We are a passionate team, driven by a shared commitment to our community. With our combined experience and love for the outdoors, we support our participants day in and day out to deliver the best possible adventures they can experience, while connecting the community and changing the definition of ability.
Tim has been involved in youth work and the non-profit sector for nearly 30 years. Initially supporting young adults with disabilities at a summer camp as a teenager, Tim’s passion for the outdoors and supporting others led to a leadership program at Yamnuska Mountaineering School in Canmore, Alberta. This is where the inspiration came to help youth and families living with barriers climb their own mountains. With the help of a small government grant in 1998, the Power To Be adventure began and has grown to reach more than 8,000 youth and families to date. Maintaining an avid love of the outdoors, adventure and humanitarian work, Tim’s recent highlights include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and travelling to support Haiti relief. His greatest accolade, among many in recent years, came in 2011 when he received the British Columbia Community Achievement Award from the lieutenant-governor of B.C.
As a fifth generation Vancouver Islander, Dana knows the power of getting outside and sharing those experiences through stories. She spent 15 years at CHEK Television, where she led a team responsible for covering Vancouver Island’s news. She is a Jack Webster Foundation Award winner and a Social Media Award for Excellence in Engagement winner. She applies her skills for connecting people to stories that inspire and opportunities to change lives. An enthusiastic B.C. Lions fan, she spends her downtime cheering for the team and exploring.
Jay’s very fabric is sewn from the love of the outdoors. For more than 19 years, he has sought the restorative qualities of the natural environment and worked to support populations that can benefit from connecting with themselves through the power of nature. His appreciation for key mentors in his life has contributed to values of community responsibility, integrity, self-worth, leadership, and compassion, which he distils into all programs as Power To Be’s Director of Programs. Holding a BA in Outdoor Recreation with honours from Lake Head University, Jay’s leadership over the dynamic committed team of youth workers and outdoor professionals ensures he will make this world a little better than when he came into it.
Hailing from an East Coast fishing town, the ocean has always felt like home for Alli. After graduating from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition she set out to travel the globe and learn more about other cultures. With the mountains in her backyard and the ocean in the front Alli is happy to call Vancouver home. She brings a wealth of experience as a canoe and backpacking guide, sailing instructor, personal care worker and youth activities manager. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to feel first hand the sense of connection that nature provides. The ever changing view from the tent door drives her adventures into nature where she seeks the stillness of the forest and the energy of the waves of the Pacific.
A self-proclaimed student in the school of life, Andrea’s curiosity has taken her from Canada to Nepal, South East Asia and Japan, seeking experiences that enrich community and self along the way. Rooted in lessons from her mother’s work in respite care, she values compassion, tolerance and resilience. Combined with her love for nature and a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano University, Andrea finds inspiration in connecting people with the natural world and knows the value of dreaming big to see what is possible.
Having moved to Vancouver Island when she was just one, Ashley’s love for the west coast is second nature. With a background in Marketing, she is passionate about storytelling and communicating how adventures in our beautiful landscapes can truly change a person’s life. In addition to her love for the outdoors, she’s also an animal advocate who helped launch the first ever World Elephant Day and continues to support the global campaign. In her spare time she can be found with her husband and two little boys exploring the forest or puddle jumping along the coastline.
Growing up on Galiano Island Ashleigh explored our local coastlines and trails, while her school breaks were spent further a field backpacking in South America and Europe. Since, she has had the opportunity to travel further including Antarctica, South East Asia, Nepal, India, and Australia. Holding a BA in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria, she brings her experiences working at The Boulders Climbing Gym and the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island to her role supporting volunteers. A former Power To Be volunteer herself, she loves seeing how outdoor experiences bring people together and creates community.
Brian is a problem solver by nature. Born and raised in Montreal, his passion for the outdoors and exploring has taken him to every province in Canada. He looks at the world with an eye for how things work, drawing him from a background in forest recreation and civil engineering to architectural engineering and project management with a focus on the construction industry. His focus on continual learning and teaching pairs well with his commitment to family and time dedicated to being a volunteer firefighter.
