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:
Our board of directors consists of 7 incredible volunteers. Get to know them and their passions below:
Kevan 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.
Brent is relatively new to Powell River, having been here for about two and a half years. He is also relatively new to climbing, signing up for the climbing gym late last year. In his free time, Brent tries to get out as much as possible to the lakes and woods that make our town so attractive.
As a Financial Planner, Brent is no stranger to raising funds, or hours of detail oriented paperwork filing. He believes that there is no better place in Powell River to get fit, meet incredible people, and, most importantly, learn the ins and outs of climbing than the PRCC!
Luke hails from Sydney, Australia, and met his wife 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.
Erica is a born and raised Powell Riverite passionate about the outdoors. She has a deep love for big trees and also enjoys many modes of backcountry exploration including kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, and, more recently, climbing.
After graduating from Simon Fraser University in 2018, Erica began working at the Co-op in January 2019. She has been fortunate enough to get to know the emerging climbing community through the daily routine of the Co-op and continues to enjoy being a part of the positive and uplifting energy that represents the PRCC.
Tully was lucky enough to grow up adventuring outdoors and exploring a variety of places, and has grown to greatly value collaboration and teamwork and gained a deep appreciation for all of the people that facilitate that.
Tully went to university in Squamish and spent some time in Powell River before moving there this summer. After a sadly short time there he relocated to Victoria for the time being to keep climbing and working. He has worked at 4 different climbing gyms including managing his university gym for almost 2 years, and currently works at a not for profit climbing gym in Victoria.
Jonathan Van Wiltenburg
Jonathan sees what incredible value the climbing gym has in the community, his family, and personally. This gym has a feel that is slowly being lost in climbing, and he believes that if we work together we can keep this place a hub and a community for kids, new climbers beginning to learn, and crusty old climbers alike!
Profile and Picture to come!