The Board of Directors of Power To Be is proud to announce the appointments of Dana Hutchings and Jason Cole to the positions of Co-CEOs. Both are transitioning into their new roles from their previous senior leadership positions in the organization—Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, respectively. In this new structure, they will continue to uphold the responsibilities of their current positions, while working side by side to enable a culture of collaboration and progression.
2021 was a year of changes, momentum, connection, play, and hope. We are so grateful to our community for the continued support. Last year, we delivered 477 programs to over 1380 participants, as we paved new possibilities in nature and saw growth, learning, and fun in each of our many adventures.
On the weekend of May 27-29, Power To Be held our Power To Summit virtual fundraising event, which saw 80 teams of four racers work together to climb, fundraise, and bond in support of Power To Be. As we entered our 3rd season of Power To Summit, excitement was at an all time high.
On Friday, September 17th, Power To Be kicked off our 2nd Power To Summit Vancouver fundraising event. This virtual adventure saw teams of four racers trek through rain, wind, and mud to cumulatively summit the elevation of North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali, at 6190 metres.
A new order from the provincial health officer (PHO) will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Based on the new regulations and recommendations stated by the PHO, as of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.
On Friday, May 14th Power To Be kicked off our second Power To Summit Victoria. A virtual event, not in distance, but in height, where over three days, teams worked together to cumulatively complete the elevation of Mt. Denali – North America’s tallest peak sitting at 6190 meters. We had an impressive 54 teams sign up to complete the challenge and did they ever show up with enthusiasm, energy, and of course, style! From bumble bees in tutus to can-can boa costumes, racers raised awareness both on their hikes, and on social media sharing their adventures and fun through photos, videos, and inspiring messages along the way.
Field Hockey Canada’s Women’s National Team and Power To Be are forming a community partnership, whereby the WNT will support and participate in Power To Be initiatives and the two organizations will collaborate on joint projects.
In accordance with Dr. Henry’s health orders for BC, the PHO has amended the gathering and events order. Up to 10 people, the same 10, can gather outdoors. By listening to the interests of our community and refining our practice we feel ready. Ready to run our in-person outdoor programs in Victoria and Vancouver, ready to work with our partners in a safe fashion, and ready to work in the field to collaborate on initiatives that support the wider community.
At Power To Be, we create access to nature to provide new adventures, new experiences, and new opportunities for those in our community. This March, we are beginning Phase One of our new build project to continue to expand that access.
Power To Be understands that we all need to work together continue to limit transmission to COVID 19, protect those living with health considerations, and prevent community transmission. On November 7th the BC Government announced new restrictions for residents within the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions. This includes everyone within the Lower Mainland, from Agassiz to the Sunshine Coast to Whistler. Between November 7th and the 23rd, people in these regions cannot have gatherings within their homes or outside.