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.
From September 18th to September 27th, teams of 4 were challenged to cumulatively complete the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro, an impressive 5895 metres. Working together towards a common goal, 33 teams were determined to push their limits in support of Power To Be as they fundraised, dressed up, danced, and climbed their ways to the summit.
Power To Be is proud to announce that our CEO, Tim Cormode, will be inducted in the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame at Metro Hall in Toronto on October 29th. This tremendous honour and accomplishment come from Tim’s considerable contributions that he has made throughout his life in the world of youth and families with barriers.
On Thursday, June 18th at 4:00 pm, Power To Be kicked off our very first Power To Summit. This event was designed as a virtual expedition, challenging teams of 4 people to cumulatively complete the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro, an impressive 5895 meters, within 72 hours!
As the season begins to shift, we are beginning to foresee what recovery and redesign looks like for our future. Thanks to our collective efforts, the flattening of the curve, slowly, and very carefully we can get back to offering programs in a reduced capacity. As we know there is a tremendous amount of physical and psychological health benefits to participating in outdoor activities and connecting to natural spaces and places.
Our community's health and safety is our top priority. For this reason, we will be suspending our programs for the next 4 weeks. Read the full letter from CEO, Tim Cormode, who addresses the impact of COVID-19 on Power To Be.