Beginning in 1998, based in Victoria and Vancouver, Power To Be is a non-profit organization that believes everyone belongs in nature.
They believe finances shouldn’t prevent anyone from accessing nature and work hard to remove cognitive, physical, and social barriers to the outdoors, supporting participants to explore who they are and what they are capable of with the support of their staff, volunteers, and each other.
Power To Be serves more than 1,300 participants annually. Their 78-acre Prospect Lake site provides lake access, forested areas, open green space and built-up infrastructure for program facilitation, gear, and equipment storage.
Programs at Prospect Lake include, support, and complement Power To Be’s offerings of kayaking, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and other outdoor wilderness activities for youth and families living with a physical, cognitive, social or financial barriers.
Power To Be programs focus on play, learning and building connections, and are categorized into three unique streams:
- Inclusive Adventures: The inclusive adventure programs create new possibilities in nature for those who face a barrier. Through a variety of different programs, there is a focus on skill and community building through activities like hiking, paddle sports, rock climbing, camping and more.
- Wilderness Wellness: These programs provide experiences that nurture wellbeing and focus on personal growth in safe spaces to connect, with yourself, with others and with nature.
- Catalyst For Good: This program aims to drive impact forward. Staff work to assess ongoing needs in the community and find solutions through compassion, collaboration and connection.