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Kamloops Adapted Sports Association
Location: Kamloops
Sports: Adapted Yoga, Basketball, Cycling, Wheelchair Tennis

The vision of the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association is to be a leader in providing adapted and integrated sport opportunities in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Our mission is to create an active, safe and fun environment for new participants and athletes seeking a more competitive experience in the Kamloops area. It is our hope to eliminate barriers and to improve overall fitness and performance for our participants by providing equipment and trained volunteers.

Website: kamloopsadaptedsport.com
Email Address: kamloopsasa@gmail.com

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Leave No Hunter Behind
Location: Online
Sport: Hunting

Supporting the Handicap Hunter and bringing awareness to fellow Hunters and the public for the necessity to address the requirements for Handicap Hunting.

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Neuro-Ability Rehabilitation Services
Location: Vancouver
Type of Sport or Recreation: Fitness & Yoga Adapted

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Neuro-Ability is a leader and innovator in best practice neurological rehabilitation, dedicated to optimizing our client's function, health, and participation in meaningful activities, and to making a positive difference in the lives of all individuals with whom we come into contact. Offers a Parkinsons Wellness Recovery (PWR!) Exercise Program. Class for People living with Parkinson's run by a certified PWR! Physiotherapist at Neuro-Ability Rehabilitation Services.

OUR COMMITMENTS

Clients come first
We are committed to empowering our clients, and to ensuring that all decision-making is in your best interest at all times.

Innovative leaders
We are committed leaders in neurological rehabilitation. We provide mentorship to physiotherapists and occupational therapists across Canada and internationally. We participate in initiatives to advance neurological rehabilitation.

Respect and dignity
We value each person as an individual and we will respect your aspirations, beliefs, and commitments. We will seek to understand your priorities, needs, abilities and limitations while being honest about our point of view, being clear about what we can and cannot offer in the rehabilitation process.

Commitment to quality
We are dedicated to skilled, personalized, caring rehabilitation therapy services, grounded in current research, consistent with "best practice" and delivered with safety, confidentiality, excellent communication, professionalism, and dependability. We welcome feedback in order to build on our success.

Compassion
We care. We will always respond to each clientís needs with kindness and compassion. We strive to search for the appropriate measures to increase each personís quality of life.

Website: www.neuro-ability.ca
Phone:  (604) 321.5807
Email Address: reception@neuro-ability.ca


New World Diving
Location: Vancouver
Type: Scuba Diving

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The Handicap Scuba Association is a training centre for people with disabilities. Marc Palay took special training with HSA to teach people with a disability and he has been an HSA Instructor for 15+ years.

His goal is to improve the life of the disabled by introducing them to a new world underwater where any handicap is not a barrier.

He is also the instructor for the Northwest Scuba Challenge Club which has been funded by Ron Stead and has been in existence for the past 25 years. The purpose of the club is to help disabled people by giving them the opportunity to learn scuba diving and be a part of many social events organized by the club.

Website: newworlddiving.webs.com/


North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association
Location: Maple Ridge
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Equestrian

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North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association

North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association (formerly Pacific Riding for the Disabled – Maple Ridge Branch) was established in 1973 to provide individuals with disabilities a venue that would give them both therapy and personal growth through horseback riding.

Continued growth and success has provided the opportunity for Maple Ridge to develop a new independent non-profit charitable society. North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association began as its own independent riding facility in January 2004. The backbone to the program which provides classes 6 days a week, has 14 horses and ponies as well as over 100 dedicated volunteers.

The disabilities that affect the riders are as varied as the riders themselves. The riders include victims of accidents, amputees, people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and many other mental and physical challenges.

Benefits:
The benefits of therapeutic riding for people with disabilities are as varied as the individuals themselves. Participants will progress as riders at varying rates and may experience one or many of the following benefits.

