Power To Be’s belief that ‘everyone belongs in nature’ is a core component of everything that we do, and every decision that we make as an organization. We understand that encouraging and supporting others to get outside and into nature can have an impact on our environment, and as such, we wish to mitigate our environmental and ecological footprint as best we can. We are proud to be taking sustainability action in our community by being a part of the One Planet Saanich initiative.
For the past 4 years the Power To Be team has been building a relationship with the land that makes up our Prospect Lake site. We have learned about its history. We give gratitude to the WSANEC, Malahat and Lekwungen peoples who have graciously shared teachings and oral histories of the land and ancestors.
Monique joined the Power To Be volunteer team in 2018, bringing her passion for community and the environment to our programs. Being outside and in nature is Monique’s happy place and she has a natural gift of sharing and spreading her love of the outdoors with staff and participants alike.
If COVID has taught us anything it has been that we are not alone, and together we can reflect, revamp and redesign. As we all strive to “build back better” we realize how valuable and important it is to wade in the unknown waters with others in a similar field. We all have the vision to provide great outdoor opportunities for people, families, and groups to connect to nature, learn new skills, and be apart of a wider community.
Arnold has been involved with Power To Be for about ten years now. He believes the staff provides the necessary support and encouragement for participants that they “can do” an activity. The staff “know what to ask, what to look for, and have a good sense of camaraderie and communication between participants and staff.” It is always a pleasure having Arnold on program or supporting Power To Be in other capacities.
At Power To Be, we understand the interconnectedness of our experiences in nature and its correlation to mental health and wellbeing. Programming focused around mental health and wellbeing has never been more important or requested than it is today. It is thanks to funders like Bell: Let’s Talk that make these types of programs possible for our community.
Power To Be is excited to present our final quarterly update of 2020. Find out how we ended the final months of the year as we continued to hold safe spaces for connection, hosted an exciting virtual concert, and found fun ways to support our community during the holiday season. See the impact of Power To Be, find out what's new with our organization, and explore what's coming up!
During the holiday season, the Power To Be team, with donations from local supports, had a lot of fun making some pretty neat holiday dreams come true! Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Holiday Hamper project a great success!
Gathering as a community became increasingly important in 2020. We have had to forge new ways of connecting, building our community online, and remaining flexible during changing times. Despite being online, our year-end celebration still felt as magical as ever.
Power To Be works closely with the Parks Sector to collectively forward the notion of inclusion. One of the ways we do that is through our involvement with the BC Parks Accessibility Advisory Committee. We work alongside other regional non-profits working with people with diverse needs.