Combining her love of wilderness and ocean with a passion to support people living with cognitive, emotional, neurological and complex needs, Carinna has embedded her knowledge and years of experience to create profound connection and transformations through nature at Power To Be. Holding a BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, Carinna trains staff in behaviour management communication strategies and non-violent crisis intervention. She has been at the helm of the Adaptive Recreation program since 2005, developing, expanding and resourcing Power To Be with staff, students and volunteers to inspire greatness and be stewards of positive change.
A passionate advocate for people living with barriers, Carolyn wants everyone to experience the brilliance and power of nature. Holding a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and several certifications ranging from personal trainer to first aid, Carolyn has experience working with individual and group therapeutic activities such as wheelchair mobility training, exercise classes, and social groups to restore, improve, and maintain patient’s functional abilities. Leading a life rooted in active recreation, travel and inclusiveness, she’s routinely planning excursions to enjoy the great outdoors via hiking, trail running, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, backpacking and more.
Growing up in Brentwood Bay, the ocean, beaches and forests were Clay’s playground. Through an early introduction to skills and love for outdoor recreation through the Metchosin Camp’s boys leadership program, several well-deserved scholarships and opportunities ignited his pursuit of youth work and outdoor recreation that has served the community for 10 strong years. With a BA in Recreation and Health from the University of Victoria, a long list of paddling, first aid, and wilderness certifications, and accolades including the United Way Youth Now Award, Youth Worker of the Year (2010), Clay creates opportunities for participants to realize their goals.
Growing up on Bowen Island off the coast of B.C., Corra-Rose was regularly immersed in nature, helping her to be appreciative and present in each moment. Corra-Rose has a Diploma in Business Administration and Hospitality from Vancouver Community College. In her previous roles she worked on of both private and public charities; assisting the philanthropic intentions of donors, cultivating national awareness, and managing administration for all donations. Her passion for connectivity and nature was what brought her to Power To Be. Corra-Rose practices Santosha style yoga daily, focused on the practice’s core belief: Contentment for all that we have and appreciation for all that we are.
An organizer by nature, Danica is driven to explore the world around her and refine systems along the way. An avid traveler who grew up in Saskatoon, she found her true home on the West Coast of B.C. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Danica is well suited to her role as she is wired to understand and hone process while supporting people, all with a focus on making the world work better. Drawing on her family, she knows the value of a strong support network when exploring new things. When not in the office, Danica can be found outside, with friends and family at her side.
Raised in the Toronto area, Ellen has been a West Coaster for 30 years. An avid traveler, she loves to visit small towns in Europe and Central America, exploring by foot, by bike or by water. Closer to home she can be found near the water, on her yoga mat or immersed in good conversation around the dinner table. With more than two decades of building businesses in Victoria, she balances delivering on strategic plans with supporting the goals of those around her. As someone who loves to be immersed in nature, Ellen is in awe of the work Power To Be does to ensure everyone can spend time in nature.
Raised in Cottage Country (otherwise known as Peterborough, Ontario), Em is passionate about connecting people to nature. She has travelled to Europe, Central America, and all over North America, making the trans-Canada road trip three times before settling in Victoria in 2010. With a background in drama and music, Em double-majored in psychology and sociology at the University of Victoria, before completing her Post-Grad in Therapeutic Recreation at Fleming College. With a lifetime of outdoor experiences, her certifications include sea kayaking, canoeing, and wilderness first aid. When she isn’t leading programs, you can find Em hiking through the forest, paddling down a river, or cheering (loudly) for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Graham’s love for running rivers and nature flows from his childhood spent exploring the lakes and forests of Peterborough, Ont. He started guiding canoe trips in 1998 and has since led whitewater rafting and kayak instruction on the Ottawa River, and guided multi-week expeditions in the Yukon and Northwest Territories prior to joining Power To Be. In addition to his outdoor experience, he holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University. Graham has travelled throughout North America, Mexico, and Eastern Africa. Calling Vancouver home since 2015, when he is not in a boat he can often be found hiking, skiing or mountain biking on the North Shore.
