Our First Annual Feet in the Forest Golf Tournament was a huge success, raising over $12,000. All of the funds raised were donated to fund outdoor experiences for deserving youth.


Summer 2016

With the funds raised by the First Annual Feet in the Forest Golf Tournament, deserving youth from The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre made life-long memories this past summer. Six kids were taken to Bon Echo Provincial Park as part of their The Refuge's Wilderness Rocs program.

Summer 2017

This coming summer, one youth will be going on a 28-day canoeing and camping trip and will earn a high school credit through Outward Bound Canada. Additionally, six youth will be going on a 1-week canoeing and camping trip with Project Canoe

A Message from The Refuge:

From: Clarence Keesman <ckeesman@refugeoutreach.com>
Sent: November 22, 2016 1:15 PM
To: ross hill
Subject: Thanks

Hi Ross,

I tried calling your home today and leave a message but I don’t think your voice mail has yet been set up.

I was thinking that it was about this time of year when The Refuge got to know you and Kathie. It was under tragic circumstances but we are very grateful for you and your wife and for the loving memory of your son. We were touched as you shared who Austin was and his love for nature.

As such, I wanted to thank you for the donations that came through last year in honour of Austin as well as for the Golf Tournament that happened this past June. We used the funds to impact the homeless and street youth who here by taking several of them to Bon Echo Provincial Park as part of our Wilderness Rocs program. We did some canoeing and hiking but we spent a day hiking one of the 8km trails with 4 five pound rocks in our backpacks. Each rock represented something in our lives that weigh us down; fear, unforgiveness, pain, addictions. At four spots along the trail the youth learned about one of those topics and had to complete a related activity if they wanted to. If they completed the activity the could remove one of the rocks and have it replaced with something good. It seemed to strike a chord with the youth.

Several weeks after the trip several of the youth related back that experience to something that they were going through and decided that they wanted to get rid of that ‘rock’ instead of carrying it around.

Thank you for enabling the youth to learn this and for keeping Austin’s memory alive in this way.


Clarence Keesman
Executive Director
The Refuge
300 Court Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 4X3