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Sunshine, Watercolour, and Sam the Horse: A Weekend at Cold Water Ranch

One rainy day in November, an intrepid crew of Vancouver IA participants and staff set out on an overnight journey to Cold Water Ranch near Merritt, BC. The drive was slow but almost as soon as we turned off the highway towards our destination, the clouds broke, the sun peeked through, and we were greeted with beautiful blue skies.

Volunteer Spotlight: Elyse

This past summer, Power To Be welcomed Elyse Rutledge, a practicum student from Vancouver Island University’s Educational Assistant and Community Support Program. Inspired by high school experiences that demonstrated how leaders and nature can work together to nurture social connection and personal wellness, Elyse pursued a practicum at Power To Be to learn how she can make these kinds of outdoor experiences more accessible for everyone.

Fostering Restoration of Land and Self

After an incredible 12 weeks, it is bittersweet to see our Landscaping and Restoration Employment Program at Power To Be nearing graduation. This pilot project has empowered eight young adults who face various barriers to gain landscaping and restoration knowledge, job skills, and a sense of community.

Whistler Teen Adventure with BC Children’s Hospital

This past July saw Power To Be travelling up to Whistler with BC Children’s Hospital, where we had an absolute blast exploring lots of wild spaces. While our time in Whistler was punctuated by moments of exhilaration, wonder, and adventure, the teens collectively agreed that their favourite part was the time spent with each other.  
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Juan de Fuca Expedition with Wilderness School

As summer draws to a close, we celebrate yet another successful Wilderness School expedition. This year marked the fifteenth cohort of the Wilderness School, embarking on the challenging Juan de Fuca trail—a first-ever backpacking trip for most participants.

Geocaching: A Fun and Adventurous Way to Explore the Outdoors

Are you looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors? Have you heard of geocaching? It's a worldwide activity with many thousands of community members participating in hundreds of countries. People hide containers called caches and then share the GPS coordinates with others, who then use their own GPS devices to try to find them afterward. It's like a treasure hunt, but instead of gold or jewels, you find trinkets, notes, or other small items left behind by previous seekers.