7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Tessa DeSouza

Meet Tessa DeSouza

Tessa is a Special Education Resource Teacher in Peterborough who happens to be a gold medal Masters division kayaking champion.  Balancing these two passions can be challenging, especially when kayaking with alligators.  When speaking with Tessa, who radiates warmth and positive energy,  it’s clear her attitude allows her to face obstacles head on. Join Andrew and Carol as they learn more about Tessa – an advocate and role model for her love of sport, an advocate for children and lover of life and the outdoors.

1,  Would you like to eat here?  Tessa’s created a vision board in her mind and this is the picture of where she wants to travel to Crans-Montana, Switzerland!

2.  Come and check out the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak club mentioned by Tessa https://pckc.ca/ – kayakers of all ages and experience levels are welcome!

3.  Carol spoke about the power of reconnecting  with one’s self through nature – as Mary Oliver did –  in the podcast today.  Here is a poem of Mary Oliver’s we hope you enjoy!


The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.











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