PRESS pursues social change through educational innovation. Together, our staff members combine more than 80 years of experience in educational leadership and management, and encompass diverse capacities in education: technical training development; project-based training; special education programming; outdoor adventure training; community development and First Nations culture.

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 […]

How PRESS Began

PRESS was created to manage educational and employment outcomes for a partnership between Klahoose First Nation, School District 47, the local and provincial government, the Powell River community and big business.

PRESS Board of Directors

PRESS is proud to be an Indigenous-led non profit.  Our Board brings a compelling range of experience, viewpoints and skills to the table, reflecting our core value of engaging diverse individuals and groups around shared goals.                                       […]

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 […]

Housing Hope

This PRESS program to prevent housing loss and to secure housing for local youth and families who are at risk has been serving Powell River since 2014.   To date, this program has helped more than 600 local individuals and families to retain or secure housing, as well as to access employment and income supports […]

Services for young adults with a disability

We believe that personal safety, positive participation in community and access to training and employment are key aspects of quality of life that all young people in our society are entitled to enjoy. PRESS works with young people with a disability to help them identify and pursue goals that are driven by their interests and dreams.

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.