As Power To Be enters its 19th year of operations, community need is driving its growth. Programs have been offered in Vancouver since 2006, and have scaled up significantly in the last two years to meet demand. What started as primarily a summer kayaking program has grown into a dynamic and diverse program offering that is responsive to the community and built on the opportunities afforded to it by the natural spaces surrounding the city.
“Vancouver is a city of evolving needs. From diversity of cultures to the effect of being in a city, there is a greater need to connect people more deeply to their surroundings and themselves,” says Jason Cole, Director of Programs. “There is a high tempo of life and a lot of our programs slow things down.”
The addition of the new regional manager position, and opportunities for more program facilitators in the summer season ensures the organization can keep pace with the interest from the community, he adds.
The organization aims to be nimble, developing programs for emerging populations that identify a need. In Vancouver that has meant more youth and adults living with mental health issues and partnerships with organizations such as B.C. Children’s Hospital and Covenant House. As the network of partners and resources grows, so too does the team’s ability to support participants through programs or refer them to other services that meet their needs.