Thank you for generously supporting Power To Be. Reflecting on the success of the past 19 years and the ongoing groundswell of support from our stakeholders, we can all be proud of the community impact we have made together.

When Power To Be began in 1998, our idea was simple and powerful: help young people and their families living with a disability or barrier access nature. Through the enthusiasm of participants, dedication of staff and volunteers, and generous support of the community we have turned possibility into reality for so many youth, families and individuals.

We exist today because we empower children, youth, families and adults living with a barrier to live more meaningful lives. Our life-changing programs are the connecting force between courage, community, inclusion and generosity. In 2016, we empowered 1,178 participants to explore their limitless abilities thanks to the time, dedication and extraordinary talents of our volunteers and staff.

We have served our community on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in a deep and focused way with our offices in Victoria and North Vancouver. Looking ahead, we will continue to focus our programs in these geographical areas. We will use our work as a platform to share our knowledge with interested communities outside of our current invested operations. This way, we can best serve our local community and still make a broader impact.

As we embark on our nineteenth year of service delivery we are very pleased to have secured a twenty-five-year lease of a 78-acre waterfront property on Prospect Lake at a dollar per year. Until now, Power To Be has not enjoyed having a sense of place and permanency for our participants. Our new site enables Power To Be to offer more programs on a much larger and comprehensive scale. In doing so we can better address demand for our services, meet a wider range for community needs and support the organization’s strategic vision.

As the complexity and reach of the need of our work grows, the fundamental premise remains the same. We believe everyone belongs in nature. We know that by bringing people together outside, we can address some of the most pressing community issues our participants face, such as limited opportunities to participate in activities that promote their health and well-being, self-confidence and inclusion in their communities. We believe in the potential of people and are a catalyst to allow them to discover their full capabilities.

We address these challenges by bringing people, businesses and other community organizations together, inspiring them with possibilities, and engaging them in identify and act on solutions. As a result, Power To Be is poised to ignite greater social change in the communities we serve.

Underpinning our drive to be a force of good is our commitment to financial accountability. We pride ourselves in putting philanthropic dollars to good work. In 2016, we raised $2.87 million while receiving more than $450,000 of in-kind equipment, products and services. This support gave us the ability to continue to subsidize the cost of our programs; ensuring finances are not a barrier to inclusion.

To scale up our impact while delivering the best experience for our participants in 2017, we will continue to build on partnerships that create opportunities, while investing in our people, infrastructure, operational systems and strategy to support our work. This will give us the capacity to address and sustain growth to accommodate demand, while focusing on enhancing participant experiences.

At the forefront of our expenses is the investment we make in our team. Our staff and volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Whether that means investing in professional development for staff and volunteers, or creating shared training opportunities through partnerships, we back up our belief in bringing out the best in our team. In doing so, we can continue to nurture a passionate and values-based work environment that attracts and retains the most talented people.

In addition, we will continue to nurture networks of non-profit and business allies and devote time and energy in advancing the larger field of social change. We must continue to freely share wealth, expertise, talent and hard to attain resources, including financial support, specialized knowledge, training and a growing pool of talent. Not just because we are well-meaning but also because it’s in our collective self-interest to do so.

Nelson Mandela once said, “It is only impossible until it’s done.” There is much to be done at Power To Be and we look forward to ensuring the coming years of hard work will inspire our continued efforts to be a great force of good for this world.

We need and truly appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you for helping Power To Be redefine ability by making our inclusive adventures rooted in nature possible for the many people we serve. You belong at Power To Be, and everyone belongs in nature.

With gratitude,

Michael A Shannon
Board Chair

Tim Cormode
Founder and Executive Director