* Improvement of balance
* Development of coordination
* Mobilization of trunk and pelvis
* Strengthening of muscles
* Normalization of muscle tone
* Prevention of contractures
* Increased confidence and self-esteem
* Improvement of attention span
* Promotion of independence
* Improvement of social integration
* Access to recreation, sport and/or competition

Horseback riding can give the rider the freedom to go wherever he or she wants to go without the burden of a wheelchair or cane. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the riders and observing the benefits of the bond formed between horse and rider is a remarkable sight!

Website: www.nftra.org
Phone:  (604) 462.7786
Address: 12471 254th Street, Maple Ridge, V4R 1V4


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Pacific Northwest Scuba Challenge Association
Location: Vancouver
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Scuba Diving

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Pacific Northwest Scuba Challenge Association 

The Pacific Northwest Scuba Challenge Association offers fully accredited scuba courses taught by instructors and assistants experienced in diving with disabilities.

Have you ever wanted to...

  • do something out of the ordinary?
  • prove something to yourself?
  • get a life?
  • join an exciting adventure oriented club?
  • build your self confidence while participating in an exclusive sport?
  • experience the weightless freedom of the underwater world?

We offer...

  • a club that brings able bodied and physically challenged people together with a common goal
  • fully accredited scuba courses taught by instructors and assistants experienced in diving with disablities
  • access to scuba equipment at reduced rates
  • resources for finacial assistance
  • club diver's list
  • a wide range of social activities
  • guest speakers
  • a support group of able-bodied and disabled divers
  • monthly club dives at local dive spots
  • trips
  • great people
  • a club newsletter

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Meetings are held the third Thursday of every second month except December at 7:30PM in the boardroom of GF Strong.

Contact Information:
Website: members.shaw.ca/gsinger/scuba/scubainfo.html
E-mail: gideon.singer@gmail.com
Phone: (604) 525.7149


Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA)
Location: Langley
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Equestrian

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The PRDA provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. For over 36 years, we've been giving youth and adults with varying  disabilities the chance to bond with horses, make lasting friendships, have fun, and receive therapy at the same time. PRDA provides a caring and welcoming environment, and we pride ourselves on being a safe place for people to experience new things. We want our riders to feel like they can challenge themselves knowing that there is a strong support system in place for them should they require help.

Equine assisted therapy has long been recognized as an excellent means of providing physical, psychological, social and recreational benefits to children and adults with disabilities. Balance and coordination, increased confidence, group activity and excitement of movement "free of any mechanical aids" are some of the many benefits.

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with a wide range of disabilities. PRDA is recognized as a leader in providing equine assisted therapeutic activities and educational opportunities in an environment that is safe, fun and effective.

Contact Information:
Website: www.prda.ca
Phone: (604) 530.8717
Address: 1088 - 208th Street, Langley, B.C., V2Z 1T4, Canada


Pitt Meadows Paddling Club
Location: Pitt Meadows
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Multiple Sports - Paddling, Outrigger, Kayaks

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The Pitt Meadows Paddling Club is a not for profit organization registered under the BC Societies Act.  We provide a variety of water safety and paddling programs for  members of our local community under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our programs include Dragon Boating, Outrigger Canoeing, Sprint Canoeing and Kayaking and Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking. We also offer PaddleALL programs for  individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.

The club began with the vision of Rick Hammer who not only believed that all members of the community should have the opportunity to participate in all paddle sports at both recreational and competitive levels but that by encouraging participation in 'Big Boats' many of the sport skills learned could be tranferred to life skills.  With personal equipment on loan from the founding members and a lease agreement in place with a generous community member, the club began delivering programs in April 2007.

PMPC is a member of both CanoeKayak BC (the Provincial Sport Organization for Paddle Sports in BC) and CanoeKayak Canada (the National Sport Organization for Paddle Sport in Canada) as are all club members.

Website: www.pmpc.ca
Phone: 778-847-7672
Email:  info@pmpc.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Pitt-Meadows-Paddling-Club


Power Soccer B.C.
Location: Provincial - Multiple Locations
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Power Soccer

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Power Soccer is a fast growing sport for people with disabilities that use powerchairs (electric wheelchairs). Although it has been played in B.C. since the 80's it hasn't grown until recently. There are currently 5 steady teams in B.C., but there are people interested in starting new ones. The sport is also growing internationally, recently countries met to develop international rules. The new rules open up the field and allow more passing and shooting.