James is a jack of all trades, an adaptable talent he lends to ensuring Power To Be’s IT and project logistics run smoothly. With experience in customer service, marketing and communications, he blends multi-tasking with humour to co-ordinate a wide range of support needs for the team. An avid cyclist and hiker, James can often be found exploring the wilds of Vancouver Island with friends, human and canine.
Drawn to the water, Jasmine is a lover of nature and adventure. Born in Ontario, she spent time in Alberta before family ties brought her to the West Coast. She connected with Power To Be as a kayak program participant more than a decade ago, and since joining the staff team has brought her organizational skills and desire to connect people to her role with the Board of Directors. Jasmine actively gives her time to supporting accessible communities, both through her involvement in the Ogden Point breakwater safety railings initiative and through time working with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre. She is motivated by her passion to inspire others to experience the healing power of being in nature. She was a 2015 Courage To Come Back Award finalist.
Jason is an adventurer whose heart lives in the mountains and on trails. Originally from Virginia, USA, he has traversed 18 countries on five continents. Jason holds three bachelor’s degrees and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership. His certifications include adaptive skiing, kayaking, big canoe sterner, and Wilderness First Responder. As an experiential educator, he has seen firsthand that people are frequently capable of more than they realize. Jason believes strongly in the ability of human-powered recreation and nature to positively change lives. He loves asking questions and exploring with his partner and their two daughters.
A long-time advocate of volunteerism and accessibility, Jennifer brings her skills in bookkeeping, and administration to Power To Be. She loves exploring outdoors, adventure, and travel. Her many adventures include time in Cambodia volunteering to help raise funds for vulnerable women and children, and that sparked a desire to use her skills to empower and support others to push past barriers of many kinds. In her spare time, she can be found biking and hiking with her child, marvelling at the rain-forest canopy and enjoying the many pathways and parks nearby.
Jodi is passionate about connecting people to opportunity. With a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, she has worked with organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation to connect supporters to meaningful opportunities in their community. An Ontario native drawn to the ocean, Jodi made her home by the sea in New Zealand before moving to Victoria. On her off hours, she can be found on her yoga mat, hiking, biking, camping or on the water.
Katie’s love for the outdoors stems from growing up exploring Vancouver Island forests and beaches and spending summers on Hornby Island. Always finding time for travel, she has taken various extended leaves throughout her education and working career to explore Europe, South East Asia, and Central and South America. Katie is keen to keep on travelling the world and to continue experiencing and learning from new cultures. Katie received her BComm in accounting from UBC and then her CPA, CA designation in 2015. She has worked for a small accounting firm in Victoria and most recently for Deloitte as a Tax Manager. She has a passion to utilize her finance and business skills to give back to the community.
Vancouver Island’s brilliant coastline and lush forests stole Kendal’s heart after moving out west from Calgary, AB. Kendal holds a BA in Recreation and Health Education at University of Victoria and has grown roots through various non-profit communities in B.C. Kendal has held significant coordinator roles through Recreation Integration Victoria, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria. She believes in the incredible power of volunteerism and brings creativity and positivity to the goal of creating connection and building vibrant communities. When she’s not in the office, Kendal finds herself exploring outdoors, teaching dance or on her yoga mat.
Kira grew up in a small town in Ontario, spending most of her free time in the forest near her home. It was here that she fell in love with nature and the peaceful bliss that comes with being amongst the trees. After spending a summer living on Vancouver Island, she couldn’t resist the pull of the mountains and ended up in Victoria, BC. Kira has a BA in Communication Studies and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communications. She recently completed a master’s degree in Science Communication. She is passionate about encouraging people to get outside and helping to share the endless stories of nature through photography, videography, and writing.
