2020 was a year that called for true community collaboration and at Power To Be this was no exception. Despite a year of great uncertainty, one thing remained the same—our commitment and connection to our community. So, we rolled up our sleeves and asked ourselves one important question, how can we help?
With health and safety at the forefront of every adventure, we adapted our established ways of delivering our life-changing programs. By connecting in new ways, sometimes virtually, and in bubbles, we were able to stay together yet apart. To further support and engage with our broader community, we created and implemented our Catalyst For Good program. We started by partnering with Backpack Buddies to deliver food to families in need. We also joined the Get Growing Victoria initiative and provided participants with planter boxes and seedlings so they could keep getting outside and learn about growing their own food.
In 2020, we launched Power To Summit, a brand new Power To Be event that was held in both Victoria and Vancouver. This virtual adventure race encouraged our supporters to connect, fundraise, and gain some elevation outdoors in a safe and fun manner. In addition, we turned our Nature Gala into a free virtual and interactive concert with Grammy Award winner Sarah McLachlan.
In reflecting on the year, I can honestly say that at Power To Be we are not built for easy, we are built to endure and have a lasting impact. For the difference we were able to make, we have many people to thank.
We would like to thank our generous funders, local businesses who continue to be a vibrant part of our community, and our numerous mentors in the business, philanthropic and social impact sector for sharing their resources and working together to help us get through this pandemic. We would also like to thank our Board of Directors for their willingness to offer assistance where needed, every volunteer who stepped up to help, and the best staff anyone could ask for. Our team is truly committed to our mission and making a difference. Lastly, we would like to extend a very big and heartfelt thank you to our participants who have all been significantly impacted by this pandemic. Their smiles, their hearts and their love for nature will inspire and fuel Power To Be for many years to come.
On behalf of all of us at Power To Be, we look forward to the adventures we will take and the meaningful difference we will make in 2021. It is our sincere hope that you will all join us in this journey of hope, play, inclusion and ability in nature.
With Immense Gratitude,
Tim Cormode, CEO
Owen Matthews, Board Chair