The reflection of sun on water catches my eye, distracting me from the sneaky ambush headed my way. I spin my head around and I’m immediately drenched with a spray of water from the splash of a paddle as laughter echoes across the lake.
Surrounded by more than 1,000 people at the No Barriers Summit, Program Manager Carinna Kenigsberg couldn’t help but think of the feeling she gets from being on program with Power To Be.
Brought together by a common thread, their journey had begun many years ago. They are survivors and Power to Be was lucky enough to organize a trip for eight amazing youth through the Teen Adventures – A Spirit Quest program supported by Balding for Dollars and the Oncology/Hematology/BMT Program at BC Children’s Hospital.
On a sunny weekend in July, a group of Adaptive Recreation staff and participants from Victoria and Vancouver made the trip to Salt Spring Island to go camping.
On the climbing wall, goals are tangible. Every handhold is a mark of success and every session an opportunity for participants to reach a little higher.
Victoria-based volunteers came together for Power To Be’s first volunteer overnight training. Volunteer trainings are a common practice at Power To Be, although training with an overnight component was something new this year.
Participants, community partners, supporters and volunteers gathered to celebrate Power To Be’s move to North Vancouver. The open house showcased inclusive nature-based program opportunities available in the community.
Power To Be’s Wilderness School helped bring out the best in Shaheen Rabie, and since graduating from the program, the 17-year-old has committed his time and energy to helping other youth in the community build confidence and connection through adventures in nature. His efforts have garnered him a United Way Youth Now Volunteer Award.
Through mud, water and 10 kilometres of trails, 33 teams from Victoria’s business community took over Elk/Beaver Lake Park May 24 for Power To Play. This year’s adventure race raised a record $182,500 in support of Power To Be’s programs.
Shiloh approached the edge of the cliff and threw the stone she carried up the mountain. Crashing down amongst the trees hundreds of feet below her, the rock held all that was weighing on her mind. “I put all of my anger and frustrations into it. When I threw the rock, it released a lot of stress,” Shiloh says.