Em grew up exploring the outdoors and through finding motivation and peace in the wilderness she quickly discovered the value of her experiences in nature. Em first heard of Power To Be through her work’s involvement with Power To Play over 3 years ago, and quickly jumped in with both feet!

Eager to be involved right away, Em started as a volunteer in our head office and instantly brought a contagious smile and energy to the space. She has now raced in Power To Play three years in a row, and on top of wearing some wicked costumes, Em has consistently spread enthusiasm, team spirit, and a wealth of fundraising initiatives! This year her team won the TELUS Social Media Engagement award!

Since becoming a volunteer in our adaptive recreation programs, Em has brought that same level of excitement, passion, and perspective to our participants. She finds a way to connect with each participant in a program, and easily transitions between supporting staff with set up, and hanging out with participants as they eagerly wait for program to start. Her favorite moments are in programs that involve a quiet moment of reflection. She says that it reminds her to savour the moments and to also share them. During these times she loves hearing how each participant is experiencing nature and what it means to them. The fact that everyone can be together in nature regardless of barriers is what makes the moments of reflection truly special for her.

“I wanted to help out in any way I could on this mission so close to my heart and in line with my values and passions. I had no doubts going in that it would be worth it and that not only would I meet amazing participants on their own journey through life and with nature but also that I’d be surrounded by kind and generous volunteers and staff. I was right.”

Thank you Em for being such an inspiring ambassador for Power To Be! We are so grateful for your passion, dedication and fun-loving nature.