Players use their powerchairs equipped with footguards to pass, shoot and carry the ball with the objective of scoring the most goals. It is played in a full size basketball court. Each team plays with 4 players on the field at a time including the goalkeeper.

Website: www.sportabilitybc.ca/itoolkit.asp?pg=POWER_SOCCER
President of BC PowerSoccer Cathy Cunningham: c.cunningham@shaw.ca

Contact Information for Naniamo:
Team: Nanaimo Rockin Rollers
Contact Person: Bob Milne
E-mail: bdmilne@shaw.ca

Contact Information for North Vancouver:
Team: North Shore Eagles
Contact Person: Luigi Galvani
Phone: (604) 921-2395
E-mail: galvani@shaw.ca

Contact Information for Penticton:
Team: Penticton Thunderchairs
Contact Person: Cathy Cunningham
Phone: (250) 770-9065
E-mail: c.cunningham@shaw.ca

Contact Information for Surrey:
Team: Surrey Transformers
Contact Person: Gord or Cheryl Epp
Phone: (604) 596-1044
E-mail: cjkepp@shaw.ca

Contact Information for Vancouver:
Team: Vancouver Lightning
Contact Person: Margaret McLeod
Phone: (604) 251-2030
E-mail: m.mcleod@telus.net

Contact Information for Victoria:
Team: Victoria Mavericks
Contact People:
Chris Halpen
E-mail: halpen.chris@gmail.com
Kelly Halpen
E-mail: Kelly.N.Halpen@shaw.ca
Mike Patterson
E-mail: jan_mike@shaw.ca

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Power For All Adventure Therapy Society
Location: Langley, South Surrey - Serving the Fraser Valley Area
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Kayaking (July-Oct), Snowshoeing, Fitness Classes (year round)

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Power For All is a not-for profit organization, that is committed to providing a platform for learning in the community through outdoor recreation such as kayaking, snowshoeing and group fitness programs.

Our goals are to:

  • To provide wilderness and adventure experiences for people of all ages and all abilities.
  • To focus on creating new opportunities for people with cognitive, emotional, social, physical and economical challenges.
  • To create a supportive environment for participants that enriches quality of life and encourages community involvement and participation; personal development, education and learning.

Each participant in Power For All’s program can:

  • Feel empowered and supported as they face new challenges
  • Experience self discovery, mastery of new skills and development of new relationships and coping skills for daily life
  • Learn and practice environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Contact Information:
Website: www.powerforallats.com
Email: powerforallats@gmail.com
Phone: 778-885-7953
Blog Post About Adventure Therapy: http://caot-bc.blogspot.ca/2015/08/adventure-therapy.html
YouTube video: http://youtu.be/dkdUG3SPPJY


Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program
Location: Provincial - Multiple Locations
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Sea Kayaking, Alpine Skiing, Indoor Rock Climbing, Gardening, Camping

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The Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program was developed in response to providing access to recreation for young people living with a disability. Our year-round inclusive program provides access to physical activities such as sea kayaking, alpine skiing, indoor rock climbing, gardening and camping.

Youth and families living with a disability are often faced with a variety of challenges that include social isolation, cognitive impairments, physical limitations, and emotional distress. The Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program plays a critical role in removing these barriers.

Our objective is to assist each young participant in discovering their abilities and eventually, a promising future. Embedded in our unique curriculum are outdoor education activities and volunteer initiatives that promote physical heath and emotional well being; develop interpersonal and leadership skills; teach environmental stewardship; and offer peer mentorship.

The people who attend The Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program are referred by collaborating community agencies. Power To Be works on a the basis of providing an environment that:

  • Focuses on inclusiveness
  • Supports a positive perception and image for youth living with a disability, their families, and the public in general;
  • Increases positive social circles
  • Encourages trust, leadership, teamwork and sharing;
  • Brings experiential education to life while addressing the challenges of living with a disability
  • Uses a wilderness setting to address social and environmental responsibility.

