Projects and Initiatives

PRESS has pursued a wide range of projects and initiatives that support its goals of removing barriers to economic success and social and cultural engagement faced by individuals or groups in the traditional Coast Salish territories.


    Created with funding from Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program ( NHSP), IT’S HIP TO BE OLD is a seniors-led-and-made film that looks at aging from the inside out.
  • Farm Economy Initiative

    In 2018, PRESS completed a comprehensive study of the local farm economy. This research was sponsored by the City of Powell River and funded by BC’s Rural Dividend Fund.
  • Klahanie Construction Project Based Labour Market Training

    In 2018 PRESS received funding to deliver the Klahanie Construction PBLMT within the traditional territories of Tla’amin Nation.
  • Innovation Economy Initiative

    Local stakeholders, led by PRESS, are creating a ‘road map’ that identifies ways to leverage local cultural assets into actionable economic development plans for Powell River.
  • Powell Lake Outdoor Learning Centre

    PRESS was instrumental in securing the funding and managing the building and development of the Powell Lake Outdoor Learning Centre (OLC), which opened in 2014.  The agency continues to successfully pursue grants for youth internships and special projects at the Centre.    Located at the intersection of the Powell Forest Canoe Route and the Sunshine Coast ...
  • Powell Forest Canoe Route

    The Powell Forest Canoe Route (PRCR) is a 57 km route through eight lakes, with multiple campsites set among the soaring mountains and cedar forests of BC’s Sunshine coast.  With multiple points of entry, the PRCR affords both single and multi-day canoe and kayak trips, and is widely regarded as one of the finest lake-to-lake journeys ...
  • Hɛhɛwšɩn Canoe

    In 2017, PRESS received an Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, in order to provide organizational support to the Chinook Collective’s vision of building a Cedar Dugout Canoe as a means of embodying the spirit and intent of Reconciliation.
  • Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre

    PRESS worked with public and private partners to help establish the Roots and Wings Early Learning Centre.
  • Mountain Ash Preserves

    PRESS bought the good will and recipes of an existing company to support the operation of Mountain Ash Preserves as a student run business from 2008 to 2017.
  • Toba Inlet Camp Management

    From 2008 until 2015 PRESS managed the kitchen and housekeeping services for a 300 person remote camp at Toba Inlet.