President's Message

I would like to first off, thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

This is an exciting time for our group. We have some new young faces on board such as myself and 2017 Mr Ottawa Bear, Adam Frey. Our focus for the next year is going to be including more diverse events and trying to encourage more young people to get involved with our community. We will also be increasing our social media presence to expand our reach with younger generations.

One of the key objectives of the group is to promote positive body image and self acceptance. When I first moved to Ottawa, I didn't really know any one here. I also struggled with anxiety, depression and self esteem issues. After joining the Ottawa Bears, I met my first real friends in the city. Going to weekly bear coffee and other events became the first place where I could just be myself and learn to accept myself. Since then, I have been able to flourish. I became a student leader at college and now I'm your president! I really want to reach out to other people who are going through similar struggles that I endured and let them know they are not alone, and that there is a place where they can belong and feel free and accepted.