Jenn Thornhill Verma

Polar Plunge 2024

The annual Royal Canadian Geographical Society Polar Plunge is back!

This year we are joined by notable Canadians, adventurers, and RCGS Fellows. The #RCGSPolarPlunge will help the Society raise important funding for the rich storytelling and engaging interviews that take place under the banner of the Canadian Geographic Explore podcast.

Our goal is to raise $35,000! With your help we can continue to expand Canadians’ knowledge of our country’s diverse human and physical landscapes, better preparing them for an uncharted future.

Why I'm taking the plunge...

Stories. Stories that need to be told. Stories that remind us of the power of storytelling. Stories that push us to become better storytellers - to dig deeper, to ask questions and hold those in positions of authority to account. Stories that bring us together in a world that threatens to divide us.

Take some of the recent Canadian Geographic reporting that puts a spotlight on oceans - Karen Pinchin's "Farming a changing sea," Nicolas Winkler's "Death on the ocean floor: a great white shark mystery," Alanna Mitchell's "'There’s no coming back from this:' Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all," and I'll add my own too, "The cod delusion." 

As we watch the undoing of journalism in Canada - one round of layoffs, then another, and another - supporting Canadian Geographic and the Explore podcast is  something constructive that I can do to show my support for original and investigative reporting that is as rich on narrative as it is best evidence. 

Join me for the 2024 RCGS Polar Plunge - if only because it's my first and I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. 

And if you can't, please donate generously. 

My Achievements

Fundraising page

Updated Profile Pic

Added a Blog Post

Received 5 Donations

Reached Goal

Increased Target

My Updates

Thank you: I reached my donation goal - now for the plunge part!

Sunday 3rd Mar
I am absolutely humbled that friends and family showed up in a big way to support my fundraising goal for tomorrow's polar plunge - it's the third annual, but my first-ever, and hopefully a new annual tradition to support a publication and podcast that delivers great journalism. 

To everyone who donated - you're all the absolute coolest.  And bravo to the whole RCGS / Can Geo team because the overall fundraising goal has also been reached. 

Tomorrow, we'll plunge with pride! 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Patti Brown


Raman And Nda!

Super proud of you!


Kamal & Neelam Verma

A very courageous step, Jennifer!


Pam Kemp

What a great cause you've chosen for your initiation into cold water plunging! Thanks for taking the plunge.



Have a great time - great cause & initiative! We appreciate you taking the plunge to continue raising to support the storytelling that needs to happen


B. Rendell

This shouldn’t feel cold at all to someone from Corner Brook! Best wishes on the dip, Jenn.


Angelina Thornhill



Go cousin! A great and worthy cause.


Robin Holmes

What an important cause. Good for you Jenn for taking the plunge!




Natalie Thornhill


Andrew Sookrah

Stay warm


Johnny C.y. Lam

What a great cause and a fantastic way to get ready for your trip to Labrador!


Nelson White


Nic Schulz


Trista Lynch-black

An incredible initiative to support Jenn - best of luck!


Ken Mcgoogan

I'll be checking to make sure you've done it!


Elaine Jennings


Ashley Fitzpatrick