CEO NEW ORLEANS TRIP
Muskoka Woods believes that our CEO Leadership Program is only one aspect of the leadership journey. We are committed to providing an opportunity for our CEO alumni to continue learning after the summer ends. Participants graduate from the program knowing they will be challenged to be leaders who make a difference in the world. We believe in reaching beyond the borders of our communities, and that sharing our experiences with others can impact not only those we encounter, but also ourselves.
Each March Break, Muskoka Woods takes CEO alumni to New Orleans to serve. This gives them the chance to take on a new challenge, gain memorable experiences and seize an opportunity to help shape their world.
Our 2013 CEO alumni just got back from another unforgettable trip to New Orleans. Here’s a glimpse of their experience:
After being interviewed by CTV at the airport, the 20 CEOS and six leaders enjoyed a speedy flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, they got settled in to their YWAM house and enjoyed the New Orleans sights.
They woke up bright and early the next day to build trenches for the foundations of Habitat for Humanity homes. It was exhausting work digging heavy clay all day, but the CEOs did Muskoka Woods proud.
The next morning, the CEOs visited a youth detention centre and met with 20 kids between the ages of 12 and 15. They talked about faith, shared what they believe, and answered their questions about living in Canada. Afterward, they played basketball with the group.
The CEOs came home and cooked a meal for men and women living on the streets. They also made 200 hygiene kits that were to be distributed to those in need. Many of our CEOs were deeply impacted by the homeless people they met and were reminded that everyone has a story.
On Monday, the CEOs toured the Lower 9th Ward - an area that was greatly affected by Hurricane Katrina. During the tour, they learned more about Brad Pitt's organization, Make It Right, and the political issues that arose as a result of the hurricane. It was encouraging to see that the 9th Ward is thriving, and more people are choosing to move back to the community.
Later that day, they toured the French Quarter and tried some famous New Orleans cuisine. They also spent time playing with the inspiring children at the Fischer Housing projects.
The CEOs lent a helping hand at an elementary school specializing in the arts. This was tedious administrative work, but the principal let the team know they were one of the most hard-working groups they had this year.
After learning about a young mother program, and continuing with their homeless outreach efforts in the community, the CEOs were surprised with tickets to a New Orleans Pelicans basketball game! Sadly, the Pelicans lost by two points in the last 13 seconds!
Their final day of service included cleaning up neighbourhood lots and visiting their new friends in the Fischer Housing Projects one last time.
The CEO alumni and our team of leaders were so thankful for this opportunity to grow together through an impactful week of learning, serving and fun. We look forward to returning to New Orleans in 2015.