Growing up in Canmore, Alberta, Kyla developed a love for the outdoors from the age of 6 when she first went to camp in Kananaskis country. Her passion for canoeing led her to become a whitewater canoe guide and took her on a 20-day canoe trip along the Churchill River system. Kyla’s studies brought her to Victoria, where she completed a Bachelor of Education and is currently studying biology. She is also a canoe and paddle board instructor, and holds a certification in wilderness first aid. At Power To Be, Kyla shares her passion for the outdoors in programs that provide each person with the opportunity to learn, grow and forge connections with the environment and with each other. In her spare time, she dreams of a two-month paddling adventure along the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories.
A round-the world trip landed Lisa in Victoria, which she describes as an outdoor enthusiast’s oasis. Driven by work with meaning, Lisa is the often people’s first point of contact at Power To Be. Her passion for nature has seen her working for Greenpeace and Western Canada Wilderness Committee, and her love of good food led to co-ownership of an organic café. As mother of two and the understanding that comes from raising a child with a rare disease, Lisa blends empathy for people and a passion for nature into all that she does.
Liz was born and raised on a horse farm in the Comox Valley, and enjoys spending time exploring Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. She feels privileged to live a life with access to amazing outdoor recreation, exploring new locations with her dogs, going mountain biking, trail running and hiking. Working with horses continues to affirm within her a sense of grounding and connectedness. Liz comes to Power To Be with experience in the nonprofit and adaptive recreation fields, and she is passionate about connecting others to similar opportunities.
Raised in France, Manue is inspired by her family, who showed her from a young age that so much is possible with the right support. Together with her brother Pierre, who had Cerebral Palsy, she spent her childhood adventuring in the Alps, camping, hiking and skiing. She moved to Canada a decade ago, with the intention of staying a year before she fell in love with the West Coast. With a BA focused on adaptive physical activity and recreation, she is a certified ski instructor and badminton coach. Her favourite word is “yes,” as in “yes, we will take you there, yes, we will find a way and yes, we will make that happen.”
Michelle’s enthusiasm for trails and mountains began when she transplanted from Ontario to British Columbia in 2015 and learned first-hand why everyone says “West Coast, best coast.” An active ultramarathoner, mountain biker, camper and general outdoor enthusiast, her love of nature has taken her all over Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Europe. Michelle graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained her CPA, CA designation in 2014. She is passionate about working in the non-profit sector and applying her accounting skills in a meaningful way. In her free time, Michelle loves to spend long days on the trails, fuelled by coffee and burritos.
From her first experience at summer camp at age 6, Michelle developed a passion for being outdoors. She has since used her outdoor recreation experience to have fun with youth and ignite in them a similar passion for exploring outside and protecting the beautiful landscape in which we live. Michelle is fascinated by the ocean and devotes herself both to preserving it, holding a double major in biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria, as well as enjoying it, with certifications in sea kayaking, SUP board instruction, lifeguarding and wilderness first aid. In her spare time, Michelle loves to travel through Central America and South East Asia and looks forward to exploring even more.
Natasha’s love of the outdoors was fostered in the campgrounds of B.C. and Alberta. With grandparents who were campground hosts, she developed her ability to connect with people from all walks of life at a young age. With a passion for empowering people, she is experienced in corporate and non-profit team training, organizational development, personal and professional coaching and workplace wellness. A Certified Career Development Practitioner and Facilitator, she is also certified as: a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor, a Motivational Interviewer, a Compassion Fatigue Educator and Resiliency and Recovery Coach. An avid runner, she loves travelling, National Parks, NFL Football and making people laugh.
Paul grew up connected to nature, hiking, camping and exploring the countryside in Yorkshire, England. Through his adventures hiking, caving, and climbing in several countries around the world, he has found nature to be a powerful teacher and healer. Paul loves to share his experience and coach others through challenges, using nature as a co-facilitator. He looks forward to bringing that experience and qualifications in rock climbing, caving, canoeing, sailing, and more to our programs. In his spare time, Paul can be found adventuring underground and above ground, indulging his hankering for Yorkshire puddings, and plucking the ukulele.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Paul’s life has always been connected to nature. Influenced by his Maori culture, he has sought out land and sea, learning about the geography and what lives within it. His path took him through the military, volunteer relief work, parenting, youth justice and physical literacy programs before arriving at Power To Be. With a respect for the natural world and his place within it, Paul is inspired by adventure and the diversity of people he meets. In Maori language, a traditional greeting is “Kia Ora!” which means “Be full of life!” It’s a sentiment Paul strives to embody in his actions and encourage in others.
