our impact

 
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What your support makes possible.

Over the course of almost two decades the Take a Hike program has supported hundreds of youth to transform their lives.

At Take a Hike, students go through a process of gaining self-understanding and come to see the need for personal change. This leads to incredible growth:

Engagement

Students are re-engaged in school and community. Most students double their pre-program school attendance levels, and students spend 60 hours per year volunteering at a local organization.

Academic Success

On average, 88% of Take a Hike students graduate from high school. In 2019 the number was as high as 97%, compared with provincial graduation rates of 84%.

Resilience

Students develop social and emotional skills, and improve physical and mental well-being. This supports youth to overcome barriers to personal and academic success, and become resilient individuals who can navigate the challenges of young adulthood.

Our alumni success stories show the lasting impact of these skills and experiences well beyond graduation.

 

scaling

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Take a Hike started in Vancouver in 2000, and over the course of almost two decades the program has helped hundreds of students and their families transform their lives.

Because of our students' success, we set an ambitious ten-year vision of scaling this proven and successful approach to alternate education so every school district in British Columbia with a need, desire and capacity can access the program. Find out more about our scaling strategy here.

 Take a Hike Foundation works in partnership with local school districts and communities to offer the program. School districts provide everything they would normally provide for an alternate program and the Foundation layers in elements beyond what can be provided by the public education system. Communities build awareness, provide volunteers essential to program operations, and raise funds on a best-effort basis. Find out more about the new program development process here.

Ready to get started?

Contact us at expansion@takeahikefoundation.org

 
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our people

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Basecamp Team

 
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Gordon Matchett
CEO

 

Cindy Fors
Director of Finance

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Pete Prediger
Director of Operations

 

Virginia Chomley
Director of Communications

virginia@takeahikefoundation.org

 
 
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Deb Abma-Sluggett
Director of Philanthropy
and Government Relations

deb@takeahikefoundation.org

 
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Nicole Silvestre
Director of Human Resources

 
 
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Larissa Hayes
Manager of Philanthropy

larissa@takeahikefoundation.org

Karen Waldal Community Engagement Manager, West Kootenays

karen@takeahikefoundation.org

 
 
 

Sevan Kadian
Program Support Manager

Sarah Coxon
Donor Communications Specialist

 
 
 

Emily Fergusson
Philanthropy Coordinator

emily@takeahikefoundation.org

Azar Pourian
Administrative Coordinator

 

 

Board of Directors

Phil Cotterill
Past Chair

Head of Client Solutions Team
Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Nicole Geyer
Chair

Community Leader / Marketing Advisor

Paula Rogers
Vice Chair & Treasurer

Director & Audit Committee Chair

Alio Gold Inc. and Diversified Royalty Corp.

Drew Collier
Director

President, Corporate Services
LGM Financial Services

Brent Cameron
Director

Managing Partner
Boyden

Steve Fast
Director

Vice President, IT Client Services
TELUS

Matthew Coyne
Director

Vice President, Marketing & Sales
Cantrav Services Inc.

Wendy Bach
Director

Vice President & General Counsel
Mulhall Venture Inc.

 
 

Anne Donohoe
Director

Chief Marketing Officer

MEC

Clayton Buckingham
Director

Chief Financial Officer

Vancity

John Montalbano
Advisor to the Board

Principal

Tower Beach Capital