Power of Hope was founded in 1996 by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor. The first Canadian camp was on Cortes Island in 1997. Over the last twenty years we’ve had many incredible board members who bring with them backgrounds in youth work, empowerment and leadership training, business skills and big hearts. We are so grateful for their guiding wisdom behind the scenes.

Current staff

Sarah Downey – Executive Director

We’re delighted to have Sarah Downey as the new Executive Director of Power of Hope Canada.

Sarah’s got a twenty year history of developing, supporting, advising and managing – charities, non-profit societies and co-operative organizations. Sarah holds a BA Honours Degree in Indigenous Studies and Fine Arts and has an extensive background in youth work. Sarah has been a Power of Hope facilitator for over ten years, and also a camp manager for many years. She brings with her a wide range of skills and passions that are a perfect fit for our vision. Some of her key interests are creating a more cohesive community for PoH youth and facilitators, expanding our circles of support, and partnering with likeminded organizations. Sarah lives in Victoria BC and is the mother of two teenagers.

Current board members

Bill Weaver – Vice Chair

For four decades, Bill has produced, written, directed, shot, and edited films that touch… more about Bill 

Johanna Robertson – Chair

Hannah Johanna is an Alumni and a strong advocate for community-based youth… more about Johanna 

Gloria Hansen – Treasurer

Gloria Hansen Gloria was the Canadian Founding Board Chair… more about Gloria 

Colleen McCormick

Colleen McCormick Colleen McCormick manages the social innovation file in the Ministry of… more about Colleen 

Michael Millman

PoH Michael Millman Michael is a Vancouver-based recovering corporate lawyer turned… more about Michael 

Lovena Harvey

PoH Lovena Harvey Lovena runs her family business, the Gathering Place Trading Company… more about Lovena 

Tamara Shulman

PoH Tamara Shulman Tamara is an Environmental Planner with EBA, A Tetra Tech… more about Tamara 


Charlie Murphy


Charlie Murphy (CEO and Co-Founder of PYE Global) is renowned for his group facilitation and program design work integrating the arts into youth development… more about Charlie 

Peggy Taylor


Peggy Taylor (Director of Training and Co-Founder of PYE Global) is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist with a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA, USA… more about Peggy