Growing up on the West Coast and later travelling the world, Sarah finds great peace and solitude in the forests, rivers and oceans. The Lao Tzu quote, “Silence is a source of great strength” is one Sarah holds close to her heart. Through a lens of understanding and compassion, she provides a safe space for youth and families to disconnect from daily distractions and reconnect with the healing qualities of nature through outdoor wilderness programming. Her unique approach to facilitation supports youth and families in recognizing their capabilities, strengthening their relationship with themselves and each other.
Originally from Toronto, Sarah has called B.C. home since 2006. She is a passionate fundraiser for social change, with over 20 years of experience in the charity sector. Committed to work-life balance, Sarah enjoys travel, time spent with her kids and being active in the outdoors. She has a deep interest in outdoor education stemming from her early work with national and international youth serving organizations. Sarah graduated from Royal Roads University with an MA in Leadership and Training and a BA from Dalhousie University. For over a decade, Sarah has worked with Parachute (previously SMARTRISK), raising funds for injury prevention. She currently sits on the Squamish Community Foundation board of directors.
A native of B.C., Shay is passionate about supporting communities through increased access to inclusive outdoor programming. She brings skills in community engagement and project management, as well as her extensive experience travelling and hiking in 25 countries around the world. She speaks English and French, studied Applied Linguistics at the University of Victoria, and she is certified to teach English as a second language. She loves the outdoors and when she is not practicing yoga, her favourite places to hike are Strathcona and Juan De Fuca parks.
Simon’s journey in the professional outdoor industry spans more than 10 years from rural north Yorkshire (his home town) throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and now North America. Holding a BA with honours in Outdoor Leadership and a Diploma in Adventure Tourism with more than 8,000 hours of soft skill training, Simon also carries a host of certifications in paddling, guiding and instructing that help him stay close to his roots of living simply, happily and taking little from the earth, while teaching others to do the same.
Stephanie has spent her whole life exploring the B.C. Coastal mountains hiking, trail running, skiing, rock climbing and back country camping. In her work as a behavioural interventionist, she saw how engaged her clients became in the outdoors and decided to combine her two passions: her love of nature and her desire to see people flourish. She has certifications in advanced wilderness first aid, Level 1 from the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. and the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors. In her spare time, Stephanie can be found road-tripping, on the hunt for coffee roasters and good pastries.
Sylvia’s commitment to more than 10 years of working in child and youth care is matched only by her unwavering love of time spent outside. Holding a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary, coupled with professional development in suicide and therapeutic crisis intervention, wilderness first aid and former board involvement with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta, she is a member of the Wilderness School team. Living her own philosophy of “inspiring everyone around me to focus on the positive, be not afraid to try new things and challenge those that tell them they can’t do something,” Sylvia makes the most of her time competitive cycling, traveling the globe (including winning the Women’s 2013 Bermuda Grand Prix of cycling) and getting off the grid at the family cabin on Powell Lake.
Growing up, Sylvie spent her summers cycling and camping, playing in the coastal forests and her winters snowboarding, playing in the north shore mountains. She loves to follow the sunshine and ocean everywhere she explores. In 2015, she found herself in Victoria and on day one, knew she wanted to make it home. From cycling, swimming, trail running, kayaking, backpacking, and hiking, she was drawn to the endless outdoor possibilities this beautiful place has to offer. Sylvie has a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, as well as certifications for yoga teacher training, children’s yoga teacher training, kayak guide, canoe sterner, and wilderness first aid.
