Board of Directors 2020 and Summer Staff 2020

 

Alex Thompson is the executive director and founder of Power For All. With the help of amazing mentors and partners, the vision of bringing adventure access and innovative therapy to all abilities materialized with the creation of PFA. With a background in education, outdoor recreation, adventure therapy and occupational therapy, Alex shares her passion and knowledge of the outdoors with clients of all ages and abilities in her work with PFA. Every client and seeing their engagement in every session is an incredible privilege and a source of inspiration that keeps Alex fired up. Alex believes that Adventure should be accessible to All and that we should each challenge societal stigmas related to disability every chance we get. This is what her work with PFA is grounded on.

To contact Alex, she can be reached at: powerforallats@gmail.com

 

Brent Thompson is a high school teacher, currently with the Mission Public School District. After 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults, he is still excited to motivate and encourage, inspiring others to step beyond boundaries to try something new or challenging! Power For All has provided Brent the opportunity to build relationships designed to utilize these gifts and especially aid in the organization of group sessions during the summer. He is proud to support PFA and his wife, Alex, as she leads the way as a pioneer for Adventure Therapy in Canada.

 

                                                                       Harjit has been a practicing Occupational Therapist (OT) for the last 10 years and continues to be passionately involved in advocating for inclusion, raising funds for vital research
and equipment, and having fun while trying to make a difference in someone’s life. Harjit is an entrepreneur and ran her own business providing mobile OT services to a variety of clients and setting up workshops focusing on Assistive Technology to enhance function. Harjit is
currently working on a technology project full-time with a local health authority and as a consultant part-time for ACOTRO with a focus on maintaining clinical
standardization. When Harjit has some spare time she volunteers her time with a variety of organizations and  you can find her spending time with her family, friends and pup. She enjoys being outdoors, by the water, playing volleyball, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen and of course eating!

 

 

Jeannette has been with PFA for 11 years. She works as an Early Childhood Educator in the Langley area. She has been married to Mike for 40+ years and has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. Her oldest son Simon has a disability and has been involved with paddling since he was in his teens. The family used to travel to Deep Cove each summer for him to have the opportunity. We were thrilled when Power For All came to Langley and Simon started to paddle locally.

Opportunities are given to so many that might otherwise miss out. There are improvements in physical and mental health. She has seen a sense of fun and adventure when clients engage in adventure.  She joined the board of directors for PFA a couple of years ago and she is honoured to be part of an organization that strives to provide these opportunities.

 

 

Lucy  served as a Delegate for the United Nations, and served as a diplomat for 20 years in a variety of countries. She is an active volunteer in charity, civic and cultural organizations including Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco, Hope International, The Canadian Cancer Society, the Guatemalan Fraternity in Vancouver, Christmas and Community Parade in The City of Langley, Terry Fox Foundation in Langley and Power for All. Lucy loves to travel, kayak, snowshoe, read, and take walks beside the ocean whenever possible. She loves seeing individuals in the community feeling enabled and having access to the activities they enjoy the most. Power For All seeks to provide access to All, I am happy to be part of this organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alana grew up on and in the water. She has a passion for adventure and is always looking for her next opportunity to be outside. She loves to kayak and swim. She has worked at summer camps and coached volleyball teams. Currently she also volunteers with high school robotics competitions. In her time with Power For All, Alana has shared amazing experiences with people from all walks of life. She began as a volunteer before transitioning to staff and finally a director.

Alana is a student at UBC and is finishing her Bachelor of Education with a specialty in technology education. Her hope is that youth will come into her classroom and learn new skills, as well as gain a confidence to try new things. As a teacher she plans to continue to spend her summers exploring the outdoors and bringing others along for the ride. She feels that everyone should have access to incredible adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shobia is a fourth year psychology student and she intends to go into counselling. She was born and raised in Vancouver, but she moved out to Langley for school 5 years ago. She has a passion for mental health and of course the outdoors! She loves hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves all animals and in fact she lives in a household with 5 cats, 2 rabbits, a fish and soon a puppy. During the summer in her free time you’ll most likely catch her camping and spending time at the lake.

Christine has been a Special Education Assistant for the past six years, as well as a full-time student, working her way to become an Occupational Therapist. She has volunteered for Power For All in previous years and now she is a part of this amazing team of directors! She loves being outdoors and doing anything adventurous! Some of her favourite outdoor activities include hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, bike riding, walking, gardening and playing sports with her husband. She is excited for lots of fun outdoor adventures with clients and the PFA team!

 

Madeleine is  our Summer Programs 2020 Coordinator. In the fall and for the rest of the year, she is an EA, with an education background in ASL and Deaf Studies (at VCC) and Disability and Community Studies (at Douglas College). She is passionate about inclusive education and equality for marginalized groups. She loves travelling and lived in Poland for 5 months teaching English back in 2016. Maddy loves laughing, learning languages, and everything to do with The Lion King. She likes to push herself out of her comfort zone. Power For All has taught her how much fun paddling is and now she loves sharing that joy with others! She is excited to see Power For All grow and is proud to be a part of it!

 

We look forward to connecting with you.

The PFA team!