Hope Mountain Centre campaigns to get local youth outside

A video created by Hope Mountain Centre is a finalist in a bid for a Community Champions grant through BC Hydro

Hope Mountain Centre volunteers carry a 270lb food cache through old-growth forest in the Upper Sowaqua on Sunday

Hope Mountain Centre (HMC) wants to expand their outdoor education programs to include all Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students in the Fraser Cascade School District.

Through a video presentation and a Community Champions grant application to BC Hydro, Hope Mountain Centre has made it to the semifinals of this competition.

“The money won (up to $10,000) will fund the development of these new programs and purchase and build learning resources that enhance the experience,” said Kelly Pearce, program director at HMC. How can the public help? From now until November 30 each person in B.C. can vote once a day, every day to support Hope Mountain Centre’s application.

“All we ask is for 20 seconds of your time each day and that can make a difference to kids and to our community. I set my phone alarm to remind me each day at 10 p.m., that it is time to vote,”  Michele Wiens, board chair at HMC. “You do need to actually be in B.C. to vote — so voting is not allowed while away on holiday outside of B.C.” Currently Hope Mountain Centre provides school outdoor education programs to Strong Start, Grades 3 to 4 and 5 students.

“To accomplish this win means that through Hope Mountain Centre and Fraser Cascade Mountain School all students in our District from ages 3 to 18 will have outdoor education. That is unique in our province,” said Wiens. To vote go to: champions.bchydro.com and choose Hope Mountain Centre or go to Hope Mountain Centre facebook. Watch the video, vote, and get more kids outside.