Tameus has a passion for an active outdoor lifestyle as he grew up playing in the waters of Okanagan Lake and skiing in the surrounding mountains, and he is excited to share that with participants. He has biked, backpacked and surfed in Europe, Africa, India, New Zealand and the U.S., and now he loves to explore and find peace in the nature-rich places the West Coast has to offer. He brings his experience facilitating programs, and his appreciation for diversity and many ways of life gleaned from his travels, to empower participants to achieve their goals and connect them to a larger community that loves to play outside.
Chairman, The Alacrity Foundation
Owen builds community in everything that he does. From technology start-ups to organizations dedicated to improving children’s heath and education, he is an active volunteer and mentor. A general partner at Wesley Clover, he also sits on boards for several technology companies and Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. “I have the privilege of seeing the value and quality of its work firsthand,” he says. “I am excited to lend my expertise at the board level to support that.
Executive Coach, Head’s Colleague Consulting
Simon is dedicated to education, connecting people to knowledge first as a teacher and headmaster, and then as a consultant. Following his early postings in Ontario, where he taught Power To Be Executive Director Tim Cormode, he moved to Vancouver Island in 1990. His career has transitioned from providing leadership for schools to an opportunity to use his executive coaching training to help other heads of schools bring out the best in their teams. Bruce-Lockhart holds a BA in English from Yale University and a Certificate of Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. With two Arctic canoe trips undertaken, he can now often be found sailing the waters around Vancouver Island with his wife.
Senior Relationship Manager, BMO
Adam is rooted in his community through professional and personal pursuits. A senior relationship manager in business banking, Adam has applied his acumen to advance business goals and help youth better understand investing opportunities. “I truly believe that life is about giving back to the community you live in,” he says. Adam is a member of the Tourism Victoria finance and membership committee, and has previous volunteered with the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. An avid surfer, Adam can most often be found on the water.
Cardiologist, BC Children’s Hospital
Brian applies his medical and leadership skills to his desire to improve people’s quality of life. “I hope to make a difference in the lives of individuals with physical and developmental health challenges,” he says. He trained at the University of Calgary, Children’s Hospital and the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. His practice ranges from the prenatal cardiac evaluation to the care and follow up of children with congenital heart defects through to their adult years. Brian works with Island Health and B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Organization Development Consultant
Cara has more than 19 years’ experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sectors. She is an alumnus of the Education Faculty at the University of Alberta; the Human Resource Management program at Grant MacEwan University; and the Master of Arts in Leadership program with Royal Roads University. Prior to moving to Vancouver Island and joining University of Victoria in 2015, Cara began a consulting career working for the Calgary Stampede and worked with the University of Alberta, Servus Credit Union and the Government of Alberta. Cara dedicates herself to building positive, genuine relationships with people from diverse backgrounds throughout the community. A values-based leader, she takes a collaborative approach to the creation of engaging change and learning solutions for individuals, teams and organizations.
Chief Financial Officer, Tiny Capital
With a passion for travel and anything that gets the blood flowing and the heart racing, you never know where you are going to find Carla – from the slopes seeking out powder stashes, or the peaks of the Himalayas. Carla holds a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria. As a Certified Professional Accountant, her expertise is built on the foundational skills gained during her five years with Deloitte in Vancouver. Carla has returned to her hometown of Victoria to work with Tiny Capital as their Director of Finance. Carla believes in empowering people to overcome barriers and experience the magic of adventures in nature.
Chair, Canada GardenWorks Ltd.
John’s career spans senior management positions with a national Canadian retailer to building one of the leading independently owned retail garden centre companies in Canada. He has played a leadership role in several business, community and philanthropic organizations, in addition to serving as a director on public and private corporations. He is a believer in building strong partnerships and leadership by example. A keen athlete and avid outdoorsman he values the experiences and lessons learned from sport and recreation.
Principal, Little Tree Communications
Paul is a communications leader with a deep commitment to strategy and story. He has worked in media, public service and universities. He holds a Diploma of Technology, Broadcast Journalism from BCIT and a BA in Communications from Carleton University. He and his partner are raising four active and community minded children. Paul volunteers on island based social enterprises focusing on community health and the environment. He has served on boards for the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Science Centre and Kramer IMAX Theatre. Biking makes his world go around.