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We ♥ NTDC Thunder Bay
$16,040 raised
64% of $25k goal
106 contributors
56 Weeks running

12 Days of "Lettuce" - December 20th Update

Off with his head! (of lettuce). Because of your incredible generosity, we got 12 donations for our Twelve Days of Lettuce campaign, and ahead of schedule to boot. Thank you so much everyone!!
So - Julian's 'lettuce" is now history.  In addition, we got 7 new donations this week after we extended the campaign to add Peter Myllymaa's challenge. So Peter will be out at Lappe sporting a wig made from Julian's hair - soon!
We'll just say it one more time- thank you everyone for your generosity. Your support really is so important to us!

12 Days of "Lettuce" - December 13th Update

Day 10 of our Twelve days of Lettuce campaign and we have got our 12 donations!  Awesome!  Julian's hair is definitely on the chopping block!  Plus we are extending our fundraiser because Board member Peter Myllymaa has lost HIS head and said if we get four more donations by Friday at 9pm then he will ski at Lappe wearing a wig made from Julian's locks.   Gotta see that!

12 Days of "Lettuce" - December 11th Update

We are on day eight of our Twelve days of Lettuce campaign and we have had 8 new donations. Awesome! To get to our twelfth new donation,  we need to get to donation number 98 by 12:01am December 16th.  Then we can post the removal of Julian's golden locks. With your help we can make it happen!  

12 Days of "Lettuce" - December 8th Update

We are on day five of our twelve days to get twelve donations so Julian will cut off his luscious “lettuce”.  So far we have had 7 donations since December 4th for a total of $1175!  We need to get to donation number 98 by 12:01am December 16th so we can post the removal of Julian's golden locks.  Way to take it for the team Julian!

 We ♥ NTDC - December 4th Update

For over a quarter century, NTDC Thunder Bay has been supporting Nordic skiers as they strive to reach the international stage.  NTDC develops champion skiers, and also the coaches and wax technicians who strengthen the fabric of high performance and grassroots Nordic skiing in our city, our province and the whole country. NTDC athletes remind us all of the possibility of excellence in sport, and in life.


Last spring, as the COVID pandemic struck, we launched this fundraiser, our new We  ♥  NTDC campaign. Despite launching amid the uncertainty of the early days of the pandemic, many of you very generously got behind us, allowing us to reach 50% of our goal by the end of August. Thank you so much for your incredible support in these challenging times!


In September we paused our campaign to regroup.  Like everyone else, we are trying to adjust to life with COVID 19.   We finally got this year’s team all in the same city and the athletes settled in their new “normal” -  training together but apart. And as training and competition schedules continue to change, the focus is on adapting and working on the things we CAN control. 

As an organization we are working to replace more of the important fundraising dollars that we usually get through our Nordicfest event, and from generous corporate sponsors. Food, fun and of course bidding on fantastic donated items has been a winning combination for us in the past, and we are hoping to do some of that later in the winter.  COVID style.

Twelve Days of Lettuce

But for the moment we are briefly rebooting our fundrazr, hoping to you can help us all have a bit of fun with our “Twelve Days of Lettuce” mini-campaign. Twelve days to get twelve donations so Julian will cut off his luscious “lettuce”. Short and sweet. We need to get to donation number 98 by 12:01am December 16th.

NTDC Thunder Bay needs YOU! - March 2020

Our Team

Since 1993, the National Team Development Center Thunder Bay has been a leader in developing Canada’s best cross country skiers, with athletes from across the country coming to Thunder Bay to live and train in an environment that supports them in reaching their full potential. Many of Canada’s top skiers have developed right here in our back yard, along with world class coaching and technical staff who are recognized across the country for their excellence.  Building on the legacy of the 1995 Nordic World Championships, our athletes and staff have proudly represented Thunder Bay and Canada on the National Ski Team, and around the world at countless FIS World Cups, Nordic World Championships and World Junior/U23 Championships.

Our Impact

All of this has raised the profile of skiing in Thunder Bay to a level that few communities in Canada can match. By attracting high level athletes, coaches and events to Thunder Bay, NTDC has helped to anchor our community in the provincial and national Nordic ski scenes.

NTDC coaches, athletes and technicians work closely with Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) and Nordiq Canada, and our organization is proud to maintain strong relationships with the many clubs and organizations that make up the Thunder Bay ski community. Our athletes and alumni have made lasting impacts to the local skiing scene, and have gone on make significant contributions in coaching, business, and academics in Thunder Bay and across Canada.

The NTDC program provides role models who exemplify what it means to strive for excellence, and inspire us with their passionate pursuit of their dreams. Through community outreach, our athletes act as role models and ambassadors for healthy active living, and motivate us all by their example. They work hard, achieve at the highest level, represent our community and city, and ski REALLY fast!

Our Need

In recent years, funding available for programs like NTDC has decreased significantly.  In addition, at this time we are faced with substantially increased expenses in order to meet new FIS non-fluorinated wax guidelines being implemented for the upcoming season.  So despite our best efforts, we find ourselves needing to reach out to our grassroots for additional support. With the added uncertainties resulting from the COVID pandemic, we, like many, face challenges in planning for the future.

We are incredibly fortunate to have a core group of stalwart sponsors and supporters who have been behind the NTDC program for many years, as well as newer partners like the City of Thunder Bay. We recognize and appreciate all the funding and support that we get from our city, from Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO), the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) and Nordiq Canada. The NTDC program continues to be an important pathway for developing high level skiers, coaches and staff, and we are excited to continue working with Nordiq Canada, XCSO and CSIO and our local community partners.

The Ask

If you know us, you understand just how much the NTDC program has enriched the local, provincial and national ski communities over the years. If you or someone you know has been inspired by our athletes and program, and if you are able to support us as we move ahead in these uncertain times, then we humbly request your help.

What YOU Can Do!

1. DONATE to our "We ♥ NTDC" fundraising campaign!

2. CONNECT us with a lead for a corporate sponsor or if YOU are interested in making a sponsor scale donation, then please reach out to Heikki

3. SHARE the campaign and follow us on social media!


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