Victoria Contact Information:
Website: www.powertobe.ca
Email: info@powertobe.ca
Tel: (250) 385.2363
Tel: Toll Free 1.800.375.2363
Fax: (250) 385.2360
Address: Victoria Head Office: 1009 Langley Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 1V7

Vancouver Contact Information:
Vancouver Office Phone: 778.558.7703
Vancouver Kayaking Program (May-August): 778.389.1570
Email: info@powertobe.ca


Power to Be Adventure - Wilderness School
Location: Southern Vancouver Island
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Wilderness School

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Power to Be Adventure - Wilderness School

The Power To Be Wilderness School was developed in response to the need for a new way of looking at the issues facing young people growing up. It is a four year alternative education program with an additional Leadership Fifth Year that allows hands-on application of skills learned. It is the first initiative of its kind in British Columbia.

Our objective is to assist each young participant in discovering their full potential and eventually, a promising future. Embedded in our unique curriculum are outdoor education activities and volunteer initiatives that promote physical heath and emotional well being; develop interpersonal and leadership skills; teach environmental stewardship and social responsibility; offer peer mentorship and vocational opportunities.

The boys and girls who attend The Power To Be Wilderness School are selected from four schools in the Victoria Area are nominated by Guidance Counselors, Principals and teachers. The criteria for selection are simple. Power To Be wants the vulnerable kids who might otherwise fall through the cracks. They are the kids lost in the middle, not the superstars or those identified with serious problems. Power To Be works on a preventative basis with young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to be involved in such a program.

The Wilderness School operates in a variety of locations around South Vancouver Island. This provides opportunities to experience a variety of outdoor experiences as well as learn more about where they live. Participants are involved in sea kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, high ropes courses, challenge courses, surfing, camping, snowshoeing, hiking and Leave No Trace ethics.

Defining our Impact
Power To Be has constructed a curriculum that strengthens youth’s internal and external assets. "Assets" are the building blocks that all youth need in order to be healthy, caring, principled and productive adults. The Search Institute, a highly regarded youth development organization, created the developmental assets framework.

Research indicates that the more assets young people develop, the more likely they are to be successful in their adult lives.

Power To Be has three areas of focus for positive youth development: health, education and community service.

Our programs are designed to achieve the following results:

  • Increase educational engagement at school, leading to better academic achievement, attendance and consequently higher rates of high-school graduation.
  • Teach environmental education and increase knowledge of environmental stewardship.
  • Develop vocational skills that can be applied in adulthood.
  • Encourage positive behaviors attitudes and life choices.
  • Increase the physical health for each participant.
  • Provide peer mentorship.
  • Reduce the rate of involvement in high-risk behaviour for each participant
  • Provide volunteer opportunities that promote community learning, vocational skills and the importance of giving back.

Victoria Contact Information:
Website: www.powertobe.ca
Email: info@powertobe.ca
Tel: (250) 385.2363
Tel: Toll Free 1.800.375.2363
Fax: (250) 385.2360
Address: Victoria Head Office: 1009 Langley Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 1V7


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Realwheels
Location: Vancouver
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Theatre

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Realwheels

Realwheels is a professional theatre company that creates and produces world-class art that deepens the audience’s understanding of the disability experience. We tell stories in which disability itself is not the focus of conflict, but rather forms the landscape upon which universal issues are debated onstage.

Website: www.realwheels.ca/
General inquiries: (604) 322.R-E-A-L (7325)
Address: Realwheels Society
780 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC


Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society
Location: Richmond
Type of Sport(s) and/or Recreation: Equestrian

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Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society

The Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society (RTES) provides the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding to people with disabilities. While participation in some activities may be denied to people with disabilities, horseback riding can be adapted appropriately in most cases. Therapeutic Riding is recognized as an aid in treating various physical, mental and emotional disorders. Reported benefits include improved balance and co-ordination, increased confidence and a sense of achievement.

Website: www.rtesrichmond.com/
General inquiries: (604) 241.7837
Address: 13671 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C., V7A 1X7


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