Since 1998, Power to Be has been empowering people living with a disability to get outdoors and experience nature.
“Power to Be is all about inclusion” explains Jason Cole, Director of Programs for the organization.
“We look at working with people, and individuals, and families living with some sort of barrier or disability, and help them understand their unlimited potential through outdoor recreation.”
With the support of hundreds of volunteers, Power to Be offers more than 425 programs in Victoria and Vancouver.
And now, after eighteen years of operation, the non-profit is about to have its first permanent home.
The Steele family owns Prospect Lake Golf Course, which closed after four decades of operation one year ago. The land has now been leased to Power to Be.
“We’re really excited about how we can help people connect with the land and each other out there” says a beaming Jason Cole.
But he also admits that “it is a golf course.
“We don`t do golf, so were needing to retro-fit that into meet our needs in the program.”
And so, another non-profit, HeroWork, has accepted the challenge of a massive renovation.
Paul Latour, HeroWork’s founder and Executive Director, explains that “we immediately saw the impact we could generate with their site…
“Revamping and redoing the entire clubhouse to suit their needs, providing a wilderness school, providing other elements on the site that will allow them to run multiple programs
simultaneously, and affect more youth and their families deeply.”
Cole stresses the impact HeroWork brings to this remarkable gift from the Steele family.
“I honestly don’t think we could do it to the scale, and the timeframe that HeroWork can bring to the table, with their partnerships, and their volunteers, and their energy and passion.”
And no, HeroWork is reaching out to you.
“We need influential people in the Greater Victoria area” says Latour.
“We need designers, architects, engineers. We need more contractors, suppliers, the whole gamut of the construction industry is needed in order to power up this program.”
Click here if you can help HeroWork transform the Prospect Lake Golf Course site into the new home of Power to Be.