As we embarked on a brand new year, already many memories, exploration, and milestones have taken place. This quarter we continued exploring nature with our community through virtual programs, family bubble programs, and one-on-one adventures. With progress in our new build at Prospect Lake, and with Power To Summit and a Spring store launch just around the corner, we can't wait for all of the incredible opportunities on the horizon. We invite you to keep reading and soak up all the inspiration, creativity, and energy that fills Power To Be.
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!
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.
One of the most amazing things at Power To Be is the feedback we receive from our community members on how our programs and staff have been a positive influence in their lives. We received this lovely letter from the mother of a Wilderness School participant in which she expressed thanks for the learning, growth, and leadership her son attained while going through this 3-year program.
Kaelan is a practicum student with our Vancouver Program Team from the Outdoor Recreation Management Program at Capilano University. He is a passionate outdoor guide who believes that nature is a place for people to explore their full potential. Kaelan has a natural ability to connect with participants and always contributes great conversation and participant-centered support while out on program.
Michelle Zimmer, one of Power To Be's amazing Program Facilitators, recently had a chance to join the Epic Exeo team to participate in a remote helicopter beach clean-up on Vancouver Islands West Coast. In 24 hours the crew managed to collect 26 full helicopter bags and many more lines with buoys and larger items tied to them totaling 8,000lbs.
At Power To Be our team is committed to engaging in impactful community development. The Youth Service Provider Network (YSPN) is one such initiative that Power To Be is part of. Founded by a group of service providers in Victoria, the YSPN serves to connect organizations through collective training initiatives and gratitude events.
Ellen has created hundreds upon hundreds of masks to date. Including a windowed face mask set for Power To Be’s program team. “Power To Be is an ideal client for me, I have a tendency to always think about accessibility and I’m so excited to have their team utilizing the masks,” says Ellen. Power To Be staff have been using the windowed masks while on program to increase accessibility.