Board of Directors 2020 and Summer Staff 2021

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!

 

 

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.

Alissa recently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a major in Psychology and an extended minor in Linguistics. She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and as a Residential Youth Worker. Alissa loves helping people reach their full potential, and has found herself in careers that meet that passion. Alissa also grew up outside. She was a regular park goer, a multi-sport athlete, as well as attended and worked at outdoor summer camps. Alissa’s time in the summer camp world was cut short, but she is happy to be combining her interests during her first season with PFA!! Alissa loves all things outdoors from hiking to canoeing and paddle boarding. You can often find Alissa on the trails somewhere with her golden doodle Charlie!!

Marissa is in her fourth year of a Child and Youth Care degree. She loves being active and is passionate about others being able to get out and enjoy the outdoors as well. Some of her favourite activities are playing soccer, cross country skiing, hiking, and being in the water. Currently, Marissa works in a group home for individuals with disabilities and has seen some amazing programing that allows everyone to experience different activities no matter their abilities. Marissa is excited to work with Power for All and gain new experiences and build relationships!


Kayziah
is a fourth year Kinesiology student, in her final year of studies working towards a specialization in Exercise Science. She hopes to continue her educational journey to pursue a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Throughout her years as a student,  she enjoyed playing many sports such as volleyball and basketball. She loves canoeing, kayaking and loves trying just about anything! She
joined Power For All because she loves the outdoors and she wants to share that with others. Growing up, she would always be running around, engaging in sports and activities and she just knew that she never wanted to give that up. She wanted to be able to help others discover and enjoy the great outdoors and with that, to love it!

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!