Power To Be has felt a very warm welcome by the Prospect Lake community and the Open House that we hosted on Sept. 30 was a great example of the support that our neighbours, community partners, and Saanich residents give to us. We had the pleasure of sharing our vision for the future of our site with the community members who came and enjoyed hearing the great questions and feedback from the group. In case you missed it, we wanted to fill you on what was shared.

Firstly, we want to extend sincere gratitude for the support of the Steele family for our 25-year lease, the Saanich community for the support of our temporary use permit for camping and our tax-exempt status, our many community partners and supporters, and the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and play.

Power To Be is actively working with Christine Lintott Architects to develop our Prospect Lake site into an inclusive outdoor recreation hub that is informed by the community it serves, inspired the natural spaces it inhabits and can inspire wide spread social change.

 

Our future direction for the site is informed by three values:

Inclusion 

Inclusion – moving beyond accessibility, our measure of succession will be that the site facilitates a profound sense of belonging

 

Financial and operational responsibility 

Financial and operational responsibility – to ensure we can meet community needs in the long-term

 

Environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship – with an emphasis on restoring and rewilding the land

All of the current proposed infrastructure for the site falls into our current P-4 zoning, but to meet the needs of our participants and the community we serve, we will be submitting a rezoning application to Saanich before the end of the year for two reasons.

 – Supervised Camping:  Having supervised program camping that extends the length of our lease is essential for our program delivery, so we will be asking for continued supervised camping on our site. We will be specifying that the camping will be tied to Power To Be so that if we were to leave, the site would not turn into a public campground.

 – Caretaker’s Residence: We have logged some unusual incidents on our site that do not fit into our values and also do not benefit the community as a whole. We will be asking for a permitted use for a caretaker’s residence because we believe this will benefit the community as well as ourselves to ensure the safety and care for our participants, staff, and neighbours.

If you have any further questions about this or anything to do with our Prospect Lake site, we would love to keep the conversation going. Please reach out to Jennifer Garrett or Jason Cole with any further questions by calling our office at 250-385-2363 or you can e-mail them to info@powertobe.ca.

Thanks again for your continued support.