Summer fun was at its peak this August when nine participants, three volunteers and three staff from Power To Be spent the day paddleboarding at Royal Bay Beachpark. The Victoria and Vancouver-based nonprofit organization helps youth with disabilities or barriers access nature.
“Our goal is to empower people to explore their abilities and connect to one another as well as the outdoors,” said Dana Hutchings, director of advancement and communications, Power To Be. “We love to partner with local community members like Royal Bay to provide great opportunities for the youth that we serve.”
Throughout the summer months, Royal Bay Beachpark is a hub of on and off the water activities with a playground, sand volleyball courts and a stand up paddleboard (SUP) rental company right on the beach. This is the first time partnering with Power To Be to give the youth the ‘run of the beach’ and access to paddleboarding in the Juan De Fuca Straight.
“We are so fortunate to be located in this beautiful spot on the water that provides so many recreational activities opportunities,” said Cortney Fraser, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Royal Bay Limited Partnership. “Partnering with groups like Power To Be allows us to share what we have here with people who otherwise not be able to enjoy it.”
In addition to day programs, Power To Be runs a Wilderness School that includes weekend trips and multi-day summer excursions. Participants do everything from climb Vancouver Island’s highest peaks to surf in Tofino’s waves. The organization, now in its nineteenth year, is known for their adaptive recreation programs that has special equipment to support people with disabilities experience year-round adventures.
This is the first summer at Royal Bay Beachpark, the official opening of the seaside park was September 10, 2016.