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.
Just north of the world famous West Coast Trail lays the relatively unknown Cape Beale Trail. Historically it was part of the same telegraph line and lifesaving trail that set the foundation for the West Coast Trail. The Cape Beale Trail, however, although much shorter in distance, provides its own challenges with infrequent maintenance and deep mud.
Every once in a while we get an opportunity to show a small token of our appreciation to our generous supporters. Thanks to the great team at Long Beach Lodge Resort, we hosted a weekend getaway in Tofino for last year’s top fundraising teams from Power To Play Vancouver, a corporate adventure race in support of Power To Be.
From water rescues to how to light a fire, program staff’s five-day trip to Strathcona Provincial Park encompassed multiple training scenarios and workshops. It was a chance for staff to review best practices in the outdoors to enhance Power To Be program experiences.
Sitting on the beach, with the ocean in front of her and kind people around her, Jasmine Parr’s perspective shifted. It was her first day as a participant with Power To Be Adventure Therapy, and looking back, it is clear to her that her collective experience with the organization served as the catalyst she needed to get back into nature and back into her community.
As the youth created art from carefully dyed felted wool, the sheep it was taken from wandered outside of the window. That’s the magic of Providence Farm, where people come together to learn about and from the land.