Everyone belongs in nature, especially if it means ducking out of the office on a Thursday afternoon in January. Earlier this month, Power To Be was honoured to have two Victoria-area Canadian Tire store owners and the Jumpstart Charities Regional Manager join us at Prospect Lake for a tour and celebration of Parasport Jumpstart Fund’s commitment of $100,000 toward Power To Be Adaptive Recreation programs.

Local Canadian Tire Dealers Justin Young of the Hillside store, and Kim Reynhoudt of the View Royal store, along with Katlyn Soanes, Jumpstart Regional Manager Pacific,  joined Power To Be Director of Programs Jason Cole who brought programs alive through his descriptions and stories.

“If pictures are worth a thousand words, then in-person visits to Prospect Lake are worth a million,” says Dana Hutchings, Power To Be Director of Advancement and Communications. “Being outside, being in the nature our participants get to experience is the perfect way to connect with our new partner.”

From the peace and quiet on the dock, the vivid colours of the boat rack, the orderly chaos of the gear room, to the cool dampness of the air at the roundhouse, our guests were presented with the tiniest taste of a Power To Be adventure.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Parasport Jumpstart Fund and for the opportunity to bring local representatives of the national charity to our site,” Dana says.

As part of Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement, the Parasport Jumpstart Fund is a joint program between Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Canadian Paralympic Committee to create greater opportunities for sport and play for children living with disabilities.

This funding will create opportunities for young people of all abilities in both Victoria and Vancouver to connect with their community, to build confidence and teamwork, to learn and grow through inclusive adventures rooted in nature.

“Access to outdoor play and nature is so important for young people and their overall development but is something that not all kids have equal access to,” Katlyn says. “Jumpstart is excited to contribute to Power To Be’s Adaptive Recreation program which is dedicated to removing barriers and giving immersive access to nature for children and youth of all abilities.”