Open Mountains Project Society exists primarily to support the resilience and leadership of youth, young adult, and other vulnerable populations in Revelstoke, British Columbia and to provide barrier-free access to the mountain environment and to the empowering experiences available in those environments.
Our Vision: To enable resilient, compassionate, and empowered self-leadership through access to the natural environment.
Our Mission: Open Mountains Project Society will fulfill this purpose by facilitating delivery of courses, programs, and training for youth that are based in the natural environment and that promote resilience, self-compassion, and empowered self-leadership. This may include classroom-based and field-based delivery in partnership with educational institutions, other non-profits, or for-profit businesses. Field-based deliveries will meet recognized standards for outdoor education, including utilizing certified guides for mountain and backcountry based programming.
About The Board: We are a group of people who love the mountains and the connections that the mountain environment enables. We created Open Mountains Project in the summer of 2016 out of our desires to see a resilient, inclusive mountain-based community grow in Revelstoke. This Project was born on a skin track in Rogers Pass, and is still evolving through conversations on skis, bikes, in canoes, on the rock, or on trail runs, and also the occasional sit down meeting.
Rachel Reimer, M.A. Leadership Studies – Executive Director, Open Mountains Project
Rachel has been a part-time (and now full-time) Revelstokian since 2012. She enjoys and dedicates significant amounts of time and energy to rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. Work with refugee and inner city youth and women affected by violence from conflict formed her early work life. Former work assignments include the Institute for Community Peacebuilding (Winnipeg), the United Nations (Lebanon), and Terratribes Expeditions (China). She has worked, studied, or adventured in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She practice yoga and mindfulness meditation, and believes in the resilience and inherent goodness and strength that resides in every person. Adventure in the mountain environment as a tool for personal growth and connection is a key aspect of who she is, and she initiated Open Mountains Project as a way of sharing this with a community she loves.
Sarah Newton, B.Ed.
Sarah is a mother, teacher, and cross country skier (among other sports) who calls Revelstoke home. She channels her passion for the environment, education, and mountain sports into everything she does. In addition to supporting Open Mountains Project, she is an active member of the North Columbia Environmental Society, one of our partners.
Katherine Dalman, Treasurer, Open Mountains Project
Katherine is a mountain biker, skier, snowboarder, and adventurer based in Revelstoke. She works locally with the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Industry Training Program, in addition to bringing her logistical wizardry to Open Mountains Project.
Deanne Breithack, Assistant Camp Coordinator
Deanne is a mountain biker, split boarder, former wildland fire crew leader, and all-around mountain women who calls Revelstoke home. Her previous work with youth includes developing programming for camps with the town of Banff, and coaching soccer here in Revelstoke.
Taha is an all-around mountain adventurer with a passion for connecting people to their own well-being through movement in the mountains. He has worked with vulnerable youth through residential programs in Alberta, and currently leads the men’s program, Moving Mountains, for the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter, in addition to supporting Open Mountains Project.
Adele Lay, BA, Articling Law Student, University of Victoria
Adele is a regular visitor to Revelstoke, and a resident of Victoria, BC, where she combines her love of the mountains with her love of helping people through her law degree. She is a former national competitor in nordic skiing, and brings a dedication and vision to Open Mountains Project that mirrors her commitment to living a full mountain life. She is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, backcountry skier, nordic skier, and all-around mountain athlete.
If you are interested in joining this committed group of volunteers, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org