Board & Founding Members

Did you know? The gym is a not-for-profit co-op!

That means it is run by a board of directors and co-op members can attend board meetings and vote on important issues.

Interested in getting involved and/or running for the board? Get in touch. Our year end AGM happens shortly after February 28th every year. All directors and co-op members are encouraged to attend.

Our Board Members’ Bios:

At present, our board of directors consists of our founding members. Get to know who it is that started it all:

Kevan Robitaille

Kevan RobitailleKevan grew up climbing outdoors in the Powell River area and an indoor gym for the community has been a long time dream of his. He is passionate about climbing and his community, and his major goal beyond completing his degree in social work is to make this gym a reality.

In addition to school, climbing, and putting up new bouldering routes, he has been a program coordinator at Powell River’s Outdoor Learning Centre, worked in the service centre of the head office of Mountain Equipment Co-op and BC Ferries, and as a bouldering instructor at Vancouver’s premiere bouldering gym, The Hive.

Tracy Raftl

Tracy RaftlTracy Raftl is a successful online entrepreneur who also grew up in Powell River, climbing outdoors with the Brooks BOATT program (now Coast Mountain Academy) for the first time at the tender age of 18.

Ten years later, Tracy can’t get enough of rock climbing and has settled down to once again call Powell River home, recently buying a house in the historic townsite. The only thing Powell River had missing, in her opinion, was a climbing gym to get us off the couch and having fun in the winter months. She has used her business and marketing skills to make this project a success.

Luke Raftl

Luke RaftlLuke hails from Sydney, Australia, and met Tracy while traveling in Europe back in 2008. Enchanted by the stories of life on the wild west coast, Luke followed Tracy back to Powell River and fell in love with the area and the community.

Luke has an academic background in law and journalism, as well as as extensive array of professional adventure tourism experience, most recently working as a lead kayak guide for Powell River Sea Kayak, and for Natural Habitat polar bear tours in Churchill, Manitoba.

Anna Cottier

Anna CottierA total nature-lover from the North Shore of Vancouver, Anna moved to Powell River this Spring. In Vancouver she had worked on Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Social Media Team and volunteered for the David Suzuki Foundation. She had previously completed her post-grad in Sustainable Business Leadership at BCIT where she learned the many benefits of the cooperative model.

Anna learned to climb a year ago when she met her husband, Kevan. She is now hooked and looking forward to seeing more of what Powell River’s rock has to offer!

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