Power To Be team reflects on Shaheen Rabie's contributions
“It is pretty rare for someone to have a natural ability with people, but he has got it,” says Sylvia Storry, Power To Be Community Development Coordinator. “He has a way of bringing out the best in people.”
Sylvia and the rest of the Power To Be team met Shaheen when, as an eighth grader, he enrolled in Wilderness School. During this three-year program youth go on monthly outdoor trips with a cohort of peers. The experiences, which include kayaking, camping and hiking, are designed to help youth need extra support in their lives gain the skills and self confidence they need to foster positive relationships in all areas of their lives. Between grades 8 to 10, Shaheen committed approximately 3,000 hours of his time, over weekends and summer break to the program.
As an alumnus of Wilderness School, Shaheen signed up for the Summit Program. Over six weeks, he committed a further 20 hours of his time to develop his leadership skills and ultimately take on an internship with Power To Be. In this new role he is a volunteer and mentor with other Wilderness School cohorts and the Adaptive Recreation program, which provides opportunities for youth and families living with a disability or barrier to experience outdoor adventures.