Bernard Voyer, a privileged witness to the beauty of our planet

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Explorer, mountaineer, and motivational speaker- RVF co-spokesperson Bernard Voyer has journeyed to some of the world’s most inaccessible places and met many amazing people along the way.

In more than 30 years of exploration, Voyer has stood at the North Pole, amid the moving ice floes of the Arctic Ocean, fought powerful winds as he traversed Antarctica on skis to the South Pole, and climbed the highest mountains on all seven continents.

What inspires him to dare frostbite, rock slides, and polar bears to seek out the most amazing and challenging adventures the planet had to offer?

From the time he was a small child in Rimouski, on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, Voyer was curious and restless. Drawn to the forest, the hills, and the snow, he realized that he and winter would be close friends- he wanted to visit winter everywhere in the world. And he has.

Voyer loves to share his passion for winter, adventure, and the environment with others through motivational talks and his work with young people in schools and organizations like Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, the Junior Rangers, and the Forces Avenir. He encourages them to “dream big dreams”.

A committed environmentalist, he speaks frequently about climate change. In his presentation Losing the North, he describes the enormous changes to the polar regions that he has seen over the last thirty years.

Voyer has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada, the Ordre National du Québec, the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, and the gold medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He joins RVF co-spokesperson Anu Boucher at the centre of change this year.

 

Catherine Fisher, Blogger