Waist-deep snow, mountain ranges, and spectacular moonlit views; this is the adventure that Power To Be’s Year 3 Wilderness School Cohort embarked on this month. On a clear February day, 7 youth, 3 staff members and a Power To Be volunteer headed out into the snow for a two-day, one-night snowshoeing adventure at Strathcona Provincial Park. The journey’s destination? Lake Helen Mackenzie, an 8-kilometre trail loop and a popular camping spot during both summer and winter.
Over the last 20 years, Helijet has generously supported Power To Be by donating auction prizes, sharing awareness through social accounts and in-terminal, providing flights for staff and participants, sponsoring and competing in Power To Be’s signature fundraising events and spreading awareness through their branded Power To Be courtesy shuttles and aircrafts. Helijet started their first collaboration with Power To Be almost 20 years ago – by lending an old canoe for an expedition that Power To Be’s founder, Tim Cormode, was facilitating.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park provides the perfect outdoor escape from the hustle and bustle of the city while being only a stone’s throw away. With 27km of trails to choose from in the 405-hectare park, there’s really something for everyone in this slice of nature right in downtown Vancouver.
Having been a participant with Power To Be for almost 5 years, participant Ross Johnson has attended all kinds of adventures. When I asked Ross why he likes coming to Power To Be he said it is because we have helped him reach "so many goals". Ross has overcome fear, become more resilient, and had huge feelings of accomplishment from his time on programs.
After months of anticipation, the team at Power To Be is stoked to unveil our new yurt. Participants were invited to check out the finished project at our Holiday Have-A-Go December 8, 2019. The new structure, tucked in among the trees of our campsite and trails, was built as part of a larger plan to open more accessible programming spaces at our Prospect Lake site.
Meet Andrea! Andrea’s journey with Power To Be started in 2014 as a practicum student in Vancouver while in Capilano University’s Outdoor Recreation Management program. Since joining Power To Be, Andrea has worked as a Program Facilitator, has managed the OA program, and is now one of Vancouver’s Community Development Coordinators and a mentor for many who have been a part of Power To Be. While at work, Andrea is fuelled by the opportunity to connect with others, and nature provides the setting to do just that. Andrea is an acute observer who absorbs and makes decisions that positively impact the people and situations around her. Thanks for all that you bring to Power To Be, Andrea!
"This past summer I was lucky enough to participate in a Students On Ice expedition. I spent two weeks on a ship in western Greenland and the eastern Canadian Arctic learning about climate change, Sustainable Development Goals, ocean literacy, blue economy, healthy communities, and so much more."
Power To Be has been supported by Peninsula Co-op since 2007. Over the years, that support has amounted to over $155,000 donated to support our inclusive programs. Beyond financial contributions, the individual Peninsula Co-op locations throughout southern Vancouver Island provide genuine care whenever our vans pull into their stations.
Have you ever wanted to get back at your trainer for all those sit-ups, push-ups, or burpees they had you do? Innovative Fitness’s Train the Trainer event is the ultimate opportunity to get back at your trainer while making a difference in your community. This year, over $120,000 was raised in total for all of the Innovative Fitness locations, with the Victoria location reeling in $13,000 in support of Power To Be!
Ocean views, winding trails, and vegetation galore! A true treasure in the Victoria area is Gowlland Tod Provincial Park; the perfect place to escape from the city and feel completely immersed in rich, BC wilderness.