summer.
SOI Antarctic 2009 alumnus Trevor Wallace shares the impact SOI has had on his life and his career today as an adventure videographer and documentary film producer.
The audience was also treated to performances by the incredibly talented Canadian folk duo Twin Flames!
Award-winning Canadian folk duo, Twin Flames, captivate the audience with their performances.
Support from guests for the SOI Foundation was overwhelming! In addition to support from SOI’s educational and outreach initiatives, several guests pledged funding for full scholarships to enable deserving youth from around the world an opportunity to participate on SOI’s transformational Arctic expedition!
Guests at the SOI Foundation’s “To the Ends of the Earth” dinner fundraiser
Longtime SOI supporter Brian Snyder (Beatrice Snyder Foundation) and some of the many students his Foundation has supported to join SOI expeditions over the years. L-R Kiara Caesar, Brian Snyder, Fily Cisse and Kevin Huo.
Sven Lindblad (CEO and Founder of Lindblad Expeditions) was one of the many notable supporters in attendance.
All photos from the evening can be found on Flickr.
On February 20, 2018, Geoff Green and Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition alumni Matthew Linehan and Sara Dubé had the honour of presenting on SOI’s transformational journeys, including the SOI Foundation’s recent Canada C3 expedition to the Ambassador of Denmark to Canada Niels Boel Abrahamsen, his wife Karen, and the International Women’s Club of Ottawa.
The International Women’s Club of Ottawa is a wonderful organization that supports cross-cultural learning among its members and we were grateful for the opportunity to introduce our program, highlights from our journeys, and SOI’s impact inspiring and empowering youth as global ambassadors. It was especially fitting to present on SOI’s journeys at the Ambassador of Denmark to Canada’s residence as Greenland is an integral part of every SOI Arctic Expedition. The expedition brings onboard students and staff from Greenland each year to share their homeland and engage in cross-cultural and cross-national discussions around Indigenous culture, climate change and ocean conservation among other important Arctic and global topics. Greenland is also part of each expedition’s itinerary as students and staff visit communities, explore fjords and glaciers and learn about the Arctic through a more holistic, circumpolar lens.
A special thank you to Ambassador Abrahamsen and Karen for welcoming us into their home and providing this opportunity to share the SOI Foundation’s journeys and outreach initiatives.