Fall 2016


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A Glimpse of Summer Camp

With two back to back camps at our Linnaea Farm location on Cortes Island, it was a full summer for Power of Hope. As always, youth and staff had a life enriching, transformative experience. Eight days in an incredibly supportive and creative environment truly helps us reconnect with a sense of hope in a beautiful future ~ one where wisdom guides and the heart leads the way.

Video: A Week in Camp

We’ll miss you
Charlie Murphy

Our beloved co-founder of Power of Hope passed away on August 6th. A beautiful memorial was held on Whidbey Island on Sept 1st. Charlie’s songs and legacy live on in the next generation. In this video interview by Bill Weaver, Charlie explains the mission of Power of Hope.

Charlie Murphy on the Mission of Power of Hope


We are so grateful to Fintan O’Brien, a super talented Victoria musician. Fintan hosted and played to a packed house at ‘The Mint’ every Monday night all summer and generously donated all the proceeds to Power of Hope. We are thrilled to have Fintan as our featured musician at our next annual fundraiser with the Getting Higher Choir. Thank you Fintan!

“How much does it cost to run a PoH camp?”

This question gets asked a lot, so we thought we’d share the numbers with you. Have a look at the chart below to see a breakdown of expenses. In short: approx. $30,000 to run an 8 day camp on Cortes Island.

The question that usually follows is “How much do you make in tuition, and give in scholarships?”

We brought in nearly $15,000 in tuition per camp. And we gave an additional $15,000 in scholarships per camp. Thanks to our amazing donors and a provincial grant, we were able to fund 50% of the overall cost.

The Cortes Island camp experience has always been the heart and home of the organization, and that tradition will continue; but this year, we’re looking to move one of the camps to the lower mainland. This will help maximize donor dollars, as the expense of running camps on Cortes Island are quite high. For example, as you’ll notice on the chart, the cost of just getting participants to a remote location like Cortes is over $10,000. There’s another great reason for stretching our wings: taking one of our camps closer to a large population base will reach a greater diversity of youth and reach new stakeholders.

Total = 30,000 per camp.

Do you have thoughts to share about this? Ideas for new locations? We’d love to hear from you!
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Here’s what’s in the works

The Creative Facilitation Training comes to Royal Roads University in Victoria BC in 2017. Date: Feb 24th and 25th. Send us an expression of interest email to get on the list and we’ll call you first when registration opens.

We are revitalizing our fantastic winter weekend camps. Our current fundraising goal is $4000 to run an “Across the Lines” weekend camp in the Vancouver area. Want to join our financial support team? We’d love to connect with you and let you know how your donation dollars would be put to work.

Our yearly fundraiser with the Getting Higher Choir will be on January 27th & 28th, 2017.

We are growing our monthly donor support team exclusively through our Canada Helps site. They now do all of our charitable tax receipting for us, saving us considerable cost in administration time. If you’ve been a past monthly donor and would like to be one again – please get in touch and we can get you set up in the new system. Our apologies for the glitch caused as we transitioned. This has now been resolved and we are all set up again for receiving your support.

Make a donation through Canada Helps

Registration opens
January 1, 2017

Happy Fall,

Sarah Downey, Executive Director
Bill Weaver, Chair
and the Power of Hope Team



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