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
I’ve been a part-time (and now full-time) Revelstokian since 2012. I enjoy and dedicate 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 my early work life. Former work assignments include the Institute for Community Peacebuilding (Winnipeg), the United Nations (Lebanon), and Terratribes Expeditions (China). I have worked, studied, or adventured in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. I practice yoga and mindfulness meditation, and believe in the resilience and inherent goodness and strength that reside in every person. Adventure in the mountain environment as a tool for personal growth and connection is a key aspect of who I am, and I initiated Open Mountains Project as a way of sharing this with a community I love.
I have called Revelstoke home since 2011, having moved here for the mountains and snow. As an Ontario transplant, I grew up going to summer camps – a staple experience for many Ontario youth – and value the many outdoor experiences I had access to through the diverse camp programs. We did it all – canoe, kayak, orienteering, overnight hikes, horse back riding – and those experiences contribute to the person I am today.
If you are interested in joining this committed group of volunteers, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org